Nature Walking

This afternoon, Little Girl was particularly cranky. She is an extrovert, unlike me and the other kids, so she gets antsy. Unfortunately, it's been too hot in the daytime lately to go outside and play, unless it's at a pool (and even then, you don't want the hot afternoon sun beating down on you). But … Continue reading Nature Walking


Dollhouse Project

I've been on the lookout in classifieds for a dollhouse the girls and I can work on this summer, but most were quite expensive or already complete. Even incomplete kits cost at least a couple hundred, so imagine how thrilled I was when I spotted a nice Victorian for $40. Yay! I sent Cadillac to … Continue reading Dollhouse Project

Day Trip: Julian

Julian, California is a gold mining town up in the San Diego Cuyamaca mountains, famous for its apple pie and apple orchards (though, interestingly, the apples in those pies are by and large not from Julian, the volume demanded being too great for those orchards to keep up). We hadn't been back to Julian in … Continue reading Day Trip: Julian

Holiday (and sugar) overload. Or is that overlord?

Later, this wanting turns into a Super Big Glamorous Sweet Sixteen and before you know it, you’re being featured on MTV and your kid’s crying because you bought her the white BMW instead of the black. Then this turns into wanting an Even Bigger More Spectacular Not Disappointing Wedding on top of it, in which dancing leprechauns fall out helicopters throwing gold coins into the streets and the bride (your kid) is pulling her maid-of-honor’s hair because she refused to wear the high heeled shoes.

Meet Damnbill and Summer Salt

My kids like naming things. Ethan has come up "Butterscotch" for a small stuffed Golden Retriever toy and "Hiro Fishcakes" for our real Siamese cat. Adorable, right? The names Kaiya comes up with are positively-- well, sometimes you just wonder where she got it from, and hope it wasn't from you. This is Ranger GI … Continue reading Meet Damnbill and Summer Salt

100 Most Dangerous

Dear Parents of Ethan's Classmates: I hereby apologize in advance for this Friday's field trip to the nature center.  On the way there and during the nature walk, your children were no doubt terrified with facts on with how mosquitoes are one of the 100 Most Dangerous Creatures on the planet, due to their malaria … Continue reading 100 Most Dangerous