books

Summer reading lists, part one (7-year-old boy)

In the summer, we aim for a subtle blend of structure and a free-range calendar, allowing plenty of time for the kids to wander and wonder and be, framed within a widely-fenced yard. Those pickets are what keep us from feeling a sense of chaos in the midst of the in-between time of school years. (read more…)

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road

How we make family roadtripping sane(r) & cheap(er)

Right now, I’m writing this post in the passenger seat of our car, en route to Texas from Oregon. I think we’re in New Mexico. Pretty sure it’s the Middle of Nowhere at the moment. When I Instagrammed a few pics from California a few days ago, more than a few people made the general (read more…)

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bay area friends

Cuppa reads

What a week of camping this has been. We started out in the Pacific Northwest, then ventured south to a night in northern California (where I barely slept, what with my numb toes!), hung out with friends in the Bay Area for the weekend, zipped a bit east over near Sequoia National Forest, froze again (read more…)

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A Summer of Stories: 10 Prompts for Writing Great Summertime Tales

Because a summer shouldn’t be without great stories

The trade-off for swapping in a school year of normalcy for one of unconventional field trips and journaling: school needs to extend a bit into the summer for us this year. As you might expect, establishing any semblance of routine into our education was a laughable defeat and so, early on, we shrugged our shoulders (read more…)

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lilacs

Cuppa reads

Greetings from the land of jet lag, reverse culture shock, re-entry, and general disorientation! We’ve been back in the States for about a week now, and yeah, these sorts of things always take longer with little kids in tow. It’s all good… we’re crazy grateful for our experiences this past year. Completely worth it. I’ll (read more…)

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