wildflower butterfly

Cuppa reads

Happy weekend! Last night we went to the wedding of one of my dear cousins—the last marriage celebration of my generation. I grew up near most of my cousins (I even attended high school with several of them, including last night’s bride), and gatherings like this remind me how much I appreciate the closeness of (read more…)

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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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