Happy Snacks – Road Trip Goodies for Kids

Our very close friends are moving to Idaho. 😭 One of the reasons that they are such fun friends is because they are also homeschooling their three kiddos who are similar ages to our kiddos. We have had lots of fun together over the past 6 years. The past 6 months we have done a … Continue reading Happy Snacks – Road Trip Goodies for Kids

Apple 🍏 Coffee Cake Recipe

My sister and I had this recipe book when we were kids, Better Homes and Gardens New Junior Cook Book. My mom still had it in her house before the Camp Fire. One of my favorite recipes is in this book, "Apple-nut Coffee Cake".  I recently remembered that I really like this coffee cake and … Continue reading Apple 🍏 Coffee Cake Recipe

Grown-up Book of the Month (April 2020)

After thoroughly enjoying a memoir and a novel in March: I decided to step it up a notch with a heavier title, Drawing with Children by Mona Brooks. It seems like a good time to tackle learning something new! I anticipate that this book will take at least a full month to get through. I … Continue reading Grown-up Book of the Month (April 2020)

Mirror Lake – Yosemite National Park – California

We could’ve spent so much more time at Yosemite National Park. We are grateful that we were able to visit this amazing place before COVID-19 was spreading here in the US and the Shelter-in-Place directives were in effect. Yosemite is a really crowded park and I don’t think it would be possible to practice social … Continue reading Mirror Lake – Yosemite National Park – California

Shelter at Home Chunking

I recently read an interesting article on “chunking”. In psychology, chunking refers to grouping small chunks of information so you can remember larger pieces of information when you put the chunks together. The most common example of this is phone numbers. While it is very difficult to remember a 10 digit number, most people can … Continue reading Shelter at Home Chunking

Walk Around the Block – Sharing Happiness Rocks 🙂

We had a bunch of river rocks leftover from an Ivy Kids Kit and decided to turn the rocks into smiling emoji rocks. We wanted to leave these around our neighborhood for other walkers to find. We hope that they gave a smile to anyone who found one of them! I had leftover yellow spray … Continue reading Walk Around the Block – Sharing Happiness Rocks 🙂

Memory Verse Monday

This week we are working on memorizing Isaiah 12:2. Please join us if you’d like to. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid...Isaiah 12:2 As usual, we use, A Reason For Handwriting Border Sheets, to practice our best handwriting on the verse of the week. When we're done with a … Continue reading Memory Verse Monday

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 🧸

My friend L.T. let me know that some people are putting stuffies in their front windows so families with kids can go on a “Bear Hunt” when they walk around their neighborhoods. 🧸 We hope you can participate in this fun idea by either putting a teddy bear in your front window or going for … Continue reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 🧸

Resources for Unexpectedly Homeschooling due to Coronavirus

My friend L.R. from Returning to Paradise just published a great post with ideas for those who are suddenly homeschooling their kids unexpectedly due to coronavirus. (I hope she takes me copying her by writing my own similar post as the highest form of flattery). She has such good ideas! Her article is a resource … Continue reading Resources for Unexpectedly Homeschooling due to Coronavirus

Lower Yosemite Falls – Yosemite National Park – California

Our recent trip to Yosemite was very special because we were able to meet up with some fellow displaced Camp Fire survivors. It was so wonderful to see our friends again! We had a wonderful time with them on a hike to Lower Yosemite falls and talked non-stop the entire afternoon. We still miss our … Continue reading Lower Yosemite Falls – Yosemite National Park – California