Ten tips for busy moms

Foster care, Life around home

Confession: I forgot what it was like to be a really busy mommy. I had four kids this week instead of three—the fourth a precious boy we got to parent for a week and a half. I’m probably not allowed to say more than that, and I can’t post any pictures of him here even […]

August 21, 2014

A brief emotive lexicon

Life around home

Bewildered: (adj.) The feeling I get when listening to this conversation. “Hey Kelly, can you see my head?” “No.” “Can you see my finguhs?” “No.” “Can you see my feet?” “No. Now let me ask you some questions. Can you see my arms?” “No.” “Can you see my face?” “No.” “Can you see my toes?” […]

August 14, 2014

Iced coffee


Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon. We realized with a small shock we’re two-thirds of the way through summer vacation. How did that happen? Oh well. Pour out another round of iced coffee; we’ll need the boost before this is all over… Iced Coffee 2 cups water 1 cup sugar 1/4 to […]

July 19, 2014


Out and about

We have some history at this campground. We remember it, as we drive the tent stakes and hang the clothesline and send the kids to the playground. There was the time I dropped Ryan’s phone by the pool. I reached out my foot to break the fall, and the phone skittered forward toward the water, […]

June 9, 2014

Book for Busy Kids

Life around home, Literature

The cookbook we’re using in our “Cooking School” is a delightful one from Betty Crocker: [easyazon_link asin=”0471753092″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”confession022-20″]Betty Crocker Kids Cook![/easyazon_link] We also like [easyazon_link asin=”1570710309″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”confession022-20″]365 Foods Kids Love to Eat[/easyazon_link], but it’s not colorful, spiral-bound, and glossy. [smile] [easyazon_link asin=”0471753092″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”confession022-20″][/easyazon_link] We’re also enjoying […]

May 24, 2014

Printable scavenger hunt

Life around home, Something from nothing

Anybody else’s kids home from school today because of the cold? Here’s what we’re doing at my house–a homemade scavenger hunt. Geared for any reading kid, probably aged 6-12… and a lot younger than that if Mommy will help. I used to do this a lot with the kids when they were smaller. Today we […]

January 28, 2014

Georgie Porgie

Life around home

Confession: There are many days when I feel I could cheerfully dispense with the trappings of motherhood. Not motherhood itself, mind you; just the trappings that come with it. “Wear this, Mommy.” Um. Do I have to? I’ve never been a natural loving-every-blessed-minute kind of mother, beaming while cooking early breakfast. I love my kids like […]

January 19, 2014

January boredom buster

Food, Life around home

Hello, my pal! Welcome to Daffy Supper Land, where we eat with a shovel in one hand and a baby fork in the other. Have fun eating! –Aarick Zook Confession: When I was a teen, I spake as a teen, I understood as a teen, I thought as a teen: but when I became a […]

January 10, 2014

Communal living

Food, Life around home

My parents-in-law are living with us for a week: communal living at its finest. We’re remodeling our master bedroom together–‘we’ as in I’m cooking the lunches and riding along to Home Depot. And asking good questions of course. And there may be a few other things I forget, like handing a tool to someone and […]

November 15, 2013