Cookie Party

One of my favorite ways to create a little moment is to make a pot of tea. Some of my favorite memories with my mom are from just sitting around the small kitchen table drinking tea. Occasionally I’ll throw out the idea. “Boys, want some tea?” Luke is always the first to chime in. “Oh, yes, of course!” They like …

Snow in LA

So far, the closest the boys have gotten to playing in the snow has come from a package of Instant Artificial Snow. We hope to change that very soon, but for today fake snow on a 69 degree winter day in Los Angeles will have to do. The boys played much of the afternoon with their fantasy winter wonderland for …

The Finding Place

Tumble Leaf is an Amazon original animated series that the boys have especially fallen in love with lately. They liked the show when they were younger, but have recently become huge fans again. Each show starts out with a funny crab pulling a random item from the ocean (bag of coins, flashlight, mirror, etc.) and tossing it into the “The …

Ninja Lessons

This morning, Marc headed off to work to cover what would be the second round of lopsided NFL playoff games, and I lounged around in pajamas with the boys for a couple of hours. Late in the morning I finally got it together and off to church. After service, I picked the boys up from the kid’s program and we …

Drawing Feelings

After reading (well listening to the audio book) Siblings Without Rivalry, I have been trying out a few techniques to help weather some storms. The boys are best buddies, but they can also get intensely upset with one another. Luke was spitting mad and losing it. I picked him up and we sat at the kitchen table. I tried not to offer any …

Stuffed Animal Christmas

The day after Christmas, the boys were ready to take down decorations and haul out the Christmas tree. The tree was starting to sag a bit and had been up for three weeks, so I didn’t mind getting on with it. The Christmas tree made it to the backyard at about 10 AM. Suddenly the boys ran for the wrapping …

Secret Christmas Hideout

The other day the boys wanted to make a secret hideout. The climbing dome seemed to be the perfect frame for the project so I first moved the dome off the wood chips and onto the grass so they could play underneath the structure. We pulled out old blankets and put one on top for the roof and another on …

‘Gingerbread’ House

Among a random Amazon order, I bought a half pound of assorted pom poms for $8 that will last for a lifetime of crafts. This afternoon I decided to build a cardboard ‘Gingerbread’ house with the boys that ended up taking up our entire afternoon as the suggestions and ideas grew. They just loved it. “This is the best gingerbread …

Anticipating Christmas

The Christmas season is by far the most wonderful time of the year for the boys. The tree, the lights, the mysterious Santa Claus and flying reindeer, the songs, the presents, the celebration of baby Jesus. “Mom, light the tree candle. Please. I will never blow it out. The lights are so beautiful.”

Cozy Trampoline

The boys have been bouncing off the walls inside the house. They have refused to run around outside lately, telling me that they want to be cozy inside. Oh if cozy is what you’re looking for, I can fix that.  I pulled out some old comforters from the garage and tossed them into the trampoline in the backyard. “What, that’s …