• 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.…

  • 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…

  • ‘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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • Spider Climb

    For Halloween we stretched some spider web decorations across the climbing dome, and Colton enjoyed playing baby spider.     

  • Backyard Camp Site

    The gas pipe in the outdoor fire pit was finally replaced on Saturday after the old one had fallen apart months ago.  The next day the boys couldn’t wait to break it in and set up camp.  In the late afternoon,…

  • Car Bingo & Letter Sounds

    The boys have a natural fascination with cars and love talking about the different kinds they see everyday. “Mom, there are so many Toyotas in our life!” as their eyes now track and filter through the car emblems that swirl around us in…

  • Luke: Legos > Homework

    Luke started his first day of Elementary school at our local public school this week. On the first day he came home with homework sheets. Not a huge deal, just two simple sheets to color in a drawing, complete a number…

  • Little Engineers

    Between grandparent gifts and a few of our purchases, we’ve slowly built up a large stash of train tracks and fun pieces over time.  Building toys like train tracks (and Legos) are such a great investment. And the addition of one…