Raising an Adventurous One

You know those kids who sit quietly and listen to the librarian read books, with their hands gently folded in their laps? Yeah… that isn’t my kid. I have a climber, a runner, a jumper, a skipper, an explorer, a finder, and tinkerer. He likes adventure, risk, play, excitement, and liveliness. Munchie learns through exploration […]

Thanks to the Neighbor Kids

Spring has sprung, the weather is getting nicer, and after school our court is flocked with children. We have a good mix of ages and the older kids are great about looking out for the younger ones. It reminds me a LOT of my own childhood… growing up in suburbia. Munchie loves being outside and […]

My Tinkergarten Village

A super giant picture today – but I really want you to see that comment. From the moment I became pregnant, my experience as a mom was less than the rainbow and butterfly experience I’d hoped for. I feel alienated, like a stranger in my own skin, and then once that little human appeared… I […]

The Day Our Play-Doh Died (and We Made More)

After a week of continuous assault (thanks to that awesome blizzard), my Play-Doh addicted child had finally squeezed the last ounce of life out of his crumbly play clay (which is now resting in pieces at the bottom of our trash can… and under the couch… and in tiny crevices all over the ding-dang house). When […]

Why We Encourage Risk

Munchie is two an a half now… and for the better part of his life, he has been scaring the crap out of adults who are unaware of his… (unique? daring? risky? different?) abilities. Why? Because we encourage risk. Since the moment my husband and I started talking about children, we were reading and researching […]

That One Time I Got a Job and Totally Neglected My Blog

I’d be lying if I said a certain amount of guilt hasn’t kicked in. My memory is the equivalent of apples that have been mashed into sauce… with a little spilled on the floor and gobbled up by the dog… never to return. In a sense, my blog is our “book” of memories, our baby […]

Update: Rockbox Complete… FINALLY

Two months later… I finally got the motivation to complete the rockbox! (Original post here.) Washing the pea gravel was a bit of a pain, but I ended up drilling holes (three cheers for power tools) in the bottom of a Rubbermaid storage bin (like, a ton of them), dumping in a bag of pea […]

Sentimental Sandbox… Turned Rockbox

Last night, I got a message from a mom at church asking if we might want their old Crabbie Sandbox. All three of her boys grown. One is in college and the other two are now in the youth group… and they have known Munchie since he was an itty bitty little guy (well, as itty bitty […]

Homemade Felt Food… Because… Diabetes.

Oh, I’m sorry… does that title come across as a little extreme to you? Well, it’s not. Did you know the CDC is predicting that 1 in 3 Americans will have Diabetes by 2050?!?! That is freaking terrifying. Over the last month or so, I have been tediously sewing felt food by hand for Munchie, […]

Driving (Mommy) Up the Wall – Vertical Learning

The kids are always driving their cars around on the walls, so I figured a little ingenuity would surely make this a more educational (and fun) activity. Since I started putting our new playroom together, I have been trying to come up with ideas for using not only the flat floor space, but also our vertical […]
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