Knitting for the digital age: Minecraft sweaters

My kids are crazy for Minecraft. After I made Duncan a Minecraft creeper sweater (OMG, I did not blog about this. It is the most awesome Minecraft sweater ever), Berry initially wanted a similar sweater in skeleton form. But by the time I got ready to knit it, she’d gone off the idea. So after…

My horrible sickness and an awesome play date

Last night i was puking everywhere! it was not very fun. Now I’m homesick from school! I was watching Netflix and now I’m writing this post. Yesterday i went and played with Flynn. He had another play date and he was going to go to his house. His friend was going to pick him up….

The best Valentine’s gifts — kind-hearted children

“We’re bringing home report cards for Valentine’s Day,” the 9-year-old told me after school recently. “My teacher said it’ll be your Valentine’s gift.” I always look forward to report card time, because I like to see how the kids are officially doing. Unofficially, they seem to be doing well — all but one of them…

A Christmas Miracle – our year in review

Given that I’ve been ill with a viral respiratory infection and then pneumonia since around Thanksgiving, pulling off Christmas at all this year has been a minor miracle. Sending out Christmas cards? I’d almost given up on the idea, but apparently I’m just too stubborn to let it go. I’ve sent out Christmas cards with…

Flying sick and the importance of breathing

I knew, finally sitting on our long flight across the country, shivering and shaking under our pile of coats, that I’d face repercussions for this. I didn’t know what else to do, other than fly home sick with the kids. But I knew it wasn’t going to just be OK. “This isn’t terrible,” I tell…

A life of endless ephemeral moments

I walked down the hallway outside my daughter’s classroom, having just escaped from her loving clutches. Another goodbye kiss. A pout. A hug. Extraction from her need. As I looked back over my shoulder, my mind paused the litany of the day’s to-do list. Art projects hung on the wall, backpacks lined the hall on…

Home Again

When I moved back to South Florida in my early 20s and back in with my Mum, I was anxious that the ghosts from my past would catch up with me and pull me under. Throughout my life, I’ve had a tendency to move from one place to another – England, Barbados, Florida, North Carolina,…

Emma in the pool

Swimmy times

We love finding ways to get the kids outside and having fun in the summer (well, all of the time). Summer is easier in Oregon, though, because it’s not raining. And summer = swimming. Hot temperatures, sunny days, minimal air conditioning in our lovely old house make it the perfect recipe for cooling off in…

Quiet camp

So Camp Mummy hasn’t exactly been full of providing children exciting and educational summer activities lately. Book reading enthusiasm has waned. Emma still hasn’t finished The Ruins of Gorlan (how can she live not knowing how it ends?) and I just can’t seem to get into the Warriors book about bands of fighting cats. Plus,…

Broken finger, birthdays, art and travel

Here’s a summary of the past week: Emma broke her little finger Grandma Yayoe came over for a fun art afternoon Duncan and Berry finished up summer camp We celebrated birthdays I got Duncan and Berry packed and ready for their trip to New York You can’t say we haven’t been busy. Afternoon art with…