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….

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…

Celebrations begin

It’s been a quiet week at Camp Mummy, as Duncan and Berry are at a French camp at their elementary school this week. It’s our only week of official summer camp and the summer has, essentially, been structured around it. Last Saturday we began our summer birthday celebrations with Duncan’s birthday party. He chose a…

Family Field Trip: Oregon Country Fair

People’s opinions on the Oregon Country Fair vary wildly. Some think it’s a load of fun, others call it a wildly inappropriate hippiefest. Yet everyone I talked to casually in the days leading up to it asked me if I was going. My answer: Yep! And we’re taking all the kids. 🙂 And then I…

Keeping cool in the summer

5 ways to stay cool in summer’s heat

Summer heated up sooner than I expected, with 90-plus degree days. We live in a charming old house, built in the 1920s. It doesn’t have air conditioning (or central heat, but we manage with a fireplace, baseboard heaters and micathermic panels). We have invested in a couple of window units, which takes the edge off,…

Ocean bound

Camp Mummy has apparently been too adventurous and engrossing to leave any time to write about it. I don’t even know what week of summer it is except it’s the week the little kids are at summer camp, which means I can actually sit down at my desk and answer email, pay bills and clean…

The R’s of summer

Two weeks of summer are under our belt (well, they were when I started this post on Tuesday). How are we stacking up against my original plans? Eh, generally OK. But I’m not sure how we could possibly fit more into our days. Learning to ride bikes We’re working hard on on this one, with…

Into the woods

It was the only night I could find a cabin in a state park anywhere near us. Not that I’d have been able to predict the weather several weeks in advance in any case. As we drove the hour and a half or so to Silver Falls State Park, the clouds couldn’t make up their…