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,…

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…

The days are just packed

Relaxing with the kids is exhausting! Camp Mummy feels like it’s been packed with activities the past two days, starting with grocery shopping on Monday morning. Surprisingly, we all piled into the minivan without incident or much nagging. I think Emma is often a calming influence on the younger two. The kids were even helpful…

The Weekend at Camp Mummy/Poppy

We like to keep things interesting on the weekends at Campy Mummy/Poppy (Poppy is the additional camp counselor available on weekends and the odd weekday). This weekend was the Black Sheep Gathering at our local fairgrounds. With free admission! So we headed there on Saturday morning and wandered around for a bit. It was easy…

Row, row, row your raft

My arms are really tired. So are my legs, for that matter. Duncan and I were the only kids who hadn’t been in the raft this year (or ever), so Adam decided today was the day to send us down the stream. We drove to some spot in Alton Baker Park, hiked down a road…

Berry sewing a cute cuddley thing

It’s me. Berry. I just finished my cuti wooti wittow stuffy!       It’s me again, Berry. I’m cooking lunch/food for everyone. In this exact picture, i’m making a    roast beef & cheese & butter sandwich for my sister Emma.     I’m at Cheese/Washington park building village ruins destroyed by an ancient   dragon….