Electricity is Overrated…Until You Need Coffee

I am sitting here at Starbucks updating my blog and answering emails. A windstorm blew out our power about 10 am yesterday, and our road isn’t high on the priority list when it comes to restoring power. We grilled hotdogs for dinner last night and used the bathroom by (battery operated) lantern light ....more

2015-2016 School Year

This is how Kalina feels when the barista spells her name right! Despite sending Apollo off to kindy, I’m not quite going to be alone this year....more

Why Kindergarten?

Yes, it’s true, Apollo’s hair is cut and he is getting ready for Kindergarten. Why? Why after homeschooling for so many years are you suddenly packing your youngest off to kindy? ...more

Make Room for Sick Kids

Apollo had his check up with his pulmonologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital yesterday. Dr R is our favorite doctor at Children’s. He has been the one from the beginning who listened to us, who values our opinion and considers us experts on Apollo (not all doctors do) ....more

Vanilla Pudding Cup Recipe

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Prioritizing Our Teens

For the vast majority of our 20 year marriage, our parenting has revolved around little kids. We had a baby before our first anniversary, and 10 babies by our 10 year anniversary....more

LEGO Mania {Star Wars Droid Tales}

LEGO is more than a toy in our house, it’s an institution. A right of passage. I have 109 blog posts that mention LEGO ....more

Pack a College Survival Kit!

In 1995, I spent a semester at the University of Hawaii, Hilo. I left Alaska, the state I was born and raised in for Hawaii. I traded frozen nose hairs and permafrost for sun and surf. The University of Hawaii had an excellent Linguistics program at the time and a tuition exchange with Alaska. I was able to attend the University of Hawaii at the resident rate; which happened to be cheaper than the university I was attending in Alaska. It was win-win...especially when you realize I dragged my brand new husband along with me!...more

Judah’s College Survival Kit

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A Near-Cruise Experience

This will likely be my last post about our trip to Oregon, even though I have scads of pictures (and stories)I haven’t shared. It’s gotta end somewhere, right? I realized one day on our sojourn, that camping is actually a lot like going on a cruise ....more