As I soothed my four year old son in the middle of the night, I realized I've come full circle in these wee hours. So many emotions and memories, and I'm so glad to be able to soothe him, as his mother.

The big kids were tucked away in their beds, and my husband and I were watching a movie on Netflix while I nursed Henry. We heard whimpering from the kids’ room, so we paused the movie so my husband could check it out. It was Joey, but he was still asleep. It’s about the saddest


We decided to take the kids on a surprise field trip! Check out our visit to the California Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Facility. We had so much fun feeding the horses carrots!


When so much of our lives is scheduled, routine, or obligatory, it’s important to embrace the times when we can truly go with the flow. And outdoor play is one of those times.


Aug 28 2016

What I learned from my kids’ playing, and from their discussion of what was going on in their minds as they played. What’s the Zen of Play? Read all about it.


As the family sang to him, and I brought his cupcake to the table (chocolate zucchini bread with ganache-cream-cheese icing and sprinkles), his face lit up. A second later, I had to hold both of his hands, because he wanted to grab the flame on the candle. Fire is pretty amazing stuff, especially when you’re one…


They’ve been together their entire lives. And now, with Anneliese moving into elementary school, they’re growing apart… I’m so excited for both of them, and here’s why.


This post wraps up our “visible differences” challenge.


Henry made everything slow down. I know he’s my last baby (for real this time), and I’m trying my hardest to soak up the little moments.

I try to say yes as much as I can.


Zora got a hair cut and looks like a sweet little puppy now. Be sure to watch the video of her playing with the kids and doing tricks with them!


How to teach kids to help cook in the kitchen. Have special one-on-one time with each kid to do a special cooking project! Great idea for how to teach kids to cook.

Kids can cook real food – but we need to teach them how. Here’s how I’m teaching my kids to cook and giving my kids an arsenal of kitchen skills that will serve them for a lifetime.


Zora's IAMS visible differences challenge - part 1

Zora’s going to embark on a little challenge this month – let’s see what visible differences happen! This is part 1, with a sweet video of her playing in the back yard.


Family travel gear - 8 essentials you won't want to get caught without. www.Joyfulabode.com traveling with kids ideas

Do you have a family vacation or trip coming up? You won’t want to be without these 8 essentials for family travel. What’s on my gear list?



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