From the first days of my kids’ lives, I was their teacher.

I taught them that their little movements and sounds had meaning.

I taught them that their needs would be met, no matter what.

I taught them to recognize their bodies’ signals about hunger, thirst, and potty needs.

I taught them that this world is their world.


Montessori Toddler Paper Punching Activity

In our house, the playroom is for imagination, for open-ended toys, for free exploration. We have dress up clothes (mainly play silks and scarves), building materials (wooden blocks or legos), musical instruments, and other pretending toys. In the rest of the house, the kids tend to gravitate toward helping with real-life chores, like cleaning surfaces


Let Them Join You. It's Worth It.

It takes more planning. More time. More setup and cleaning afterward. It takes attention and effort to teach them skills and techniques.

But it’s worth the extra effort.


Dear Mother being pampered on Mother's Day

Dear Mother Being Pampered on Mother’s Day, To all of the moms out there who are being celebrated, I hope it’s everything you’ve been hoping for! I hope when the alarm clock (aka the waking toddler) goes off, your husband jumps up and allows you to sleep in. I hope you enjoy the breakfast in bed


One thing I’ve REALLY been enjoying in this house is having the kids work on projects on the other side of the counter, while I cook (if Anneliese isn’t already in the kitchen cooking with me). So having lots of little projects to grab is really really helpful.


kids in the kitchen

Get your kids in the kitchen and make these delicious crispy Greek potatoes!


I missed so much blogging during the last leg of our move. A lot happened and I might catch up later. But for now, let me tell you about HOME. We arrived several days before the movers could bring us our things. And then they arrived. And we started unpacking right away. It snowed a


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Ready for a reindeer craft? We headed to Dollar General for inspiration for a holiday craft, and of course the kids played with alllllll of the toys while we were there. And this is what we came


san antonio zoo

What’s up with zoos? Are they fun educational places to learn about different animals and our world? Or are they depressing animal rights nightmares? Here’s the run-down on the rundown San Antonio, TX Zoo, and how our family trip went.


We’re so lucky to have found such an awesome play group while we have been at Randolph AFB. The group is organized by Janet S., who plans themes for every Friday’s gathering. One week, we had bubbles and chalk to play with. Another week everyone brought their ride-on toys (tricycles, wagons, scooters, and more) for


I wasn’t sure how many shows we would get to see, or if they would be too long to hold the kids’ attention, but they were just the right length (even with us getting there early to find good seats just beyond the splash zone) and the kids loved them!


We discovered that there is a super-fun and relatively new playground in Schertz, just a few minutes from Randolph Air Force Base. We’ve been there a few times and definitely plan to visit more before we leave Texas. Every time we’ve gone, there have been lots of “friends” (what Anneliese calls other kids, whether she



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