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June 2011

Planning a four-day getaway to a northern Minnesota State Park led me to the topic of play. After thinking about taking a break from blogging, I wanted nothing more than to blog about taking a break. So from this breezy "office" full of majestic white and red pines, I will offer what I’ve been learning about the importance of play, a vital activity regardless of our age. Read more →


Share: Monday Music

Even my kids recognize the first few notes of my favorite songs, and they'll race to turn up the stereo. The tunes that blare from our speakers lately include: "Open Arms" by the UK group Elbow, "Time Spent in Los Angeles" by Dawes and Sloan's "Follow the Leader." Read more →


In order to make this summer fun and memorable for my daughters and me (probably more for me), I have tried to stop myself from saying no and first ask myself, "why not?" The summer is still fresh, and we have been busy with scheduled activities, but recognizing the potential... Read more →


What ELSE (Explore Learn Share Etc.) Wednesday Did I really think summer would slow things down? Driving the kids from their morning activity straight to afternoon swim lessons is wearing me out! Hopefully our relaxing summer will truly begin this weekend. In the meantime ... I'm exploring simple ways to... Read more →