Category: Other Fun Stuff

Tag-Team Irrational Kids

When Annika was two years old we learned that we would have better luck reasoning with a politician then her at that age.  Around the time she turned three she seemed to instantly gain some sort of conscience and we could usually come up with some sort of rational compromise.  That day cannot come soon enough with the twins.  I realize it is… Read more →

Our ‘Bugging’ Entomologist

As many of you know our Annika (aged 5) loves bugs.  At her preschool ‘graduation’ after all the princesses, fire fighters, and artists, the teacher announced:  “When Annika grows up she wants to be an entomologist”.  Most of the parents looked at each other and laughed and the kids all looked confused.  Like most parents I hardly even knew how to spell… Read more →

Tolerating Silliness

Annika likes being silly.  She thinks that when she is called a ‘silly girl’ that she has just received the highest compliment possible.  Annika is also not shy at all.  She has no problem going up to people and talking to them.  Sometimes she makes us proud, other times she makes us laugh, and once in a while she loses control of… Read more →

Eating RIGHT Out of the Garden

Our hope this with year with having a productive garden was to get our kids interested in eating different types of vegetables more often.  I wrote about this hope in the Spring in “Will Gardening Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables?”.  We thought that our kids would be excited about eating vegetables that they planted and cared for.  So far the results have been impressive.  The other… Read more →

Summer Reading

We previously wrote the blog “Read to Your Kids Before Bed Everyday” and I thought this needed an update. We still strongly believe in reading to you children everyday.  It takes some time to do but it is worth it, for the kids and youself.  We just signed Annika with the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Summer Reading Club.  She is in… Read more →

Save Money Saving Seeds

This year we spent over $50 on seeds for the garden with most of them being vegetables but some flowers as well.  My frugal nature always questions purchases like this and I wondered why we need to be spending so much when seeds naturally occur in the vegetables and flowers we grow.  Some of the things in the garden are already… Read more →

Giving Our Five Year Old More Freedom

A little while back we had a family outing to a very nice beach just North of where we live.  It was one nice day in all the terrible rainy weather we had been having, so we thought we better take advantage and do something outside.  The grandparents happened to be in town with their trailer and were accompanied with friends visiting from Australia. … Read more →

Would Money Change Us?

Recently we have been discussing the trend towards coddled kids and helicopter parenting and it is probably no surprise if you have read our blogs that we wish our kids to be independent and to appreciate experience over material goods.  I suggested in a previous blog that I felt that one of the reasons this trend towards coddled kids is that the purchasing… Read more →

Early Summer Garden Photo Essay

Summer has arrived and our garden is in full flower.  The garden gradually starts blooming and before you know it is a sea of colour.  I was impressed with the way the garden looked when I took these “Early Spring Photos”but the garden has progressed even more since then.  Our beds are just packed with plants that it almost looks like it is overgrown (I like… Read more →