If you happen to be blessedly unfamiliar with the 17 year cicadas, let me enlighten you. They are a species of cicada (yes, those big googly-eyed bugs that make that only exist in order to make that annoying sound so you know it’s hot all summer long) that has evolved to emerge from the ground in force on a 17 year cycle. Unfortunately for us, that doesn’t mean they only come once every 17 years. Each brood comes every seventeen years, but there are overlapping swarms of these things.
Jack and the Beanstalk simply couldn’t be a more perfect foil for hands on storytelling. First of all, Good Ol’ Jack doesn’t listen to his mother and mass chaos ensues. If you can’t make that work for you, then you just aren’t trying very hard. Secondly, he grows a giant beanstalk that turns out to [...]
If you enjoyed our review of Make Way for Ducklings, you will no doubt enjoy this live stream, courtesy of the Coralville Public Library. Mrs. Mallard has apparently decided that the library is an excellent nesting spot! Free desktop streaming application by Ustream MeghanI like blues, punk, crime drama, mysteries, knitting, science fiction, having boys, [...]
Margaret Atwood said: “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Well, we’ve certainly got that down. This starting new plants thing goes like gangbusters around here. The “getting them to maturity and harvesting a crop” part is touch and go. We have a big yard and easily have [...]
eMeals has provided me with a subscription to their service so I can put it through its paces and tell you all about it. I’m wrapping up my first week of eMeals, which I’ll tell you more about tomorrow. Today I’m going to give you some overall thoughts on how eMeals works for us so [...]
In my defense, bath time is usually at the end of the day when my circuits are fried. But today we had one of those diapers where you open it up and say, “This Is Not A Job For Wipes,” so I was comparatively mentally sharp at bath time.
So, if you’ve been paying attention at all- or ever- it will not surprise you to hear that nature is not always beautiful. In fact, it’s pretty darn brutal. (I have a theory that this is part of why all the world’s major religions keep having to tell us the same things over and over, [...]
Whether you love Classic Pooh or Disney Pooh, you would have to hunt far and wide to find someone who doesn’t enjoy Pooh Bear. And why not? The stories are full of themes about friendship and helping one another and understanding those who are different. Have a 100 Acre Wood party and celebrate your love of Pooh!
Updated: Now that I’ve seen the mother bird, I know this is actually a Northern Cardinal’s nest! See more posts about her at Back Yard Science. Our back yard is a bastion of kid-friendly landscaping. By which I mean… it’s full of holes the kids have dug, the hedges are pruned for ideal hiding spots [...]
This week’s installment of Mom’s Night In ideas brings you some ideas for gatherings that challenge your wits. Kids keep us on our toes, but it’s more in a brute force, whack-a-mole kind of way, so challenge the subtler, clever side of your mind for a change with these ideas. Bridge/Bunco/Penny Poker Night: Any of [...]
Am I the only one who remembers spending hours and hours chanting about Miss Mary Mack and her ilk while I tried to mimic increasingly complicated hand clapping patterns with another kid? I seem to remember that I wasn’t very good at this, but that a lot of kids were patient enough to play with [...]
Here is my recipe for home made, DEET free bug spray. (This is the kind that is safe for babies.) This will fill two 3 oz pump spray bottles. You can get them at Target for a dollar. I got my essential oils at Whole Foods, but you can also order them online. (I feel [...]