Richard Scarry books


Lately we have been reading a bit of the many worlds and ideas of Richard Scarry. I was hesitant to read these for the first 4 years of motherhood for no good reason other than I didn’t love the art and sometimes the words and stories seemed too simple or silly. But it turns out these are big hit with the kids, and they are actually kind of fun to read!

The first one the kids loved was Hop Aboard Here We Go. We have also read the Adventures of Lowly the Worm (pictured above!), and Richard Scarry’s Best Counting Book Ever.

My absolute favorite (so far) is Richard Scarry’s Busy Busy World. It has silly stories with characters all over the world and even has a map of the continents and marks where the stories take place. The stories were all amusing and the pictures are really clever if you take the time to really look.

Which one is your favorite Richard Scarry book? 



Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft


Mr. 4 built this lego duplo farm. I don’t know if the balloon was there on purpose but it inspired me to have the boys make Hot Air Balloons. All you need are balloons, some type of stick, and tape.


The bendy sticks were easier to attach but could not hold up the balloon by themselves. The popsicle sticks were the most sturdy but were difficult to attach. Mr. 4 taped a bendy stick on top to make a handle for carrying, and Mr. 2 helped wrap extra masking tape around the balloons for decoration.


About, Daily Lessons

Homeschool Update – It’s been a while!



This beautiful boy is actually 4 and half months at the time of this writing. At 4 months he was 17#13oz and 26.5 inches. He can roll over in all directions and even scoot a couple of feet to get to items of interest. He discovered his left foot two days ago. I don’t know if he knows about the right one yet. He likes to tell stories and thinks its hilarious when I try to speak Spanish. Tickling his neck is sure to release a torrent of giggles.

Mr. 2 is going through a phase of dependence. He always wants to be fed or carried. He still has the same truck, train and dinosaur obsession he’s had for a while. What’s new is that he is slowly growing into a separate person from his brother. He won’t just go along with his brother’s games and will try to make his own contributions. He has even started to build by himself just a little.

Mr. 4 is showing an interest in writing the letters in his name. He draws or builds railroad tracks whenever there is an opportunity. He’s also been interested in learning about the body, but he refuses to let the dentist look in his mouth. Hopefully he will be less shy in 6 months!


Health, Parenting

Coconut Oil Story

On Tuesday I tried to walk the dog….without the dog. I made it to the corner of our street before I realized what was wrong.

Coconut Oil

I’m new to to the whole essential oil and natural products scheme, and I’m hesitant to try new things because who knows if what people put on pinterest is true? It turns out, though, that Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil is pretty much what its hyped up to be.

My baby and my toddler both have cradle cap. Only, I’ve been a terrible neglectful mom and I thought it would go away with time until my husband said to me a few weeks ago, “Have you seen M’s head? It’s all black and crusty!” Umm… WHAT?!


I washed his hair with a soapy washcloth and coated it with coconut oil and brushed it with a soft bristle brush one evening. Then we brushed it and put more coconut oil on in the morning and evening of the next two days and by then it looked like a normal scalp. 

The baby gets coconut oil and a light brushing in the evening and his scalp is clear except for on his soft spot.

Conversations, Parenting



Mr 2: is it necessary, mommy?

Me: is what necessary?

2: I don’t think he’s here…

Me: whose not here?

2: necessary!

Me: oh… do you think necessary is a person?

2: yes!

This is my fault because every time the dog barks at the window I say, “is that really necessary? Please don’t bark!”

2018-07-12_10-08-02_909Me: It’s my birthday today. I’m 29 years old.

Mr. 2: No mommy… you are 2 months old!

Me: No, that’s y0ur baby brother. He is 2 months old, and you are 2 years old.

Mr. 2: No mommy… I’m 3 months old!

Me 2: ….okay

I’m learning that I can’t win any arguments with my children. Also they tend to lose interest in the subject if I keep correcting them. They will figure it out! 



Adventures, History, Science

Northwest Railway Museum

The Northwest Railway Museum is located in Snoqualmie, Washington, just a short distance from Snoqualmie Falls, a beautiful hike involving a large waterfall. We went for the first time to the train museum a few weeks ago, and it was an interesting experience. It is a small, non-profit, volunteer based museum. When we visited on a Friday morning, there were only 3 or 4 other people looking around. You cannot go onto any of the trains, but you can run around the train yard as much as you want. Also, on the weekends they offer train rides that take about 2 hours to complete.

Even though we didn’t get to go on a train or train ride, the boys (2 & 4) still had a lot of fun running around.

See Inside Trains

See Inside Trains by Usborne – I bought this at the train museum’s book store and I am very glad that I did. It has a ton of information about different types of trains and how they were developed and how they work. Also, the flaps. My how the boys love the flaps. It keeps them interested in the book for ridiculously long periods of time (as long as I keep reading, that is).