At the Rock Show

Recently my family was visiting OMSI and we saw that there was a small convention going on in one of the exhibit halls. It was the Rock & Agate Show being put on by OAMS. They had all the cool stuff you would expect at a rock and mineral show like how to grind rock…

Chicken and Spinach Bread Dumplings

In an effort to increase the intake of vegetables with our kids we’ve experimented with many ingredients to come up with interesting and somewhat successful dinners. One of our new favorites is Chicken and Spinach Bread Dumplings. We bought a couple of dough balls from WinCo and weren’t sure what to do with them. Lisa…

Savvy?

Background: Safeway had a program to donate to schools. From September 10th to October 17th, 2009 schools can collect receipts from Safeway with Back to School written at the bottom. These can be redeemed at 10% of their gross value. So collect $3000 in receipts and Safeway will reimburse the school for $300. Woo Hoo!…

Learning to crash.

My kids received bicycles for Christmas and they have not had much of a chance to ride them due to very cold weather (it’s cold here in the winter, who knew?). It has recently become warm enough that this is not an undesireable activity and we went to task showing them how to ride. They…

Exclusionary Child

At Church on Sunday my daughter was happily coloring at the pew when my son informed us about some concerns he had with her activities. "Laurel’s making a list of who she loves and she forgot Brent." She spends many an afternoon playing with her little brother Brent so Lisa leaned over to double check…

Geniuses!

Every once in a while you are allowed to have one of those “that’s right” moments. This weekend my wife’s younger brother was visiting with his wife and two kids and they, like every other parent, think their kids are brilliant. Luckily we had our kids handy. Their youngest is 14 months old. We were…

Clouds.

Here’s another amusing child anicdote. We’re at church and the kids are coloring. Lisa leans over and says to Byron (7): “What’re you coloring?” “This is grass and this is sky and these are clouds.” Lisa noticed that 2 of the 4 clouds were in shapes. “What are the shapes of the clouds?” “This one’s…