October 28, 2017

It always starts innocently enough.

Eli was slowly pouring milk into his bowl (the red plastic one, per his request) to cool his tomato soup. His grilled cheese was on the stove, my spaghetti squash reheating in the oven.

There was a rare knock on the door. Landscaping company...winterize the sprinklers...check and check. I w...

October 24, 2017

"These are Third Grade monkey bars." 

Quinn had climbed the three-step ladder and stretched her arms to demonstrate the bars were just beyond her reach. 

The sun was bright, the afternoon was mild, and when I fetched the girls from kindergarten, we peeled sweaters and walked to the playground instead of the car. They were sh...

September 5, 2017

These days, the Pink Door House is brimming with All The Questions...

Mommy, what do porcupines eat?

How many stomachs do cows have?

Then why do people only have one stomach?

Why do people sleep in pajamas instead of their clothes?

Do leopards jump?

Do tigers swim?

What do milk and juice taste like if you mix them together?


September 1, 2017

Four days to Forget Cancer. A year ago, I wrote those words in this post about a long weekend spent at Priest Lake. 

It's still true.

It's still my place.

This July, Mom and Dad rented a house on the beach for a full week...


Our own little spot to master sand castle engineering.

Clear, shallow waters for hours of spl...

July 18, 2016

We did it! Three weeks of bug centered activities. If you recall, we started here...a bug nightmare resulting in a (pretty ambitious) round up of my favorite bug activities for learning and play. And boy, am I burnt out on bugs! Now I understand how my Aunt Charlene feels about 'Frosty the Snowman' after decades of teaching...

July 8, 2016

Some ideas are so good, you have to copy them just the way they are.

This is one of those ideas.

Squishy, smooshy baby bumblebees made from balloons filled with flour...and motions to accompany a memorable childhood song? Yes, please.

Here's the original post from The Inspired Tree House.

To make the bumblebees, you'll nee...

July 6, 2016

This simple sorting activity was a low-maintenance addition to "Bug Camp"...our week(ish) of bug-focused learning and play.

I combined some creepy, over-sized plastic party favor bugs with random handfuls of the kids' similar sized toys. I gave them an empty box that I recently brought home full of blueberries....

July 2, 2016

The day before we drove to Spokane, I sat down with the girls to make our "Bug Finder Binoculars".

Jason cut to size a leftover gift wrap roll that I had, which was nice and sturdy. But toilet paper rolls would work just fine for this project. We kept it simple and offered the girls washi tape, scissors, and colored string....

June 28, 2016

This activity kicked off our unofficial Pink Door House Summer Bug Camp.

Hopefully after a few weeks of projects, songs, and games about All Things Bug, the girls won't be as intimidated by our tiny neighbors. If you want to see what else we have planned, check out this post.

Colors blended and a little dry, the sun was setti...

June 28, 2016

Ah, summer....Flats of raspberries and boxes of fuzzy, juicy peaches from the Farmers' Market. Backyard water parks constructed of wading pools, pails, and the sprinkler. Grilled hot dogs dripping ketchup.

And bugs.

One of these is not a favorite at the Pink Door House.

If you witnessed the absolute, complete hysteria resultin...

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