Super science adventure and yes you CAN take your kids to a beer tasting!

Super science adventure and yes you CAN take your kids to a beer tasting!

I am big on moments.  When you have three kids, you don’t get whole days that are blissfully fantastic.  Travel can be a combination of intensely moving and sanity sucking (what the hell were we thinking?, do they not realize this is awesome?, this is fun dammit!, let’s get them…

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Ninjago Legos and six lessons learned as a result of following our kids’ interests

Ninjago Legos and six lessons learned as a result of following our kids’ interests

Ninjago is a fascinating Lego series (to kids…and their dads) that has been made more enthralling by the dvd series released with it, chronicling the adventures of the young ninja.  There is enough intrigue and danger to make it more exciting for “big kids” than your average “little kid” show,…

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PA to Maine-Acadia National Park

PA to Maine-Acadia National Park

The true destination of our August 2012 trip to Maine was Acadia National Park.  You can read about our first day of driving and where we stayed in previous posts, but I think Acadia held many of the most memorable experiences.  We could see the park across the water from…

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PA to Maine-Dixmont and Lamoine plus a simple tide experiment for the kids!

PA to Maine-Dixmont and Lamoine plus a simple tide experiment for the kids!

We left our hotel in Massachusetts after a filling breakfast and arrived at our first stop in Maine about four hours later.  We were headed to Lamoine, but stopped in Dixmont to see one of my husband’s old college professors and his wife.  Years ago this professor encouraged his students…

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Blending science and art in winter

My boys and I used to have a lot of time to do fun learning activities together that were based on their interests.  Now that one is in Kindergarten and the other is in second grade, I really feel the time limitations of the school schedule.  This week, they both…

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Observing nature in winter

A few weeks ago on a cold day, the kids and I walked around our yard to get some fresh air and see what was happening there during the winter.  As we walked, we heard the very loud sound of geese flying overhead.  Myself and all three kids immediately turned…

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Winter at the creek

Winter at the creek

Creeks are one of our favorite places to play, learn and escape in the summer, but they are also a great place to visit in winter.  If you are observant, you will find many learning opportunities by the water in the winter months. The ever changing landscape near a creek…

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Lessons on Wind at the Jersey Shore

Many of the learning opportunities we have with our children are unplanned.  Being observant is the only skill you need to teach your child something new about the world around them. When we spent a week at the Jersey shore in September, we learned many things by observing what was…

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Killens Pond and Rehoboth Beach in December

Ever since our first visit to Killens Pond, we have been eager to return.  We hoped to visit in the fall but found the cabins were booked until the first weekend in December.  We booked Cabin 1 for that weekend and hoped for decent weather. We lucked out with temperatures…

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Two Monarch Butterflies’ expedited journey from PA to Texas

Have you ever been late?  Not extremely late, but five minutes here, ten there?  Embarrassingly, I am consistently a little bit late.  I want to be on time, but find myself leaving the house at the last possible second every time.  Whether I have hours to prepare before departure or…

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