A Service Station Start to Family Fun

If you haven’t gone to a pumpkin patch this year, there’s still time. Do it! It’s great family fun. Ali and I took the girls this past weekend, and we can chalk it up to another Nurture Her Nature adventure. Ali, bless her, got in from a business trip way early in the morning, but she was still raring to go (though she was running a bit late and wasn’t quite dressed in festive wear). I know, we can’t fault her for that; however, I can’t quite let her forget it considering she is the holiday honcho.

Of course, I had forgotten to get gas. We were headed out on minor roads, so we needed to hit the first station we came across; it wasn’t likely we’d see many along the route. Lucky for us, there were no gas-mart Speedway-type stations. No, we got to experience a true service station — you know, like “back in the day.” A couple of motocross bikes had to move out of our way so we could access the one remaining working pump. Before I had a chance to get a good look at where to insert my card in this non-digital pump, the woman working the station was outside asking how much I wanted. (more…)


Pork Katsu with Tonkatsu Slaw and Tonkatsu Dipping Sauce

The previous owner of my house subscribed to a really great little magazine called SunsetWhen they moved out, they forgot to update the mailing address so now every so often I get this fun magazine in my mailbox. It is a lifestyle magazine with different themes for each subscription, and unlike many other magazines I have seen, they include the best recipes. When I saw a recipe for what looked like an Asian version of schnitzel, one of my favorite childhood foods, I knew I had to try it for our next Nurture Her Nature dinner. (more…)


The No Good, Very Bad, Terrible Week

When Riley was three, she was enthralled with the Bubble Guppies. It wasn’t the worst show out there. In fact, despite its very-kids-cartoon characteristics, I found it very easy to listen to in the background while I went about my normal chores. It also gave us a really good framework to use when talking about a very frequent emotion in our house full of girls: the grumpies. (more…)

Year 6

My Story turned seven this weekend. We had a lovely get-together with family and friends who are considered family. No special decorations, games, or scripts. No lavish presents or gestures. Just a simple day with lots of love and laughter. Oh, and this cake (thanks again for the idea, Ali!):




A Big Step Towards Independence

This week Riley took a big step. Just two weeks past her fifth birthday, she took a step into a high school gymnasium and stayed there. By herself. No, no. Not totally by herself. She was in the trustworthy and very capable hands of a group of high school cheerleaders. She was participating in the clinic that they were hosting, which would teach her beginner cheerleading and culminate in leading cheers on the sidelines as the high school football game that Friday. (more…)