My mom is big-time into sewing. She has a sewing business and sells her creations at gift shops on the island. She also loves to make quilts. I don’t have the sewing bug, mostly because it is so detail-oriented and requires so much concentration that I can’t do it for very long before feeling like… Continue reading Crafternoon!
Houses here on the island are built higher than wide. They are on pilings so that they’ll be up away from the tide when storms pass through. My house is three stories on top of pilings. Every time I go to the grocery store, I have to walk up four flights of stairs for each… Continue reading We built a pulley to lift our groceries!
I have always loved to read. I was a regular at the library as soon as I could ride my bike there, and I still read about an hour a day, usually right before bed. I assumed that my kids would be natural readers as well. My daughter does enjoy reading. She’s very picky about… Continue reading What to do if your kid hates to read…
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is nestled between the ocean on one side and the ferry dock on the other at the southern end of Hatteras Island. I wanted to take my kids since we live here now. I grew up in Hatteras, and I’m very proud of the fascinating history of the Outer… Continue reading Visiting the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
When we were in Atlanta, my son Hunter played in a soccer league that was very competitive. Honestly, Hunter was way out of his league as far as skills, and should never have been a part of that league. He had played with some of the kids in a county rec league and we knew… Continue reading Small town sports are where it’s at!
Sometimes it feels like 80% of my parenting efforts are centered around keeping negative influences out of my home, and most of that is centered around the internet. My kids, like all kids nowadays, have online games they enjoy (Scratch, Roblox) and they want to have time online to goof off and play their games. The… Continue reading Protecting kids from the internet…
The older I get, the more I like winter, especially hiking in the winter. For one thing, it’s so hot in Atlanta in the summer that it feels like you could melt into a puddle right in the middle of the trail. There are only so many clothes you can take off. In the winter,… Continue reading Winter Hiking
We’re living in the age of the helicopter parent. Things that used to be normal for kids, like riding bikes or walking to school, now seem fraught with danger. Thanks to the media, we know every awful thing that happens to a kid anywhere in our country, even the world. Everyone knows about Madeleine McCann… Continue reading Raising Independent Kids
I didn’t know bikepacking was a thing until I saw videos of it on YouTube. It’s like backpacking, except you carry all your gear on your bike instead of your back. My 9 year old son and I both love riding our bikes, so I thought I would try out a bikepacking trip with just… Continue reading Bikepacking the Silver Comet from Georgia to Alabama
This summer I’ve been thinking about which activities my kids are going to participate in when fall rolls around. We homeschool, so I do like them to get out and about and see other kids, but I’m also very aware of over-scheduling. It’s homeschool, not run-around-town-school. I think one of the biggest myths perpetuated to… Continue reading The Over-Scheduled Child