• Adventures

    When People Fly

    As you may have noticed, we are big fans of road trips. Flying? Not so much. In fact, my family of four had never flown anywhere together until this past weekend. We’ve flown individually and in twos and threes, but never all four at once. Current circumstances are such that it just made sense this summer for us to fly,…

  • Heritage

    Road Trip circa 1952 – Part 2

    This is the second installment of my transcription of some cassette tapes I recorded in the early 1990s. This one is of my mother telling of a 26-day road trip her family took in 1952 when she was 10 years old.

  • Heritage

    Road Trip circa 1952 – Part 1

    Recently I came across a batch of cassette tapes that I had recorded in the early 1990s. There are several of my Granddaddy telling stories about his life. As I'm getting these priceless treasures digitized I thought it would be fun to share some of the stories here. One story Granddaddy told was of a 26-day road trip they took…

  • Literary Pursuits

    Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden

    When I was a little girl learning to read–just emerging into chapter books–one of my favorite authors was Beverly Cleary. Did you love her books, too? Lyle did. In fact, I dug out his boyhood copy of Ribsy especially for this post. (That’s Sits posing with Ribsy. If you aren’t acquainted with Sits you can learn more about him here.)…

  • Grand Tetons
    Adventures

    Five Day Road Trip

    This past weekend we had a very quick road trip to Colorado and back. We spent a lot of hours in the car but Lyle planned two different routes going and coming so we enjoyed a wide variety of scenery along the way. Our Route Travel Stats Destination: Lakewood, Colorado Number of days: 5 Miles traveled: approximately 2,250 States Idaho…

  • How to create a travel notebook
    Homeschooling

    How to Create a Travel Notebook

    Our plans this Memorial Day weekend include a much-too-short road-trip. Sort of a mini-vacation but with not enough time to do all the things we’d like to do. On trips like these, where we’ll be spending many hours in the car, I like to plan travel notebooks for the kids specific to the route we have planned. When my girls…

  • Adventures

    Winter Adventure

    Our Christmas celebration didn’t exactly come together as planned this year. Or maybe I should say that our Christmas plans evolved and changed quickly from day to day during the month of December. It was definitely a non-traditional Christmas. We ended up making a very fast trip to Denver for the Christmas weekend. We had thought we would take off…

  • Adventures,  Lifestyle

    Heading into Winter

    We’ve been living in the “shadow lands” for weeks now. Short gray days and long dark nights. And that’s just fall. Which is why I am have been looking forward to the winter solstice. Because: more daylight. Random thought. Even though Jesus was most likely NOT born on December 25, I think it’s appropriate we celebrate His coming as the…

  • Adventures

    Ahh, November…

    I have a love/hate relationship with the month of November. On one hand, it’s the month I was born… and the month I got married… plus the month for giving thanks. So there are those celebrations. On the other hand it’s so very dark and a not-so-pleasant harbinger of the winter months to come. There’s not much one can do…

  • Adventures

    Guest Post: Driving

    A month or so ago I teasingly told Lyle that I had scheduled him to write a guest post for my blog. I thought I might be able to convince him to do it if I “assigned” him the topic of Driving. I still wasn’t sure if he would or not, but this past weekend, while we were camping, I…