Ever since she was four years old, my daughter has been wanting to write a letter to David Attenborough. David Attenborough is an English broadcaster, naturalist, and popularizer of science. He has been on the air for 60 years, traveling all over the world and bringing the stories of the animals of the planet to millions of people. He is the creator of shows such as “Life on Earth”, “Planet Earth”, “The Frozen Planet”, and many more. Here in the United States, his nature documentaries are narrated by people like Oprah Winfrey or Sigourney Weaver. However, it is David Attenborough who has spent a lifetimeRead More →

Sometimes the spark of a single question can send you on the greatest adventures… Spring is in the air here in the Sonoran desert. Flowers are just beginning to bloom, nurseries are filling their yards with gardeners delights and we have just about reached the perfect temperature of 70 degrees. For us, the coming signs of spring arrive with the bees who, by the hundreds, come out to gather nectar from our newly blooming rosemary. As we noticed that in our immediate vicinity  only our rosemary was attracting such a large amount of bees, Kat came up with her spark of a question…Read More →

Raising kids with a “can do!” attitude… Ever since Kat could walk, we’ve been getting our hands dirty. We build, we dig, we collect, and we examine. We try to see problems as challenges and questions tend to invite ideas and quests to find answers. Of course, we all have our strengths and weaknesses, but we’re always seeking to build our skills and improve our outlooks. I’ve wanted Kat to grow up feeling empowered, capable, and confident. So far, she has had little trouble powering through and looking for the next fun thing.Read More →

Let’s get this ball rolling! I am fascinated with Rube Goldberg Machines. I remember when Pee Wee’s Big Adventure came out, one of my very favorite scenes was when he woke up, and this elaborate machine made his breakfast. I thought, how cool it would be to wake up to a pancake breakfast every morning, without having to do anything!Read More →

“We embarked on our journey to the stars with a question first framed in the childhood of our species and in each generation asked anew with undiminished wonder: What are the stars?”  ~Carl Sagan   I love to learn about space and space exploration. When I was a little girl, I would wake up early before school to watch the space shuttle launch, and dream about one day going to Space Camp. I loved going to the planetarium, and I would collect star books and try to find the constellations in the night sky. As my own daughter has grown up, we have begun toRead More →

Last year, Kat and I enjoyed the fruits and vegetables that came from our first garden in our new home. We went through the trials and errors of proper watering schedules, organic pest control, and soil acidity. Some of our plants were very fruitful while others were not, and we ate and learned our way through our first big garden project. This year, I was struck by inspiration while reading a bedtime story to Kat. We had been reading “The Secret Garden” by Francis Hodgson Burnett, and Kat loved the idea of a special place the children could call their own while they played outsideRead More →

If you don’t like how a book ends, write a new one! Last year, I introduced my daughter to the wonderful world of Beatrix Potter. We started out with The Classic Tale of Tom Kitten, and it wasn’t long before every trip to the bookstore involved a new story about another cute animal. We became pleasantly acquainted with Mr. Jermey Fisher, Moppet and Mittens, Benjamin Bunny, and Mrs. Tiggywinkle. I remembered reading these books as a child, and I was so excited to expose my daughter to the books that I had so adored.Read More →

Last week, my daughter began working with maps. We printed out a ton of worksheets that went over the concepts of directions, map keys, and using pictures to represent places. We drew maps of our house, of our bedrooms, and we put things in the wrong areas to try to trick each other. Throughout the day, directions were a main focus. If we drove to the store, we would call out directions as we went. While we were walking to the park, we would talk about the directions we were going as we walked. After spending all day learning about directions, maps, and how theyRead More →

In celebration of our beautiful spring weather in Arizona, my daughter and I decided to focus our newest project around flowers. We have picked them, pressed them, planted them, painted them, and painted with them. Those projects were all very fun, but we wanted to try something new. We have been trying to gather some edible flowers, and while searching online for information on them, we came across this recipe for candied rose petals. Keep in mind, that you can use this recipe for any type of edible flower. They will make beautiful additions to cupcakes, cakes, or will be great simply as a snack. The preparationRead More →