Living in Southern California is amazing. There are mountains, deserts, beaches, and everything else in between. Living by the beach means so many beautiful places to visit and fun things to do. However, there are no giant trees, no perfectly fresh mountain air, and no pretty wildflowers growing alongside a winding mountain road. Heading to… Continue reading Big Bear Adventure
Living in Southern California is expensive. There is no way around it. With house prices nearing a million dollars and rent sky rocketing, it makes it hard. So we live in a small house. Partly out of necessity, and partly by choice. Continuing to live small allows me to stay home with the kids, home… Continue reading Living Small and Room Sharing.
It happens every year like clock work. I'm dying to breathe in the fresh mountain air, drive on a road with no stop lights, and see more sheep than people. I'm dying to go home. Home for me is a tiny little town in Oregon, by tiny I mean like not one actual stop light… Continue reading Growing up Oregon Style
By the time I was thirty weeks pregnant with my third child I was in major survival mode. My husband worked all the time, I had a busy four year old, and an almost two year old son. I have no family who lives nearby so it was a crazy and exhausting time… Continue reading Technology Cleanse
Lets be real here for a minute. Being a mom is hard, and sometimes I wonder if I'm even cut out for it. It's messy, and exhausting and requires me to dip into a reserve of patience that I didn't know existed. Yes, I am grateful for my life, I love my children, and I… Continue reading Band-aid in the Butter Dish
Sometimes living in two bedrooms with five people and two dogs makes me feel like I'm sitting inside a pressure cooker. It's loud and chaotic most of the time, being overwhelmed with request after request, and having your house constantly ripped apart by a small pack of hyenas can be stressful to say the least.… Continue reading Pressure Cooker
It only took about a month of having my daughter in public school to come to the conclusion that I wanted something different for her. My husband and I were desperate to find something better. We toured a private school that we knew we couldn't afford, we put her on a wait list for a… Continue reading Let Them Roam Among the Wildflowers
I thought I'd share a bit about our snail farm. While not technically a farm, it's about as close as we are going to get. People always get a good laugh when I tell them we have pet snails. Where did you come up with that idea?? Well, leave it up to a five year… Continue reading Snails,snails,snails, oh my!
Yesterday was our first official day of Spring break. Since we are homeschooling our schedule is usually pretty flexible. Some of you might wonder what kind of "homeschooling" are we doing? We've chosen to do more of a Waldorf inspired/ experiential learning/unschooling approach. After all this is Kindergarten. It should be fun, hands on, play… Continue reading Wandering on Spring Break
Hi there! My name is Kati and I am a stay at home mom to five kids. Yes, I said five. Ages seven, four, two and two three month old twins! I know, I know, we may be slighlty crazy. We are raising our little family in beautiful Southern California and are homeschooling/unschooling our oldest… Continue reading Party of seven here!