The Less-Stress Staycation

For Red’s first real spring break, I started making plans to take them on a vacation. The main reason I chose to work part-time for myself, from home, was so I could have flexibility and be with the boys if they are ill or off school. I was wary of going away, however, because they…

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How to Help Kids Enjoy Skiing In Bad Weather

It was a great day for skiing. It had snowed off and on for a couple of weeks. This is the worst season since the 70s, the year after the best season on record, and suddenly there was lots of much-needed snow at our home mountain. Finally, almost every run was open. But it was…

Snap It Outdoors: Black Diamond

Red has done a few black diamonds over this season and last, but they have usually been pretty hairy, and involved tears by at least one of us. Last weekend we headed up to our home mountain, Bogus Basin, and the snow was great. It’s been a bad season, and we were delighted to finally…

How to Dress Your Kids for the Snow

For our family, going outside on a snowy day is automatically on the to do list, and a quick look at the thermometer and outside the window is enough for me to mentally assess what we all need to wear. If you aren’t used to taking your kids out into the snow, however, this can…

Snap It Outdoors: Shoveling

An unexpected 5 inches of snow fell yesterday. We woke up to a winter wonderland, despite the fact the weather had fooled us into thinking it was spring in February just the week before. We took Red to school, and watched the cars fishtail back up our street after, Small shrieking with delight while I…

4 Reasons Why We Live In Snowpants In The Winter

I have so many pictures of the boys in snowpants at this time of year, it’s silly. We met up with some friends for a quick neighborhood walk the other day and all 3 of us were in our snowpants. Nobody else was. It was a little embarrassing but by the end I was glad…

Snap It Outdoors: Me Time

It’s a cold day. It’s day 4 of my husband being away. The kids have been sick. But the snow is calling! I pack the car the night before, determined not to waste my intention. We drive in caravan with all the other hopefuls, cresting the corners to be met by the blinding sun as…

Snow Activities: Tracks in the snow

In Boise, we have had the inversion for a week, and we are done! It was so nice to wake up on Saturday to some snow (just a tiny bit) and more importantly, clear skies! The inversion causes all the smog and yucky particles to get trapped down in the valley, and I could feel…