The Pay-Off!

When I look around our Adventure Room (formerly the bonus room), I have to admit, I get a little bit teary. Look at where we started…. And here we are today! And I have to say, that having all of you along for the ride, has made this experience even better. So, thank you! Today, … Continue reading

Piratey Sails for our Ship

A great looking pirate ship needs great looking sails. And by great looking sails, I mean worn, torn and a little haggard… proof that they have, indeed, sailed the seven seas! TO THE LINEN CLOSET! I don’t know about you, but while we have a king size bed, we do not have king size pillows … Continue reading

Part 2: Building a Pirate Ship!

Hey all! It’s Mike again (Anna’s husband)… I see the Pirate Ship blog yesterday was popular. Something about Pirates. I’ll explain the masts and rigging in a minute. Much easier than I thought it would be. But first I have to tell you a quick ditty about the time I was on a secret archeological … Continue reading

A Manly Swashbuckler Needs a Feathered Hat

It seemed like such a simple plan. Cut two pirate hat shapes out of craft foam. Glue together. Decorate. Wear. All went beautifully until we got to the ‘wear’ part. It ripped. Immediately. The satisfaction of Crowley stenciling the Jolly Roger on the front of that hat was gone. Ugh. Ugh. And ugh. So it … Continue reading

Are You Hooked?

Your little pirate has an eye patch and a spyglass, now we need a hook for the hand! Here’s an easy way to make one in about 15 minutes! You Need: Red solo cup Red duct tape Aluminum foil Instructions: STEP ONE: – ADULT ONLY – using sharp end of scizzors cut a hole in … Continue reading

A Quick Pirate Eye Patch

We call my dad, Jerrypedia… because his name is Jerry and he’s like Wikipedia but more accurate. He’s a walking, talking encyclopedia. At all times, we are ONE phone call away from anything we need to know. Lost on a highway? No problem. See a bird and want to know which type it is? No … Continue reading

I Spy an Enemy Ship on the Horizon…

In our garage is what’s shaping up to be the most amazing pirate ship ever built… out of cardboard. Seriously, you are going to love it! At Camp Mommy, our week days have been filled with ocean exploration from crafts to science to reading, baking, and more. But on the weekends, it’s time for father-son … Continue reading

Message in a bottle… or maybe an ocean

This is a fun summer project to bring out the scientist in your munchkin!  What better way to understand what a wave looks like and how it moves than to create one yourself… in a bottle. And the best part is your toddler is perfectly capable of doing a lot of the work (as long … Continue reading

Ice Ice Baby!

It’s going to be 100 degrees today! One hundred degrees! And that’s in the shade, don’t forget. Do your kids play in the shade? I didn’t think so. That’s why I went hunting for a great extreme-heat craft/playtime event for Crowley. And I stumbled onto pure frozen gold. It’s from a blog I’ve come to … Continue reading

Which Number Comes After Three?

One of our goals this summer is to work on counting, numbers and shapes. And here’s the truth about journalists… at least in TV News… Great with words. Numbers, not so much. So, as a former reporter, I really have to focus on making numbers a bigger part of our conversation and summer exploration. I … Continue reading

Mesmerized by Moonjellies

Can you imagine anything more magical than your grandparent loading you onto a motor boat one summer’s night and heading out along the cool waters of the sea, only to find an ocean of magically glowing moonjellies? This is how our study of jellyfish begins, through the words of a captivating a children’s tale: Night of … Continue reading