Sacramento Train Museum

When Grandpa visited our new home, we wanted to do something fun for the kids and for Grandpa. Grandpa is a history buff and a long time railroad man (working for the commuter rail in New Jersey his whole career). My kids are avid Thomas fans, the trains still come out to play on a…

Car Camping Adventures

Last summer my son’s pre-school class did a two week long module on camping.  They read books about it, pretended to cook over a campfire, and ended with a “camp out” durning nap time where they told stories around imaginary fires and slept in sleeping bags. It was adorable. Until my son started asking me…

Messy Art Day

Just the name sounds promising, Messy Art Day.  With a name like that, how can you not go?  Living in the bay area, I know that all the preschools these days use label like “sensory exploration” and “creativity through different mediums”.  But when I was a kids it was just called art, or messy art,…

9/11 Memorial

Today is September 11th, and like most Americans,  I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing on that terrible day back in 2001.  I remember the days after and I remember the first time I saw Ground Zero.  In 2005 I moved away from New Jersey and the constant visual reminders but…

Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons

My trip to New Jersey was not planned, it’s only intended purpose was to say good-bye to my friend.  My wonderful sister drove home so she could attend the services with me and support me on the difficult day.  But, at some point realized we were both in town and it was 1 week before…

A Quick Visit to Salt Lake City

Since we flew in and out of Salt Lake City for our summer Wyoming/Yellowstone adventure, we decided to take a few hours the day we were returning home to check out the city itself.  Salt Lake City is both the capital of Utah and the most populated city in the state.  Founded by Bringham-Young, the…