> Thursday qualified as a Big Deal around here. It was Punky’s First Field Trip. Not to mention her first bus ride. In time-honored tradition, our destination was a local apple orchard. The parents rode separately and when we arrived before our class, we were greeted with a scene from a horror movie. As we […]


September 26, 2009

>Baby’s First Field Trip

>This past weekend, we made the first of what will surely be many journeys to Chattanooga to visit my oldest stepdaughter at college. I thought that Chattanooga would be a slightly hokier version of Nashville. I was wrong. I sort of fell in love with it. This probably had something to do with Friday night, […]


September 9, 2009

>Hello, Chattanooga!

>I feel like I need to write a quick post on this topic because I’ve spent the last two years on this blog periodically asking myself (and all of you) whether I was doing Punky a disservice by not sending her to preschool. Now, three weeks into her kindergarten year, I’ve gotten my answer. And […]


September 1, 2009

>A New Preschool Perspective

> We do have a membership, after all. And so, when I walked outside today and found that it was, strangely, room temperature, I got the kids ready (Punky chose the dress, by the way, not me! Also, it’s a dress I wore when I was her age!) and we headed off to Cheekwood Botanical […]


August 23, 2009

>Back to Cheekwood

>I’m pretty sure that Nashville is one of the best cities in America to raise kids. Seriously, there are so many things to do with your children here (many of them free) that we literally never run out of activities. And one of my favorite ways to while away a summer day is to go […]


August 16, 2009

>A Day at the Farmer’s Market

>Last year, I fell in love with Nie Nie’s blog. One of her last posts before the plane crash was about the back-to-school feast she put together for her two oldest daughters. I resolved when I read it to do the same thing this year, when Punky started kindergarten. And earlier this week, I did. […]


August 15, 2009

>Our First Annual Back-to-School Feast

There are plenty of places I could take my kids this summer that would set me back between $30 and $60, when tickets and lunches and gas are taken into consideration. And then there’s Warner Park. Cost? $0.Memories? Priceless. I’m continually raving about Warner Park’s play area, which sparks kids’ imaginations with its utter simplicity. […]


July 22, 2009

A Day at the Park, Water Edition

>Today, we took the little ones to Warner Park for a walk in the woods. Warner Park has a few trails that are perfect for little ones, and even has trail guides with points of interest for children. The kids were thrilled. I absolutely love Warner Park during every season and am so grateful to […]


June 6, 2009

>Woods Walk

>Punky begged for and received a camera for her fifth birthday, thanks to a very generous set of grandparents. I couldn’t resist sharing some of my favorites from her first day of shooting photos. It’s a classic day in the life of Punky Ferrier, and it includes playing in the backyard, a few attempts at […]


April 17, 2009

>A Day in the Life of Punky Ferrier

> Now that Easter has come and gone, I can safely say that Punky is well-versed in the true meaning of the Christian holiday. In fact, I was so concerned with making that aspect of things interesting to her that I completely forgot to mention the Easter bunny until late last night when it was […]


April 12, 2009

>Egg Huntery