Thursday, April 2 – Quarantine

Today, after spending a lot of time with my school work, I practiced playing my guitar. I was working on […]

Wednesday, April 1 – Quarantine

Today I practiced my violin outside, and continued researching Resin jewelry. I was planning on actually making something today but […]



I just made a St. Louis gooey butter cake. It’s delicious!



I have been baking. Breakfast is my specialty. I have made pancakes, waffles, bacon and eggs, cinnamon biscuits, sweet rolls, […]



I got new crayons! And they are Beautiful!

Thanksgiving ski trip to Keystone

We spent Thanksgiving in Keystone, CO, this year with our friends the Duncavages. Although there wasn’t too much snow (there […]

Eventful Memorial Day Weekend

There was more than one to spend Memorial Day weekend this year. Option 1:  On the Pantazis farmette, spending time […]

Grandma Shirley Comes to St. Louis

We love having visitors!! My grandma Shirley has traveled all over, lived in 20+ different homes, but prefers driving as […]

Laura and Ian’s Wedding – Island Style

Laura and Ian got married this spring! We were able to make a long trip out of it, first heading […]


In February we spent a long weekend in Chicago with Mark, Faith, and Jonathan. It was a blast! We took […]

“Will and Margaret are being maniacs”

There’s a little drama/Harry Potter spell casting in the Spencer house, regularly.

Keeping up with Maggie

There are so many hilarious “Maggie phrases”, conversations, and mannerisms, if only I would write them down more often! Here are […]

Merry Christmas

This year was one of our quietest holiday seasons. We had planned to spend Christmas at home and then join […]


Helen and I have decided it’s not too hard to get together midweek from time to time, or that it […]

Happy Halloween

Every year we are reminded that Halloween is a big deal in St. Louis. Neighbors decorate their homes, inside and […]

Will is 7!

Will has another harvest season and birthday under his belt. This year the birthday celebration seemed to go on and […]


There are things she says everyday that make me smile. Here are a couple comments she made in September, both […]

“I’m a pedaler now!” Maggie

Maggie has been riding the balance bike for about a year now. It didn’t take her long to figure out […]

Summer Finale

August was full of time at the pool and running through fountains to stay cool. The kids started school August […]

Wonderful July in Washingon

We spent a couple weeks of July in Washington visiting the Knellekens. Luckily we caught some of the activity on […]

Happy Summer Vacation!

Summer vacation officially began at noon on Wednesday May 27th. The kids all had a great year with their teachers! […]

Save the Polar Bears – Part 2

Today Will presented information about polar bears, climate change, and what people can do to help minimize their carbon footprint […]

Blue Ribbon!

Amelia’s science fair experiment, “How Intelligent Are Chickens”, won a blue ribbon at the St. Louis Science Fair! It was […]

Words of Wisdom

Amelia was helping with (being ordered around by) Margaret and her friend Sarah. They wanted her to push them in […]

Spring Break

Spring break was a success this year, thanks to outings with the White family, a couple days in Effingham, and […]

Mark Twain Art Fair

The art teacher at Mark Twain impresses us year after year with her annual Art Fair. She takes wonderful photographs […]

Science Fair

2015 marks the first year of science fair project opportunities for the Spencer family, and I mean family! Amelia was […]

Save the Polar Bears

Here is a conversation from this morning:   “Amelia, did you ask about doing the assembly?” “No”, with an eye […]

Super Powers 

When I asked Will if he wanted to do an exercise video after school yesterday he gave me an enthusiastic […]

Our girls are growing up

Recently Will and I were outside and I went to check on our chickens. As I was walking to their […]

Room of Tranquility

Amelia was home sick today, poor thing. We had a morning of movies, a popsicle, and just some much needed […]

Oh Margaret, you’re the best

When I went to get Margaret up from her nap she looked at me and said “you’re my mommy, you’re […]

King of her Castle

King of her Castle

I was just putting Margaret to bed in her newly improved and painted bedroom. As we walked in she said […]

Happy Halloween

The Halloween celebrations started a day early for the kids this year. On Thursday there were the annual Mark Twain […]

Baby chickens…more things I’m responsible for keeping alive.

A month ago, after an evening with Helen and John in Effingham, and a few drinks, we decided we should […]

Morning Goodbyes

We are well into the school morning routines. When Dave leaves for work all the kids require a big hug […]

Margaret Vision

During Will’s soccer practices, there are times when Margaret wears me down and I hand over my phone. Here is […]

Working Parents

Margaret was looking at a truck book this afternoon and said “dada drives a fire truck.” I asked “what does […]

First Day of School

August 13th was the first day of third grade for Amelia and the first day of KINDERGARTEN for Will! They […]

2014 Summertime Synopsis

We had a fabulous, fun-filled summer vacation. The kids finished school May 29th and started their swim team season on […]

Amelia’s 2013/2014 Artwork

It’s always fun to go through Amelia’s art folder at the end of the year. The art teacher is outstanding […]

Amelia’s Dance Recital

This is the third year Amelia has danced with the Brentwood Dance School. It’s a great program, taught by the […]

Odds and Ends

As usual, the kids have said several things I’ve meant to write down. Here’s what I can recall right now: […]


Mom: “Will, please put your clothes away.” Will: “Ugh, can’t you just give me a day off?” Mom: “Are you […]


“Most pretzels just have the shell but peanut butter pretzels have the turtle and the shell.” Will

Amelia playing the violin

Here is Amelia playing the violin!

What will he say next?

I’m not sure if it’s Will or that I would find all 5-year olds funny (it’s likely just Will for […]

Wednesday February 5, 2014

We woke up to another snow day today. Amelia has only had 3 so far but it seems like it’s […]

Wednesday January 15, 2013

Today started out as “one of those mornings”. Maggie must be teething or just torturing us. I was actually awake […]

Happy 2014!

Happy new year! Here is a recap of our 2013 In January Maggie reached the 6 month mark. She was […]