The Daily B

Storytelling and Misadventures

September 20, 2020

the beauty of disappointment

The buzzer went off. B pushed hard off the wall and began slicing through the water as fast as her little arms and legs would take her. She reminded me of a wind-up toy in the bathtub, chugging steadily across the surface.Kris gave me a...

September 20, 2020

a vintage iron bed DIY

Last June, when we were driving home from Mexico, I looked out the window and saw something truly special. You'd think I was a kid passing by an amusement park the way I yelled and begged Kris to stop the car. He stopped...

September 20, 2020

the stanford marshmallow experiment

Kris challenged the kids to sit completely still and be absolutely silent for five minutes. He timed them. It was tough, but they succeeded. So he fed them ice cream. And, it went downhill from there. I'm sure someday they'll ace their SATs. ...

September 20, 2020

road trips with kids: the essentials

A lot of folks have asked how we pack for our annual summer road trip. Aside from the obvious – clothes, toothbrushes, snacks – there are a few items I don’t leave home without. I drive a Honda Civic Hybrid and both kids are still...

September 20, 2020


It's 111 degrees outside, and I've let the kids run wild indoors while I read a new book under the cool blanket of air conditioning. I'm not enforcing nap time, because we are all content, and frankly it's too hot to argue.The kids sense this,...

September 20, 2020

affordable art & B’s new gallery wall

When we designed B's room a few years ago, we hoped it would be a style that would grow with her. So far, that's been the case, as she went from a toddler bed to a twin...