How Our Kids Get Better Sleep

Last month Abalone had her annual well-check visit with her pediatrician.  We see the Doc every 3-6 months for a variety of reasons but mostly to reevaluate our tactics with dealing with both kids’ ADHD. Abalone getting better sleep turned out to be our top priority discussed during this visit.

One of the things we discussed was Abalone’s current place of residence in “La La Unicorn Land”.  At school, her teacher told me that a couple of weeks ago it took Abalone two hours to write her name, date, and three things she was planning to work on in her journal for the day.  The behaviorist observed A for a day and she noticed that A frequently stands in the middle of the room, not really looking at anything, sort of in her own head.

In addition, one of the problems at home is that she will talk and sing to herself for two hours after going to bed.  This has been a regular problem since before she could form sentences. She would her replay her day and we’d hear a lot of “Nuh-ah, Da-Dee.” from her room as she mumbled and grumbled about whatever barbaric treatment a two-year old could take from the word “no”.

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Huntington Park Gives An Up Close View Of Spokane Falls

Huntington park has a history that goes back as far as the World’s Fair, Expo ‘74.  But up until 2014, when the park was revitalized, many felt that access to the park was off limits.  However, today you can visit the park for an up close view of the Spokane falls, check out the Monroe and Post Street bridges from a different angle, get in a nice workout,  or enjoy a picnic with the family.

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Day Trip Guide to Gardner Cave, Washington

We might call Spokane our home town these days but for decades before now we lived in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.  We moved in December, 2014 and one of the reasons we moved to Spokane was that we could drive a half-hour in any direction and wind up in the forest.  That’s hard to find in the Bay Area without dealing with traffic. And a half-hour on the freeway (California) is a lot farther than a half-hour of surface streets (Spokane).  The Bay Area also has Mendocino (we love to SCUBA dive there), Tahoe and Yosemite. But those can all be full or crowded. if you pick a peak time of year.  Just try to find camping spots, on short notice, in Mendocino during abalone season.  That happened to us when the campground we reserved spaces at gave away our reservation.

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HPF Is Going Local – To Spokane

Hello HPF Readers!


I’ll be honest with you.


I’m not consistent with this blog at all. And I should be.  


You’re surprised by this revelation, right?  Probably not.


And I’ve  thought long and hard about why it is that I’m not consistent and realized that the current posts here on HPF and the topics I’ve been writing about have gotten away from me.  

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Why Garden With Kids, Part 2

We’re on to Part 2 of Why Garden With Your Kids? If you missed it, you can find part 1, Why Garden With Kids? Part 1.


Let’s just cut to the chase, gardening teaches kids important life skills, like:

  • Fending for themselves

  • Try and fail cycle

  • Perseverance

  • Biology

  • Caring for the environment

  • That food is nourishing and is the first/most important medicine for our bodies

  • That hard work gets you places/results

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Why Garden With Kids? Part 1

In 1943 there was a nationwide coordinated system to grow food at homes and schools;  community gardens were created and three-fifths of the US was growing food to help ease the burden on the war.  Victory Gardens, as they were called, were encouraged by the government for the people of the nation to do their part in producing food for themselves.   Eventually, victory gardens were seen as low-class and they fell out of popularity once the war was over.

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The Benefits Of Nature Therapy for ADHD Kids

You know that sunshine, fresh air, and exercise may make you healthier.  At least, I hope you do.  Well, there’s been studies done to show a link that exposure to nature can reduce the symptoms of ADHD, at least, temporarily.  But the study found that even just 20 minutes a day in an open field can give a child with ADHD (and their parent) a couple hours of calm.

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An Old, New School

It’s a sad and devastating day when a parent learns that a dream they had for their child won’t be coming to fruition.

In January of 2017 I signed both of my children up for the lottery for our local Montessori school. I was beyond disbelief and full of excitement when I learned in April of 2017 that they BOTH made it through the lottery and would be enrolling in first and second grade at the school the following fall.

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When You Move Into An Old House – A True Horror Story

When you move in to a 90 year old house, you’ll love the character and the quirks.

And when you love the quirks, you’ll start to notice that some quirks need to be upgraded.

So you’ll pick something that needs the most attention; and that thing will be the laundry room floor that seems to be growing beneath the carpet.

And you’ll pull up the carpet.

When you pull up the carpet, you’ll see that some tiles underneath need to be replaced.

So you’ll pull up those tiles (because you found a matching box that was left in the garage by the previous owner).

And then you’ll learn that there’s press board under the tile.

When you see the press board, you’ll see that it is water damaged.

And when you peel off more of the tile to see how far the water damage extends, the press board will crumble in your fingers.

So you’ll decide to pull up the press board and replace it (because what sort of idiot puts crumbling wood product in a wet room?)

And because you’re pulling up ALL the tile now, you’ll have to also move the washer and dryer out of the room.

When you move the washer and dryer, and pull up the crumbling press board, there will be a giant dragon’s den of a hole, ready to swallow you up, right below the spot for the washer and dryer.

And when you discover the dragon’s lair you’ll wonder exactly how long you had left before you came home and the washer and dryer had been sucked into another dimension.

And again you’ll exclaim to yourself, “Who the fuck puts press board with NO subfloor and NO framing under the heaviest appliance in the house?!”

When you’re just a breath past “fuck” your My Mechanic will whisper, “We bought a money pit.  I’m Tom Hanks.”

When you’re just about to ask if he’s going to make you sell the house a real life, fire-breathing dragon reaches out of the hole and snatches My Mechanic down into the belly of its cave, never to be seen again.

When My Mechanic is gobbled up you quickly find a handyman to fix the hole, put PLYWOOD on the floor, and install pretty, new, laminate flooring.

(Just kidding.  My Mechanic fixed it all up)

Never to see the dragon again.