Aug 08

Moving with Small Children

by Hannah Holt »


What it looks like:

box climbing

What it feels like:


Me moved houses! It was a good move for our family, and we are lucky/thrilled/happy to be in our new place. But I also spent most of the last few weeks packing and trying to keep permanent markers and box cutters away from two-year-olds. That’s part of the reason the blog has been quiet this month.

Also, summer isn’t complete without at least a few shenanigans. We’ve been taking day trips to the coast and visiting family.

Oregon Coast

We went to a carnival at our church last Saturday. The lady at the water booth asked my son, “Is it okay with your mother if you get wet?”

To which he replied, “It’s okay. She’s letting us roam free.”

He summed up my parenting style rather nicely:


I hope you all enjoy a lovely, unstructured, and carefree rest of your summer. See you in September with more crafts, games, and books.

  1. Stacy S. Jensen

    Congrats on the move. My son would love day trips to the coast. We just came back from a trip to Oceansides/Netarts for a friend’s wedding! Have a great rest of the summer.

    • Hannah Holt

      Wow, that photo above was taken in Oceanside. You were in our neck of the woods (maybe at the same time). Oceanside has a great beach for kids. Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer as well!

      • Stacy S. Jensen

        I thought it looked familiar, but I’m not familiar enough with the coast to know any different! Our friend had her wedding reception at the community center up the hill from the beach. :)

  2. Tina Cho

    Fun pictures! Glad you’re enjoying your new house and summer fun!

  3. grandma weight

    I just gathered eggs from a friend’s chicken coop. I hear free range eggs are better for you–so free range children must turn out the best!

    • Hannah Holt

      Perhaps a little on the wild side but happy. :)

  4. Erik - This Kid Reviews Books

    Have fun in your new house! We just moved too! 😀

    • Hannah Holt

      Hey, congrats to you, too Erik. I hope you enjoy your new place!

  5. julie rowan zoch

    Love the free range sign. So want to hang out with your creative mind someday!

    • Hannah Holt

      Julie, I would love to hang out with you! One of these years I’m going to scheme my way into the RMC-SCBWI conference just so we can have dinner.

  6. Romelle

    Congratulations on your new home. I understand the busyness of it all. Looks like your kids enjoyed the mountain of boxes! Fun for them, more work for you.

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Romelle. I’m going to check our your blog next. I hope you have a summary about LA!

  7. Susanna Leonard Hill

    Out of the mouths of babes! That is funny, Hannah – she’s letting us roam free :) Glad you’re happy with your move and still having time for fun summer shenanigans :)

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks. I hope you are enjoying a few shenanigans yourself. :)

  8. Heather Newman

    Free Range Kids are the best! I’m glad your move was a success and enjoy the rest of your summer shenanigans :)

    • Hannah Holt

      Yes, so much better than leashes. 😉 Enjoy your summer, too!

  9. Catherine Johnson

    We’re very familiar with free range and wild lol. Hubby would prefer more structure but you’re only young once :) Enjoy your new surroundings.

    • Hannah Holt

      :) Thanks, Catherine.

  10. Evelyn

    That free-range children sign is my favorite thing this summer!!!!! Can I get it printed really large for my front yard?

  11. Ann Harrison

    I haven’t moved with my children but I can imagine it can be a bit chaotic. Heck, I can’t even entice them to pick up their shoes! Ah well, there are worse things, right?

    Happy to have connected with you through Evelyn a.k.a. Momsicle Blog, on Twitter :->