The Weekender

by , posted on February 28th, 2014 in Features




It is not lost on me that people pay me to do things like make dollhouses out of cardboard boxes. I don’t get paid lots mind you, but it’s a nice thing for sure.

You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about my career path lately. It might be my age. It might be the “creative” thing. It might just be that I was born with a restless spirit. All I know is that I’m beyond grateful that for the past several years, I’ve been able to do the type of work I have.

Speaking of work, our 13th and final episode of Adventures in Learning airs next week! We’re going out with a big party. Be sure to tune in on Monday to watch.

I’m super proud of the series. It was the first time I’ve developed and produced something on this scale and while there are certainly things I’d change, I’m content. I’ll talk more about it next week, but for now, I’d love to hear what you thought of it and which episode was your favorite.

Here’s a list of episodes in case you need a refresher…
Stargazing | Farmers Market Math | Shape Hunt | Trees | Living(room) Global | Hot Cocoa, Warm Hearts | Bedtime Stories | Toymakers | Feelings | Pen Pals | The Writers Club | Electric Dough

I hope you have an amazing and relaxing weekend!

Here are some things this week that caught my eye. I think you’ll enjoy them too…
A sweet woodland birthday party
for Lego-fanatics
Amazing to watch both the evolution of the artist and the explosion of followers
A meditation on flow
A new style blog for the guys
How to fail artfully
Lighting tips for bloggers/photographers
Ground control to Major Tom
More about those Finnish schools
I can’t imagine this being us one day, but I know logically it’s inevitable
For you photography lovers, a new exhibit at the Guggenheim

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5 Responses to “The Weekender”

  1. Sandra Says:

    February 28th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    The girl’s favorite episode is when you were at the farmer’s market. She thought it was very interesting because she does the same thing. “It’s like they were coming here, seeing what I do. And it was very summery and I like summer. But I like all of them – that’s just my favorite one.”

    Got all choked up looking at the empty nest kids’ bedrooms! That’ll come up FAR too quickly. We had parent/teacher interviews yesterday and today so the “future” is more on my mind.

    For me as the adult, what I love about your PBS series is that you are relatable and real. It’s not a fakey Disney-fied series with the kids as mini-adults. You seem like a family who could be living next door.

  2. ltg Says:

    February 28th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    We loved your series! It’s a pity that it won’t continue. I feel bad. I wish I had given feedback to PBS, because I believe videos like yours (artfully done, authentic, very real) is what the (family) audience needs. I appreciated seeing mistakes, each episode is perfect because of those mistakes. I have a few favorites, the Livingroom Global, Stargazing, Pen Pals, the Writers Club. My daughter’s (6) favorite was a tie between Pen Pals and the Writers club.

    I would like to thank your children for sharing their enthusiasm, for showing us how to have an adventure with little at hand. Oh, and your husband is a master videographer!

    Thank you, too, Jennifer! I hope we will see similar productions (if not better ones) from your family in the future. Till then, we will be following this awesome blog.

  3. Jill P Says:

    March 1st, 2014 at 8:49 am

    You and Dave did such an amazing job with the series! My three looked forward to every episode! And of course so did I! They were so beautifully produced and gave a nice balance of teaching and entertainment. They will be missed.

    And thank you for my link! I love that you are doing The Weekender like I used to, although no more. It’s such a great way to wrap up all the internet goodness to share

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family!! Can’t wait to see what’s coming next with you and Dave! Exciting things are in your future!

  4. Jenny Says:

    March 1st, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I loved the whole series, Jen, but I really loved the Tree episode and the toy making episode. The tree episode was so cool… I loved learning something new about them! I love that your neighbor took you all out and shared her knowledge with you. The toy making one was just plain fun. :) I’m so excited to see what’s coming up for you!

  5. Jane@Buzzmills Says:

    March 4th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    It’s sooo hard to pick just one…I loved the first one, stargazing…but then the farmers market one…and then the hot cocoa…and then electric dough…well, truthfully…I felt so touched (i know that might sound weird a bit) after watching each of these…having children a bit younger than yours are, we are still in the “just make it through the day” stage sometimes ;) but, really enjoy doing things with the kids and taking time out of the day to simply teach them something new in a fun way…watching these episodes makes me happy and excited for the years to come with our kids and engaging them in the world around in a meaningful manner! Great job to you and Dave! Also…thanks for sharing our woodland animal party! :)

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