Laura Jost

Laura Jost was born in Portland, OR, but grew up all over rural Oregon. She returned to attend PSU’s music program and never left. She has always been artistic: singing and dancing, writing, and generally being dramatic. After seven years in the software industry, she took a position as a stay-at-home-mom. Parenthood has taught her more than she ever thought there was to know about herself, pediatric medicine, over-committing, and what harm can come of a stick. She combats it all with honesty, humor, faith, and her crazy-amazing friends and family.

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Kids Gifting: An Act of Love

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Kids Gifting: An Act of Love

My kids use all of my tape–all of it. I never know when it’s happening, but when they emerge from their secret corners of the house to gift me their creations (some made entirely of tape and some just encapsulated in it), I can’t help but recognize the hopeful and loving looks on their faces. These tokens represent their time, heart and […]

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10 Ways to Have a Scream-Free Halloween

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
10 Ways to Have a Scream-Free Halloween

Before parenthood, I loved every Halloween except one spent hosting a Jr. High costume party fraught with bad decisions and tween drama. When our first-born was just a few months old, I gleefully dressed as a pirate, complete with broken tooth and loads of scars and bruises. As I sat and nursed my puffy goldfish, […]

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OCT’s Zombie in Love: A Review

| March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
OCT’s Zombie in Love: A Review

Oregon Children’s Theatre’s world premiere of Zombie in Love will totally eat your brain…er…worm its way into your heart. The tale, adapted from the charming picture book of the same name, is the ultimate undead underdog story. Mortimer navigates adolescence and high school with his unique lack of coordination, awkward voice, body malfunctions, and an […]

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Tears of Joy’s The Monkey King – A Review

| February 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Tears of Joy’s The Monkey King – A Review

We are lovers of puppets in our family (and even have a puppeteer among our ranks), so when the chance to see “Monkey King” by Tears of Joy Theatre came up, we were excited to see what these particular puppets were all about. I knew a little of what to expect from the website (lots […]

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Family Holiday Outing: The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

| December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
Family Holiday Outing: The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

One of my kids’ favorite things to do on winter evenings is to go Christmas light hunting. Wherever we need to drive somewhere, we make a game of finding as many lights as we can, hollering “CHRISTMAS LIGHTS!” whenever a new set is spotted. So when we pulled into the Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights […]

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Family Friendly Recipe: Root Vegetable Latkes

| November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
Family Friendly Recipe:  Root Vegetable Latkes

Hanukkah is early this year!  Whether you celebrate or not, give these family-friendly latkes a try.  Might even make a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving dinner. What are your favorite Hanukkah recipes? Ingredients 2 large parsnips, peeled 2 large russet potatoes, scrubbed 2 large carrots, scrubbed or peeled 1 leek, white and light green parts thinly […]

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Parenting: Spaghetti-Nos?

| November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Parenting:  Spaghetti-Nos?

Most parents have experienced being somewhere public with a totally out-of-hand beast that somewhat resembles your own child. They might be screaming, crying, yelling, laying on the ground, or knocking things to the floor with a sticky, combo inspector gadget/sith lord super-power. And you have so little energy or time that you simply have to […]

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A Closer Look at Scouting

| October 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
A Closer Look at Scouting

There’s been plenty of controversy in recent history around groups that are typically associated with the word “scouting.” Now, I was never a “scout,” but growing up, my parents made sure that we lived rurally enough that we spent many weekends in the woods, doing the country version of what is now called “urban foraging,” […]

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