Frozen fun in Columbus

Anna & Elsa 2014

Zoe and I got to experience a taste of Arendelle this weekend without ever leaving central Ohio. Since Frozen still seems to be a huge hit with the little ones even after close to a year's time, I figured I'd share our experiences here for your reading pleasure. It all started with a party invitation. We've been invited to not one but three Frozen-themed birthday parties this year, and this Sunday's fete in particular was quite the spectacular event. Hosted at the Glass Slipper in Powell, it … [Read more...]

Staying connected as babies become kids

Fly my Little Butterfly

Each year of Zoe's life thus far has seemed like the BIGGEST year yet, with the MOST dramatic changes for her. From infant to sitting-up baby to crawling maniac to toddler, then from babbler to nonstop talker, and on up to almost-reading preschooler. Now she's evolving before our eyes from preschooler to a school-ager who can READ, and I can't help wondering when I'll stop feeling this amazed and blown away by it all. I love this mom's take on the phenomenon of watching our children grow and … [Read more...]

Shale Hollow Preserve, a creeking gem

Shale Hollow Preserve 2014

Our favorite new Central Ohio family fun discovery and the crowning gem of summer 2014 was without a doubt Shale Hollow Preserve, which just happens to be less than two miles from our house. Although this natural wonderland officially opened in December 2013, we didn't visit it until this summer in peak creekin' season. What a jewel we found. Situated on 188 acres, there are some unique geological features at Shale Hollow that make it more than just a pretty spot to go creek-walking and … [Read more...]

The last perfect pool day

Perfect Last Pool Day 2014

I've blogged before about our pool and how much we love it. I have shared countless tales about our little water baby and how much she has always loved to swim and spend time around the water. And recently, I even blogged about my new invention this summer, #PoolDayOnaSchoolDay, which won me the coveted "Wow Mommy, you're a nice mommy!" award from Ms. Zoebelle. But alas, all good things must come to an end - even summer itself. And so it was with both bliss and sadness that we heralded the … [Read more...]

Pool day on a school day

PoolDayonaSchoolDay

I've come up with some good inventions in my time, like date day (where child goes to school but parents stay home and take a vacation day together), date week (an entire week of date days - also known as a second honeymoon) and now my latest: #pooldayonaschoolday. Basically, the way this works is that we send Z to school in the morning and act totally normal - but then we head to her daycare super early (ideally during lunch or nap), scoop her up, get her into a swimsuit and spend the rest … [Read more...]

Five days of gratitude: day five

E & L

Day five of five days of gratitude! Some may have wondered why I haven't been grateful for my darling husband yet this week... well, that's because I've been saving the best for last. In honor of his birthday weekend, here are three reasons I'm grateful every day for the man, the myth, my E! 1. I'm grateful for the things we share in common, like our love for each other and Zoe, our love for our home and neighborhood, our mutual strong commitment to getting back to a life focused around … [Read more...]

Five days of gratitude: day four

NatureGrrl 2014

Day four of five days of gratitude. Here's what I'm grateful for today: 1. Words. I love writing. I love reading. I love learning new words. I love using old words other people don't use much anymore. I love big words. I love small words that say a lot. I love mellifluous words. I love alliteration. I love a good rhyme. I love song lyrics. I love poetry. I am grateful for glorious, glorious words. 2. Travel. I adore all stages of travel - dreaming about it, planning it, getting ready for … [Read more...]

Five days of gratitude: day three

BFFs for life

Day three of five days of gratitude. Here's what I'm grateful for today... 1. My monthly Moms Movie Night Out. I looooove going to the movies and E hates it, so earlier this year I decided to take myself on a monthly movie date. Then I realized other moms probably have this same dilemma, so I opened it up to all my Facebook friends. And now a couple of us go each month! We're a small group so far but I expect it will grow. I am loving getting to see grown-up movies for once - and it's nice to … [Read more...]

Five days of gratitude: day two

Z & Autumn 2014

Day two of five days of gratitude... 1. Awesome sitters. Even though our families live out of state and we don't get to rely on the kindness of free babysitters (aka grandparents!), we have a terrific team of Zoe-sitters. Anytime E and I want or need a date night, we can almost always line someone fabulous up quickly - and best of all, Z loves her sitters and really enjoys spending time with them. We've come a long way from the little girl who never wanted her mommy and daddy out of her … [Read more...]

Five days of gratitude: day one

NeighborFriends2014

Have your Facebook feeds been taken over by the "five days of gratitude" meme? I've seen a few people do it, and I liked the thought behind it a lot. Then, I was nominated by my dear cousin Jo to post three things I'm grateful for each day for five days. I've decided to repeat the posts here for posterity, because I put a lot of time and thought into them so I want to keep them. Here goes with day one... 1. Our amazing neighborhood. We are surrounded by incredible people. With Zoe being an … [Read more...]