Is this for Z or for me?

Zoe Ballerina 2014

Recently, I've noticed a disturbing trend anytime we're about to get ready to do something really fun that I've planned for our family. Zoe has been balking just before each activity, saying "I don't want to do this. I am NOT doing this!" and then kicking up quite a fuss when I tell her we have tickets, we've made these plans, this is something you will LOVE once we get there. She insists that she doesn't want to and it often ends in tears on her part and bad feelings on both sides. Often I … [Read more...]

The Halloween sail

The Halloween Sail

It's Halloween today and I'm wearing orange and black. When I glanced at myself in the mirror this morning, I had to chuckle as I was reminded of a long-buried childhood memory that didn't come to mind until I saw these two colors together. I've blogged before that mine was a family of sailing enthusiasts, and that we spent many childhood vacations on the family sailboat. Once upon a time, as we were pining through winter and wishing for the summer sailing season, my Dad informed us that he … [Read more...]

Saving Alex-Henry: a cat rescue story

Stray Kitty 10-8-14

For almost a week, we worked with our neighbors and others in the central Ohio community to rescue a stray cat. We were aided by both friends and strangers in ultimately helping get the cat back to his loving owners. We called him kitty, Alex, Henry and Alex-Henry, but we now know his real name is Poindexter. Here is his story - the parts that we know, anyway - in timeline form. The kitty showed up at our neighbor's house last Wednesday and, knowing we're animal lovers, she texted us right … [Read more...]

Yes, Zoe, mermaids are real!

Weeki Wachi Mermaids

Ever since she was old enough to answer the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" our Zoebelle has replied the same way: I'm going to be a mermaid. This answer both amuses and delights me, for I too have been obsessed with mermaids since early childhood. But just lately, as she spends more time with the "school-agers" in her class and falls under the seductive sway of their influence, she has started to come home with troubling questions such as "Mommy, is it true that mermaids … [Read more...]

My little soccer player

Soccer Star Zoe 2014

This fall, I am not just enjoying my newfound identity as a soccer mom - I'm reveling in it! When I signed Zoe up for her first-ever team sports experience, I did not know what to expect. She's a very active, physical girl who loves to run and play - but would she like soccer? I felt like I was taking a bit of a risk signing her up for a team and getting her equipment - would the money be wasted? I hated soccer as a kid - heck, I hated all sports. I was afraid of the ball. I was a flincher … [Read more...]

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...]