Holiday fun in Westerville

Westerville Holiday Fun

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in central Ohio. From Thanksgiving through First Night Columbus on New Year's Eve, there are tons of lights to see and festive things to do with the family. Westerville, in particular, is putting itself on the map as a holiday hot spot for kids of all ages. Here are four fabulous family events we've enjoyed in Westerville both this year and last. Plan ahead to register for these events next fall - you will be glad you did: Mother/daughter … [Read more...]

24 books of Christmas

24 Books of Christmas

Reading is important in our house. I'm a life-long reader and truly love books, so I want to instill a similar joy of reading in Zoe. Thus, we have quite an extensive and ever-growing children's book collection in her room and several other areas of the house. We also ebb and flow with our weekend library habit, although I'll admit we haven't taken any books out in a while simply because our weekends have gotten pretty busy! This holiday season, I decided to start a new tradition for our … [Read more...]

Taming the holiday chaos

EmmalinaElf2014

This blog post originally appeared on the Easton MomEscape site. Full disclosure: I serve on the MomE Mavens panel and I adore Easton Town Center! But you probably knew that already. Women and moms everywhere are starting to feel the urgent pull of "getting it all done" before the holidays. It's a time-honored tradition to stress into a frazzled mess at this time of year! We'd like to help with some ideas to tame the chaos. We polled the Easton MomE Mavens - a group of fantastic moms and … [Read more...]

Lightseeing in northern Columbus

Lightseeing 2014

Have you noticed that a new word - lightseeing - has entered the vernacular in recent years? Lightseeing is like siteseeing, only it's focused specifically on seeking and admiring festive holiday lights. It's the phenomenon where you pile your family into the car after dark and head out to see neighborhoods decked out with holiday light displays - the bigger, brighter and gaudier, the better. Take my advice - singing Christmas carols as you go only enhances the experience! Last night, after … [Read more...]

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...]