Holiday fun in Westerville

Westerville Holiday Fun

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in central Ohio. From Thanksgiving through First Night ColumbusĀ 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...]

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...]

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 FrozenĀ 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...]

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...]