Summer of the pool

For us, 2013 will always be the summer of the pool. The first summer that Zoe had unfettered access to a fabulous pool on pretty much all our days off together. The summer that she taught herself to swim at the age of three by watching older kids, and worked so hard at it that by the end of the summer, on the very last day the pool was open, she earned the right to climb the ladder to the diving board, walk out along its high platform, and jump off into the VERY deep end of the pool. But this … [Read more...]

OMG! I forgot about preschool

There's so much to learn as our little ones progress from infant to toddler to preschooler to school age kid. At first it's just learning about parenting and your child herself, but then it progresses to needing to learn about external things like swimming lessons (mommy and me group class or individual lessons? when to start? quick-results ISR or the gentle, longer method?), sports teams (how young can you start? soccer or baseball?) and school. If you're like me and you start out knowing … [Read more...]

Top 10 reasons to “ride all day” at the zoo

A trip to the zoo with baby or even young toddler Zoe meant an hour or two at most of visiting the animals. Oh, how times have changed. Now, a trip to the zoo can be an almost all day endeavor and includes visiting animals, watching the animal show, petting the stingrays and and - if she's very lucky - going on some of her favorite rides. This week, for the first time, I bought us both the "Zoo it all" Ride All Day wrist bands ($9.99 each) so we could do all the rides. We had an absolute … [Read more...]

Wish this came in my size

I've been doing this mom thing for a while now, and I have an observation: kids' clothes are awesome! Especially toddler girl stuff. I can't tell you how many times I've wished that the soft, comfy outfits, sassy colorful tutus, and super-fun light-up shoes I buy for Zoe also came in mom sizes. Of course, it helps that Zoe seems to have insanely awesome style. She does things with creative layering that I would never dream up. She's been dressing herself for a while now and I still can't … [Read more...]

NYC with a three year old

This past May, our family embarked on the second of six trips to NYC in celebration of each of our nieces and nephews' 16th birthdays. This year was Malachi's turn and marked our attempt to take on the impossible: a family roadtrip to NYC that would please both our 16 year old nephew and three year old daughter. You should know that I had several horrible nightmares in the days leading up to our trip. I dreamed that Zoe darted out into NYC traffic (worst of all, in front of a yellow cab). I … [Read more...]

Dinosaur Island: a must-do at the zoo

Zoe and I ventured out to Dinosaur Island at the Columbus Zoo this week and absolutely loved the experience. We will definitely be returning for another visit or two before summer's over! If you're a regular at the Columbus Zoo, you know the Islands boat ride, way up at the top of the zoo in the Australia and the Islands section, is a longtime hidden gem. I'm always amazed by how many people don't even know about the little boat ride at the zoo! Well, not for long. This quaint little … [Read more...]

Central Ohio’s newest Star

Last night, our family was lucky enough to be invited to a special pre-grand opening celebration at Star Lanes Polaris, a fabulous new "boutique" bowling alley/restaurant that sits just in front of the Polaris Fashion Place mall. It is a fantastic new offering for central Ohio families or couples looking for a fun night out! Several years ago, while visiting my fam in LA, we went to the Lucky Strike bowling alley/ restaurant in Torrance and had our minds blown. The atmosphere was way more … [Read more...]

Fall family fun around Columbus

I love the fall season, especially with a little one. What could be more fun than playing in leaves, visiting apple orchards and picking pumpkins? And here in Ohio, we have so many options. Here are a few of our favorites. Leeds Farm. This fall fun spot has a special place in my heart because last year was Zoe's first time experiencing fall fun on her own two feet, and we took her here not once but twice. It rocked her world! She had sooo much fun playing in the corn boxes, climbing hay … [Read more...]

Toddler birthday parties

At what age do you start doing something really fun and out there for your little one’s birthday celebration? Is two too young? We’re coming up fast on birthday number two and I am so ready to plan a dream birthday party for Zoe and her little friends. For Zoe’s first birthday, we had a family-only affair at home. It was awesome, but pretty low-key – a cute invitation, some decorations, presents and a cake. The highlight (aside from having family members there who had traveled a long … [Read more...]