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My daughter's birthday party: finding the balance between Special and Practical

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:35pm

It's February, and the birthdays are sneaking up on me again. I can't understand how events that I know are coming every single year can repeatedly take me by surprise, finding me unprepared. But here we are.

My little girl will turn 10 soon, and she has an extensive list of ideas for her birthday party. In fact, if we did every girly “spa extravaganza” activity she has imagined for her birthday, it would require more than a full day and a staff of assistants to pull it off.

Try Mom & baby Water Aerobics Class on Tuesdays at 11:30am at Chatham County Aquatic Center

Try Mom & baby Water Aerobics Class on Tuesdays at 11:30am at Chatham County Aquatic Center

by Oh Baby Fitness on Sat, 02/01/2014 - 3:43pm

Try our Mom & Baby Water aerobics class on Tuesdays at 11:30am at Chatham County Aquatic Center. Use discount code: COASTALMOMMIES to save 10% off a full session. Register at www.ohbabyfitness.com and try a H2Oh Baby class today!

How a Screen Fast can boost the fun factor in your home

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 1:21pm

I have a love hate relationship with screens. Screens... you know, the kind kids love to stare at for hours on end, playing video games or watching tv shows and movies?

I love for my children to have fun, and I happily acknowledge that they can have fun and learn certain skills and knowledge from video games. And I love movies and shows that are funny, inspirational, thought-provoking. There can be a lot of value on a screen.

Imagination inspiration from my 4-year-old

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:49pm

“What if our cat could walk on the ceiling? What if everything was pancakes? What if your name was Kommy and Daddy was Kaddy? What if our van could fly and land on the school?” These are some of the questions my 4-year-old invents to entertain himself (and the rest of us). His eyes sparkle, laughing at the possibilities.

Kids can have such wild imaginations. Not confined to work within the laws of nature or social conformity. Nothing is too silly or too crazy or too daring.

A happy back-to-school new year

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 01/07/2014 - 12:59pm

And so they're back to school, cold weather and all. The house is quiet as pets nap and I tap away at the keyboard, alone with my thoughts, thinking.

We had a good Christmas break, complete with family and friends and fun. I was sad last night to see it end, just as I was happy this morning to send them off, bundled in their warmest coats for the brief dash from van to school building.

Enjoying the after-Christmas

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 12/26/2013 - 2:45pm

T'was the day after Christmas and all through the house... the children were happily playing with their Christmas gifts. Making rubber band bracelets and bead creations, roller skating, playing tether ball, riding a stick horse... It makes a parent's heart glad to see their kids enjoying their gifts.

My 4-year-old had repeatedly asked for a stick horse for Christmas, and when he unwrapped it he exclaimed, “It's just what I wanted!” We nailed that one! Today he happily rode his horse down the street to Grandma's house.

Getting ready for Christmas

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 12/23/2013 - 11:48pm

Are you ready for Christmas? Now there's a loaded question. And my answer so often seems to be a resounding yes and no.

Yes, as far as the big things go, I'm ready. My heart and mind are focused. Essential gifts have been wrapped. If Christmas were to surprise us all and show up a day early, I'd be fine. We're good.

Discovering my son's new Christmas wish list... after I'm done shopping

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 10:38pm

This week I essentially finished my Christmas shopping for my children (yay!). After observing their preferences, asking their input, and generally looking for cool toys for them, I was feeling pretty good about my selections.

So this morning my son saw a commercial on tv for these little Lego type toys that change into robots or something. He was pretty excited about them. He dashed off to his room to write them on his “Christmas wish list.”

Skatefest 2013: Time to hit the ice!

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 12:17pm

Our family traded our shoes for ice skates Monday night at Skatefest 2013. Well, four of us did. My husband opted to observe, socialize, and take pictures to document our fun. I happily escorted the kids around the rink for an hour and a half. Everyone made great progress in their ice skating skills over the course of the evening, though it's interesting to see how their experiences were shaped by their personalities.

Taking Holiday Pictures of Your Pets

Taking Holiday Pictures of Your Pets

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:59am

Submitted by Becky Smith-Photos By Becky

Pets add so much joy to our lives.  Of course we would include them in the family holiday card!  But—HOW?

  

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