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Veterans' Day

by Traci Schumacher on Sun, 11/10/2013 - 5:21pm

As I picked up my 4-year-old from preschool on Friday, he happily announced to me, “We don't have school on Mondays any more. That's what my teachers said.”

I paused for a moment, and remembered this Monday would be Veterans' Day. “Oh. I think they meant just this Monday,” I explained. “This Monday is a holiday so there's no school, but you'll still have school on Mondays usually.”

Lessons from the inevitable ending of festival-won fish

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 11/05/2013 - 11:33am

The fall festival sent us home with three little goldfish: Ralph, Goldilocks, and AlphaStone. Three kids. Three fish. Perfect.

We pulled out our previously unused fish bowl, gravel, and plastic plants, and set up a fishy oasis in the kitchen. Three little fish swam, unconcerned. Excitement.

By Monday afternoon Goldilocks and AlphaStone floated, no longer troubled by the things of this world like when the yummy food flakes would appear again.

How hard can it be to carve a pumpkin?

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 11/01/2013 - 1:47pm

For some reason I waited until Wednesday, the very day before Halloween, to attempt the carving of the pumpkin. The kids were excited, the table was covered with newspaper, the carving set was ready. Knife in hand, I commenced the cutting. Only this pumpkin had other ideas.

Our family adventure camping out with the Cub Scouts

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 10:34am

This weekend our family attended the annual Cub Scout Haunted Trail Camp Out. Beginning Saturday morning and lasting through Sunday afternoon, it was a fun time. The kids chose from a variety of activities such as softball, volleyball, art, chess, hiking, and geology. In the evening there was a Haunted Trail and carnival games. It was truly a good time for the whole family.

The joys of shopping solo for my children's clothes

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 10:44am

Suddenly my daughter's clothes have seemingly shrunk. I hate it when that happens. Sleeves and skirts are too short and shirts are too tight. Time to go clothes shopping.

Learning the best ways to show our children we love them

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 10/22/2013 - 11:49am

One of the most important things we do as parents is make sure that our children know that they are loved and accepted. This is the foundation on which so many other good traits and habits and skills will build.

So when a friend recently mentioned the book, “The Five Love Languages of Children,” by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell, I was excited to see how we could apply it to our family life. The book identifies the five love languages as Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.

Fall Opportunities

Fall Opportunities

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Tue, 10/22/2013 - 10:11am

Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel, CVPM, PHR

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital

 

Backyard camping on a warm night in Georgia

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 10/19/2013 - 9:25pm

Once upon a time, on a day just like yesterday, there were four children who decided to sleep in the tent in the backyard. They were incredibly excited for this novel adventure, preparing their sleeping spots in the tent as soon as permission was granted.

Welcome Dr. von Trapp

Welcome Dr. von Trapp

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 8:35am

 

Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital

 

Lessons from "Curious George"

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 10/14/2013 - 11:03am

My two boys absolutely love “Curious George.” My daughter, age 9, is over it. She much prefers to watch “Martha Speaks” (about a talking dog), and gets rather annoyed with the monkey who “doesn't even talk.”

Regardless, we have watched more than our fair share of “Curious George,” and I have begun to draw some conclusions from the show. I hesitate to consider what it means that I am analyzing cartoons now, but whatever.

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