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Turkey Time

Turkey Time

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 8:28am


Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel, CVPM, PHR

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital


Where in the world... talking travel with my kids

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 1:47pm

Last night our dinner time conversation turned to travel. Friends of ours are going on a Disney cruise, and my kids thought it would be wonderful for us to do the same some time. I said that sounded great, but there are just so many places I would love to visit. And that's when the fun began.

Trying to put a positive spin on going to the dentist

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 11/20/2013 - 8:11pm

Today I dragged myself to the dentist kicking and screaming (on the inside anyway, being too much of a “grown-up” to really behave that way). I told myself that it was the right thing to do. That it is good for me. That seeing the dentist every six months makes the visit easier for me than those times when I have fallen behind in my dental duties. My brain knows it's the wise choice, but my emotions fail to see it that way.

"Brainstorming" on a school project with my 4-year-old

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 10:22am

This week my 4-year-old brought home an assignment from school to disguise a turkey. On a sheet of thick, white paper was Tom the Turkey, and it was up to the kids to disguise him so the Farmer would not find him for Thanksgiving. The instructions said for parents to “brainstorm” with the child about ways to disguise old Tom. “Be creative,” they said. And, “Use a variety of materials.”

When the mail brought the world into our home

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 11/13/2013 - 9:28pm

The daily mail recently brought us photos of six children living in poverty in nations like Indonesia, Ethiopia, and Mexico. Three girls and three boys posing for their pictures in hopes of finding sponsors to help them in their lives.

The letter accompanying the photos was from Compassion International, a Christian group that focuses on helping the poorest children of the world. They asked for a special donation to help the kids on the waiting list.

A Soldier’s Best Friend

A Soldier’s Best Friend

by Dr. Carla Case-... on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 8:14am


Submitted by Lisa A. Yackel, CVPM, PHR

Hospital Administrator at Case Veterinary Hospital


Veterans' Day

by Traci Schumacher on Sun, 11/10/2013 - 4:21pm

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 - 10:33am

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 - 12:47pm

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 - 9:34am

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.

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