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summer

The summertime saga of a garage door, some birds, and a cat

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 12:01pm

One day my husband set out to mow the grass, and started a whole chain of unintended events. The garage door broke as he went to get the lawnmower, and no one could get it to close. So we had to live with our garage door open about three feet for over a week while the garage door repairman waited for the new door to arrive.

Before the door arrived, a pair of Carolina wrens built a nest in our old infant car seat on the shelf in the garage. They worked on their nest every day, and began to lay eggs.

The fun day that didn't happen, according to my son

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 07/22/2013 - 9:34pm

Today I made a concerted effort to arrange a fun and active day for my kids. I adhere to the mindset that kids should not need to be entertained constantly. That they should be allowed ample free time to use their imaginations to find ways to amuse themselves. My husband worries that our kids might often be too bored.

Giving my kids the gift of swimming, one summer at a time

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 07/18/2013 - 10:15pm

Today we wrapped up my children's two weeks of swim lessons for the summer, and I am as pleased as can be. For my two older kids, ages 7 and 9, this is their third year of lessons with a wonderful instructor named Ginny Knorr. They have enjoyed working on the butterfly and breaststroke as well as basic diving.

The virtues of traveling with kids

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 07/13/2013 - 9:43am

Traveling to new places with kids is an amazing adventure. It shakes you out of your comfort zone, stretches you in new ways, and shows you what you're made of. It is a great learning experience for the whole family. I highly recommend it.

A very family vacation

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 9:32am

Last week our family accomplished our whirlwind summer vacation. And it was quite an accomplishment. For our nine nights away, we stayed in five hotels and three houses, coordinating our schedule with various friends and family members in three different states.

Will you know if your child is drowning? What drowning looks like...

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 11:03am

Today is the last day of the school year for my two older kids, as well as the rest of Chatham County public school students. Bring on the summer fun!

Whether it's the pool, the beach, or boating activities, there are countless fun ways to spend time around the water. So this is a perfect time to review or learn what drowning really looks like. It's not how they portray it on television.

Counting the days and making them count

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 10:01pm

My 3-year-old has 18 more mornings of preschool left before summer break begins, and that has me counting. I was inspired by a book review I read about a book called 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith. No, I haven't yet read the actual book, but I like the idea of counting our days in order to make the most of them.

Getting ready for summer: considering summer camps

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 12:12pm

Though it may feel like winter out there this week, it is time to start planning for summer... camps, vacation, activities, etc. Summer will be upon us before we know it!

Lessons from waterfalls: making the most of it

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 08/14/2012 - 5:49pm

On our summer vacation to the North Carolina mountains, our family was on a quest to encounter waterfalls. By the second day, we had not yet seen one, and the kids were starting to get restless. So we set out in the afternoon in search of Bridal Veil Falls armed with maps and smart phones.

Cell Phone GPS Girl told us where to turn to reach our desired destination. Only none of us knew the final road to the falls would be closed, as it apparently cuts straight through someone's private property.

Splash in the Boro: a cool fun way to spend a hot summer day

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 10:18am

With four weeks left of summer break for Chatham County schools, our family is trying to make the most of our remaining time. This weekend we drove to Statesboro and spent Saturday at Splash in the Boro water park (http://splashintheboro.com). We had never been there, but had heard great things about it. We were not at all disappointed.

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