For moms in Savannah and the Coastal Empire


Why we celebrate our family story

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 04/29/2014 - 10:01am

This weekend my husband and I treated our kids to ice cream at Dairy Queen as part of our little guy's birthday celebration weekend. As we sat around the table with our cool treats, our 8-year-old, with a twinkle in his eyes, requested, “Tell us again how much trouble we used to be!” His brother and sister cheered in agreement.

Springtime hiking at Fort McAllister

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:58am

Spring came to visit yesterday with her sparkling sunshine and warm breezes. In celebration, our family hit the trails at Fort McAllister State Park near Richmond Hill. My husband and I guided our merry band of children and dogs as they happily bounded down the trail. Even our 4-year-old, who sometimes mysteriously “can't walk,” zipped along pretending he was riding an electric bobcat (yeah, I don't know).

Going through Advent to get to Christmas, and revamping our Advent calendar along the way

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:25pm

Counting down the days until Christmas, I have set up our Advent calendar. A gift to us from family, our beautiful wooden box is decorated with a winter animal scene, and its little drawers are numbered for the days before Christmas.

In the past I have hidden little candies or tiny toys in the drawers, but that became more challenging as our family grew. When our third child came along the drawers became far too small, so instead I tucked little notes inside that sent the kids on scavenger hunts around the house for small prizes.

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.

Hunter Cattle Company's Farm Heritage Day was great family fun

by Traci Schumacher on Sun, 09/22/2013 - 9:17pm

On Saturday our family went to the Hunter Cattle Company's Farm Heritage Day near Brooklet, and we had a grand time. Following a relaxing 40-minute drive through beautiful Georgia farm land, we arrived at the farm. The kids enjoyed riding horses and ponies, watching a goat milking demonstration, riding the mini train ride, chasing chickens, touring the farm by wagon, and simply playing.

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.

Boating fun at George L. Smith State Park

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 2:23pm

This past weekend our family headed to George L. Smith State Park, near Metter, with hopes of canoeing in the lake there. The trouble with a family of five, with young kids, is that we don't exactly fit into canoes very well. The rental canoes at the park carry no more than two people each. So with three kids unable to handle a canoe and only two adults, we selected one canoe and one john boat, and off we went.

Sharing our not-so-picture-perfect family photos

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:30am

You've probably seen them – or even posted them - on Facebook or other places: the perfect family photos of beautiful, happy people. It's not so much how they are dressed or what they are doing as it is the feeling they give off. It's that “life is good, we're so happy” vibe. And we're so happy for them, and we “like” their pictures every time.

A Snack Time tradition: no kids allowed

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 10:53am

The other night my 6-year-old son was apparently having trouble falling asleep (possibly because he was reading by flashlight in his room instead of closing his eyes). He normally does not come out of his room once he's in bed, but this night was different.

It was around 10:30 when he made his appearance in the living room. There sat my husband and me on the couch eating our nightly snack, watching a bit of tv, and chatting about the day. We were busted, caught red-handed with tasty treats.

Adding it up: the receipt doesn't lie

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 1:46pm

It's amazing how quickly it adds up. I go into Walmart with a short list of items ranging from peanut butter to a picture frame. Shouldn't take long. Shouldn't cost much. Though I was pretty sure my $40 in cash wouldn't cover it. It never does.

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