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Skatefest 2013: Time to hit the ice!

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 11:17am

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.

Free tools teach kids computer programming during Hour of Code Week

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:04am

This week is Hour of Code Week, in case you didn't know. A project of Code.org, with the support of CEOs, celebrities, and the President, the goal is to encourage every student (all ages) to take some time to start learning computer programming.

Making the most of the good days

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 12/07/2013 - 10:59am

The good days of parenting. We all have them, though maybe not as often as we would like. The good days are days when the kids behave well in action and attitude. Days of relative peace and pleasantness. Days of cooperation instead of conflict.

Approaching Thanksgiving and preparing for that next holiday

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 11/26/2013 - 12:04pm

So we're coming up on Thanksgiving, and my parents want the List. They have been asking, and I have been stalling. The List is simply not ready. I have not yet been able to convince my brain to consider what everyone in our family wants for Christmas, and then distill that information down into a list of gifts for my parents to give.

Day Trip: Walk like an Egyptian at the SC State Museum

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 12:50pm

Imagine intricately carved statues, elaborate stone jewelry, a golden throne covered with ancient scenes, cobras, falcons, and one mummy. On Saturday our family stepped back in time among such objects to explore the tomb of King Tutankhamun, aka Tut, by way of replicas on display at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. Our two and a half hour drive was rewarded by the excitement and amazement of our children as they wondered at the treasures of the boy king.

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.

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.”

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