Grandparents Night

For the second year in a row, our vacation plans caused the girls to be out of town during Grandparent’s Day at CHCA. This year they were especially disappointed, so I worked with them to make a back-up plan. The night before we went out of town, we got nearly all of their grandparents and great grandparents at our house for dinner and a special dessert they had prepared.  They worked hard all week on hand-written invitations, carefully selected party {Read More}

Warm Fuzzy Jar

When the girls were in PreK4, their class had a “Warm Fuzzy Jar”.  When the entire class would be caught doing the right h, they’d get a “warm fuzzy” (craft pom pom) put in a jar, and when it was full they all got a surprise.  The girls were so excited about it, that we adopted it at home.  If both girls had a good day, they’d get a warm fuzzy.  It took quite some time to fill the jar, {Read More}

Family Sleepover and Lebanon Applefest

In September, we decided to invite Elise and Avery “over” for a sleepover.  They often have them in one another’s room on the weekends, after having moved to separate rooms in this new house, but had not really had one in our room outside of move-in day (when they had no furniture, anyway). First we did pedicures while waiting for Kyle to get home. Later we had dinner together and watched a show of Nolan’s choice, and when he went {Read More}

Homecoming Extravaganza

This year, CHCA decided to try combining Homecoming activities with the Fall Festival.  It kind of remains to be seen whether it will work in future years, because this year was mostly a monsoon about halfway through the evening.  Before the floods began though, we did get to play some games! Dinner was at Abuelo’s instead of the school and we had to skip the football game, but everyone still had a great time.  Hopefully next year we’ll get to stay {Read More}


In addition to the aquarium, Nolan and I have joined Gymboree for play and music classes, which I had always wanted to do with Elise and Avery.  One child is so much more affordable – imagine that 🙂 The first time he walked in, it was as if his whole world changed.  You could see it in his eyes – there are things my size, and a place just for me to play instead of tagging along with my big {Read More}

Newport Aquarium

For the first time in several years, we got an aquarium pass again.  It’s by far the worst deal of all of the local attractions, but when you have a little boy who adores fishies?  Well, sometimes you just can’t help yourself. We’ve been a couple of times already, finding it much easier to do after school than when we’d have to pack up from Liberty Township and drive 45 minutes in between the girls’ naps.  So thus far, it’s {Read More}

Fun Runs

That’s right, we’ve participated in several runs in the last few months and I’ve actually had fun.  At one point, I even declared that I am a runner.  Of course, tomorrow I go back to Ortho to see about an MRI for possible hip impingement and whatever the heck I did to my knee that may or may not prevent me from completing January’s race… but for now, let me be in denial for one more night.  I present you, {Read More}

IHOP, Touch-a-Truck and the Premier Member Pool Party

One late summer afternoon, it felt like the right thing to do to have lunch at IHOP.  Sometimes you just have to, you know?  The kids were happy with the decision. 🙂  Afterward we went to Monroe for their “Touch-a-Truck” event and to say hello to Pappy.  Everyone had a blast! Finally, to round out a long and very fun day, we went to the Mason Community Center Premier Member Pool Party.  It was a bit warmer than last year, {Read More}

Birthday Parties and Summer Fun

Being in a class with other kids had a perk the girls hadn’t thought of prior to starting preschool… all of the birthday parties! They didn’t even make it to all of them, but they got to enjoy parties at bowling parties, pump-it-up, movie theaters, and even backyard soirees with the largest piñata any of us had ever seen! We also enjoyed our summer spending time at our neighborhood pool and at Kings Island.  The girls are big enough to {Read More}

A walk down (video) memory lane… Part 2

As I mentioned before, I found a stockpile of videos you haven’t seen.  Didn’t want to bombard you too much though, so expect at least another post or two 🙂 Enjoy!