Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Halloween tailgate

We are approaching a Halloween transition.

Our kids are tweens-plus — the oldest doesn’t trick-or-treat anymore, and our daughter will probably go with friends this year.

My sweet girl, who has in past years been a fairy and a princess and a ballerina, is thinking of going as a criminal. Another proud parenting moment.

The childhood bucket list

Lots of people have bucket lists.

Climbing Mount Everest, riding a hot air balloon, sky diving — actually those are on my things-I’d-never-do-in-a-million-years list.

I have kept a bucket list of sorts for my kids. Not big things, just simple joys of childhood.

Pink icing or blue?

Technology has taken a lot of the mystery out of life.

Storms arrive on schedule. Cars drive themselves. Our phones tell us who’s calling, when the Cardinals’ game starts and not to forget the milk.

Old cars and teen angst

We have an old van.

We don’t live in it, and it’s not parked down by the river (RIP Chris Farley).

But it is not what you’d call a luxury-mobile.

People often hear us coming. There’s a muffler issue. It might even smell a bit exhausty.

School Daze: the first day - or week - can be a challenge

It’s officially September and we’ve all survived the transition back to school. Not without a few challenges.

Like remembering when school actually starts.

Several eager freshmen were among the first students at Central High School on Aug. 20. Trouble was, they were about an hour early.

A paradise for young inventors

It’s a Friday night on campus, and three 11-year-olds are deep in thought over their new board game. That they made themselves.

You've got mail (from 1941)

Lilian Katz is known the world over for teaching parents and teachers about the minds of young children.

Check out our video here

More road-trip horror stories

We asked some Facebook friends to share their best (worst?) road-trip horror stories. Read on if you dare. And add your own to the list with a comment below, or email jwurth@news-gazette.com and we'll post it for you:

From Judy Argentieri, Champaign:

Family road trip? Don't forget the towels

Off the beaten basepaths

The Prairie Fields sandlot boys are on the move.

The bats are swinging again on their homemade baseball field in Savoy, but in a new spot.

It’s one of those “making lemonade out of lemons” stories.