Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Kids say the darndest things - if we can remember them

I found a priceless notebook recently, one I’d forgotten I had.

It wasn’t anything fancy, just a plain red spiral with anecdotes from my children from 2005 to 2009 — funny things they said or did that I thought I’d never forget. But of course, I had.

Family Picks: A weekend to remember

You can mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in any number of ways this weekend, including the National Day of Service or the local memorial ceremony Sunday in Urbana. Other highlights include the Arcola Broomcorn Festival, the AMBUCS Scarecrow Festival, the Spurlock Museum's Worldfest, and of course Dan Zanes at the Ellnora Guitar Festival.

Three days of fun in Family Picks!

It's Labor Day weekend, your last chance to enjoy Sholem Pool before it closes for the 2011 season. Or check out cheese curling (is that an Olympic sport yet?) at the Arthur Cheese Festival, go for a hayride in Westville, or enjoy free blues music Sunday night at Hessel Park.

Two schools, two start times - time to lighten up

I’ve had a little trouble adjusting to our school routine this year.

It’s not just the usual end-of-summer shock to the system, when I go from leisurely watering the flowers in the morning to fixing lunches, signing permission slips, searching for errant homework and yelling things like, “We have to leave in five minutes!”

Want to get outside this weekend? Family Picks has it covered

You have no excuses for staying indoors this weekend, with a gorgeous forecast and lots of outdoor events. From music to sweet corn to a crazy obstacle course, it’s time to get outside! Top it off with a kid-friendly concert Sunday afternoon.

Family Picks: One last blast of summer

You wouldn’t know it’s the end of summer (at least by the school calendar) from the lineup of fairs and festivals this weekend. Start your Saturday in downtown Champaign at the Festival of the Arts, then stroll over to West Side Park for the National Night Out/Family Fun Day.

You can't put it off any longer: back-to-school tips

School has already started for some families in Urbana and elsewhere,  but for those of us who are still in prep mode here are some tips for a smooth start to the school year.

A girl and her shoes

My children differ in many ways, not the least of which is clothing.

My son has always pretty much worn whatever I pull out for him every day, aside from that brief period when he was 3 and insisted on wearing a red shirt and black pants every day to preschool like Murray from the Wiggles (whom he called “Maury”).

A backyard surprise

We got back last Sunday night from a short trip to St. Louis, where we saw some sights, hung with family, went to a wedding and lugged back an old desk for my son's room.

It's all about the fair in Family Picks

It's a big weekend in Central Illinois, with the Illinois State Fair opening in Springfield and several other festivals scheduled locally. Not to mention some kid-friendly theater, Champaign-Urbana Days and (gasp) back-to-school celebrations. Enjoy your freedom while it lasts, kiddos!