Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Summer adventures: Did you know Illinois had a geyser?

I'm an East St. Louis native, so I fancy myself an expert on all things St. Louis.

I spent the first 18 years of my life, and four summers and several years after college, living in the region, and we still get there 8 to 10 times a year to see family.

Summer adventures: the drive-in

Things I will not do the next time we take the kids to the drive-in:

— Go on the opening night of “Cars II,” along with the entire population of Gibson City.

— Go too late on the opening night of “Cars II” with the entire population of Gibson City and have to park along the side of the lot.

Family Picks: Meet me at the fair (or inside)

OK, I know it’s hotter than blazes outside, but it’s county fair season and that just goes with the territory.  You’ve got your pick of fairs this weekend, from the Champaign County Fair to Mattoon's Bagelfest. Or beat the heat with some “Christmas in July” improv, or take in some fun (indoor) youth theater.  Stay cool!

Childhood transitions: Letting go of the training wheels

Fourth of July has come and gone, which means only one thing: back-to-school sales.

Please no. I am not ready.

But as our 10 weeks of summer (by the school calendar) is officially half over, it’s time to do a midterm assessment.

What have I accomplished?

Family Picks, midsummer-style

The summer fun continues with a "Camp Rock!" musical, outdoor markets, fairs and music. Or get an up-close look at some birds of prey, learn about cartooning or superhero science, or take a look back at life on the frontier in the 1700s. Enjoy!

Grandkids far away? This tech-savvy grandma can help

Mary Bach is not what you’d call an absentee grandma.

Her four grandchildren live in other towns — up to three hours away — a fact of life for modern grandparents.

But when her oldest grandchild was born in St. Louis eight years ago, Bach took a vow not to be a long-distance grandmother.

Family Picks: Extended 4th of July edition

We all know the big event this Fourth of July weekend, and there are lots of choices for parades, food, festivals and fireworks! We’ve highlighted a few holiday celebrations, but for a full list see our online News-Gazette guide.

Breezeway wars: Getting ready for those "before" shots

You may remember my husband's decluttering vacation last January.

He was off and I wasn't, and he decided to tackle the mess in our breezeway and garage. I was a bit nervous about his tendence to throw things out in a rush.

Summer adventures

This may be a low-key summer for our family, vacation-wise.

Ice cream, parades and fireworks: summertime Family Picks

Summer is in full swing this weekend, lots of festivals, some early Fourth of July celebrations and ice cream! Not to mention National Pollinator Week. Let’s hope the weather actually feels like summer!