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Are We There Yet?

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!

ALS benefit will 'help us stay strong,' mom says

A fundraiser for a Champaign mom with a debilitating muscle disease netted more than $50,000 Friday night.

Organizers were stunned by the turnout at the benefit for Tricia Evans at the Hilton Garden Inn, which drew more than 500 people.

Growing grass, and kids, in the back yard

We are not yard people by nature. Rather, we are not “yard work” people.

We inherited a beautiful yard when we bought our house in 2001 from a professor of landscape architecture. Nice patio out back, perennial beds, brick walkways, lots of shade trees, spring bulbs, flowering bushes, the works. And still plenty of lawn for the kids to play.

Family Picks: Jam-packed, just for Dad

Home makeover: The breezeway horrors

It's never good when I get a phone call from my husband that starts, "You're going to be really mad about this."

I was at work, he was at home with the kids, and my first thought was another window had been broken (topic for future blog post).

But not this time.

Family Picks: It's a Wonderland

Your options for this weekend just get curiouser and curiouser, from an “Alice in Wonderland” adventure at the Orpheum to a vintage baseball game to a "Furry Friends Overnight." Something for everyone!