Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

How to host a (hot) block party - and a cool recipe for super bubbles

(The column below originally appeared in The News-Gazette on July 17. I've included the super-bubble recipe at the end, courtesy of our friend and neighbor, Amy Plankell.)

I’ve always wanted to host a block party, so what better time to do it than a 100-degree summer evening?

This Fourth of July, be grateful for choices - and community

Fourth of July preparations are in full swing at our house as we get ready for a block party and the annual parades.

Are your kids summer readers?

I've always been a voracious reader -- except for those sleep-deprived baby years when the book would drop from my hand the minute I opened it. (My reading consisted mostly of board books and picture books during that period.)

Somehow, in the way all parents do, I expected my children to imitate my habits, plopping down with a book whenever there's a free minute.

You know you're on vacation when ...

We just got back from a week-long trip to the beach with my extended family, and I'm trying really hard to keep that vacation high -- even

A connection to Grandpa

My kids are growing up without their grandfathers.

My dad and my husband’s father both died before our children were born, and I’ve thought many times about what a loss that is.

Family road trips - memories for a lifetime

This column ran in the June 5 News-Gazette "Family" section. We've added a few more suggestions at the bottom from friends and readers - feel free to add to the list!

 

Tick-tick-tick-tick.

That’s the constant sound in my head every time I think about summers with my kids.

Death, taxes -- and summer-camp scheduling

Here’s how a conversation with my son went the other day:

Me: “What kind of summer camps would you like to sign up for this year?”

Son: “None. Maybe baseball.”

Me: “So, your plan is to shoot some hoops, maybe watch TV all summer?”

Son: No response. (Selective hearing kicks in.)

Good workout for the kids: Shadow mom for a day

My working-mom friend (yes, we all are) relayed this story to me the other day:

Her 4-year-old daughter, while watching cartoons, announced one morning that she had changed her mind about becoming a dancer and a princess when she grows up.

“I just want to be a mom,” she said.

Touched, her mom said “awww” and reached out to give her a hug.

Talkin' houses - and how we live in them

When I tell people what I love about my job, I usually talk about the intellectual stimulation, the chance to meet interesting people, the importance of a free press, the lack of monotony, the crazy flexible hours, the huge pay and benefits ... oh wait.

Truth? I get paid to be nosy. Being a journalist (and blogger) gives you a unique entree into people's lives.

Come on over for a game of Ghost in the Graveyard

Big news in the neighborhood.

I was walking home after dropping my daughter off at school one morning and absentmindedly looked across the street at a house that’s been on the market since August 2010.

Then I did a double take. Was there actually a “SOLD” sign out front?