My son Luke can’t wait until Christmas.
No, really: He can’t wait.
The anticipation of the excitement, parties and gifts is enough to make every child’s heart skip a beat. Heck, I know lots of adults (myself included) who are nearly as bad.
But when you’re 5, and you see gifts that aren’t for you, it can be especially hard.
Silly me, I thought having an “Advent calendar” would help. You know, the kind where you pop open a door every day and retrieve a trinket to count down the days until Christmas.
Craig picked up buy-one-get-one-free calendars for each of our little boys at World Market on Black Friday, and they have gleefully enjoyed a little square of chocolate …
I watched with some dismay in recent weeks as store after store posted its plans for Black Friday, with many of them opening earlier than ever on Thanksgiving Day.
I struggled with it on many levels, wondering what it would do to our precious family time and feeling concern for how it would impact the store employees who would have be be there even earlier. Facebook was full of noble pledges from friends who swore off shopping on Thanksgiving to preserve the sanctity of the holiday, and I felt angst because I agreed with them on principle but knew we wouldn’t avoid it.
Part of me wants to be that discerning buyer who only shops local and supports the little …
Ever since the Medina School District eliminated busing for most of its students in a cost-saving (and punitive) measure following repeated levy failures, the traffic — and tension — around the schools have run high.
Both escalated to such a dangerous level outside of Root Middle School on Friday that a parent trying to help maintain order was struck by a vehicle attempting to leave the school grounds by making an improper left turn during the busiest hour of the day.
Considering that the school houses more than 600 students — with just one driveway to enter and leave the parking lot — I’m a little surprised it didn’t happen sooner.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of making the …
There’s nothing like big, fluffy snowflakes to make you want to hibernate. And this morning, I’ve been very thankful that my commute to work entailed scuffing along in my fuzzy slippers, coffee cup in hand, to sit in the living-room-turned-office at my desk, which faces two windows.
I can’t believe how hard it’s snowing now, six weeks before Christmas! It’s so pretty. But wasn’t it just three days ago that I was standing, barefoot, on the front sidewalk to blow leaves away from the garage door?
Saturday, with its mild temperature, was a productive day at the Webb household — we blew and mulched leaves, vacuumed the cobwebs, dust and leaves out of the garage, painted the wood trim …
I’m not sure we should take it as a compliment.
Our oldest son can quickly pick out his parents — rather, his nutty dad — out in a crowd.
The latest outward show of love came last weekend when the Medina Marching Bees took off for state marching band competitions in Columbus. This is all new to us as our son is a freshman.
A cool tradition is that the police escort the buses of band members, Beeliners, directors, Beekeepers and instruments out of town, with the parents, students and band fans lining the Square to see them off.
We all made signs to encourage and surprise the trombone player in the family. The tradition is kept a secret from …
I’ve got a feeling a dread this Halloween. And it has nothing to do with ghosts and goblins.
It also isn’t related to the sick ward that my home has become.
I’ve spent a lot of quality time with my kids the past two weeks, as I’ve had at least one of them home sick with a bug for quite a few days. Their symptoms have varied — it was strep for two of them at first, then a stomach virus this week — but they all just have felt lousy.
But now, just as it looks like we may be turning the corner and everyone is on the mend, I took a peek at the Halloween forecast. It will
When my teenagers were little, I loved to spend weeks and weeks sewing or devising costumes for them.
One year I made an elaborate Glinda the Good Witch dress for a 4-year-old. Over the last 15 years, there also have been an American Indian girl, Cleopatra, two geishas, the Phantom of the Opera, Flash and a robot complete with silver-painted hair and face.
This year, I think we’ve got less work for me involved: my biggest challenge in the next two weeks is to find a tweed jacket for an 8-year-old 11th Doctor (from “Dr. Who”) and an orange ascot for the 5-year-old (to be “Fred” from “Scooby Doo”).
My teens are on their own. And yes, I tell them …
To help everyone get in the mood, organizers of the “Trick or Treat Street” at the I-X Center have offered me four tickets to give away to a lucky reader of this blog!
The attraction, which opens Saturday and Sunday this weekend, is also open Oct. 26 and 27. It includes 12 decked out trick-or-treat stations for youngsters in costumes, 12 rides, and a walk-through 3D Mystery Manor with a vortex tunnel. There’s also a giant slide and a bounce house. It’s all designed for children 10 and younger.
If you haven’t figured this out yet, I love a bargain. And, in particular, anything that’s free.
So if you, like me, will be running the gauntlet this weekend from sporting event to sporting event and are looking for a quick snack, Burger King has an offer for you.
Burger King is giving away free value-sized samples Saturday and Sunday of its Satisfries. No purchase is necessary, and no coupon is required.
The crinkle-cut fries supposedly have 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories compared to McDonalds fries.
We haven’t tried them yet, so this will be great chance to do so, but I doubt our two little guys will let us get away without ordering a cheeseburger …
My neighbor Jeff takes such good care of his lawn. It looks simply picture-perfect all year long.
As much as we like his wife and him as neighbors and friends, I’m glad that we don’t live right next door, because our poor lawn would look even worse than it is by comparison.
I admire his lawn, I really do, but we don’t have the time, money or patience to invest in making our grass look so good.
We have impromptu wiffle ball games out there many nights, and a giant, inflatable, Cleveland Browns player (named “Tiny”) is quickly killing a little patch where his feet stand. The dog spends a good portion of her time out there, surveying the neighborhood …