Busing builds neighborhoods

Posted in back to school, school
by Jennifer

Living at the end of the cul-de-sac has its benefits.
For one, you know it is either a neighbor or a complete stranger who is likely lost when a car drives by your house. The number of cars that do pass by can be counted on one hand. Everyone stops, looks up, and watches to see where the car is going so we can scoot the kids out of the road or make sure that the driver has good intentions.
On the other hand, however, it can be easy to isolate yourself from the rest of the neighborhood. Our kids have the run of the planted circle at the end of our street and the yards that face it.
Before …
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On the first day in the first grade

Posted in Family traditions, school
by Jennifer

“Now Billy Joe McGuffrey was a really clumsy kid…”
Those lyrics of good old Billy Joe McGuffrey stumbling his way from the “first day in the first grade” to the “12th day of 12th grade” has greeted our kids on the first day of school for years now.
I’m not sure when or even why we began playing the Chris Rice song made famous by the Veggie Tales crew. But the song is as much a part of our back-to-school tradition as peanut butter is to jelly.

Read MoreThe kids groan when my husband and I start blaring it in the house, but I secretly think they would miss it if we stopped. They listen carefully to hear what Billy Joe


That’s What Makes You Beautiful

Posted in adventures in parenting, concerts, growing up
by Jennifer

Our oldest child will be off to Ohio State next week. When they ask, I tell everyone I’m channeling Scarlett O’Hara and thinking about it tomorrow. That’s because I know I will become an absolute, unable-to-move puddle when the time comes to drive away, leaving her behind in Columbus. I sure don’t need to experience that joy one minute earlier than I must.
The truth is she’s ready for that sort of independence. She is, after all, 18, and she has a good head on her shoulders. We’re proud of the decisions she makes, and the responsibility she has shouldered over the years.

Read MoreThat’s why we have been so baffled by her absolutely insane affection for (what we consider) the


LeBron gear can land zoo discount

Posted in great deals, summer fun for families, Things to do
by Jennifer

As the days narrow to the start of school, the Akron Zoo is offering a good deal on Friday to chase away the summer doldrums.
The zoo is offering half-price admission to help welcome back LeBron James.
Anyone wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers or LeBron jersey, T-shirt or hat will get in for half price tomorrow.

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You should note that the zoo will close early on Friday at 3 p.m. as it is preparing for a fundraising event later in the evening.
The zoo has a nice collection of animals and recently revamped exhibits, but don’t fret as two or three hours should be more than enough time to take in all the exhibits. The zoo opens at 10 a.m.


It’s Fair Week!

Posted in fun, Medina activities, Mom Stuff, summer, Things to do
by Jennifer

Ah, there’s nothing like the sights and sounds and smell of the fair!
Sorry, but in my opinion, that’s a good thing.
I know, it’s probably very un-Medina of me to admit this, but I’m really not a fan of the fair. To me, it’s loud and dirty and smelly and expensive and greasy.
I’m a city girl. And here in the city of Medina, 98 percent of the time I get along just fine driving past the “cute” cows and horses and bucolic pastures and musing about the what appears to be the relative simplicity of country life.
Yeah, right. I know country life has its challenges. My cousins who grew up on and around farms and are active …
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Handel’s to offer $1 ice cream cones

Posted in food, great deals, Medina activities, Things to do
by Jennifer

Be prepared for a traffic jam south of town this weekend: Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, on South Court Street in Medina, will sell single scoops of its fabulous ice cream for $1 each on Saturday, June 12.
There’s no limit to the number of cones you can buy, nor any coupon required. Last year, we managed to stop by twice — heck, it’s open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., so that means lunch AND dinner :) — because there are far too many flavors to sample with just one cone.
Based in Youngstown, Handel’s and featuring more than 100 flavors of ice cream and frozen yogurts, this ice cream is made with the best ingredients available. I like ice cream with …
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Agreeing to Disagree: Navigating the Facebook waters in times of controversy

Posted in Internet, lessons, Mom Stuff, technology
by Jennifer

It’s happened again.
With the Supreme Court’s ruling Monday that certain employers can’t be forced to pay for their employees’ contraception, I’m treading very carefully around Facebook. Clicking on that familiar blue square icon makes my stomach hurt momentarily, as I hold my breath and wonder what angry sentiment I’m bound to encounter.
It’s difficult, because I want to know and share the latest about my family and friends — that my cousin and his wife are finally becoming parents, that my friends are safe and having a great time in Florida despite the approaching hurricane, that my son was interviewed by WEWS after riding a new attraction at Cedar Point with his dad.
But I get a sour feeling …
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Free ice cream on the Medina Square today

Posted in Free, Medina activities, summer fun for families, Things to do
by Jennifer

The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) is hosting Sundaes on Thursday in the Medina Square.
The free ice cream social that runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday will feature chocolate, caramel and strawberry toppings to add to vanilla ice cream, which is provided by Smith’s Dairy.
There will be other family-friendly attractions, including Patches the Fire Dog, the Windfall Industries Balloon Sculpture Team, the Cranksters Classic Car Club and the Medina Square Dancing Club, along with carnival games, face painting, crafts, a scavenger hunt, contests and prizes.
The event is open to all — not just those with disabilities. The idea is to provide opportunities for people of all abilities to enjoy time together as one community. …
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Take a ride on the rails for free this Saturday

Posted in Free, fun, Medina activities, summer fun for families, Things to do
by Jennifer

Got a train buff in your family?
Here’s a chance to let him or her see trains close up in one of the coolest model railroad sets you’ll ever see. And it’s all free (although donations are appreciated).
The Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers will offer free rides on the club’s small-scale replica trains from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lester Rail Trail.
The park is located on Lester Road in York Township, about a mile north of state Route 18, west of Medina.
The club will offer five free ride opportunities this year. The other dates are Aug. 2, Sept. 20, and the very popular and heavily themed Halloween rides on Oct. 17 and 18. Click here …
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Milestones in the rearview mirror

Posted in growing pains, growing up, Mom Stuff
by Jennifer

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks, with the end of school and beginning of summer. And one by one, the milestones alternately have been enjoyed, endured, celebrated and survived.
Many of them have been happy, mixed with sadness, such as the high school graduation of our oldest child, followed two days later by her graduation party. She is our baby, the one who first made us parents, who has seen more than the other four and therefore knows us best.
She will tell everyone that she is “so ready” for college, this girl who still asks me to make her smoothies and saute her kale and wash her clothes, even though I’ve shown her many times. I know she …
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