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Summer Adventures: (Mini Vacation 2017) Seneca Caverns in Bellevue, Ohio (Part 2, Gem Mining)

This is part 2 of my Seneca Caverns post. To start at the beginning and read about the caverns, check out my Seneca Caverns Part 1 post. It was pretty cool to check out! This part of my post is about the Caveman Mining activity our two boys tried out. If you want to . . . → Read More: Summer Adventures: (Mini Vacation 2017) Seneca Caverns in Bellevue, Ohio (Part 2, Gem Mining)

Summer Adventures: (Mini Vacation 2017) Seneca Caverns in Bellevue, Ohio

This past Wednesday, we decided to try to find something to do for a couple days since my husband was finally able to take a few extra vacation days off work. And since he took them right before his regular weekend days off, he ended up having a 4 day weekend. If you are . . . → Read More: Summer Adventures: (Mini Vacation 2017) Seneca Caverns in Bellevue, Ohio

Summer Adventures: Blackhand Gorge Nature Preserve (Licking County, Ohio)

As you can tell from all my other Summer Adventures posts, my family love the outdoors and we spend a lot of time in the summer exploring state parks and nature preserves. We also like to check out other outdoor recreation like canoeing and other things like that. The kids love it. We are . . . → Read More: Summer Adventures: Blackhand Gorge Nature Preserve (Licking County, Ohio)

Summer Adventures: Our Family Canoe Trip on the Hocking River

One of the things we really enjoy doing in the summer is taking a canoe trip with the kids. We are in Ohio and the best place for us to go is to head down to the Hocking River. There are a couple canoe liveries down there and they both have great canoe rental . . . → Read More: Summer Adventures: Our Family Canoe Trip on the Hocking River

My First Experience Chaperoning a School Field Trip! (1st Grade Zoo Trip) #parenting

Last week, a few days before our kids were out of school before the summer, our youngest son and the rest of the first graders were going to the zoo (The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium). Their school has always had a field trip to the zoo for all first graders every year. I have . . . → Read More: My First Experience Chaperoning a School Field Trip! (1st Grade Zoo Trip) #parenting

Why We Don’t Teach Our Kids “Stranger Danger” Literally Speaking #parenting

One day a couple weeks ago we were driving home from our son’s soccer game and we were driving down our road and had to stop because there were three boys standing in the middle of the road waving us down. Now to make things worse, we live out on a country road. They . . . → Read More: Why We Don’t Teach Our Kids “Stranger Danger” Literally Speaking #parenting

Tips That May Help Your Child Keep Their Rooms Cleaned (I repeat, MAY help) #parenting #kids

Almost every single time. Getting our boys to clean their rooms is like pulling teeth sometimes. I don’t get it either because if they just put away what they are playing with when they are done before getting something else out, they wouldn’t have much to clean at the end of the day. Nope, . . . → Read More: Tips That May Help Your Child Keep Their Rooms Cleaned (I repeat, MAY help) #parenting #kids

Why We Don’t Let Our Kids Just Quit Youth Sports #kids #parenting #youthsports

I know that sounds harsh but we have our reasons.  Now I firmly believe there are certain situations and reasons why parents should let their kids quit. There could be issues with the coach, the sports organization, bullying, concerns for your child’s safety etc.  But when I say we don’t let our kids “just” . . . → Read More: Why We Don’t Let Our Kids Just Quit Youth Sports #kids #parenting #youthsports

Spring Family Crafting Project with Recycled Items #kids #crafting

Our youngest brought home a family project to do in April from his first grade Teacher.  Since it’s April, it had to be a Spring scene and they couldn’t draw or color anything.  The whole scene had to be made from recycled items.  So I gathered up some old magazines, straws, bottle caps, and . . . → Read More: Spring Family Crafting Project with Recycled Items #kids #crafting

Living With Autism – Early Signs and Diagnosis #Autism #AutismAwareness

We have a daughter with autism.  I remember when saying that used to be hard for me to say.  I have mentioned our daughter in some of my posts throughout the years but this is the first time I decided to really write about it.  April is Autism Awareness month and I have been . . . → Read More: Living With Autism – Early Signs and Diagnosis #Autism #AutismAwareness