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Tuesday, 26 August 2008

On the Road with the Fuzzy Bunny

A huge welcome to another new TWC guest guide, Emily C.! 

The question was whether to drive or fly.  We were going on our first beach trip somewhere 14 hours away from where we had just moved, and the spouse was going to finish out the workweek and fly up on his own.  The Fuzzy Bunny (my daughter, S, has very little hair) and I were going to go ahead of him.  As I thought of all the stuff I/she would need, including a car seat, a portable crib, the idea of driving seemed much more desirable.
If you too are planning a solo car trip with a baby under a year old, you can pack all the other things that you need from day to day, but you must have a favorite CD for child and adult amusement that can just live in your CD player.  You know the one.  You probably have it and can name it already.  Why not a download on your iPod?  Have you ever tried to find an album on your iPod

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Little Renaissance Man

The Maryland Renaissance Festival has started, and runs from now until mid-October.  23-24 August is Children's Weekend, which basically means that kids get in free and there's a Princess and Pirate Party…but any weekend at the RenFaire is a princess and pirate party for kids.

Optimal age is 4 or over; littler kids will get tired and bored and cranky, and while it's possible to push a stroller around the grounds, it's not easy.  (Plus it really ruins my period costume.)  Kids want to be up in all the cool stuff, so taking a child is a neat way to see the fair.
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Tuesday, 29 July 2008

On the Cheddar Trail through Central Wisconsin

What's Wisconsin known for universally?  Cheese.  My kids, like 99.9% of kids (barring lactose intolerance or dairy allergies), LOVE cheese.


Saturday, 19 July 2008

How to attend a triathalon

No, seriously.  

Early one Sunday morning (we were up anyway, right?) we headed down to Fairmount Park with our be-ribboned homemade signs and some bottles of water and sunscreen to cheer on a friend who was participating in her first womens' triathalon.  It sounds like a nutty place to go with a kid, but it was great - all of the bikes and runners going by - with numbers! on them - and we loves numbers right now, oh yes we do.  Plus, we got to scream and yell and jump up and down and it made other people happy and motivated.  She enjoyed that immensely.  (and so did I.)

So, here's how to do it:

  1. Make a big sign.  Use posterboard, print-outs from the internet, high-contrast markers, ribbon, glue… you name it? If it adheres in muggy weather (glue sticks nsm), get your kid to help put it on the sign.  Write down your triathlete's bib number somewhere on the sign too.  Even though you'll be cheering for everyone, this will help you remember who you're looking

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Rainy Day Clay

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A discreet yellow sign near the front of Creatable Crafts in Rehoboth Beach says "What if Picasso's mom had touched up his early work?" < [...]More
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