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Wednesday, 30 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.

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Sunday, 20 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
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Monday, 14 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

Friday, 11 July 2008

Groovin' In the Garden

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Oh what a great way to spend a summer evening - watching a live jazz group whoop it up, while picnicking in the Morris Arboretum - or any local outdoor greenspace for that matter.

The genius of the Morris is (1) their wide open concert grounds - where plenty of kids can run around, while still remaining within view of parents and (2) their expert sound system, where people who don't have kids can still enjoy the music.

Concerts - the last one of the season is next week - start at 7pm;  getting there [...]More

Tuesday, 08 July 2008

Clearwater Festival 2008

I offer this advice as a cautionary tale - when thinking of heading out for an all-day outdoor folk music festival with a toddler, take the weather reports seriously.  But if, as I did, you say to yourself "what's a little rain?" and head out to Croton-on-Hudson for the Great Hudson River Revival with clouds looming ominously overhead, here are a few things I wish I'd done:

1 - Bring something waterproof to sit on.  Because if all you have with you is a picnic blanket, you won't be able to sit down while you're listening to Pete Seeger in the rain, and your toddler will go completely stir-crazy and start banging his head into your neck from his relatively comfortable (and dry) position in the Ergo backpack you wisely decided to wear.

2 - Pack the spare set of clothing in a ziplock bag.  Because if you just leave them loose in the bottom of your canvas tote bag, they will get soaked along with everything else and there will have been no point in bringing them along in the [...]More
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