Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
My friend, Jeanne*, and her sisters have started a small business. The business creates a gorgeous piece of art that displays your family history. Occasions where this might be appreciated includes the birth of a child, an anniversary, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, or any day you want.
Check out their website, www.stylemytree.com
A little birdie told me the first 5 customers get 10% off their order.
*some of you may also know her as "Natalie's Mom" whose blog is featured along the side of this one.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Last week, his company (along with Aron) presented their ideas for how to develop the downtown of Columbus into an easily commutable (is that a word??) and attractive hub of Ohio. A place where people want to come and spend their time (and dollars) with their family and friends rather than just a destination for work. The downtown has changed drastically since I went to college there a few years ago and the Mayor, City Council, etc want to kept this going.
Aron drew the pictures by computer for the presentation so click here for an article outlining their plans. (Even if you're not interested, click on it anyway because Aron's making me blog about him because he says I don't feature him enough, thankyouverymuch). It's interesting to see their vision of what Columbus will look like in the coming years.
As a side note, Aron's company (not necessarily him) has designed some great spots in and around Columbus. In no particular order:
+ The Bride's Garden at The Franklin Park Conservatory
+ The area around Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers
+ Arch Park next to the Nationwide Arena
+ The Secret Garden in Inniswood Metro Park
+ North Bank Park
+ Helped develop the Master Plan for The Arena District
Current/future projects include:
+ The redesign of the 70/71 split downtown (a HUGE undertaking)
+ Design of more greenspace of the Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Interested in more pix of great planning and landscape architecture? Interested in great pix in general? Visit the company website at
Monday, April 19, 2010
Between Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, proposed legislation to change school lunches***, and Michelle Obama's campaign for reducing childhood obesity, it seems like the whole country is talking about food. I think this is good!
If you've noticed, I put a link in the list of blogs I follow about the anonymous teacher who is blogging about her year long commitment to eat her school's lunch every day. I like this blog but find it can be a bit preachy and crabby sounding at times. I enjoy learning about food but sometimes it seems like the only ones that are out there preach only to those people who will only use the organic, free range, grass fed, etc, etc and exclude those of us who are just trying to make a decent meal for your family. Don't get me wrong. I buy organic, non-hormone injected items when able but if the price grossly exceeds what I would normally spend, I just can't do it.
On another note, I think that Michelle Obama's program is great. It's focusing on the fact that we all need to get up and move toward being healthy. However, I think it's missing a key point. JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE THIN, DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU'RE HEALTHY. There are tons of kids (and adults for that matter) running around that are thin which makes them appear healthy. Some of these kids are still not getting the nourishment, the vitamins, the nutrients, the everything they need to help themselves grow but they just happen to be thin and are able to metabolize the junk their body is consuming better than the chubby one. They eat McDonald's for breakfast, pizza and fries for lunch at school, and McDonald's on the way home. You are pumping their little bodies full of food that is nutritionally void! Don't even get me started on Lunchables who have 74% of an ADULTS daily requirement of sodium (which will kill your kidneys) and uses "cheese product" which means that "cheese" is not real cheese, folks. Surprise!
I'm all for having a "treat" on occasion. Heck, sometimes a whole treat day. The problem is that EVERYONE wants to give kids treats. We get bags and bags of candy at any given holiday. It's not just one piece from each person: it's a BAG. I usually end up taking most of it to work from Halloween and Christmas (sorry to those of you who supply this to the kids) unless it's something they really like. You know, like Reese peanut butter cup products. Keep those coming. The kids really like those. The KIDS. (digressing again)
I've ranted enough for one day so let's get voting on what you think.
***As a side rant, I think it's insane that my school (and I say "my school" as a generalization for all schools. It's not a personal attack on the school Ella goes to) can count KETCHUP as a vegetable. Or FRENCH FRIES as a vegetable. I realize that these products are derivatives of vegetables but you would have to be insane (or a government employee) to actually justify this as a vegetable. Today at Ella's school they're having nacho chips and cheese (presumably that weird liquid nacho cheese) and beans and weiners as their lunch.
As a disclaimer, yes I am the same parent who did this.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
What is that goofball in the middle doing??
Yesterday was Ella's last basketball game. At the beginning of the season, I wasn't sure if she was going to like it or not. She didn't talk to anyone on her team and just stared at her coach when being coached.
HOWEVER, she loved it! She already asked me if she can have another go at it again next year. I think she was swayed by the ultra-awesome participant's trophy she got and the two points that she scored during last week's game.
Plus, they had this great closer to the season (play the video now). Get ready for the 31 second-ish spot of the video for the "4 foot, 1 inch Ella." They did this for all the different teams that participated in Hoops for Him. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you view it), we were early enough for Ella's game that we saw the closer for the teams of the previous games that started an hour before hers. Ella took one look, pleaded with me with her eyes and quickly said "I'mnotdoingthatPleasedon'tmakemedothatI'mseriousIdon'twantto." So I did what any logical parent would do.
I bribed her. We all know how I don't normally employ bribery in my arsenal (I find that ruling with an iron fist is much easier) but I decided to do it this time. I told her I would take her to see How to Train Your Dragon if she ran across. I told her she could have popcorn and maybe some 7up if she waved to her mother as she ran across the floor. I also gave her some advice as she left.
"Get your rear in gear: the faster you run, the faster you get it over with." She had other plans, though. As you can see, she employed a bit of skipping.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Saturday: Basketball game at 9:00, t-ball practice 10:30-12, play date with a friend from 12-5, and a movie date with her parents at 6:30
Sunday: Ballet performance at a local fundraiser at 12 and a bridal shower for a cousin at 2.
I'VE OVERBOOKED MY DAUGHTER! I've offically become THAT Mom.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Monday, April 05, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
The best part was when Myles turned to Ella and said "Ella, you're my very best friend." Then he turned to Luke and said "Luke, you're my other very best friend." Then they shared a group hug.
I probably would've gotten a little teary if I didn't want them to shut the heck up so I could go back to sleep.