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Springtime hiking at Fort McAllister

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 9:58am

Spring came to visit yesterday with her sparkling sunshine and warm breezes. In celebration, our family hit the trails at Fort McAllister State Park near Richmond Hill. My husband and I guided our merry band of children and dogs as they happily bounded down the trail. Even our 4-year-old, who sometimes mysteriously “can't walk,” zipped along pretending he was riding an electric bobcat (yeah, I don't know).

How a Screen Fast can boost the fun factor in your home

by Traci Schumacher on Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:21pm

I have a love hate relationship with screens. Screens... you know, the kind kids love to stare at for hours on end, playing video games or watching tv shows and movies?

I love for my children to have fun, and I happily acknowledge that they can have fun and learn certain skills and knowledge from video games. And I love movies and shows that are funny, inspirational, thought-provoking. There can be a lot of value on a screen.

Skatefest 2013: Time to hit the ice!

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 11:17am

Our family traded our shoes for ice skates Monday night at Skatefest 2013. Well, four of us did. My husband opted to observe, socialize, and take pictures to document our fun. I happily escorted the kids around the rink for an hour and a half. Everyone made great progress in their ice skating skills over the course of the evening, though it's interesting to see how their experiences were shaped by their personalities.

Going through Advent to get to Christmas, and revamping our Advent calendar along the way

by Traci Schumacher on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 9:25pm

Counting down the days until Christmas, I have set up our Advent calendar. A gift to us from family, our beautiful wooden box is decorated with a winter animal scene, and its little drawers are numbered for the days before Christmas.

In the past I have hidden little candies or tiny toys in the drawers, but that became more challenging as our family grew. When our third child came along the drawers became far too small, so instead I tucked little notes inside that sent the kids on scavenger hunts around the house for small prizes.

Day Trip: Walk like an Egyptian at the SC State Museum

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 11/25/2013 - 12:50pm

Imagine intricately carved statues, elaborate stone jewelry, a golden throne covered with ancient scenes, cobras, falcons, and one mummy. On Saturday our family stepped back in time among such objects to explore the tomb of King Tutankhamun, aka Tut, by way of replicas on display at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. Our two and a half hour drive was rewarded by the excitement and amazement of our children as they wondered at the treasures of the boy king.

Where in the world... talking travel with my kids

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 1:47pm

Last night our dinner time conversation turned to travel. Friends of ours are going on a Disney cruise, and my kids thought it would be wonderful for us to do the same some time. I said that sounded great, but there are just so many places I would love to visit. And that's when the fun began.

Backyard camping on a warm night in Georgia

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 10/19/2013 - 8:25pm

Once upon a time, on a day just like yesterday, there were four children who decided to sleep in the tent in the backyard. They were incredibly excited for this novel adventure, preparing their sleeping spots in the tent as soon as permission was granted.

Hunter Cattle Company's Farm Heritage Day was great family fun

by Traci Schumacher on Sun, 09/22/2013 - 8:17pm

On Saturday our family went to the Hunter Cattle Company's Farm Heritage Day near Brooklet, and we had a grand time. Following a relaxing 40-minute drive through beautiful Georgia farm land, we arrived at the farm. The kids enjoyed riding horses and ponies, watching a goat milking demonstration, riding the mini train ride, chasing chickens, touring the farm by wagon, and simply playing.

The mathematical virtues of a cheese quesadilla

by Traci Schumacher on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 9:26pm

This summer my kids participated in Live Oak Library's reading program, and again I found it to be a great way to encourage my young readers. There is a lot of emphasis in parenting circles on developing our children's reading skills, which is good. I am surprised, however, at the lack of emphasis on nurturing a love for math and numbers.

The fun day that didn't happen, according to my son

by Traci Schumacher on Mon, 07/22/2013 - 8:34pm

Today I made a concerted effort to arrange a fun and active day for my kids. I adhere to the mindset that kids should not need to be entertained constantly. That they should be allowed ample free time to use their imaginations to find ways to amuse themselves. My husband worries that our kids might often be too bored.

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