Category Archives: Parenthood

Dinosaur Adventure Photo Album

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Are you ready for Dinosaur Adventures?

Obviously, our mischievous Elf, Bella, is ready for adventures with dinosaurs. Luckily, Dinosaur Adventure is going to be in our area.

Dinosaur Adventure will be at the following locations:

Toledo, OH – Seagate Convention Center, Dec. 7 and 8
Raleigh, NC – NC State Fairgrounds – Jim Graham Building – Dec. 14 – 15
Allentown, PA – Allentown Fairgrounds – Dec. 21 – 22
Pittsburgh, PA – Monroeville Convention Center – Dec. 27- 29

Dinosaur Adventure is an all-new, one of a kind exhibit featuring realistic, life-sized dinosaurs that come alive with their life-like movement and roars. Learn about the most popular dinosaurs -Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Diplodocus, Velociraptor, and explore recent finds with exciting discoveries!

As part of Dinosaur Adventure, children of all ages will enjoy a variety of activities: fossil crafting, Jurassic jeeps, themed obstacle courses, riding their favorite dinosaur, and more! The whole family will also be amused by our live entertainment featuring a walking dinosaur show, and a baby dinosaur meet & greet.

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Be On the Lookout: Olivia Cattano

Olivia Cattano

Update: Olivia has been found!

Hello Everyone,

If you have a minute, be on the lookout for Olivia Cattano. She was taken out of school by her mother, Dawn Vigue, on September 9th and has not been seen since then. Olivia’s dad and family are doing everything possible to find her and bring her home. I do know her dad and have seen Olivia a few times through the years.

Her mother has lost custody but has not been served the paperwork yet. The word is that Dawn has had a history of violence against children. She went on the run while the court case was in process. Dawn Vigue has lived in the Columbus area, Ohio, including Westerville, Powell, and Delaware. She is also good at staying under the radar so she probably isn’t drawing attention to herself.

It is possible that they are staying in the area with a man named “Yogi.” The rumor is that Yogi is a pimp. I cannot stress how important it is to find Olivia. Her safety is really in jeopardy.

If I had to guess, I would say that they could be at a homeless shelter, a cheap motel or a campground. They are more than likely living a transient lifestyle so they could be anywhere. Columbus is also close to Interstates 71 and 70. They could have also gotten on Interstate 75 in Dayton.

Please share the Facebook posts or this post in order to get her Olivia’s story out there. So if you see Olivia or Dawn, please contact (419)202-1404 or (419)603-8661.

If you suspect that this case could be related to human trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-3737-888 — or Text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733). Calling 911 is always an option.

Bus Stop Sessions

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Several years ago, I started to write this post about my youngest daughter. At the time she was six. Now she is ten and I wish the conversations with her were this easy or entertaining.

Something is going on with her. I ask her but she says she’s fine. I have also discovered that she lies effortlessly so I don’t believe her exactly. I want to believe her. I really do.

She’s also been eating ice cream in the middle of the night. So far we’ve found six cartons. Not to mention the candy wrappers and yogurt containers.

Today, I have to pick her up from detention . . . again.  Everyday I sound like Marvin Gaye: What’s going on? But with more eye rolling and aggravation.

So let’s revisit the time when my baby told me everything, even when it was too much information.

March 2015:

The conversations at the bus stop with Little Sister #2 are interesting.  Some mornings, the topics come out of nowhere.

Yesterday, she said, “Do you know why I don’t want you to die?”

I answered, “No. Why?” At this point, I have no idea. It could be anything.

She said, ” Because I love you so much. ”

The school counselor says it is normal for her to worry.

My favorite thing is when she sings along with the radio. It cracks me up that she knows the words to rock music. (FYI: I do not let her watch the videos.)

One morning, I tried an experiment. I switched to the country channel to see if she noticed. I never listen to the country station so I wondered if she liked country music.

Nope. She most certainly does not.

She piped up right away. Basically, she asked me to turn it back. Now we know that she likes Slipknot and Katy Perry.

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But Did You Die? : #bookreview

19025329_10154443220127714_7581111621070260833_oBut Did You Die: Setting the Parenting Bar Low

Throat Punch Media has published ,”But Did You Die? Setting the Parenting Bar Low,”  a book of essays about parenting. There are so many contributors. For once, I can say that many of them are my friends on Facebook. I will be finding the rest on social media soon.

As a parent with many imperfections, I can relate. Yesterday was one of the worst days with my middle child. We survived mostly because of “But Did You Die?”  This book helped me to keep that sense of humor in spite of the middle child being a jerk and forgetting how to use words. All day long with a mini-Chewbacca. It was too much.

It would be difficult to say which part was my favorite; however, Samara had one of my favorite essays. She is hilarious and brutally honest as usual. Also, she reminded me that I have to check my kid’s backpack for cigarettes and other questionable items.

 

Where: You can find the book online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play and iTunes. Also, check out your local bookstore to see if it’s stock.

 

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Recommend:

I honestly love this book. The title alone is worth the price. If you’re a parent or a human who likes to laugh, you will appreciate “But Did You Die?” Seriously, just go buy it already.

 

 

* Christie Sass Organ sent me this book. So I’m doing this review. It’s the right thing to do. Thanks Christie for sharing this book with me.