Page 1







March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 03

contents Greetings

Meet the Staff



Can I get an "AMEN" for spring?

On the Radar

Publisher Mary Wynne Cox

MAR/APR 2014

Associate Publisher Advertising Sales Jennica Zalewski


Hear Indiana Talk Walk Run, Riley Dance Marathons, Fishers Freedom Festival and more!

Raising Quadruplets (Plus One More!)

10 Creative Director Katie Clark

An interview with the Horn family of Fishers

Two For One


Moms of multiples swap tips for expecting parents

Living with Autism


Advertising Coordinator Karen Ring


One local family shares their experience

Setting Up Camp

Editorial Assistant Wendy Schrepferman


Local opportunities will make happy campers out of your kids this summer

Common Problems in Preschool



Business Manager | Accounting Roxanne Burns

Helping your child navigate this new experience

Spring Break Fun in Hamilton County


Public Relations and Events Wendy Cox

Stay at home ideas everyone will enjoy



Chicken salad with grapes and pecans

What's Cool After School

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Karen Ring, Michelle Shirk, Julie Smith Costakis, Rebecca Wood, Terri Spilman, Carolyn Loub, Nicole Turner and Mary Susan Buhner


Horseback riding

DĂŠcor Next Door


Good design with kids in mind

Ask the Expert



Beth Ayen, Jem Photography

Real estate professionals

Mommy Magic


Information overload

To Do With Your Crew


Places to spend a perfect spring day

The Last Laugh


Favorite funny family moments

04 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014




Family fun activities

Hamilton County Finds & Faves

Editor Susan Bryant

ON THE COVER Abby, Emily, Allie & Rachel Horn from Fishers *Photo by: Beth Ayen, Jem Photography

Contact Us: Hamilton County Family PO Box 40206 Indianapolis, IN 46240 (317) 417-3031 or (317) 710-6622 Hamilton County Family Magazine is published bi-monthly. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is prohibited.

Scan this QR code and instantly access Hamilton County Family from your smart phone or tablet device!

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 03

Can I get an "AMEN" for spring? Like many of you, I have lived in this area a long time and this has been, without a doubt, “A Winter to Remember” (or to forget)! I am pretty sure I speak for most when I say, “Hello Spring, you’ve been missed!” Don’t you just love the newness of everything spring brings? Seeing the bright colors – green grass and spring flowers, hearing the sounds – chirping birds and friendly people, and feeling the warmth – the sun that stays up a little longer each day! Just the thought of it all puts a smile on my face. And sure to put a smile on your face is our cover shot, the Horn family of Fishers. Five beautiful daughters – with four having the same birthday. (Yes, quadruplets!) We’ve asked them all a few questions about being part of such a unique family. And for those of you who may be expecting “more than one” yourself, check out our advice from other moms of multiples to know what you’re in for! (I call these “miracle moms”!) Also, in this issue we share the story of the Vittorio family of Noblesville whose two children on the autism spectrum have surpassed all expectations originally set for them. Despite receiving an initially bleak diagnosis, this family never let their situation dampen their spirit or change their course – truly heartwarming! We have lots of other fun and informative reading in this issue, spring break fun here at home and summer camp ideas for the kids – to mention just some of the “must have” info waiting for you inside.

Happy spring! Here’s to longer days, warmer temperatures and of course, making lasting memories with your family!

Jennica Zalewski

Associate Publisher

06 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 07

on the RADAR mark your calendar

get involved

MAR/APR 2014


Hear Indiana — Talk Walk Run 5K/10K Imagine for a moment what your life would be like if you couldn't hear. Hear Indiana is the central point of quality resources for families of children with hearing loss, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and the professionals who serve them. Resources are provided free to all Hoosier families. On April 26th, Hear Indiana will host its 11th Annual Talk Walk Run at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. The event includes a 5K/10K run/walk, a Kids Run and Kids Carnival. Whether or not you participate in the run/walk, come join the fun 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. for delicious food, carnival games, face painting, balloon art, live music and a magician! Visit www., or call (317) 828-0211 for more details.

Ready, Set, Glow! Sons ages 6-10 and their mothers are invited for a Friday night full of glow in the dark fun. Participants are encouraged to register for unforgettable fun with Fishers Parks & Recreation on Friday, March 7th from 6-7:30 p.m. Ready, Set, Glow! will take place at the Billericay Park Building and costs residents $10 and nonresidents $15. Glow in the dark cloud sand, slime and bubbles will be available to play with, but that’s not all – participants are welcome to play glow in the dark games such a bowling or tic-tac-toe. Light snacks will be provided. Register now to secure your spot. Contact the Fishers Parks & Recreation Department at (317) 595-3150 for more information.

08 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014

Fool's Gold Treasure Hunt Grab the family and follow a trail of clues hidden around Fishers that will lead to a treasure of “gold.” The first clue will be found near Town Hall – after that the adventure begins. Take one day, or spend a week searching for hidden clues around town. Register by March 26th to receive detailed information to begin. Contact the Fishers Parks & Recreation Department at (317) 595-3150 for more information.

Riley Dance Marathons Riley Dance Marathons are a great way for high school students to get involved in philanthropy within their community. Several Riley Dance Marathons are taking place in Hamilton County throughout the spring. Fishers High School Dance Marathon will take place on March 1st at Fishers High School. Hamilton Southeastern High School Dance Marathon will take place on March 15th at HSE High School. Additionally, University High will host its Dance Marathon on March 22nd. To find out more information about Riley Dance Marathons, please visit

Fishers Freedom Festival Royal Court Calling all six and seven year olds! Would you like to be treated like royalty for a weekend? The Fishers Freedom Festival will be choosing one king, one queen, four princes and four princesses for its Royal Court soon! Children are selected during a random drawing in March. Each child will participate in the Crowning Ceremony on Saturday, June 28th and the Children’s Parade and Main Parade on Sunday, June 29th. Visit the Fishers Freedom Festival website at for more information. Entries are due March 15th!

Just for Fun Sometimes our food cravings just get the best of us. Fortunately, we are required to give in on these “official” days of year.

March 2nd: Banana Cream Pie Day March 14th: Potato Chip Day March 15th: Corn Dog Day March 26th: Nougat Day March 28th: Something on a Stick Day April 4th: Deep Dish Pizza Day April 7th: Beer Day April 22nd: Jelly Bean Day

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 09

Photo Credit: Beth Ayen, Jem Photography



(PLUS ONE MORE!) An interview with the Horn family of Fishers What’s it like to raise five teenage girls at once (and four are quadruplets)? We asked parents Janell and Tom Horn to share their experience – with daughters Emily, Abby, Allie, Rachel and Morgan weighing in too. 10 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014

by: Susan Bryant, mom of 2

Janell, how was your pregnancy with quadruplets? And how did you manage four newborns with one child at home already? Due to a great physician, my pregnancy went well. I delivered the girls nine weeks early and only spent two weeks in the hospital prior to my delivery. The girls were all born very healthy. I am truly blessed! My mom and sister were wonderful. My mom came from out of town to help when I brought the girls home from the hospital. My sister would spend the night on occasion just so that Tom and I could get a complete night’s rest. I also had many volunteers from my church as well as neighbors volunteering. The ladies from my church would take turns coming to my house to help me feed the girls, do laundry and change many diapers throughout the day! My husband was a tremendous help also. He would come home from work, spend time with Morgan, and then help me feed and bathe the girls. We had the girls on a regular schedule which really helped. I could never have done any of this without the great help I received. I am forever grateful to them.

What’s the most fun thing about being a quadruplet? The most challenging? Emily: The most fun thing about being a quadruplet is you are with your best friends 24/7. The most challenging is sharing everything....especially the car!

Abby: The best thing about being a quadruplet is that someone always has your back. The most challenging is there is very little privacy. Allie: The most fun thing is that I get to meet many people through my sisters. It’s like you get four times the friends. The most challenging is finding your own identity that will set you apart from the others. Rachel: The most fun thing is that I get four times the clothes. The most challenging is having to share the bathroom while getting ready for school.

Morgan, you’re the big sister in college now. Has it been an adjustment being away from all your sisters? It has been an adjustment. It was weird when I first moved away to not be able to walk into the next room and talk to my sisters. I don't realize how much I miss them either until I start texting them or I go home for a weekend. However, I'm getting used to being on my own and away from my sisters. While I will always miss them, I know that if I want to talk to any of them, they are only a text or phone call away.

Tom, you are really outnumbered. What’s it like to be the only guy in a house full of women? Normally....they are very patient with me. They seem to understand that my thought process doesn't work the way theirs does. I can hear them think "Dear Old Man" when we have conversations. I have been continually impressed by the way they have grown up to be great young women. They are all fun to be around and we have a good time. Most of the time we all take time out of our schedules to eat dinner together. We talk about great times we have had together. Sometimes we even give each other a hard time...well, I give them a hard time. So, I can't think of anything better than to be outnumbered by six beautiful women. What a lucky guy I am!

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 09

two for one by: Rebecca Wood, mom of 4

Moms of multiples swap tips for expecting parents

Nicole Schilt of Carmel discovered she was pregnant with twins during a routine 18-week ultrasound. “I noticed the baby appeared to have two heads,” says Schilt. “Immediately, I started to panic and recalled saying to the tech, ‘Do I see two heads?’ The technician replied ‘yes’ in a very casual manner.” Schilt refers to that moment as a “collision of shock and excitement.” Schilt is one of many Hamilton County moms raising multiples. In fact, the Indiana State Department of Health records 101 sets of twins born in Hamilton County in 2011 (latest data available). Moms of multiples often share similar emotions and experiences. Here they recount some of the challenges and joys of raising two babies at once and offer advice to those who may be embarking on a similar journey.

“two” much information Hamilton County Family editor Susan Bryant, mother to 14-year-old boy/girl twins, remembers the biggest challenge of her pregnancy was trying to stay well-informed of the particular problems

associated with twin pregnancies, without becoming completely terrified. She says it was difficult to read about all the potential risks without worrying about everything that could go wrong. Bryant advises moms expecting multiples, “Be careful about overwhelming yourself with too much scary information on Google about having twins. Listen to your doctor’s advice. He or she can help balance what you read with your own personal situation.”

same schedule = happy mom Any mother of a newborn is well aware of the sleep deprivation that ensues after a baby comes home. Moms with two babies face double the challenge. Schilt battled exhaustion with her newborn twin daughters. “My girls were not synced on the same sleep pattern, so I found myself awake during all hours of the night. Then, I had to wake up with my (older) boys and keep up with them during the day.” Schilt advises moms of multiples to work with babies early to get them on the same sleep pattern even if it means waking a drowsy baby to feed and diaper in tandem with a twin.

help wanted Some new moms may shy away from offers of assistance, but for moms with more than one baby at home receiving help from others is a necessity. Schilt received help from her church in the form of meals and much-needed respite. She encourages mothers caring for multiple children not to hesitate asking for help from others.


Listen to your doctor’s advice. He or she can help balance what you read with your own personal situation.


12 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014

strength in numbers Laurinda Oliver of Carmel, mother to three-year-old twin girls, encourages moms to become active in a support group. “Finding a group of like-minded parents going through similar experiences is one of the best ways to stay sane!” Oliver is the Co-President of the Northside Twins and Multiples group ( The group offers a monthly support system with speakers, “Moms Night Out,” family events, playgroups, meal assistance and other activities. Schilt adds, “It helps to know that you are not alone in your struggles!”

dynamic duos Many moms say that the challenges of managing multiple babies can fade as children grow – with new joys becoming apparent. Schilt calls her twins “one of the greatest gifts I never asked for or dreamt of having.” She says her twin girls are the best of friends. Bryant remarks, “I would encourage parents to remind their children what a special thing it is to have a twin. That other person has literally known you before you were born. For my two, they always had a playmate interested in the same games, someone who understood their private jokes, and now as teens, a peer who can share insights about different kids at school and the drama of junior high.”

FUN FACTS According to CDC statistics for 2012, the twin birthrate is 33 out of every 1,000 US births. The National Center of Health Statistics says the rate of twin births rose by 76% from 1980 to 2009. The 2013 class of Carmel High School hopes to earn a Guinness World Record for the most twins in a graduating class. The class boasts 17 sets of twins. In 2013, IU Health North Hospital recorded 52 sets of twin births.

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 13

For families of children with special needs, the journey from infancy to adulthood often leads down an uncharted road. One Noblesville couple shared their story with Hamilton County Family to offer a glimpse of their life raising two children on the autism spectrum.

living autism WITH

O n e lo c a l fa m i ly s h a r e s their experience by: Julie Smith Costakis, mom of 3

14 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014

In 1995, Ed and Carin Vittorio welcomed their long-awaited daughter, Grace, into the world. They immediately noticed unusual behavioral symptoms, escalating throughout the following days, weeks and months as they relentlessly sought explanations for what might be a possible cause. Son Christian was born the month Grace turned one, soon exhibiting symptoms much like his sister’s. Grace was eventually diagnosed with autism at 18 months. Christian was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified, an autism spectrum disability. While the pediatric neurologist described their bleak future, the Vittorios began steps to prove him wrong. Each year, thousands of children in the U.S. receive a diagnosis of autism. It is the fastest growing developmental disability, prevalent in one out of every 88 births. Between 1 and 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder, including: Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), Asperger’s Disorder, Rett’s Disorder and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. (Source: Learning that the optimal intervention window closes at age three, the Vittorios moved quickly. Grace’s first classroom was the bathtub. “She loved water,” says Carin, “and it was the only place I could contain her to focus on flashcards.” Carin contacted specialists around the country, listening to a myriad of suggestions and exploring those which spoke to her heart and instincts. Hippotherapy at Agape Therapeutic Riding in Cicero was critical. “Grace’s first word was ‘horse!’” shares Carin. YMCA swimming lessons led to a major milestone of her first dive off the block. Grace has been diving into swimming competitions ever since with Special Olympics and the Noblesville High

School Swim Team. Carin credits special education teachers for their efforts in helping her daughter as well, saying, “They are true warriors rallying against standardized tests and assessment constraints; against all odds, they believe in our children.” The Vittorios chose to keep Grace and Christian mainstreamed in public school, opting out of the life skills initiatives often recommended for students with autism. “School choice is personal for each family,” says Carin, “we hope to empower our children to live victoriously and capably in this demanding world even when we are no longer by their side.” Whatever educational path is chosen, parental involvement is essential. “Developing good relationships at the school makes a difference. Earn their trust through your willingness to support and appreciate them as they do their job to help every child succeed.” Grace is on track to graduate with a CORE 40 diploma this June, as will Christian next year – a commendable accomplishment for students on the autism spectrum. Achievements such as their driver’s licenses, academic merit awards, athletic participation, public speaking and volunteerism reflect their full lives, defying the once-grim prediction of their first neurologist. Grace proudly displays her 2013 Special Olympics Athlete of the Year award and four swimming medals from the 2010 Special Olympics National Games in Lincoln, Nebraska – which also included her first experience flying and being separated from her parents.

specific instructions for success. People with autism spectrum disorders endure challenges with inclusion, social acceptance, stress triggers and unyielding expectations. “With young children, every activity requires extreme orchestration, such as preemptively finding businesses and destinations willing to welcome patronage despite the drama autism brings,” says Carin. She describes the situation as a continual balancing act to determine when to push a child without totally stressing them out. “It is a constant challenge to provide the necessary framework in order for them to achieve a sustainable, fulfilling adulthood. We are their narrators and interpreters of this ‘neurotypical’ world – one that expects total conformity. I often wonder if the world would be much better off with a state of mind from their perspective.” Carin is committed to improving the lives of children with autism by serving on the Executive Board of the Autism Society of Indiana. She is also a 2009 Graduate Partner with the Partners in Policymaking Academy and a participatory consultant in the Noblesville High School College/Career Support Services Team. Carin advises parents to tap into all available resources in regards to their child. “The Autism Society has links to specialists and valuable services. Through a support group, we learned the importance of securing the government waiver.” She encourages families embarking on their autism journey to always have hope and appreciate your child’s courage. “Keep a good attitude and take one day at a time,” says Carin. “You are not alone. Even the impossible can become possible.”

As the Vittorios can attest, the road for families living with autism is not an easy one. Parents face a long and unclear path, with no

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 15

Local opportunities will make happy campers out of your kids this summer by: Karen Ring, mom of 2

After a seemingly endless winter, it is finally time to think summer! The school doors will close in a few short months and parents will begin the search for activities to keep their kids occupied during the summer. Fortunately, they won’t have to look far. Camp offerings in Hamilton County and the surrounding area are abundant, with themes catering to practically every interest. Below is just a sampling of the variety of camps available close to home. What better place to inspire your child’s inner artist than at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where children ages 5 to 16 can imagine, discover and create amidst internationally recognized permanent collections. They will also have access to an early 20th century estate and 152 acres of gardens and grounds complete with outdoor art and nature park. Campers are guided by an accomplished team of art educators as they experiment with various art techniques, creating a portfolio of work to be shared with their family at week’s end. Whether your child is a budding fashion designer or simply looking to try something new, camps at A Sewing Studio in Carmel offer children ages 7 to 16 a fun way to learn new sewing skills or build on previous knowledge. During these 2-day camps, campers create projects such as American Girl doll clothing and iPod/iPhone pouches. Studio owner, Valerie Salmon, follows the Kids Can Sew & Fashion Design® curriculum, which encourages students to express their individual creativity. Campers are required to have previous sewing machine experience or have taken the Sewing Machine Fun class for beginning students. Mi Escuelita is a unique Spanish immersion program that provides a rich learning environment for children ages 2 to 7. By promoting social and emotional development, kids participate in simple interactions with others while using Spanish. “Our objective for language development is to create opportunities for the children to increase their vocabulary, answer simple ques-

16 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014

tions about a song, rhyme or story in both English and Spanish,” explained Maestra Vicky Rodriguez. Science, music and dance are also included as part of the daily routine and themes vary from week to week in order to provide a rich summer camp experience. At Camp Invention children entering grades 1 through 6 are immersed in essential STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts through engaging hands-on activities. There are a number of Camp Invention host schools throughout the Indianapolis area, including St. Louis de Montfort in Fishers. Campers will walk away from this fun and educational camp with improved critical thinking skills that will aid them in all aspects of learning. Boys ages 6 to 14 can sharpen their soccer skills at the Butler Boys Soccer Camp. The coaching staff is made up of college coaches, club coaches, high school coaches as well as some of Butler’s current varsity players who provide a fun, yet challenging environment that inspires players of all levels to become better soccer players and teammates. Boys and girls ages 10 to 17 who have the drive and determination to take their soccer skills to the next level will benefit from Butler’s Striker – Defender Camp. Here campers hone in on the skills pertaining to their individual responsibilities on the field. Variety is the spice of life and Carmel Clay Parks summer camp series allows your child the chance to pick from ten types of summer day camps. Campers ages 5 to 15 can choose from themes ranging from theater to outdoor adventure. Camps run June 2 through August 1, allowing kids the chance to try their hand at several options throughout the summer. “Our summer camp series is a great way to select the type of camp that will have your child talking all summer long and beyond,” said Ben Johnson, manager of extended school enrichment.

Summer camps are a great way to not only keep kids occupied during the summer months, but also let them explore current interests or develop new ones. With the wide variety of camp programs available in our area, there truly is something for everyone.

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 17

18 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 19

by: Terri Spilman, mom of 1


HeLping your child navigaTe this new experience Preschool curriculum may seem fairly simple from a distance – learning how to wait your turn, being introduced to colors and letters, following directions from adults – all in preparation for kindergarten. But preschool can be a big adjustment for children, and a few bumps along the way are to be expected. Fortunately Hamilton County is home to dozens of preschools staffed with experienced, empathetic teachers – like Donna Bobb from Kids of the Kingdom Pre-School at Carmel Lutheran Church. Bobb has taught for 33 years, and offers some practical solutions for parents dealing with common problems preschool children experience.

What’s the best way to handle a quiet child that is having difficulty making friends? It is part of the age group. They are just starting to broaden their circle – it’s just the way they are made. It’s good to let the teacher know [if you feel this is a problem]. I always appreciate a heads up. Children often talk to a stuffed animal before a real person. I love to role play with the use of stuffed animals or puppets. Give children short phrases they can use because they are so new at language like, “Will you play with me” or “I want to be your friend.”

20 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014

How can you help a child who doesn’t want to share? Children are very egocentric, everything revolves around them. Often you can tell which parents have played a lot with them or which have a lot of siblings. Role play with phrases like, “Can I use that when they are finished?” or “When you are done, will you give that to her?” For playdates at home, Bobb suggests putting out enough toys for the whole group, like Legos. Children can also decide if some toys are off limits for sharing, and put those toys away in advance.

What’s the best way to react to a child who is acting out? Preschoolers are not good at language so they show emotions before they can put them into words. For example, even if they can’t say it, they just know they don’t feel happy so they may tip a chair just to get a reaction. If they are acting out at home, take a step back and ask yourself if things have changed, or if they might have had a rough start in the morning. I encourage parents to put emotions into small sentences which helps to affirm the emotions their child is showing like, “I see you are angry today” or “Can you show mommy what is wrong?” and generally speaking, they can.

What if a child simply doesn't want to go to school at all and asks to stay home? I encourage parents to walk the child in. Generate interest by asking, “I wonder what’s in your cubby today?” It’s helpful to have something to bridge the gap between home and school like a little handprint from mom pinned onto a backpack that the child can touch if they are feeling lonely or a note in their lunch box. A great book for children and parents to read together is "Wemberly Worried" by Kevin Henkes to help ease their fear.

Attending preschool is a major milestone for children – and a few issues with adjustment are not uncommon. To ease this transition and provide the foundation for a positive school experience, ongoing communication between parent and teacher is key. Preschool teachers want your child to thrive in their classroom as much as you do, so keep them in the loop with your concerns and draw from their wealth of experience to help guide your little one successfully through the process.

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 21

Spring Break Fun by: Karen Ring, mom of 2

in Hamilton County

Staying put for Spring Break doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all of the fun. Spring is the perfect time to head out and explore all there is to do locally. Below we offer a few suggestions for vacation-worthy activities that are close to home.

Historical Outings One of the most significant archaeological sites in Indiana is right here in Hamilton County at Strawtown Koteewi “Prairie” Park in Noblesville. Walking the trails that run through the 750-acre park puts you in the footsteps of Paleo-Indians (considered to be the first Hoosiers) who once hunted mammoths and mastodons on the land and early settlers who were following the Lafayette Trace route. The Taylor Center of Natural History houses archaeological remains found in this area, including arrowheads and pottery dating back to 1400 A.D. Hearthside Suppers at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers offer a unique opportunity to prepare and enjoy a 19th century meal in the historic Conner House (by candlelight no less), while costumed hosts share tales from the early 1800s. Hearthside Suppers take place Wed-Sun through the month of March and offer a fun and educational evening perfect for families with children 10 and up.

Creative Outlets If your inner artist is calling, head to Nickel Plate Arts main campus in the heart of Noblesville. Their Judge Stone House Gallery is open to the public Thurs-Fri, noon-5 p.m. and Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. March 29 marks the beginning of the gallery’s Young Artists Exhibit – a perfect opportunity for budding young artists to view works by their peers. While on campus you can also learn about the art class offerings and meet artists in their studios. Once those creative juices are flowing, head over to Color Me Mine, Carmel’s original paint-your-own-pottery studio. This studio offers something for every member of the family. Little ones can finger paint everything from piggy banks to plates, while more ambitious artists can create elaborate works of art on their selected piece. There are no hourly fees, which means everyone can create at their own pace and all of the supplies are included in the cost of the pottery. 22 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014

Indoor Fun Spring weather in Indiana can be unpredictable, so finding places for indoor fun is always a good option. Sky Zone indoor trampoline park is the perfect place to burn off excess energy. Sky Zone has programs for everyone, from Toddler Time to Sky Mania (ages 10-15) and Sky Jam (ages 16+). And who says the kids have to have all the fun? Sky Zone’s open jump hours are open to all ages and offer the perfect chance to get the whole family in on the high-flying action. Bowling offers another indoor option for staying active. Whether rolling gutter balls or burning up the lanes with strike-worthy precision, bowling is fun for all ages. Cooper’s Stardust Bowl in Noblesville has a variety of open lane times available, including the ever-popular glow-in-the-dark fun of Cosmic Bowling now offered during familyfriendly early evening hours on select nights. Beginning in April, Pinheads in Fishers will offer bowling deals through, with a portion of the proceeds going to local charities. It is a great way to have fun while giving back to the community.

Cycling Adventures Hamilton County’s stretch of the Monon Trail runs from the 96th Street trailhead in Carmel to 161st Street in Westfield and offers a safe and scenic way to see a large section of our county by bicycle. The trail cuts through downtown Carmel, providing the perfect opportunity to take a detour along Main Street to peruse the shops and grab a bite to eat. In Westfield, the paved portion of the trail ends at 161st Street and gives way to a trail of compacted stone that moves west and connects to the Midland Trace Trail ending at Quaker Park. Maps of the Hamilton County portion of the Monon Trail listing amenities available along the route are available at Don’t have a bike? No worries – Carmel Cyclery rents everything from regal comfort bikes and tandem bikes to bike trailers for toting the kids. They even include free helmets, locks and trail maps.

Reci-Please Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pecans Recipes for healthy foods are endless, although we can often get into the same routine and miss chances for exploring these possibilities. March is National Nutrition Month® and this year’s theme is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right". The goal is to encourage healthy eating by blending new or familiar tastes with nutritious foods – which can mean combining familiar foods with something we’ve never tried before or taking an old standby recipe and introducing a new seasoning. This chicken salad recipe is very versatile. Serve it on a bed of mixed greens, as a cold sandwich or use as a filing for a panini. The recipe can also be varied with different ingredients. Other combinations could be diced pears, walnuts and cider vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar, or mandarin oranges, diced pineapple, almonds and fresh mint in place of basil. Options for healthy eating are boundless, so go exploring and tickle some taste buds with new flavors!

• • • • • • • • •

by: Nicole Turner, Registered Dietician, mom of 2

2 cups cooked, diced chicken 1 1/2 cups red seedless grapes, halved 1 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped 1 cup low fat mayonnaise 1/2 cup diced celery 1/2 cup sliced green onions 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil *Makes 4 1/2 cups chicken salad 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar salt and pepper to taste (approximately 1/4 teaspoon of each)

STEPS 1. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, basil and balsamic vinegar. Set aside. 2. In a larger bowl, combine chicken, grapes, pecans, celery and green onions. Pour in mayonnaise mixture. Stir well. 3. Season with salt and pepper to desired taste. 4. Serve over mixed greens or as a sandwich using whole grain bread.

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 23


what.s COOL AFTER SCHOOL >> Horseback Riding <<

For those who love horses, there’s no better feeling than heading to the stable for a ride. Children introduced to the fun of horseback riding find the sensation of being on top of such a large creature thrilling enough – but many other benefits unfold for them as well. Riding improves balance and coordination, increases core strength and builds muscle tone and flexibility. It may seem that the horse does all the work in this sport, but a great deal of physical training is required from the rider to become a skillful equestrian. Along with mastering the techniques of riding, learning how to care for a horse is a fundamental part of good horsemanship – an aspect many kids enjoy just as much. There’s something special about the relationship that develops between horse and rider – an experience unlike many of the typical activities kids often pursue. And the confidence that comes from being able to control something so much larger and stronger than oneself is very powerful. Horseback riding is an activity that can be enjoyed throughout a lifetime, for sport or pleasure. It is both challenging and relaxing at the same time, making it a great pursuit for kids and adults alike.

24 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014

Hamilton County has an abundance of stables in our area, for a few to look into try our list below. Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources 24970 Mt. Pleasant Road, Cicero

317-773-RIDE | Agape cultivates personal growth by strengthening the mind, body and spirit through providing unique horse-facilitated experiences. We provide therapeutic horseback riding, carriage driving, team building and group lessons.

Sport Horse, Inc. 18326 Spring Mill Rd, Westfield

317-867-1645 | Sport Horse, Inc. is proud to be home to one of only two USHJA Certified Trainers in the State of Indiana, offering beginner through advanced instruction for both adults and children. Our program encompasses the disciplines of Hunters & Jumpers with a strong Dressage base and the hands on approach of grooming and tacking a horse encourages and instills relational skills.

The Riding Academy at Select Show Horses 25109 Six Points Road, Sheridan

317-413-3485 | Select Show Horses specializes in saddle seat instruction for students 5 and up. Hunt seat and western available. Instructors are national-level show ring competitors. Located 10 minutes north of Westfield, we have a large indoor arena and climate-controlled viewing lounge. Riders also learn to groom, tack and care for their horses.

Other horseback riding opportunities in Hamilton County include: Carmel Equestrian Center Cherry Wood Stables Collierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lane Janet Keesling Stables J & J Equestrian Center Penny Oaks Stables Poplar Ridge Stables Room to Ride Roselane Farm Rinehart Farm Swinging M Farm

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 25

DÉCOR next door GOOD DESIGN WITH KIDS IN MIND Creating a stylish, child-friendly home by: Carolyn Loub, mom of 4

Sharing a home with kids doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. By assessing how your family really lives and getting creative with materials, you can design a home that your whole family can appreciate and enjoy. Upholstery When choosing furniture pieces for a kid-friendly room, go for the most indestructible. Leather is an excellent choice for upholstered furniture, as it cleans up easily and looks better with age. Other materials to consider for upholstered pieces are ultrasuede, polyester, tweed fabrics with texture and indoor/outdoor fabrics. There are some surprisingly soft and comfortable indoor/outdoor fabrics available. Commercial grade fabrics, such as Crypton or Nanotex, are extremely durable and stain resistant. Used frequently in hospitals and nursing homes, these fabrics can surely stand up to whatever your children throw at them. While dark, patterned upholstery is great for hiding stains, you can have white furniture if that is what you desire. White slipcovers in a sturdy cotton or cotton blend can be washed and bleached if necessary. A washable fabric like vinyl can be used on chair seats, ottomans or benches.

Furniture Choose occasional furniture carefully. A round coffee table is obviously more kid-friendly than a sharp edge would be. Tables with metal tops can withstand heavy wear and tear, while weathered wood tables are meant to look worn, so any additional scratches or dings will add to the intended look. Or perhaps nix the traditional coffee table in favor of a large ottoman. Simply use a tray when a hard surface is needed for drinks or snacks. Storage ottomans can be used for stashing toys, board games or DVDs out of sight. Metal drum end tables or garden stools are inexpensive, kid-friendly and on trend. Woven end tables are safe for kids and add texture to a room. Using floor cushions or “poufs” amid your upholstered furniture gives small children a soft place to land and offers an opportunity to add a pop of color to your room. Cushions in bright colors and graphic patterns can liven up a neutral space.

26 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014

Area rugs Whether you have wood floors or wall-to-wall carpet, area rugs are attractive and protect floors from kids and vice versa. Seagrass rugs have a clean, neutral look with textural appeal at a reasonable price point. It holds up well in high-traffic areas, as it hides dirt, can get wet, cleans up nicely and is not scratchy like sisal. Seagrass is not as soft as other rugs, so if you have little hands and knees crawling around, you may want to layer a smaller, softer rug over it. A wool or wool-blend rug that is easy to clean and has some pattern to hide stains is a softer option. Whichever type of rug you choose, opt for an easy-to-clean low pile. Under dining tables where spills are inevitable, consider using a durable indoor/outdoor rug. There are lots of colorful, stylish options available at reasonable prices. FLOR carpet tiles are very practical for kidfriendly spaces. If one area becomes stained or worn, you can replace individual tiles.

Storage Ample storage space is essential for living stylishly with kids. Obviously, when you have small children, you want their toys to be easily accessible. Strategically placed baskets are not only great for corralling toys, but also add color and texture to a room. Place baskets or decorative boxes on the bottom shelves of built-ins, and keep fragile accessories out of reach. Lidded baskets, such as woven Sengalese ones are functional and fashionable.

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until your kids are grown to decorate your home. With proper planning and the right materials, you can create a stylish home that is comfortable for you and your kids to enjoy right now. For more great ideas, visit Carolynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog at http://sweetchaos

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 27

ASK the EXPERT REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS We want a bigger home, but need to sell our existing home prior to buying a new one. Where do we even start?



This is a common situation for home sellers. Avoiding the stress of owning two homes while balancing the purchase of your next home is a tricky but oftentimes unavoidable situation. Careful planning with your real estate agent and a well thought out strategy can get you where you want to be with minimal risk. During your move-up, there are four specific things you should be mindful of: Marketing your existing home: Put together a plan that will allow you to market and sell your home in an efficient and reasonable manner. Bottom line: How long will it take and how much will we make?

Financing: If you will be using the proceeds from the sale of your home for the purchase, it will be helpful to work closely with your real estate and mortgage professionals to piece together the details. This is a critical step so that you can plan the financial components of your move. Bottom line: How much money will I need for my new home? Your buyer: Once you have an offer in place youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to carefully vet the buyer and have them answer serious questions about their capacity to purchase your home. Bottom line: Are they ready, willing and able to purchase your home? Contingencies and contractual terms: Making your home purchase contingent upon the sale of your home helps you protect against the risk of owning two homes. Home sellers are often agreeable with this arrangement. Also, negotiating the time of possession on your existing house will make your move more convenient and less stressful. Bottom line: Which terms and conditions are in your best interest? The process can be a daunting one, but by breaking it into manageable pieces and working with competent professionals it can be truly rewarding. Submitted by Jason O'Neil, Encore Sotheby's International Realty

28 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014


There are two other homes in my neighborhood that are for sale along with mine. How can I make my house stand out from the competition?


There are four main factors that affect the sale of any home – housing inventory (ratio of supply vs. demand), location, condition and price. While you don’t have any control over the current supply and demand in the market place, and cannot change the location of the home you are trying to sell, you do have control over the condition and price of your home. To make your home compelling in the eyes of a buyer, it’s helpful to have a “wow” factor. Perhaps it’s a remodeled master bathroom or kitchen, new appliances or flooring, a beautifully finished basement, a stunning lot or outdoor entertaining area – what does your house offer that the competition doesn’t? If your home doesn’t currently have a “wow” factor, it might be worth considering what investment you can make that will help your house stand out from the competition, and create value in the mind of a buyer. Without a “wow” factor, you need your house to be the “shiny penny” in the group. It needs to be the cleanest and most well-cared for home in the neighborhood. There cannot be any clutter, dust or dirt in sight! Your house needs to be move-in ready with a neutral color scheme that most buyers find appealing. Finally, you have to list your house at a compelling price point. Will a buyer find more value in your home vs. the competition for your asking price? Your asking price will either compel someone to buy your home, or it will help sell the competition! A buyer will write an offer on your home if it has a specific feature they want but can’t find in other homes, or if it offers a greater value for their money. Submitted by Shari Dykes, Carpenter Realtors

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 29


If you are new to an area and need to buy a home during a short visit, what are the key factors to consider to ensure a good long-term decision?


According to the National Association of Realtors, the 2013 average home search took buyers 10 weeks. Additionally, 90% of buyers start their search online, so if you’re shopping for a home in a quick trip, use the internet ahead of time to find out as much about the area as possible. Your first step in the process would be to utilize the assistance of an experienced, local Realtor®. At no cost to the buyer, you can access their expertise and knowledge of the city to help you find the home that meets the criteria of these items on your list: School systems: Quality of education; proximity to the schools Amenities: Parks, shopping, interstate access, job commute Housing affordability and resale: Shop to get the most home you can for your budget, but keep resale in mind. Look at the home’s location and the status of the neighborhood upkeep. It’s been said, “Never buy a home you can’t sell!” Price: Schools, land, city, finish and age of home will determine what you can buy for the money Home size: The number one reason for a repeat buyer is to find a larger home. Your kids are not getting any smaller, so buy something that will grow with your family, not one that you will outgrow quickly. Provide your Realtor your housing list and they will send you options that meet those requirements. The agent will be able to give you recommendations and guidance on the homes found based on your goals, and may even be able to preview the options ahead of time for you to help maximize your visit. Once in town, make sure to take notes, pictures and videos of the homes so at the end of the trip you can recall the properties and the amenities they have to offer. Preparation and communication with your Realtor are key to helping you get the most out of your home-shopping tour, enabling you to find that perfect abode – even on a quick visit! Submitted by Dan Irish, Realtor®, ERA Real Estate Links

30 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014

Mommy Magic

by: Mary Susan Buhner, mom of 3

Information Overload Knowing when to tune out In a time when it seems there are LIMITLESS distractions, it’s important to know when to turn them all off. Strong family connections simply cannot be made without managing the constant noise we are bombarded with 24 hours a day. In order to untangle our busy lives, we must make the choice to be distracted less. If we want our families to feel close, we have to disengage from technology long enough to realize that big memories often come from the small moments with our children.

tank” set on full. After a good night’s sleep and breakfast we are ready to take on the day. As we manage work, kids, schedules and our other responsibilities, our tank slowly works its way down. The trick is to manage your day in such a way that you don’t reach “empty” by 10 a.m.! Consider the possibility that all of us have a daily choice to make. A choice on what we allow into our lives and when we allow it. And choosing to be distracted less and present more has the power to change each and every day. Mary Susan Buhner is a Life Coach for Moms and author of “Mommy Magic: Tricks for Staying Sane in the Midst of Insanity.” Visit her Mommy Magic Fan Page on Facebook and her website at:

Like you, I am reminded of this daily. Information comes at us all day and all night. Just while writing this column I have received six texts, twelve emails and four phone calls. Does that sound familiar? Every morning I unplug my phone from the charger and take one step back to await the morning deluge of information that occurred while I was asleep. Texts, voicemails and emails pour in. I have trained myself not to even turn on my phone now until after I get my children off to school and I have a cup of coffee. The truth is, I don't like being preoccupied in the morning when I am with my kids. I only have them for a short period of time before they start their school day. This time is important to me and I don’t want to be distracted from it. (I also cannot deal with all the day’s information until I have consumed at least two cups of coffee.) With so many distractions in modern life, not only our time gets drained, but our energy as well. A wise person once shared with me that most of us start our day with our energy “fuel

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 31

to do CREW


MARCH sat 01 Dr. Seuss on the Loose Times: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Where: Carmel Clay Public Library Come help us celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss in this fun program that demonstrates how all people can live by the messages in Dr. Seuss’s books. Girl Scouts will be on hand to talk about doing good deeds like Horton and taking care of nature like the Lorax. They’ll discuss how unique we all are like the Cat in the Hat and explore the places we have gone and will go. Each person attending will have a delicious treat to enjoy as well! No registration is required.

fri 07 — sat 08 Frogz: Imago Theatre Times: Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Cost: Tickets start at $15 Where: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Phone: (317) 843-3800 In a show that has enjoyed two smash Broadway runs, a cast of five transports the audience out of their everyday lives and into a world where frogs do acrobatics, penguins play musical chairs, lizards wrestle and a paper bag magically comes to life.

sat 08 — sun 09 Brickworld Indy 2014 – LEGO® Exposition Times: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (closes 5PM, Sun) Cost: $8.50 in advance; $9 after March 5th and at the door; kids under 3 free Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds Brickworld is fun for the entire family with 40,000 square feet of spectacular creations on display, play areas and much more! Bring the entire family for an afternoon of LEGO® fun.

thurs 13 Superhero Training Camp Times: 6 p.m. Cost: Free; registration required Where: Hamilton East Library, Fishers Phone: (317) 579-0304 Calling all superheroes ages 4-8! Are you ready to fight crime and have a good time? Then come test your super abilities at our Superhero Training Camp! You'll learn how to become faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and how to leap tall buildings in a single bound. (Masks and capes are welcome.)

sat 15 Scooby-Doo Live! Times: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Where: Old National Center, Indianapolis Phone: (317) 632-7469 In this exciting new show, Scooby-doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have been called upon to help solve an epic mystery. A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theatre and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby-doo are on their way in the Mystery Machine to help solve it!

A 5-course tea is prepared and served along with delicious tea pairings. For the grand finale, Heavenly Sweets presents a delectable unbirthday suprise. Your kids will get a dose of etiquette while having fun at this comical and lighthearted unbirthday celebration!

sun 16 Family Fun at the Palladium Times: 3 p.m. Cost: $5 to $20 Where: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Phone: (317) 843-3800 Young children will delight in hearing excerpts from the world’s great classics. Following this interactive concert, they can participate in the instrument Petting Zoo!

sat 22 — sun 23 The Cashore Marionettes Time: Sat., 7 p.m. and Sun., 3 p.m. Cost: Tickets start at $15 Where: The Tarkington, Carmel Phone: (317) 843-3800 Joseph Cashore presents his inspired collection of marionette masterworks in a series of scenes beautifully set to music by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland. Life in Motion is a powerful, entertaining, and satisfying theater event adults and kids alike will love.

thurs 27 Little Lab – Preschool Science Workshop Times: 11:00 a.m. Cost: Free Where: Hamilton East Library, Fishers Phone: (317) 579-0304

Mad Hatter Tea Party Times: Noon Cost: Call for pricing Where: R.L. Wilson House, Noblesville Phone: (317) 770-9399 The Mad Hatter will greet you at the door and keep you entertained the whole time with his witty antics, riddles, and add libs.

32 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014

Join Professors Molly & Suann in exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Each month we will READ, TALK, EXPLORE basic science concepts. Registration is required for this hands-on program designed for 3-6 year-olds and their caregivers. Perfect for inspiring budding scientists!

mon 31

sat 12

Winter Kids Koncert

Things Your Mother Never Taught You

Times: 10 - 11 a.m. Cost: Free Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: (317) 573-5243 Dance and sing along to popular kids' favorites by Kid Kazooey. Perfect for kids 2-5. Reservations suggested due to limited capacity.

APRIL sat 05 Peanut Butter & Jam - Jazz Appreciation Times: 10:30 a.m. Cost: Tickets only $10 per child, and 2 free adults with every child Where: The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel Phone: (317) 843-3800

Phone: (317) 595-3458

Times: 9 - 11 a.m. Cost: Free Where: Ambassador House - Fishers Heritage Park, Fishers Come and visit the historic Ambassador House & Heritage Gardens for this gardening expo. Participants are invited to learn things your mother never taught you. Stop by and learn about digging a correct hole for planting as well as the formula to laying beautiful mulch. This informative and hands-on event will help gardeners of all ages. Although this event is free, registration is appreciated by April 4.

sat 19

Times: 10 a.m. Cost: Free Where: Asa Bales Park, Westfield

Spring Fever

Times: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cost: $5 per child advance; $8 day of; adults free Where: West Park

The experience is 30 minutes of music, with 15 minutes for the families to touch and play with the musical instruments, including Q&A with the artists. The entire matinee experience is under 1 hour and is especially geared for youth ages 1-7. As part of Jazz appreciation month, we welcome popular saxophonist Rob Dixon and Jazz Impressions, a group dedicated to making jazz music accessible.

Come out for an afternoon of Spring fun including kite flying, music, an Easter Egg Hunt, spring craft and a family hike. Preregistration is encouraged.

fri 11

Times: 6 - 8 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Fall Creek Intermediate School, Fishers Enjoy a night of playing games with your family. Board games and puzzles will be available, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all. Families are invited to enjoy an open gym and giant games. Snacks will be provided and families of all ages are welcome. Registration is not required so stop by and enjoy a Friday family night full of fun.

sat 26 Arbor Day Tree Planting

Family Game Night

To celebrate Earth Day this year, come out to make an instant impact and volunteer at Ritchey Woods for our tenth annual Spring Service Day! All volunteers will be given an exclusive 10th anniversary thank you gift for donating their time. During the event, volunteers will be clearing garlic mustard and brush honeysuckle as the invasive plants shade out our natural wildflowers. Participants are welcome to come by any time, rain or shine, and our encouraged to register by April 25 for the event.

fri 25

This is your opportunity to get involved, get your hands dirty as well as have some fun in a community project! Businesses, organizations, families, and individuals are encouraged to join in on Westfield's annual tree planting. While at the event, make sure to pick up one of your favorite trees to plant at home, as we will be giving away 500 seedlings!

mon 28

Trees Are Treasures

Winter Kids Koncert

Times: 7:30 - 10 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Nickel Plate District, Fishers Pirates and fairies have invaded the Nickel Plate District in search of treasure. Feel free to come dressed in costume as we celebrate trees for Arbor Day. The night will kick off with activities and games before the showing of Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peter Pan. Movie will begin at approximately 9:00pm. In addition, we will have two separate contests leading up to the Arbor Day event. See website for more information.

sat 26 Spring Service Day

Times: 10 - 11 a.m. Cost: Free Where: Monon Community Center, Carmel Phone: (317) 573-5243 Dance and sing along to popular kids' favorites by Mik the Music Man. Perfect for kids 2-5. Reservations suggested due to limited capacity.

*At Hamilton County Family, we work hard to ensure our calendar information is accurate. Occasionally, event specifics change after we go to press. Therefore, we encourage our readers to call locations or visit them on the web to verify information.

Times: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost: Free Where: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, Fishers March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 33


FINDS & FAVES What’s your favorite place to spend the perfect spring day in Hamilton County?

Morse Reservoir fishing and having a picnic. – Michael K.

Potters Bridge or White River canoeing. – Nancy K.

Having a picnic with my family at Holland Park in Fishers! – Julie S.

Antiquing on the square in Noblesville and then getting ice cream!

Walking at West Park in Carmel!

– Kasi I.

– Stephanie S. Conner Prairie!! – Danielle F.

Sitting at the beach On the square of

We love to hike through

By Alexander's ice

Park and swing -

Downtown Noblesville. cream. On a Saturday night when all the

vintage cars come out.

the paths at Cool Creek

at Morse watching and listening to the water. – David B.

listening to the birds! – Emily J.

– Beth A.

Any beautiful Hamilton County park! Forest Park playing a

We love Brooks School Park!

– Kimberly H.

round of golf. – Tara J.

– Amy B.

34 HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY | March/April 2014


last laugh. As everyone knows, babies don’t come with instruction manuals - and the job of parenting is largely trial and error. We asked our readers:

What are some of the funny mistakes you made while learning the ropes as a new parent? After feeding and baby is all happy and full - never bounce him up in the air looking down at you while you both are laughing hard. Especially when you are laughing so hard that your mouth is wide open. – Mary S. My husband once dressed our daughter in foot pj's with jeans over top so she didn't get cold. – Sarah A. Cover up your boy's parts when changing diapers… I even managed to soak my mom one time as she was standing at his head as I lifted his butt to wipe with a cold baby wipe. Oops! – Kari V. Never put a diaper on backwards and then hand [the baby] over to the nursery at church and have them ask us when we go to pick-up if we know what we are doing! I can thank the hubby for this one! – Beth L. Putting her to bed without pants on when it was hot... She OF COURSE figured out how to take her diaper off. I was cleaning poo up for the rest of the day. Ugh. – Abby B. I had long hair. My oldest had been spitting up quite a bit one day. Before going to Target I had to change my shirt, but forgot to check my hair. Walked around Target with spit up all throughout the back of my hair. Yuck! – Rachel B. The Vaseline on the diaper trick after a circumcision may make his boy parts not stick to the diaper, but they also don't make the diaper absorbent. The first night home we went through a rock and play sleeper, a towel in the pack n play, the pack n play, and a crib sheet. Fun times. – Shannon E.

March/April 2014 | HAMILTON COUNTY FAMILY 35

0314 hcf issuu  
0314 hcf issuu