The highlight of our past week was a great day at Millenium Park. I have no idea why we have only gone twice this summer; it is the perfect kid beach. It is shallow, warm, and has a sprinkler park right behind it. Admission is free after Labor Day; so if there is a warm enough day, try and get out there!
We also froze 48 ears of corn. That seems like a lot. It IS a lot – of shucking. Fortunately my kids are pretty enthusiastic shuckers but by the time the corn was blanched and the kernels off the cob, our huge pile of corn was reduced to a small bowl of kernels. I know in Febrary when I have a bag of frozen Michigan sweet corn I will be happy I took the time though.
I will be back on Monday with a Menu Plan. Have a great weekend!
10AM Labor Day Parade. This is the MAC DADDY of parades. It starts at Mt Vernon and Fulton and proceeds west down Fulton to John Ball Park. There will be a picnic in the park after the parade; and lots of “Solidarity Forever” singalongs. Take an extra vessel for the candy; you will get tons.
10AM Grand Rapids Natural Parenting meeting – topic is ‘The Vaccine Debate’. Hope Reformed Church; corner of Kalamazoo and Burton. Children are welcome.
Through Saturday; Celebration on the Grand
9:00AM-4:00PM Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association Arts & Crafts Fair. Free admission.
Through Sunday – 10AM 46th Annual Grand Valley American Indian Lodge Pow Wow, Riverside Park. Public welcome; Native American Dancing, Crafts and Food. Grand Entries for dancing are 1:00PM and 7:00PM Saturday and 12:00 noon Sunday. For more information call (616) 364-4697 or email Wabushna@aol.com.
1:00PM Mud Lake Farm tour
12:00 Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic bike race. There is a free ‘kids race’ for kids 9 and under (two age groups).
Win 4 tickets to see Mike Dambra at Dr. Grinns from GR Now for Thursday or Friday. Enter here.
I was first introduced to the Wei Wei Palace by my father, who said he had read that it was the best Dim Sum restaurant in West Michigan. However, we weren’t sure of the pronunciation, and called it the “Wee Wee Palace” until we stood corrected (and just a smidge embarassed).
Right now, you might be saying, “my kids won’t eat that kind of food.” Or, you may be saying, “Woman? What on earth are you talking about?”
OK let me start with a brief introduction to Dim Sum. It is a ‘light meal’. More like an appetizer or snack than an actual meal. It is Chinese, and the food usually comes in little metal or bamboo steamer baskets. Some of it is fried or boiled, and comes on a plate. If you have been to San Chez, you kind of get the idea. If it is busy, they will bring a cart around and you choose what you want, but if it is slow you place your order with a waiter and they bring it from the kitchen.
You order several different things and share rather than an ‘entree’. The first time we went with Grandpa Binder, several months ago, we didn’t know this. We ordered so much food our table was overflowing, and we kept asking for the cart to come back by. We were truly tourists in our own town, but not the good way. We were just being American pigs. Oh well, we left a good tip (or my Dad did, anyway).
“Ultimate Tree House”
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Credit: Ann Teliczan
Michigan Sweet Spot
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the “Get The Lead Out” program in Grand Rapids. A link to that post is here.
While there is a lot in the media about lead paint in toys, it is important to keep these two facts in mind:
Of the hundreds of children in Kent County who were treated for lead poisoning last year, 90% of these children had their primary exposure to the lead from their housing conditions.
None of the primary exposure was through toys.
If you are concerned about the level of lead in your home, now would be a good time to initiate the evaluation process. In cooperation with Calvin College, the Healthy Homes Coalition is offering lead screening for your homes.
A student from Calvin will come to your home, bring lead dust collection kits, and coach you through the collection process.
This is not a formal assessment; but it is a very good first step to see if you need to take futher steps to make your home lead safe. The cost is usually $75 for this service, but Calvin is paying for 35 homes to be screened.
If you are interested, please contact Paul Haan with the following information:
Paul’s contact info is here:
phone: (616) 734-9443
fax: (616) 451-0615
Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning Through Partnership
2006 Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award winner
This is supposed to be Sanctuary Sunday – a suggestion for something you can do without your kids, right? So what am I doing, talking about joining parenting groups? Aren’t those for kids? (I can hear everyone in a parent’s group laughing right now).
Yes, that’s what I thought too. I joined to get into a playgroup, so my kid could make friends. What ended up happening? Our calendar filled up with activities. My kids made friends. And, so did I!
Most parents groups have a “Night Out” about once a month. This is where you ditch your kids and spouse (don’t worry; they get to hog you all to themselves on date night) to hang out with a bunch of other people you see all the time…sans offspring. It’s blissful.
There are a ton in this area, so this is not a complete list but here are some good starting points:
MOM’s Club of Grand Rapids/North
MOM’s Club of Grand Rapids/South
Mom’s Club of Zeeland/Hudsonville
Mothers & More Grand Rapids Chapter
Grand Rapids Dads
MOPS – Several locations in Grand Rapids:
Is your group missing? Let me know! Leave a comment below, or send an email to Big Binder Blog at gmail dot com.