Monthly Archives: January 2009

Trade ya

I am diving head-first back into my stay at home mom-ness. Maybe not head first. Maybe more like sticking a toe in, finding it colder than I remember, and begging my husband “Don’t leave me alone with them!”. Thankfully, he goes back to work Monday after being laid off for almost a month (and letting me re-adjust slowly). It probably will be temporary, but at least he will be working for the next few weeks.

Out of sheer determination to win back your hearts after ignoring poor Big Binder for so long, I have updated the Calendar, and February is looking pretty good (for a February in Michigan, anyway). Be sure to check out the “Mystery Animal” event at Meijer Gardens. There was one offered last week and we had a blast.

And now, I need some help from you all. First is from a comment left by Laura on the Dear Old Dad post. She asks for resources that might be available to kids who do not have father figures, or to men who want to learn how to be better fathers. Certainly atttending the event I mentioned is a good start; does anyone know of any others?

The second thing is about the Priority Health Classic. This is a bike race my whole family loves, and includes a kids’ race. I got a lot of positive feedback from folks that they loved participating in it too. Sadly, Priority Health isn’t going to sponsor the race this year and the future of it is uncertain. 

It’s an economic decision, but I want Priority Health to know how much we all appreciated their sponsorship of this race, as well as how disappointed we are that it may not continue. Bike races are straight up cool and like nothing else. Kids love being able to watch grown ups race, and then race themselves. It’s positive, civic, free, and healthy which pretty much meets my criteria of an awesome event.

How can we convince Priority Health to reconsider? I’m up for any ideas!



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Dear Old Dad

No, Dad, I am totally not calling you old.  It’s just a song. Or a saying. Or something.  It’s pretty evident to anyone who reads Big Binder that I really love my Dad and that he is very important to my family and to me.

When I was 16, my Mom died.  I didn’t really ‘get it’ until I myself became a parent, but my Dad had an incredibly difficult, exhausting, and draining job ahead of him as a single parent.  Let me just say publicly… Dad, thank you. 

Fatherhood is important.  I am fortunate to have a husband who is also a great dad.  Kids need a positive male figure in their life.  I am really proud to be a part of Great Start, especially because of a presentation coming up next month I want to tell you about.

Senator Bill Hardiman will be speaking at the David D Hunting YMCA (the big, fancy one downtown) about the importance of male role models for children.  This isn’t a political event, it’s a man who speaks from his own experience and genuinely wants to support strong fatherhood in his own community.  It’s free, and you also get a day pass to the YMCA.  Now is your chance to check out that awesome pool! I will be helping with the event, I sincerely hope to see you and your family too.


Given By: Senator Bill Hardiman

Discussing the importance of male role models for children.

Where:  David D. Hunting YMCA (downtown)

475 Lake Michigan Dr NW

When: February 28th from 2pm – 5 pm

Sponsored By: Great Start Parent Coalition

For FREE admission to the event and a YMCA day pass,

RSVP 632-1007

 Are you a father, uncle, brother or friend who is active in a child’s life?  Come listen to a powerful message from Senator Hardiman about how to play an effective role in a child’s life.  There will be free childcare during the 1 hour presentation.  After the presentation, a FREE day pass for the YMCA will be given to all families to enjoy the facilities.  So, bring your swim suits and get ready to have a free fun family day!


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Thank YOU!

Thank you so much for the nice feedback on-line and in person. It feels good to be back to blogging, and even better to know you are out there cheering me on.

I am working on updating the calendar.  While I was working a lot, it made me sad to look at all the stuff going on around our amazing town because I wasn’t doing it.

We’re all probably still coming down off of the holidays, and getting back into the swing of school schedules.  Watch for frequent updates to the January calendar, I promise to bring you the best Grand Rapids has to offer you and your youngin’s.

For now, I have to watch the Most Dramatic Rose Ceremony Ever.  That’s right… the Bachelor is back.  I can’t wait to see the craziness that this season brings.


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