Wonder Baby Wednesday: Puma Boy!

Wonder Baby Powers, activate! Form of…Puma Boy!

He got this Puma outfit for Christmas. It feels super cozy!  I love that he is trying to get the viewer in this shot — or at least the camera.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and as you can see, Oskar is getting bigger every day. Eme is too, obviously; it just happens that this is a Wednesday so it’s Oskar’s turn. I’ll post a new Eme


Social Studies Update – Ohio

Below follows updates regarding Social Studies on the State oh Ohio. Lots of stuff, so read on!

Focus Two of the revised standards and model curricula rollout meetings have begun

ODE is now offering Focus Two of the Targeted Professional Development Meetings. The second of two series presented this school year, these after-school workshops run through May and are designed to help educators respond to Ohio’s revised academic content standards and model curricula in social studies, English language arts, mathematics and science. For Focus Two, participants will be taking a deeper look at the revised 2010 standards to assist in the transition from the 2002 standards. Registrants should plan to take one workshop session in each of the subject areas they teach.

Registration is available through SAFE accounts by accessing STARS and searching keywords: Targeted Professional Development. Participants should download the materials needed for the meetings from ODE’s Academic Content Standards section by visiting their specific content area (accessible through links at left) and opening the relevant Targeted Professional Development page. The Academic Content Standards section also is accessible at the bottom of ODE’s home page under the Educators heading. Contact hours will be awarded for attendance. For questions about registration, contact


Wonder Toddler Thursday — Roadtrip!

Wonder Toddler Powers, activate! Form of…Road Warrior!On our recent roadtrip, Eme was a total trooper. She didn’t complain even once during the 6-ish hour drive (that’s each way), and she even helped entertain Oskar, who did complain multiple times during the drive.Here we are, stopped for a lunch break, testing Andreas’ theory that Sheetz is not so much a “gas station with food,” but rather a


Wonder Baby Wednesday — Halloween Baby

Wonder Baby Powers, activate! Form of…Spooky Halloween boy.We ended up not doing a costume this year, but thanks to Aunt Amy we did have a cute Halloween outfit to put him in.Happy boy….


Wonder Baby Wednesday — Halloween Baby

Wonder Baby Powers, activate! Form of…Spooky Halloween boy.We ended up not doing a costume this year, but thanks to Aunt Amy we did have a cute Halloween outfit to put him in.Happy boy….


Pennsic XL memories

For those to whom I’ve promised Pennsic photos: Emelie in the “ger that dad built” Oskar as “sir not appearing in this film” Everyone having a good time.Thanks to all who made Pennsic wonderful this year!…


It’s no wonder at all

People have been telling me that Oskar really looks a lot like Eme. I didn’t see it until I looked back at some pics of Eme when she was about the age he is now.One of these is Eme in November 2008. The other is Oskar a few days ago, in October 2011.Can you guess which is which?If you’re having trouble, here’s a hint:Of course, I can see the differences — Oskar’s face is more oval and Eme’s chin


Wonder Baby Wednesday — Easter already?

Wonder Baby Powers, activate! Form of…the cutest bunny in the history of bunnies.Remember that episode of The State when the little boy was so cute, and they put puppy ears on him, and ended up having to use emergency measures to keep the grandma from eating the boy because he was so cute?This is a little bit like that….

Going Places News

Kayak Trip this Saturday

Our next trip is right around the corner – we’re going kayaking on Cuyahoga River!

Here are some things you need to know for the trip, so please read it carefully…

  1. We meet at Tannery Park, 100 Stow Street, Kent, Ohio 44240 @ 10:00 AM
  2. Use the above address for your GPS system if you’d like – it’ll take you to the right spot.
  4. Bring water, sun screen, snacks…
  5. You must have some sort of sturdy shoes, like sneakers, or other laced shoes. No open toes, unless a river sandal, and ABSOLUTELY NO FLIP FLOPS!
  6. Dress for the weather – try to avoid cotton since we’ll be on the water. Try bringing a fleece shirt, or something similar.
    1. You’ll probably get a little wet at some point (you’ll be in a kayak, after all!) Wear a hat / cap for sun protection, and maybe a rain jacket, depending on the weather.
    2. Bring a spare set of clothing in your car for after the trip.
  7. If you have a camera, and you’re not afraid of dropping it in the river, bring it!
  9. Plan on coming, and arriving by 10 AM – map your route early this week, so you don’t end up driving aimlessly around Kent!

Call us with any questions, or email.
We’re looking forward to this trip – it was one of the highlights from last year!

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Map of where we’re meeting:

Link to the Google Map







Here are the policies from Kent State regarding the trip:

  • All participants must wear a life jacket at all times while on the river.
  • All participants participating in a river trip must check-in 30 minutes prior to departure for a safety briefing.
  • Please dress appropriately. You will most likely get wet on the river. Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • All participants, ages 18 and older, must have a signed waiver. Youth under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Participants must be at least 3 years old to use a canoe and 8 years old to use a kayak. Staff reserve the right to decide if a child is ready for a kayak.
  • Trips can be physically demanding. Participants are encouraged to consult with their physician prior to departure. Do not attempt a trip that is more demanding than your capabilities.
  • Alcohol and drugs are prohibited.
  • No glass or styrofoam is permitted on or near the river.
  • Please lock all valuables in vehicles. Crooked River Adventures is not responsible for any lost or stolen possessions.
  • We ask that all participants respect private property and any posted regulations.
  • At least one person in every group must have a cell phone with them while on the river. Crooked River Adventures will provide a bag to protect it from water damage.
  • Remember, there are no lifeguards on the river. In the case of an emergency, please call 911.
  • Crooked River Adventures reserves the right to cancel any excursion in the case of severe weather. If a storm appears while on the river, take shelter along the bank and call 330-541-7467 for further instruction.

August 26, 1939: First televised Major League baseball game

On this day in 1939, the first televised Major League baseball game is broadcast on station W2XBS, the station that was to become WNBC-TV. Announcer Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York.

At the time, television was still in its infancy. Regular programming did not yet exist, and very few people owned television sets–there were only about 400 in the New York area. Not until 1946 did regular network broadcasting catch on in the United States, and only in the mid-1950s did television sets become more common in the American household.

In 1939, the World’s Fair–which was being held in New York–became the catalyst for the historic broadcast. The television was one of fair’s prize exhibits, and organizers believed that the Dodgers-Reds doubleheader on August 26 was the perfect event to showcase America’s grasp on the new technology.

By today’s standards, the video coverage was somewhat crude. There were only two stationary camera angles: The first was placed down the third base line to pick up infield throws to first, and the second was placed high above home plate to get an extensive view of the field. It was also difficult to capture fast-moving plays: Swinging bats looked like paper fans, and the ball was all but invisible during pitches and hits.

Nevertheless, the experiment was a success, driving interest in the development of television technology, particularly for sporting events. Though baseball owners were initially concerned that televising baseball would sap actual attendance, they soon warmed to the idea, and the possibilities for revenue generation that came with increased exposure of the game, including the sale of rights to air certain teams or games and television advertising.

Today, televised sports is a multi-billion dollar industry, with technology that gives viewers an astounding amount of visual and audio detail. Cameras are now so precise that they can capture the way a ball changes shape when struck by a bat, and athletes are wired to pick up field-level and sideline conversation.