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    Spring has sprung and so have the mosquitoes! With the beautiful spring weather comes rain…and lots of it. And as we all know, where there’s water, there is a plethora of pesky mosquitoes quickly and busily laying their eggs. Did you know that a female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs in a water bottle cap full of water? About two to three days after laying those eggs, they’re hatching and wreaking havoc on your outdoor fun. The very first item of business for a newly hatched mosquito is to look for a blood meal. It’s critical for its survival. Don’t leave yourself and your family vulnerable to these pesky little bugs. It’s not too late to get your yard protected.

    Owner Michele Sommers is a local, busy Mom like us! Give Mosquito Joe a call 217-717-4789, and let them help you make outside fun again! 

    Young teens need training in first aid, indoor and outdoor safety, and how to handle household emergencies before they are adequately prepared to stay home alone or watch younger siblings. In addition, there is no safe amount of time to leave a child with a caregiver of any age who has not been trained in airway rescue and how to handle life threatening emergencies. Safe Sitter® graduates are prepared with the knowledge they need to prevent problems and handle unexpected emergenciesSafe Sitter® is a medically accurate babysitting preparation program designed for 11 to 13 year olds. The competency-based, interactive curriculum was written by a pediatrician and teaches safe and nurturing child care techniques.

    This program is free and pre-registration is required! Please arrive at 8:30 and bring a sack lunch. Morning and afternoon snacks and refreshments will be provided. Parents/Guardians are welcome to come at 2:30 for the closing ceremony.

    Location: Fourth floor Carol Jo Vecchie Building, Conf. Rm. C/D. Please ask at lobby desk for directions.

    Currently we have classes scheduled for:  June 8th (FULL) June 23rd, June 29th, and July 13th . They can register online at the following link: https://www.st-johns.org/Events-Classes
    June 16th and July 21st there will be classes held at Rochester Library so anyone interested would have to contact the library to sign up.

     

    Megan Williams , MS

    Community Outreach Facilitator

    HSHS St. John’s Hospital

    www.st-johns.org

     

     

    Summer is coming!  Register now for classes to get your child water ready!

    The YMCA of Springfield, IL is our community’s premier provider of aquatic instruction. Whether you want to conquer your fear of the water, train for a race, prepare your child for summers around the pool, or give your child exposure to the sport of swimming, the Y has the right lesson for you. With a competition pool, child pool, lane pool, warm lap pool, resistance pool, and more, the Y has the amenities you need to be water ready. Sign up today, and see why the Y is so much more than a gym.
    Check out the full schedule here!
    Session 1: June 5-July 9
    Registration Members: May 15
    Registration Public: May 22
    Session 2: July 10-August 13
    Registration Members: June 26
    Registration Public: July 3
     
    Looking for Springfield YMCA Summer Camp Offerings?  There are so many choices!
     

    It’s not too late to register for City Water, Light and Power’s Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics for youth. In cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), CWLP has scheduled its annual boating safety and instruction courses to be held at the utility’s Property Management Center at Lake Springfield this spring. As of January 1, 2016, boaters in Illinois born after January 1st, 1998 have to carry the IDNR card or the United States Power Squadron boating card while boating in Illinois.

    The clinic will be held this spring over two-day Saturday sessions on June 3 and June 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CWLP’s Property Management Center at 200 E. Lake Shore Drive, located east of the Spaulding Dam Boat Launch.

    The free classes are open to anyone 12 years or older but are especially geared to teens. Everyone who successfully completes a two-day session will earn an IDNR Safe Boating Certificate. Course content includes: basic boat knowledge, equipment, navigation, safety on and in the water, emergency measures, and skipper’s duties. The Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics are free. Persons wishing to attend must pre-register by calling 217-757-8660, ext. 1003.  or email publicinformation@cwlp.com.

    Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants may bring snacks and drinks for breaks. The Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics originated as a memorial to Melissa Kwedar, a Springfield teen who was killed in boating accident on White Lake near Waverly, Ohio in 1982. For that reason, there is special emphasis on the safe boating habits of youth. 

    Mother’s Day is a time for all of us to SLOW down!
    Reflect on all of the GOOD that you do; we spend enough time feeling like we aren’t doing enough; lets focus on all that we DO accomplish!
    Be grateful for what we have today and lets savor the opportunity to watch our children grow!
    Wishing everyone a beautiful and Happy Mother’s Day.
    A special shoutout to my wonderful mother, Rosemary Leistner, who has set so many great examples for me over the years, raised three kids, numerous pets, and given countless hours to the community and is celebrating 56 years of marriage to my father this summer.  You’re a rockstar Mom! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I will admit I didn’t know or understand what vaping was until I read this article.  I do know I’ve seen the vaping stores popping up all over the area, so it’s certainly a very accessible product and an addictive one as well.  

    Cigarette use may be down, but vaping is on the rise. In fact, the use of e-cigarettes (in all forms with a rainbow of different flavors) is one of the fastest growing trends among the tween and teen crowd, in large part because of the perception that it’s “harmless” and “safe.”  Is it legal for minors to use?  

    Check out this article from our friends at Memorial Health System on their LiveWell Blog: A Parents Guide to Vaping; what your kids don’t know!  

    Looking for something to binge watch?  Maybe you are up at night with midnight feedings for a new baby.  Maybe your Friday nights have changed since you were young and now you and your spouse are enjoying just hanging out at home while the kids sleep soundly upstairs.  I think we can all agree, Netflix is a great way to relax.  Thanks to our readers who shared their favorites.  Let us know if we are missing one! 

    Dramas:

    The Walking Dead: Waking up in an empty hospital after weeks in a coma, County Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finds himself utterly alone.  The world as he knows it is gone, ravaged by a zombie epidemic. The Walking Dead tells the story of the weeks and months that follow after the apocalypse.

    Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson’s adventures in 21st Century London. A thrilling, funny, fast-paced contemporary reimagining of the Arthur Conan Doyle classic.

    Call the Midwife: Adapted by Heidi Thomas from the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth, this drama series is a moving, funny, colorful look at midwifery and family in 1950s East End London. It follows newly qualified midwife Jenny, who joins an eccentric, lovable community of nuns who are nurses at Nonnatus House.

    Friday Night Lights: After being ousted as Dillon High’s football coach, Coach Eric Taylor must build a team from the ground up at East Dillon. Eric’s wife, Tami, also is challenged in her role as principal at West Dillon, as the parents of students who were zoned out of the district blame her for their kids being thrust into a less-than-desirable situation at East Dillon. While dealing with issues at their respective jobs, Eric and Tami also face challenges in their family life with teenage daughter Julie.

    Parenthood: The four grown Braverman siblings — Adam, Sarah, Crosby and Julia — share the joys, heartaches and headaches of parenthood in their California hometown. As their parents deal with life and marital issues, the four lean on one another while tackling the challenges of modern family life in an updated reimagining of the 1989 film by the same name.

    Pretty Little Liars: As time has passed since Alison, then the queen bee of the bunch, went missing. Spencer, Aria, Hanna and Emily have gone on with their lives, though they’ve grown apart. As the years go by, each girl finds herself facing a new set of challenges when anonymous text messages from “A” threaten to expose all their secrets — both old secrets the girls were sure only Alison knew, and newer secrets developed after Alison’s disappearance. Who is “A” and how does he or she know the things he or she knows? Based on the series of novels by Sara Shepard.

    Switched at Birth: Bay Kennish is a teenager who grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother. Fellow teen Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age, was raised by a single mother in a working-class neighborhood. One day in her high-school chemistry class, Bay discovers that her blood type doesn’t match either of her parents’. Official tests confirm that Bay is not her parents’ birth child. When the Kennish family meets Daphne and her mom, Regina, they realize that the girls were switched at birth. The news prompts the Kennishes to allow Regina — who is experiencing financial difficulties — Daphne and Daphne’s grandmother to live in their guest house. The two polar-opposite families struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls, who try to keep their footing in both the world they know and the new one into which they are thrown.

    Comedies:

    The Office: This U.S. adaptation — set at a paper company based in Scranton, Pa. — has a similar documentary style to that of the Ricky Gervais-led British original. It features the Dunder-Mifflin staff, which includes characters based on roles in the British show — and, quite possibly, people with whom you work in your office. There’s Jim, the likable employee who’s a bit of an every man. Jim has a thing for receptionist-turned-sales-rep Pam — because office romances are always a good idea! There’s also Dwight, the co-worker who is successful but devoid of social skills and common sense.

    Life in Pieces: Accomplished actors Dianne Wiest and James Brolin star as the heads of a large, happy family, in which each member is approaching different milestones. Their eldest daughter, Heather (Betsy Brandt) and her husband consider having another child as they get closer to an empty nest; middle child Matt (Thomas Sadoski) thinks he has found true love; and the youngest of the three siblings, Greg (Colin Hanks) is overwhelmed after having his first child with his wife. Various perspectives are employed as each family member’s story unfolds.

    Psych:Shawn Spencer happens to possess some uncanny powers of observation thanks to his father, Henry, a former police officer who taught his son to remember even the smallest details of his surroundings. When Shawn is accused of committing a crime that he actually solved, he convinces the cops that he’s a psychic — and with the reluctant help of best friend Gus, Shawn starts solving cases for a skeptical but increasingly impressed police force.

    Parks and Rec: Leslie Knope, a midlevel bureaucrat in an Indiana Parks and Recreation Department, hopes to beautify her town (and boost her own career) by helping local nurse Ann Perkins turn an abandoned construction site into a community park, but what should be a fairly simple project is stymied at every turn by oafish bureaucrats, selfish neighbors, governmental red tape and a myriad of other challenges. Leslie’s colleague Tom Haverford, who delights in exploiting his position for personal gain, is as likely to undermine her efforts as to help her, while her boss, Ron Swanson, is adamantly opposed to government in any form, even though he’s a bureaucrat himself.

    Netflix Originals

    Orange is the New Black: Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiance when her past suddenly catches up to her. In her mid-30s she is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women’s prison in Connecticut for her association with a drug runner 10 years earlier. This Netflix original series is based on the book of the same title. Forced to trade power suits for prison orange, Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets.

    Grace and Frankie: For as long as they can recall, Grace and Frankie have been rivals. Their one-upmanship comes crashing to a halt, however, when they learn that their husbands have fallen in love with each other and want to get married. As everything around the ladies is coming apart, the only thing they can really rely on is each other. This Netflix original re-teams Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (“9 to 5”) as Grace and Frankie, respectively, bringing their chemistry to the small screen. It’s a casting reunion on a grand scale, as Tomlin is reunited with her co-star from “The West Wing,” Martin Sheen, who plays Grace’s husband, Robert. And Fonda is back with Sam Waterston, her co-star from “The Newsroom,” who plays Frankie’s husband, Sol.

    House of Cards: U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood of South Carolina starts out as a ruthless politician seeking revenge in this Netflix original production. Promised the post of Secretary of State in exchange for his support, his efforts help to ensure the election of Garrett Walker to the presidency. But Walker changes his mind before the inauguration, telling Underwood he’s too valuable in Congress. Outwardly, Underwood accepts his marching orders, but secretly he and his wife, an environmental activist, make a pact to destroy Walker and his allies. Based on the U.K. miniseries of the same name, the U.S. version offers a look behind the scenes at the greed and corruption in American politics. A number of real-life media figures make cameo appearances.

    Fuller House: Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber are among the original “Full House” cast members who have returned to star in this spinoff, “Fuller House.” D.J., now widow and a mother to three sons, finds herself back in her childhood home alongside her sister Stephanie, an aspiring musician, and her lifelong friend Kimmy Gibbler, who is also a single mother. All under one roof, the women experience moments big and small together, including budding romances, holidays, parenting and life’s surprises.

    The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where she experiences everyday life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. On a whim, she rents a room from Titus, a gay wannabe Broadway actor, who makes ends meet as a street performer in Times Square. The unlikely pair find they’re well-suited to help each other out, with Titus reintroducing Kimmy to modern life, and her providing him with the inspiration that you should never give up. Together they’ll make it through whatever life throws at them.

     

    Springfield Moms is not just for Moms!  We have a lot of Dad readers, spouses, father-figures and our own Dads in our lives!  We found one Springfield Dad that created a unique gift that Dads can wear with pride and keep people guessing.  One lucky Springfield Dad will WIN one too!  

    Share your favorite memory with Dad and why he should WIN!  Post here or on our facebook post by Friday May 21st.

    A note from Patrick Russell the designer and father to Logan (who just turned one!).

    I bet you are looking at this t-shirt and wondering what “BMFD” means. The true meaning behind “BMFD” is “Bad Mother F’N Dad.” However, “Bad Mother F’n Dad” may not be an appropriate response for all settings. If you need another explanation you can A) Make up your own or B) Use one of these handy suggestions: Better Mind Father’s Day; Breast Mammograms Fight Death; Big Monkey Flipping Deal; Begin Making Funny Decisions; Best Memories Feature Dad; Boring Mummies Forget Dogs; and Big Mammals Find Dory.
    Designed and printed in Springfield, your new shirt is screen printed on a black, high quality, and lightweight Next Level unisex t-shirt by Miles T-Shirts and available in Springfield at Urban Sassafras, 100 N. 6th or online at patrickrussell.com/tshirts/

     

    Childhood memories come in many different forms don’t they?  A special song, a certain food item, a vintage board game, or for me this week, it was the blooming dogwood trees.  Every spring when the dogwoods come back to life, I’m transported to my childhood where most significant moments were documented standing outside on our patio next to our beautiful, delicate, blooming dogwood tree.  We also shared family dinners on that patio, afternoons reading in the sun, listening to my dad mow the lawn, and have tons  of photos to reflect on (thanks for getting them printed Mom!) to showcase our childhood milestones over the years.  Of course the dogwood also reminds me of other outdoor memories in the backyard, being invited to a “weeding party” in the garden and asked pick up sticks and dog waste!  Ahh, yes those chores yielded responsibility in all of my siblings.

    Now that I’m a Mom, I wonder what images and moments my kids will reflect upon when they are my age, with kids and running full throttle at work at with family demands.  

    I hope blooming dogwood trees will be one trigger even though we don’t have one in our current yard.  I point them out every year and stop to take pictures when a particular one catches my eye.  I take detours to drive through Washington Park to add perspective to our high-tech days.  I’ve tried to teach my kids the beauty around them as we spend a lot of time in the car going to an from activities and school.  The sunrise, the morning fog, storm clouds, daffodils, sunsets….wherever we are, there are moments worth capturing and remembering.  When I see my kids taking pictures on their own of some of these moments without me triggering them, I know I’m leaving an impression that will last a lifetime.  

     

    Well, in our household this one rates #1.  It could be the fact that it has a dozen eggs and whipping creme and in the recipe.  The Egg Sausage Brunch recipe from the Junior League of Springfield’s Honest to Goodness cookbooks has long been a family favorite.  It’s the type that could can make the day before and bake the day of, but the prep time is minimal and the cook time is just 30 minutes so we make it for a lot of occasions! By the way, this cookbook makes a wonderful gift to someone new to Springfield, and there are numerous recipes I’ve tried; so reach out to me if you need a list of starter recipes!

    We love reader recipes, so send us your favorites…the ones rated BEST in any category!  We have two cookbooks to giveaway to our new submissions.  

    Egg Sausage Brunch: courtesy of Honest To Goodness: Honestly Good Food from Mr. Lincoln’s Hometown 

    Ingredients:

    • 3 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese (divided use)
    • 1 dozen eggs (don’t skimp- use the full dozen!
    • 2/3 cup whipping creme
    • 1 pound sausage, browned and well drained (sometimes we use turkey sausage, but the real deal is always awesome!)
    • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

    In the bottom of a 9 X 13 baking pan (prep with Pam spray or buttered) sprinkle half of the the cheese on the bottom.  Beat eggs and pour evenly over the cheese; add salt and pepper to taste.  Add cream throughout, sprinkle sausage over all, and top with remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.