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Steve Wallen Swim School dives into expansion

For 30 years Steve Wallen has studied and practiced the best methods for teaching his students how to swim. He's currently expanding his El Dorado Hills swim school. Courtesy photo

How do you get a reluctant child to put her face in the water to learn to swim? For 30 years Steve Wallen has studied and practiced the best methods for teaching his students, whether they’re 6 months or 82, new swimmers or triathletes wanting to perfect their strokes. Today Wallen is one of the […]

Comments Off / April 20, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

What are we supposed to eat, then?

Julie Samrick

My kids now say, “Ewwww!” whenever we drive past a McDonald’s. Those pictures of warm, tasty nuggets on billboards don’t deceive them now that they’ve seen how they’re really made. Apparently that pink goo in the photo circulating around the web isn’t strawberry milkshake, but the beginning of “chicken nuggets.” We are barraged with confusing […]

Comments Off / April 06, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! May you have at least 100 more

Julie Samrick

The experiences I had as a Girl Scout back in the 1970s and ‘80s still rank in the top 5 memories of my childhood — like the “tippy test” at camp each summer, when we had to flip a canoe over in the middle of a cold lake, fully clothed, and then get back in […]

Comments Off / March 09, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: 5th Child (the sequel)

Julie Samrick

I’m not proud to admit it, but we’ve given away our 6-year-old lab. Some of you may have remembered the Christmas letter Dillon wrote on behalf of our family last year.  We adopted him when he was 3, thinking, perfect! He’ll already be trained and ready to play with the kids! A puppy would’ve been […]

Comments Off / February 03, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: Addicted to my smart phone

Julie Samrick

One day last summer I was enjoying myself at the State Fair with my kids until I lost my brand new iPhone. I’d put it in my back pocket so that I’d hear my parents call when they arrived. Next thing I knew it was gone. That hot, itchy, hive-like pang of panic reminded me […]

1 Comment / January 06, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

New soccer club offers worldly experience

A student from the UK plays soccer at a school in Beijing that Fritz Libby co-founded. Photo courtesy of Fritz Libby

A second competitive soccer club is coming to El Dorado Hills and, instead of a singular focus on soccer, those behind Ethos plan to provide additional opportunities for players to experience an education that can’t be gained on a playing field or even in a classroom. Through travel, charity work and hosting exchanges between international […]

12 Comments / December 23, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Crib notes: Best to the worst: Kid movies of 2011

Julie Samrick

Since my youngest turned 3, we’ve added “going to the movies” to our list of favorite family pastimes. So just in time for the holidays, when many more families reconnect by watching, renting or buying movies, here is my ranking of the 10 I saw in theaters with my kids this past year.  No. 1: […]

Comments Off / December 12, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »