I'm Erin Jo. I'm thinking, writing, dreaming, mothering, loving, living, praising, BLESSED to be Fiona to my Shrek and Mommy to my four amazing kiddos.



Shrek is "like an onion with many layers" but has a heart of gold. He's my husband and my friend, and we just get better all the time.



Lily is my first baby and only girl. She's smart, funny, tall and kind. Keeping up with this girl is a challenge and a joy. She's terrific!



Max is one part ogre, two parts lover and all boy! Our little man has a temper but gives the best hugs of anyone I know!



Colby is as ornery as he looks. He flirts shamelessly, even with strangers. He's all mouth and curls and the loudest by far.



Luke is the baby of the family, but holds his own. He's happy and adorable. And he's a terrible sleeper. =)

Big Science and a GIVEAWAY!

Our family had quite the treat on Wednesday at COSI (Center of Science and Industry) in Columbus. I received a very kind note about six weeks ago about my blog with a special invitation to enjoy COSI’s Early Childhood Workshop and tons of other perks as part of a Mommy Blogger event. Well, YES! And thank you! So we packed up and struck out early yesterday for loads of fun at COSI.

As if the workshop sampler and COSI’s many exhibits weren’t enough, we were lucky to hit the “Science of Big Machines” event. We made a special trip to COSI two years ago on Max’s birthday for this event. To catch it again this time around made Max and his little, now bigger-than-in-2009, brother Colby very happy!

Even Lily enjoyed the “Big Machines,” and we all made sure to enjoy the mist tent a bit as well.

We took in as much of COSI as possible, even enjoying a 3-D showing of Meerkats in the Extreme Screen theater. And while this shark below with Colby might look real, rest assured, it’s only a model in the currently featured “Water” exhibit!

My favorite moments of the day were times of teamwork among the kids. It is so nice to see them excited about and enjoying wholesome things. COSI is chock-full of these kinds of brain-building activities!

The Early Childhood Workshop, technically for kids age 6 months to 6 years, won even Lily’s attention with this amazingly fun, dyed spaghetti sensory experience. She also loved the bubble art station.

Thanks so much to the great folks at COSI for letting us take a meaningful, fun day trip as a family! For more amazing photos of the Mommy Blogger event, with plenty featuring my kiddos, check out the Flicker album posted by the cool peeps at COSI.

And now, a giveaway!

My many freebies include a packet of FOUR COSI ADMISSION TICKETS and FOUR EXTREME SCREEN MOVIE PASSES for the ultimate add-on. One of you lucky blog readers will have the awesome opportunity to spend a day at COSI with three of your closest friends/kids/humans.

To enter the drawing, you must leave a comment here on this blog by midnight EST Sunday, June 17. I’ll announce the winner Monday evening.



13 Responses

  1. Shaila Supeano says:

    Erin! I read all of your blogs! I love reading all of your stories and revelations! And love the photos of your beautiful family. Alas, you have enticed me to comment! You are beautiful my friend!

  2. Arian says:

    What an awesome family trip. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Julie says:

    Wow, how cool. The big machine area would have Gus in a trance for days!!! We still have to stop so he can check out those things on the road, when possible!! Ya know I love every blog and all the pictures. I am so glad this is starting to give you a few perks. (we’ll be in Ohio in July….if I should win, we would go then!!) love you EJ!

  4. Karen Rutter says:

    I’ve only been to COSI once, and that was with Sheri Neill, so as you can imagine, we had a blast, too. But from the looks on the kids’ faces, not as much fun as they had. I’m glad you were able to – time wise – take advantage of this trip. I’m going to check out the Flicker pictures. Have a great day, and thanks for the blog!

  5. Rachel Heiss says:

    So happy for you to be getting recognition from your blog, Erin! I have always wanted to take our kids to COSI. Looks like yours had a blast! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Debbie says:

    Erin,I also read all your blogs, some make me laugh and some make me cry, There is no doubt in my mind,that some day I will be reading your writing in a magazine or book. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your family with me.

  7. Patti Miller says:

    Erin, great blog as usual. All of your blogs lead us to a better place, some make as happy and some make of sad, but they all take us to a better place in our lives making us want to be more appreciative of our families and all the good things in our lives, big and small. So glad you won the trip to COSI and the pics say it all, there’s no doubt the kids had a ball. They didn’t realize how much they were learning in the process! What a great day trip. Keep on blogging , you’re awesome and yes, someday you you need write a book or at least be a writer for a magazine!!

  8. Ashley Waller says:

    Yay! Looks like you guys all had a wonderful time, and keep up the awesome blogging mama! 🙂

  9. Kim McCutcheon says:

    Love those smiles!!! Looks like some great memories!! Keep the blogs coming!! Love reading each and every one of them. As I’ve said before, so many of them sound like my own life!!

  10. Anita says:

    Love the pictures….. brought back memories, although my teenagers still enjoy the unicycle in the sky they’ve outgrown the place they visited so often as homeschooled kids (and I’ll admit to being old enough to have enjoyed the ORIGINAL COSI). Would love to see my ornery Andy there. Perhaps if we win, I’ll invite a few ornery cousins (Shaila???? 😉 Thanks as always for sharing!

  11. Valarie Garvin says:

    Erin, your a wonderful momma and a wonderfully sweet girl to be doing this. COSI is a wonderful place but even better knowing that your raising great kids is even better. They were so well behaved today and just as sweet as pie. It was great seeing you and getting a chance to visit. God bless you honey (and I agree you should be writing for a magazine:)

  12. Krista Ross says:

    I read all your blogs and love each one. As a matter of fact COSI is on the Ross family bucket list for the summer of 2012. None of my children have had the opportunity to go to this wonderful world of learning. I have made a promise to each that we would attend COSI this summer. Thanks for all of your words of encouragement and great stories to let me know I am not the only one going through the life of motherhood. Erin, continue to inspire us all.

  13. Jessica Yost says:

    Love the pics! Your blessings are growing way too quickly! I’m so excited for you that you received that invitation and recognition. I believe it is just the beginning of many to come! We love COSI! We have spent a lot of time there. They have wonderful overnight programs for scouts. Always tons of fun!

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