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FAMILIES From the Let your imagination run wild! FIRST Phone: 231-499-1454 Web: a resource for parents MONTHLY P.O. Box 108 / Northport, MI 49670 Email: familiestc@gmail.com www.familiesfirstmonthly.com web design by Pro Web Marketing Now showing in Traverse City... Trains, Planes and Automobiles O Year ’Round Fun! RC Aircraft • Rockets Die Cast Models • Kites ur Annual Party Issue adds a colorful, festive slant to this cabin fever time of year. The stories include fresh foods and green parties (not the Saint Patrick kind of green), Great Lakes Potato Chips, a Winnie-the-Pooh inspired baby show-er; our columnists feature children’s parties, best gifts for kids, and party favors. One of the best family celebra-tions is when a loved one is married. See our “ABC’s of Weddings” story on page 10. Erin Fry wrote about the special occasion of celebrating the life of a loved one who has passed. The best part of any party or celebration large or small is the people we share them with. Have fun planning your upcom-ing parties. Winter white surrounds us for another month or two so many will enjoy the snow-related activities. To pay tribute to the season we put together a Winter Festivities story covering a few of the area’s festivals and events. Our littlest snowbirds Fam & Ily took a vacation to someplace warmer. They will be back in the spring. february/march 2017 EDITOR/PUBLISHER/SALES Laura Lee Kalchik ASSOCIATE EDITOR Joseph Thatcher CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Luise Bolleber A whimsical baby shower. page 15 Kim Burch Erin Fry Susan Gibbons Emily Glover Christine Guitar Lisa Luckow-Healy Meghan Scott Joe Thatcher Stephanie Lee Wiitala CONTRIBUTING COLUMNISTS Jane Louise Boursaw Julie Chai Faith Free Susan Gibbons Mindy S. Giem Annaka Hansen Lisa Luckhow-Healy Rhiannon Hildenbrandt Mark Morton Carrie Murphy Darren Sabuda DESIGN Happy Winter, Laura Lee Kalchik 210 E Front Street · Traverse City (800) 659-2021 · (231) 947-1353 www.tctrains.com beginning March 1 summer day camp • 21/2 to 5 yrs. accepting Registration for KiDS Club ReSeRve youR SpaCe • School age -12 yrs. Great Sibling Discount! LEARN FROM THE BEST Crystal Mountain offers the ideal environment to learn to ski or snowboard. You’ll receive fi rst-rate instruction from PSIA/AASI Certifi ed Instructors. Crystal has been recognized by Parents Magazine as one of the Ten Best Snow Resorts for Families , so it’s no surprise that we also offer group lessons where the whole family can learn to ski together! Make your reservation and mention this ad to receive 20% off any lesson. Learn more by visiting CrystalMountain.com Colleen Zanotti Ion Design Heather Johnson CALENDAR DEADLINE The 15th of each month prior to issue date Copyright © february 2017 www.alphabetsouppreschool.com 231-941-1330 All Rights Reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced without the express written permission of FAMILIES FIRST MONTHLY, P.O. Box 108 Northport, Michigan 49670, USA 800 .YOUR.MTN CRYS TALMOUNTAIN.C OM 231-499-1454 Printed By: Stafford Media Solutions 40085 Families First, Feb-Mar, Crystal Ski School Ad.indd 4 • Families First Monthly • February/March 2017 1 1/23/17 9:31 AM

From The Heart

Our Annual Party Issue adds a colorful, festive slant to this cabin fever time of year. The stories include fresh foods and green parties (not the Saint Patrick kind of green), Great Lakes Potato Chips, a Winnie-the-Pooh inspired baby shower; our columnists feature children’s parties, best gifts for kids, and party favors. One of the best family celebrations is when a loved one is married. See our “ABC’s of Weddings” story on page 10. Erin Fry wrote about the special occasion of celebrating the life of a loved one who has passed. The best part of any party or celebration large or small is the people we share them with. Have fun planning your upcoming parties.

Winter white surrounds us for another month or two so many will enjoy the snow-related activities. To pay tribute to the season we put together a Winter Festivities story covering a few of the area’s festivals and events. Our littlest snowbirds Fam & Ily took a vacation to someplace warmer. They will be back in the spring.

Happy Winter,

Laura Lee Kalchik

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