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Saturday School
Today we took Trip to “Saturday School”, a one day, two hour visit to the elementary school Trip will go to when he starts kindergarten in just FIVE SHORT MONTHS!!!!! The visit began with a quick video about bus safety and a chant to help kids remember how to sit on the bus properly. “Seat (booty) to seat, back to back(of the seat), hands on your lap”! After the bus safety lesson, the kids got to take a short ride on a school bus… they were gone less than 10 minutes, but Trip absolutely LOVED it! Then, we dropped him off in one of the 6 kindergarten classes where he got to explore some of the play centers, listen to a story, and paint/color a picture. Meanwhile, we (me, chuck, & quinn) went back to the gym for a ‘day-in-the-life of a kindergartner’ slide show narrated by 2 kindergarten teachers. We also heard about the Warren Elementary philosophy & a welcome by the school principal (Mrs. Hercules.. Hercules.. Hercules…). I took a page full of notes and enjoyed every minute of it. Being that Trip is our oldest, I know NOTHING about kindergarten/elementary school and what it means to be a parent of a school kid! Sure, I went to kindergarten myself, but that was about 27 years ago & my perspective is a little different now. Nevertheless, I am really excited for Trip & I think after today’s visit that he is really excited to start kindergarten, too! I only snapped a couple of pics today, but I did get a video of him getting off the bus. Enjoy!
Waiting for the program to start

Trip getting ready for his bus ride. (he was on the other side, so it is hard to see him, but his face is right in the center of the pic looking this way. you can click on it to enlarge)


Trip getting off the school bus. His face at the end explains it all! :0)

80’s PAR-TAY
My friend Denise turned 30 this past week and to celebrate, we had an 80s party last night! (if you are good at math, you’ll realize that she was born in ’79, but her husband thought it was close enough!). It was a ‘costume’ party and most of the guests did not disappoint…. there was even one guy who wore a fake moustache, ball cap, flower shirt, & shorts who looked a lot like Tom Selleck on Magnum P.I. That was funny! I went shopping at Goodwill to find an oversized sweatshirt that I could cut the neck for an off-the-shoulder ‘Flashdance’ type look. I ended up with some other fabulous finds instead. I found a purple & pink jogging/wind suit jacket and a pair acid wash foldover button-fly jeans! CRAZY-TOWN! Seriously, who had either of those items in their closet within the past 6 months or so and just recently donated them to Goodwill????? The party was great and included a super fun game of 1980s Pictionary. Here are a few pics…

the b’day girl & her husband

me. chuck said i look like Deb from Napoleon Dynamite. i think this is probably how i looked in the 80s… without the makeup (i was in elementary school during most of the 80s) & with bangs, though!

angi, melissa, & me… the 80s were colorful… that is for sure!

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We finally got our first decent snow of the season this week! We’ve had a couple of days of light snow (less than an inch), but on Tuesday night we got a decent dose of frozen goodness…. about 5 1/2 inches! The boys played with Miss Chris’s kids 2 days since they were out of school on snow days, but on Thursday they asked me to play with them. We suited up (a 20 minute or so undertaking) and headed outside. I only got a couple of pictures… “Mom, stop taking pictures and PLAY with me!!!” was said on more than one occasion. We didn’t get to stay out long, but had a good time. Quinn does not like to have snowballs thrown at him, but he does like to throw them at me. Trip thought that he wanted to have a snowball fight, but had trouble picking up & throwing snowballs with his puffy/slick snow mittens that we got from Miss Chris (because he and/or his dad lost one of his new snow gloves i bought him before he actually got the chance to use them in the snow). After dropping a couple of his snowballs before he could throw them, he pouted and declared that he “did not [after all] want to have a snowball fight!” Typical…

Here are a few of the pics that I did take…



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My friends Todd & Jennifer just started the Adoption process yesterday! I am so excited for them and this great blessing to become parents! I know they will be great ones! Todd started a blog about their journey…. it will probably be a long one, but I know the Lord will guide their every step and that he already has their child in mind!

Congrats Todd & Jennifer! We’ll be reading about your journey and can’t wait to see this dream come to fruition!

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My friend Cindy is going to walk 60 miles in the 3Day Breast Cancer walk to raise money for the cure. Here is a snippet from her 3 day page:

Why Walk 60 Miles?

You. Me. Our Daughters. Our Moms. Our Grandmothers. Our Friends. Our Neighbors. Our Aunts. Our Cousins. Our Nieces. Our Co-Workers.
We’re walking 60 miles for all of us. We’re walking 60 miles for our future. We’re walking 60 miles for a world without breast cancer.

Join us on an amazing journey in the fight against breast cancer! The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. Net proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust, funding important breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment.

Check out her blog post HERE for a link to her 3 day page.

Chuck & I just donated money in honor of his Aunt Marcia who survived breast cancer years ago (before I knew them) & is currently battling that same type of cancer in her lungs. Just wanted to let you know in case you wanted to donate money as well. She has to raise $2300 herself in order to participate. So far, she has raised $195, so she still has a long way to go. If everyone donated $100, she could reach her goal! I know $100 is a lot of money, if you can’t do that much I know she would appreciate any amount you can give.

Thanks for considering joining me in this cause!