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Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer recap, school begins

When I was a child I always knew the date of the first day of school because it was the Monday after the Labor Day weekend. Quite some time later they changed it to the Monday before Labor Day and ended the week with a three-day weekend. Nowadays, the first day of school falls in August and is a few weeks before the official end of summer.

My crew went back to school this week. Yesterday, in fact. They left with smiles intact, sporting new school uniforms and positive attitudes. I, although not a fan of the stringent school-year schedule, drove them to their schools and waved enthusiastically. It is exciting, right? Their fresh little minds excited about absorbing new knowledge, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I am proud of my crew and can see how they’ve grown and changed over the past year. Even my little granddaughter started head start on Monday. Can you tell we’re serious about education?

We’re also serious about fun.

The children had a fabulous summer and spent a lot of time with their father while I focused on my health. I didn’t get to do as much with them as I would have liked, but here you can see what we were up to.

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Anna celebrated her 7th birthday at Big Boot Ranch. She was sheriff, of course, and had a blast. I must admit it was one of the best parties I’ve hosted and everyone enjoyed themselves. In the end, that’s all that really matters.

 

20140528_151354They’ve done some regular kid stuff like play outside and Amareah, age 9, is responsible for taking care of her guinea pig.

I ventured out with them that day and sat in the shade sipping a drink.

20140530_172653One of their favorite pastimes is bowling so they’ve done that about three or four times. I’d planned on taking them more often, but wasn’t able to as I would have liked.

20140725_092910When they aren’t striking silly poses for me they can be found watching TV, playing on tablets, reading or just playing with toys. We also played a couple of board games. Normal family stuff.

My trio really enjoy Wonka Peel-A-Pops.And, the time wouldn’t be complete if they weren’t testing products I was sent to review. Here (left) they give Wonka Peel-A-Pops a thumbs up. I received them free in order to facilitate my review. Haven’t heard of them? They’re ice cream pops that look like bananas and the peel is edible. The “banana” is vanilla ice cream and the “peel” is sorta frozen dessert like. In my opinion it tastes a little like fruit leather, but smoother like Fruit by the Foot… uh, but softer. Try them and let me know what you think.

The children also went to St. Louis where they visited museums and experienced a music concert at an amphitheater. They have been swimming, went to the movies, the drive-in and loads of other things.

There’s more fun to be had, but it’ll be squeezed into the weekends or holidays. I’ll be sure to share with you when I can.

First day of school

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Second day… The other two changed their clothes so quickly that I missed getting a picture of them. Visualize Amareah in the same dress (they’re such a cute sisterly pair) and Andre in the same thing from yesterday without the vest.

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