Schools hold a lot more than books, they hold memories and years of friendship. We stopped by their old school yesterday, it’s been closed now for about 5 years, if efforts to save the county schools money. A banner hangs above the entrance “Bringing Back Our Neighborhood School, a Community Effort”, I hope we can, it was the original high school, later turned into the K-1 Center, and a place where my kids went to their first day of kindergarten, there will never be another like it.

 The 90 year old school now sits in a state of disrepair, tall weeds take the place of children, shadowing over the benches where my kids wait for me to pick with big smiles, excited to tell me all about their day. It brought tears to my eyes to see it this way. If only there was more ways to fund the school when taxes aren’t enough. In a perfect world schools would NOT have to close, but until then I’ll keep eating my yummy General Mills snacks (I mean the kids will) and clip Box Tops to help our schools. 

5th, 6th, 9th and 11th graders… they grow so fast!

Big brother really misses his school, hugging his sister as he talked about his former teacher and her cupcakes. I miss our morning bike ride. watching him head down the hallway, and hearing him sing his way to the classroom. 
The elementary was moved just a mile away, but my kids never went to the new school, I ended up homeschooling for the next 6 years after it closed. This year marks our 3 full year back in public schools and funding here in Alabama is always a issue.

Local businesses like Walmart help support our school and we as a family do what we can by collecting Box Tops and volunteering.
Any excuse to buy yummy snacks from Walmart to fill the pantry and their lunch boxes.
My intermediate school kids love Box Tops! They have a contest at their school, which ever grade collects the most gets a party at the end of the year. Walmart’s 5-for-1 Box Tops initiative will make it a whole lot easier to win!
Box Tops for Education makes giving extra money back into your community easy. Anyone in the community can participate! Buy, Clip, Send = Earn! When you purchase featured General Mills products this summer, Walmart is offering 5 Box Tops. This means 5 times the impact for just buying the products you love!

Bay of Color

I’m always amazed at the sunset, how the colors are painted across the sky and spilled into the bay water. Every day the we’re presented with a new masterpiece, each one better than the last. In hue so vibrant, I mesmerized by all the beauty, trying to hold on until it fades into gray.

Simple moments magnified by the beauty of light and shadow.

The reds seemed to dance across the sky this night, illuminating the city scape in a wave of color.

Bay life. A beautiful life.

Conquering the Mountain with Poise

The older I get the less likely my feet are leave the ground, add in irrational fear, multiple babies and a large glass of sweet tea, going 30 feet up in the air can bring on a little a nervous bladder and well a little LBL.

Poise® Liners and Pads can bring back the courage and help seize the moment, conquer the fear, and have the kids thinking Mom is pretty darn awesome!
First stop Sam’s Club, for a quick purchase of Poise® Liners and well of course a game of chasing virtual creatures. 

I wonder if there were any hanging of those Poke’ guys out on the ropes course today? 
But no way was I going to check, as much as the kids would want me to, I was busy keeping my eyes and feet on the ropes, good thing I didn’t have to worry about anything else thanks the necessary safety harness and Poise.

Here goes nothing!

Fear of heights gone!

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Happy Birth Day!

This was a big deal, number 10.

I love planning parties and this year it was going to be a surprise party! I had it all set up, she wanted a stage and performances, huge cake and friends and it was on, then it wasn’t, at the last minute I had to change from a surprise party to??? I had no ideas, no options that didn’t involve extra money I just don’t have right now and I still wanted it to be epic.

I was up late one night frantically looking through Pinterest and I had nothing. I couldn’t believe how many years had since she was a baby and I really need to make it special. Little E had never seen a newborn baby or visited a hospital nursery, that was it! I kept it a secret and her sisters helped with the plans, making birth day cards and we all picked out the baby gifts. We arrived at the hospital the same time I did the day she was born, she questioned why we were here. It wasn’t until we rode the elevator up with a new mom who had just given birth to twin boys, and had Little E give one of the gift bags to her, she finally realizing what was going on, the mom and family members thank her for being so sweet and she smile back.

The kids looked into the nursery as the new babies and the nurses tending to a little girl. How could it be that 10 years ago she was that little baby girl? It was also the last time I had been at the maternity wing. We then stopped in at the nurses station and gave the remaining gift to then for the other expectant newborn babies that will share Little E’s birthday.

She said it was the best birthday she’d ever had, so glad our plans changed. It turned out better than a any party, it was a memory she will cherish for many birthdays to come.

Flag Serenade

Our town put out hundreds of American flags for the holidays, the fourth was quite windy so old glory was flapping in the bay breeze and salt air. I wanted to take a few photos of the kiddos with some of the flags near our house, it turned into a little serenade. They began singing the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America, passing cars beeped and people waved. It was a great way to start the evening before heading to the fireworks.

I wasn’t planning a snapping photos of the fireworks, but we managed to arrive just in time and front row seats. I think they look celestial images or even possible like microbiology, reminds me a bit like nerve cells. It was even better on our way home, we could see several different fireworks displays reflected on the water and it was simply breathtaking!