Mom, What’s For Dinner? – July 30, 2017

This week is kinda weird. Actually it’s kind of busy.

This week I have

  • professional development 3 mornings and 1 afternoon
  • to take my son to the fair so he can work 4 times
  • Vacation Bible School Tues. – Fri.
  • Kung Fu Tues, Thurs
  • Going out to work Tues.

I did a little bit of prep yesterday and video taped it. Please be kind because it’s the first time I attempted to video tape my prep. My bird decided it was a good time to talk in the living room so you’ll hear him throughout the videos.

The Hummus video is 11 minutes long and was cut off at the end. I never finished meal prepping because after the video, a jar of mayo hit my right pinkie and broke the bone. I’ve been trying to take it easy. (Ha! Ha!)

The lettuce filled up a gallon sized storage bag.

On to my menu. I will be feeding the whole family only on Monday. The Wee One will be fed at church the rest of the week and the Imaginative One will be fed there on Wednesday and Friday.

Sunday

Pizza with the church at a local Italian restaurant – The church provided the pizza. We bought me a gluten free pizza and the Imaginative One ravioli because he does not eat pizza.

Monday

Sloppy Joes, fried potatoes, celery

Tuesday

Tilipia with the lemon garlic marinade, quinoa, veggie

Left over Sloppy Joes for the Imaginative One

Wednesday

Steak, baked potatoes, Sauteed Zucchini

Thursday

Turkey Italian Sausage, Homemade Spaghetti Sauce, Zoodles for me, Pasta for the Imaginative One and Hubby

Friday

Orange Chicken, Rice

Saturday

Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings, Homemade French Fries, Veggies

Happy eating,
Traci

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Dollar Store First Aid Kit

When my boys went to Boy Scout Camp, I needed to make sure they had a personal first aid kit. I knew there was going to be an infirmity if they had a serious injury. All they needed was band-aids, first aid ointment, and something to clean up his injury.

So we headed to the Dollar Tree to get those items plus a container.

I almost got a sandwich container to hold of the items in the first aid kit. The Imaginative One who is the Boy Scout veteran told me that the sandwich container was going to be too big.

Then I realized there was school supplies in the store. I decided using a pencil bag would be compact enough.

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All of the first aid items that I put in the kit. We also got them so medication for bug bites.

All of the items were bought at the Dollar Store. Each kit was about $4.83. (The sanitizer came in a pack of 3 and I put half of the wipes in each kit.)

I love this idea that I came up with and am planning to make one of those kits for my desk at work. I’m going to add an eye glass kit to my kit. My students are always asking for band-aids. The clinic gives us a limited amount of band-aids at the beginning of the year. Once those are gone, I’ll use band-aids from the Dollar Tree.

I think I’m going to also make a hygiene kit with another pencil bag. In the bag, I would put a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, breath mint strips, deodorant, and a brush.

I hope these give you some ideas.

Have a magical day,
Traci

South Carolina – Day 1 (Trip down to North Carolina)

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On June 22, we left for our South Carolina trip. The first two days of our trip were going to be spent in North Carolina before heading down to South Carolina.

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2017 Summer Bucket List Update

It’s been about a month since I wrote out my summer bucket list so it’s time to recap the list.  My updates are in bold and have red font.

Travel

Rochester, NY I enjoyed this trip.  I’ll start a series of photos from this trip in mid August.

Folly Beach, SC – On Saturday, I’ll begin a series of blog posts from our trip.

Toledo, Ohio / Louisville, Kentucky – I’ve not decided when I’ll be doing this series.

Hershey, PA – I’ve not decided when I’ll be doing this series.  I have planned to do a blog post about visiting the Flight 93 Memorial on 9/11.

Pittsburgh, PA –  I’m not going on this trip until Labor Day.

Reading

I have three items on my bucket list involving reading.  The first two help with the third.

#1 – Cozy Mystery Bingo  – I’ve read 7 books for the cozy mystery bingo.  Here is a link to my picnic bingo book list on Goodreads.  

#2 – I’m also reading through the cozies.  I have different themes that I need to find books that fit that theme.  Then I read the book and put it on my list.

  • – One from culinary (anything dealing with food: restaurants, baked goods, etc.) – On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery, #1) by Cleo Coyle
  • – One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
  • – One from craft related (any kind of hobbies – knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
  • – One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)  Brownies and Broomsticks
  • – One from British cozy mysteries (example: Belinda Lawrence series)  Pancakes and Corpses
  • – One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
  • – One holiday based (set during any holiday – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
  • – One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.) Banana Cream Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #21) by Joanne Fluke
  • – One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present) Murder in Little Italy (Gaslight Mystery, #8) by Victoria Thompson
  • – One is your choice! (freebie!) The Chocolate Falcon Fraud (A Chocoholic Mystery, #15) by JoAnna Carl

Again this is from Goodreads.

#3 – Complete the Adult reading program at my local library.  I’ve already read 6 books so far this summer.  I’ve currently read or listened to 13 books this summer.  Here is a link to the books I’ve read this summer.

Work

I’m taking an online class about ADHD.  Fortunately for me it’s a self paced class.  – I’m still working on this class. 

I also have a seminar about Growth Mindset.  I’m excited about the seminar because it’s going to be the theme for next school year.  – The class was this week.  It was very informative.  I got a lot of good ideas for next year.

After I wrote my summer bucket list, I added on four other classes.  I’m taking them next week.  Each one is worth 3 contact hours.  One of the classes is about ADHD, two of the classes are about co-teaching, and one of the classes is about problem students.

House

Get it clean in preparation for next school year.  – Hubby took care of this while I was in Hershey with the oldest.  Actually I started cleaning it a little bit before I left, he continued the cleaning.  We also cleaned out the Wee One’s room.  Funny story:  We couldn’t find his Boy Scout’s handbook so the room was cleaned and purged.  It was finally found.  The book was at the church where the Boy Scout’s meetings are held.

Staycation

So far we haven’t gone on any staycations.  The Wee One and I are traveling to an hour away to a science museum this week.  Other than that, we don’t have any staycation plans.

I go back to work in 1.5 weeks.  Next week, I’m either in class, driving the Imaginative One back and forth to the fair where he is working, getting stuff ready for my classroom, and going out to my classroom.  The following week I have a dentist appointment and a chiropractor appointment.  Then it’s back to work.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Lemon Garlic Marinade (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, Whole30)

When I went grocery shopping last Sunday, I got some boneless pork ribs.  I almost bought a bottle of lemon garlic marinade for the ribs but decided not to get it.

I decided to make my own lemon garlic marinade for the ribs instead of buying that bottle.

When I served dinner last night, Hubby was delighted with the ribs.  Since there were a couple left over, he claimed them as his own for our left over night.  So I think this marinade is a winner.

This marinade would be good on pork chops, boneless pork ribs, pork roast, or even chicken breast.

Bonus:  It’s Whole30 friendly.

Oh, and I finally figured out how to make my recipes printer friendly.  That’s been a big problem during the 7 years I’ve had this blog.

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Lemon Garlic Marinade

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

-1 lemon, zest and juiced

-1 clove of garlic, minced or 1 Tbsp. minced garlic

-2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

-1 tsp. Salt

-1 tsp. Pepper

-2 tsp. oregano

Directions

  1. In a gallon sized ziploc bag, add the ingredients. Close the bag. Knead the bag until the ingredients are combined.
  2. Add either boneless ribs, pork chops, or chicken breast.
  3. Allow meat to marinade for 4 to 12 hours or freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place meat in a baking dish.
  5. Cook the pork or chicken for 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

The pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees and chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Happy eating,
Traci

They Really Do Like Each Other (Throwback Thursday)

1. Throwback Thursday: Share an old photo and let it inspire your blog post.

I could share a photo of a summer sunset.  However, I shared one a month ago and will share more with my Folly Beach blog posts.

Another prompt I could have written about what was your child’s favorite part of the summer.  So last night, I asked the Wee One what has been his favorite part of summer 2017.  His response was simple and to the point “I’m not in school.”  The reason is because school is boring.  He then responded the beach was his favorite part.  He didn’t want to talk any more because he wanted to listen to Harry Potter and his brother did not so he was upset.  (We were driving when I asked him the questions.)

Since neither prompts were going to work, I’ve decided to find an old photo and tell more about the photo.

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Three years ago, I reconnected with one of my friends from the Disney College Program.  We decided to meet up in Cleveland.  When Molly and I made plans to meet up, I decided to make it a road trip.  The boys and I visited Cedar Point, the Cleveland Metro Zoo, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Children’s Museum of Cleveland, and the Wilds.

Today’s photo is from our visit to the Cleveland Metro Zoo.

As we were walking through the zoo, I witnessed the boys holding hands which rarely if ever happens.

This photo is one of my favorites of both boys together.

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This is another photo from the zoo.  I love the Wee One’s innocence in this photo.

Here are some other photos that I took while we were at the Cleveland Metro Zoo.

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I really enjoyed the Cleveland Metro Zoo.  If you were to visit the zoo, make sure it is not a hot day because there is a LOT of walking.  Plus make sure you are wearing shoes that will hold up to all of the walking.

Since there is a lot of trees in the park, I bet it will be beautiful in the fall.

Have a magical day,
Traci
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Holland, Michigan – Monday afternoon – Windmill Island Park – Buildings

Holland, Michigan is known for its Dutch influence. One of the parks has beautiful gardens, buildings, and an authentic windmill. Join me today for photos of the buildings.

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Menu Plan Monday – Week of July 23, 2017

I’m BACK!

After two weeks of small trips, I’m finally back to planning meals for the whole week.  Last week, I took the Imaginative One on a road trip to Hershey, PA.  He just turned 14 so I thought it would be good for us to go on a mother-son trip.

During the four days we were gone, we traveled 70 miles on the Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania, paid tribute to the heroes of Flight 93, rode the rides in Hershey Park, laughed like crazy on the trolley ride through Hershey, visited Gettysburg, and traveled the 112 miles on I-68 in Maryland/ West Virginia.  We also drove many miles and made so many memories.

Okay now onto the menu for this week.

I’ve got all day classes on Monday and Tuesday so the dinners need to be simple on those two days.

Sunday

Pork Roast, Roasted Baby Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Rolls

Strawberries and Blueberries with homemade whipped cream for dessert

 

Monday

Cubed Steak, Mashed Potatoes, and Gravy

 

Tuesday

Sausage, Mac and Cheese, Veggies

 

Wednesday

“Oven Fried” Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Veggies

 

Thursday

Pork Ribs with lemon garlic marinade, Rice, Veggies

 

Friday

Left Overs

 

Saturday

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches or Sloppy Joes, Fries or Chips, Veggies

 

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Happy eating,
Traci

Family Secrets, a Mysterious Reporter, and More Ghosts

I just finished listening to the second book in Karen White’s  The Tradd Street series – The Girl on Legare Street.

I have already done a book review for the first book in the series – The House on Tradd Street.

This book begins soon after The House on Tradd Street.  Melanie’s estranged mother comes back into town and wants to buy the family home on Legare Street.

Melanie and her mother have a strained relationship but must work through it while restoring the house.

Meanwhile a sunken boat is found off shore.  The boat sunk in the late 1800’s and had belonged to Melanie’s family.  Once the boat was brought up, there was a shocking discovery of a body on the boat.  Melanie and her mother work on their relationship while trying to figure out who the identity of the person on the boat.

A mysterious reporter wants to do an interview with Ginnette, Melanie’s mother, because she bought the house on Legare Street.  As the story progresses, Rebecca, the reporter, becomes more and more suspicious.  Who is she?  Why is she so interested in the history of Melanie’s family?

Yes, there is more ghosts in this book.  There is the protector of Melanie.  He was there for her when she was a child and now is there when she is an adult.  Who is he?  Why is staying around the house?  Does he have anything to do with the mysterious body in the boat?

There is also an evil ghost in the house.  Does this ghost have anything to do with the mysterious body in the boat?  Why is the ghost unsettled?

Jack is still around in this book.  His relationship with Melanie is on and off through out the book.

I enjoyed listening to this story.  The cliffhanger at the end of the book makes me want to read the next book in the series which I have started to read.  To be honest, I don’t really like Rebecca.  When you read the book, you will discover that her motives were good but she wasn’t honest when she was dealing with Ginnette and Melanie.

My belief is that Jack and Melanie belong together.  Everyone can see that but there is a few obstacles in the way.  That’s another reason I want to read the next book so I can find out if Jack and Melanie every get together.

 

The Hunley is mentioned in the book.  While we were in South Carolina last month, we actually went to see the Hunley so once again this made me relate to the book.

Here are some photos from our visit to see the Hunley.

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Have a magical day,
Traci

Our Rainy Drive Home

Photos from our rainy drive home from Kentucky.

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Jammin’ on the Porch

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A mission trip to Sumter, South Carolina

6. Share a Summer Camp memory.

My sons just came home from Boy Scouts Camp.  Hubby and I went down on Friday for family night.  The Imaginative One and his buddies wanted to tell me of some of their exploits during the week.  It reminded me of my youth.

I never went to a real summer camp while growing up.  Instead I went on Mission Trips with my church’s youth group or Grand Assembly when I was in Rainbow.

So many stories and memories came from the mission trips and Grand Assembly.

Today’s memory is from one of the mission trips.

It was 1991.   I was 16 years old.  Boys were on the brain since I was a typical teenage girl.

My youth group decided to travel to Sumter, South Carolina that year.  No was ready for us when we arrived at the church.  (I googled United Methodist churches in the area.  I’m thinking it was Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter.)

Since they did not have any real jobs for us to complete, we found ways to help the church.  I remember wearing a New Kids on the Block fanny pack with permed hair pulling weeds.

So many memories were created that week.

#1  We created Ambo, the train traveling hobo.  Supposedly he visited us while we were in Sumter.

#2  The electricity went out in the building for a few hours.  We were left in the dark with no way to cook up any dinner so it was decided we were going to go to Chinese for dinner.  I threw a temper tantrum saying “I don’t like Chinese food.”  I ended up eating three or four plates full of food.

#3  The boys’ room was ransacked during the week.  I don’t remember if anything was taken.  It shook us up though.

#4  One of the other youth decided he was going to be my sister’s pretend boyfriend during that week.  (I mentioned it in the letter I wrote to Tanya after she died.)

#5  There was a Jesus standing poster or something like that.  One of the youth decided he wanted to pretend it was a guitar.  I know sacrilegious especially for a church youth group.

#6  We decided to give the boys make-up makeovers.

This photo is of me getting ready to put make up on one of the boys.Me at 16

#7  There were I believe ten of us – three girls and seven boys – with two chaperones.  At the end of the week, we went to an alligator park and Myrtle Beach.

The youth group decided that the male chaperone was our father and the female chaperone was our mother.

While we were at Myrtle Beach, we kept calling them mom and dad.  So much fun and so funny.  (I think this is my favorite memory of the week.)

Twenty-six years later, these memories are so precious because they are memories of the time I spent with my sister.

What is your favorite memories from a summer camp?

Thanks for reading.

Have a magical day,
Traci

Holland, Michigan – Monday morning – Centennial Park

In the center of Holland, Michigan’s downtown area is Centennial Park. Enjoy my photos of the park.

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Cranberry Almond Coconut Snack Mix (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

I know there is some debate on whether Cheerios is really Gluten Free or not.  Since I have not been diagnosed with Celiac’s disease and only have a sensitivity to gluten, I decide that Cheerios are okay for me.

The Wee One loves this snack mix.  While it was cooling on the baking sheet, he would randomly walk into the kitchen, take a handful of the mix, pop the snack mix into his mouth, and then walk out.

I added some pumpkin seeds to my snack mix.  Yum!

Cranberry Almond Coconut Snack Mix

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

-5 c. Cheerios

-3 c. Honey Nut Cheerios

-1 c. gluten free oats

-1 c. dried cranberries

-2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut

-2 c. raw almonds, chopped

-1/4 c. melted coconut oil

-1/4 c. honey

-1/2 tsp. cinnamon

-1/2 tsp. salt

-1 tsp. vanilla

Directions

 

  1. Spray crock with non stick spray.
  2. Place the both kinds of Cheerios, oats, cranberries, shredded coconut, and almonds into the crock.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the honey, coconut oil, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla.
  4. Pour the honey mixture over the dried ingredients in the crock.
  5. Stir until everything is evenly coated.
  6. Before placing the lid on the crock, place a paper towel over the snack mix.  Cover, and then cook on low for 3 hours.  Stir every 45 minutes.
  7. When done cooking, pour the mixture on a paper towel or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  8. Allow to cool for an hour before placing in an air tight container.

Happy eating,
Traci

Our Fourth of July – Afternoon and Fireworks

After the parade, the Wee One went with his grandma, aunt, and cousin.  They had Arby’s for lunch which made the Imaginative One upset.

Later on, the Wee One and my niece came over to my house to swim.  I took a few photos of them swimming with the Imaginative One.

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Jammin’ on the Porch

Join me on Saturdays where I’ll share my photos from my road trip with my mom.   During my spring break, Mom and I took a road trip.  I allowed my mom to pick where we were going to visit.  She decided on Berea, Kentucky because she had a friend who lives there. Berea is […]

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The Way Down

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Artisan’s Center, Town, and Hands

Berea College Tour

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After we had a picnic supper in our hotel room, we went to Jammin’ on the Porch.  On Thursday evening, various people gather and play bluegrass or country music.  Everyone gets a chance to play their instrument and sing a song of their choice.  Some played guitars, fiddles, or even washboards.

During the summer, it is actually held on a porch in Old Town.  During the winter months, it is held at a local center.

The musicians gather in a large circle.  They go clockwise one after the other twice.  We only stayed for one round because there was a threat of a bad storm coming.

Out of respect for the musicians, I don’t have any photos of the actual musicians.  Instead I have some photos of the center that it was held in.

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Here is a link for more information about Jammin’ on the Porch.

Join me next Saturday for more of our visit.

Have a magical day,

Traci

Romance, Ghosts, and Mystery

4. Book review!

{This post is edited.  While typing it up, it was storming so my dog wanted my attention.  Meanwhile our bird was trying to help me type up this post.  I reread what I wrote so I’ve got to revise and edit what I typed up.)

When I was in New York last month, I was introduced to a new author.

My friend, Molly, and I were at Barnes and Nobles looking at Chick Lit books.  I finally decided on purchasing On Folly Beach written by Karen White.

Once I began reading the book, I could not put it down.  The book flipped between present day (2009) and World War II.  This book has both romance and mystery.  Most of all it had the beach.

However, this review is not about On Folly Beach, it’s about another book written by Karen White.

After finishing the book, I decided to find other books written by her because I really enjoyed her writing style.

That’s when I discovered the Tradd Street series that takes place in the historical area of Charleston near the Battery.

I borrowed the first book in the series The House on Tradd Street on Hoopla so I could listen to the book while driving and cooking.  I completed the book yesterday.

Hubby and I traveled to the Toledo Zoo yesterday.  I wanted to finish the book so we listened to it on the 2.5 hour drive.  We pulled into the parking lot as the story ended.  Talk about perfect timing.

Now onto the review about the book:

Melanie has inherited 55 Tradd Street.  The house needs to be renovated because it is in disrepair.  Melanie does not want the house because she is able to see and communicate with ghosts.  This house has ghosts – both benign and evil.

In the meantime, she meets Jack, an author, who wants to discover what has happened to one of the former inhabitants, Louisa, because she suddenly disappears at the same time as another citizen of Charleston, Joseph.

Meanwhile the mysterious Mark shows up.  Should Melanie trust him or not?  Jack believes she should not trust him.  He has a feeling that Mark is up to no good especially since he is the grandson of the Joseph.  Even though Jack warns Melanie not to date him, Melanie begins to date him.  How does the relationship turn out?  I’m not going to tell you.  You need to read the book to find out.

There is also some missing treasure.  Jack, Melanie, and her dad set out to find the treasure while trying to find out what happened to Louisa and Joseph.

I enjoyed listening to the story.

A couple of weeks ago, we traveled to Charleston, SC.  While there, I visited some of the places mentioned in the book.  I’m glad I got to see those places.

Here are some photos of the places mentioned in the book:

Top Left – St. Phillips Church

Top Middle – St. Phillips Cemetery

Top Right – John C. Calhoun marker (Not the actual grave)

Bottom Left – Queen Street marker

Bottom Right – Dock Street Theater

Have a magical day,
Traci

P.S.  Hubby and I started listening to the next book in the series on our way home from Toledo.
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Holland, Michigan – Monday morning – Statues

Holland, Michigan is known for having interesting statues around downtown. I had the opportunity to take photos of three of those statues.

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Happy 14th birthday, Imaginative One!

Today is the Imaginative One’s 14th birthday!  I don’t how that happened.  It’s as though I blinked and 14 years had gone by so quickly.

 

This year is different for me.  I’m not with him to celebrate his 14th birthday.  He’s in Kentucky at Boy Scouts Camp which is something he truly enjoys.

 

Dear the Imaginative One,

 

During this past year, you’ve lost your aunt and had his one grandma move in with us and then moved into an apartment 3 minutes away.

You got Password, our Quaker parrot.  That bird trusts and loves you.

You’ve have traveled to Orlando and Charleston.  And have volunteered at a Vacation Bible School and a search and rescue for a task force.

You’ve grown A LOT and your voice has changed. You are now at least 5 foot 7 inches, maybe more.

You’re still the sarcastic, animal loving, book loving, gifted, chocolate loving, and a sometimes mama’s boy.  You make us laugh A LOT.  You frustrate your brother with your strict rule following at times.

You’re the only one that I know that has read the ENTIRE student handbook for the fun of it.

Happy birthday, my 40 year old in a 14 year old body – my old man.

I’m proud to be your Madam Gasho, mom, or dearest mother depending on your mood of the day.

You make us proud everyday!

I can’t wait to celebrate your birthday next week in Hershey, PA!

Love,

Your Madam Gasho, mom, or dearest mother, depending on your mood

 

 

Our Fourth of July – The Parade

Every year, our town hosts a Fourth of July parade.

Last year, I was too ill to go to the parade.  This year I decided the boys, Hubby, and I should watch it even though we had the chance to walk in the parade.

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Before the parade begins, there is a fly over.  This year we had two different fly overs which was cool.

The Wee One has freckles normally.  They are even more pronounced because of being in the sun last week.

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If you haven’t heard about the Honor Flight, click on this link to find out more information.  I live in the town next to where the Honor Flight was started.

The owner of Foy’s was driving the Ghost buster’s car.

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Ohio State University is HUGE around here.  We had the guy who dresses up for all of the games in the parade, a guy who looked like Jim Tressel, and a guy yelling “O-H” up and down the street.  I didn’t take a photo of the Jim Tressel look-a-like.

The Wee One was all about getting the candy.

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The librarian who was driving the Bookmobile noticed the Imaginative One was reading a book while watching the parade.

One of the floats had a random grill on the back of it.

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The Wee One saw candy caddy corner from us that had not been picked up.  When there was a lull in the parade, he made sure it was safe to cross.  Then he picked up the candy and waited there until it was safe to cross back over to where we were sitting.  I was so proud that he was thinking through his actions.  The candy was shared with his brother and cousin.

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One of the photos in this collage is the street cleaner.  We knew at that point that the parade was over with so we packed up and walked the three blocks back to where we parked.

Here are some videos from the parade:

I hope you had a great Fourth of July!

I will share the photos of the fireworks next Monday.

Have a magical day,
Traci