Friday, October 17, 2014

Saint Day for Fourth Graders

 The fourth grade class have celebrated their  class' saint  day on September 30th.   The mass was celebrated  for their class saint, St. Francis of Assisi. I meant to  post this earlier but I have never got around it.  Anyway, here are  the phtos I took during the mass.  They were exempted to wear their uniform that day because they were  the ones who  did all the readings and other parts of the mass.
 Here's Ms. Howells, their Religion class teacher.  She is a very good teacher.  She just started this year and the kids just love her.
 The mass were attended by kindergarten through 4th grade classes.
 Gad both of my kids did not   get my  stage fright lol.  They are very comfortable in front of people.
 They sung a song after the mass.  I wasn't able to   record it but they did a  very good job.  Ms. Howells did a great job  teaching them the song.
My daughter loves it when they have a special occasion and they can dress up.  Wearing a uniform everyday makes them  excited to have opportunities like this occasion to dress up.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blown Away by Rion Paige

Do you remember Rion Paige from the X Factor last year? This young lady inspires so many people though her voice.  She's very talented  and show so much  positive outlook in life.  When my  daughter complains  about something  that she can't do, I  remind her of  stories like this of Rion's.  It also helps to let her the Read Full Review of inspiring stories if people.  I wonder if she ever got a recording deal after she got eliminated from the show?  Below is her audition to X Factor.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fun at Friends' Dairy Farm

We were invited to come and see a Dairyfarm yesterday by one of my daughter's classmate's parents. This is something we have never done before so we did not hesitate to say year when they invited us to come over.
 The kids  faces just lit up upon seeing each other and seeing the beautiful  surroundings.  This is the first time that my kids  see cows  up close.  We see them  from afar when we  go driving but now this close so it was a very good trip for us.
 We got to meet Abby's two dogs.  They are so sweet.
 The silly faces are magical lol.
They get to experience feeding the  cow.  My daughter was so tickled when the baby cow  suck on her fingers lol.
 Abby is so sweet to let  my daughter name one of the newly born calf.  She named  the  baby cow Ivy.
 This kind of activity is  rare so I want my kids to enjoy every opportunity they get.
 The kids had a blast climbing and hiding  on the bales of hay.
Thanks to the Windshiemer  family for letting us experience this moment. We definitely want to come back again if given a chance.  Maybe  in the summer time so the kids are off and we can stay a bit longer.  

A Pose with a Fisherman

Sharing below is a photo of my kids when we went to  Wholey's for  the first time.  We went down and use the restroom and  surprised of how  different the setting was  down there than the setting  at the  store, really neat.  These two are always ready for camera action which I love!
On another note, an inspector is coming to our house in  two weeks to  perform an inspection that  is required by our home insurance provider.  In 7 years if  being homeowners, this is the first time that they are conducting a random inspection.  They are probably going to asses if the value of the house  is going up or down depending on its condition.  We will see what the inspector would say.  Meanwhile, you can check out the for homeowners insurance in burlington nc if you are  living in that area and in need of an affordable  home insurance.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Friends Get-Together

During the last days  of summer vacation, we spend some great time with the Mascio Kids.  We  went to school and helped sort out uniforms and while the Moms  did the sorting out, the kids played outside the school.  The kids call it, survival game, as they make survival things   from the materials  they found around the school.  
The Mascio also invited us over to their  beautiful home.  The kids  swam in their  pool  while the parents play catch up with things about the school, parenting, and more.
We had pizza, fruits, veggies  for dinner.  After they swam, we  had some smores and then we went inside their home as it was  cold.
We had a great time.    We  stayed  longer than we expected but we had  such a great time spending time with friends.  
Glad these four get along well.  Thanks Steve and Marie for  having us over at your home!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Parenting Social Network Comes to the Rescue of Young Moms

Every woman’s biggest mission is to give birth to a healthy kid and raise him properly. Starting from the very first month of pregnancy every woman should think about her child and take care of him. Did you know that a baby in the womb perceives the world in his own way? As he has a strong connection with his mother, he gets same emotions she experiences; therefore every mother’s thought influences the child directly. It is scientifically proven that pregnant women, which feel safe during their pregnancy, give birth to healthier kids while moms with unwanted pregnancies and fears of childbirth can provoke the appearance of abnormalities in a future baby's health. When a woman gets pregnant, a new life starts growing inside her and it is a totally amazing experience for any lady, but there certainly are many negative aspects: drowsiness, toxemia, tiredness and irritability. What should every woman do in order to make the pregnancy less painful? Get the answers by becoming a part of the parenting social network – MOMs.com

Online community for moms is a new grandiose project for all you, young mommies and pregnant women from all over the world! Just like Facebook, this online community offers you a great possibility to create your personal user profile page and chat with other moms, who are ready to share their secrets and reveal their stories. Experience is an important factor when it comes to raising a kid and dealing with daily problems. Being a mom means being a strong and wise person that is capable of resolving problems fast. If you want to get the tips on how to feed your little one or how to lull him, you can always ask a mom, who already knows about it! Being a mom means being a wizard – you should always have time to do so many things: washing, feeding, cooking and looking after the kid. Where can you find some time for yourself? This is when you certainly need a wise advice on time saving plans. Actually, you will find your own strategy if you really love your child and know his character and habits.
 
Educating a kid is another important aspect of any mom’s life. I bet many of you do not even imagine how hard it could be fighting with a kid’s bad habits and how much time do you need to invest in your kid’s education, so he will grow smart and kind. Get on the best online hub for parents and find real people’s experiences and opinions.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

City Music Center

Last Saturday was  our daughter's first day of classes in  Doquesne University.  She is enrolled to their  music program which include  one-hour of Musicianship, one-hour of Eurhytmics, and a 45-minute one-on-one piano with Ms. Natasha.  She was very nervous on the first day because we read  the reviews  online about her piano teacher and most of her students said that she is very strict, however, they all complimented her for being the best teacher.  Here are some of the photos of her first day at City Music Center.  Their classes are held in Mary Pappert School of Music building.

I tried to divert her nervousness by  letting her pose for me to take a picture of her which she did but inside the  piano teacher's room, you can tell that she is very tensed.
The piano teacher invited us over  to see how she does  but after the session, she told us that we  can no longer come inside with her in the succeeding lessons lol.  After her piano lesson, we  waited outside for her other classes to be over.  We let our son ran around the field and  have fun.
Me and my son won't be going with them  next Saturday.  Three hours of classes is  a very long time for him to wait although he can play outside but I would rather stay here at home with him then we can do something else rather than  be in the campus.  Besides, my husband has to do his  online assignments while waiting for our daughter so it will give him time to do it alone without us.

We Missed to Attend Friends' Wedding

Hubby and I were not able to attend the wedding  of his friend last weekend because  our daughter's first day of classes in Doquesne University have  fallen on the same day and we ran out of time after we got back home.  We were gonna try to go but  the drive from here to the venue of their wedding was two house so we will miss the ceremony anyway.  The thought of leaving the kids just to be able to attend the reception was not really ideal so I told my husband that   he should just give our monetary gift when they see each other at work.  Right now, they are still in honeymoon I think.   To Ralph and Bethany, congratulations  and best wishes to both of you!  Sorry if we were not able to come on your special day!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Compassion and Understanding: Lessons from These two Books

 I received a couple of books full of lessons for kids and adults alike from Wisdom Tales.  I love partnering with companies like Wisdom Tales  that gives opportunities for parents like me to have a copy of their newly published/released books.  Wisdom Tales books are not just ordinary books, they contain beautiful stories full of life-learning-lessons both for kids and adults.  
I have two kids and sometimes, even though I teach them how to share all the time, there are still instances that they wouldn't especially if it involve their favorite toys or things.  So  the story of "The Olive Tree" is perfect to remind them once again how   nice it is to share things  not only with your family but with other people as well.  The award winning illustrator, Claire Ewart included  beautiful paintings on this book.  This books contains a story of two children  who are learning to share and work  together  by looking past their differences. This book will be published  in November 2014, these are just the first copies.   This book definitely teaches children and even adults  a lesson about how compassion and understanding lie at the heart of all friendship.  I highly recommend this book if you are looking for something for your kids to read.  This is  suitable for kids ages 5 and up.  
Summer is ending and Fall will be here soon.  Big holidays are  just around the corner and with that being said, this book "The Dreidel That Wouldn't Spin" would be a perfect book  to  get and read with your kids as you snuggle up with them during the cold season.  If  you celebrate Hannukah holiday, then this book is  just perfect as it explains the meaning of the Hannukah holiday and the story revolves around it.
Whenever I let my kids  read a book, my first question after they read is "What lesson did you learn".  My daughter has a  long explanation about this book which I  wished I could have captured in video.  This  book  tells a very strong message that when you believe, things and miracles  still happens even at a very unexpected ways.  For those of you who have bookworm kids, this is another book I would  recommend to get.  It's a beautiful story full of lessons to learn for young minds.    Thank you so much once again Wisdom Tales!

Disclaimer: The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review. Opinions expressed is not in anyway influenced by other factors. The product/s mentioned above was provided for FREE for evaluation purposes. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Six Benefits of School Uniforms

As your child heads back to school this fall, there’s a good chance that they will be wearing uniforms. USA Today recently reported that almost one out of five students wear a school uniform. This is a sixty percent increase from 2000, and both private and public schools have adopted the trend. Fortunately, access to a Dickies school uniform is easy. Plus, there are a lot of benefits that come with forgoing traditional school clothes, including these six.
1 – Better for Students

When school uniforms are implemented, most students benefit. This requirement sets a standard of dress for all of the kids that attend school. In doing so, a lot of the competition and bias among students is eliminated. Teachers are less likely to judge students, and students are less likely to judge their peers. In addition, when students attend school dressed appropriately, they usually perform better. Therefore, schools that implement stricter dress codes often care about the academic performance of their students.
2 – Increased School Sprit

Since everyone dresses the same with uniforms, unity is often seen on these campuses. They have positive atmospheres where students feel like they can fit in with others. This type of atmosphere boosts camaraderie among students and can easily increase school spirit.
3 – Mornings Are Easier

When a school requires uniforms, the mornings are easier. There is no need to worry about what you should wear to look cool or fit in. Parents also don’t have to fight with their children about what is and isn’t appropriate for school. Instead, the kids just get dressed in something that is acceptable under the dress code rules. Usually they have a few options to choose from. Having fewer choices eliminates the time in the closet. It also helps them get out the door and in the classroom on time.
4 – Safer Learning Environment

Schools that require uniforms are known for safety. One of the reasons that uniforms enhance safety is because they make it easier for safety officials to identity non-students that are on-campus. If these individuals are a threat, officials can take action to prevent a problem before it gets out of hand. Without uniforms, these predators might easily blend into a crowd.
5 – Less Expensive

It is less expensive to purchase uniforms for your children. Most children only need enough shirts and pants to get them through a week of school. Then, you can wash these clothes on the weekend. The cost of this wardrobe is much less than if you were to purchase an entire wardrobe for a school that did not require uniforms.

6 – Self-Expression Is Encouraged

One of the amazing benefits of uniforms is that self-expression is actually encouraged. Since kids cannot use clothing to express themselves, they will use other means to showcase their personality. They might choose to participate in sports, join a club, or excel in academics. Some individuals might not pursue such lofty endeavors if they had clothing to hide behind.
These are just six of the most common reasons why parents, students, and teachers are jumping on the school uniform bandwagon. If you child has to wear uniforms, you have a lot of benefits in store.

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