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Practice Week 2014

Day 11, Post #12 #350blogging

Its that time of year again….


Ahhh, the week of getting up at 6am and getting ready for the day before 7am. We do it every year to help prepare us for the start of school. The funny thing is this year when I said next week was Practice week, both girls looked at me and rolled their eyes. They knew exactly what that meant LOL

Here are some other “Practice” Weeks:

Practice Week 2013

It’s that time of year again

I declare this “Practice Week”

Back to School already… where did the summer go?


Things we learned in DC

Day 10, Post #11 #350blogging


After almost every vacation, you look back and say “If only we knew about this…..” or “If we had planned better. Well here is a list of things we learned on our recent trip to Washington DC.

1. There is ALOT of walking. Even if you are taking the metro everywhere (like we did) you still have to walk to and from the Metro Stations. Make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes.

2. Most free monuments and even some paid museums only distribute a certain number of daily tickets. Things like the Washington Monument and Fords Theater (for example) require you to be in line for ticket distribution by 8:30am. Most lines start around 7:30am and will wrap around buildings, so plan accordingly.

3. The best place to get souvenirs are at the street vendors and they are all by the National Mall, in front of the museums. We got everything from NCIS hats, to Washington DC purses, to Minecraft shirts and even small glass Washington Monument statue.

4. Download and use Google Maps. There is a metro setting and you can get directions to any place and it will give you options of which train or bus to take. It will detail right down to the minute that the train departs and arrives so you can pick exactly which route you want. This is a BIG blessing!!

5. Take your phone charger with you. Since we were staying in Dupont Circle, we didn’t make it back to the hotel every day, so I carried my phone charger with me. There were outlets everywhere; cafeterias in the museums, restaurants and lobbys. This is extremely helpful if you are using Google Maps to navigate everywhere LOL

6. Last but most important…. Contact your Senator or Congressmen at least 3-4 months before your trip. They can help setup tours for the White House, Pentagon, Capitol, Printing and Engraving Bureau and the Library of Congress. But some tours take longer to setup (White House for example) and some tours are booked for several months. Our Congressman was able to setup a tour for us at the Capitol and we even got admission to the Gallery’s for the Senate and House of Representatives, which were both in session. It was such a great experience to see it all. The Capitol is an amazing place, so be sure to visit there.

Hope this helps! These are just a few of the things we learned.

Signed. Sealed. Delivered.

Day #5, Post #6- #350Blogging

“Why yes Mrs. L, my mom DID sign my homework.”






This picture got quite the attention on Facebook. It was from the end of the year last school year, so probably May-ish. It was early in the morning and we were packing backpacks.

K: “Mom, you didn’t sign my homework.”
Me: “Ok honey, give me a second. I’m still packing lunches”
Moments later…..
K: “Oh, don’t worry about it mom, I took care of it.”
Me: “You what?”
K: “I signed your name. Its OK.”
Me: (looking at the sheet). “OK its good. Go ahead and turn it in. Mrs. L will love it!”

Apparently everyone on Facebook thought it was great! Damn, kid. As long as she doesn’t learn how to spell my first name, I should be able to catch her forging my signature…..


Practice Week 2013

So if you have read my blog before, you will know that this isn’t the first time I have written about this subject. If you haven’t read my blogs, then allow me to explain….

Ever since I was in high school, I would use the week before school started to sort of condition myself for the early mornings of going back to school.  I would (try really hard) to go to bed on time and wake up at my normal school time.  Since then I have been practicing this method with my children since my oldest started Kindergarten. It not only allowed us to practice (and get used to) getting up early but also to make sure we labeled everything, made our lunch list, bought our lunches and had our uniforms cleaned and ironed.

So, HEAR YE, HEAR YE, I hereby declare August 5th the official start of…. Practice Week!

This year is a little different, because my baby is starting Kindergarten. For the first time, both of my girls will be going to the same school! So we are on double practice duty this week.  And honestly we are going to struggle a little this week. There are still some end of summer events. For instance, Malia’s soccer training camp is this week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30-8:00PM. So making sure everyone is in bed at 8:30 will be a little difficult, but they will still be getting to bed earlier than they have. AND we really need to get up at 6:00am, however I’m getting them up at 7:00am; still a struggle…. One day last week, Malia didn’t get out of bed until 10:45!!

So in addition to our practicing waking up and going to bed on time, we will also be getting our backpacks ready and labeled, school clothes ironed, make a lunch list, etc.  This will be a great practice week, because I think the girls are truly excited to get back to school. Me, well, I’m just excited to get back to a routine!!

If you haven’t read my previous years “Practice Week” articles,  you can find them here:

Back to School already… where did the summer go?

I declare this “Practice Week”

Its that time of year again….


Just for a Monday Laugh, here is that scene from Billy Madison:

YUMMY summer treat!

We made these delicious fruit kabobs after I saw a picture of them on Pinterest.  I loved the rainbow color and of course the nutritional factor of them.  I wanted to make them but wasn’t sure for what.

My 8 year old daughter Malia and I decided that we would make them as a special treat for her 3rd grade class on their first day of FCAT testing (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test).  3rd grade is the first time that you take the test and they had spent the previous 3 months preparing for it.  The entire class was so nervous, they weren’t sure what to expect.

As a surprise, Malia and I made them so she could take them to school and the class could enjoy a snack after the test. They came out so great and the kids LOVED them.  The original recipe calls for all kinds of colored fruit (i.e. kiwi, strawberries, etc.) but we tried to make them as kid friendly as possible. We used watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, honeydew, blueberries and red grapes.  It was so easy to make and as you can see, they were certainly rainbow in color!

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