Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fun with the family over graduation weekend


Fw: [Friends of the Twiggs County Georgia Sheriff's Office] Patty Adamcak from Savannah will be here Mon...

Patty Adamcak from Savannah will be here Monday to speak at our bi-monthly Chamber of Commerce meeting. Please spread the word and let's have a good crowd on hand to hear what she has to  share about starting a mobile health clinic in Twiggs County. Patty is the regional coordinator for public health at Georgia's Department of Community Health and works with communities to provide access to quality health care through free clinics for uninsured and under-insured people. She will share with us the steps to begin planning such a clinic in our county. The timing is excellent as we move into our planning retreat for the upcoming revision to our Comprehensive Plan.  Please try to attend and bring any who are interested - Monday, June 6, 6:00 PM, Twiggs County Senior Center.
TwiggsCounty ChamberofCommerce 3:04pm May 31
Patty Adamcak from Savannah will be here Monday to speak at our bi-monthly Chamber of Commerce meeting. Please spread the word and let's have a good crowd on hand to hear what she has to share about starting a mobile health clinic in Twiggs County. Patty is the regional coordinator for public health at Georgia's Department of Community Health and works with communities to provide access to quality health care through free clinics for uninsured and under-insured people. She will share with us the steps to begin planning such a clinic in our county. The timing is excellent as we move into our planning retreat for the upcoming revision to our Comprehensive Plan.

Please try to attend and bring any who are interested - Monday, June 6, 6:00 PM, Twiggs County Senior Center.

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I Heart Faces People's Choice May

It's that time again at http://www.iheartfaces.com/. People's choice! This is my favorite of their challenges, because its all about the picture that we like the best. This was a toss up for me this month, because with graduation and everything that entailed I had quite a few favorites. I finally decided that this was the one. Kelsey had NO CLUE that her Uncle Matt (my brother) and cousin Maddox were coming for graduation. We worked hard at keeping it a surprise, and it worked! I love the smile on my brother's face when she finally got to him after graduation. To see the reaction that Kelsey had during graduation you can go to this post.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Fun at Lanes Southern Orchards


A reminder about a moment of silence

Next time you are asked to bow your heads in a moment of silence, I hope you remember this song.

Serving Those Who Serve Us

Serving Those Who Serve Us

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Good morning,

This Memorial Day, First Lady Michelle Obama and I are asking our fellow citizens to honor the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed so much for our country by supporting our military families and veterans.

Will you join me in sending a note of thanks to our military families? You can submit your message on JoiningForces.gov:

Send Your Message of Thanks
Our military families are true American heroes: they are parents who raise their kids alone while their spouse is deployed overseas, they are the grandparents who provide much needed support, and they are military kids who work hard in school while bravely awaiting their mom or dad's return from deployment. They serve our country bravely and without asking for recognition for their sacrifices.

That's why the First Lady and I started Joining Forces, a national initiative to recognize, honor and support our military families.

As a military mom, I know that a simple act of kindness can make a difference in the lives of our military families and veterans. Whether you offer to babysit or carpool, or just take a moment to say thank you, everyone can do something to support our service members and their families.

We are working with employers, with communities, with faith leaders, with schools and so many others. We can all join forces.

At JoiningForces.gov you'll find lots of ways to get involved. You can find service opportunities in your area, send a message of support to military families, or tell us your own story of service:


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DJ and Maddox Ride Pumpkin take one

Friday, May 27, 2011

Saying goodbye to the church family for the summer


DJ on Reading Kingdom Day 2 Review

Just a quick picture of DJ enjoying his Reading Kingdom program on day two. Photobucket

I have to say that as a mom I am enjoying his sessions, because they are short enough to keep his attention focused. I actually have had him do three sessions today. Two this morning, back to back, and then one just now. AND he didn't argue with me about doing them! As some of you know this is a very big deal, because we did the supplemental education tutoring offered through our school last fall (the school did not meet AYP, so it was free tutoring), and there were days when it was a battle to get him to do the program, because it was SO long (30-45 minutes).

I can already see where DJ is picking up on where the letters are at on the keyboard and learning the words that the program is asking him to type in. Some of the words are sight words so I know that he knows them, but others are words that he does not know by sight. The computer asks him to type them, and then once they are typed in the computer says the word. Just now when he was working he said the word before the computer did, and then said it was a word he worked with earlier.

So far so good!

The proud Graduate


Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Uncle Matt/Maddox surprise

The kids did not know that my brother Matt and nephew Maddox would be coming in for Kelsey's graduation. It was such fun to surprise them all!

DJ's Honors day

Yes I know I am a bit behind! Blame it on everything that we had going on the last few weeks of school!


Reading Kingdom video two

Here is the other video that I took of DJ working on his Reading Kingdom program. Keep your eyes peeled for more soon!

Reading Kingdom Review Day One

After a couple of busy weeks DJ and I were proud to finally get a chance to get started with http://www.readingkingdom.com/. The program was very easy to get set up and started with. I registered us for the program a while ago, but with graduation and family in town we never had the time to really get started.

The first thing that I had to do, about a week ago was to register us for the program. This, unlike some programs I have seen and tried, was an easy process. I received the newsletter with our free story downloads within the first 24 hours of signing up.

Today upon logging in we were asked if we wanted to start automatically with the program or if I thought DJ needed some help working with the keyboard and mouse. I chose the keyboard and mouse program, as it has been a while since I have seen him working on the keyboard of his computer.

We did 3 sessions of the keyboard/mouse training, as they were all about 5 minutes in length. Here is the first of the two videos I took today of DJ working with the keyboard/mouse training.


After a go with the keyboard/mouse training we moved onto the skills inventory. DJ had a harder time with this section, and did not go very fast with it. So he will be starting with the Letter Land section of the program when we get started. :-) This section is designed to help the students feel more comfortable using the keyboard.

Keep watching this space as we progress with the program!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

For Kelsey's last Sunday at church, Kelsey asked if she could sing me a song, and asked Kelly and two of my Sunday school kids if they wanted to join in on the fun. By the end of the song I don't think there was a dry eye in the place. Thank you Kelsey. I love you! Have fun in California!!! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

DJ and Maddox on the "fourwheeler"

Sunday was the day of fun in the sun on graduation weekend. Maddox and DJ got time to just hang out and play. Including riding DJ's power wheels four wheeler.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Matt and DJ on the Seesaw at Lanes

We had SO much fun with the family that was here for Kelsey's graduation! Sunday we went with my mom, brother Matt, and nephew Maddox to Lanes Southern Orchards. After enjoying their yummy peach ice cream (strawberry for the girls), we went out and hit up the playground. I love Matt and DJ's laughter in this vieo.

I Heart Face Yellow

This week at I Heart Faces http://www.iheartfaces.com/ the challenge is yellow. I took the perfect picture at graduation this past weekend. Kelsey's school colors are black and gold, and I love the look of awe and joy on the graduates faces in this picture. Especially Kelsey's as she watches her cap fly through the air. Photobucket

Make sure you head on over to: http://www.iheartfaces.com/ Photobucket and check out all of this week's entries.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Senior Parent Night Poem

Ms. Fielding taught the seniors a poem their freshman year, and they did it at parent night.

Should US students attend school year round with no summer breaks? My thoughts

Ok so the other day I posted a survey monkey survey on this topic:

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Here are my thoughts:
I don't think it would be a bad thing to attend school year round. Our current calender was/is based on the days when children in America were needed to help on the farms of America to keep America going. Today for the most part this is no longer the case.

HOWEVER! If America were to choose this option and start requiring students to attend school year round, then America has to step up to the plate and start PAYING the teachers, paraprofessionals, and other support staff a living wage. Right now the "claim" is that we only work 36 weeks a year, and that the pay that we get is too much for that (I HIGHLY DISAGREE WITH YOU IF YOU THINK THIS!)

Also if this were to happen then we need to have breaks every 6 weeks like they do in other countries that already have this practice, and a longer break during the summer months at the hottest time of the year, when the air systems in most schools could not handle the heat of the day.

My other thought on this is that we would have to have more parental support in our schools than we do today. Parents need to step up to the plate and stop using the school system as their own personal baby sitting service. Meaning that they need to get behind the teacher and stop listening to the lies (and yes parents your children are lying to you about their behavior, if the teacher calls and says it then chances are 90% of the time the teacher is right and your child is wrong) that your child is telling you. If the teacher says they need your help with a project, or that your child needs to read more at home, then as a parent thats what needs to happen.

Oh and parents need to be held responsible for making sure that their children go to school with all of the supplies they need. Sending in paper on day 1 of school, especially if you only send in one little package of paper, means on day 10 you will need to send in more. Stop expecting the teacher and school to supply it all, especially if the United States goes year round. My paycheck barely provides paper and pencils for my own children I can't adopt all 25 students in my class and bring in paper for them every day.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Kelsey's Cap and Gown pictures



Congratulations Kelsey Marie! You did it!

Today is a BIG day at our house! About 3 hours ago, Kelsey walked across the stage at Twiggs County High School and received her high school diploma.

Congratulations Kelsey Marie! We love you and we are so proud of you! We know that you are on to great things, and nothing will get in your way!


From Our life as an Air Force Family

From Our life as an Air Force Family
From Our life as an Air Force Family
From Our life as an Air Force Family
From Our life as an Air Force Family
From Our life as an Air Force Family
Picnik collage

Friday, May 20, 2011

Natalie's band concert part 4

If you need me the next two weeks.... well I hope you don't! :-)

I sat down today and was figuring out what all is going to happen over the next week to 10 days, and let me tell you, it is going to be BUSY!

Today: 1. Church

2. Work on getting the house ready for the family that is coming in for graduation.

Tomorrow: 1. Run to Sam's Club and pick up the concession supplies for field day.

        2. Community Forum and Natalie's end of the year band concert.

Friday the 13th: 1. Field Day

            2. Mandatory Staff meeting at 3:30 at the high school, figure since its after school on a Friday, it has to be bad news! Pray for us!

          3. Relay for Life (It's not to late to donate to the cause!)

4. Pick up the neighbor kiddos who are spending the weekend with us at Relay.

Saturday the 14th: 1. Baseball at 10 a.m.

        2. Get the house in shape for the family that is coming in for graduation.

3. Entertain the kids. :-)

Sunday the 15th: 1. Church

  2. Get the house in shape for the family that is coming in for graduation.

Monday the 16th: 1. Honors Day

        2. Baseball at 6:30

Tuesday the 17th: Senior Parent Night at 6

Wednesday the 18th: 1. End of the year parties

        2. Church

Thursday the 19th: Last day of school, and my mom and dad fly in. :-)

Friday the 20th: 1. Teacher work day

        2. My mommy and daddy are HERE!!!

3. Dinner with the family that is in town for graduation :-)

Saturday the 21st: 1. Graduation at 8 am

        2. Baseball, last game of the season at 10

        3. Party for baseball at 11

        4. Lunch with the family that is in town and hanging out doing things with them. :-)

Sunday the 22nd: 1. Church Dinners, the girls have to be at church at 8 to help prepare dinners.

        2. Church

        3. hang out with the family. :-) CAN NOT WAIT!!! SO EXCITED!!!

Monday the 23rd:  1. Teacher work day

        2. Kelsey flies out to California :-( but yet :-)

3. Hang out with my parents

So if you need me over the next two weeks, email, or call my phone! I can't promise that I will be on the blog, or on Facebook a whole lot!

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