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28.6.14

Great Time @legokidsfest #Atlanta - #MakingMemories

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If you have ever been to this blog, or if you know us personally, you know that we are huge Lego fans here...  I was so lucky that I was able to host a giveaway for Lego KidsFest that headed to Atlanta... and in doing so, we were able to attend and I just had to share how much fun it was!  I know that Lego KidsFest is headed to other area's... so if you love Lego's... I say try to go!  The kids will love you for it and you are sure to have a blast too!

When you first get there, you are given a brochure that tells you what all is inside and even gives you a little map to help make sure you see and do it all...  Broxton and his buddy decided to take a look at this while we waited for them to open up for the day... I love this photo here, not staged at all.. LOVE IT!!!
Broxton and Logan checking out what all to expect.  

I LOVED seeing the sign for Parent Zone.  

One thing that I really liked seeing?  When you went in, there was a Parent Zone.  You got a little business card to fill out - YOUR name and a contact number... Then, you gave it to your child to keep in their pocket and if there were to get separated from you, they could give it to one of the MANY MANY staff members to help get them to the Parent Zone.   Also, they had signage telling you to snap a photo of you and your kid together on your phone... that way if you got separated, you had a very recent picture of them... WITH YOU ...
With the Lego Movie being such a big hit, you knew that they would have
an area for that ... The logo --  the characters...  a book to take home..
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!
As soon as you walked in, you were immediately greeted with all of the different Lego Models... From Lightning McQueen to different Star Wars characters, Buzz and Woody (from Toy Story) and so many more.. It was so neat to see and it was so cool seeing that they were totally from Lego's!   
We have a big Lighting fan, so of course we HAD to get a picture in front!

Broxton with his buddy racing the cars.
Some how or another, we managed to head straight to the racing area.. and that is where we stayed for the first hour or so.  Broxton was having a blast in there and who was I to stop him from that?  He raced and raced, running to all of the different race area's and building different cars... Finally, our friends headed over to where we were and the kids kept playing.  (They had plenty of seating surrounding the area, so we were able to sit and chat while the kids played...)  They had several concessions around with plenty of table and chairs if you wanted to sit and enjoy food...  (We ate a pretzel to keep the energy going!)  

The Reading Zone.

Another cool area?  The DK Reading Zone.  They had plenty of books (labeled for you to enjoy)  from the different Lego Creation books to the "learn to read' books ... all placed around a separate area.  They had chairs and bean bag chairs all around for you to take a break and read and relax.  Off to the side of that, they had plenty of the books you looked at that were available for purchase.  Along with the books, they also had plenty of shirts... But fear not, in a whole different area,  they also had LEGOS!  Come on, you knew you were not going to get out without having the option to purchase more Lego's to take home!     
Of course, we had to go and check that out... and while in there, we grabbed a Lego KidsFest Shirt to remember our special day. 

Lego Hero
Something neat to me was that they had spaces set up throughout the convention center... Each area was focused on the particular Lego "theme"  Of course, we had to go and check out the Star Wars area... They also had Lego City, the Lego Mixels, I was totally unfamiliar of the Lego Hero line... but they were pretty neat... I do believe that is up next for our collection.  One that Broxton enjoyed playing with was in the Chima area... it was some sort of racing.  You build your car with your character and then you put this little rip cord in there to pull it and then race it across the place.  It was pretty neat and he enjoyed it, but then we headed to check out more.  They even had the ones set up to build Lego Robots!  I did enjoy walking and seeing all that Lego Kidfest had to offer... it was a very informative area to see what all is out there... and a great way to see what your kid enjoys the most. I even had Broxton go check out the Disney Princess and Lego Friends area, since I wanted to check it out too!   (No worries for those of you with younger kids, they had a nice Duplo area that had princess stuff and Jake and the Neverland Pirates!)   
Broxton with a Lego Master Builder
 I was so happy to get Broxton's photo with a Lego Master Builder... I read this online and thought it was so cool :  "We also have two LEGO Master Model Builders at the show conducting workshops and there are only seven (total) master builders in North and South America."  They were so nice and polite to talk and spend time with Broxton.  

MY FAVORITE PICTURE OF THE WHOLE EVENT.  Thinking it is a framer!  

If you are still trying to decide if you are going to attend or not, I totally say GRAB TICKETS NOW!!! These are memories you will LOVE to make!!  Click on the LEGO KIDSFEST  link to see if it is headed your way!!!  I am sure I missed things, but as the song goes...  "Everything is Awesome!"  

26.6.14

Grub Burger Bar in Atlanta - NOW Open and Ready to Satisfy Your Burger Craving!

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 A bit ago, we were invited to lunch with friends and they chose to check out a new in the area... It was called Grub Burger and it was packed every time they tried, so we were going to give it a try that day... Of course, we walked in to a busy atmosphere, but it was fine and actually the hustle and bustle of it all made the place that much more appealing to us... Going in with 3 kids to a place that was already loud and busy made me feel that it would not be a place to constantly worry about making sure it was quiet while we ate and caught up on life.

Luckily that day, we had a great time and I contacted them to see if we might be able to work together in a review to share with you our experience...    They said YES!  Meaning that today, a new bloggy friend and I went to enjoy a great meal with the kiddos and we were able to learn a bit more about Grub Burger!!!!















This particular Grub Burger location is located near Cobb Galleria --- So... ANY of you headed this way for LEGO KIDSFEST this weekend, make sure you stop in for a meal, or a snack!  They are located at 2955 Cobb Parkway SE.  

When you walk up, you notice the inviting patio that has windows giving you a glimpse inside, but also allows you to enjoy the beautiful weather we have been having...  I loved that it also had a TV out there, so if you are like we are and want to keep up with sports, you are good to go!  (Yes, the World Cup was on!)
Once you walk in, you grab a menu and walk up to a counter to place your order...  They have such a wide variety of burgers, salads, sides, a full bar, Coca Cola Products, flavored teas and the most delicious milkshakes you could dream up!  
We were treated to a variety of the signature burgers that they make in house and if those buns look good to you now, just wait until you try one!  They are so delicious and you can tell that they make them fresh each HOUR!  
Up first - THE FRONT PORCH:  Lettuce, tomato, mayo and mustard on a buttered toasted bun. 
For the Mushroom Fan, they offer a "mushroom and swiss" burger with a kick... It is called the Voodoo Burger:  Absinthe sautéed mushrooms with green onions, swiss cheese, and Tabasco mayo.


The Lockhart Legend was a big surprise to me!   The few times that I have ordered a burger with an onion ring on it, the onion ring ended up being soggy or it just really did not give any addition to the burger... Not the case here...  The Lockhart Legend included: Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, housemade Dr Pepper BBQ sauce, topped with two hand battered onion rings and sliced dill pickles.  The onion ring was amazing and even after sitting for quite some time, the one onion ring that was off to the side was just as fresh as if it was just made!   I am thinking that this might be the best one I have tried from there!  

Wow... Talk about a great surprise to me! I never in a million years would think to order a burger that had guacamole on it... Until the Guacapolte was presented to us... Chipotle aioli, cheddar cheese and guacamole piled on a great tasting burger topped with a homemade bun!  

For those in the mood for a salad, we were presented with the Pesto Turkey Cobb: Sliced pesto turkey burger, mixed greens, hand chopped bacon, bleu cheese, avocado, egg, red onion and tomato with your choice of jalapeno ranch or balsamic vinaigrette.
I brought the salad home to eat later and whoa....I would order it again (minus the blue cheese) but that salad... the turkey burger... the avocado... the JALAPENO RANCH...   Yes...  You  know how sometimes you just crave a delicious salad?  This is where you need to go to enjoy!  
For those of you that are not into their signature burgers... Maybe the Hippie Chickpea is more to your liking: Meatless ground chickpea & eggplant burger with roasted red pepper mayo, arugula, red onions, goat cheese and tabbouleh served on a whole wheat bun.  We had this served with their Black Bean & Charred Corn Medley: Infused with red onion, tomato, cilantro, jalapeño and fresh lime juice.  
I am not a fan of Tuna, but was told that this was delicious...    Burger of the Sea : Ahi yellow fin tuna, hand chopped, topped with sprouts, arugula, pickled ginger and wasabi-teriyaki dressing .   Served medium-rare on a whole wheat bun.  It looked great and I was tempted to try it... but knowing I am not a tuna fan, I kept right on munching on all the other goodies and side items!  


I did end up ordering chicken fingers to see how they were... I know we were at a burger place, but there are times that you might just not be in the mood...  Wow. I am glad I did... Back when I was working, I thought we made the best chicken fingers... Nope, not anymore!  They were so delicious that Broxton kept enjoying them long after he should have stopped so he could share!  
The other kids in our party decided that a classic Peanut Butter and Jelly would be great for them... and I loved to see that they were offered up their sweet potato fries.  (The first time we ever went there, we were all talking about just how delicious the sweet potato fries are..)  If you are a fan of Sweet Potato Fries, I ask you to give these a try, I think they might be the best I have ever tried!   Also, note the bread... they take their homemade buns and cut the tops off, giving each PB&J their fresh baked bread to be enjoyed! 
To finish off our meals, we were able to sample their milkshakes.  The three sent for us to try: Mint Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel and finally Nutella.  Yes!!! Nutella Milk Shake!  Out of those 3, the nutella was my favorite...  Broxton was all over the Mint Chocolate Chip and our friends enjoyed the Salted Caramel the most...  (We sampled all of them!)  

I will tell you, the first time we ever went, I had their Salmon Burger- Wild Alaskan Salmon, hand chopped, avocado and ancho chile patty topped with black bean and charred corn medley, tequila lime aioli, and fresh cilantro.  It was great, but after trying the Guacapotle and the Lockhart Legend, I just might be leaving Salmon to other places.. It was really good, but these burgers were just really tasty!  

Click to check out the Grub Burger Atlanta Menu.  Also, if you are not near Atlanta, make sure you check out their homepage to see if there is one near you!  Grub Burger takes pride in that they try to have you in and out in 30-45 minutes, from order to walking out the door.  With everything being so fast paced, this is great to know for those on lunch breaks in that area!  If you are looking for a place to unwind at the end of a hard day, take note- they are open until 10 pm!  

If you are in Atlanta- live, work or play... Make sure to like them on  Twitter to stay up to date on any specials or events that they might be holding!    

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Family Movie Alert! #EarthtoEcho - Out July 2nd

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The other night, we were invited to an advance movie screening of the movie, Earth to Echo.  I was not really sure about the movie, all I knew was it involved kids... and an alien.  Of course, I immediately thought of E.T. from when I was a kid and I thought it would be great to take Broxton.  We got there and settled in to see it.  


Friendship is the greatest adventure of all. In theaters July 2, 2014.
Rating: PG
Cast: Teo Halm, Brian "Astro" Bradley, Reese Hartwig and Ella Linnea Wahlestedt

In Earth to Echo, three best friends are ready for their last night together...  A construction company has forced whole neighborhoods to sell their homes so that they can develop a new highway.  Before they are set to move, the cell phones of the neighborhoods start going crazy and these kids decide it is up to them to figure out what is really going on.. Is it a coincidence that the phones mess up when the development starts?  

The boys set out for an adventure, heading out on their bikes to have one last epic night together... Although the story has them traveling MILES and MILES on their bikes, with lots of adventure to happen, thanks to it being a movie, it still manages to all happen in one night... so that works out for them!
I will tell you this,if you were not a fan of the filming of "blair witch project" (The shaky camera... )  You will NOT be a fan of this movie at all.  This movie is from the kids perspective, as in they have a camcorder, a go pro and "spy glasses"  to film it all and share with us...   I though the kids acting did a great job -  but the way the movie was shown left me a little queasy at times.   They were on their bikes... in the woods...  imagine the view on that.  
 Broxton really enjoyed "Echo" the little alien in the movie... He laughed at many parts, but I really think that this movie is geared more towards the tween age group.  It wasn't that it was too mature for my 5 year old, it was just that I think a little older group would appreciate it more.   
Have you heard about the Earth to Echo movie?  Are you planning on watching it in the theater or waiting until it is available to watch at home? 

Ode to Childhood #Poetry

Having such a love for books, I thought it was only fitting to share this with you...
I hate to admit that I am not a huge poetry fan...  * Not sure why, I used to be!
But, I wanted to celebrate not only OUR CHILDREN, but the CHILD IN ALL OF US!  


Celebrate children! Featuring work by some of the world's great poets, this beautifully illustrated anthology captures all the charms, beauty, and love of childhood. The selections include William Blake's gentle “A Cradle Song,” Walt Whitman's “There Was a Child Went Forth,” and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's “The Children's Hour,” as well as verses by Milton, Wordsworth, Christina Rossetti, and more.
Samuel Carr was the editor of a series of anthologies of poetry, including Ode to the Countryside and Ode to Flowers, as well as Classic Hymns and Poems (all Batsford). 

Are you a fan of poetry?  If so, who is your favorite?

Rugrats are Still Around? What? July 8th Brings them to DVD

** We were not sent review copies, but I just HAD to share that the Rugrats were coming out on DVD.**

Seriously, I had NO CLUE that the Rugrats were even around anymore... But I think it is so funny... Since my brother used to watch it (just like Ninja Turtles) and I bet that Broxton would love it too...  Look at all of the great releases on July 8th.  

Rugrats: Reptar Returns!
Reunite with the Rugrats in exciting outdoor adventures that include a trip across America, a search for a moose, a hunt for buried treasure and more!
 
Episodes:
·       Runaway Reptar
·       Reptar 2010
·       The Big Showdown
Running Time: Approximately 72 Minutes

Rugrats: Outdoor Shenanigans!

Rugrats is goin’ green with outrageous adventures featuring the one and only giant green T-Rex, Reptar.
 
Episodes:
·       Discovering America
·       Barbeque
·       Moose Country
·       Sand Ho!
·       Gold Rush
Running Time: Approximately 71 Minutes
 
Nickelodeon: Robot Invasion
Nickelodeon brings out the heavy metal with SpongeBob SquarePantsSanjay and Craig, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  Catch robot-themed tales that include awesome technological creations and partying innovations.
 
Episodes:
·       Krab Borg! / Rock A Bi-Valve (SpongeBob SquarePants)
·       Metalhead (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
·       Traffic Island / Partybot (Sanjay and Craig)
Running Time: Approximately 71 Minutes
 
Nickelodeon: Heroes in Action!
Its Nickelodeon heroes to the rescue in these action-packed adventures that include superhero Patrick-Man challenging the Dirty Bubble, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles battling an unhinged villain in mechanical armor, Sanjay and Craig joining a peculiar police force, and more!
 
Episodes:
·       Patrick-Man! / Gary’s New Toy (SpongeBob SquarePants)
·       I Think His Name is Baxter Stockman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
·       Muscle C.O.P.S. / Cold Hard Cash (Sanjay and Craig)
Running Time: Approximately 70 Minutes
 

25.6.14

Are Your Eyes Protected? June 27th is #nationalsunglassesday

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This past week, I had the opportunity to attend my very first webinar!  I know, this might be a thing of the past for you, but it was my first time and it was pretty informative ... Especially so much information in such a small time frame!
The webinar I attended was hosted by Dr. Dora Adamopolous, "a medical adviser to The Vision Council" and we learned all about protecting your child's eyes.   I will totally admit that I wear sunglasses when outside (and when I have my contacts in) but it is more for the comfort of not having the sun blinding me, I never really gave it much thought about the "safety issue" of it all.  After attending this webinar, I realize I was having major #MOMFAIL moments and that is about to change NOW!  


Just a few things I learned:  
Why is UV Protection Important?
Short term vision problems :
Photokeratitis
Irritation
Redness
Swelling
Hyper sensitivity to light

Long term UV -Related Eye Damage:
Premature aging of the skin; wrinkles and sunspots
Pteygium (abnormal growths on the eye and eyelid)
Cataracs
Macular degeneration
Cancer of the eye, eyelid and surrounding skin




























Other things I learned?
Your eyes can get SUNBURNED!  I never really thought about it before the webinar, but I do now!
Also, did you know that kids eyes are so much more sensitive?  
As in ---
Children receive 3 times the annual adult dose of UV radiation.
Children are particularly vulnerable to UV damage because they have larger pupils and clearer lenses.

Bottom line is this---  No matter if it is summer or winter.. Sunny or overcast, if you are outside, you really need sunglasses on...   Make sure they are UV protected and start YOUNG. Think about it, if you put sunglasses on a baby, they will grow up not noticing that they have them on...  So it really won't be a big deal!    When you are NOT wearing them, you need to store them in a protective case (so as to not scratch them and in turn mess up the UV protection)  and finally ---  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE --- Marathon runners... WEAR SUNGLASSES!  Even while training!  



























Thanks to The Vision Council for our great gifts!  I will for sure be using them!!!!  I do have to ask... Do you make sure your kids (and yourself) are always protected with proper sunglasses?  I am IN LOVE with the Jack Purcell sunglasses that were included in there for me... and they also threw in Babiators for Broxton!  
Don't forget NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY is THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 27th.
Post a #SunglassSelfie!!!   Can't wait to see them!!!!


Talenti Hits The Spot for SummerTime Fun

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Last year, we were introduced to talenti gelato and I have been hooked ever since... I will admit that it is a bit more on the expensive side, so it isn't like we have it stocked all the time... but I will tell you that we do have it as a nice treat from time to time... and it is SO DELICIOUS!!!   They introduced a few new flavors this year and I knew that I was going to have to try them out as soon as it was possible... 

If you are not familiar with Talenti Gelato , you need to check out their site and check out all of the flavors that they have available... But for now, let me focus on the three latest:  


Caramel Apple Pie Pint
An abundance of real cinnamon sticks are used to make our signature cinnamon gelato. Pieces of apples and sweet flaky piecrust are blended into the cinnamon gelato. Finally a caramel swirl is added for a unique take on caramel apple pie.

Fudge Brownie Pint
Talenti's extra dark chocalate gelato is blended with chunks of real baked gooey brownie. A swirl of rich dark fudge is added for a decadent treat.

Raspberries & Cream Pint
Juicy pieces of fresh raspberries are blended into our sweet cream gelato. A tart raspberry ripple is added for a fresh and creamy finish.


OH - MY - GOODNESS ----
If you want to bring a treat to my house, grab a pint of the Caramel Apple Pie.  It was to die for... Like so good that I did not even think about sharing.... Nope, not at all... and I did not feel the least bit guilty either.  It was amazing how they perfectly balanced the amount of gelato with the apples and pie crust... There was none that was too overpowering and there was nothing that left you wanting more... (Until you got to the end of the container and like a little piggy, you wished there was at least a couple more spoonfuls for you!)
The Fudge Brownie was a pretty good one too, but to be honest, my heart has already been taken by the apple pie and there is just no other room to love another gelato right now!
As sad as it is to say, I am not a fan of raspberries, so I did not even bother to try that one out... and as I said, Apple Pie has already consumed me!  

If you are looking for a great treat for the dog days of summer... head on over and grab a couple pints of talenti!  Just make sure you leave an Apple Pie one for me!  

Legend of Korra - Book Two: Spirits - July 1st

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I can say that we have been pretty busy this summer, so we have not had much time to settle down and watch TV.  Once things calm down though, we have a few new DVD's from Nickelodeon to check out... Legend of Korra being one that looks geared to the older boys... I am not familiar AT ALL with this... 
ARE YOU?  



About The Legend of Korra – Book Two: Spirits:
From the creators of the beloved animated franchise Avatar: The Last Airbender comes The Legend of Korra. After ridding Republic City of Amon and his Equalist revolution, Korra is more confident and headstrong then ever – she is even able to enter the Avatar State at will.  But when political tensions arise between the Southern and Northern Water Tribes, Korra’s hot-headed approach sets off a Civil War of epic proportions.  Complicating factors is the sudden appearance of mysterious Dark Spirits who are attacking the Southern Water Tribe people and Korra learns that even her Avatar State cannot defeat them. With a battle for the fate of the world fast approaching and villains on every side, Korra delves deep into her past lives to connect with the very first Avatar.  Only then will she have the power and knowledge to restore balance between the physical and spirit worlds.

The Legend of Korra – Book Two: Spirits Fast Facts:
Street Date: July 1, 2014
Blu-ray SRP: $34.99
Blu-ray Catalogue: 7914774 (US / CN)
DVD SRP: $19.99                                     
DVD Catalogue: 899234 (US / CN)
Running Time: 330 Minutes
Audio on Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio & Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
Audio on DVD: English 5.1 Dolby Digital & Spanish 2.0 Stereo

Blu-ray Special Features:
·       Audio Commentaries from series creators, cast and crew for all 14 episodes. (BD Exclusive)
·       15 Scene Bending Animatics featuring character sketches, layouts, and rough animation behind the action-packed scenes in Book Two. (BD Exclusive)
·       Inside the Book of Spirits – A behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Legend of Korra – Book Two. Show creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko run through the creative process from story concepts to scripting to the animation phase, and more. (BD Exclusive)
·       The Re-telling of Korra's Journey – Featurette relives the exciting adventures of Avatar Korra in this extended Book One recap with 30 minutes of video clips. (BD Exclusive)
·       Kindred Spirits: Tenzin's Family – All-access deconstruction of Tenzin’s familial relationships, from his children to his siblings; includes interviews with creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. (BD Exclusive)
·       Feuding Spirits: Korra’s Family - In-depth look at Korra’s entire family dynamic, from her father to her uncle; includes interviews by the creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.
DVD Special Features:
·       Audio Commentaries from series creators, cast and crew for 4 episodes
·       2 Scene Bending Animatics featuring character sketches, layouts, and rough animation behind the action-packed scenes in Book Two.
·       Feuding Spirits: Korra's Family - In-depth look at Korra’s entire family dynamic, from her father to her uncle; includes interviews by the creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.

The Legend of Korra – Book Two: Spirits premiered on Nickelodeon September 13, 2013 and ranked #1 in the time period with A18-34 and M18-34 across all television.  The hit series averaged 2.1 million viewers per episode throughout the shows second season.

Set 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last AirbenderThe Legend of Korra follows the next Avatar after Aang–a teenaged girl named Korra (Janet Varney) who is from the Southern Water Tribe.  Korra lives in Republic City, the modern “Avatar” world that is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive.  Under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin (J.K. Simmons), Korra continues her Avatar training while dealing with the dangers at large. The series is co-created and executive produced by Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, co-creators of the Emmy Award-winning Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Joaquim Dos Santos is co-executive producer.

The Legend of Korra – Book Two: Spirits voice cast includes Janet Varney (Dinner and a Movie) as Korra, David Faustino (Married…with Children) as Mako, P.J. Byrne (Wolf of Wall Street) as Bolin, J.K. Simmons (The Closer) as Tenzin, Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) as Chief Lin Beifong, Seychelle Gabriel (Falling Skies) as Asami Sato, Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) as Jinora, and Eva Marie Saint (Superman Returns) as Katara.  New additions this season include Lisa Edelstein (House) as Kya, Richard Riehle (Office Space) as Bumi, John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect) as Varrick, Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) as Eska, James Remar (Dexter) as Tonraq and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) as Wan, the first Avatar.

24.6.14

Dreaming of that Home Run

As I mentioned, Summer has been BUSY for us!
But, we love it!  
I did want to share a few highlights from the end of the school year / start of summer.

Broxton had his last day of preschool....
Yep, Mama teared up a bit... I did not cry as hard as I thought I would, but I think it was because I was blessed with my phone ringing right as I walked out and that stopped the tears from flowing.  It is so hard to imagine that he has just finished preschool and that my little one will be starting Kindergarten in the new year! Where does the time go?  Mama's with little ones - take note... IT FLIES!  

Broxton walking in on the last day of school.  
I thought it was so cute...
They actually had a preschool graduation.  They made the kids shirts and that was their graduation outfit...
Then, they sang a couple of songs and then they were presented with a "certificate" for graduation!  
I was a bit emotional then, but it got me when we heard around fifty 4 and 5 year old kids start to sing " Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord."  Talk about the tears! 
Broxton getting his certificate from his teacher.
While we were dealing with the emotions of the end of his preschool years...
We also got to deal with the excitement of his first year of baseball...
I absolutely LOVED his team, the kids, parents, coaches... It was so fun!
He was so sweet in that he invited his former teachers to come see him in one of his games...

His teacher from his first year of preschool came - LOVE HER.
She said he had invited her, and then she did not make it, so he went up to her and asked why she did not come, since he had given her an invitation!  Ha!!! So, she found out when he had another game and surprised him and came to it!   How lucky are we to have such a great person in our lives?
Broxton and his very fist teacher ever!  
 My sweet boy... He would get out there and swing with all his might, but sometimes he looked scared to death!  I would yell for him not to be scared of the ball and he would yell back he wasn't... It ended up being an ongoing thing that we parents all got to laugh at....
But the sweetest thing...
At the end of the year, he finally told me something...
He always swings with his eyes closed...  I asked him why and he said he was dreaming of hitting a home-run!  Talk about melting a mom's heart!  
My sweet boy, dreaming of those home runs!!!
What I absolutely LOVED with his school year and with baseball?
They both had end of the year parties...
Well, at his school party, the teacher gave each kid a certificate with an "award"   it was just cute silly things, but you can not even begin to guess what my child got.. Unless you know him personally and then you would not be shocked...   He got the "story teller award" as every day he had to come into the class and tell a story about something!  Ha ha!!!!   (No questions get simple yes or no answers here.. they have stories to go with it!)  
Then, at his baseball party, the coach called each kid up and said something about them...
For Broxton, he commented on how he always had such a great attitude - no matter what was going on in the game, he was always so positive.  Then, he had to share the "dreaming of the homerun" story with the other parents... It was so sweet!  

So- our summer has been pretty exciting so far... How about yours?

Slammin Summer Titles From Nickelodeon

** We did not get these for review, but I did want to share the newest releases for you... **

I know that many of my friends have gotten rid of cable - so when DVD's of cute shows come out, I am all about seeing what is new to us... and a majority of time, new to them!  In the time when technology is so prominent in the day to day things, it is nice to know that there are kid friendly opportunities to let them have fun... Meaning - Great kids DVD's headed out now!  Just in time for any summer trips... or if mama (or daddy) needs to have a bit of quiet time... I am not here to judge!  



PAW Patrol (ALL-NEW AVAILABLE NOW)
Whenever there’s a problem, just yelp for help! The PAW Patrol pups are ready to save the day at home in their first-ever DVD, filled with 10 exhilarating adventures from the hit animated preschool series. Follow these six heroic rescue pups and a tech-savvy boy who work hard to show the people of Adventure Bay that “no job is too big, no pup is too small!”
 
Bubble Guppies: Sunny Days!
From the beach to the circus, to a night under the stars, join the Bubble Guppies as they swim into activities perfect for summer in these six swim-sational episodes!
 
Dora the Explorer: Summer Explorer
Dora and Boots are having a blast at the beach when they hear a call for help. It's a baby crab stuck in a net! Help Dora and Boots take Baby Crab to his Mami on Crab Island.
Bonus Featurette: “Make Your Own Ice Cream!”
 
Max & Ruby: Summertime for Max & Ruby
Max and Ruby work a lemonade stand, fly kites and put on a backyard magic show in this seasonal DVD favorite.

Nick Jr. Favorites: All Star Sports Day
Preschoolers’ favorite characters from Dora the ExplorerGo, Diego, Go!The Wonder Pets!Blue’s CluesYo Gabba Gabba! and Ni Hao, Kai-lan compete in sports and practice camaraderie in this DVD.
 
Nick Jr. Favorites: Summer Vacation
Preschoolers’ favorite characters from Dora the ExplorerGo, Diego, Go!The Wonder Pets!Blue’s CluesYo Gabba Gabba! and Ni Hao, Kai-lan enjoy some fun in the sun on this DVD.
 
SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob’s Runaway Roadtrip
Join SpongeBob and Patrick for six hilarious adventures.  Enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, a cruise, a trip to the Ocean Mint, a homebound holiday and a trip that’s out of this world.
Bonus SpongeBob Episodes: “Hide and Then What Happens?” and “Shellback Shenanigans”
 
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