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Yesterday I told you the sad news of the summer... and I told you to come back today to hear the happiest news of it all.  If you follow me on Instagram, you already know, but if not...
Savannah is here!!!

Through out the summer, we had many issues to deal with, but at the same time,  I was enjoying being pregnant.   Marc and I had presumed we were done having children.  We had let "nature take its course" and nothing had happened...
I was a bit sad, as I did not realize with Broxton that he was not only the first for everything, he appeared to be the only and last too.  I will admit that I was a bit sad.  I had totally thought that we would have more than one, so to look back and realize that while I was enjoying the firsts of everything going through being pregnant,  I would not get to experience it again.  Then, it all changed.  I was pregnant and would get to experience it all again.  We knew that this time around would be the last, as I just wanted 2 babies of my own.  I was lucky to never really be sick, so I have no horror stories of morning sickness or anything like that.   I was able to enjoy it all.
Feeling her kick from the inside.  Knowing that I was growing a precious little one inside me.  I tell you, God never ceases to amaze me.  I am blessed and I know it!

Seeing Broxton with his little sister is the best feeling.  I love this photo as it captures his excitement.  I just hope his love for her carries on throughout their whole life, because as of right now... he is one protective big brother!   He loves holding her, feeding her, helping to bathe her.  He gets upset if she isn't there to pick him up after school.  He had to take pictures of her in to show his class when she was born.  He had to "show her off" at the school Open House.  He is in love and it makes me so happy!!!
This picture is so special to me for several reasons.  One, it is my baby girl  Two, the pink blanket she is laying on was made for her by her Great- Great Aunt.  Three, the blanket she is wrapped in was made by her Great Grandmother.

She is such a sweet baby.  Having her here is a blessing and we are enjoying each day with her.
Stay tuned for more posts, I just wanted to explain where we had been lately!


So Much To Update

First of all, I want to say Thank - You to those of you that are still around.
I know that I have not been blogging much lately, but it is about to change.

This summer brought about so much and I wanted to try and update you..
Make sure to come back tomorrow, as that is a good one ;)

Up first...
Broxton finished Kindergarten.  Where did the time go?  Seems like just the other day I was sending him off to preschool and crying as I walked back to my car.  (Day 2 was harder than Day 1 of preschool, since he did carpool and I literally saw him growing up as he walked in the door!)
Well, we now have Kindergarten out of the way and I guess before long he will be headed to college. How does time fly like that?  It can slow down whenever it wants!!!  We all knew he would be finishing school for the summer, so it wasn't a shocker... but so much was going on.

My granddaddy passed away.  Yes, I was sad... selfishly sad.  He was 80 and led a great Christian life.  He suffered from Dementia and Alzheimer's, so we had already lost him before.  As I said, selfish to be sad, but hey... it was my Grandaddy.  The service was a nice one, but my Mema is still having a hard time adjusting to losing her husband of 62 years.  If you are one that prays, I would love it if you could lift my Mema up in prayer to find peace in all of this.

As if that wasn't enough... My mom went to the doctor and they found an issue with her Kidney.  She ended up having to have her Kidney removed and the mass was in fact cancer.  She is good now, as they got it all out.  No chemo or radiation was needed, but it sure is a scary thing to hear cancer and mom in the same sentence.

Remember I was also pregnant while dealing with all of this, so besides my normal high level of emotions, we got to add in the pregnancy hormones and you can just imagine.

No, this was not a sad post, although sad things happened.   Broxton (and mommy) survived Kindergarten.  My granddaddy is HOME now and is back to being his old self.  My mom is on the path to being more healthy!

Come back tomorrow so you can read about the happiest part of the summer.  The below picture is right before we headed to the hospital.


How Do You Go? #Greek2Go #LALAGreek

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School is back in for most people, that or it is starting really soon.  So, how do you go?  Some people are on the go all day long, from sun up to sun down with little time to rest and enjoy.  Most people are busy and always on the go and you don't even have to have kids to have a hectic schedule.  
Recently, LALA Greek Yogurt introduced their Smoothies and with the three flavors being Strawberry, Peach and Mango, I am sure everyone can find a flavor they enjoy!  
We were sent all three to try and while I am a fan of the peach, Broxton quickly grabbed the strawberry one for his own.  It was a great addition to his breakfast on the go the other morning and it was a way to ensure he got plenty of protein in him before a hard day at school!  

So, how do we go???   
Well, with the big first grader having to help with his sister every morning before he can go to school (his decision, not mine) our mornings can be a bit rushed from time to time.  On the morning we are hurried, I can count on him enjoying the LALA Smoothie and even on occasions we can use it as an after school snack if we have a busy afternoon!    
While LALA Smoothies are great to go, it is nice to slow down a minute from time to time and enjoy the sweet treat!   It has a great consistency and an awesome flavor!  

Right now, there is a coupon for the LALA Smoothies, so head on over to their site and grab a coupon, what better excuse to try their new product?
Let me know what flavor you enjoyed the most!   


Blaze and the Monster Machines - Available Now on DVD

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School is starting back, so that means time for more STEM!!!  If you are not familiar with STEM, you will be soon...  at least I wasn't familiar with it, until we ventured into the world of Elementary School.  Now we know, but I am so happy to know that we have a cute TV show that he can watch so that he learns more.  (You know, it makes it more fun to learn when you don't realize you are learning!) 

Nickelodeon's educational animated preschool show Blaze and the Monster Machines races back onto screens with Blaze and the Monster Machines: High-Speed Adventures. In this four-episode thrill ride, amazing monster truck Blaze and his driver, AJ, use scientific principles to tackle problems and help their monster machine friends out of some sticky situations. Plus, preschoolers can help win a sailboat race using the right parts and wind power, and team up with Pickle for Team Truck Challenge Day! Blaze and the Monster Machines is the only preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of STEM in every episode and it's currently the number-one preschool show in its time period. Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Blaze and the Monster Machines: High-Speed Adventures races onto DVD on August 11 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Blaze and the Monster Machines: High-Speed Adventures DVD includes:
  • Bouncy Tires - When Zeg the dinosaur truck accidentally puts on a set of "Super Bouncy Tires," he bounces out of control! Now Blaze and AJ have to experiment to find a substance adhesive enough to stop their bouncing buddy.
  • Stuntmania - Darington has built the ultimate stunt track and every Monster Machine in town is coming to see the show. When a jealous Crusher tricks Darington and sends him far, far away, it's up to Blaze and AJ to rescue him.
  • Epic Sail - Crusher and Pickle challenge Blaze and his friends to a sailboat race, but when he tries to cheat, Crusher accidentally crashes both ships onto a tropical island. Now Blaze and his crew must find the missing pieces of their ship so they can sail back home.
  • Team Truck Challenge - It's the day of the Team Truck Challenge, a race where all the trucks get to compete in teams of two. When Crusher chooses a new partner instead of his sidekick Pickle, his pal teams up with Blaze to prove his mettle.

Rabbits Run - A Looney Tunes Original Movie

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We all know that I love movie nights with Broxton and we had a cute one to watch not too long ago.  We were sent the latest Looney Tunes Movie, Rabbits Run and although he has never been a huge Bugs Bunny fan, he did watch it with me and we both enjoyed it!   In this movie, we get to see Bugs and Lola and go on an adventure to see how Lola has a desire to create and sell the best perfume!  If you are a Looney Tunes fan, you will want to see this movie!   

What happens when Bugs Bunny becomes embroiled in a scheme surrounding the invention of a highly-sought after invisibility spray? The result is a mad-cap adventure set in New York City and Paris titled Looney Tunes Rabbits Run. This brand-new, original animated film will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) Aug 4, 2015 and will retail for $19.98 SRP.

In Looney Tunes Rabbits Run, Bugs Bunny is a New York City cabbie who picks up the beautiful but bumbling perfume salesgirl, Lola Bunny, after she’s lost her job at a department store. Bugs, who drives Lola home from work in his taxi, has no idea he’s about to embark on the longest ride of his life!

In her spare time, Lola is an amateur perfume maker who’s convinced one day she’ll concoct the world’s most beautiful fragrance and sell it to the House of Moufette in Paris. Unbeknownst to Bugs, Lola, in one of her attempts to create the next big fragrance, has inadvertently invented an invisibility spray, and now the whole world is on their tails to steal her precious concoction!

On the run to Paris, Bugs and Lola must outsmart everyone from government officials, to Lola’s greedy department store boss, Giovanni and even Yosemite Sam, all of whom are after Lola’s “scent-sational” invisibility spray. Will Bugs help Lola thwart the bad guys and help her realize her dream of launching her own signature fragrance line? It’s a heart-stopping, looney adventure that animation fans won’t want to miss! Joining Bugs and Lola is a lineup of favorite Looney Tunes characters including Speedy Gonzalez, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn and many others.

“Bugs Bunny is an enduring character with timeless appeal, who is loved by generations of fans. Looney Tunes is a powerful brand among consumers and it’s one of our most important franchises. We’re excited to offer this wonderful new film,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “Looney Tunes Rabbits Run is a clever, entertaining new story that’s perfect for family viewing.”


Get #BackToSchool Ready with a New Planner from @orderoochaos

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I am not sure when school starts where you are, but here in Georgia, we have some schools that start back on August 3rd, some on August 7th and I am sure there are other dates too.  The point I am trying to make is that school is about to start here, so that means we need to get our things in gear and get organized and ready!
One thing that I think will be a great help to me this year?  The 2015-2016 Academic Planner from Order Out of Chaos.  We received one in the past, I am 99% sure I gave it to one of the boys to help them with their time management, but this bad boy here is going to be all mine!  
No, Broxton doesn't have 9 million classes and what not, he is still in Elementary school, but I think it will be a benefit to try and keep us organized!   Just check it out!!!!  

I love that the one sent to us is a gender neutral color.  Also, the fact that it is bright orange makes you see it and hopefully will not leave it behind on your desk!  It is a spiral bound one, so you can lay it flat for easier writing, or you can fold it over to be a one paged book.  They also have holes punched in, in case you want to add it to a 3 ring binder.  

Once you open the book, you have  a Student Information section. (I already filled it out, so I am not going to show it to you, it just asks for your contact information... it asks for your name / address / email address/ phone number.  It also asks for your school name and number.)  I do like that they have a spread in there to show you pointers on how to get the most out of using your planner.  I believe that many kids (some adults too) do not have very good time management skills, so this would be great to read to make sure you are using it to the best of your ability.
Example - Write in shorthand (or texting) to make sure you don't miss what your teacher is saying.
Use sticky notes to remind yourself about events.  
They have also included a 2 page spread showing the school year at a glance.  I will be using this to mark the days that school is out as well as early release days.  

Then, each page has a section for your daily work that needs to be done (with a place to put a check mark once you have completed the assignment.)  There is also a bottom section on each day for you to add notes.  

At the start of each month, you have a month at a glance and a page for any notes you might need for the upcoming month. 

I feel that this book is very well thought out and organized. As I said, I plan on using it this year.  I think it will be great to keep up with all the events going on at Broxton's school, his work assignments, the sports he plays and then any appointments for Savannah once she arrives.

You can order yours now and be ready for when school starts where you are!  


It's Dora, The Explorer!!! In 2 new DVD's!!!

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As I have mentioned before, Dora has grown up right before our eyes!   I love that Nickelodeon has allowed her to grow up and the kids that were fans of hers from the start can grow and keep watching, without feeling like they are watching a "baby show."  The best part is that they still have the original Dora still available for a new generation of fans!!! ( I can not tell you how many Dora book bags I saw at Broxton's school last year!)
Check out two new DVD's being released this August for Dora fans new and old!  

Dora’s DVD collection, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Double Length Adventures, features three of her most exciting and educational adventures. These three double-length episodes follow Dora and Boots as they encounter pirates, fairytale characters and a dancing elf. With three DVDs and over four hours of adventures and special features, this is a must-have for any Dora fan. Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Double Length Adventures arrives on DVD onAugust 4, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $16.99.

Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Double Length Adventures DVD includes the following:
  • Disc 1: Dora’s Fairytale Adventure
    • Dora’s Fairytale Adventure               
    • What Happens Next?                       
    • The Magic Stick       
    • Special Features:
      • Sing-Along (Fairytale Land Theme Song; Magic Music Box Song; Caliente!; We Did It!)
      • Song Selection                      
      • Photo Gallery                      
      • "Find the Fairytale Friends" Game                
  • Disc 2: Dance To The Rescue
    • Dora's Dance to the Rescue              
    • Rescue, Rescue, Rescue!                    
    • Leon, the Circus Lion
    • Special Features:
      • Photo Gallery                      
      • Song Selection                      
      • Nicktrition Tips for Parents            
  • Disc 3: Pirate Adventure
    • Dora's Pirate Adventure                   
    • Dora Saves the Prince                      
    • El Coqui
    • Special Features:
      • 2 Dora Sing-Along Songs
      • Bilingual Flashcards  
      • Sing a Pirate Song (Interactive Game)
      • Oobi - The Friend Who's Always With You: "Play Ball"   

Dora and her friends must complete a “ruff” mission to help their puppy friend Cusco reunite with his brothers before Doggie Adoption Day in Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! Viewers can learn Spanish and more with this multilingual DVD, while also exploring three bonus episodes including Dora’s journeys to Magic Land, Opera Land and Fairytale Puppet World! Created by Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! arrives on DVD on August 4, 2015 for the suggested retail price of $14.99.

Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! DVD includes the following episodes:
  • Doggie Day!
  • Magic Land!
  • Dora Saves Opera Land
  • Puppet Theater

Dora and Friends: Doggie Day! DVD Fast Facts
Street Date: August 4, 2015
Catalog: 59168869000 (USA); 59168870000 (CN)
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital & Spanish and French Dolby Stereo
S.R.P.: $14.99

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