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Back to School: Celebration

This time of year can be exciting and sad all at the same time. So many of our friends are "going back to school" (public school) and we will miss them. Sure we will see them from time to time, but once the Fall hits, it's usually on the soccer field and at an occasional birthday party.  
Even though we homeschool, we still like to celebrate the "new year" with a changing of the grade levels.  Here is a fun party I set up for the kids to celebration such an occasion. 







I love to give them something fun to start off the new year (and it does not always have to be candy).  Using these fun gumball tubes and a few new pencils, they had a fun gift to start off the new year. 






What are you back to school traditions?  Do you celebrate? 

Back to School printables can be found at D&P Celebrations Etsy Shop. HERE


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What's On My Nightstand: A new read

It's been a while since I have read anything other than a text book or teacher's manual.  Reading for pleasure is something I miss. I have not made the time for educating myself on topics that interest me.  

I am excited to start "I Don't Have Enough FAITH to Be an ATHEIST" by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek.  You can find it on Amazon here

Here is a little insight to the book:  (From the Amazon description) 

To some, the concept of having faith in a higher power or a set of religious beliefs is nonsensical. Indeed, many view religion in general, and Christianity in particular, as unfounded and unreasonable.  Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself. With conviction and clear thinking, Geisler and Turek guide readers through some of the traditional, tested arguments for the existence of a creator God. They move into an examination …

Happy 12th Anniversary!

Happy 12th Anniversary honey! 
Love ya more than ever and the "ride" continues to get better each year!




Facts on Hiking Watkins Glen State Park - Gorge

Our big vacation every year is to the Finger Lakes region of New York. Sure there's wine...water...boats and more...BUT we spend our 6 days hiking, eating, camping, eating more and going to the NASCAR race each year.  We are getting faster with three miles round trip hike up and then down this beautiful gorge.



I wanted to offer some tips for hiking the gorge...maybe some of you might be going there someday...after all it's ranked number 3 in the nation for beautiful state parks and for great reason.  The trails, waterfalls and too many to count photo opps, brings our family back every year.  


My TOP 5 Tips for family hiking/visit  to Watkins Glen State Park - Gorge

1.  Wear comfie shoes but ones that can get wet.  Although you don't get "soaked" there are parts of the trails that get wet from continuous waterfalls.
2.  No dogs allowed (booo).  They don't allow you to leave your dog in the vehicle either (smart policy!)
3.  Bring plenty of water and a few snacks.  R…