First Time Horseback Riding

Summer’s nearly over and we’ve managed to do mostly everything on our summer bucket list, with the exception of going to the beach. It’s something we do every year and it feels kind of odd that we have not been to the Carolina Coast so far this season. I know, we went on a cruise and visited the beautiful beaches of the Bahamas, but it’s still not the same. Not to fret, even though school starts in a week, we still may make it to the water. We have a three day holiday in September so we’ll see.

On our Summer 2017 Bucket List was horseback riding and that was something that we completed today. For the first time in both our lives, Lil Bit and I rode a horse. Papa came along but did not ride due to a shoulder injury. I’d be lying if I said I was not scared for both me and Lil Bit. For me because I have severe arthritis and fibromyalgia. I was afraid of falling and breaking something or even getting trampled by this big animal that I was mounted on top of. For Lil Bit because she’s such a small thing and I didn’t want her to fall or be fearful. However, if you know anything about Lil Bit, she is fearless. After working out a few kinks, she was riding the horse like she had been riding it for years. She even tried to make the horse go faster than she was supposed to because, afterall, a little trotting was not exciting enough for her.

After a twenty minute ride through the Tanglewood Stables, we had learned a few basic maneauvers, and our experience was over. I know why Cowboys are bowlegged and still don’t understand how they did all that riding, galloping, etc., because even after soaking in Epson salt, I was sore for a couple of days.

Lil Bit liked it so much that she wants to take riding lessons. We’ll see, Lil Bit, we’ll see!

Links: http://www.tanglewoodstables.com/Dowds_Stables_at_Tanglewood_Farm/Welcome_to_the_Farm.html

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It’s Hotter Than a Fly on Sandpaper!

Hola All! This probably has to be the hottest summer on record! Today, here in Greensboro, it’s 98 degrees, and the feels like temperature is 110. It saddens me that Lil Bit hasn’t really had a chance to get out on her trampoline or in her wade pool. We haven’t even been able to get the park to ride the bike, skates, or even play in the watering hole at LeBauer Park. This is just too hot! To make matters worse, both Lil Bit and I fall under the risk category. Lil Bit has asthma, I have heart disease and diabetes. Drats!

What are two girls to do when we can’t get outside? We stay in and make snow cones. We took Olaf the Shaved Ice Maker down from the shelf and made snow cones. I have to tell you, they were delicious.

We’re revving up for a busy week. This is last week of Lil Bit’s summer camp and the beginning of her soccer camp. On top of that, Glamma has client projects and other business projects that need attention.

Lil Bit and I would like to know what you do on a hot day. Please place your comments in the comment box below.

Glamma and Lil Bit are now on Snapchat. We don’t currently have any snaps up, but they are coming soon. Follow us on Snapchat at glammandlilbit.

We don’t have anything else planned for the rest of the day. We want to relax and refresh for our busy week. Look for our new videos on our YouTube Channel. Currently we have 22 subscribers to Glamma and Lil Bit. We’re trying to reach our first milestone of 50. So, if you wouldn’t mind, we’d love it if you’d subscribe, thumbs up our videos and tell all your friends, and your friend’s children to do the same. Thank you in advance.

Until next time, stay cool!

Glamma and Lil Bit making snow cones on a hot summer’s day!

WLBIR Nikki & Deja: Substitute Trouble

Right now, Lil Bit is finishing up Nikki & Deja: Substitute Trouble by Karen English. She is nearly finished with the book, but I suspect it will be one that she will revisit as she is still in vacation mode and I’m not sure if she’s retaining any of what she is reading.

Sor far, in Lil Bit’s own words: “The book is about Deja and Nikki, who had an old teacher, Ms. Shelby-Ortiz. One day Nikki and Deja saw a man and they did not know who he was. When they got into their classroom the teacher said that Ms. Shelby-Ortiz had an accident. And, that she would be out for two or three weeks. Then Deja and Nikki were so surprised about the accident. “

This is all she has for now, but she will do a video book review once she is done reading the book, which I’m hoping is today. See the link below for Nikki & Deja books.

Nikki & Deja Books

 

Back From the Bahamas

Hello Bit Squad! I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July holiday. Lil Bit, Papa and I are fresh back from vacation. We went on a cruise to the Bahamas and dillie-dallied around Charleston, South Carolina.

I’m not sure how many of you have been on a cruise, but it is an experience. As we reflect on our vacation, the cruise and the Bahamas Papa and I feel like this is something we can check off our bucket list and could care less if we did it again. Lil Bit on the other hand had a blast. It was also her first cruise. She loved being on the ship and visiting a new and exciting place. If you ask her the favorite part of her vacation, she’ll tell you it was spending time at the water park on the boat.

If you’ve never been on a cruise, I strongly suggest doing it at least once and decide if it’s something you’d want to do again. We probably won’t, but never say never. Soon, look for videos on Glamma’s YouTube channel, Live, Laugh, Love with Yolanda. We will be doing a few videos on our experience, what to do and not to do, what to bring and not to bring, and other cruise tips for the first timer. I was amazed when talking with others as they shared their past cruise experiences. One woman told us she had been on 70 cruises! I guess she can make that 72, because when we got off the boat, she did not. She was doing back to back cruises. I don’t see how she does it, but she says she loves it, and I realize that it’s not for everyone. Either you love it or you don’t. But you’ve got to try it at least one time.

Below, I’ve posted a few pictures (*wink* at a few) detailing what a blast we had. We took video footage, but not as much as we would have liked. You know, it’s hard to try to have a great time and still remember that you are a vlogger and that you need to be recording. None the less, the video will be up in a few days, but we hope you enjoy the photos.

 
 

Happy 4th of July

The 4th of July, or as it is really called, Independence Day has different meaning for different people. Many look at it as the anniversary of our freedom as a country, many look at it as a day off, while others see it as another special day to party. This day actually commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The United States regarded themselves as a new nation and was no longer a part of the British Empire.

The Bryants didn’t do a whole lot this year. We had a few family members over, grilled, ate and had a great time. In years past, we’ve gone to the park to watch the fireworks, but in this day and age, it’s all a bit scary, especially for Lil Bit. The crowds have grown in great proportions and so many “shooting” accidents have happened that it is hard to determine if the loud earth shaking booms, are in fact fireworks or gunshots.

In addition to great food and fellowship, Lil Bit worked on a few 4th of July educational activities. I’ve posted the links below. As you all know, we home school in addition to public school. If you’re looking for educational resources to keep your children’s skills sharp during the summer, these resources may be for you. We use resources like Teachers Pay Teachers, (free and pay site) and other sites like Education.com (free and pay site). But don’t limit yourself. If you Google or browse Pinterest, you’ll find a ton of activities and worksheets to keep your children on the ball as far as education is concerned.

Education.com 4th of July Worksheets
Have Fun Teaching Worksheets
Super Teacher Worksheets
TeachersPayTeachers Worksheets

 

Awards and Party Day

It’s almost here! The last day of school, the day parents and students alike long for. The last day of school for Lil Bit is on Monday, but today was their last official day of doing anything that has to do with schoolwork. Today was Awards Day and Party Day.

Lil Bit was a bit upset, as her competitive nature would have her receive more awards than she received. She received an award in Reading Comprehension. Children need to be on a level J reading level to be considered for the next grade, Lil Bit is on level N and is the highest in her class. She received an award in Detailed Writing and Math. She was upset she didn’t get more, but I explained to her not to look at it as a negative. Many of the awards given out were for those students who improved in areas where they lagged. Lil Bit is top in her class and I explained how it works.

Still, she was upset. I was a little upset too. Last year we received the Terrific Kid award. You know that sticker you see on the back of cars, that come from the Kiwanis Club. She didn’t get it this year, and I felt it was because her teacher wasn’t too concerned. I felt like he felt that way about a lot thins throughout the school year. He says he’s a laidback type of teacher and I’d agree, but I felt that he missed the mark on a number of things. He’s a good guy and all, but as Lil Bit’s teacher I questioned some things.

Back to the awards. Another thing I felt her teacher missed the mark on was entry into a writing contest that I heard nothing about until the other three first grade classes (there are four total) awarded their children for entering into the contest. No one in Lil Bit’s class was acknowledged because no one was told about it.

Parents, this is why I think it so important that you become involved in your child’s education. Visit their school, sit in on their class, be a part of it. Many parents send their children to school and feel like once they drop them off, their children are then the responsibility of the teachers. This is not completely true. If the school is not giving your child all that he or she needs, if your child is being held back or not advancing because of lack of teaching, you need to get involved.

Unfortunately, Lil Bit lives in an area that has what they call Title I schools. This means the students are mainly low income. Papa moved here after retiring from the Post Office. When I moved here from North Texas, nearly ten years ago, PaPa owned the house and neither of us had any school aged children, so it was no big deal to us. However, when Lil Bit came to live with us, it became a reality. We will be relocating to another state in a few short years, and because of the “zone” we live in, Lil Bit has to attend the school she is attending. For a quick minute, she attended Montileu Academy of Technology that was at least 20 miles away, and we had no problem taking and picking her up every day, we soon found out that that too was a Title I school, and in addition, Lil Bit was not happy there. She missed her old school, so we brought her back. As soon as we did, she perked back up. Her depression disappeared and she looked forward to going to school once again.

I said all that to say that parents need to be in tune with their children, their learning levels, their talents and what have you. Then, they need to get involved.

After the awards, I scurried on over to Little Caesar’s to get pizza for the party. The children and their parents brought in snacks and drinks. We took photos in the Selfie Booth that Lil Bit and I had made earlier in the week, and we autographed yearbooks. I’d like to think that the children enjoyed themselves.

I was supposed to give each child an memory CD—a disc that had all the photos and videos that I had taken of them through the school year. That didn’t quite go the way I expected so I squashed the idea. The children were instructed to either come to Glamma and Lil Bit’s website or put #MrMitchellsFirstGradeClass in Google or social media and they’d be able to access the photos and the video. If you are one of those parents, please feel free to right click on your child’s photo and save it to your device. The video is below as well on Glamma and Lil Bit’s YouTube channel. You can save it, or if you have RealPlayer, you can use it to download to your computer. Although we have written permission to photograph and videograph the children, if you are a parent who wants your child’s photo taken down, please either comment below and tell us the name of your child and I’ll remove it, or you can email us at glammaandlilbit@gmail.com.

 

Links

Kiwanis Club-Terrific Kid

 

Field Trip to Eno River State Park

This is the last field trip of the year and Lil Bit and her class visited the Eno River State Park in Durham, North Carolina. Like yesterday’s field trip, Papa joined us as we started with a hike, where we saw interesting bugs. Did you know that a millipede is not poisonous, while a centipede is? Who knew? We saw a large Blue Herring fly across the river. Papa got it on the GoPro but you have to look very close. The hike was a rugged one, but Glamma was able to weather it.

The children got to cross a hanging bridge, although some were a little frightened. Okay, let’s be honest, Glamma was more frightened then they were.

Once back from our first hike, the children got to play in the river and then pull various species of bugs from the water as the ranger taught them how to identify each and every one.

Next we learned about sick trees. Did you know that when you carve your initials in a tree, the tree then gets . . . let’s say, the flu? It is one of the main reasons you see those big humpy things poking out of the side of the trees, because it is sick. One of the children posed the question as to why didn’t they just cut the hump off and the ranger explained it would only make the tree sicker and eventually kill it. Let me tell you, these last two days have been very educational.

The children ate lunch on the porch of a home that was built in the 1800s and before we knew it, it was time to get back on the bus and make the long drive back to school.

Links

Eno River State Park

 

Field Trip to Haw River National Park

Today was an exciting day. Glamma and Lil Bit went on a class field trip to Haw River National Park in Brown Summit, North Carolina. I highly recommend this as a field trip for all students ages 6-12. We learned so much at the park.

We did not know what to expect but we were welcomed with open arms by the staff, and they were all so professional, friendly and helpful from the time we stepped off the bus, til the time we turned the corner and they were out of view.

When we first arrived, the staff, dressed like Rangers and ranger helpers, made sure we knew where to park and where the restrooms and water fountains were. They all introduced themselves by giving their first names and the animals they loved for that moment. The children got a kick out of that.

After safety and other instructions were given, the children were off in search of adventure.  The first thing they learned was about owls. Did you know that when an owl eats its prey, it cannot digest most of what it eats? Because of this, they form owl pellets.

The children got a chance to dissect actual owl pellets which were infused with bones, skulls, fur and whatever that other stuff was. It was disgusting, but the children had a ball.

Next, the children were on to playing the “owl” version of hide-and-go-seek, which helped them to understand how the owl uses its senses, mainly its eyes, to single out its prey.

What’s a trip to a National Park if you cannot dabble in “bug play?” Yes, after lunch, the children got to play with real like grasshoppers and crickets. They caught ants and other six-legged, two-winged, creatures.

We felt really special when it was time to leave. The staff made sure we were all packed and that the children were boarded. As we drove away, they stood on both sides of the exit and waved. The driveway is pretty long–when I looked back in the rear-view mirror and began to turn to where we could no longer see the staff, they were still waving goodbye to us. How cool is that?

I’ve added a few photos to share with you all.  You can watch the video on our YouTube Channel very soon. Make sure you give the video a #thumbsup and #subscribe to our channel. Thank you!

Tomorrow, we’re off to another state park. See you soon!

 

Mother’s Day 2017

Mother’s Day was a nice one for Glamma. I was blessed to be able to spend time with family. I did absolutely nothing from Friday to Sunday.

Papa made breakfast, which consisted of pancakes, eggs and sausage. It was completed with orange juice and coffee!

Both he and Lil Bit bought me flowers and gave me cards. Lil Bit made me a homemade card and I love it. How many mother’s of a certain age loved when their children made cards from their hearts. I still have a few from when my children were children, some twenty-odd years ago.

We visited my mother-in-law. She’s 91 and not doing too well, so we didn’t visit long. But we gave her flowers and a card.

To top the day off, Papa made me dinner–pot roast with potatoes and carrots and Brussels sprouts. Yumm.

I hope all the mothers and female mother figures had a great day. I’m often asked why I don’t praise and give thanks for single fathers on mother’s day. My answer is simple: They call THAT Father’s Day!

Pancake Sunday

Since Lil Bit has come to live with Papa and I, Sundays have become traditionally, Pancake Day. Every Sunday, or at least most Sundays, Glamma will slave over the stove making pancakes, eggs, bacon, and sometimes shrimp and grits for the family. Sometimes, she will pitch in to help, others, she will run in and out of the kitchen, sneaking pieces of bacon. And when she’s not stealing bacon, she’s asking, “When is breakfast going to be ready?”

I enjoy it and she does too. Besides, it’s another meal that gives us the chance to sit down as a family and discuss what’s going on in the world and each of our lives. Sometimes, we’ll listen to online church while we’re eating.