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!

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

 

3rd Quarter Awards!

Today was Award’s Day at school. Lil Bit didn’t get as many awards as she is used to, but she still cleaned house. She is very competitive, and it showed.

The awards she received this time around were, Certificate of Service (for being the Box Tops Queen), Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Perfect Attendance, and a Reading Certificate, because she loves to read.

It’s funny. At night, when she’s supposed to be sleep, I’ll either peek in on her baby cam, or tip-toe in her room to find her under the covers reading a book. I am ecstatic that she loves to read. Don’t forget to check out her reading list on the Reading List tab.

 

We’re in Business!

Today, I dropped Lil Bit off at school. She was excited because her/our business cards came in the mail yesterday. Her first words when she saw them were, “I’m Famous!” How adorable right?

A follow up to yesterday’s post, Lil Bit promises to bring home a green square (which means she had a good day) on her behavioral chart today. I know she can do it. I imagine to many parents, getting a blue square (which means warning!) isn’t such a big deal, but for us, it is very important to make clear up front what the goals and expectation of our children our. In the case of Papa and I, our children are grown, and Lil Bit is our granddaughter. And being that we are raising her, we are raising her as if she was one of our own–and technically, she really is.

I scheduled a parent teacher conference with her teacher so we can address some concerns we’ve had for a while. They are nothing new, but we would like to revisit some and express others and, together, come up with a solution that will work for Lil Bit and enable her to be the best student she can be.

bananapuddingToday is Teacher Appreciation Day at her school and parents were tasked with bringing in food for a teacher’s luncheon. This week is multi-cultural week and they will have events throughout the week to celebrate. The luncheon is one of them. S/N: I meant to record and post the recipe and video of the making of the banana pudding, but got so busy, I forgot to turn on the camera. Maybe next time.

Today, when she gets home, depending on what her card says, Lil Bit will complete her homework and do a little XtraMath and ReadTheory.

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