Home Depot Birthday Party for Amen

The 1st Saturdays of each month at Home Depot are loud and busy! Kids and their parents line the floor hammering and gluing away. Last Saturday, February 1st 2014, we threw in another 12 kids in their pj’s to add to the anticipating fun as we celebrated Amen’s 5th birthday at University Charlotte Home Depot. And boy did we have a BLAST at “Amen’s Racing into 5” at birthday party!!

I don’t think I will ever get tired of seeing a smile on children face. This party had everyone feeling special.Talk about a twofer!

I gotta say, I was very impressed with EVERYTHING! University Home Depot has all the moms in Charlotte and beyond buzzing about their spiffy washer/dryer combos,cute vacuums, easy to use paint brushes, diverse doors, padded hammers and other items our children located during their scavenger hunt.photo 3 (2) Here is what they are saying:

“Awesome idea for the Bday location! One of my favorite stores!!! And the lessons/workshops are sweet!”¬†amenl

amen kingston“I didn’t know they sold washer and dryers.”

“They have Kid Workshops EVERY 1st Saturday?”

“So when is the next Her Workshop?”

“They have official cupcakes? ” (I think that was more of a joke. )

“Race car building, scavenger hunt and pin the nail on the hammer birthday Party, how creative!”

So there you have it. Saturday was a success! Amen celebrated his 5th birthday in a very non traditional way. There was laughter, play, but also learning. We included intellectual stimulation, motor skills, discoveries and a little gmo free treats! It also allowed moms an opportunity to see what the store had to offer besides lumber, paint and nails. What more could you ask for?

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Smart Party’s are here to stay! ūüôā ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†I knocked 3 birds out with one stone. My son was elated! The attending moms and their children were in awe of the activities and decor. Last but not least, it was an impressive day for our generous host, Home Depot!

Always, looking to engage, educate & empower; QC Supermom     

Operation Mom; from Nurturer to Coach

mamaI am a blessed woman. I have 9 children, From 15 months to 20 years old. For each of them I’m a different mom. Based on where they are in development, I meet their needs differently.

Dr feelGoodNurturer- My 15 month old ¬† I’m very attentive, nurturing and act as a human bottle and jumping gym to him. I still wipe his nose and change his diaper. This age they are the cutest.I can dress him in whatever I want to with out any back talk.¬†This part is indescribably beautiful and awful all at the same time.

 

 Instructor -My 3, 4, and 6 year old

I’m teaching and reinforcing the rules and introducing new ones. My main job is to start building their self confidence and other essential character traits.For instance the Fruit Of The Spirits, is a great source to use as a model. Right now is important because they still soak up anything and everything.I’m not wiping their nose as regularly,cleaning up all their mess or changing their diaper, But I’m directing them and offering just a little less help.DIGITAL CAMERA

The coach – the 13,14,and 15 year old

An exciting time for all!

These are the girls in the family. Luckily, boys aren’t the main thing on their mind right now! They are still learning about their body, eating to live, what it means to be a girl today, the hierarchy of our family ( I make sure they understand that they have a voice,but because I’m NOT their friend – they must remain in control of their emotions) exploring their God given gifts as sufficiency options and how to do their chores better, To me, this is the most expensive time as they are more into their looks. As they move toward more independence, I still support and protect them. At this point, heck no, I’m not clean up their mess!

The girls with their cousin, Rissa Roo during a night on the town.

The girls with their cousin, Rissa Roo during a night on the town.

The consultant- My 20 year old

This can be an overwhelming time! But if I’ve done pretty well in previous stages, this should be less stressful. My son is in his 2nd year of college,new relationships emerge between us. He still needs me. Just less.

He still makes messes. Just different types. I instruct less and just listen more.Yes, it’s very hard when he gets supper excited about his “Girl flavor of the month” or other possible,weekend choices. But with a GPA of 3.5, I gotta kick him some slack.

My 1st and last born on the campus of Hampton University.

My 1st and last born on the campus of Hampton University.

You’ll find that the phases of parenthood aren’t entirely measurable or scientific. The phases overlap each other; one phase begins long before the previous phase passes completely. And different children will demand differing degrees of flexibility in moving from one phase to the next.

At the end of the day, always do your best!

Friday Four: AWESOME summer fun tips for all!

It’s here! ¬†SUMMERTIME!!!! Find something great to do with this comprehensive list of¬†activities, playgrounds, museums and more. Yes, I have much more than 4 but I signify my top 4! Lucky you! Just bookmark it and come back as needed.

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1. Go see Cirque du Soliel’s ‘Quidam’ at the¬†Time Warner Cable Arena July 3-7 ¬†Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster. ¬†Click Here¬†to purchase!

Quidam had its world premiere in Montreal under the Big Top in April 1996. Since then, the production has toured on five continents and been experienced by millions of people. In December 2010, Quidam embarked on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas throughout North America. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and characters.
Young Zo√© is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world‚ÄĒthe world of Quidam‚ÄĒwhere she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.¬†¬†You’ll see contortionists, aerial acrobats, hand balancing and more!¬†
Show Schedule 

Wednesday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 6 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 7 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

For more information visit timewarnercablearena.com
See a preview of the show here.

Here’s a bunch of recurring events.

2. Monkey Joe‚Äôs: It’s off Woodlawn and Park Rd.

Play time! Name Your Price Mondays is the best!

Play time! Name Your Price Mondays is the best!

 Let the kids jump and bounce on huge inflatables. Parents can take it easy and plug into the free wi-fi. www.monkeyjoes.com

Airport Overlook Park. Pack a lunch and come here to watch the planes take off and land at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. Off Old Dowd Road near the intersection with Besser Drive.

3. UNC Botanical Gardens: Consists of the 7-acre Van Landingham Glen, 3-acre Harwood Garden and eight-room McMillan Greenhouse complex.Outdoor gardens open during daylight hours daily. Located on the UNCC campus, at the corner of Mary Alexander and Michael Craver Road. 704-687-2870.http://gardens.uncc.edu

flowerPlaza Fiesta: This giant, two-story play place near Carowinds — billed as the largest indoor play center in the southeast — has tons of slides, tunnels and other features for kids to climb, swing and crawl through. 3700 Avenue Of The Carolinas.¬†www.plazafiestacarolinas.com/site/

Crowders Mountain State Park. About 25 miles west of Charlotte, this park will

challenge the experienced as well as the novice climber. It offers 12 miles of scenic, and somewhat strenuous, hiking trails with a view at the top that’s worth the climb. 522 Park Office Lane in Kings Mountain. 704-853-5375. www.ncparks.gov.

4.  Public spraygrounds. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s five jcspraygrounds feature sprays, nozzles and spouts that spray water for children to run through and frolic under. Open seven days a week in the summer, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Several have playgrounds next door, making them a perfect place to spend hours. Locations: Nevin Park, 6000 Statesville Road; Cordelia Park, 2100 North Davidson Street; Latta Park, 601 East Park Avenue; Veterans Park , 2136 Central Avenue; and West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive. (704) 336-3854. www.parkandrec.com.

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Charlotte Museum of History. The museum, which is always free on Sundays, offers a glimpse into colonial life and has rotating exhibits. 3500 Shamrock Drive. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org.

The Energy Explorium at Lake Norman. Located at McGuire Nuclear Station, the Explorium features hands-on exhibits and interactive games designed to introduce kids to the wonders of electricity and nuclear power. They can even use the power of a treadmill to operate a TV. The explorium also offers a mile-long nature trail, a picnic area, and a large deck that overlooks Lake Norman, the Cowans Ford dam and two nuclear silos. No admission fee. 13339 Hagers Ferry Road in Huntersville. 704-875-5600. www.duke-energy.com

Northlake Mall kids’ play areas. At Northlake Mall’s Warner Bros. Looney Tunes Play Area (across from Dick’s Sporting Goods on the lower level), kids can climb, crawl and jump on their favorite Looney Tunes characters. The mall also has a kids’ activity area in the middle of its food court. They’ll have fun with distorted mirrors, tic-tac-toe and tabletop sand art while you relax at a nearby table. 6801 Northlake Mall Drive. 704-921-2005. www.shopnorthlake.com

Storytime at the library.¬†Each branch of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg library has dozens of local programs, including weekly story times for different age groups and themed special events such as cooking with books programs, ‚ÄúFancy Nancy‚ÄĚ parties and more.¬†www.plcmc.org/programs¬†(Many libraries outside Mecklenburg have similar programming.) (Just don’t put anything down. Their lost and found is awful AND they are ¬†ridiculous about accountability.

Summer-time is calling!

Summer-time is calling! TeHun runs to the call of duty! Wheeeeeee!

Mecklenburg Park and Rec Programs.¬†From fishing to birding, kayaking to outdoor movies, Mecklenburg‚Äôs Park and Recreation department has dozens of fun, free programs and festivals for kids and adults a like.www.parkandrec.com. Click on the ‚ÄúGet Going Guide.‚ÄĚ

Art gallery crawls. NoDa holds free gallery crawls where you can hear live music and check out original works by artists in different stages of professional development the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month.www.noda.org.

See a free movie.¬†Some are outside on the big screen; others play weekdays in commercial theaters. I’ll add the list here later.

Here’s a few more:

Levine Museum of the New South: This is an interactive history museum that provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War. 200 E Seventh St http://www.museumofthenewsouth.org/

Kids’ Workshops at Home Depot. Offered the first Saturday of each month between 9 HDa.m. and noon at most stores, kids will learn to hammer nails, turning screws and sanding wood while they build things such as bird houses and catamarans. Designed to teach kids do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while instilling a sense of accomplishment. No registration required. http://www.homedepot.com

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics. Held twice a month on the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., kids will build things such as a dune buggy, a picture frame and more. Different clinics target children of different ages. Registration is required but can be done online. www.lowesbuildandgrow.com

Davie Park: Fabulous playground, plus ball fields, horseshoe pits, hopscotch courses and a lake! 4635 Pineville-Matthews Road. 704-554-0402. www.parkandrec.com

Enjoy your summer! QCSupermom

I'm so ready for this summer!

I’m so ready for this summer!

Earth Day 2013:Seeing more!

Saturday was Earth Day! I got up as usual, but instead of the normal going and being busy, I chose to see things differently. Since we took advantage of a gardening class at Home Depot, I figured it was enough acknowledgement for Earth Day.DIGITAL CAMERA

I figured I would surly take a mental break. To my surprise, Charlotte NC is loaded with amazing people, doing amazing things on this Earth. I was able to catch some on camera.

DIGITAL CAMERAClean up was going on on West Blvd. It’s by far one of the roughest streets in the Queen City, but it got done by volunteers!I was happy to see that someone cared enough to be there

DIGITAL CAMERAAs we continued, we got down town. There were so many protesters there. Everyone has a mind and boy were they there sharing them. I seen everything from population control via food poisoning to gay rights protested.

DIGITAL CAMERAFinally we arrived at the Westin hotel, downtown Charlotte. Can you believe this lady had two tiny puppies inside that stroller? Oh my! The bell hop said, “Hi tiny friends!” The dog owners smiled from ear to ear.

DIGITAL CAMERAThis was my lunch. I needed all the¬†energy¬†I could find. I didn’t even have a clue as to how busy the next couple of days would be for us. I picked this up from the Healthly Home Market ¬†on East Blvd. It was really weird eating an entire meal with anyone asking, pulling on, yelling at, or touching me….Oh yes, there is a GOD!……and he loves me! ūüôā¬†DIGITAL CAMERAOk, so I was staring-sue me. But this lady caught my attention. Sure, it was none of my business but obviously she had surgery to ¬†lose ALOT of weight. Her body had collection points where the weight sat at. It almost looked like her body was a collection of balloons made with sand. Bless her heart for trying to get her health together.DIGITAL CAMERACan you read this¬†graffiti? I won’t tell you what it said, But I was¬†surprised¬†to see it on Freedom Drive.DIGITAL CAMERASo why did I observe these odd things? It’s¬†because¬†of those papers up there? All types of sales¬†advertisements¬†for legal help. We got hit the other day in the mini van. We were on our way to our weekly¬†Cooking With Kids Class when this lady hit us. We, 6 of the kids & myself are healing, but we are happy to still be walking this Earth and being able to see things differently than before. Life, and Earth is amazing! I’m so happy that we are able to see more of it.How was your Earth day?ed

Friday Four: DNC debate was catty

It’s not that I’ve forgotten to write, it’s more because there so much going on, I can’t choose what to share first. But from this past week, I’ve pulled my top four events.

But before I do, I must say this quick plug for my president: Mitt……not now, not ever-No chance, with your rude self! Okay, now as I was saying……

My top four:

1. I just succeeded getting my son in love with reading! I have him on a daily reading curriculum & he is thriving in it! ¬†My goal is to have him skip a grade once I get him in a private school. He’s already 5 and quite tall. He’ll do just fine in the 1st grade.

2. We started our morning off at Home Depot. We’ve been going since our daughters were knee high to a grasshopper. I’m so happy they offer them for free. ¬†The kids workshops are just amazing and so empowering! ¬†All of my children look forward to building something with their very own hands every 1st month of the year. While we were there, we also painted & decorated small¬†pumpkins¬†for the children of Levine hospital. How do you like our Elmo one? One the other side it says ¬†HEALED! ¬†What A Morning! …Next up was our next trip was to Imagnion for a party!

Charlie Brown & Snoopy even came out to celebrate 7 years of Imaginon being around. It was the best 7yo party we’ve been to all year long- complete with face painting, music, magic, balloon art, movies, cupcakes and cookie! ¬†It was worth the quick dash out of the library to re-park the mini van (we get 90min to park for free & I refuse to pay If I don’t have to! )

3. I’ve found the ticket to ¬†constantly¬†improve my daughters writing skills! I now have a perfect way to get my daughters to read and write more. It’s through Scholastic!

Here’s what it’s about¬†Scholastic News Kids Press Corps
Members of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps cover news stories for http://www.scholastic.com/kidspress and select Scholastic classroom magazines. Between 15-20 new press corps members are chosen each school year. The program is open to all students ages 10-14 with a burning desire to be a journalist. The selection of Kid Reporters is based on writing ability, interviewing skills, and attention to detail.

4. Did you know: 

FASCINATING FACTS AND FIGURES

TOUR AND SHOW

Hours it takes to set up the production Approximately 10 to 12
Hours it takes to tear down the production 3 to 5
Number of performances per year Approximately 280
Number of trucks needed to haul equipment 13 (including concessions)
Average size of ice skating surface (in front of stage) 120 feet x 65 feet
Number of computers utilized by management 5

PROPS

Stage set height 38 feet and 3 inches
Number of elevators in stage 1
Number of hydraulic self-contained vehicles 2
Number of inflatables in production 3
Inflation time 1/2 minute (average)
Number of clocks in headers 0
Number of Mister nozzles in headers around ice surface 120

COSTUMES

Number of yards of fabric used to make costumes 500
Number of costumes in the show 220
Number of costume pieces that make up the costumes More than 1,500
Average number of costumes per cast member 4
Number of washers and dryers that travel with the production 3 washers, 3 dryers

LIGHTING

Feet of lighting truss 240
Total number of lighting fixtures 565
Total number of available amps 1,200
Number of gobos (special lighting patterns) 38
Number of movable lights 78

SOUND

Number of hard drives 2
Number of speaker enclosures 47
Number of watts of power for the sound system 39,200
Number of watts of power, peak 75,000
Number of channels on the sound console 16
Number of sound effects on soundtrack 200 cues
Number of sound effects added live 76

I can’t wait for Disney On Ice Worlds of Fantasy¬†¬†……..coming to Time Warner Cable Arena from OCT. 10 -14