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Summer vacation is nearly over, we’re down to just a few days even though the heat will linger for months to come. Meet and greet with the new teacher was this week and what a beautiful and young woman the new teacher is.  She looked as if to be beaming with fun and inspiration for children and learning. Very excited about that!

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Tuesday will mark the first day of 5th grade and the last of my three Huckleberries to begin their last year in elementary ~ grammar school.  The door to middle school is just a single year away and one that I am not ready to open for the last time.  Maybe it is a Mommy-myth but it seems that as long as your babies are in Grammar School, they are still your little people.

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Making memories with each of my Huckleberries along their way in life has always been something we have tried to do; Special Days to commemorate the beginning or end of a life event such as the beginning or end of a school year, family birthdays, or just a special day just because one was needed.

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We had a Bailey Special Day yesterday for the beginning of school and because we all needed one. We began with breakfast at Goody Goody Omelet House, a quaint little diner that serves you – , diner type food.  I have only ever seen two of their waitresses and they look as if they have been there since the establishment opened in 1977. They fit right in.Goody Goody

Bailey was so excited about his day’s adventure that he could hardly eat! He still has the innocence and excitement of a 10 year old little boy, and I love that about him~

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Next we ventured down to the Riverwalk ~ Chandler’s Wharf of downtown Wilmington with a little sightseeing and a jaunt by the river’s edge with our main attraction being the Cape Fear Serpentarium.  Yes, snakes and other reptiles were on the menu for the day.  We were all excited even me.  I secretly love to watch snakes, in person or in movies, just don’t ask me to hold one.

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The heat seamed immense with just a little breeze now and then but it was nice being by the water’s edge.  So many small shops line the Riverwalk in the original mercantile buildings and warehouses. It was all so pretty and colorful!

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  Making our way to Orange Street we entered the most spectacularly clean reptile house that I have ever seen! No kidding, the exhibits and habitats were cleaner than some restaurants I have eaten in.  The reptiles looked happy.  Not seemed happy, but actually looked happy and their skins were the most vibrant of colors, just as clean and pretty as their habitats.

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Bailey had a blast which was the point of the day.  Little boys need to allowed to be little boys and do little boy things while they’re still young enough to have family fun.  I’m glad I have my memories of outings and such because my little huckleberries grow up too fast.

~ I would love some fresh and new ideas on great ways to spend special time with children. Please share some of your memories and ideas in the comments section below. Thanks!

Jennifer

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