Beautiful Evening

Beautiful Evening.

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Fall Festival

What did I get myself into?  Holy cow!  What a whirlwind of coordinating.  Thankfully, I have some great friends and support around me.  I could never have accomplished it without them.

 

We didn’t have things like the Fall Festival or Spring Carnival when I was a kid. But then again, we didn’t have 25 different fund raisers either!  Since funding has been cut, the PTA is responsible for music and art programs as well as fun activities.  I’m getting off track here though.

 

The Fall Festival was a HIT!  We really have a great PTA and staff at my kids elementary. We had about eight different groups coordinating different activities.  I was responsible for the 6th grade BBQ/food booth.  Coordinating donations and volunteers is difficult when people don’t have money or time to give.  With the help of my awesome friend/coordinator, we got it all together!

 

We had the BBQ grills going all night cooking those burgers and dogs, and they were delicious!  We also had a chili Frito nacho bowl, which was a great seller with kids and adults.  Our volunteers were amazing, we all came together and served over 700 people. Other booths sold popcorn, cotton candy, caramel apples and baked goods to name a few.

 

I was lucky enough to have my wonderful daughter Erika to take my little one around to play games while I sold food to hungry festival supporters.  My 6th grader hung out with her friends and ate lots of hot dogs, apparently, they were really good.  I would have liked to go around and see all the fun, but my responsibility to the 6th grade was too great. Next year, you can bet I will be one of the parents enjoying myself, watching the teachers and principal having a pie eating contest. (I suggested a pie throwing contest, maybe next year.)

 

I wish I had some pictures to share with you, but the memories will live on in our minds.

Hummingbird came to say hello

Hummingbird came to say hello.

The Crossing Guard

If you have ever dropped your kids off at school (which I am sure most of you have), you notice there is a crossing guard on the major corner.  Our crossing guard was sweet, frail and looked a little like Dora the Explorers big sister.  We saw her everyday, always with a smile on her face.  We also have the “other” crossing guard, she isn’t as friendly and rarely has a smile on her face, but this post is not about her.

The cute, not very old, lady crossing guard was there for about 2 years.  We waved to her as we drove by, some people gave her a hard time because she made sure the cars stopped for the children.  No one was getting hit on her watch, that’s for sure! 

I always noticed something different about her, not sure what it was, but that didn’t matter, she did her job well and rarely missed a day.  Then, one day, we noticed she was not there, she would be gone for a couple of weeks.  Then there she was again.  I thought, maybe she was re-assigned.  Turns out, she was in the hospital and had a near death experince after drowning in her pool.

She came back and did her job with a smile one her face, everyday, and did it well.  Last week we had our Fall Break from school and came back Monday.  We noticed the nice crossing guard was not there, in fact, no one was there.  How unusual.  Again Tuesday, she was not there, but the other one was.  But no crossing guard in the afternoon.

Today, while volunteering, I was told that the nice crossing guard will not be coming back, unfortunatly, she passed away over the break due to an illness she had.  I am so deeply saddened to hear this.  She left behind her 3rd grade son and her husband. 

She was a woman full of life, even though she suffered greatly.  Something I reaspect deeply.  Keep your head up and don’t let life get you down.  Never sweat the small stuff, like the crossing guard making you wait while the kids cross the street.

Two days at the beach

The kids get a break from school in the fall.  Something we never got as a kid and I’m sure some schools don’t have it to this day.  The Jr. High and High School kids get two days off, the elementary school kids get the whole week.  I am still not sure why they do this, maybe because school starts in the middle of August here?  (Too early, if you ask me).

While one break, the girls are usually bored, nothing to do, blah, blah.  This year I wanted to do something fun, inexpensive, but fun, none the less.  We talked to some friends and decided to go to the beach since it was going to be 100 plus degrees here in Santa Clarita.  What a great Idea!  We ended up going to two different beaches, Ventura and Zuma.

Day one, Ventura Beach.  Ventura is a wonderful beach for finding little treasures.  We saw little sand crabs, normal sized crabs and even giant crab legs, but no crab attached.  There were giant rocks out to the sea, with millions od muscles and barnacles attached that made a beautiful cove, little ankle splashing waves came up to shore.  We also saw sea anemone.   Then there was the other side of the cove where the 4 foot waves attracted some surfers.  The sun was shining and the temperature was perfect!

Day two, Zuma Beach.  Zuma, gotta love all of the surfers that come to Zuma Beach.  We got there at about 11 am, it was a little chilly, with overcast, but still nice and peaceful.  We had the almost the whole beach to choose from to find our spot.   Somewhere closest to the bathrooms is usually best for us.  We decided to sit close to the shoreline.   The girls went straight for the water, even if it was only 72 outside.  I remember doing that, drop your stuff and run for the water!!!

We had lots of little visitors to our spot and a beautiful view of the pod of dolphins swimming by the 25 surfers trying to catch a wave and there were some nice sized waves out there!  We saw a seal popping his head up to say hello.  There were a flock of Pelicans continuously flying on the pipeline looking for fish.  Our little seagull friends came right up to our blanket, not scared at all.  We even saw a bumble bee, which is something I did not expect to find at the beach.

 

The sun finally came out and then the day was perfect.  The drive home was scenic and mountainous, very peaceful and relaxing.  I hope it’s this nice next year  during fall break, we would love to camp at the beach for a couple of days!

Life’s a beach, when you’re on fall break…