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{things on thursday}

...Yesterday was our first "Back to School Night" at PJ's school! PJ started in November last year, so this has been our first real, September-y start to the school year. We are very blessed that PJ goes to such a good school and has staff that love and support him so much. There are a lot of exciting things happening at his school this year and even though he is young, we are so excited that he will be a part of it!

...I am just heartbroken for the people of Seaside Heights tonight. After the devastation of last year, watching it all, literally, go up in flames...I just can't imagine. Thanking God that nobody has been seriously hurt and just keeping all of the people and business owners in my heart.

...PJ has been doing an amazing job thus far getting back into his routine for school. I have been working on returning to lessons at home, too, and he has been doing beautifully! At the start of the summer, PJ had zero interest in trying to color or use a writing instrument. He got a fun, dry-erase book from his Nan and has been happily tracing letters, numbers, and shapes! The way he holds a writing instrument needs a lot of work, but just to see him doing this is a huge step! I am so proud of my serious little dude!

...Ahhhh! I just realized tomorrow is Friday the 13th!!

...Last night was the season finale of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and I am truly sorry to see it leave my TV repertoire for the year! Everyone makes fun of my HBB addiction, but I have honestly come to love that little redneck family! I would rather PJ watch a family that honestly loves each other, knows the value of money, can be creative and make much with little, and can laugh and be happy. The reality alternative is the Kardashians, or the Real Housewives. Hell, no. Err'body better redneckognize! At any rate, it ended with Mama and Sugar Bear having a camouflage-themed commitment ceremony that actually made me cry!

..Don't forget to enter to WIN two tickets to the 9th Annual Virtua Women's Health Symposium, being held on Saturday, November 2nd at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The keynote speakers this year are John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, and Goldie Hawn, who, seriously? Squeeee! I was obsessed with her when I was little after I discovered Laugh In re-runs on Nick at Nite! My celeb-fan geek levels are at an all time high here! You can enter until September 18th, so

Pssssst. Stay tuned for a chance to win VIP tickets to the Women's Health Symposium! 
You will get a photo op with Goldie Hawn! Squeeeee!!! 


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{ of consciousness}

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