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Red Ribbon Week ( Momimhar posted on October 25th, 2016 )

Darling daughter’s school is having a week-long campaign called Red Ribbon Week. It is a yearly nationwide campaign against illegal drugs, drug abuse, bullying, and violence.  This is observed every month of October in the United States.  This is to raise awareness to prevent these horrible deeds and habits.  This teaches young individuals the importance of keeping their lives drug-free.

To support the engagement of the students in this campaign, they come up with Red Ribbon themes for this week at K’s school.

Monday – Wear Red as everyone gets RED-y for Red Ribbon Week, and get a red ribbon

Tuesday – Wear camo or camouflage, Fight Against Drugs and Bullies

Wednesday – Wear sunglasses, Our Future is too Bright for Drugs

Thursday – Wear red, white and blue, United We Stand against Drugs and Bullies

Friday – Dress like a super hero outfit or wear a cape, Power to be Drug-Free

The fight against illegal drugs, bullies, and violence is not only happening for a week.  It should be for life.

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National Night Out 2016 – Wylie Texas ( Momimhar posted on October 17th, 2016 )

Air Medic

Air Medic First Response Air Ambulance

It was a beautiful day.  The temperature was so perfect that we were able to stay the whole time.  So here’s the one of the much awaited event of the year in Wylie – the National Night Out (NNO) 2016.  Since we discovered this special event two years ago, my darling and I together with my cousins join the occasion. This is also an event of appreciation to the community service workers who help us keep our community safe in peace and order.  Also, this is an opportunity to meet the your neighbors.

Spin the wheel game

Spin the wheel game

So at the NNO there were exhibits of firetrucks and air medics, distribution of safety guidelines courtesy of the city police department, K-9 training show, barrel ride, bounce houses, obstacle course, free food and games,  and giveaways of complimentary items from sponsors and vendors.  And, of course, fireworks.

We had so much fun.  This is an annual celebration every first Tuesday of October.

Barrel ride.

Barrel ride.

Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks

K9 Training

K9 Training

Baby Proofing Your Home: Simple Tricks You Can Do Today ( Momimhar posted on January 12th, 2016 )

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Your home may seem safe to you, but it is likely a dangerous place for babies. That is why baby proofing is an important step that parents of all experience should take. Unfortunately, some people don’t get their home ready for a baby because they think it takes too much time and money. This just simply isn’t true. In fact, below are a few simple tricks that you can do today to baby proof your home.

Invest in Finger Shields

Finger shield safety products are these nifty little devices that help prevent a child from getting their fingers pinched or shut in the door. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, which means there is really no reason not to have them on all doors in your home.

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Use Wash Cloths

That’s right, I said wash cloths. These versatile pieces of fabric are not only for keeping clean, they can help keep doors closed while still allowing babies to turn the door knob. All you have to do is, while closing the door, position a wash cloth between the door frame and the door. Make sure it is on the same side that the door handle is on. You should be able to fully close the door while the wash cloth stays in position. You should test the door a few times by turning the handle and trying to open the door. When you want to open the door, simply pinch the wash cloth tight while you open the door.

Prevent Doors from Slamming Shut

You can easily and quickly use a bit of masking tape and an old towel to keep doors from slamming shut. While this method may not be the most eye pleasing, it is a great alternative for parents on a budget. To start, you will need to position a towel at the top of the door. The towel should be closer to the side with the hinges. You want the door to close most of the way while still staying ajar enough so that fingers cannot be squashed. If you notice that the door is staying open too wide, simply move the towel located at the top of the door further along. You can also cut the towel as needed if it hangs down too low.  Secure the towels corner to the door by adding a bit of masking tape.

Sounds very clever, isn’t it? Baby-proofing made easy and worry-free, yes?

Boo On Ballard 2015, Foam Party Pit, And Photo With Miss Texas 2015 ( Momimhar posted on October 31st, 2015 )

Ginormica costume (photo from Amazon.com)

Ginormica costume (photo from Amazon.com)

Alright, so my darling daughter had firmly decided that she wanted to be Ginormica or Suzan from Monsters vs. Aliens this Halloween.  I thought she would insist to be Raven from Teen Titans Go since she really liked that character in the show.  So three weeks before today, I looked for Ginormica costume online.  I knew it would be difficult to find one in the stores.  As usual, I found one on Amazon.  For the price of $9.99 with free shipping (as a Prime member), I admit that the costume was a great deal.  Even though the material of the costume is 100% polyester and seems like the quality is for a one-time wear, I still bought the costume for my daughter.  She really liked it.  She even told me that she’s gonna wear it forever.  Oh the happiness of a child is priceless.

So we went to the Boo on Ballard Street in Downtown Wylie on Thursday, October 29th, with my cousin Em and her two toddler girls, AC and Lexi.  It was a huge success and it was so much fun as usual.  Like other annual events in town, it’s always a well-attended event.  Wylie Chamber of Commerce in cooperation of the local businesses, institutions, and the general public made this a successful event for children, youth, and the grown ups.  There were lots of treats, giveaways, activities, and attractions for everyone.

Trunk or Treat

Glow in The Dark (held at the Olde Wylie Park Playground) – Foam Party Pit, Zipline, Giant Slides, Music, Games

Photo Opp with Miss America – Miss Texas 2015

Ready for Trick or Treat at Boo on Ballard.

Ready for Trick or Treat at Boo on Ballard.

 

a-k and cousins with Miss Texas 2015

Miss Texas 2015 taking a group photo with the girls. 🙂

Because of the very long long line of trick or treaters going counter clockwise, we didn’t finish the Trick or Treat on Ballard.  We took the girls to the Glow in The Dark at the playground.  We didn’t even see what other activities were in there because K and AC wanted to go to the Foam Party Pit.  It was 10 minutes until the event was over so we just let the two girls go.  The inflatable has a machine blowing non-toxic foam bubbles as it makes waves.  The kids were having fun diving into the bubbly foam.  Of course, they’re all wet and cold.  When the two came out of the foam pit, Lexi wanted to go but it was 8:00 P.M. and the in-charge stopped letting kids in.  K and AC had lots of fun but they got really cold.  🙂  Good thing I had a towel and a t-shirt in the trunk of my car so I lend Em the towel so she can wipe AC dry.  I let K wear the big t-shirt.

Look at that foam pit!

Look at that foam pit!

Em and me at Boo on Ballard.

Em and me at Boo on Ballard.

National Night Out Promotes Year-Round Community Safety Awareness ( Momimhar posted on October 7th, 2015 )

“I had so much fun!” K told me when we were in the car pulling out of the Baptist Church parking lot last night.  We went to town for the 2015 National Night Out celebration.  National Night Out is an annual event uniquely designed to promote year-round crime prevention, strengthen the police-community cooperation against crime, and build strong community safety awareness.  Sponsors gave reading materials for everyone to read and small favors for everybody, too.

As soon as we got there at the Olde City Park in Downtown Wylie, where the event was holding, I let K try riding on the pony. I saw it has a long line so we started there because they might load the ponies back to their trailers when it gets dark.  K enjoyed the ride.  She said it was her favorite part in the event.  Next she got to pet the goats and the sheep.  She liked that so much that she went there and fed them after a while again.  K was happy to know that there was a mini-petting zoo because she enjoyed petting the goats last year.

Pony ride.

Pony ride.

Feeding the goat.

Feeding the goat.

I enjoy these kinds of community events.  There is people interaction and learning.  There are fun activities for kids and adults include:

  • bounce house
  • games in every booth
  • face painting
  • petting zoo
  • fire trucks
  • K9 Demo
  • SWAT Team
  • free food
  • music
  • pony rides
  • fireworks
Fireworks 2015 Texas National Night Out

Fireworks 2015 Texas National Night Out

And fireworks display concluded the 2015 National Night Out in Downtown Wylie, Texas.  To learn more about the National Night Out please click here.

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