My Nephew Is Headed To High School!

    This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending my nephew's eighth grade graduation.  I can't even begin to describe to you guys how proud I was of his accomplishment.  You see, his academic road has not been an easy one and, as a result, reaching this milestone is even more significant.  As I sat proudly in the audience, I couldn't help thinking how this rite of passage was indicative of all of his hard work and determination.     Let me tell you a little about my nephew…  He is the oldest of three siblings who are being raised by a single mother, my sister.  Although she works very hard to provide her three boys with everything that they need, the reality is that she struggles to make ends meet financially.  With very little help from his father, she has had to step into both the mother and the father role for her boys.     During this academic year, my nephew has struggled with bringing up some failing grades and the competition that exists in middle school to have … [Read more...]

Back To School With Boys & Girls Clubs Of America! #Tools4BTS @BGCA_Clubs

*This post was written by me on behalf of Boys & Girls Club of America.  All opinions are 100% mine.     This morning, my boys and I had the pleasure of attending the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA's) Wake Up Call Back-to-School Kick Off event in New York City.  The event was supported by JCPenney and aims to motivate kids to be prepared for academic success this school year.     The event took place in Foley Square and we had the opportunity to see legendary basketball player Shaquille O'Neal participating with students in a unique obstacle course.  We stood with students on the sidelines cheering our teams onto victory and, each child who participated in running the obstacle course, received an honorary diploma.  Shaq and Mommy O'Neal also sounded the alarm to signal the start of the Back-to-School season.     My boys also participated in running the obstacle course and it meant a lot to me because I want them to be excited about starting off the school … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday/Pre-K Graduation

My baby boy graduated from Pre-Kindergarten today and his father and I were as proud as we could be!   … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday/Pre-K Exhaustion!

My baby boy is graduating from Pre-K next week. This has been a wonderful and busy year for him and it just plain tuckered him out! Here is the proof:     … [Read more...]