If your child comes to NALC and wonders "Where is Gomey?" He is taking a week of vacation to the Happiest Place on earth, Disney World.
Gomey, Nana, Ms. Karla, Zander, and Zoe will be enjoying a week with Mickey Mouse and having fabulous dinners at WDW. It is going to be a "magical" time for us.
While I am away, someone else will be cooking in the kitchen. Gomey has planned the menu and your children will be in good hands. It might not be the same, but it will most certainly be a good week for your child at NALC.
Unlike Waldo, I will be back, after our vacation, to see our "little friends" at the Center.
Who in the world is going to replace gomey while he is on vacation?
Sherri Stephens will be cooking for your child while gomey is gone. She has been through the "Gomey Cooking Course" and passed with flying colors. Her culinary skills are pretty close to the "real thing." *And I don't mean COKE.
Sherri is an accomplished cook, at her own home, and will bring her own flair and flavor to the menu at NALC. The menu is subject to change, so if you see Sherri out in the parking lot with the grill fired up and ribs on cooking, don't be surprised.
It is always a battle getting a child to try something "New."
As you may already know, I do not cook "just" kid-friendly food like french fries and chicken nuggets. I always strive to do something different, and I choose to prepare foods that I have used at home with my own children.
I always had a requirement of our two girls. They had to "try" everything, but if it was not to their liking, I did not make them eat it. Also, it had to be a "real" taste and not just touching the tongue to the food. Every day I encourage the boys and girls at NALC to be open to try something new or different. You can help by encouraging them to try something new at home, too.
Today, we had Chicken Alfredo, Cream-Style Corn, Apple Sauce, and Ritz Crackers. (Those babies love crackers.) The cream-style corn was not the "open-the-can-stuff." I drained canned corn and heated it with cream cheese added to make it creamy. Most of the boys and girls loved it. Sometimes, I make a gravy and mix it with corn to make my own cream-style corn.
Since I do not use raw meats here at NALC. I used canned chicken breasts from Sam's. The chicken is really good and is delicious all by itself. Today, I used elbow macaroni and Bertoli alfredo sauce. It was simply delicious. The boys and girls REALLY like macaroni of any kind.
Yes, we had Apple Sauce, but we do not have it every day. I do switch between, Apple Sauce, Yogurt, Fruit Cocktail, Peaches, and Pears. Even with a variety, I get more kids asking for Apple Sauce than anything else.
Breakfast was Grits (with butter), Buttered Toast, and Apple Sauce. The grits were amazing. Plus, if you are Southern, you need to love grits. Right? Ya'll all know that!
I like to serve Grits and Oatmeal from time to time so that the boys and girls are getting a "warm" breakfast. (Okay, I also toast the Pop Tarts in the oven and put a little butter on top. Who can turn down a toasted Pop Tart with Butter?)
I just felt like a "food post" today. I think I will do this more often. Maybe I will blog about the week's menu and tell you things about it. Hmmmm...that is a good idea. I just might become a famous "Food Blogger Person." -gomey :)
We are very sorry for the problem caused, when our phone decided to stop working. We were told it had to do with the Atlantic Phone Line
If you have tried to call us today or yesterday, you got a message that the number is not in service. We have been on the phone with CABLE ONE for hours trying to get this problem resolved. They said, "The Account is active, but the phone shut itself down."
Technical could not fix it in over 24 hours. So, I am sitting here waiting for "Business Care" to solve the problem. They have me on hold. We have been told that the problem has been flagged and they will get to it.
Please, if you need us and the line is not open, contact us by going to CONTACT.
In traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act adds the flying of the POW-MIA flag on all Federal and U.S. Military Installations on Memorial Day. The POW-MIA flag is to be half-staffed until noon along with the National flag.
Other traditional observances included wearing red poppies, visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes, and visiting memorials.
Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years and many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of the day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored or neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades.
There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 1950s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.
To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in December 2000. It asks that at 3 p.m. local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).
It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
The Pre-K kids showed why NALC is such a special place. They opened the program with a welcome song and did not slow down from there. They clapped, sang, shouted out answers, and three of the pre-k kids actually read from a "little reader" to the parents and guests. They recognized sight words and counted in sign language. All in all, it was an amazing sample of the many things these children have learned this year.
The program was followed with the children from the Forest and Jungle singing two songs. This was so much fun and the children were dressed in cowboy outfits. (This gave the Pre-K kids time to put on their cap and gowns.) They did a great job. I, for one, did not want them to stop at two songs. I wanted more.
The little kids exited the platform and the graduation ceremony was preceded by a slide presentation of the Arctic kids in photos taken during various activities and events through the year.
Most parents and teachers were able to hold it together until the song "Love You to the Moon and Back" began to play. It was tear-time from then until the end. I loved seeing the segment of the children on grandparents day. For me, this made me think of my own grandchildren and I know how much this means to the families.
The kids marched in and each child was called to receive their certificate and they shook hands with the owners, Meredith and Chad Brown. The highlight of the diploma getting was seeing Avery Brown hug her mom and dad. I am sure that both parents wonder where the time has gone for their child as well as NALC.
The Pre-K Graduates will be entering Kindergarten in various schools around the County. We wish them well and look forward to hearing great things as they learn and grow.
The children in the Forest, Jungle, and Arctic enjoyed Muffins With Mom.
Thank you, moms, for taking the time to enjoy this special morning with your child. I know they enjoyed it. We hope that you enjoyed the time, too.
To moms that could not make it, this time, we hope you have a great day and an even more special weekend with your child. Make it something special. Enjoy every moment that you have with your child.
You are a very important person to your child and to NALC.
Gomey has taken over the up-dating of the web page. Drop by often to see what is going on at NALC. You will notice that there is now a "MENU" page added to the system. Parents may go here and see the current menu as well as read any special "Messages from the Kitchen."
Look for NEW PICTURES as they are being added daily.
Can you believe that April is about to end and we will be going into the month of May? Where does the time go?
Congratulations to Gomey. He will be taking over the web site and updating it for us. Check back often and see what is happening at NALC.
Look for major additions to the web site very soon.
Our teachers have begun decorating the hallway and their classroom with fun Fall/Halloween crafts and decor. We are getting closer to our Fall Festival! We have so many fun games and activities planned for that night.
It has been a week full of Grandparent's Day fun! We have made crafts for our Grandparents, and enjoyed talking about how much we love them. When asked how old they thought their Grandparents were, some of the answers were as follows: 3, 102, 16, 12... When asked what they would buy their Grandparent if they could buy them anything: toys, dolls, and batman.
We had Grandparent Lunch today and had an awesome turnout! There were 68 Grandparents present, from our Jungle and Arctic Classes. (Pictures will follow very soon!)
Hope you all have an amazing weekend, and Happy Grandparents Day!
We LOVE our Grandparents.
The children at NALC call me "Gomey."