A jam-packed week | Mommy and Me Monday | 425th ed


You know that thing about saying something and the opposite happens? Or maybe it’s speaking something so it happens? Earlier this week I was lamenting that we didn’t have anything planned for Spring Break. So, naturally, the week before and first weekend of Spring Break all of the things come up! I think this might be the most pictures I’ve taken in a week, too!

During the Week

Mr. Serious was out of town at a work conference, so I was doing the solo parenting thing. Thankfully, I don’t have to do this very often. The last day, we decided we couldn’t stand the filth of his van. (Sidebar is that I was driving his van because mine had to go to the shop…why not keep it extra crazy?) So, that evening, we filled up the tank, did a drive through carwash and vacuumed out all of the stuff.

The girls thought it was a blast! They are also pretty good with the free-after-wash vacuums.

Mommy and Me Monday at the carwash

Later in the week, it was time for B’s Easter egg hunt at preschool. I signed up to “hide” the eggs first. It helped me get in quite a few steps and the kids were done in about 0.5 seconds!

Mommy and Me Monday at the preschool easter egg hunt

Saturday Morning

We had such a jam-packed Saturday that we even had the kids not attend their optional sparring class on Saturday. We made it to our neighborhood Easter egg hunt. Of course the kids made out like bandits. Maybe they’ll share some with me?

Daddy and the girls at easter egg hunt

Mr. Serious was sent a new Go Anywhere Quick Dry Hoodie from Tommy John that is focused on versatility, function, and importantly comfort. He put it on and commented on how nice it feels. He says it’s very comfortable and he’s happy that the sleeves fit his long arms (which is usually a challenge). For reference, he’s 6’3” and is wearing an XL. I also liked how it looked on him, which of course is a big plus. I’m not as big of a fan of the hoodie, but it could be practical for a cool morning or evening run. The fabric is moisture wicking, extremely fast drying, and anti-odor, yet still remains reassuringly bulk-free, soft, and perfect for layering. He wore the shirt comfortably for the rest of the day!

Tommy John also has some great Boxer Briefs for day-to-day as well as working out. Not to worry, we won’t share a picture of those!

Saturday Lunch: Limeades for Learning with Sonic Drive-In

Between the hunt and our next adventure, we needed some lunch! We have to fuel the adventures. I was sent a Sonic gift card (as well as a Donor’s Choose gift card) so it was the perfect time to head to Sonic to grab some food, limeades and share a little more about their Limeades for Learning promotion.

Family shot at Sonic Limeade giving back

SONIC Drive-In’s annual Limeades for Learning campaign is a philanthropic initiative that donates $3 million per year in support of public school teachers all over the country. For the next few months SONIC will be donating money to teacher projects posted on the Limeades for Learning website. Teachers from coast to coast can get the school supplies and materials that they desperately need for their students and classrooms.

It is no secret that every year public school teachers are spending hundreds of their own dollars to buy supplies they need for their classrooms. SONIC saw this need and created Limeades for Learning as a way to help offset some of the teachers costs by providing funding for the supplies they need. The program is successful with the help of DonorsChoose.org, an organization dedicated to making it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. To date, SONIC has donated more than $7.5 million to public school teachers, funding more than 14,000 classroom projects and supporting more than 419,370 students.

We can drink a limeade (or two) to that!

Mommy and SONIC’s Limeades for Learning campaign

SONIC’s Limeades for Learning campaign

Donating through DonorsChoose.org is so easy. And, it feels great! When the project is funded and the classroom purchases what they need, donors are sent handwritten thank you cards from the students. It’s the most heartwarming and humbling experience. Head to limeadesforlearning.com to look at the projects available. You can even search for a classroom close to you.

Limeades for Learning

  • Teachers play a critical role in shaping the future of local communities all across the country. Yet every year, teachers spend about $500 of their own money on basic school supplies to help improve classroom experiences for their students.
  • Recognizing public school teachers needed more support, SONIC Drive-In partnered with DonorsChoose.org ten years ago to come up with a solution. In 2009 SONIC launched Limeades for Learning.
  • Limeades for Learning® is a national award-winning initiative to support U.S. public school teachers in local communities.
  • Since the launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $9.5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth.
  • There are now three periods in which SONIC makes $1 million donations to public schools:
    • During the Fall Voting Campaign, which typically runs from late September through October
    • Throughout the months of January through April during a series of surprise funding events in cities across the country – as an example, today SONIC funded 75 teacher projects from across the country in honor of National Handwriting Day
    • Throughout the month of May during #ThanksTeach, a social media campaign encouraging consumers to thank their favorite teachers during Teacher Appreciation Month
  • With the help and support of our fans, by 2021 SONIC’s total contribution to local public school classrooms will exceed $20 million.
See below and enter to win a $50 Sonic Drive-In Gift card and and $200 Donor’s Choose gift card to fund a classroom project that speaks to you.

Saturday Afternoon: One Strange Rock

Our day didn’t end there! We were only warming up. After filling our bellies, we headed to Fernbank Science Museum (which is tied to one of our local school counties) to experience One Strange Rock Space Projection Helmet and to see the first episode in the planetarium. B needed a little help with her helmet…and I was okay with that because I was worried the helmet might be a little much for me.

fernbank mommy and me monday

After 4 minutes with the helmets, it was time for a quick picture. Hey, they said to do poses….and when told to do poses, we do poses!

One Strange Rock

Then it was off to the planetarium, to watch the first episode of One Strange Rock. It was pretty cool and I learned so much about things on the Earth that I had no idea existed. It had me looking to see if we even had the National Geographic Channel and trying to figure out if we could watch episode 2! (If you have it, check it out, and Will Smith narrates!)

Saturday Afternoon: A Picnic and A Braves Game

Still not done! After the museum, we made a trip home, cooked up some chicken for chicken salad and packed up some dinners for a picnic at the Battery. It was a great day for eating outside and everybody was pretty much all smiles. Then it was time to hit the ballpark and watch our Braves beat the Phillies.

Mommy and Me Monday at the Braves

Of course there were ballpark snacks…who can resist cotton candy, but, confession, we didn’t make it through the whole game after that day. We still weren’t even home until after 10pm!

Mommy and Me Monday at the Braves with cotton candy

Easter Sunday

Somehow, we made it to church in time for breakfast (not early enough…the bacon was all gone!) and sat waiting for the service to start for 20 minutes. It was unheard of for us!

Mommy and Me Monday Easter Sunday

It’s now Sunday evening and we have a full week of Spring Break ahead of us! I think we are all exhausted from this weekend and the pollen. So there just might be some rest and relaxation this week, too!

What did you do this week?

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  1. I haven’t donated to this yet, but reading about how it works does make me more interested to do so.

  2. Stephanie m says:

    I have not donated to donors choose. I have had a few projects funded, as a teacher. GREAT organization!!!

  3. Crystal F says:

    I have donated to Donors Choose. thank you!

  4. I love Donors Choose! As a teacher, I use it all the time and also love to support other teachers!

  5. Yes, I donate to my own projects as well as other classrooms. I even have a giving page, Kindergarten Rocks, that helps other teachers.


    I have never donated to donorschoose but am going to!

  7. Grandma Pat says:

    great family photo

  8. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    While I have not donated, as a teacher, I love Donor’s Choose. I am currently working on something right now that I hope to get funded. I have had plenty of my teacher friends get things funded through them.

  9. Richard Hicks says:

    I have not as it is new to me.

  10. Margaret Smith says:

    I haven’t as yet.

  11. Kyl Neusch says:

    have never donated to donorschoose

  12. Cynthia Conley says:

    I have not but it looks like a great program.

  13. Jenny Ham says:

    I have not donated to them I just recently learned about them.

  14. Yes, I have donated numerous times in the past.

  15. Cheryl VanBrunt says:

    No, I haven’t

  16. Ann Fantom says:

    No, I haven’t donated through Donor’s Choose yet

  17. Natalie Wills says:

    I have donated before! My daughters teacher created a page when she was in 4th grade. I live in an area where parents aren’t able to help as much. I would love to donate to a local school.

  18. Susan Smith says:

    No I haven’t donated through Donor’s Choose yet.

  19. Yes! I have donated before!

  20. Jennifer Barr says:

    no, i never donated to this. Never heard of this till now.

  21. I have never donated to this organization before.

  22. No I have never donated to this

  23. I never even heard of Donors Choose.

  24. I have not given to them but I welcome the chance to try them out!

  25. Christina G. says:

    I have never given to Donor’s Choose. In fact, I’ve never heard of it. Thanks for sharing!

  26. I once won a prize that entitled me to donate to Donors Choose. It’s a great cause.

  27. No I’ve never given to Donors Choose but I hope to be able to

  28. Tari Lawson says:

    I have never given to Donors Choose. I have never heard of them before.

  29. Antoinette M says:

    No, I haven’t.

  30. Mary Cloud says:

    This is actually the first time I’ve ever heard of them.

  31. susan smoaks says:

    i haven’t ever given to donor’s choose. this is the first i have heard of them.

  32. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    No, I have not.

  33. Rebecca Joiner says:

    I have never even heard of it 🙁

  34. I have never given to donor’s choose before. And why is it the kids can pick up a yard of eggs in 0.5 seconds and take 3 hours to do their rooms?????

  35. I do not believe I have ever donated to them.

  36. Amy Deeter says:

    no i never given to Donor’s Choose.

  37. No I have not donated. I have felt more comfortable helping within my own community and I have friends that have started important not for profit organizations, that I feel passionately about.

  38. stephanie baker says:

    What a fun weekend! Thanks for sharing.

    We actually do give to Donorschoose somewhat regularly. My husband is a teacher & his school uses it to help with funding. Most recently his friend, the music teacher / wrestling coach was trying to get equipment for the wrestling team. It was successful & they even had a little left over to buy some extra. It’s a great resource.

  39. Jaque Richards says:

    Not to that organization, not yet. I am very selective as to where my donations go….I want to be certain my donation is used for those intended and not to high administration costs. Thank you.

    1. This is a place where teachers write their proposal and the money goes straight to them…not the school. I wouldn’t support that at all.

  40. Stephanie Larison says:

    No, I’ve never donated to it before. It’s the first time I’ve heard of it.

  41. No, I haven’t given to donor choice yet.

  42. Lacey Burd says:

    Honestly, I hadn’t even heard of it before. But now that I am aware of the organization, I absolutely plan on donating! Thanks for this very informative post ????

  43. Yes, I have a few years ago. I gave to a cause that was close to my heart.

  44. Jennifer J says:

    No, I haven’t donated. This is the first time I am hearing about this organization. Thank you!

  45. I have never given to Donors Choose before. I do have a lot of friends who are teachers, I’m surprised I haven’t heard of it.

  46. Kayla Klontz says:

    I haven’t yet.

  47. We have not donated to DonorsChoose.org previously.

  48. Brandon Scott says:

    I have not but my parents have.

  49. Kimmy Ripley says:

    I have never used that site but it sounds fantastic!

  50. Because I am a health professional and a veteran, most of my donations have gone to those types of organizations. However, this is a great idea, especially when you consider how many teachers pay from their own pocket for things needed in their classrooms, which has been brought out with a vengeance right now here in Oklahoma. So, even though I have not donated via this program, I have given to various efforts by teachers in our local schools to raise money for projects, etc.

  51. Susan Taylor says:

    I have not donated. Not heard about it till this post.

  52. Julia Baxter says:

    I haven’t donated to Donor’s Choose, but I have had friens who have had projects funded through them.

  53. This is the first i’ve heard of it.

  54. No, I have never given, but I would like to.

  55. no I have not donate to donors choose

  56. alice Minx says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of it.. What a great idea

  57. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    I did once for my sons Medical group

  58. To be completely honest, this is my first time hearing about it. What an awesome cause! I think that Sonic partnering with them is great!

  59. Ellie Wright says:

    I haven’t yet. This is my first time hearing about it.

  60. Vikki Billings says:

    No I have never given to Donors Choose.com

  61. Trisha McKee says:

    No, I have not given to this particular program as I have not been familiar with it until now.

  62. No, I’ve never heard of it before today.

  63. Yes, I have given to a teacher on Donor’s Choose.

  64. Donna porter says:

    This is the first I have heard of this program.

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