Skip to main content

First Day of School Cake

When my oldest started Kindergarten in 2005, my wonderful neighbor Catty introduced us to her family tradition of making a first-day-of-school cake in the shape of a school bus. We met after school and the kids decorated the cake, including faces on mini Nilla wafers to represent each of them. We loved the tradition and added it to our own family from that day forward. Now, 12 years later, we're still at it. We invite friends and neighbors to join us. It's always a fun time and I'm proud of our longevity in at least this one tradition. :)


  1. sorry to post here but i can't find an email address anywhere on your site. i figured you'd receive a notice to moderate this comment and would at least see it that way...

    request feature post: army vet publishes children's book

    Good morning,

    From one military family to another would you consider this featured post? I hope you'll at least check out the 2 minute video from our successful Kickstarter campaign led by an Army vet and his daughter.

    Army Veteran Self-Publishes Children’s Book about Afghanistan, Turns into Successful Kickstarter Campaign
    Reference link:

    I deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 where I brought home bedtime stories for my infant daughter to explain the war on terror. I decided to heroize the local Afghans to stand firm against insurgents, in honor of an Afghan Sergeant I served with. Well, this special bedtime story for my daughter has now turned into a successful Kickstarter campaign that will publish an illustrated children’s story.

    This is an inspirational project veterans, especially families, need in their lives. It’s a feel-good story about our service and our mission abroad. I know how much I wanted my daughter to understand my service, or at least know why I missed the first year of her life. Other veterans are struggling to explain this too, and The Brave Badria fulfills that need.

    Your readers will love this story. Please check out the 2 minute video to see for yourself. The project ends November 15 so the sooner veterans know about this project the better so they can get a book for themselves or donate one.

    For additional information to finalize this story please contact me at 516-234-9872.

    Matt Wilson


Post a Comment

Fabulous Remarks

Popular posts from this blog

Kids' Craft: The Invisible String

Our battalion used this book at a recent Family Night event.  We wanted to have some meaningful activities for them to complete during the meeting and came up with a goody bag of things to do.  I'll post about that later, and use this post to talk about this adorable book that I now love. 

At the meeting, we had a large room that we divided in half (half for adults, half for kids).  All the kids were together in one corner of the room with volunteers there to help.  One of these (fabulous!) volunteers read this book aloud to them to start the activities. 

It's a sweet story; from the description:  Specifically written to address children's fear of being apart from the ones they love, The Invisible String delivers a particularly compelling message in today's uncertain times that though we may be separated from the ones we care for, whether through anger, or distance or even death, love is the unending connection that binds us all, and, by extension, ultimat…


Photo: ADVON returning from a year-long deployment.

Okay, I have to admit that after 15+ years as an Army wife, I don’t know what ‘TORCH’ and ‘ADVON’ stand for. Something about advanced party … but there’s no ‘p’ for ‘party’ … so I just don’t know. I do, however, know what it means. It means your Soldier comes home FIRST!!

We’ve never had the honor of either of those designations. My husband somehow manages to get himself into the ‘stay-behind-and-make-sure-all is-well-out-here’ job and comes home late or last. Not that I’m complaining, though, as I am happy these TORCH and ADVON folks get here and get the place ready for everyone else to come home.

In a way, it’s reassuring to me. The wheels are turning, the process has begun … our unit actually is coming home and coming home soon! Homecoming becomes reality, not just a long-sought-after dream. It’s good to see our unit patch and our unit Soldiers back at home, on U.S. soil and on our Army installation.

It’s heartening to wa…

The Change of Command Ceremony

Last Friday, my Family and I participated in the 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division change of command on Fort Hood, Texas.  Hubby became the battalion commander of the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment and joined a wonderful group of "Red Dragon" Soldiers and Families.  It's a dream come true for us ... one of those things you hope in the back of your mind you'll get to do one day, but know realistically that the chances are slim you'll get to do it.

When I first saw his name on 'the list' that the Army publishes, I was elated for him.  No one knows more than I do his passion for the Army and for the Soldiers in it.  He is a wonderful leader and cares so much.  We both knew that this would be the adventure of a lifetime.  We explained this new job to our two boys (ages ten and six) as best we could and they kept saying, "We'll have 500 new friends on Friday!" as their summary of the discussion.  =)

The ceremony was amazing, a stand…