kids: Garrett and Lane on the USS Yorktown - 01/31/11 01:20 PM
Image by larry wfu via Flickr (Editorial Note: I am an active parent and volunteer with our local Cub Scout Pack.  We recently took a trip to Charleston, SC, to visit Fort Sumter and to spend the night on the Fighting Lady, the USS Yorktown.  This is part of the account that I wrote for our Pack's website.) After the Fort Sumter experience, it was time to head to our ship, and home for the next 18-20 hours.  We grabbed our gear from the car and headed up the pier.  The walk up the pier wasn't terribly long... even with the … (5 comments)

kids: Here is a Resolution... - 01/01/11 06:28 AM
Image by richtpt via Flickr The new year is always a time we make resolutions.  They are all but inevitable...
Lose weight Quit smoking Eat better Spend more time with the kids Get a better job Finally go on a vacation You get the idea...  But those are all introverted.
What about doing something completely different... volunteer!
There are a LOT of kids that need great role models.  Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Church Youth Groups... again, you get the idea.  Give a little money and a lot of time.  It isn't tough, and you can bet that the kids … (7 comments)

kids: Achieve... - 12/25/10 02:13 PM
Image via Wikipedia For Christmas, I thought I would talk a little bit about gifts... and one that you might consider giving.  Give a kid a Junior Achievement experience.  For free...
Yes, I said FREE... Sure, you can donate some cash to Junior Achievement, but what the kids REALLY need is adults that will come in to the classrooms and deliver the material.  Seriously... this takes an hour a week (plus commute time), or just one day if you do the "JA in a Day" program.
There are programs for kids from Kindergarten up through High School.  They cover topics … (10 comments)

kids: Gwinnett County Schools Get $1M Scholarship - 10/19/10 02:36 PM
Image by lane.bailey via Flickr It was announced today that the Gwinnett County Public School system was awarded a $1,000,000 scholarship grant from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.  The $1,000,000 will go out as scholarships to needy students within the district.
Gwinnett took the top honors because of their high standards of performance for students regardless of race.  They beat out Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, and Socorro Independent School District and Ysleta Independent School District in El Paso, Texas, for the award.  The award is for districts that show the most gains in … (2 comments)

kids: Arcado Cub Scout Round-up, August 12th - 08/07/10 05:13 AM
Image via Wikipedia Arcado Elementary School will be hosting a 'Round-up' on Thursday, August 12th, for boys interested in joining Cub Scouts.  The event will run from 6:30pm until 7:30pm. 
Cub Scouting is a program for boys between 1st and 5th grade.  Pack 551, the Arcado Elementary School Pack, has wonderful opportunities for boys to learn, socialize and gain experiences that they might otherwise not be able to have. 
From the Boy Scouts of America website:
Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness. Many of the activities happen right in the den and … (4 comments)

kids: Welcome Arcado's new Principal, Penny Palmer-Young - 08/07/10 04:52 AM
Image by lane.bailey via Flickr For the last few years, Arcado Elementary School has had Joe Ahrens in the top post.  He has positioned Arcado Elementary School as one of the highest ranked in Gwinnett County.  Excellent school spirit, very high test scores and a sense of community have all been fostered under his leadership. 
This year, Arcado will have a new top administrator, Penny Palmer-Young.  She is committed to continuing the performance excellence of the school. 
She was born and raised here in Gwinnett County, and graduated from Brookwood High School (she can be forgiven...  ;^ ).  Ms. Young has … (0 comments)

kids: Ade For Al... Enjoy some Lemonade and Help a Family - 06/18/10 07:31 AM
Many of you might have heard about Al Real.  He is 8 years old, and a student at Arcado Elementary School here in Lilburn.  On June 7th, while playing with a friend, Al received 3rd degree burns over 80% of his body.  He was rushed to Grady's Burn Unit, and from there sent to the Shriner's Hospital's Burn Unit in Cincinnati, OH.  That is supposed to be one of the best burn specialists for children in the world. At best, he faces a long and arduous journey back to health...  And that journey has begun with skin grafts and surgeries.

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kids: Graduation... - 05/21/10 05:28 PM
Image via Wikipedia Today was ‘Wing Day’ for my Kindergartner.  It wasn’t the official graduation, but rather a class thing. 
The class, made up of half Kindergartners and half 1st Graders, is called the ‘High Flyers’.  The Kindergartners are called ‘Co-Pilots’ and the 1st Graders are ‘Pilots’…
Today, Garrett got his pilot wings in class.  He was a proud kid.  He has been doing really well, almost meeting the requirements to graduate 1st Grade… while in Kindergarten.  Not only has he been doing it, he has been enjoying it.
For the Flashback, I thought I would highlight a couple of posts … (4 comments)

kids: Thank you Ms. Curtis... Arcado has great teachers! - 05/18/10 04:23 AM
My oldest son is getting ready to graduate Kindergarten.  And he has been loving it.  Much of that credit needs to go to his teacher, Ms. Curtis, at Arcado Elementary School in Lilburn, GA...
The class that he is in is a 'multi-age' class that includes Kindergartners and First Graders.  It is called a CLE class, or Continuous Learning Environment.  And for my son, it has been a marvelous experience.  Each Kindergartner is paired up with a First Grader.  They work as a team, with the First Grader mentoring the Kindergarten student.
Ms. Curtis with Jackson Ms. Curtis has said that … (5 comments)

kids: Style Points - Revisited - 04/18/10 04:46 PM
I wrote a post a couple of years ago this week about my son and his ice skating lessons.  He was having issues bending his knees... which had been brought about partially by the type of skates he started with.  When he changed from rental figure skates to hockey skates, he was keeping the old (bad) habit he had relied upon.
Image by lane.bailey via Flickr It wasn't working out for him.  He had to unlearn the bad habits and learn a new way to skate.  Eric Bolton of the Atlanta Thrashers gave him some tips each week, and loads of … (0 comments)

kids: Keeping up with the Joneses... - 04/18/10 04:42 PM
Partially inspired by a comment from my friend Jason Crouch on another post, I thought I would talk about a little of my "car upbringing". 
Jason commented: "Lane - I've never been a car guy, mainly because I never had anyone to teach me about cars when I was growing up. Wanna be my dad?"
My dad wwasn't a car guy... I actually pushed him in the right direction though, and we restored a couple of Thunderbirds together (a '62 and a '66), but he didn't start out that way.  It took me until college to get him that far. 
But … (0 comments)

kids: Smokerise Baptist Church Car Show - May 1st - 04/06/10 01:43 AM
It is time again for the Smokerise Baptist Church Car Show.  This will be the 12th annual show; it started in 1999. 
Last year, despite weather that was challenging (causing the show to be delayed a week, and still raining at various times through the day), some very cool vehicles came out for the show.  In addition to cars and trucks, there were some cool vintage motorcycles. 
Here is a little taste of the action from 2009. 
 
Registration is from 9am until noon.  Judging runs from noon until 3pm.  The awards ceremony is at 3pm.  The vehicles are available for … (2 comments)

kids: Volunteer! - 02/24/10 05:38 AM
Image via Wikipedia During the month of February, as well as the end of January, I spent each Friday afternoon volunteering to talk about business and economics with a bunch of 4th Graders.  This was in connection with Junior Achievement.
It might sound like pulling teeth, but it was really a blast.  The kids were great.  They were engaged and interested.  In fact, by the end of the course, they were greeting my by name as I entered the room…  I was late on the last day, and one of the kids commented that she “was afraid I wasn’t going to … (5 comments)

kids: They are ALL someone's kid... - 02/21/10 02:15 AM
While doing a little bit of research for my Video Sunday post on LaneBailey.com, I ran across this video...  I have to say...   it brought a tear to my eye. 
A lot of my friends on Active Rain know that my 5 year old plays ice hockey.  He loves it.  He isn't particularly good, but he's 5...  And there is such joy on his face while he is out on the ice playing.  And as I watch the Winter Olympics, I often think about the parents... and the sacrifices THEY made in order for their kids to become these incredible athletes. 
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kids: Video Sunday... Turtle Talk - 01/31/10 03:27 PM
Video SLast Friday we were at EPCOT in Disney World.  One of the coolest things there was “Turtle Talk with Crush”.  This is an animated AND interactive feature.  Crush interacts with the kids (and some parents) in the audience.  Here is a video…  Just one this week.  I didn’t tape it, but this has higher quality than the one I tried to make.
Turtle Talk with Crush - Epcot
Don’t hesitate to shoot Lane a message if you have any questions, or need any help. And check out the new links for FREE Property Searching, FREE Comparative Market Analysis and FREE … (5 comments)

kids: Ethel and the Disney Customer Service Experience... - 01/31/10 03:21 PM
So, we went to Disney World last week.  We stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort on Disney property.  It was our first time staying at that particular resort, so it was a lot of fun.  However, we had visited the resort back in 2008.  While we were there previously, there was a cookie decorating activity for the kids. 
I asked one of the people working in the dining room what time they might be doing that so that I could bring the kids down to do it again.  When she went to check, she informed me that the times … (4 comments)

kids: I trained for a Marathon... Now I gotta train to play with the kids... - 01/31/10 02:19 PM
A few years ago, my wife and I participated in the Disney World Marathon.  It was a great time.  We ran with the American Stroke Association team.  We spent 5 months getting ready for our 26.2 mile odyssey through the parks.  We had 5 hours to complete the course, which stated near EPCOT, then went through Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and finally Disney Hollywood Studios.  We raised a few thousand dollars, and had a blast... 
That wasn't our first or last trip to Walt Disney World.  We went the Disney world and took a Disney cruise for our honeymoon.  We have … (2 comments)

kids: The New and Improved Babyland General Hospital... - 01/13/10 12:48 AM
Have you been to Cleveland lately?  No, not Cleveland, Ohio (home of the World renowned Cleveland Clinic), but Cleveland, Georgia (home of the World renowned Babyland General)... 
For the last three decades, Xavier Roberts has had Babyland General in Cleveland, GA.  Late in 2009, it moved to a new location just outside of town... toward Helen.  The new facility is pretty impressive.  But, for anyone that visited before their move, you'll feel right at home.  The Magical Cabbage Patch is almost unchanged.  And much of the decor carried over... but the new facility is MUCH larger. And it is still free.
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kids: A Little Christmas Music... GarageGuy Style... - 12/16/09 03:31 PM
GarageGuys don't always do things the way everyone else does...  We're a little twisted compared to the average... ok, compared to average. 
So, as I am getting myself in the mood for the season, with family coming in town next week, I thought it might be nice to share a little Christmas Music with my friends.  And of course I can't kick in the same music everyone else listens to...  How many times can you hear Deck the Halls before wanting to find someone named Hall to deck?  (the answer is 7...)
 
Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses - Lightorama 16 … (13 comments)

kids: Going Home for the Holidays? - 12/13/09 08:15 AM
For many years about this time I have a conversation with my mother... and it revolves around "Coming Home for Christmas".  Up until the passing of my grandmother a few years ago, "Coming Home for Christmas" meant going up to Midland, MI... where I never lived.  After that, my mom would talk about me going up to her home in Hampton, VA.  I loved my grandmother, and enjoyed spending Christmas there... but it wasn't my home...  And since I turned 18 and moved to Minneapolis, MN (and later here to Atlanta, GA), my mother's house hasn't been MY home, either... 
Home … (3 comments)

 
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