30th Birthday SPLASH!

Well, people...I'm about to be a real adult.  On Sunday, I will turn 30.  I'm creepin' closer to "mid-adult" status and getting farther away from "young adult" status.  BOOO!

I'm just kidding!  I'm so thankful for the 30 years God has given me so far.  And I'm really not one to celebrate my birthday in a big way.  Just a simple family dinner will do.  Probably because I don't like to have the spotlight on me.

But this year...

....I got challenged to do the ALS #IceBucketChallenge by my dear friend and teammate, Elizabeth Powers.

So, since it's my birthday week and all, I decided to go all out.

Monday, I did the Ice Bucket Challenge at school...with my first graders.  24 of my babies got a cup of ice water and they each got to dump an "ice bucket" on Mrs. Shaddock.   Yeah, they pretty much thought this was hilarious!  Of course, when I showed my almost 2 year old, he bawled.  Like uncontrollably.  I had to turn it off after about 3 dumps to calm him down.  Seriously, ya'll, it was SO. SAD.  After deep discussion {errrr.... my yes/no Q & A session}, I learned that he was scared Mommy was being hurt.  What a sensitive boy!  Poor thing!

Anyways, I decided to take this challenge a step further.  My sweet first grade team is in charge of our first Awesome Attitudes Assembly on September 5th.  That means, we provide the entertainment and teach the attitude and profile words for the month.  This month's words are risk-taker and caring.  So, I challenged our school in our video to be caring thoroughbreds and donate to ALS.  We are starting a dollar drive on Tuesday.  The kids {or adults!} bring in a dollar, and get to vote on who they want to challenge for our LIVE ice bucket challenge on September 5th.  That teacher or staff member will do the ice bucket challenge on our stage in front of our entire school!  How FUN!!!

On top of that, I learned this afternoon that my sister-in-law is doing a Pay It Forward celebration in honor of her sweet angel baby who only lived a few minutes, and left behind a beautiful twin brother.  They each just celebrated their 1st birthday last Tuesday.  Jax on earth and sweet Harper in Heaven.  I immediately thought of this drive and thought it would be the perfect way to acknowledge my angel niece in honor of her "angel-versary" {as my sister-in-law calls it!}  You can read about her amazing journey and testimony here.

Check out my ice bucket challenge video below!

PLUS, everything in my TPT store will be on sale 10% off this through my birthday on Sunday.  And an additional 10% of my sales will be donated to ALS from now through Sunday.

Visit my shop to help me celebrate my birthday and honor a great cause!

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