Road Trip to Atlanta

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I think one of my peeps for homeschooling my kids is the fact that I can pack them up and we can take a long weekday or weekend trip without feeling like i need permission to show my kids the qorld of possibilies. So when you define socialization for Homeshcool kids its really a large market and they go crazy having fun and making new connections and friends every day. 

So this past Thursday I packed up all my 5 kids and my mother inlaw joined us while we took a road trip from bassett Va to Atlanta Georgia. 

We had such a blast…the jouney is about 6 hour and 10min drive. We had the pleasure of being hosted by 2 amazing families. Aaron and Maria Bailey (which i have to show you picfures of my marcus and I newest Godson)..and we also stayed with Kevin and Naa Jamah Crump…they have a son who is probably the smartest almost 4yr old I have personally met. 

The older girls had so much fun and my boy had a brother to explore atlanat with. Thats Dylon who is Naa and Kevin’s little prince. 

I got to enjoy my Godson who is so cute I could not help but just love on him all weekend. Am so honored to be a part of baby Dutch life. 

Now we did a couple of growth explorations like qe visited the CNN studio which is amazing with some tricks they explained to us while we watch the news in our homes. We also visited the Martin Luther king mesuem, church and also his home. Such great experience that no text books can replace or even try too. Am grateful I have the awareness to be able to create these memories with my kids. 

Now let me share some pictures with you so you can really appreciate the fun we had…

Now am from Ghana and this is how we do lunch…when I arrived my friend Maria had ordered this kenkey and fish for me…I dont think I even sat down to eat…thanks Maria

Yeap  all about the food firs…that happens to be goat soup…which I was rasied on but have just decided to stay away from due to the long digestion process of meat…but I did drive 6 hours so I enjoyed every bit of this soup…lol…

And yeap…thats my Godson Dutch and my 2 angels right there…

Met up with our cousin Jzon…great seeing family 

Our fantastic host Kevin and Naa…and their prince Dylon…what a fun family to hang with…

Our cousin JP also came to hang with us…now that night will always be remembered with Aasha trying to retell a movie we watched called self/less

Right in front of Martin Luther King home…

The piano for peace which sits in front of the mesuem for Coretta King…Aasha and her mema enjoying it

History and great memories in the making 

Martin Luther King church 

The reflecting pool 

At the CNN center with my two buddies…Naa the left in the picture and Maria on the right

Family rocks…with Maria and Aaron…kevin and Naa, Erridina and her two handsome boys and our clan at the Cumberland mall…

Getting ready for the CNN tour 

My magnificent mother inlaw…

We just having some fun 

Our oldest

Older girls visit to Life University where their daddy went to chiropractic school

Same place their daddy stood for a picture

The whole clan 

The adjustment pose

2 more yrs before college…

Girls cuddling with their auntie Maria

CNN studio 

Just me and mine…he is my newest and cutie Godson..baby Dutch

Enjoying the CNN Studio tour

Our tour tickets 

Breakfast with Naa at her beautiful home

My adorable Dutch

Really had a great time and super grateful for all our family and love ones. 
Usa explorations continues

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Manns on the Ski slopes

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Now if you have read most of our blog I am from GHANA and my kids are all born in Ghana. So all I know is sun and more sun…now snow is not part of my life until really since marriage and today I think I have had all the snow any African girl can ask for. Lol!!!

From the help of our 14yr old daugher with late nights research and lots of phone calls she got and arranged our trip to the Appalachian mountain. I had nothing to do with it. Am so grateful that my girls can now arrange and organize stuff like this for our large family. 

So we got to Appalachian ski resort and scheduled a 1 hour lesson and walk we are skiing falling a whole lot but hey we on the slopes…

Here are a few pictures 

Ready to take on the slopes..

Our 7yr old and our 15yr old skiing down the slopes

And that’s me….I look like a pro right…

Papa bear on the slopes 

Our 12yr old enjoying every bit of it 

Our aasha creating a fun snow ski memory 

He loved it…

Yeap fell many times…

Snowboard time

Made a friend while at the ski resort…she is super smart and right there sitting on my lap. Am pretty sure our paths will cross again… and this little Prince is called Jiada. 

We really enjoyed every bit of our first ever ski experience…now I can check that off my bucket list. 
Virginia Exploration Continues 

Shoot the TARGET with the Manns girls

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So am sure when you see some of these pictures you will be wondering why in the world are we teaching our girls how to shoot a gun…??? 

Well if you have seen our girls you will understand. We want to make sure when boys are thinking of messing with some girls they will think twice before coming near our girls. Lol!! 

That’s why they have black belt in shotokan karate, they have training in jujitsu, training in muay Thai. So there you see, they are well equipped for those intimidating challenges from other boys or kids. 

Also being in the country side we get bored quick so this is how to keep ourselves busy…learning something new. 

Actually I got to shoot it too…and I always thought it’s super heavy and scary. But really it’s not and it really is you being in control of it. 

So the whole project was given to our oldest to research and find out what we need and all the safety equipments,  also watch some videos on YouTube. And it took her 1 week to get it all sorted out and ready to present her project to her dad. And we all went outside and got to enjoy this experience. Here are a few pictures of our gun shooting exercise. 

They are ready 

Guns and bullets ready for shooting…

In training…and she got the stands and all

The truck with some hay for the gun lesson.

Am ready to shoot 

Taking my shot…

Sisters for life…
Had a really great experience.
Virginia Exploration Continues….

Christmas in the Country side 

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Christmas is always an extra special day for our family since we get to visit Marcus parents and all the family in Bassett. 

Here are a few pictures of our holidays 

Mema helping her baby girl open up presents..

Time to open up gifts…boxes piled up..

Gift from Papa to his grandkids..

Father and daughter moment 

Love

Fur man

Happy holidays 

Mother and son 

Father and son

5 kids…blessed 

Like father like son 

Country life 

Lol…

Lol…buddies for life 

Our clan 

Oldest and daddy

A night with our beautiful neighbour 

It’s a night with lights with our neighbors 

Such a beautiful site to see…

Mother and kids…

The clan 

Such a beautiful Christmas celebration…
Virginia Exploration Continues….

Manns Christmas GiveAway

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This Christmas we started a new trend…after many debuts and thinking we all agreed on something.  Our kids came up with the idea of going from door to door in our neighborhood to give away gifts that they bagged. We all contributed including the kids with our Christmas money to share the joy around our area. 

So kids decided to buy loads of apples and some ribbons and bags to out apples and oranges inside and then on Christmas day go around the neighborhood and give them to our neighbors while they sing ‘we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year” and everyone was so excited that the kids are doing this on Christmas day as a way of learning the art of sharing and the joy that comes with this act. 

Here are a few pictures of our day 

Ready for delievery…kids got a 4 wheeler from their grandparents as a Christmas gift so that’s what they Driver around to deliver the gift bags. You see at the back they have the gift bags inside the yellow barrow.

Riding to the 3rd house now…

The gift of giving is love and laughter..

Knocking on doors…

And they got to sing for our neighbors 

2 Kids are riding bikes while the others ride the 4 wheeler 

My offspring….

Love this season….
Virginia Exploration Continues….

When the locks got cut off 

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​So my 7yr old got a deal and he took that deal…we had to cut his locks…he loved it and enjoyed his locks for a long time. But it was hard to maintain and he had to sit for hours and in pain if and when we pay $40 in other countries to get it done. So on December 21st we decided it’s time but we made sure to get his contribution on the matter… so with the help of his grandparents making some deals with him where he got some shopping money he agreed to cut the locks…. so you see if this photos each family member gets to cut a lock off. It started with him first and everyone in the family got to cut one for him. And then his mema finished it off… in the subsequent pictures you see he got a hair cut with his dad and you can just see the excitement in his face it’s priceless. He is just loving the hair….now what next…?? Happy Holidays with the new look

We also explained to him that his hair does not define who he is….it’s freedom to be able to cut your hair and not be attached to the hair. We told him if he want the locks back he can always grow it back but then we have to commit to do it right. Since this one really was a mistake that turned into locks. 

He spent the whole 1hour after the hair cut in the mirror in the bathroom playing with it…and saying now I see why you said I should cut it….it really looks good mommy and I love it. 

Here are all his most recent pictures…. 

We allowed him to cut the first one…

Then his daddy 

Then his Papa….

And we all got a chance to cut his locks…after we allowed his mema to cut the rest and finish the process…

Half way there…he had about 72 locks….

And all gone…

And he got a professional to put the art of work on his head….like father like son. 

He was really happy with the results and smiles all night… 
Virginia Exploration Continues…

Adios Medellin…hello Virginia 

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Yes it has been 2 months since we moved again…time to have some holiday season with grandparents..kids are super excited they are going home to their mema and Papa.  

Such a blessing this year has we have been able to travel around South America…

Recap of our 2016

Rio carnival in Brazil

Argentina experience uguasi falls

Peru machu pitchu

Bahia beach town 

Rio Olympics 2016 brazil watching Usain bold run again

Medellin colombia 

All this we have made awesome friends that will always be a part of the Manns clan. 

At the airport waiting to board our flight to maimi to start our journey back to Virginia. 

At the airport in medellin

I got a little cuddle before I left…Marcus will stay for a couple more days in medellin

Family in medellin heading to Virginia 

Our van that took us with our 15 bags 

We will miss the view and this beautiful apartment 

15 bags….yeap..all cloths and a few gifts…skate boards and scuba diving stuff…

Thank you Medellin for your love…
ColombianExploration Ends…

Year 3 will start in February 2017…

Christmas light walk in Medellin

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Enjoying medellin with our new LLF’S. Today we got invited by our kids Spanish teacher to his home. His wife made us this amazing pancake with all sorts of tasty filling. 

After they drove us to the medellin light display in Parque Norte which was super packed with lots of people and the lights where amazing. this Colombians don’t play with their Christmas lights… 

Beautiful city and beautiful people in medellin. 

Assorted pancake by our host…

Our amazing host and his wife….

About last night light show…

With our new LLF’S 

IMAHKUS with one of her Spanish teachers Olga…

He found his one of his favorite toy

That’s what he wore for Halloween….he was so excited 

My hubby and l just posing 

The lady was fascinated about Marcus hat…that’s the one she is wearing 

My cutie pie

Medellin Paisa’s love Christmas and lights

A few tricks at the light event 

Some of the light works
Such a beautiful experience here in medellin Christmas lights and the weather is just right. 
Colombian Exploration Continues . ..

Local Market in Medellin 

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Such a beautiful day to spend with my beautiful LLF Kimmie while we both love to cook. so we went to one of the local markets here in medellin colombia. 

And am telling you this is so Cheap it’s actually a shock to my system. 
Here are a few pictures 

This potatoes are 50 cents a kilo…yeap…50 cents…

20 cents each 

$1 for 2 pieces…

10 cents each…what the world…

All those fresh fruits at Super low prices 

20 cents a kilo

They have cassava which they call Yuka and it’s 10 cents for 2 big pieces.

Fresh from the farm and it’s 10cents and up priced…

Still got the sand on it and it’s cents for a whole bunch..

And in the market is this fine dinning with white table cloth and plates setting…and our yummy chicken and mushroom sauce was only $4…so tasty..

So while sitting at our table eating…the waiter walked by with this pan of dish and my friend Kim and I asked if we can get one order of that since it looked so good. then the waiter said…or you have to call and order it 15days ahead…what…!!!! we both thought the waiter must not know what he was talking about. 

So I decided to walk to the table of the two guys eating this dish and I asked them if they had to call 15days before and he said yes that this that they are eating he called and ordered it 15days ago. 

Wow…!!! well I then asked him if I can get some of his dish to taste since I don’t think I can do the 15days. and he asked the waiter to give me a plate and serve us some of his dish. thank God for great people willing to share. am super grateful. 

Overall we had a really fun and great day exploring all that the local market in medellin has to offer. 

Colombia Exploration Continues…