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#ToyStory4 Thumbs Up for a Great Ending

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Pixar, you've done it again! I laughed and I cried along with my boys, hubby included. 
We loved Toy Story 4. We hope you will too! 
Here's our review, straight out of the theater:


#ToyStory4 in theaters June 21
Disclaimer: We received complimentary press passes in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Make Your Voice Heard

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This speech has been on my mind the last few days because the work of school counseling is mentioned. It hits really close to home because the counselor mentioned is a dear colleague of mine. I’ve worked with her since our early start as educators in the late 1990’s.

I’m going to put my thoughts here. Not sure if it will make much sense. I felt the need to put my thoughts into the WWW to balance the comments on this viral story.

What this student says about my colleague, is something any of my students could also say about me. True or not, I could also be put on blast for “not being in my office” or “not returning phone calls”, along with a long list of other reasons why a student or parent may say I’m lacking in my skill as a school counselor. It’s a frightening, and somewhat sad, to know someone’s opinion of me could be broadcast like this - especially if it’s filled with half-truths, exaggerations, and taken out of context.

Yes, I’m not in my office all the time. In addition to me…

Love this mural on the side of our school's band room 🎵🎶 "In our hearts, SUHi lives" the last words of our alma mater 👹 Being an alumnus makes working here extra special ❤️

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Ready for summer break from work to take time to reflect on how to tear down those walls! 🤔

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Feeding America with Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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Around this time every year, I’m chasing seniors who have not yet completed their community service hours required for graduation. Although they’ve been advised to start their hours early in high school with a particular type of service they have a passion in, many delay and wait for the last minute.

Now that my boys are older, I thought it was a good time to start getting involved in some kind of community service together as a family. I want our boys to learn the gift of charity and service. I hope through these types of activities, they find gratitude in the good gifts the Lord has blessed them with in their lives and to help share those gifts with others.

I looked into working with Feeding America to help volunteer in their warehouse, but the age requirement was still a bit older than the ages of my boys now.

Thankfully, we attended the Ministry Fair at our parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in San Diego. We came across the Feeding Families Ministry that works with Feeding Ame…

Do You Love Me?

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Avengers: Endgame - Hold on to your hats true believers!

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“Marvel is a cornucopia of fantasy, a wild idea, a swashbuckling attitude, an escape from the humdrum and the prosaic. It's a serendipitous feast for the mind, the eye, the imagination, a literate celebration of unbridled creativity, coupled with a touch of rebellion and an insolent desire to spit in the eye of the dragon.”

― Stan Lee, Excelsior!: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee
Avengers: Endgame brings to close the Infinity War saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). 11 years of blockbuster movies have lead to this climax. With a running time of 3 hours and 1 minute it takes you through all the feels built over the 21{!!!) movies preceding it.

There are multiple callbacks to the earlier films. It's not fair to call them Easter eggs as comic book fans who grew up on the storylines know that one issue may reference the events in another. The movies in a way do the same thing, especially in the end credits. (sorry if you don't stay for the end credits.  If you don't, y…