Laughter is good for you!

They say laughter is contagious, but it’s 10 times more contagious when a baby is doing said laughing — and about 20 times more when that baby is Winston. A 1-year-old from Delaware has become quite the internet sensation this week after a clip of him uncontrollably laughing while practicing the alphabet with his dad, Pedro, went viral on social media.

In the adorable clips first shared by Pedro on Instagram, the father-son duo is seen hanging out at home and rehearsing the ABCs — well, two letters in particular. Every time Pedro flips a blue “W” cutout letter upside down to make it an “M” and vice versa, Winston giddily recites the letter while erupting into a continuous giggle capable of melting even the coldest of hearts. Shortly after Pedro blessed his Instagram followers with the precious video, it was reposted far and wide across the internet, even catching the attention of Kelly Clarkson, who shared it and interviewed the Moore family via video chat on her new daytime talkshow!

Pedro said he, his wife, Kiara, and Winston’s grandmother have incorporated similar lessons into the 1-year-old’s routine so he’s constantly learning and practicing. “Teachers always say learning doesn’t stop in the classroom [and] it should continue at home, so I wanted to put that in practice,” he told POPSUGAR via email, adding that the youngster is currently learning the alphabet in sign language at daycare. What a smartie pants!

Blue Planet all in the Plan

We live on a blue planet that circles a ball of fire!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

I create the light and make the darkness.
I send good times and bad times.
I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.
Isaiah 45:7 (NLT)

Fun Ways To Celebrate Without Fireworks, Local Firework Displays

Fun Ways To Celebrate Without Fireworks

  1. Purchase large bubble wand kits. These wands are typically a large circle, made up of smaller circles, and can be dipped in a bowl of bubbles and then twirled around to make tons of bubbles in various sizes. To add a little 4th of July spirit, put a few drops of red or blue food coloring into the bubble solution. You may also consider purchasing a bubble machine for large groups of kids.
  2. Make your own streamers. Tie several red, white and blue ribbons to a dowel rod or empty paper towel tube and let the kids run through the yard or put on a parade for the adults. Turn on some patriotic music for more holiday spirit! You can also use patriotic colored pom poms.
  3. Instead of lighting fireworks, give children glo-sticks, fiber optic party wands, flashlights with red cellophane over the end or even a Star Wars light saber to play with in the dark.
  4. Touch the Heart of a Veteran – Call around to local nursing homes and find out if they would welcome a visit to their veterans. The kids could make patriotic crafts to give the veterans as well. There are many lonely veterans who would be thrilled to receive a visit, especially with children. We often forget the blessing we enjoy just being around their little smiling faces.
  5. Have a water balloon fight. Remind the guests to bring a change of clothing. Add to the fun by having a competition and giving way prizes and have competitions. If you think that filling balloons are too time consuming or you get busy barbecuing then you can take the water gun route. Or, you can combine water balloons and water guns. It doesn’t matter because someone is getting wet! If you decide to let the kids play with the water guns then don’t turn your back on them. You are bound to become a target and may need to run for cover.

Backyard fireworks outlawed across East Texas, public displays planned instead Most East Texans will have to do without a backyard, amateur fireworks display. The following is a list of burn and fireworks bans across the area. We’ve also provided a list of public fireworks displays and community events.

  • Angelina County: Burn ban and fireworks ban. The annual 4th of July Extravaganza will take place on Monday, July 4th at the Ellen Trout Zoon in Lufkin. Festivities begin at 1 p.m., followed by the Amazing Turtle Race at 4 o’clock on the bank of Ellen Trout Lake. Live entertainment is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., with a shuttle running from Lufkin High School to the zoo. Fireworks will get underway at 9:15 p.m. along the lake.
  • Nacogdoches County: Burn ban and fireworks ban. Freedom Fest will take place on Monday, July 4th from 5 to 9:30 p.m. in Festival Plaza, located just south of the downtown square in Nacogdoches. Families are invited to enjoy delicious festival food, children’s activities, the Brookshire Brothers “Star Spangled Banner Burger Cook Off,” the “Star Spangled Pitch Off” washer tourney, and live music by Nickel Draft and Sound Stone. The evening will culminate in a dazzling fireworks display sponsored by the Nacogdoches Jaycees, beginning 30 minutes after dark. Admission is free.
  • Anderson County: Burn ban only. A partial ban on fireworks is in place. Fireworks with a fin and missiles are prohibited. A public fireworks display will be held at Story School near the YMCA at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4th.
  • Cherokee County: Burn ban only. Fireworks are currently allowed. A public fireworks display will be held at Lake Jacksonville at dark on Monday, July 4th.
  • Houston County: Burn ban and fireworks ban. Several “Celebrate Freedom” activities are planned on Monday, July 4th. The “Kentucky Headhunters” will perform at the
  • Crockett Civic Center from 7-9 p.m., followed by the recognition of any veterans. A public fireworks display will get underway at 9:45 p.m. in front of the Civic Center. The annual fireworks display at the country club has been canceled.
  • Jasper County: Burn ban and fireworks ban. An Independence Day Weekend celebration will get underway at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 2nd in Sandy Creek Park in Jasper. Families can enjoy live music, a watermelon eating contest, a hoola hoop contest, and plenty of food. Fireworks will get underway at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Newton County: Burn ban and fireworks ban. There is no public fireworks display.
  • Polk County: Burn ban and fireworks ban. A public fireworks display is being held on Monday, July 4th on Lake Livingston. A viewing area and parking is offered at the Waterfront Lodge in Onalaska. Fireworks will get underway around 9 o’clock.
  • Sabine County: Burn ban and fireworks ban. There is no public fireworks display.
  • San Augustine County: Burn ban and fireworks ban. There is no public fireworks display.
  • Shelby County: Burn ban and fireworks ban. The City of Tenaha is holding a public fireworks display Monday, July 4th at the high school football stadium, the “Tiger Pit.” Gates will open at 7:00 p.m. and a southern gospel group will perform at 8 o’clock. Fireworks will get underway at 9:00 p.m., sharp.
  • Trinity County: Burn ban and fireworks ban. There is no public fireworks display. If you are camping, County Judge Doug Page is allowing the use of small, self-contained barbeque pits that have a cover.
  • Tyler County: Burn ban and fireworks ban. There is no public fireworks display.

If your Independence Day Weekend plans take you into an East Texas forest, be aware of burning bans. The Texas Forest Service has issued a ban on all outdoor burning in the Angelina, Davy Crockett, Sabine, and Sam Houston National Forests. Open flames from campfires, any grills, stoves, lanterns, and smoking are outlawed. However, smoking is permitted inside a closed vehicle or building. Fireworks are also prohibited.

“This is a critical time for the forests, and it’s important that people be watchful for wildfires and call local fire authorities as soon as a fire is spotted,” U.S. Forest Supervisor Linda Brett said. “We need help from our visitors and neighbors in the surrounding communities to ensure that the forests and those on adjacent lands are safe from careless wildfires.”  While fireworks and burning seem to be the more obvious fire sources, it is important to also be careful while grilling. “We want to stress how important it is to be careful even when using a gas grill. You want to make sure you’re over concrete or just a flat area with no grass,” Amen said. “If a fire gets out of hand, you’re the one who will be held responsible.”

Fun and Family Safe with Everything Blue

Texas Blueberry Festival varies pictures

God’s 3 stages, Hardest Years of your Life, Avoid vacation weight gain, Pray for…,

Power Thoughts:

  1. “Turn to God’s light and the shadows will always be behind you.”
  2. “There are 3 stages in the work of God: impossible, difficult, done.” -Hudson Taylor
  3. “Jesus turned water into wine and He can turn your tears into showers of blessing.”

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6 easy ways to avoid weight gain on vacation : Vacations can be wonderful, but not the extra weight that you sometimes bring home with you. Aim for maintenance by following these simple tips.

  1. Get moving. Walk the golf course, play basketball, swim, kayak, rent bikes, or play tennis. If your vacation does not have exercise built into it, look into hotels that offer gyms.
  2. Do the balancing act. You may want to indulge on local specialty items for one meal but then be sure you make conservative choices the rest of the day. Try not to waste calories on something you can easily get at home.
  3. Watch portions. Think about sharing an entree, or having a salad and an appetizer for dinner. Don’t skip any meals to save calories. You will wind up too hungry and, most likely, will overeat.
  4. Plan ahead. Keep some nutritious snacks on hand. Like nuts, yogurt, cheese and fruit – you save money and make healthier choices.  If staying with relatives or friends borrow theier fridge for storage, most hotels have a mini-fridge now and they also store easily in the car with an ice chest.
  5. Drink – with caution if at all. Alcohol calories add up FAST, and you may tend to drink things tha end with an -ita or -coloda  BUT they often contain as many as 600 calories per drink. It also weakens your resolve to eat less.
  6. Treat yourself – without food. Get a massage, a new book, a long bath, or just sleep late. If you feel satisfied and pampered in other ways, you’re less likely to use food as an indulgence.

Pray for Our Police Officers: This week we are praying for our Police Officers through National Police Week.

During National Police Week, KSWP and KAVX ask you to focus your prayers on the men and women who commit their lives to protecting our communities. Join us to honor, remember and pray for those serving in your local police department! We are encouraging you to wear a blue wristband or ribbon this week in support and remembrance. Do one more thing go to this link and submit the name of someone who “Serves and Protects” our lives.