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Kathy Waller

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Kathy is a Georgia girl who followed her surfer husband Chuck to the beaches of Jacksonville where she became mom to elementary-aged twins Sophie and Will, preschooler Lainey, and baby Henry! Stay at home mom and avid volunteer, Kathy truly believes in teaching her children to embrace the community, to depend on each other, and to serve one another. Kathy served for a decade in the Junior League of Jax and is in her third year serving on the executive board of the PTA where her children attend school. She is very active in her church, Neptune Baptist and has been involved in the MOMS Club of Jax Beach for over eight years. Kathy has learned so much in her career as a software consultant for Oracle, but is always amazed at the skills she has acquired as a mom and community volunteer. Kathy also enjoys running and completed her last marathon (#9) in 2011, but always wonders if she shouldn't just do another to have a good even 10 under her belt!

Magnet By Choice

  It was February 2011. I had done everything right--toured the school, received the principal's signature on my applications, and submitted the applications on time. I put all my eggs in one basket and selected...

Saying NO To That Picture Perfect Christmas Card

This year, I decided to give my husband a different kind of gift this holiday season. Every year he willingly and cheerfully participates in our annual family photo session. I know it stresses him out;...

Making the Grade: Year One of the Florida Standards Assessment Test

When my kids entered 3rd grade this year, I knew they would be taking a test. A test that would assess how well they are learning according to Florida's academic standards. I will admit that in each grade...

A Mom’s Guide to Holiday Camps in Jacksonville

Yes, it's that time of year. A time when we are supposed to spend time with family, build gingerbread houses, and deck the halls. How did it get so busy? The shopping, the elfing,...
Heading to School

Send Your Kids to School Tuition-Free in Jacksonville

As a mom, it is never too early to get familiar with schooling options in Jacksonville. I think many moms-to-be quickly learn what schools they are zoned for and what grades the schools have earned. If...
First Day of School

The New Kid in School

I thought we were doing everything right, all the right things to help our child adjust to starting his third-grade year at a new school... How We Prepared We told him very soon after we made the decision, well in...

Dear Mom Sending Your First Child to Kindergarten

Dear Mom Sending Your First Child to Kindergarten: I am writing to you as a mom who was in your shoes not so long ago. I want to somehow ease your anxiety about this milestone...
Fall Sports Jax

Registration for Fall Sports is OPEN

Summer has barely started, and I just turned in registration forms for my kids to play soccer in the Fall! Maybe you read Cheryl's sports post recently and maybe you decided your child is at the...
Mom and Kids

The Lonely Life of a Stay-At-Home Mom

You know me. The one that drives up to the pool in my minivan followed by another mom in a minivan and one in an SUV. I have a pretty good network of mommy friends. I am...

Doing It Dad’s Way

I can be a control freak with my kids, and in the past have left countless notes and directions for my very capable hubby on how to do it "right." Then I would still...
Family Dinner!

Bringing the Family Together at the Dinner Table

One of the things I learned that stood out most was the impact of The Family Dinner. At the time, it seemed like something relatively simple to implement with far-reaching benefits.
Deanne Dunlop Mommy and Me session

Get in the Picture This Mother’s Day

I decided to celebrate this Mother's Day by letting someone else get behind the lens! Last week I did a Mommy & Me session with Deanne Dunlop Photography.