Sunday, August 23, 2015

Back to School (Doing the Happy Dance)!



Monday is back to school and YEAH!!! Could I shout it any louder? Don't get me wrong, I love my kids and it great to spend the time together and I will one day look back all teary eyed thinking about how they were so little as this disgusting teenager farts on their way out of the kitchen. Oh wait I have a preteen and kindergartner who already do that!

I actually like having my kids go to school because they thrive on structure. I am pretty sure my nine year old read like a whole two hours all summer (okay she ready nearly every night but it was junk stuff i.e. Star Wars and Sport Stats). So new rule is that once school starts back up we read things with some purpose so compromise was some Goosebump books. She is pretty good about reading substance over fluff for the most part.

I look forward to hearing all about the wonderful things they are learning every day. Sometimes they even surprise me with new stuff or with stuff, I didn't think they were learning yet. History club was awesome last year because we had lots of great conversations about the world.

This is he first year I have both kids in school full time. One very excited fourth grader and one not so sure about kindergarten. We talk about the expectations that we have as parents and of course what the teachers will expect. I need to make sure I mention to the kinder teacher that we aren't a Yes Mam or yes sir household (we grew up in the north where you just don't do it).

So the bet is on on how long the boy will be be before he gets his first conduct mark at school. The girl has yet to get one and is do for one here soon. Most likely hers will because of my laziness of signing the folder which starts somewhere around January which is of course the time I need to bribe the teacher as well with some sweets or liquor (all depends on what her likes are).

It is also the time of year where I need to determine what sort of parent I will be for each kids teacher. Yes I am happy to be your room Mom but only if I can be the head one and I get good Moms who are willing to help out but hey if you already have like nine Moms who want to be room Mom, I am happy to just be helpful which is pretty much what I am most years except the year I was asked to be the room mom back in May if the teacher got my kid. Good thing I like the teacher because I said yes and for the most part it was a great experience. I had lots of great help but I am not shy from asking for it either.

I have one friend who somehow always gets stuck with no room mom so she somehow gets roped into it. I am figuring odds are high in our favor that our girls will be together, so I guess odds are I will be the fourth graders room mom this year and than the guilt will come into play so likely I will be the kindergartner''s one than add on on my PTA duties plus I was thinking of going back to work. Okay maybe I will just be a very helpful parent to them. Decisions decisions decisions.

The other parenting decision will be how much I want to interact with the teacher. My belief is to have an open relationship but not to bug to much. I rarely question the teacher because they are educated in it and even though I am quite educated, this doesn't mean it is education. I would hate to be a teacher and have that former teacher parent questioning everything. I would hate for any parent to question everything I do as a teacher so I am not a hover helicopter parent though once the hubby's drone project is up and running, we may have one follow them to school every day.

I try to be somewhere in between with the kids. I care but I also trust in the teacher. If we have a good relationship, I hope they can come to me when a problem arises and vice versa. That is why I honestly like having repeat teachers but this year, it will be a new one for kinder because the teacher left to be a Mom and I never have had a fourth grader before so it will be a new experience.

Overall I have been lucky as a parent with my kids school. They are learning so much and I enjoy being a part of the experience as well. I try to be just involved enough where I am known but yet not the mom who is constantly up there. I also enjoy my time away from the kids. So here is to another great school year.


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Planner Because I need to plan everything


You see that big old planner binder - yeah that is my new one. 

I so need something comprehensive in order to run my life as well as three other people. 

My old one wasn't cutting it and got abandoned months ago (might have to also do with school ending).

Now school starts next week and I needed something to keep me sane (or as close to possible). 

I love the recollections system that Michaels offers. 

I have been looking at it for some time and just made the jump to get it. 

I have four sections (which does make the binder tight but it has my needs). 

I have a monthly calendar which also breaks down each week. 

A To do list because I always seems to be making one and even more so with school starting. 

A menu planner so now I can be somewhat organized instead of writing it down on scrap paper.

Finally a section for a journal which is more of a note taking area for me. 


I cut out the tabs (to save some dough) using my Cricut and just used the write on feature. 

I than was wondering how to decorate the front. I wanted loud at first but I simple put my monogram on it. I might add stickers and stuff as the year goes on. 

So lets hoping this helps more with my life!

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Friday, August 14, 2015

CTC #43 Artistic Expression



This week is all about Artistic Expression for CTC. Honestly I don't have much from this section yet but I do have one set which was a prize when the last catalog came out. 

I won Work of Art and well I wasn't to sure about it. I likely would not have purchased with a first impression look through the catty but after I had it awhile and started playing with it, It has become one I have changed my mind about. I have seen wonderful things done with it over the last year since it has been introduced. So today, I decided to use it for my card and of course CASE.

The card I cased is from page this section.

PRODUCTS I USED:

Work of Ar 13411
Whisper White Card Stock
Basic Black Card stock
Delightful Dijon Ink 138327
Bermuda Bay 132925
Cherry on Top Washi
Some left over string from a Paper Pumpkin Project
Beads


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Monday, August 10, 2015

Sunflower Welcome Wreath



You know my love of wreaths and another love has always been sunflowers. As a teenager, my bedroom was filled with sunflowers. I don't get to use them as much in my decor as I once did but once I saw a cute Make it Now project on Cricut.com, I had an idea to make a wreath. Actually the wreath slowly came into play.

I really wanted to make the 3D sunflowers so I cut 2 and put them together and decided I needed a 3rd though not sure what I was going to do with them. They were pretty easy to put together once I found the  instructions on Cricut.com (I have now bookmarked it because I always forget to do it.).

I than dug through my stash and found these cute 12 inch chipboard circle wreaths. I cut out the lined paper from SU's Schoolhouse DSP which has to be my favorite ones of the new catalog. 

I than cut out the Welcome using Cricut Design Space and more of the Schoolhouse DSP. I keep thinking it needs something but simple might actually work for it to. I may come back to it. 

It is on my front door but is not in the elements. I have an inset porch plus a screen door to protect it. 

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Casing the Catty # 42 Everyday



Oh My the Everyday section in the current catty is huge and so many options. So this week we are Casing one of our favorites from that section for CTC!

This is such a fun section and I love so many of the cards and ideas that were to choose from. I specifically picked the card from pg 105 using the Tap Tap Tag set on pg 104.



I changed up the colors and used the Schoolhouse DSP and Cardstock pack (Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, and Tangerine Tango).  I love these new idea of having coordinating packs of card stock with the DSP. It makes it so much easier. 

I also used a tad of the Cherry on Top Washi tap in the corner. 

I think this would be a cute card for Back to School which starts here in Texas in less than three weeks (Yes I am counting the days till the kids go back.)

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Products used:

Tap Tap Tap set 134204
Cherry on Top Washi 138384
School house DSP  138817
Schoolhouse card stock 139009
Chocolate Chip Ink  126979
Pool Party Ink 126982

Monday, August 3, 2015

Back to School Ready

Three weeks left for summer break and I couldn't be happier. I am not one of those Moms who likes the lazy days of summer- I dread them. Its hot in Texas like super hot, you can't seem to breath outside hot so we linger in doors most of the time only to venture out to the pool here and there which isn't at all refreshing at all. We don't do yard work until the sun starts setting because it is so hot. So most of the time we are cooped up in the house or inside somewhere. So the kids going back to school is wonderful and joyous thing because it gets them going out on a regular basis plus I get to regain my sanity because I no longer will hear hours on end about Minecraft, Terriaum, or what the Hobby kids are playing with this week. 

So the countdown begins and I am ready for school. The first year the oldest went to Kinder, I was frantic running around getting supplies the night before school because I couldn't find one thing on the list. I was stressed to the max because well it was my first. Next year, I wasn't as stressed about it as she headed to first but still stressed some. Less stress the third year for second (It helped we had a great teacher that year). Than I wised up and well last year was a breeze. Why may you ask, well because I preordered the school supplies from the school and had all the school clothes shopping done by the end of July. August was a joy of relaxation and the last dog days of summer. 

So this year, I did the same and it was so much easier even with both going to school. One is in Fourth and my baby is going into Kinder. 

So here is what I did - I got organized and because I was last year, this year is easier. Clothes shopping is done and is quick. The kids can wear summer stuff till October, so we buy a few new things and add as the year goes. I also watch the sales and shop that way. I got six pair of jeans (I bought big) for 40 bucks with coupons. I likely spent a total of 150 bucks for clothes for both because of how I shop. My kids at this age don't need expensive things that they will outgrow in an instant. 

We purchased a new backpack and lunch kit for the boy but my daughter is using the same one from that last two years. I spent about 60 bucks on a new set from Vera Bradley a few years ago, and it has stayed so nice. I just throw it in the washer and air dry it. It looks brand new. I told her she can go get a new one for middle school.

So our backpacks are ready to go and new water bottles which of course were personalized. 


This is new this year with a homework station ready to go. I purchased a $10 cart from Target and cut out labels for the front. I organized the supplies for easy access and the kids love it so far because they love to draw and craft all the time. The boy says not to bother him, he is crafting (have no idea where he gets that :))!


The kids decided to take lunch this year because I think I can do it for cheaper than buying it at school plus I have a picky eater so sending lunch ensures he will eat what I make him. So we set up a lunch station so we can quickly make lunches every night. I am also planning on having stuff ready and sorted in the fridge as well. 


I got this last year and still love it for all the kids paperwork that comes home. each kids has thier own basket and all that stuff that comes home, goes in there. I sort it out every few weeks.  


So school starts here on August 24 and than I am free for seven glorious hours where I can grocery shop with ease and my house will actually stay somewhat clean (at least from 8 am to 3:30 most days). 

Yes I will miss them but school is so good for them. It teaches way more than just reading and writing. I am looking forward to seeing what wonderful ideas they both will bring home each and every day!

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Updated Laundry Room On the Cheap

So we were gone visiting family out of state for an entire month so my crappy washer and dryer didn't get used. I was boohooing about it before we left because the dryer was acting weird and I suspected that it was near death. I even mentioned it to a few people that I was liking going to have to buy a new one soon, I just didn't expect it would be the day after we got back. 

So here I am Sunday night doing load of laundry and go to stick it in the dryer which wasn't working. I asked the hubby to come up and look at it. He came up and just told me to go get a new set. He figured they were nearing 13 years old (in September) and we have been talking about it for awhile. 

So here I set out Monday morning to shop around for new machines. Funny thing was Sears happen to be having a Cyber Monday sale, so after I looked at the machines in store as well as a few others, I just came home and ordered them because they were cheaper online. 

They were scheduled to arrive on Wednesday at some point, so I decided to clean the laundry room some in order to make it quicker when the delivery guys came. My laundry rooms was awful. I think I found lint from 2003 when the machines were installed. After I cleaned, I realized we had some left over floor tiles from last years home project we had to do after being gone for a few weeks (the air con leaked and we had to pull out the carpet).

I laid those down and than put them on the shelves as well. My shelves are bad and I really didn't want to paint them with another layer of paint. They could be touched up some but I am not worried. I than walked around the house and found some baskets I am not using and added them to the top shelf which is usually a catch all place. 

I had the cork tiles on hand and printed up wash and dry and added them on. I had everything basically so it cost me nothing other than the new washer and dryer (It was an overall expensive week because both kids needed glasses too). 

I love how it turned out. I am thinking about putting a counter in over the machines at some point but it works for me and I actually like going in there and gulp - doing laundry. 



New machines and new decor


Top shelf



Dollar store bins to hold laundry and cleaning supplies. I had these already. 

Lost sock center. I had the frame and have been wondering what to do with it. 

I made new labels for my baskets. 

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