Beach Photoshoot

Basically I tried to import and arrange all these in the time it took for the kids to eat dinner. It... did not go well. And now I'm all frazzled and kinda done with the whole thing. Kind of like how I felt at the idea of a photoshoot to begin with. Luckily, my mother talked me into it, and the thing happened. It yielded some really beautiful pictures. Some of which I will be putting on canvases and putting... somewhere. I've put some of them here for your perusal. Enjoy. Then stop by again and perhaps I'll be up to talking about the first day of school that happened this week. Second grade! My babies are in second grade! Someone should really pull my head out of this open container of Praline Crunch ice cream. (with all that specificity you know it's true!)

Now that you've most assuredly wet your pants from all the cuteness, I recommend you go change your pants, and then come back with some more Praline Crunch ice cream to stuff in my face. Also, tell me where I can order some real quality prints & canvas options that aren't going to annihilate my ice cream budget. Many thanks! 


Back To School Supplies 2014

This year I've seen a lot of posts showing what is on everyone else's school supply lists, and how much each family ended up spending. And hot darned if that doesn't interest me, the list loving person. We have to wait an eternity for our teacher assignments & lists. I think I got this one last week, and went shopping this past weekend on a blitz during my child-free birthday weekend. Some may find it strange that banging out this massive undertaking in my "relaxing time" is truly fun for me, but I assure you I had a smile plastered on my fool face the whole time. I hit Target, Office Max, and Sam's Club in one afternoon AND HAD TIME TO SPARE to go out for lunch & a movie afterwards. It was pure bliss. So down to business- here is the list:  (owls this year! Squeal!) 

It looked smaller than last year, but it feels like I spent more this year. It's hard to really tell as the twins will be in the same class, so while I got two of some things, I got only one of others in classroom general items. So I don't know how it shakes out according to last year, because I didn't do a snazzy post like this last year; Darn. Target did have a pretty good buy one get one 50% off sale on the school supplies which worked well for me, who was buying two of everything. 

The general classroom supplies suggested: 

2 bottles hand sanitizer (not on list, but I would sleep better knowing this is in the classroom): $13.90
Pack Disinfecting Wipes: $8.98
2 Packs 3x3 Sticky notes: $9.84
Animal Crackers: $5.50
Paper Plates: $6.69
Skinny Dry Erase Markers: $4.49
Total: $49.40

I just now realized I skipped over the freezer bags I thought I had in storage. Nope- just sandwich bags. Last minute store run: I see you over there!

Each Child's Supplies: 
Backpack & lunch tote: $45.00
Water bottle: $9.99
Crayons 12 ct: $1.87
Colored Pencils: $2.74
6 glue sticks: $5.97
24 pencils: $3.00
2 Composition notebooks: $6.98
3 pink erasers: $2.29
Markers: $1.46
12 ct dry erase markers: $14.17
Scissors: $1.14
5 plastic folders: $11.45
Total: $106.26

Yikes. And that is just for one kid. So Squirt has another $100 of supplies. Plus the nearly $50 in classroom supplies, we've spent about $250+ and that doesn't account for shoes or clothes. (Math, why must you be so harsh to me?) Maybe I didn't want to do this... Now I must go eat some feelings. Those feelings may taste like frozen Ding Dongs. If you haven't tried it, I suggest you add up your receipts for back to school and try it with me. 

School starts one week from today, and I am SO EXCITED. It is TIME. Not only do I wear thin from having three kids at home full time, but this dreadful weather is coming to a lengthy (but quantifiable!) farewell. It's the best time. Have a great week everyone! Do tell, what is on YOUR list?


My Attempt at a Bullet Journal

I've been hearing a lot of buzz about these bullet journals lately and I honestly do not understand them. Are they a list? Like a calendar? A journal? My phone does all these things for me. In the interest of branching out, I'm bulleting my day, as it was kinda epic.

Yesterday: I think it was Wednesday July middle-ish?

- watched friend's kids: play Just Dance Wii to keep everyone in one room. 

- schooled friend's 9 yr old in Pump Up the Jam. I made the 90's my biznatch. 

- almost died from the cardio load one song can do to an old lady like me. Still 10,000 points. DECENT.

- made lunch (just my kids now) & put on a movie for "quiet time." 

- had a revelation about Squirt's temperament with this book. It's basically written about her.

- passed out on my bed. Woke up in he nick of time to whisk kids off to swimming at Grandma's.

- Swam. It was HOT. Even in the water my face felt like it was going to sizzle right off.

- Pancakes got a zillion splinters. Took me over 30 mins to get two of the larger ones out. My Dad comes home and pops the third one out lickety split. Further proof he's magic. 

- after getting everyone in bed a full hour behind schedule, I watched Teen Mom 2 on the couch accompanied by two frozen Ding Dongs. (PRO TIP) 

- let the dogs sleep in the big bed as Scotty has a dental appt the next day, and at 11 years, anesthesia is a bit of a gamble. Got a pretty crappy night's sleep with two squirrelly dogs. 

- BUT I did get Peaches to smile for the camera. (She was asleep) 


Early Morning Conversation

The other night Little Man decided to abandon pull ups. Before I headed off to bed, I checked on him. He was totally out, but also totally wet. So last night we went back to the safe embrace of Mr. Pull Up. Of course this means he leaked through the pull up at 6 am this morning, and I was NOT ready to wake up. I stripped him out of his jammies, and shooed him into my bed, hoping for an extra hour of snoozling.

Nope. The squirmy wormies got the best of his four year old body. So we whispered to each other in the morning.

Him: "I'm going to stay in Daddy's space forever."

Me: "Oh yeah? Is Daddy going to sleep in your bed then?"

Him: "Not necessarily..."


Technical Difficulties

I'm having design difficulties on the blog. Something happened with the designer I worked with, and I've just reverted back to simple because I'm tired. It may stay this way for a while, sorry. The lack of having it all look JUST SO is really bumming me out. This is probably the kick in the pants I need to get on with things and get a real platform and whatnot. If only there was TIME! We'll consider this like camping! For the blog! It's minimalism and those cups that collapse flat for easy storage. Okay. Sad rant over.

It is still quite overcast and it may just rain, so I'll be opening all the shutters- letting that lovely tempered light IN! Have a great weekend, guys!