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The girls’ new room, almost.

During spring break, I started making over the girls’ bedroom. Since they’d be starting kindergarten, I figured it would be the perfect time to give them a bigger girl bedroom, with more space for them and desks to do work on.

It’s still not finished, but we’re getting there. I feel like any project we start never really has an end point because I’m always updating and redoing things it seems.

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This is looking into their room from the door. I want to add wire baskets near the head of their beds next to the windows for books. I’d also love to get rid of those bean bags but they love them. Maybe I can find some new covers for them that would match the decor a little bit more.

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This wall is pretty much done. I need to add push pins to the pinwheels because right now they are just taped up there. There are also a few nicks in the pain on the dresser that I need to touch up and then seal off. The only other thing on this wall I want to do is paint the doors of their room (and the kid’s bathroom and Tucker’s door) black to match the rest of the doors in the house.

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The gallery walls for the girls are not done. I need to add to it, change out the bird canvas with something else. I’ve got an idea of what I want to do on that one (I made the bird one, I plan to peel off the scrapbook paper that is one it and repaint over the canvas to make a new piece of artwork).

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I also need to add the girls’ names above their beds. I haven’t quite decided how I want them to look yet, but they’ll go just above their beds and below the butterfly garlands my mom made.

I love the direction the room is headed. It feels like the room has come so far, but still has so much farther left to go. I also updated these picture on our home tour page, just in case you wanted to see the rest of the house (it hasn’t been updated in a while but there hasn’t been much change as far as house projects go lately).

Surviving the first week.

We survived the first week of back-to-school madness.

This year was quite different for us, the kids are car riders, with me dropping them off in the car loop every morning and me picking them up from there every afternoon (well, most afternoons. Nan picks them up on Wednesdays and there have been a few days where I’ve snuck inside and rather than waiting in that looooong line). I love watching them walk down the hall together in the mornings as I drive off. But I’m not going to lie, it feels like I’m leaving a little piece of my heart behind, too.

surviving the first weekOur celebratory pancake breakfast on Friday morning for surviving the first week of school.

The kids have all adjusted perfectly to their new classes. I was worried the most about Lilah, since she’s our slow-to-warm-up child at times, but she’s done amazingly in kindergarten this week. They are eager to tell me all about their day when they pile in the car in the afternoons, and I love that.

While they were at school this week, I started to get into my new work routine. My plans are to work in the office Tuesday through Thursday like a few of my other coworkers. On Mondays I’ll have meetings with a few different clients and then hopefully will be able to spend the afternoon in the kid’s classes doing my part as a parent volunteer now. Fridays? Hopefully will be a day for me to grocery shop, clean the house, run errands. All those things I used to have to do on the weekends (that cut into family time) can be done then. Maybe sub here or there on Fridays. Work is busy right now, so even thinking about subbing right now is not a possibility. Which is a good thing (mostly, I do miss all my old friends at PHE).

10584520_1551208418440753_1858345975_nOMG. We have the SWEETEST friends. These were left on our doorstep and became our after school snack!

It will be nice when the first few weeks of school are behind us and our routine isn’t new anymore and just one we easily flow through during the week. How was your first week back to school? 

First Day of School: 2014.

It’s that time of year again. You know, the one where overly proud parents post annoying pictures of their kids on the first day back to school. Yup, consider me one of those parents because here is my kid’s back-to-school pictures.

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I cannot believe I’m the parent of a first grader and two kindergarteners. That all three kids are in school full time. & that I’m not there to see them all day, every day. It’s been a bittersweet couple of days for me. I love my new job, but I’m adjusting to how different this time of the year is for me now compared to how it’s been for the past 9 years. It’s a big change. But a good change. & luckily, since the kids are going to the school I taught at for the last 8 years, I have tons of people with their eyes on them. I feel so at ease leaving them there in the care of people that were not only my colleagues but my friends.

The girls loved their first day of school (they actually had today off though due to staggered start in our county. They’ll go back tomorrow and resume the normal school schedule with the rest of the kids) and couldn’t believe how much work is involved in kindergarten! Ha! Gotta love this age.

Lexie has Tucker’s kindergarten teacher, which is great because you get to love your child’s teacher and then have to start all over the next year, this way we get to keep loving on her and all she does for our kids for a whole ‘nother year! Lilah has the teacher right next door to Lexie, a sweet teacher that will know just how to work her magic on our strong willed girl.

Tucker has one of my best friends as his teacher this year and I couldn’t be more excited about it. This means he’s no longer in enrichment (a choice I made because of the teacher I wanted him to have) but he’s got such a solid foundation for school after last year that I know he will do great this year. One drawback is that his whole class form kindergarten is still together in the first grade enrichment class and he’s not there. I loved that group of kids but I keep telling myself that he’s going to make twice the amount of friends now and will still see all his old buddies around school all the time.

It’s going to be a great year for the kids…I can only imagine what all three will have learned by the time day 180 rolls around!

Firmoo: a review.

Firmoo is a Global Online Optical Store that offers fashion glasses at a great price. These glasses can be ordered in lots of options. You can order them for prescription, non prescription, just frames or as sunglasses, too! I love that their goal is to provide vision & fashion the frugal way. Who wouldn’t loveContinue Reading

4 on 14.

I totally failed at participating in 10 on 10 this month. Well, I’ve failed at it for the last few months, along with blogging in general really. But, I did pull out the camera tonight and found these four photos from the 10th that I did take. A for effort, right?! Lazy Sunday morning couchContinue Reading

A whole hand old.

A whole hand old. Well, in this case we’ve got two whole hands going on. The girls are officially five. That just blows my mind. I can’t believe it’s been five years since I carried them in my belly. Five years since they made their surprise visit in the early morning hours a full elevenContinue Reading

Bad, bad blogger.

You read that right. I’ve been a bad, bad blogger as of late. Between our lax summer schedule, my new job, and trying to keep the kids entertained and having fun I just don’t have much time. I’ve started taking vitamins to boost my energy and I am lucky to get to bed before 2Continue Reading

Essential Oil Review: My Life’s Essentials

A few months ago I was contacted by Julie at My Life’s Essentials in regards to checking out some essential oils and doing a review on them. I’ve been wanting to try essential oils for sometime now, so this review was meant to be. After eagerly jumping on this, I gave Julie a rundown ofContinue Reading

Our 4th of July weekend recap

This has been a good weekend. One we desperately needed. Heck, and the weekend isn’t even over yet. We knew Mike would be off for the 4th but when he called me on Thursday on his way home from work (at 3:30 rather than his normal 5:30 for the 10-hr days they’ve been pulling) heContinue Reading

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