Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Busy Lady

So, we're finally getting into our school routine and counting down the days to Christmas break (maybe Thanksgiving break)!  Jack came home last week and asked when Summer vacation started....hmm...about 9 months!  Despite all of this, Jack is loving school, has come home daily with greens for his behavior chart (which is the color that means excellent!!) and two days, came home with teal (double excellent, role model for students, wonderful, I could go on...).  Very proud!

But since the bus arrives at 7:40 and Molly's preschool doesn't begin until 9, and ends at 2:30, then his bus doesn't arrive until almost 4....I have a few hours on my hands where I know I am almost kid free and need to get stuff done.  And mama is motivated!

Here's what I've been doing...
*Organized our Tupperware cabinet (some of the most rewarding 10 minutes of my life!)
*Started a Home Management Binder...that's right!  I did!  More about that later!
*Organized our coat closest... where I found 1.  a table leaf  2.  3 cases of water bottles (it IS hurricane season)  3.  Our diploma frames  4.  Extensions to our carpet shampooer (which broke and was thrown out months ago)  5.  Bungee cords  6.  A million shoes (and they smell, need a better place for our shoe basket)  7.  Tons of scarves, mittens, gloves, hats, and coats....good thing the average high for the year (yes, year) in Houston is 75 (eBay?!  Really?  Why do I have 3 ski jackets?!)
*Cleaned the kids closets  (Molly was wearing 18-24 month clothes all summer and she's 3 1/2)
*Cleaned the laundry room (another rewarding time of my life)
*Made a freezer inventory (for the Food Binder) (And yes I know I sound like a nerd)
*Used my label maker way too much!
*Did the general cleaning and maintaining of our house

What, you ask, did you do with your life before the children began school?  Well, during nap time, I used to pass out, read blogs, or veg...because I was exhausted from being the tour guide, entertainment, chauffeur, personal chef, waitress, maid, you know the EVERYTHING!!  Well, I'm still all of those things but now we have more structure and schedule and limited time!  We have a schedule to maintain people!  LOVE IT!!

Next up:
*Clean our office, as in organize, file, deep clean, make Martha happy organization!
*Do a better job of meal planning
*Getting ready for our neighborhood garage sale in October, I mean business too!  Toys, clothes, STUFF!  OUT OF HERE!

Would love to hear how you use your precious time and get your house in order!

Monday, August 29, 2011

What the kids are saying

All three kids have said some pretty funny things the past couple of days....

Molly:  As us girls are relaxing on the couch watching the boys wrestle on the floor, Molly tells me, "I see daddy's gina."  "Boys don't have gina's," I tell her.  "Well, I see his."

Will:  I came home yesterday from a meeting and I hear, as I open the front door, "Mom's Here!"  In a perfect Pauly D voice when he says "Cabs Here!"

Jack:  As we're talking about school, I asked if he's met any new friends or what there names were.  He told me, "I have lots of boyfriends."  He's 5, he doesn't know what that means!

Monday, August 22, 2011

1st Day of Kindergarten!

Yep, Jack started Kindergarten this morning!  He was a bowl full of excitement, nerves, and anticipation!  He hardly ate any breakfast, something I did every 1st day of school through high school and kept   making sure we had enough time to get to school without being late!  No worries, we left the house in plenty of time and arrived at school 30 minutes before the bell rang!  Luckily, by the time we parked, walked about 1/2 mile and waited for the doors to open, we were right on time!  When the doors opened, we walked him to his room and helped get him settled into his spot!  After taking a few pictures and on the verge of really losing it, we kissed him good-bye, told him we loved him and how proud we were of him, and left...I actually made it to the school doors before I LOST IT!  Jack was fine, not so much over here!  I'm just so proud of him and shocked that we have a Kindergartner!

Our Kindergartner!!

Showing off his new shoes and fully loaded backpack!

Trying to get one of the 3 of them!  Not an easy task!

So proud of my big boy!

With his Kindergarten Teacher!

Busy working and embarrassed by all the pictures or the mother who didn't want to leave!

I am so excited for the bus to arrive at keep busy today, we've gone to play group, destroyed our playroom, ate lunch, folded laundry, baked a cake and sorted through out grown clothes...and it's only 1:40!  Come on 3:57, I'm ready to hear all about the 1st day!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Book Club Friday!

LOVE this idea!  Our family loves to read, we are going to the library after naps today, and I'm always looking for a great, new book to read!  Thanks Heather for the wonderful idea!  Everyone posts about a book they have read and gets recommendation for great books to read!  LOVE it!  

I'm going to review a book I read a few weeks ago, since I'm currently reading this:

I love this boy and in honor of his birthday on July 31st, I decided to reread it (and none of my 10 requested books from the library weren't currently in).  I love this series and love Harry, can NOT WAIT to read these books with my children!!  Kisses Harry!  And J.K., another book would be wonderful!  

If Harry Potter isn't your "thing,"  I recently read this great book:
Here is the summary from Amazon:
When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but also herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

Amazing story of a brilliant girl trying to survive in the harsh New York City schools, factory, and life.  I was interested in how they kept going day to day, how she managed school, work, poverty, jealous relatives, and growing up in a different world.  A good read, not fantastic (see book above for fantastic read!)

Off to the library to pick up 3 books on hold:  The Carrie Diaries (So excited!  I am a HUGE Sex and the City fan (except for the second movie, why, girls why?  The first one should have been the only movie, oh well!)), The Girl who played with Fire (finally getting to the 2nd one in the series of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, excited), and Always something there to remind me (not quite sure what this one is about, but I requested it for some reason, I'll let you know!).

Jack wants "all the train books,"  and everyone is banned from Christmas books, which has been the popular selection the past few trips to library.  Not really in the Christmasy mood, maybe it's the drought and 100 degree temps these days.  

Would love to hear your own book selections!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi!

The five of us went to the grocery store the other night and I have to share a really cute Molly story!  I usually go during the day to the store, but that night after dinner Eric was like, let's just all go together.  Yuck!  We always spend way too much because someone (Eric) insists on getting all the things I don't ever get!  We also went to a store I only go to when I have coupons and there are good sale prices, because everything else is way overpriced!  For some reason I agree, we set off together.  So, the five us head down each aisle, I'm with my cart, Will and the list, Eric is with another cart, Molly and Jack, and they are in front of us.  Every few feet they stop, have a discussion, look at me, and Eric gives Jack something to put in the cart with him.  After a few aisles, I have 5 things in my cart and Eric's cart is full, with Jack buried under piles of food.  As I'm putting stuff away from their cart (really, how many bags of donuts, cookies, and chips does one family need?), an Asian family is next to Eric's cart.  They are speaking in their native tongue to each other, and Molly looks at them and with the most serious, cute face, and goes, "Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi!"  They look at her a little surprised and then continue on with their shopping.  She WAS NOT making fun of them, she is just so innocent!  Eric said he hadn't laughed that hard in forever and she says, "why they talk like that?  I can talk like that.  See, Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi!"  All Eric could do was laugh!  I love kids and these are the memories I want to always remember!  And I promise, she is 3 and we are NOT making fun of anyone, just laughing at her innocence!!  Sorry if we offended you!

Monday, August 8, 2011

First Sleepover

Last week, Jack had his first friend EVER spend the night!  Our friends the Kings moved to Virginia last summer and we have missed them all since they have moved!  They came back last Christmas and are here for the next 2 weeks and we love having them back!  Jeremy and Jack were instant friends when we moved here, and Molly and Jenna were just starting to play together when they moved, but we love her too!  

Pretty much the boys played Wii the entire time and everyone wanted to sit by Jeremy, well, Molly made sure she was right next to him.  I was a little nervous about the boys going to sleep, but they did after several trips to the bathroom and switching between the two bunk beds a few times!  

Of course, everyone was awake by 6:30 the next morning and the Wii was turned right after are some pictures of the fun sleepover!  

Everyone joining the fun!

The boys super into their game!

Relaxing after a rough morning of eating and watching TV

Trying to be like the big boys!

Hard core gaming skills right there!

Monday, August 1, 2011

A tale of two brunches

Last Sunday, July 24, I had a wonderful brunch with some fun, young, Houston bloggers!  It was at a cool, trendy place, Max's Wine Dive.  So. Gosh. Darn. Delicious!  One word:  Mimosas!  I had the Eggs Benedict...but there were so many yummy options like...

Red Velvet Pancakes and...
Creme Brulee French Toast...yum!  (And yes, I had to google how to spell Creme Brulee)

Girls at the table I didn't sit at...but all super nice!
Brynn, Celia, Savanah,  Michelle,  (and love her blog!), Breanne, Jennifer, Megan, and  Lauren, the only person I knew!

 My table, which had zero pictures of the group, had so much fun talking, eating, and drinking!  But consisted of Meg, Amy, Emily, Katie, Laura, and Amanda. After reading through the blogs, I am so inspired and excited to find time and get mine up a notch!   I did feel a bit elderly compared to all the young, single,engaged, newly married, married with no children, pregnant with 1st child, and only has one child  group, but it was still fun and I had a great time!

Now, let's compare my lovely brunch to the family lunch we had yesterday.  My family and I went to Chili's after church, and we split the bottomless chips and salsa, and the three item sampler.  Nice.  I also ordered a cup of soup so I wouldn't eat everything.  The food was decent, but it was the people at the table that made the lunch.  I had the toddler who REFUSED to sit in the high chair, so I opted to have him sit with me on my side of the booth.  He did great, eating his food, dipping every chip into the salsa, drank his milk and ate some chicken.  Then, while I was attempting to eat my soup, he sat next to me and started saying hi to every single person in the restaurant.  No one was missed.  On Eric's side, he had the 5 year old who was insistent on ordering pizza, which he didn't touch last time, and refused to eat anything we ordered but inhaled everything we ordered.  Our sweet little girl spotted suckers by the hostess stand and begged for one the entire time (when she got one and ate once we got home, she had about 3 licks and threw it away, really?!).  Not quite the same tranquility, nice conversation, or food, but I love my family and wouldn't trade them for anything!  But, I'm excited for the next get together girls!

*Pictures courtesy of Meg and Megan!  Thanks girls!