Sep 8, 2014

Off to school!

Oh my goodness.  I can't believe it's time for me to post these pictures!  Somehow, we've sent off our baby girl to her first year of preschool.  I truly don't understand how fast time goes.  One day, I'm crying as I get paperwork in the mail to fill out for sending Gavin to preschool.  I blamed that on being a hormonal pregnant girl!  Now, that baby I was carrying is a preschool pro, according to her.

At the end of August, we went for 'Meet the Teacher.'  She was so excited to wear her favorite fishy dress and she insisted on wearing her glass slippers.

First, we headed upstairs for a meeting and she spent the whole time coloring next to me.  Quite the artist these days!  Then it was time to check out her classroom.  And once we got in there, we could not get the girl to leave!

But of course, when it was time for a picture with her new teacher, she wouldn't crack a smile.  Silly girl.

Now, fast forward a week, and we're ready for our first official day!  She was so excited.  It was a little disappointing to her that I was staying for the meeting the week before.  She wanted me to just leave her there.  So, her first day was a breeze!
Notice anything?  Yep...same favorite dress for her first day of school!  I did talk her out of her glass slippers though.  She walked right in, hung up her backpack, and as soon as she saw Miss M was putting out paint, she was sucked right in.  I wasn't really expecting tears, but I was expecting a little clinging.  Nope...nothing.  A kiss goodbye and she was ready for me to go.

She was insistent that I pack her a lunchbox.  I kept explaining that she wouldn't have lunch at school like Gavin, but she didn't like that answer.  I decided to surprise her and have her lunch ready to go for when she got home from school, in her lunch box of course.  And continuing tradition, she also came home to two new books, some homemade chocolate chip cookies, and she picked our dinner that night {hot dogs and mac n cheese} that she ate on our Star of the Day plate.

Another milestone in the books.  They're all coming so fast these days...

Aug 18, 2014

Grocery Budgets {repost from AIM for Happy}

In case you haven't done so yet, you need to start following me over at AIM for Happy.  I'm so excited about all the ladies I've been helping so far....meal planning, organization, and getting healthy and fit!  Now we're going to tackle some budget ideas. :)

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Budgets.  Hate them?  Love them?  Either way...I bet you spend more on groceries that you'd like.  I know I do!  As we're working hard to save money to purchase a home, I've been picking at our budget and decided I need to focus more on my grocery spending.  What I aim to spend and what I think I'm spending are way different than what I've been spending it turns out.  The last month of so we've spent more than normal on groceries.  Doh!

And so, it's perfect timing that I should receive an email this morning from Crystal at Money Saving Mom about Grocery University!  Registration starts tomorrow, and if you sign up during the early morning hours, you get a killer deal!

For as little as $2.97, you'll be enrolled in this awesome opportunity!
>139 minutes of audio MP3 files so you can listen to the entire course
>40 page PDF workbook full of tips, visual aids, and examples
>BONUS! The Grocery University Rock Bottom Price Database PDF ($10 value on its own!)

But you have to hurry...early bird gets the word in this case because the price will increase through the day!

Use this link to register starting Tuesday morning!

Can't wait to save more money with you all!

Aug 17, 2014

Welcome to First Grade!

Well, we've completed two full weeks of first grade already.  This year was much easier on mommy.  I wasn't up at all hours of the night the week before, crying and wondering how we'd all make it when Gavin being away from me for so long.  It was extremely helpful that Gavin got the same teacher as last year!  She moved up to first grade, and six of her kindergarteners ended up having her for first grade.  That is pretty awesome!

I love that Daddy comes with us on the first day of school.  Such special memories...I wonder how long until Gavin doesn't want us to walk with him to his classroom on the first day anymore.

Riley really liked that Gavin has Mrs. R again....she made herself right at home!

Gavin's also excited that Treston is in his class this year again!

I know this is going to be a great year.  He's signing up for Cub Scouts with his Daddy and is excited about that.  I still can't believe we have a first grader.  I think back to the kids that I had in my classes as first graders and it seems so weird that I'm now the mom of one!

Aug 13, 2014

Happy birthday, sweet girl!

Almost caught up.  Woohoo!  Time to celebrate Riley's birthday (and hopefully this will remind me to fill out her thank you cards...oops!)

We didn't plan anything big for Riley's birthday.  I know the big parties with lots of friends will come soon enough when school is in session.  As a matter of fact, I didn't even buy invitations.  I sent a text to a few friends and said, 'hey...wanna come over for a cookout?'  Last minute, I bought a pack of princess decorations from Walmart and some princess napkins, and voila!  Birthday party extravaganza.

It turned out to not be terribly hot, but the forecast was saying it would be 97 degrees.  So, we set up a lot of water items in the front yard and let the kids play for an hour or so, then came in for a delicious dinner.  Jarrod smoked some pork and we had amazing sides.  It was just really laid back and so good.  And of course, we had to have Mara's famous cupcakes.

Happy birthday, Princess.  We love you so much.

Aug 12, 2014

Christmas in July - Around the Fire

So much fun!  We picked one night to let the kids stay up late and hung out around the firepit, playing Heads Up and laughing.  It was a blast.  And of course, we were outfitted for Christmas.