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Friday, April 25, 2014

April Update

Happy Friday!

I haven't blogged in approximately forever - something about being pregnant and having the three kids I suppose. I'm sleeping a lot more these days.

We've had a good couple of weeks: I had my "weekend off" which was amazingly refreshing. We celebrated Blue Eyes' 2nd birthday with a Dino themed party (yes we watched the Land Before Time).

I cleaned and organized (thanks Container Store!) our master closet so it no longer looks like a hoarder's retreat.

We spent much of last week reflecting on the significance of Good Friday and the resurrection. I even remembered to take family pictures of everyone all prettied up for church.

The Squirt now has a chore chart  (it's SUPER official) as he is trying to earn enough money to buy himself a 'real' bow and arrow. Why we keep allowing more weapons in this house is a mystery to me. They are a chief source of fighting/complaining when friends come over. (There are never enough Nerf guns, swords or nunchucks to go around. Also, obviously, someone always gets injured.) He earns a quarter each time he gathers the eggs and a quarter for unloading the dishwasher, all the other chores are expected for the privilege of living here. This boy LOVES a system folks. He comes by it honestly, there's nothing I like more than checking off a to-do list and I think his dad feels much the same way.

Today we're meeting a new friend at the park during this brief but blissful window when the pollen is mostly gone and the mosquitoes and the heat haven't made their way to Atlanta yet.

Tomorrow's plans begin and end with this event at our beloved YMCA. I don't know who is more excited, the Squirt or his dad and me. I'll try to be a good blogger and let you know how it went next week.

Enjoy the weekend y'all!

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Whole Weekend Off

I am OFF today! OFF as in, no kids at home from sun up til sun down. Oh yeah, and I'm off all day tomorrow and most of Sunday too. WHAT in the world??!!!! you ask. I know, you're excited for me.

My in-laws and husband are taking a family trip down to Callaway Gardens for the weekend, which means the kids were packed up and shipped out yesterday afternoon and I am free -blissfully, crazily and somewhat strangely- free.

Sleeping in was supposed to be the first thing I achieved on my kid-free agenda, but old habits die hard and it turns out I actually enjoy being up early so here I am on coffee cup #2 at 7:30, blogging away. There's a marked difference in rolling out of bed at 6:30 because you're excited to start the day and rolling out of bed at 6:30 terrified that you won't get a full cup of coffee and a few precious moments of quiet time with the Lord before tiny toes come pattering down the hallway. I'm absolutely marinating in the peace.

Turns out you can take the kids out of the home and you'll still find a plastic dinosaur 
stalking you at the breakfast table.

On the agenda today: my beloved Dance Battle Build class, lunch with a friend, a prenatal massage (woot woot!), a visit to this homeschool store I've heard great things about, a little bit of sewing, a little bit of deep cleaning around the house (I guess you can take the kids out of the home and you'll still find the mom hanging around too) and probably watching a girlie movie in blissful solitude to round out the evening. 

Tomorrow: quality time with my sister in the AM, and then some shopping. (SO stereotypical, right??) But truly, I have a return I need to make to Nordstrom, so I have to visit the mall anyway. I will exert all my willpower to leave that lovely store with more money in my checking account than I entered with. Also on the shopping agenda - new dishes.

This is what is left of the dishes we registered for and received for our wedding (not the cute colorful bowls, the brown plates and bowls). I guess lasting almost a decade isn't too shabby, but I'm still annoyed at the way so many of them chipped over the years. Have I mentioned 90% of everything we registered for back in the day was brown?? I had no sense of my style, was completely risk-averse and brown was the only color B Daddy and I agreed on.

I am in the market for crisp, white plates and pasta bowls. Sturdy enough for everyday use and quality enough to be used for at least a decade to come. Any brand recommendations? I think I'll add a few more of the Anthropolgie-esque (they are from HomeGoods) colorful bowls into the mix too - because they are awesome.

After the shopping I am not really sure what I'm going to do, I have a feeling my extroversion will start to become problematic around hour 8 of not hanging out with other humans, so if anyone wants to come over, give me a call.

Sunday morning I plan to watch church online (it's supposed to be a can't miss service - isn't it always?) and then meet up with a really amazing homeschool mom friend I met through the Y. She is willing to spill her guts about her homeschool experience and help answer my many questions. People are the best.

What are your weekend plans? Mom-friends, have you ever had a full weekend alone?? Was it amazing or did you get bored?? 

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