5 for Friday

Hi there!  It’s finally here!  Last day of summer vacation!  I truly feel that summer has been satisfying.  Last summer was a lot about work with the moving process, but this summer the theme was FUN!  The Mr. told me the other day that he got zero projects done that he had planned for the house this summer.  I’m pretty sure I was a bad influence in this department.  🙂

We are thrilled to have the Mr. off with us today.  A dentist appointment is on the agenda for H today.  However, I’m sure we’re head on to more exciting things as the day progresses.  Here are five things on my mind this week…

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New mattress – We are loving our new mattress!  I was a little concerned that the mattress was too firm, but I think we’ve both adjusted to it.  H loved having the old mattress in the den for about 3 days.  He used it to jump his heart out!

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Have you ever seen anything cuter?!?!?

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Multitasking v. Monotasking – We all know about multitasking.  We say things like – Women are good at it.  Men aren’t.  I have to multitask all the time in my professional and personal life.  I’m a master at doing a million things at once.  I escaped to Barnes & Noble for a bit of tabloid magazine reading when H was at his summer camp time.  I did feel slightly bad about reading 3 of these priceless works of fiction, so I grabbed a couple yoga/healthy living magazines as well.  One magazine had lots of interesting articles like the one below…

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The article was basically saying that we are spreading ourselves so thin that we aren’t allowing for awareness of our current spot in life (even if that happens to be washing dishes or driving to work on the route you’ve taken for 25 years).  The article continued by saying that greater awareness can bring greater joy where we might least expect it (again think dirty dishes, boring old road).  I am admittedly a multitasker.  As a mom and teacher, I am probably doing several things at once like driving, talking on the phone and also having a broken conversation with my child.  Perhaps I’m grading a paper, watching the class work, and talking with a student.  It makes me a little dizzy thinking about it.  Since reading the article, I’ve been trying to reduce my level of multitasking.  Case in point:  turning the radio off while driving…just drive-no radio switching, checking phone (only at a light, people), talking on phone…gosh, maybe that phone is the real issue!  I did the dishes the other night like I actually liked doing them…isn’t that a weird concept?  I took my time – no rushing, no hurried hit-or-miss job with the kitchen clean-up.  It was actually kind of nice.  Who knows?  Maybe I’ll monotask a little at work too and get really crazy.  Here are 12 myths that Health magazine shared associated with multitasking.  

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Calling/Seeing/Generally Stalking the Mr. – I’m bummed to give up my stalker day job for this teaching thing.  H and I really enjoyed all the extra time with the Mr.  We’ve met him for a couple picnic lunches.  He’s come home for lunch a few times.  We’ve visited him randomly.  We call him throughout the day.  Basically, we are groupies.  Yesterday’s Example:  Cooked pancakes so he would be forced to go to work later and have breakfast with us, Met him at the bank for some business matters (and hung out there for 40ish minutes due to bank computer issues), AND Called him to catch up at lunch time.  🙂  Unfortunately, I’m way busy during the school day.  I’ll have to restructure my call time to 3:30 and give up midday meetings until next summer.

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Waiting for Daddy at the fountain…

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Meal Planning – Although I didn’t totally throw in the towel with this, I did take a more relaxed approach this summer.  It’s no big deal if I don’t have things planned out!  I can stop by the store leisurely and pick up milk, fruits/veggies/etc.  I can worry about prep in the afternoon when I’m already at home for H’s rest time.  Well friends, those days have ended.  It’s time to make a more concrete plan about what’s cooking (M-F).  I did a little research about Americans’ eaten habits and was once again saddened.  These two facts were particularly sad to me.

20% of all American meals are eaten in the car.

Americans spend 10% of their disposable income on fast food every year.

Although I don’t think 20% of anyone’s meals should be consumed in a car.  I do really feel for the kids.  How can we expect them to make healthy choices and enjoy eating them if they’re gobbling up fast food on the go?  As with many things with parenting, you have to be the role model, set the example, practice what you preach.  You can read all the frightening facts here.  P.S.  I did check the sources, and they seem to be reputable.

Here’s my first-week-back’s plan:

Monday – Asian Lettuce Cups with sides of rice and steamed carrots

Tuesday – Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing (H will probably skip the greens, but that’s okay! – P.S.  DO NOT put two cloves of garlic in here.  Only a teeny tiny smidge.  MEAT FREE NIGHT!  The Mr. LOVES that.  🙂

Wednesday – Burgers with Grilled Summer Veggies (one ear of corn, zucchini, etc.)

Thursday – Spinach Lasagna Rolls with salad (MEAT FREE AGAIN!)

Friday – Homemade Chicken Nuggets with baked fries and broccoli

Okay, now I’m hungry!  Check out this delicious dessert I found on my magazine perusal…

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H’s Teacher/New Preschool – I’m so looking forward to meeting H’s new teacher.  We have her name and his room assignment {Wow!  He has a room number!  So official!}.  Next week, I’m planning to go on the Parent Meet Night (the Mr. will be at home with H – no kiddos allowed).  Then, the Mr. will take H the following day to meet her and see his classroom.  I am confident that it is going to be a great year!  However, you better believe I’ve already started praying for this woman and whoever her assistant is.  It is so important to have great people with your little one each and every day!  No one is like a mommy exactly, but a loving, motivating teacher is a treasure.  That is what I hope for H, and that is what I’ll try to be this school year!  After all, my Spider-Man needs lots of opportunities to grow and learn.  I’m quite sure he’s got big things to tackle in the future.

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Reading away!

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Ready for action!

Any final summer plans that you are looking forward to?

What foods do you start to crave when September gets here?

5 for Friday

It’s that time again!  Wow, the days are flying by for me {two weeks left of summer vacation!}.  I’ve really enjoyed being home with H, and I’ll miss him so much once we are back in the full swing of the school year.  I think he may even be looking forward to it as he asks me “when will I eat lunch with my friends?”  Really, dude?!?!?  You’re three!  Mommy is your best bud and top priority, right???  🙂  Here are five randoms on my mind this Friday morning…

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H’s school bag – Last year, H’s church preschool that he went to two days a week required a book bag.  Well, the new preschool requires a tote bag.  I love consulting Etsy for random buys like this.  I got him this bag.

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I did really like these too.  Images from Etsy.

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He likes to sling his bag over his head.  Kind of reminds me of an explorer or something.  When I see him at the end of each summer camp day, he always tells me he had fun and a good day at his new preschool.  What answered prayers!

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No Naps Here – Well, there may be a quickie, but that’s it.  I think we are saying our formal “good-byes” to H’s longish naps.  Most days, he is quiet in his room for maybe 30-45 minutes.  Then, he asks if it’s time to get up.  No, sir.  Ha!  To provide more of down time for me, I’ve been going into H’s room and putting a few books or something on his bed.  I tell him that he can play quietly in his bed until I come and get him.  This usually lasts for 30-45 minutes depending on lots of variables.

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Yesterday’s “nap!”

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Reading! – Who can believe it!?!?!  I’ve actually read some fiction this summer….thanks to my mother.  🙂  I tend to gravitate towards nonfiction (i.e. self-help, parenting, etc.).  I still have some of those I’m working on.

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She highly recommended both of these books.  I think I liked The Shoemaker’s Wife better, but Tiffany Girl was a very easy, quick read about a time in our nation’s history.  I’ve been mainly reading after H has gone to bed or a bit during nap time.

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Popsicles – the obsession continues.  These are AMAZING.  When you’re eating one, you become slightly confused like maybe you’re on some tropical island, and a local just whipped this up for you in the seaside restaurant.  Sounds good, right?

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Seriously, try them if you can.  Dee-licious!

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Cookies – H and I baked cookies for the Mr. and as a treat for the weekend.  As you may remember, the Mr. took 6 flights on Thursday to various locales for work.  We were thinking about him all day, and I thought some cookies might let him know that.

The picture below is terrible.  However, the cookies are very good.  Love this lemon {which I change to lime} crinkle cookie recipe! 

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Yum.

Do you have any favorite “summery” cookie recipes?

Any good summer reads for these last few days?

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Catching up…

Hi there!  Whew!  The past week or so has been a doozy!  H had his last day at his daycare which may not sound like a big deal.  However, it was!  I was upset.  He was upset {probably due to me 😦 }.  Sweets and flowers were sent to those ladies, and I wished I could do more.  He has been going to this particular at-home daycare since he was six months old.  I trust them completely and know that they have supported us in many ways!  His sweet voice saying “Mommy, may I get go play?  I’m all done with dinner.” is not something that I worked with him on. Totally them working on table manners, teaching sharing, kissing boo-boos, reading books, doing crafts, etc.  The list is way too long.  We will truly miss them and the familiarity and security of H spending his days there!  Pictured below are H’s fruit pizzas that he carried for his friends…

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H rode his bike to his new preschool, and we met the nice teacher who will work with him when he starts summer camp there on Tuesday.  He was so excited that he was waving to me and telling me bye-bye!  Sorry, bud!  You’re stuck with me until Tuesday.

In other news, we finished up our swimming lessons for the second time.  It was so worth the extra effort, time, and money.  The Mr., H, and I went off to the pool yesterday afternoon, and we were amazed by his swimming.  He was underwater, doing flips, jumping off the side!  So impressed with how confident and excited he is about swimming now!  Pictured below is H working with the sweet instructor on his back float.  This is definitely not his favorite, but he has come a long way with it.

 

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Here’s our Michael Phelps doing some swimming at Granny’s.  Apparently, he couldn’t be bothered with his bathing suit!

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The Mr. and I were talking yesterday how much swimming is again!  It’s too fun having a little one to swim around with!  We were having underwater parties and pretending to be scuba divers!  Later, the boys took naps while I got to continue my daily yoga practice {!}.  Can you believe it?!?!?  I’ve actually been doing yoga for about 5 days straight!  Dinner was salmon, rice, and spinach.  I just love salmon!  It ended up being a very relaxing Sunday.

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I love sautéed spinach, but I hate how little it actually makes once you cook it down.  H was not a fan but enjoyed carrots and cucumbers with hummus instead.

Belated Five for Friday

Well, today is definitely NOT a Friday.  However, I didn’t have time to post this before we headed out of town early Friday morning.  Here’s my belated 5’s.

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Breakfasts with my boy!  We’ve been having such a good time with our leisurely breakfasts.  We’ve had cheesy eggs, pancakes, and even oatmeal with all the fixings this week.  We made these banana bread protein pancakes from Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers.  Click here to see her list of healthy pancake recipes.  I have no photographic evidence of these pancakes as I (and Holden) devoured them too quickly!

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A new cute clutch – I needed a new clutch after I discovered that my white, old faithful from Charlotte Rousse (only maybe a decade ago!) had literally changed color due to have a black clutch on top of it!  As you may have guessed, my white clutch was not of the highest quality and who knows what “it” is/was actually made of.  I picked up this cute clutch from TJ Maxx for a decent prices especially considering it was a nicer brand.  Perhaps this one won’t turn colors in say a decade or two.

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Image via POSHMARK

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Prayers for Charleston – As you may remember, I really like Charleston and traveled there with my mom and sister back in April. I was so saddened to see a shooting at a place of worship in downtown Charleston.  Those poor people were having a BIBLE STUDY when the shooter entered the church.  There really is no such thing as  a “safe place.”  Not our schools, churches, or even our homes.  Personally, I get angry.  I’m sure there is some sordid past that led this individual to make this decision and take this action.  Is it weird that I’ve actually had the thought of what happens if someone enters my church while we are all kneeling in prayer completely unaware long before this incident?  (P.S. I’m aware the answer is yes.  It was a rhetorical question.)  What should we do?  Obviously, pray.  Obviously, seek justice for those who were killed.  But what then?  What about our policy on guns in the United States?  I’m not sure.

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On a lighter note…we tackled letter Rr yesterday and review letter Mm!  Little summer homeschooling if you will – in 30 minutes or less!

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http://www.starfall.com {totally free!}

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Absorbine Jr. – I have a little bit of an achy shoulder.  Fortunately, we have some Absorbine Jr.  Have you ever used this stuff?  I even love the stinky smell of it!  🙂

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Image via Amazon

Well-Spent Time

Today will go down in my personal mind records as possibly the busiest Monday ever!  Good thing I had a wonderful, relaxing weekend!

Friday was Holden’s official last visit to his preschool as a student.  We will be making a big transition from our home daycare/2 day a week church preschool to a preschool/daycare center.  I’m excited about it for Holden.  I truly think he will love it!  BUT…we absolutely love our daycare provider and will greatly miss her {as I’m sure Holden will}.  Check out my big boy!

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May 2015

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September 2014

We went to Kid’s Cove at Mt. Trashmore {yes, that is its real name – park built on trash!} on Saturday morning for a walk and some play.  The Mr. had just about if not more fun than Holden.

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Roscoe was so not loving the higher humidity and temperature.

On Sunday, H and I went to church after a morning walk and some park play time.  You know you take your park time serious if you’re there before 9 on a Sunday morning.  #winning  #alltheswingswerefree  Here we are at church.  Gotta take a selfie!  🙂

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I followed up my big day of work {not at all} with some front porch sitting and reading.  I’m slowly but surely working on my big giant novel.  Roscoe was my buddy!

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We made a little “Countdown to Summer” chain on Sunday afternoon before our neighbors and their two daughters came over for dinner.  We had yummy food that was SIMPLE to prepare.  The best kind!  It was pretty healthy too.  I made this rice salad instead of my pasta salad.  It’s gluten free!  I didn’t use the tuna, and I absolutely loved it!  The Mr. was iffy on it.

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We had a great time and ended up chatting quite a bit past H’s bedtime.  We are so enjoying our newish {we moved in June 2014} neighborhood/home for many reasons, but our nice neighbors are an added perk.

After work today, H and I took advantage of the windy day and made kites.  We got our directions via Highlights magazine.  Holden loves to pull out the recipes and craft ideas.  Thank you, Granny, for our subscription!

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Holden also practiced his cutting skills.  He really, really, really loves to cut.  I’m dreading the day he cuts his hair.  I know it’s coming.

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Such a fun weekend followed by a busy Monday!  I’m so blessed to get to come home and construct our flying machines, aka kits, with this dude.  Have a great week!

Natalie