Tuesday, August 9, 2016

114 Pencils!!

 
Yes, a total of 114 pencils is what my 4 kids are asked to bring to school this year.
48 for 1st grade, 36 for 4th grade and 30 for 5th grade!
(I am pretty sure my kids don't even go through 5 in the year)

Boxes and Boxes of Kleenex's, tons of hand sanitizer and Dixie cups too! 
 
 
Multiple all the school supplies, by four kids to buy for and one could go broke.
I’ll be honest, when I saw the school list this year I admit I rolled my eyes in the amount of things that they are asking each child to bring. There’s no way my child will go through all of the required things…
…but someone else’s child {that can’t afford it} won’t have some or all of the school supplies that are needed for the school year. Not to mention, teachers spend a ton of their own money on their classroom supplies and school supplies throughout the year. {As a daycare provider, I spend a ton of money on supplies, crafts, new learning stuff…etc.} Our teachers are already underpaid! Think about it this way….no profession is possible without teachers. They are where everything stems from.
School supplies might seem expensive at the time, but if you spread it out over the school year, it isn’t a whole lot, considering what you’re getting in return!

We all know the need for Kleenex’s during the school year. Whose kid doesn’t get a cold and use more than their fair share of Kleenex’s?!  It is our job as parents to make sure they have the things they need. Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer are a must for the winter months. {I know personally I am a hand washing Nazi} What’s the next best thing to hand washing…sanitizing! Kill_those_germs! 

I know out of personal experience that donating things or bringing things in unexpected is always appreciated. Even if it is a coffee now and then, an extra package of Kleenexes in the peak of winter, a bag of chocolate to get through the week…etc. Teachers are under appreciated and need to be recognized more. Think to yourself…can I handle 25-30 students, 5 days a week for 7 hours a day?!
Most_of_you_would_say_no!
I do daycare for 12 kids (including my own) and there are days that is stressful! You have to be a certain person/personality to be able to work with multiple children daily.
So…though it may seem like the school supply lists are getting crazy…think about it this way, there is a child out there, less fortunate than yours that will gladly accept school supplies that are donated to them.
 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Compliments Please!



Why is it so hard to take compliments?
THEN: Before kids, I could take a compliment any day and welcomed them! Who wouldn’t like a guy ‘oogling’ over them at the bar or telling them they looked good? In my eyes THEN, I had no ‘flaws.’ I was proud to show off the body God gave me. I was given a compliment and I smiled and said ‘thank you,’ sometimes it even led to talking more with someone.


NOW: 15 some years and four amazing kids later, unfortunately my grace in taking compliments, is no longer present. My husband compliments me all the time, ‘you look gorgeous,’ ‘those pants make your butt look amazing,’ ‘your hair looks cute today,’ I_could_go_on! I usually just brush it off, laugh and give him an eye roll, or give him a halfhearted ‘thanks.’  The truth is, he is going out of his way to tell me what he thinks, I should at least give a ‘thank you’ and a hug or kiss or look at him and tell him I appreciate it.
The same goes with my friends. I met up with a longtime friend that I hadn’t seen for over 15 years for some drinks. When we greeted each other, he said ‘you look great, you haven’t changed.’ In my head I was thinking, yeah right, no way is he serious! Out loud I chuckled and said, ‘oh thanks!’ Another day I was at the gas station and I heard someone whistle. I looked around to see who it was and who it was directed at. Come to find out, the guy in the gas lane next to me staring at me and smiling. He said, ‘man mama, you look good!’ I didn’t know what to say as a response, so I leaned my head in my car and started talking to my kids. Why_couldn’t_I_just_say_thank_you?
It all comes down to how we see ourselves. Back THEN I saw nothing but beautiful…NOW I see how much I’ve changed. I’ve had four kids and man_do_they_take_a_toll_on_your_body! Not only that, but I am never going to snap back to my 110 lb body from THEN!

Here’s the things, I know I am grateful for; being able to have kids, for being able to exercise and for others to still feel the urge to compliment me. It comes down to the way we see ourselves vs. how other see us. We should try and see ourselves through the eyes of others. They see how far we’ve come in life and the obstacles we overcome. Sometimes our eyes only see what’s close and in the current picture frame.

THEN                                                   NOW

How are you at taking compliments?! Does it come natural and easy for you to proudly accept them?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It's been too long!

With all our stress that comes along with moving, we haven't had a family camping trip yet this year! 
Our family loves camping and it has definitely been tough, but we are packing for our first summer trip! 

Each year we make a list for camping, to make sure we don't forget anything. We have our necessities in our camper, but we still need to refill some things and add things to each trip.
One would think with how organized I am, I'd have a master list for camping...but_I_don't!

I always make sure the kids have plenty to do. My kids love the outdoors, so they make their own fun, but I make sure to bring lots of stuff for them to play with. Also, we can't forget inside stuff to do if it rains.
And we surely can't forget the food. I mean....what is camping without junk food!
{I may need to go on a serious diet after all this goodness!}

With how dirty the kids get, while they are deep in their play, we definitely need a change of clothes too! These bags make it so easy for the kids to grab their outfit each day and still stay organized. I love Thirty One bags...for everything!

Can't forget sunscreen and bug spray! With being outside most of the day, we go through a ton of all this!
 {again...organized in a Thirty One tote}
Someone knows that I'm packing for camping and he can't wait to go!

Monday, August 1, 2016

108 Months!

How did my first baby girl grow up so fast?!
9 years ago my life took an amazing change! I brought my first daughter into the world. Though sometimes I remember being so scared, since all I knew was having a boy, I knew everything would be okay.
Having my own expectations so high, wanting to be the perfect mom that she can come to with whatever she needs, wanting her to be dressed to a 'T,' and wanting the 'cool mom' label, are pretty high standards. I'd like to tell you all that it's been roses and cherries...but_I_can't!

Raising girls is tough, drama filled, lot of tears, tons of giggles, a little bit of screaming, lot of eye rolls, a few too many 'whatevers,' lots of snuggling and uncountable shopping dates!
As tough as it can be, I wouldn't change it for anything and it only makes me stronger and my relationship with my girls grow.

Am I a perfect mom!? 
Nope...far_from_it!
Do I try my best and learn from my mistakes?!
You_bet!

I hope to have that relationship that my girls can come to me with ANYTHING! I'd like to hope that I would be happy that they are asking me and not sneaking around trying to figure out their world for themselves. We don't always get what we hope for, but I can try my best to steer them in the right direction! Positive...positive...positive direction!

My precious 5 lb. 12 ounce little girl has made me one proud mama! Her kindness towards others and her love to care for others and put them before herself is amazing! She has many talents and tries her best at whatever she does! We have definitely had our differences and she is more like me than I like to admit, but one things for sure, I love her and will support her...ALWAYS!



A soccer game birthday party...just what she wanted! 
All her friends and her favorite sport together!


Happy 9th birthday sweet girl! 
I love being your mom and can't wait for all the fun and learning years to come!

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