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5 Things Friday {8.11.17}

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What a week! We are really ramping up for back to school around here. T-6 days. Stuff just got real. I always forget, or block out of my mind, how intense it is getting 4 kids ready for back to school. Haircuts, new shoes, school supplies, sports physicals….it’s a lot. And switching 3 to a new school this year just added to the insanity. I have a chronic eye twitch. 

1. We celebrated 21 years of marriage last Friday. We had plans to go out to dinner but things happened and life got in the way. So instead we took the little kids to Red Robin on Saturday to eat while Tyler was at a football pool party. Such is life with kids. No biggie. And seriously, the bottomless fries are my favorite. 

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2. Tyler’s varsity football team had a rough week. It was the last week of practices before the scrimmage so it was 2-a-days all week. I took ice cream cups up there one afternoon after the second practice as a treat for the guys. They love me. The way to their hearts is food. Always. Ha!

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3. Tyler made it into 2 different football previews for our region this week. He’s the one on the left hitting the sled in this picture. In the second article he is mentioned by name as an offensive and defensive standout for our whole conference! He is STOKED!! 

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4. Maia had her second orthodontist appointment for braces this week. Right now she still has the separators in place. Hopefully next week she’ll progress to the actual braces. She’s thrilled. Obviously. I keep telling her, it will all be worth it…..in 3 years when she’s done. Ha! Poor girl. 

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5. The football team got their jerseys. They have new ones for this season. They are skin tight. It was hysterically funny watching him try to get this jersey on and even funnier watching him take it off. It took all 3 of us to get it off! I don’t know how they’re going to do this after a game. 35 sweaty stinky guys pulling jerseys and pads off of each other? Gross. 

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Our first scrimmage is tomorrow afternoon! I’m so excited! And then back to the real world of alarm clocks and homework. What a drag. 

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A Day In Our Life: Summer 2017

We are only 8 days away from the school year and I’m so not ready. So Not Ready. Hold me. This summer has been awesome and I don’t want it to end. I figured I should at least document a typical day before we go back to school next week. 

6:30am- My alarm goes off. I went almost the entire month of July without needing to set an alarm in the mornings. It was glorious. My body is protesting the return of the alarm. Throw my hair in a messy bun and take the fastest shower possible. Search for a shirt to wear and realize that laundry needs to happen immediately. 

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6:50am- Make sure Tyler is awake and moving for football practice. Make him a protein shake and force him to eat a banana. Feed the puppies and let them outside. Throw a load of laundry in the washer. Empty the dishwasher. Make a cup of coffee and stare at my planner to see what my day is going to look like. Spoiler alert: Busy.

7:20am- Remind Tyler to grab his helmet and shoulder pads as he’s on the way out the door. Then chase him outside to spray him with SPF 5000 sport sunscreen while he tries to dodge me. He’s a redhead. He burns. His dermatologist is not amused. Let the puppies back inside. Return some emails, write some emails, make a bazillion to do lists. 

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7:45am- Wake up Zoey and Maia. Strongly encourage Zoey to get dressed while she tries to climb back under the covers. Finally drag her out by her feet and stuff her into her clothes while she stares at me bleary eyed and confused. Feed her a quick breakfast and try to comb out all the knots in her hair.

8:00am- Zoey’s best friend (and mommy) arrive to pick her up for a playdate. We’ve been trading off play dates this summer so we can each get some things done without dragging a cranky 6 year old around with us. It takes a village, y’all. Text Maia to make sure she’s about ready to leave. Yes I realize how ridiculous that sounds. Make a second cup of coffee in my to go mug. Toss the laundry in the dryer and start a second load. Give Bailey food and water. 

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8:15am- Leave with Maia for her orthodontist appointment. She’s in the process of getting her braces put on so it’s a whole lot of appointments for the next few weeks. We got 4 opinions on what she needed and I’m really happy with the orthodontist we chose. The office is amazing, the staff is friendly, and the orthodontist himself is really young and cool. Perfect for a 12 year old who’s going to need braces for 3 years. Ouch. 

8:30am- Settle in to wait for Maia. Return some more emails. Start coordinating the volunteers for the Varsity Football scrimmage. I took over Team Mom responsibilities this year and it’s a whole lot of work. Thankfully 2 other moms stepped up to help me but their guys are new to the team so I’m the only returning mom. The amount of emails I get every day is insane. 

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9:30am- Maia is done so we head home with a quick stop at Starbucks for a frappuccino.  Her mouth is killing her so a Frapp and Advil are our after orthodontist tradition now. I just keep reminding her that it will all be worth it when her teeth are straight…in 3 years. 

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9:45am- Swing past and pick up Mason at his friend’s house where he spent the night and drop both kids off at home. Head to run some errands. I had to pick up a book at the library, meet a couple of parents to buy uniform pieces, pick up ice cream cups for after football practice, and drop off some dry cleaning. 

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11:00am- Pick up Zoey and hit the Chick-fil-a drive thru to grab lunch on the way home. Tyler is home from practice number 1 and in the shower so I spray his helmet and shoulder pads with Heavy Duty Lysol. Let the puppies outside. Dish up lunch to the hungry savages…I mean, kids. Fold laundry in the dryer and transfer clothes from the washer to the dryer. 

11:30am- Go over the rules with Maia about babysitting while I’m gone. Let the puppies inside. Remind Tyler to throw his pads and helmet in his trunk and we drive separately to his physical therapy appointment. He normally goes by himself but he’s seeing the Sports Med doc today as well so I need to be there. 

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12:00pm- Listen to PT and Sports Med Dr talk about his progress and what he needs to do. He’s rehabbed his knee a lot this summer and it’s definitely getting better but it’s not 100% yet. We spent some time discussing what type of knee brace he’s going to need for the season while he does his PT. 

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1:00pm- He leaves to go straight to afternoon practice and I go grab some groceries at ALDI and do my Walmart pick up. Return more emails and texts while I’m waiting for my Walmart order. 

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1:30pm- Arrive home. Unload all the groceries and put them away. Assign the kids some chores to do because holy cow, this house is a Level 5 disaster zone at this point. Fold dry laundry and put all of it away. Start sorting through uniform pieces to see what’s going to work this year and what I need to sell. 

2:30pm- Pack up the ice cream cups in a cooler bag and gather my Team Mom stuff. Load the kids and all the stuff in the car and head up to the football field. 

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3:10pm- The kids watch varsity practice while I have a short team mom meeting. Our first scrimmage is this week and there’s so much left to do! Coordinating all of the volunteers, the team meal, the Gatorade, answering all the questions from parents, getting the team roster finalized to print…it’s a lot. But worth it. 

4:00pm- Practice ends and we dish up the ice cream to 35 very tired football players and 3 very tired football coaches. I talk with the head coach about some team mom stuff while the kids eat ice cream with the players before we leave for home. 

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5:00pm- Get home and feed the puppies, change into swim suits, grab the swim bag, and head to the neighborhood pool. Chat with the other moms and read a few chapters in my book while the kids swim with friends. 

5:45pm- Matt shows up at the pool with pizzas for dinner. I don’t even have to tell the kids to get out of the pool. The smell of food is enough to lure them out. Text Tyler to let him know we have pizza at the pool. Consume 2 large pizzas in a very short amount of time. Tyler shows up to grab some pizza and then leaves for a going away party for a good friend. Matt and I chat while the kids keep swimming. 

7:00pm- Pack up and go home with 3 wet and sleepy kids. Throw Tyler’s football gear in the washer and start the load. Let the puppies outside. Return some more emails and texts. Maia’s friend arrives for a sleepover and they start a movie in the living room while I make popcorn. 

7:30pm- Vacuum the downstairs, clean up the kitchen, and work on a school supply list because holy cow, school starts in 8 days. And we have nary a notebook in this house. Let the puppies back inside. 

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8:00pm- Hop in the hot tub with Matt and a glass of wine while the kids watch their movie. It’s so nice to just sit and relax with the bubbles at night when it’s only 90 degrees outside. Sigh. Debate with Matt about what we’re going to do for the impending solar eclipse. We can’t decide if we’re going to travel to see it in 100% totality or if we’re going to watch it from school. It’s an ongoing debate. 

9:15pm- Reluctantly pull ourselves from the hot tub so we can herd the little kids up to bed. Throw Tyler’s football gear in the dryer. Watch a couple of episodes of our favorite summer shows off the DVR while enjoying more wine. Return more emails and texts. It never ends. 

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10:45pm- Tyler arrives home and chats with us for awhile about the party and football and stuff. He actually talks to us now. It’s like some weird parallel universe. 

11:30pm- Tyler is off to bed. I herd Maia and her friend upstairs to her room. Tuck the little kids in. Matt and I head up to bed. He watches an episode of Games of Thrones on his iPad and I read a book on mine for awhile. 

12:15am- Matt falls asleep with his iPad on his face. I take a picture and then move it. Priorities. Knock on Maia’s door and tell the girls to keep it down. All I hear is giggles and shrieks. I read for awhile longer. 

1:30am- Finally finish my book and try to fall asleep. Insomnia sucks. 

So that’s a pretty typical day in the summer. Some days we don’t leave the house. Some days we spend hours at the pool. Every day is a good day in the summer, y’all!

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5 Things Friday {8.4.17} BONUS EDITION

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We had a super fun, super busy week so this shall be considered a 5 Thing Bonus Edition Friday post. Ha! August always brings forth conflicting emotions. On one hand, it’s exciting preparing for a new school year. On the other hand, I really love summer vacation. See? Conflicting. 

1. I finally got a Girls Night Out! Finally. We’ve planned it 4 times this summer and something always came up. But we finally made it happen. My sister and 4 friends met at my house and poor Matt got to drive us to our favorite restaurant. We ate delicious food- seriously, so delicious- and drank some yummy drinks- I’m lookin’ at you Pineapple Martini and Blackberry Margarita. We laughed until we were in tears. Then we prank called Tyler to come be our DD and take us to the movies. He declined to cart around 6 semi-inebriated women. I promised that we would keep our shirts on. Still a no. Spoil sport. The picture below is the one I texted him begging for a ride. Ha!

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2. Camden came down to spend 4 days with us last weekend. We try to do at least a few weekends each summer but it hasn’t worked out this summer until now. So we did a longer visit. The kids swam, played video games, did lego creations, played WWE, and lounged in the hot tub. I think they all had fun and they were all exhausted by the time he left on Tuesday!

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3. Tyler had his very last Accutane appointment this week! He has successfully completed the entire 6 month course. And he got amazing results. He still has a few active acne spots but that’s normal. He is SO PLEASED with the results. He has no acne on his face, very few on his back, and only a couple on his chest. It’s 99.9% better. He has some scarring but not as bad as we anticipated considering how bad his cystic acne was in the beginning. He went swimming without a shirt multiple times this week for the very first time in 4 years! And not just at home, with the football team at a friend’s house! I almost cried, y’all. 

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4. Varsity football kicked into high gear this week. Tryouts started on Monday and all the new players got a good taste of how hard varsity practices really are. Tyler said there were some freshmen puking, some tears, and at least 3 quit on the first day. Ha! Welcome to varsity, boys. Because we’re a charter school we do not have a JV team, only varsity. So tryouts were held M-W mornings from 8-10 and the returning/starting players did conditioning and ran some plays with the new guys so the coaches could see who has potential. Then the starters/returning players went back for the afternoon practice from 1-3 so they could get a good solid real practice done each day. It’s a good system but man, these guys are tired. Tyler passes out on the couch and sleeps in between practices every day. We are only 6 days away from our first scrimmage of the season! I am SO READY!!!! 

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5. Our neighborhood participated in the annual Neighbors Night Out event again this year. It was so much fun! Great friends, yummy food, loud tunes, fun games, and a whole lot of laughter. I love my neighborhood. Tyler and his friends played corn hole with a few of our local police officers, Mason and his friends played ping pong, Maia and her friends hung out, and Zoey played tetherball for the first time. It was so much fun!

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6. The school supply lists were posted online this last weekend so I snuck out with Maia to get a start on the lists. $229 later, I’m only 1/3 of the way done. How much do you get for selling your plasma? Because I might need to do that soon. We consoled ourselves with Starbucks. 

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7. We had a string of days with amazing weather. It was in the high 60s when I woke up and I got to enjoy my morning coffee on the back deck without dying of heat stroke. Matt drained and cleaned the hot tub so it’s ready for some heavy Fall use! Of course, the nice weather didn’t last long. We were back to the high 90s by Thursday. But at least we got a nice taste of Fall weather and it made me excited!

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8. We spent a lot of time up at our charter school this week. We had to attend iPad deployment for Mason and MacBook deployment for Maia. They were so excited to get their devices. I love the emphasis our school puts on technology. Every child in K-3 has an assigned iPad for their personal use at school. It doesn’t come home with them but it is their iPad to use during the school day. Every 4th and 5th grader gets an iPad to keep in their possession full time, both school and home, until they move to 6th grade. Every kid in 6th-12th grade is issued a MacBook Air to use until graduation. All their assignments, tests, projects, etc are done on the computer. I love it!

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9. Maia started her journey with braces this week. Her first appointment was just getting molds down and separators applied. She goes back next week and the next week…and the next week…..and the next week. Basically we’re just pouring money into her mouth at this point. But she has a crossbite on one side that is affecting the symmetry of her face so we have to get this done now. We don’t need food….it’ll be fine. 

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So that was our week. Busy. And expensive. Like every other week. ha!

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2017 Monthly Goals: August

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I’m not ready for August. Nope. Not ready. Not even a little bit ready. But the calendar stops for no mom. And my to-do lists are piling up as I type. 

July Goals:

1. Work on backyard landscaping. NOPE. We had the best of intentions. Then it temps started hitting near 100 and all those intentions flew out the window. Maybe in the Fall when we can walk outside without melting.

2. Read 12 books off my TBR list. DONE. I actually read more than 12 books on my TBR list!

3. Have a Girls Night Out. DONE. I went out with my sister and two friends to celebrate my birthday. It was an amazing night full of laughter and pear martinis. It reminded me why it’s important to have girl friends!

4. Have at least one date night. NOPE. Unless Sam’s Club counts as a date night. No? Then NOPE. Maybe next month. 

5. Choose joy. DONE. DONE. DONE. I chose joy. And I’m going to keep on choosing joy. Even when things went off plan and got messed up, I chose joy. It’s awesome. 

August Goals:

1. Clean out closets and get uniforms sorted. I’ve been collecting uniform pieces all summer off of our charter school’s used uniform Facebook page. Now I need the kids to try everything on so I can see what I need to buy. 

2. Plan and implement a new monthly meal plan. It’s been nice taking the summer off from meal planning but the time has come to get back to it. I’m creating a whole new meal plan for this school year with family favorites and a few new recipes. 

3. Buy all the school supplies. Geez. All the school supplies. 2 kids need new backpacks. 2 kids need new lunch boxes. They all need new water bottles and thermoses. Maia needs a $100 calculator. Maia and Tyler both need new MacBook covers. Mason needs an iPad cover. The lists are INSANE. And expensive. Ouch.

4. Create a lunch plan. This year all 4 kids have to take their lunches every day. That means I need a plan. And some lists. I love making lists. 

5. Organize the football team mom stuff. Somehow I ended up as one of the football team moms this year. I don’t know how but I’ll do it. I’m working on coordinating the massive volunteering needs for this season as well as getting the tailgating plans started. It’s a lot of work but I’m pretty bossy so I’m sure I’ll get it all whipped into shape. Ha!

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5 Things Friday {7.28.17}

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The summer is just flying by! It needs to slow down. I can’t even think about the school year schedule yet. NO! I’ll be in the corner curled up in the fetal position sucking my thumb if I do. I need at least another month…but we’re winding down to less than 3 weeks now. 

1. Zoey had the very best time at Show Choir camp last week and her performance at the end of the week was so adorable! She made a bunch of new friends and got to sing 4 Moana songs. So pretty much her idea of perfection. 

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2. I turned 40 this week. Matt and my sister managed to pull off a surprise family BBQ for me. My parents came down and brought Camden to help us celebrate this milestone in my life. I should have known something was up when Matt was cleaning the bathrooms. But I was just so grateful that Matt was cleaning the bathrooms that I didn’t question it. ha!

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3. We had family movie night this week and it was Tyler’s turn to pick. I figured I would have to veto his first 3 choices based on previous experiences. But he chose Moana. And then he sang along with Zoey to all the songs. As far as I knew, Zoey was the only one of us who had seen the movie. So apparently Tyler watched it on his own. He kept telling me what was going to happen and what his favorite parts were. He loved the chicken and the crab. I’m not sure whether to be amused or confused by his sudden love of Disney movies. The Little Mermaid remains his favorite movie to this day. I have no answers. 

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4. I took Maia for her sports physical this week. She has been trying to decide whether or not to play volleyball this year since she’s brand new to the school. She wants to try cross country but she has to choose one or the other since they are both Fall sports. Either way, she needed a sports physical. She’s 5 foot 2.5 inches now and she might get another inch at the most before she’s reached her full height. She is displeased. She was hoping to be at least 5’6. Sorry kid. 

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5. We’re enjoying every single minute at the pool that we can. Life has gotten busy as the summer winds down and before we know it we’ll be back in the school year shuffle. So as many hours as we can cram into relaxing at the pool is the goal for the next 20 days!

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