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5 Things Friday {4.21.17}

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It’s Fri-YAY! Finally. This has been a very long busy week and I’ve never been so happy to see Friday morning. The kids counted down last night how many days of school they have left this year. Mason and Zoey have 34 days, Maia has 32 days, and Tyler has 26 days. Come on summer vacation! 

1. Last weekend we went to my parents house to celebrate Easter. My sister and her family also went so it was the whole family and it was fun. The kids had an Easter egg hunt, we ate a ton of good food, and we laughed a lot. Exactly what we needed after some very busy months at our house. 

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2. We finally got the sliding barn door hung in Tyler’s room. It only took….well, it’s not important how long it took. All that matters is that he finally has a real door, right? We found the whole kit at Lowe’s for $399 and it took us about 45 minute to hang it up. I love it. And we chose the off-white color so it blends with the kitchen. And the kitchen looks so much better now with the door instead of that curtain. I love it!

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3. Maia had her first eye appointment this week. She’s been complaining about not being able to see the whiteboard at school so I knew it was time. And sure enough, she needs glasses. She’s nearsighted and has an issue with her eye muscles. So we’re waiting on her glasses to come in now. She picked out some adorable frames and she seems happy enough about it.

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4. We also started the redo on her room this week. She’s been waiting patiently for her turn in the room redo rotation at our house. She picked out a beautiful pale aqua color paint and I can’t wait to show you all the fun details we’re doing in her room. 

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5. Tyler has yet another staph infection on his other thigh now. We went for his monthly Accutane appointment on Tuesday and the dermatologist is really pleased with his progress. She upped his dose again for this month and gave him some antibiotics for the staph infection. Poor kid. I cannot wait for him to be finished with this medicine. 

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So that’s part of what’s been going on around here this week. We also had a football meeting last night that lasted a long time and 99% pertained to the upcoming freshmen…and their moms. Today I’m hoping the hot tub repair man comes to fix the leak we have in the hot tub so I can enjoy it again. Hopefully next week’s Friday 5 includes a picture of me drinking a margarita in my hot tub. Fri-YAY!

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5 Things Friday {4.14.17}

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We’ve had a seriously busy few weeks at our house. Time is just slipping past me and there are not enough hours in my day anymore. I miss writing here more often but 3 posts a week is about all I can do right now. So what’s been going on? 

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Poor Tyler has a serious staph infection with cellulitis on his inner thigh. It started as a cluster of cystic acne and got infected when the acne popped during weight training. He’s been on antibiotics for almost a week and it looks much better now. But it was scary bad. And being a man-baby all he told me was that he had a painful acne spot on his thigh. He said nothing about it being huge, red, swollen, hot to the touch, and oozing. Seriously kid? That is important information.

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Mason and Zoey are on Spring Break this week and the weather has been beautiful and amazing. We’ve spent hours at the park and playing in the yard. They’ve blown bubbles, made sidewalk chalk drawings, played basketball, run around with friends, had picnics a the park…as much as I’ve complained about having 3 different spring break’s this year it has been nice to have some time with the little kids.

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Tyler’s had quite a week. During wrestling with the football team he got popped in the nose. It bled and bled and bled. We thought it might be broken but waited to see if it was going to swell up. The next day at school it got worse and the bruise turned dark, both eyes got black underneath, and it kept bleeding. Luckily one of his good girl friends was nice enough to give him a tampon which he cut in half and shoved up his nose to stop the bleeding. This kid. Only my son would not think twice about walking around school with tampons shoved up his broken nose. 

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I am so tired of the paper clutter in this house. So I created my own little command center in the kitchen. It’s tucked in the little niche beside the fridge so it’s not visible unless you’re standing right in front of it. My life is so much easier now. Everything has a place and I know where to find the stuff I need quickly. Organization is my mecca. 

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We bought Tyler a car last night! Matt found a 2015 Toyota Corolla sport with only 800 miles on it for a steal! It’s a nice car, a really nice car. We kept it a secret and surprised him at the dealership. He is one happy teenager right now. 

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter with family and friends!

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2017 Monthly Goals: April

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Well April is coming in with a bang around here. The weather has gone from one extreme to another- 89 degrees on a Tuesday and lows of 32 degrees on Thursday. What the what? Everyone is battling some kind of sickness- sinus infections, ear infections, strep throat, stomach virus….it’s been a long couple of weeks. I’m so ready for April! I did okay on my March goals….fine, I sucked at them. But it’s a new month so new goals!

March Goals:

1. Clean out Zoey’s bedroom. Done. This one absolutely got done 100%. Her room was so bad. I pulled out bags and bags and bags of stuff to donate or trash. She actually has space to play now!

2. Finish Tyler’s bedroom. Partly done. The weight bench is now in the garage, we made space for both his twin bed and his futon couch, we gave him a new cube organizer that doubles as a TV stand, and we cleaned out a lot of clutter. We still need to get the barn door hung, the new curtains, and mount the TV on the wall. But we’re getting there. 

3. Finish Maia’s bedroom. Nope. I planned to do a gallery wall and that was about it in her room but we’ve decided to do a whole room makeover. I’m going to paint, hang some DIY lighted curtains as a backdrop to her bed, paint both her desk and vanity, get new bedding and rug, and do a gallery wall. It’s going to take some time, some planning, and some more money so it’s on hold until summer probably. 

4. Clean out the kids closets. Done. I cleaned out Zoey and Mason’s closets completely. I got rid of so much stuff! With them wearing uniforms next year in charter school it means I can get rid of a bunch of the excess stuff. Maia cleaned out her own closet for me. And I’m still working on Tyler’s. 

5. Clean out the master bedroom. Nope. Sigh. I got a good start. I cleaned out the nightstands, got rid of the extra decor clutter that had been just sitting there, and moved some furniture around. But still a lot is left to do. 

April Goals:

1. Work on front yard. Our curb appeal is crap right now, y’all. It’s so bad. We got so busy that we let things slide and now we need to catch up. We just hired TruGreen to come whip our yard back into shape. Tyler and Matt are going to power wash the driveway, siding, walkway, porch, and clean the big windows. I’m going to touch up the paint, add a new front mat and door wreath, and do some potted plants on the porch. Then we’re going to re-mulch the front and probably plant some shrubs or something. 

2. Start planning the backyard redo. Just like the front yard, our back yard looks like crap. The dogs have torn up all the grass, not that there was much there to begin with. And because we have so many trees it’s nearly impossible to get grass to grow. So we are going in a different direction and thinking about doing a rock backyard. We need to get the hot tub fixed because it sprung a leak in January. I would love to plan some kind of entertainment area on the deck with the bar, maybe a shallow shed with a TV, and a seating area. Add some plants and colorful cushions with some furniture and we have a nice deck again!

3. Organize papers. Oh the papers. I swear they breed at night. I have a system but I had to do some re-vamping recently. I need to clean out all the master files in the big file cabinet, clean out the monthly files and kids school papers in the command center in the closet, and then figure out something in the kitchen. 

4. Do a driving contract with Tyler. He recently got his license and has been driving our cars here and there. But hopefully he will be getting a car in April (or May) and will be driving to school and practice and stuff. So we need to come up with a driving contract outlining responsibilities, expectations, rules, etc. With school and 2 varsity sports it’s nearly impossible for him to work a part time job, which had been the original plan. So we need to find ways for him to earn his car and gas money. 

5. Clean out master closet. Good gravy, the master closet. I need to go through every single thing in this monster of a closet and get rid of so much stuff! I’m wearing the same few outfits because I can’t find anything!

 
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Life Lately {March 2017}

It’s been a week, y’all. Actually it’s been a rough 2 weeks around here. I figured since I missed last week’s 3 Things Thursday I would just do one big Life Lately post to catch up. First, you might have noticed a lack of posts last week. I was really really sick and then someone hacked my blog. I didn’t have the energy to fix it last week so I got to spend all day yesterday fixing the issue. So what else has been going on? Here’s the last 12 days in no particular order. 

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Maia got a hair cut finally. She’s needed one for about 6 months but she didn’t want to lose the length. She finally asked me to cut it last weekend so I did. I chopped off about 5 inches of hair! It looks much better now and she can straighten it or curl it herself, which is a big bonus because nobody wants to mess with that at 5:30 in the morning. Amen.

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Tyler got his drivers license. God help me. Matt took him one day last week during Tyler’s spring break. He passed on the first try and was told that he is an excellent driver. Now the search is on for his car. I think we might have found the one we want so we’ll see. Because I really don’t want him driving around in my year old Honda Pilot!

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I spent over an hour cleaning out and rearranging the kitchen pantry and the second hall pantry. It was a disaster. I found empty wrappers, expired and open food, and a big ole mess. I took everything out and cleaned all the shelves before putting it all back inside. It’s so much better now! I’m working on a system for making it easier to pack lunches every day and this will help a lot.

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I took Tyler for his monthly blood work to check his levels for his Accutane based medication. He has to do the blood work every 30 days and then see the dermatologist. I hate that he has to be on a medication that requires blood work because I worry about what it’s doing to his body. But the dermatologist says he has excellent blood work, better than 95% of  people. All his levels are great and the medication is not causing any issues with his body or internal organs. So that’s good news.

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We had a string of really strong storms come through last week and one dropped huge hail balls! It sounded like the windows were going to shatter from the hail. The dogs were outside and you should have seen how fast they came running when that hail started coming down! There were some that were as big as golf balls! I’m glad our cars were in the garage.

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A couple of days after he had blood work done we went and saw the dermatologist. She’s really pleased with how he is doing on the Accutane medication. He’s finished with month 2 and she doubled his dose for month 3. He had a really rough first week with the side effects but then it seems to even out. We’re starting to seeing some real difference now in his cystic acne. His face has cleared up almost completely, his chest is clearing up and his back is finally starting to show improvement. I’ll be so happy for him when he’s finished this course.

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After his dermatologist appointment he had to go to school for weights with the football team and wrestling. Then he had basketball shoot arounds right after. On Spring Break. No days off in varsity sports. No days off for mom either. I sat in the car for 3 hours waiting for him. I really can’t wait for him to get his car. 

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Matt and I had to take all 3 dogs to the vet last week. It was…..fun. We schedule them together because we get a 10% discount for bringing them at the same time. But man, it’s hard work. Plus we had 2 sick kids tagging along with us. We looked like a traveling circus. Chase tripped the nurse, Abby hid under a chair and had to be dragged out, and Bailey peed on the vet. They were happy to see us leave, I’m sure.

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Matt turned 40 last week. I wanted to do a big party but he threatened to run away to Alaska if I did. So I thought about it for awhile and then decided not to. I took him to lunch one day instead. Sans kids. That’s a real birthday treat. His company gives employees their birthday off as an extra paid vacation day and he tacked on 2 more so he had a 5 day weekend to celebrate being 40. 

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I got to spend more time at urgent care on Friday. I just finished a 10 day course of antibiotics for a sinus infection but a couple of days later it was back. And it was angry. The whole side of my face was swollen, I couldn’t chew or even really open my mouth because of the pain in my jaw, and I had a fever. They put me on really strong antibiotics for the sinus infection and discovered that I had a severe ear infection. My eardrum ruptured a couple of days ago and it was gross. But I felt better once all that icky drained out of my ear. I’m finally on the mend I think. I hope.

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And Tyler got to drive himself to Saturday football workouts and basketball shoot arounds for the first time this past weekend. It was so nice to not have to sit in the car and wait for him for hours. I’m alternating between happy and terrified. But mostly happy. He’s a great driver. It’s all the other crappy drivers out there that worry me! I feel like we’ve reached another milestone and right of passage with him. He’s more adult than child now. We’re working on our driving contract with rules and expectations for him since he’s going to be getting a car soon. I can’t believe I have a kid old enough to drive. 

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My Sunday Night Prep Routine For A Busy Week

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I mentioned last week in my How to Simplify a Busy Life post a bit about my nightly routine. Today I thought I would share some about my Sunday night prep routine to prepare for the busy week. See those pictures up there? Those are the reason that I now have a Sunday night prep routine. Because I cannot live like that anymore. I try to get as much done on Sunday night as possible to make life easier during the week. It’s the only way to keep this household running smoothly.

1. Update planners and bullet journal. I check my paper planner, add reminders, and then transfer the info to my phone planner. I don’t like having to take my paper planner out of the house with me because if it gets lost of damaged my life is over. Dramatic? Yes. But also true. So I use an app on my phone called Picnic to keep track of appointments and schedules when I’m out of the house. Then I create my bullet journal page for the week. Do you use a bullet journal? Mine is a bit different than the artsy ones you see on Pinterest. Mine is basically a running to do list for the week. I’ll share more about how I do it in an upcoming post. 

2. Refill main pantry and fridge/freezer. I have 2 pantries- the main one in the kitchen and the second large one in the hallway. I keep all the extra snacks and food items in the second pantry. I have 3 fridge/freezers- the main one in the kitchen and 2 in the garage. On Sunday night I go through the main pantry first and refill any of the canisters, baskets, and drawers that need to be refilled for the week. For example- this week the fruit roll-ups were low, the Goldfish, White Cheddar Cheese crackers, and the yogurt covered raisins containers were empty. I pulled more from the second pantry and refilled them all. I also restocked the poptarts, refilled the cereal containers, and switched out the empty peanut butter jar. I do the same with the fridge and freezer. I refilled the fruit and snack drawer and made sure there were enough water and gatorade bottles in the outside fridge. It just makes life easier and it definitely makes lunch prep easier at night.

3. Check meal plan. I check my master list to see what dinners are on tap for the week and I fill them in on my paper planner. I like to schedule crockpot meals on the nights when I know I’ll be busy picking up Tyler from football weights in the afternoon.

4. Place Walmart pick up order. After I finalize my meal plan I can place my weekly Walmart order. I love this service so much. I place the order every Sunday night, pick it up for free on Monday morning, and never have to set foot inside the store. It’s Heaven. 

5. Finish the laundry. I always do the kids laundry on Saturday’s but I hang dry most of their tops and all of their uniform items. So Sunday evening is when I make sure everything is put away and ready for the week. I also make sure everyone has their uniform pieces ready for the week. 

Doing these simple things on Sunday night has made all the difference in my week. My stress levels have gone way down and I feel much lighter. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with everything we need to get done as moms so any kind of routine that lightens that load is fabulous!

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