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Now that we’re back in a school year routine, I’m re-evaluating this little blog and what I want to write about each week. I’m changing some things up. I do better with a real writing routine and schedule so I’m going back to that. I want to share books I’m loving on a more regular basis. I want to share how I’m cutting our grocery budget way back. I want to share moments from our week. So look for some changes here soon. 

Tyler had his first home football game this last Friday. It was a great game and he played really well, although when he watched the film he picked his performance apart like a seasoned veteran. He started at both nose guard on defense and right tackle on offense. He held his blocks and made his tackles. We won 14-6 which was a great start to our season! A couple of talented parents were taking pictures down on the sidelines and sent me some amazing shots of Tyler. 

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Aren’t those great?! There are a couple that I want to have printed on a canvas to hang in a gallery wall. Poor Tyler had a rough practice yesterday. As hard as his coaches are on him, he’s harder on himself. It’s painful to sit back and see him reviewing game film and making notes of every thing he did wrong. Being a mom is hard, y’all. 

Yesterday we took the 3 younger kids up to my parents house in the mountains to see the solar eclipse. Tyler couldn’t miss school or football so a friend who is a teacher at the school took a picture of Tyler for me. We originally planned to go to Charleston, SC to meet up with Matt’s brother and his family but then we saw the traffic nightmare and changed plans. My parents were at 99.2% totality so we headed up there instead. The traffic was still intense. It took us 4 hours to get there and normally it would only take 2. Coming home was worse, the interstate was a parking lot. But it was worth it!

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It was really fun and I’m so glad we went and made it a whole experience for the kids. Now we’re back to reality again today, getting up at 5:30am. 

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5 Things Friday {8.18.17}

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Well school started this week. Reality smacked us right in the face. Hard. But we took like the champs we are and rolled with the punch. Or smack. Whatever. So in the grand tradition of the first week of school being a total cluster, I jammed packed as much crap into the first 3 days as possible. Clearly I’m insane. 

1. So last Saturday was Tyler’s first scrimmage of the season. It was at 12:30 in the afternoon on a day with a heat index of 105. Talk about poor planning. We about died and the players were sick with the heat. It was miserable. Tyler is #53 again this year. That’s him on the left kneeling down in the first picture. He started at nose guard on defense and right tackle on offense. If you look closely at the third picture, that big dude who looks like a tank? That’s the guy Tyler was blocking on offense and trying to get past on defense. It was a long day for Tyler. Ha! The last picture is a group of the players recovering in the hot tub at one of their houses. He has such good friends at the school, and best of all, I like all their moms. Ha! 

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2. Maia got her braces and extender put on this week. Not the best timing with school starting and her being the new girl. But this was the only time we could get it done and since it’s an almost 3 hour long appointment it needed to be done before school started. She did great but it’s been a rough week. She’s having trouble eating and talking and yeah….rough week. I keep telling her it will all be worth it….in 3 years. 

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3. Shortly after having her braces put on we had to go to her open house. Poor girl was trying to introduce herself to her new teachers and she could barely talk. But all of her teachers are awesome and helpful and she got some great classes. I left the little kids down in the elementary school with a friend and came back to find they had made friends with the new bearded dragon who lives in the art room. His name is Pete. I love it!

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4. We took a few hours on Wednesday to hang at the pool for our last hoorah! They had friends there and we spent hours swimming and laughing and relaxing. It was a great end to our summer vacation. 

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5. And then reality smacked us upside the head the next morning at 5:30 when the alarm clocks started going off. The kids almost look awake in the pictures, don’t they? Ha! The best part of our charter school? Uniforms. No fighting over what they were going to wear. None. They were all dressed, fed, and in the car ready to leave at 6:15. Success! Everyone had a great day, even Maia who was so nervous about middle school. 

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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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