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3 Things Thursday {2.23.17}

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Zoey got to have a sleepover this last weekend with her bestie. These girls met because of Tyler’s football and now they are inseparable. I’m so excited that they are going to get to go to school together next year. This was Zoey’s first sleepover at our house and she had a blast. They watched Secret Life of Pets, ate tons of popcorn, made milkshakes, and just had such a blast together. I love watching my kids find their tribe. 



Mason’s team won their first playoff quarterfinal game and moved on to the semifinals on Tuesday night. They played a team that was bigger, rougher, and more physical. They were also one of the only 2 teams that beat our team this season. So this victory was sweet! We move on to the championship game on Saturday morning!



Zoey had a big week. She finally lost one of her front teeth. This stubborn tooth has been hanging on for dear life by one thread for weeks but she wouldn’t let me pull it out. I even tried to bribe her with $5 to let me yank it out because it was literally crooked and sticking out making her look like a tiny hillbilly. It finally fell out while she was eating popcorn during her sleepover. Do you know how much fun the tooth fairy has on a Saturday night trying to retrieve a tiny tooth from under a pillow in the middle of a sleepover? She almost broke her neck. Tooth fairy deserves hazard pay.



3 Things Thursday {2.16.17}

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Tyler had his last regular season basketball game on Friday night and it was a great game with a huge win against a conference rival. Tyler had a great game, hit all his free throws, got several blocks, and had a bunch of rebounds. It was a good season and now they’re onto the playoffs!


Mason also had his last regular season game this week on Saturday. They destroyed their opponents and had a great showing. His team starts the playoffs this Saturday and they hope to go all the way to the championship game!



Tyler had his second dermatologist appointment since starting an Accutane based medication for his cystic acne. We sat down in the waiting room and not even a minute later my neighbor walks in and sits down. I’ve mentioned this neighbor before. She’s the gossip of the street. She’s super nice but you just have to watch what you say. I’m just waiting to hear what the word on the street is about why we were there. It should be interesting. I’m hoping for something fun- like flesh eating bacteria. 



Mason made the A/B Honor Roll for the second quarter. He missed the A Honor Roll by one point in one subject. He was bummed. But I’m really proud of him. He worked so hard. While we were at his award ceremony I got word that he and Zoey both got a spot at the same charter school where Tyler goes. Maia did not get a spot because there were no open spots for 7th grade, but she is number 1 on the wait list so fingers crossed she’ll get in. I have mixed feelings.  I absolutely adore the charter school. It’s amazing. And there’s just something so appealing about having all my kids on one campus (in different schools but on the same campus). But I really love the elementary school that all our kids have attended and I’m going to be sad to not have any kids there anymore. It’s just a hard transition even though I know it’s for the best. 



A Day In Our Life {Winter 2017}

I love doing these day in our life posts every season. It’s always so much fun to look back and see how different life is each time. My Fall 2016 post is HERE if you missed it and want to catch up. And if you want to see all of my posts in the series they are HERE. Life is really busy right now but it’s also really really fun. 


4:45am- The alarm goes off. I almost cry. Drag my extremely tired, extremely sore body out of bed and throw on something that passes for clothing. Brush my teeth. Head downstairs to make sure Tyler is up. He isn’t. Poke him until he gets up. Make him a protein shake to go and toss a banana and poptart in his book bag for breakfast after practice. 

5:00am- Run through the checklist with Tyler to make sure he has everything he needs for the day: cleats, school uniform, workout clothes, basketball practice jersey, basketball shoes, lunch, water bottle, laptop, phone, chargers….it’s a whole thing. Leave the house to drop him off at football workouts.

5:29am- Screech to a stop in the field parking lot with one minute to spare and Tyler jumps out and makes a run for it. Football coaches are strict- one minute late means everyone is running sprints at the end of workouts. The fact that it is offseason makes no difference at all. 


6:00am- Arrive home and wake up Maia. Feed Abby and Chase. Check Maia’s lunchbox and fill her water bottle. Check my planner* to see what fun stuff awaits me for the day. Let the dogs outside.

6:25am- Leave to drop Maia off at a classmates house down the street. We’re fortunate that Maia has a friend in her charter school who lives down the road from us. Her mom takes Maia to school with them on days when Tyler needs to go early so I don’t have to make 2 back to back trips up there. It seriously is taking a village this year, y’all. We return the favor a couple of times a week to give her mom a break too. 

6:40am- Start the first load of laundry, empty the dishwasher, check emails. Drink first cup of coffee. Let dogs inside.


7:00am- Jump on the treadmill while Matt showers. Watch an episode of American Housewife while I do my Couch 2 5K workout.

7:30am- Say goodbye to Matt because he’s leaving for an early meeting. Jump in the shower and get ready for the day.


8:05am- Wake up Mason and Zoey. Supervise their breakfast making efforts. I’ve started letting them choose and make their own breakfasts. These kids will be self-sufficient if it kills me. Feed Bailey and let all 3 dogs outside. Check book bags for agendas and homework and add cold packs to lunch boxes.

8:30am- Send kids to get dressed and brush teeth, and do Zoey’s hair. Let dogs back inside.


8:50am- Herd kids into car and drive to their school. Spend way too long sitting in the car line behind idiots. Have a sing a long while we wait. Wave to the teachers doing car line as they laugh and clap at our sing a long.


9:05am- Arrive home and make a second cup of coffee. Sit down to watch an episode of House Hunters. I need this 30 minutes of just sitting still, drinking coffee, and watching people whine about paint colors.

9:30am- Throw wet clothes in the dryer and start a second load in the washer. Wipe down the dining room table and kitchen counters. Vacuum the downstairs and clean the downstairs bathroom.


10:15am- Run some errands. Today I need to do the library to pick up a book I have on hold, Aldi for milk, cheese, and orange juice (and cookies), Target to pick up Tyler’s prescription, and then Walmart for my pick up order.

12:20pm- Drop off the groceries at home and head to meet my sister for lunch. We went for Mexican food and margaritas at a little hole in the wall place we discovered last year. It’s delicious!

1:30pm- Get home and let the dogs out. Fold the dry laundry and put it away, transfer the wet clothes to the dryer, do some blog work, return phone calls. Do a conference call with some of the other varsity basketball moms. We’re planning senior night and coordinating needs for the playoffs that start next week.


2:05pm- Get a text from Tyler that he is staying for football weights and can I bring him something to eat. The things I do for this kid. Let dogs inside and run out the door to hit the drive thru at Chick Fil A and drive it up to him. I normally would laugh and tell him to hit the vending machine but he has been at school since 5:30 and he still has basketball practice after weights so I channel my inner good mom and do it. 

2:35pm-  Drop food off at Tyler’s school and chat with the football coach for a few minutes. Run into a few other team moms and have an impromptu meeting with the varsity trainer about some side effects Tyler is having from Accutane. 


3:05pm- Leave and head to Maia’s bus stop. Paying $80 a month for a bus to bring her all the way from school to a neighborhood 10 minutes away from our house is worth every single penny. Just sayin’. I got about 15 minutes at the bus stop to read while I wait.

3:40pm- Maia’s bus arrives and we head home.

4:25pm- Walk down to the bus stop to get Zoey. Chat with some of the other neighbors also waiting. Find out all the gossip on the street that I’ve missed. Normally Mason walks up with Zoey so I don’t have to wait at the bus stop but today he has a student council meeting.


4:40pm- Unpack Zoey’s book bag, sort through her million papers, fix her a snack, and help her with her homework. Throw together dinner- Southern Style Macaroni & Cheese with sliced sausage- and toss it in the oven to bake. 

5:00pm- Leave to pick up Mason from his student council meeting.

5:10pm- Arrive home. Unpack Mason’s book bag, sort through his million papers, and listen to him do his homework while I feed the puppies. Fold the second load of laundry and put it away.

5:30pm- Dish up dinner for the kids and add steamed broccoli on the side just for giggles so I feel like a good mom even though I know they feed it to the dogs. Let the dogs outside.


5:50pm- Throw the dishes in the dishwasher and wipe down the table while Mason changes clothes for basketball practice. Let the dogs back inside.

6:00pm- Leave with Mason for basketball practice. Call Matt from the car and tell him about dinner, and remind him to help Zoey take a shower.


6:15pm- Settle in on the bleachers to read some of my book while Mason practices.

7:15pm- Leave Mason’s practice and head home. Herd him up to the shower. Load the dishwasher, wipe down the kitchen counters, clean off the dining room table, vacuum the downstairs. Stare longingly at the wine bottle on the counter as Matt leaves for a meeting. 


8:00pm- Leave to go get Tyler from basketball practice. He had a full day- football in the morning, weights in the afternoon, followed by basketball in the evening. Practice is running late so I sit and read for a bit in the car.

8:45pm- Tyler finally wanders out and collapses in the car. Listen to him vent all the way home about various things. He has clearly had a long day.


9:15pm- Arrive home. Tyler heads up to the shower. Tuck in the little kids who are both already in bed. Pack lunch boxes for the next day with non-perishables, make sandwiches and put in the fridge in tupperware containers with fruit and string cheese on top for each kid, fill water bottles. Let dogs outside.

9:30pm- Fix Tyler a plate of dinner while he gets dressed. Make edits to his English narrative rough draft paper while he scarfs down food. Send Maia up to take a shower and get ready for bed. Let dogs inside. 

10:00pm- Finally sit down on the couch to watch a couple of shows when Matt finally arrives home. We watch Criminal Minds and I enjoy a fabulous glass of that wine while trying to decide if it’s worth it to make something to eat.

11:00pm- Head upstairs to bed to watch the news. Matt is asleep in 3 minutes.

11:35pm- Turn off the news and read a few chapters in my current book.

12:15am- Finally turn off the lights for the night. 

**Not all pictures are from this actual day. I’m the worst at remembering to take pictures of everything I do. 


3 Things Thursday {2.9.17}

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Last week we went to family reading night at the little kids’ elementary school. I just love their teachers so much. Zoey is a little behind but she’s getting there. Mason is doing amazing. He had such a hard start with reading. He had the speech delay and it affected his reading. He was far below grade level in reading for all of Kindergarten and First Grade, and then below grade level for the first semester of 2nd grade. Then he was proficient but just barely. In January, he tested well above grade level! I couldn’t believe it. He is the 2nd highest reader in his class and in the Top 5 in all of 3rd grade. I’m amazed at how much work his teacher has put in with him because let’s be honest, that didn’t happen at home. We read but there is a shortage of time so he does a lot of his intensive reading at school. 



We are down to the last few weeks of basketball. What’s that sound? Angels singing. I’m so tired. Tyler has his last regular season game tomorrow night and then the playoffs. Mason has his last regular season game on Saturday and then the playoffs. I’m ready. This has been a long long season. Football season is long but basketball season is a brutal grind. 2-3 games a week plus practices every other day including Saturday…it’s long. Tyler had a great game on Tuesday- he got several blocks and some nice assists before fouling out. Mason had a really good game on Saturday- he also had some blocks, several steals, and a bunch of rebounds. Still can’t get him to shoot the ball but he did bring it up the court a few times so progress. Ha!

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I made the most delicious S’mores Brownies for the Super Bowl on Sunday. SO GOOD! We had a house full of people and a whole lot of teenage boys so I had to have a lot of food. We ended up grabbing some of the take n’ bake pizzas from Sam’s Club for $5.99 each (they are soooo good), plus a whole lot of chicken wings, some amazing Philly Cheesesteak sliders, and these brownies. I think I gained 10 lbs. But it was so worth it. I’ll have the recipes for the sliders and the brownies up on the blog soon.



3 Things Thursday {2.2.17}

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Poor Mason has been battling the sicks for a week so I took him down to the minute clinic at Target on Friday. Never again. This place was so awful. When we got there we were #3 in line. 2 hours later the PA on duty came out to announce that she was taking a lunch break. She only managed to see 2 patients in 2 hours. At the MINUTE clinic. I was so hot. So were the 7 people in line behind me. I packed up my sick kid and headed for another urgent care where they have real doctors with time management skills. He was #8 in line and we were seen in less than an hour. Poor kid has a severe sinus infection and double ear infections. He finally went back to school a couple of days ago. 



We had another exciting week of basketball for the boys. Tyler’s game was amusing. They were playing a conference rival team, one that we beat badly in football this year, and it was an ugly game. One of their players (who was also a football player) was committing some ugly hard fouls to the point that he injured 2 of our players pretty badly. Tyler played the first half and was supposed to sit out the second half because they had played a game the night before as well. Instead, coach sent Tyler back in to “handle” the fouling player. Tyler handled him all right. He flat out tackled this guy into the stands. I mean, full on football tackle. It was awesome. Tyler hopped right up, stared the guy down, and walked away. The entire gym went silent. Then the applause and cheering started when the other guy needed help getting up. Normally I don’t advocate for my kid to do stuff like that but we have 2 players out for the playoffs because of the flagrant fouls (fractured tailbone and dislocated shoulder). I snapped this picture of Tyler laughing when the guy finally got up and made it to the free throw line. Some of the other varsity football players who don’t play basketball were there watching and they were chanting his name. And there were no more flagrant fouls in the game. The football coach was watching and I think he might have cheered the loudest. Ha!


Mason’s game was a bit more sedate. Ha! He had a great game. His coach has worked a lot on defense this year, which is Mason’s favorite thing ever. He loves defense. He had 5 steals, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks. And 4 fouls. Ha! That’s my boy. His team won again so they are 6-2 and headed to the playoffs in a couple of weeks. 



The teenager, y’all. I know he’s tired. He’s very busy and he works hard. But there are times that I look at him and think “I’m going to have to apologize to your future wife”. This is the text exchange that we had a few nights ago. I mean, really?