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Life Lately {9.5.17}


We had a fairly busy 3 day weekend. I don’t think such a thing as a calm weekend exists in my household anymore. But it’s fun, so that’s what matters. At least that’s what I’m telling myself on a regular basis. But anyway, let’s take it back to last week. 

Tyler had to get a new helmet last week because his trainer discovered a giant crack down the side of his old one. And it was a new helmet this season! He took a few massive hits in the previous game that cracked his helmet. Yeah, that’s not concerning at all. So Wednesday night he and Matt had to adjust his new one, which is a bit tighter than his old one. Hopefully it keeps his brain safe. 


The varsity game was moved to Thursday night last week because of the heavy rain expected from Harvey. It was still rainy and windy but nothing like the storms we got on Friday night so definitely a good call by the athletic director! Tyler had a great game- the whole team had a great game. We won 45-0 and most of the starters got to sit and watch the second and third string play for most of the 2nd half. It was weird to see them sitting on the bench watching but they also really encouraged and cheered on the younger guys so that was nice to see. The starters celebrated the 2nd and 3rd string players getting a touchdown as though they’d been on the field themselves, which was awesome!


Decked out in ponchos, ready for the rain!


Starting offense on the bench watching the 2nd string.


The starters watching the 2nd string score a touchdown.


Celebrating with his best friends after the victory!

Saturday had us making a trip to Sam’s Club. I’ve decided to go back to monthly trips to Sam’s Club. We spend too much when we go every other week and end up with stuff we don’t really need. Plus it’s time consuming and I’d rather only spend one Saturday afternoon there. The kids came along and ate lunch from the samples. I’m loving my grocery list app- it’s called List Ease and it gives me a confetti party when I complete my list. I feel appreciated. 



Sunday had me taking Tyler to the sports med urgent care. He hurt his arm in the game on Thursday night and the trainer felt like it might be just a strained muscle. He also jammed 2 of his fingers on a helmet so they were swollen. His arm wasn’t any better after their practice on Saturday and his fingers started turning black and blue so the trainer had us go for xrays. Verdict- the arm is just a sprained muscle but he has a broken knuckle on his hand. So he has it taped and is just playing through the pain. The kid is tough. He also took a shot to his face in practice as you can see in the picture but at least he didn’t break his nose again. He’s going to be the death of me. 


I didn’t even take any pictures on Monday. We grilled, hot tubbed, swam, and relaxed. It was amazing until Tyler had to go to practice. I’m so excited for a short week. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that waking up at 5:30am might kill me. It’s already killing my soul. 


2017 Monthly Goals: September


August went by in a hot minute. I don’t know what happened. I blinked and it was gone. Now I have to switch gears to September, which is always a really busy month. 

August Goals:

1. Clean out closets and get uniforms sorted. DONE. I went through each kid’s closet, made them try on stuff, pulled out the outgrown uniforms and made a list of what I need to buy. 

2. Plan and implement a new monthly meal plan. NOPE. I had the best of intentions but this didn’t happen. It’s happening this month though. 

3. Buy all the school supplies. DONE. That was a huge list, y’all. I spent nearly $350 for 4 kids supplies and that didn’t include tech fees, sports fees, bus fees, etc. Holy sticker shock. 

4. Create a lunch plan. DONE. Fortunately my kids are relatively easy when it comes to lunch. They’re happy with a sandwich or leftovers from the night before. 

5. Organize the football team mom stuff. DONE. Well, it’s an ongoing thing but the initial organization such as getting the group emails set up, the signup genius for volunteering done, etc. 

September Goals:

1. List all outgrown uniforms for sale. Our charter school has a Facebook page dedicated to selling used uniforms and I need to get all of this stuff listed. 

2. Plan and implement a new monthly meal plan. I’ve just gotten started on this. It has to happen. 

3. Cut the grocery budget. This goes along with number 2. Our grocery budget is out of control and it cannot continue. I want to be under $800 per month for all food and household goods. I can do it. It’s a challenge and I’m good at challenges. 

4. Organize the pantry for lunch packing. I need the kids to start helping with the lunch packing and the easiest way to do that is to set up the pantry in a way that helps them pack without help. I don’t mind making sandwiches or filling thermoses but they can pack their own sides and snacks. 

5. Read 10 books. I want to turn off the TV during the day and spend more time reading. 


Life Lately {8.29.17}


Man. School schedule is kicking my butt, y’all. For real. I’m surviving on coffee and Jesus at this point. And it’s only Tuesday. I swear I’ll get my act together. Not today….but probably soon 🙂

So our dryer broke. Again. This stupid dryer is less than 18 months old and it’s broken twice. I think we have a lemon. The service guy came out and the blower motor went bad. He had to order the part so we were without a dryer for 5 days. Normally that wouldn’t be an issue but my kids have 5 days worth of uniforms for school. So our house looked like this as I air dried laundry. The service guy came to install the new part on Friday afternoon. Guess what? The new part is broken. I swear. I can’t make this up. So he had to order a new one and I am once again air drying uniforms all over the house. Because nothing adds to the fun of the beginning of the school year chaos like a broken dryer. 


On a more upbeat note, we had a heck of a tailgate Friday night before Tyler’s football game. I’m one of the team moms this year (don’t ask how that’s going) and one of the things we are doing is planning the tailgates. Lots of families came out to have fun before the game and there was a ton of great food! 






We had the best weather Friday night! It was low 80’s during the tailgate and only about 72 degrees once the game started. I love Fall. I love it so much. A couple of friends sent me these next 2 pictures from the game. Zoey and her bestie enjoying the game together. They are two peas in a pod these days. The next one is me with my fellow football team moms. I’ve made some great friends from football and these are 2 of the best. 



The game was not the best. Our opponent plays a division ahead of us so they were bigger and had more players to rotate in the game. It wasn’t awful, but not a great game for us and we lost 6-22. Tyler had a decent game but nobody was happy. 






Our next game is against a private school team who recruits heavily so we’ll see how that goes. The rest of the weekend was spent doing more laundry, cleaning my filthy house, and trying to create some form of organization for all this lunch box stuff. 


Life Lately


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. 










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!









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. 


5 Things Friday {8.18.17}


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. 



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. 


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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