Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Apples for the Teacher

This year for the back to school teacher gift, I put together a little apple gift container for Shelly's homeroom teacher. This is the only gift I'm sending in this year. Lily is heading off to high school and didn't really want to do the teacher gift thing. So, I came up with a few "apple" or red items to go into the container. And then I made a little tag for the front.

Container from Target ($3), Glade apple candle ($2.99), Wet Ones wipes ($1), Orbit gum ($1), Papermate red pens ($2.99), NYC red polish ($1), and (not pictured) Kleenex pack ($1)

Fun apple flavored cookies

Container and tag

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

School Stuff

The girls did a little back to school supply shopping last week. It seemed as if there were fewer items needed this year. Not so sure why that is, but it made the process of shopping a bit easier.
The table with the supplies

A stack of notebooks for Lily

Lily's favorite pencils

Lily's new Lilly agenda planner

Shelly's binder---she's so excited to have a big binder this year
 School supplies always help me get in the mood for the Fall and all of the changes ahead!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Eight Days

I haven't blogged too much of late. We've been either at a doctor's appointment or the dentist's office for most of the past couple of weeks. And my head is jam packed with all of the upcoming activities. School starts in 8 days. Enough said. 

Missing this!

Monday, August 11, 2014


Shelly went away to a camp last week and did so well. She barely shed a tear as she said goodbye to us. They spent two nights and three days away from home and she loved it. So proud of her for stepping out of her comfort zone. 

Lily made the JV volleyball team! Yay! So proud of her. She really gave it her all and did so well on the try out days. 

Last week Lily developed a severe case of hives. It came out of nowhere and has been driving her nuts. It took us a couple of trips to the doctor to determine what the rash was. We aren't certain about what has caused the hives. She is now on a dose of Prednisone and I pray every night that it has gone away. Poor thing. (Photo of her leg with hives on day two of the episode---may want to scroll past)

Our Summer Fun list has about half of the items checked off of the list. It has been more difficult to accomplish things on it this summer. Hoping we can knock out a few more before school begins again. 

A couple of chillier rainy days have been nice for watching movies, going out to eat, and relaxing this past weekend. 

Lily has us (John, Lily, and me) hooked on The Walking Dead. Such a good show. Although it's very gruesome, the story of the people is so compelling. We are at the beginning of season 3. So, we still have a ways to go before season 5 starts back on tv. 

I'm getting a little excited for some cooler days and Fall fun. I love the Fall. I do need to remind myself that the warm temps linger around way into September...and even October. 

I had a thought the other day and I wanted to document it here~~~The decisions you make shouldn't effect the decisions I make. And just because we aren't doing the exact same thing doesn't make either of our decisions wrong. Not so sure that is crystal clear, but it has popped up like that in my head a couple of times this week. I think it's all about accepting other people's happiness along with our own. Or something like that. 

When we were away at the lake for a week, a good friend of ours took care of Daisy. It was such a relief to know that Daisy was okay. Sounds silly to say about a cat but true. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Finals Days of Summer

Only two weeks left of the summer of 2014. Hard to believe. The days and weeks have truly flown by this summer. It has been filled with plans and very little down time. Here and there we have savored the days that held no plans, but overall this summer has been busy. Sometimes too busy. 

I remember the lazy days of summer when the girls were little. They played with their American Girl dolls, they made videos of each other, they crafted for hours, and they loved to dress up like brides. There was a ton of free time and no real plans. And I'm sure during that period of our life, I wished for more of a schedule and less down time. Irony. 

So the summer is coming to an end and I am preparing to be a mother of a high school student and a 5th grader in her last year of elementary school. I know that they are ready for these big changes and I am hoping to be ready right alongside them. 

I'm trying to worry a little less and embrace the unknown a little more. For most people this might not seem like a huge feat but for the extreme planner in me, it's a monumental accomplishment. With that in mind, I will try not to overthink every aspect of their upcoming school year and as Elsa said, I will try to just , "Let it Go"!  Wish me luck. 

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Lake life

A few more photos from our week at Smith Mountain Lake!

Tubing on the lake---Sofia is headed to Lily's tube
And now back to Kaden's
Shelly & Kaden on one tube and Sofia and Lily on the other
jet skiing with the mountains in the back

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Off to Camp

Shelly and a couple of her friends headed off to camp on Monday. This is her first time going to an overnight camp and she was really excited about it. She will return on Wednesday and I can't wait to hear all about her time away.

The campers ready to go

School friends ready to camp

One of the counselors sent a photo of the girls after their first activity---swimming in the pool. They all look so happy. Yay!!!