Sunday, August 23, 2015

Back to School! Originization!

My older boy started 2nd grade! OMG why does he have to grow so fast?!
On that note there are many things that I try to do to keep live calm and cool....
Also a side note, I had planned to do my 31 day clean out, well that's on pause until Sept!
I have always loved Jen's school boxes she has for her boys! And she just posted a friend's example as well.
This last year I started my own version.  It is simple and easy for days when he is in school.
However now that we are 2 years into the process time to put it into a view able design!

This is my plan!

- I like books that are viewable so I hope to start with 1 in binders and depending on how far that gets me each book will be 1-2 years of school.

Also another aspect I want to add is getting a set homework place.

We bought a super fancy desk from my sister quite a few years ago, and we have yet to get much use out of it.   We have a lap top and that normally lived under the couch in our family room.  However now with both Chris and I studying for very important work tests.  I spent the end of last week cleaning out, organizing purging and making this!!

I am super sad I didn't take any photos mid project.  However it was NOT something I was proud of.  I am now very proud and Love getting to spend time sitting at my desk, studying.  I also hope to have this be a great place for Liam to focus (the kitchen table isn't good for that) and with the piano bench there too it gives a good option for mom or dad to come check on the work.

It is not a huge jump but defiantly a step in the right direction.   BABY STEPS.. RIGHT? lol

I have many other projects for this room on my list.
-getting rid of all the nick nacks
-cleaning off and beautifying the book case

and MANY hopefully not too many years from now, clean out the closet.  For now it is where my scrapbook supplies have gone to die.  Since I discovered mixbooks I just have NO desire to stick stickers to a page.  Hopefully I'll get some motivation for that.  However for now.. Im super excited about my new work space!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Life! Another 4 letter word!

So I have more then a million things to be greatful for.... And amongst them all I'm a bit overwhelmed!!!

-studying for try #2 at my much needed test.
-officially starting my new job at work.
-working 10 hr days (after working 8s for so long)
-back to school and homework 
-Chris starting his new job in a matter of days!!! 

So really nothing much going on today! 

With all that stress piling up me. Something to be greatful for! My new awsome boss bought each of us newbeys the book. Strengths focus 2.0 I've always been obsessive with self help books, but right now that is so far down on my want to list. But I read the 30 or so required pages. Took the test and sent off my results to him as per request.

No day was not a good put it nicely! I was DONE by about 3. My manager came over talked to me heart to heart! 
After our little chat he said something like "I hope I was positive enough for you!"
I look at him for a minute, and he said. "I'm really passionate about the strengths finder so I'm trying to make sure I learn a few things about how I can motivate you in a way that fits you!"

I felt slightly played... Lol!! But at the same time... It was good to know I have a boss who is willing to go out of his way to meet me at my strengths and build me up!

Now just need the numbers and test score to keep it!!!

And more then anything to keep life in check.. I come home to smiling little boys.. So some reading and flash cards.... 

And never forget sometimes sitting with my almost not so little baby in my lap watching teletubies is just what this mommy needed!!!
And when it really comes down to it! Having a husband that knows my strengths understands my struggles and motivates me no matter what!!!

Yes still a horrible, awlful, no good, very bad day... And time for bed!! 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils

Yes I am that stereotype!

I love my summers and could bask in the sun all year round. I'm not a big fan of fall, don't get me wrong it is beautiful, but I love my summers!!!! (I think that's why God gave me fall babies! Something to look forward to.)
That being said. I LOVE back to school shopping. Might be the little kid in me getting super excited to get my letter from the school letting me know who my new teacher would be accompanied by the list of supplies I'd need!  I love it.
Image result for back to school shopping supplies
When my Liam started Kindergarten "WOW" Chris was worried I was gonna buy anything school related I could get my hands on. And worse then that, I was starting my last semester of college that same time! So yes I went CRAZY!!!! 
One major plus I have is that Liam is at a private catholic school. That means clothes are limited to uniforms. (Which can totally add up, but I love the used sale before school starts. So far I've bought 2 pair of pants new. Everything else is used). So as much as I might want to buy school clothes, I don't. 
Regardless my love is in the notebooks, crayons, markers and planners! 
Once again my budget loves our catholic school. At their school they try to keep things very focused and avoid distractions as much as possible.

Which means
-yellow #2 pencils
-simple blunt tip scissors 
-24 pack crayola crayons
-12 pack crayola colored pencils 
-2 plain folders
-4 wide ruled notebooks (blue, green, red, yellow)
-plastic 5x7 pencil box

For this school supplied crazy mom!! I can't take it I must have MORE!!!!
However I know that the school is doing the right thing. 

I love that the kids get to pick their own backpack, and lunch box! 
This year Liam has a mindcraft backpack coming in the mail (back ordered put it back 2 weeks, so he gets his last 2 year one for the first day) and I got 2 lunch boxes! Paw patrol and r2d2!!!

R2-D2 Lunch Tote
As I look over our summer I feel blessed beyond belief for the fun and life we have!!!

Here goes another year!!! Yeah!!! 2015-2016

Monday, August 3, 2015


I've said it before and I'll say it a million more times. I'm not a sahm in not a homemaker, but I do what I can!
I'm started THIS on Saturday so i'm trying my best to get things OUT of my house.
Awesome 30 day decluttering challenge. Join the 30 day clutter-free countdown (for free) . Tons of resources and tips to make sure you succeed!
I had originally signed up for it when I thought I would be down with my test..... However that is not the case.  However NO EXCUSE!!
For the past 2 days I have cleaned out from the boys room.  I REALLY want to get onto decorating the boys room. (however that must wait until after I pass my test). But I thought it would be a good place to start.  And even more with the fact that Liam starts school in about a week, we will be all ready for that too! 
My amazing sister in law is pregnant with their first little one! And she is having a girl!!!

With that in the back of my mind I have been working on boy bedroom ideas! My goal is by their birthdays (sept and oct) I'll get working on their room as make it perfect! 
What are you thoughts?