Friday, August 29, 2014

Preschool and Planning

We have a preschooler in our house!


She was so excited to start school. We have her enrolled in a Montessori program and she has been talking about school for about a month. At her school orientation, she got to see her hook for her coat and backpack, where her classroom was, and meet her teacher. She only had one question, and she wanted to know what the sink was for in the room. Her eyes lit up when she saw it because it was at her level, and girlfriend loves to help me with dishes in the sink. 

I was a bit worried about drop off and that I would start to cry and then she would start to cry and Tony would be left to deal with both of us. Thankfully none of that happened. 


I had asked her if she wanted to go in by herself, or if she wanted mom or dad to walk her to the door. After checking out the drop off situation, she chose to go in by herself. We had practiced this at her orientation open house as well, so she would feel comfortable going in alone. They encourage parents to stop at the door for a clean break, but Avery was ready to break at the truck. 





There she goes...all on her own. We are so proud of our girl. She is confident, kind, and brave. 




As we drove away to drop me off at my car so I could head into work, Gavin looked around kind of confused. I think he was a bit lost without her. It was a bit strange driving with only 3 of the 4 of us.

As I was putting all of her school schedule, parties, programs, and other dates onto our calendar, I thought that I might want to start using my old planner again. Between work, kids appointments, Tony's schedule and the school schedule, I could keep better track of everything. I loved using it at my prior job, as it was really handy to have a dedicated space for my calendars, notes, phone numbers, etc. I had gotten away from using it, and started putting everything into my phone. While Google pretty much runs my life with gmail, google calendars, my droid phone, etc, I do miss having a hard paper planner that is well thought out.



As I was going through and cleaning it out of old papers, and the old calendar, I took inventory of what inserts I would need to re-order to make it usable again. Realizing it was almost September, I came to grips with wasting most of the insert for 2014, and having to re-order again for 2015. I looked on the Franklin Covey website and about spit out my coffee realizing that it would cost me upwards of $50 get the 2014 planner pages {I prefer a 2 page per week layout, with the days going vertical from 8-8}, a new set of address/phone insert, and some more blank pages for notes. Shipping alone on the paper {!} was $8. Not going to happen. I am quite certain {theres a jertain in the curtain}  that I didn't spend half that much on the planner when it was new at Target a few years ago. Of course, Target doesn't carry the line anymore, and I am way out of season to be shopping for planners, so they are few and far between, and starting with 2015.

Well the jokes on you Franklin Covey and your overpriced planner inserts, I found that Avery {the label company, not our daughter} has the same size paper and calendars for a fraction of the price, and free shipping from Amazon. I can download the template, customize it to fit my needs for the calendar, and start with September 2014. The layout is still 2 pages per week, but a not my usual vertical layout. I can live with that until January. Especially for the cost. The are scheduled to arrive next week. Franklin Coveys $8 shipping was 10-12 business days out. Mom win!






Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Avery was challenged by her cousin Lexi and completed it over the weekend. 




Then she got to do it again at daycare with all of her friends...

Tony and I have been challenged, but we haven't done it yet. Stay Tuned, we may or may not, but a donation from our family is certain.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday!


to the time we were invited to sit in the Jacobsen Building to watch the Iowa State Football game. 

Fall of 2007.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We have walls!


Saturday morning before the framing crew arrived...




Saturday afternoon around 3...







the first step is a big step, and it took A LOT of work to get here. We {mainly I, } didn't  realize how much crap we had down here. A lot of stuff that needed to be thrown away, and organized, and stored. When we moved in 5 years ago, it was a dumping ground, and as we had the kids and acquired more toys, etc. they inevitably ended up down here. 




so now while the basement looks organized and ready to be finished, I am unable to park my car in the garage. Still more work to be done, but making progress!





Monday, August 11, 2014

StitchFix

So you may or may not be familiar with Stitch Fix. It is a styling service that you subscribe to and they send you clothes to your house. You try on the items in the privacy of your own home, can see what they work with in your own closet and keep what you like. They include a pre-paid bag to send any items back that you don't want. Love it all? they will give you 25% off your entire purchase.


It costs $20 per month for someone to put together the looks for you, and then that goes toward any purchase you make that month. You can choose to have the shipments as frequently as every 2-3 weeks, once a month, once every other month, or once every 3 months. 


I kept this Moni Stud blouse, it was very flattering. 


While I really liked everything they sent me, the other items didn't fit perfectly, and I still had a hard time sending them back. I was able to log back on to the Stitch Fix website and describe what I liked about each item, what didn't work, and if I was sending it back or not. That will allow my stylist to use the feedback in the future fixes. I am already looking forward to my next fix in September!

Try it out with me, and let me know what you think!
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 {I will get a credit on my account if you sign up with my referral, FYI}


Friday, August 8, 2014

Buzz Cut


I had to do it in short bursts, so he had a bit of Hulk Hogan hair going on. 


Future Halloween costume...Hulk Hogan


Looking Fresh!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

National Balloon Classic

We took the kids to a local event last night, called the National Balloon Classic, south of Des Moines. I had never been, and always wanted to go. It's a week long celebration of hot air balloons with special events.


We all had a great time, and it was perfect to take the kids to. Avery sat and watched as the balloons filled up, launched, and flew overhead, and Gavin got to run around and make new friends.



The contest last night was for the balloons to fly over a target and drop in a weighted stuffed polar bear to 4 baby pools. 80 balloons flew overhead that night. There were some really interesting shapes and patterns.







We ended up going as kind of a last minute idea, and we could not have asked for better weather, or better behaved kids. We have been having so much fun this summer with them, and the mild weather has allowed us to spend a lot of time outdoors.