Friday, September 19, 2014

Progress, Planes, Pumpkins, and Painting.

Thanks so much for your kind words the other day! I got a handful of comments, emails, and Facebook messages reminding me that Will and James are COMPLETELY different (you don't have to tell me!) and that rearing them is never going to take the same ingredients. James' sweet teacher from last year (whom I ADORE) emailed last night to tell me NOT TO WORRY about Will. She has already asked to have him in her class next year (and I warned her that he and James are not cut from the same pattern) - although that was before he'd made a "name" for himself. She mentioned that she has been there, done that with boys who are rule-followers and those who are not. We just have to let each child forge their own paths and shine in their own ways. (And I've really, really, really tried not to compare the two out loud in front of them. Really, I have.) She also mentioned that he is so charming that I will never know about half of the things he gets in trouble for because he'll bat his eyelashes and get out of it. God made him cute for a reason. Yesterday and today were MUCH better. He got TWO stamps both days (out of three...lost one for hitting a kid in the face with a train...seriously) and we were told to CELEBRATE big time for the two (that were generous gifts, apparently) in hopes that he'll enjoy the positive rewards enough to continue. We shall see...

Whew! On another note, we are in full-out party planning mode for James' birthday party. It is in exactly one month and I'm trying to get everything taken care of ahead of time. It is going to be interesting trying to pull that off while also trying to organize and unpack. SO thankful I decided not to have it at our house this year. The really tricky part is going to be remembering where all the party supplies are during and after the move. ;) We're going with a Planes Fire and Rescue theme and there isn't much out there in the way of party supplies. Hopefully it will all come together.

I got the cutest wooden monogrammed pumpkin in the mail the other day. I painted it a very fall-ish orange (NOT to be confused with Florida, Tennesse, or Auburn orange...) and put it on our front door tonight. It's so cute! It may wind up being my only Halloween decoration this year. :P It needs a wire hanger on the back and a burlap bow (and I may get Lori to fancy it up more than my little brown brushstrokes did), but here it is for now. Now it just needs to move to my NEW FRONT DOOR!!!

Our painters are DONE with the house. Hallelujah. That was quite a job! We still lack the built-in in the den but they'll put that in next week and then spray paint in, the mantle, and one cabinet in the kitchen (and maybe something in the bathroom, too). Overall, though, they are GONE. Carpet goes in Wednesday or Thursday next week and then movers come on Saturday!!!!!! My goal is to be IN the house (and out of our rental) by September 30th. I took off work October 1st and 3rd to work on getting everything unpacked. We have a *few* things going on that week, but mostly my attention will be on moving, moving, moving and unpacking, unpacking, unpacking. Yipppeeeeee!

My boys are off at the high school football game and I am going to try my best to finish Gone Girl tonight. (Y'all. I love it. Read it if you haven't. And let me know what you thought if you have!)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Perfectionist and the Fun Kid.

In every group of friends there is the one that follows the rules and tries to keep the others out of trouble. He is the one that tows the line, is his own worst critic, and is a pleaser. He doesn't want to disappoint anyone.

And then there's the kid who is always shouting, "Hey, y'all! Watch this!"

We have one of each in our family.

At the boys' school they have a system for discipline that produces a positive reinforcement for good behavior. Each class is different in how they carry this out. Last year, the talk was all about "bugs" for James. Each child had a bug jar and if you misbehaved a bug was removed from your bug jar and you lost a stamp on your hand at the end of the day. I proudly bragged that James only lost TWO all year long. And one of those two produced such crying that you would have thought someone had died.

Will's class has implemented the same system this year, but I think they use monsters. The first few weeks his teachers have taught them how to sit quietly at circle time, how to behave around friends, and how to walk quietly in the hallway. It isn't a perfect system, but it does give them some guidelines for behaving at school.

So here's where the Perfectionist and the Fun Kid come in. Do you think you can guess who is who?

There's James, who only lost two bugs the WHOLE YEAR last year. And then there's Will who by September 16th (a mere MONTH into school) has already lost EIGHT monsters/stamps/whatever. EIGHT.

Last week as I laid him down for his nap after he'd lost all three in one morning (he did that again today), he looked at me and BATTED HIS EYELASHES as he said, "Mama, you yike me?" Batted his eyelashes. He KNOWS.

If you need me, I'll be covering up my gray hair and looking for new wrinkle cream. I fear that this is only the beginning for the "Fun Kid" and his schemes. Maybe I should bake cookies and brownies for the office staff in school at the beginning of each year, huh?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Five on Friday.

Hey, hey, hey! How the HECK is it Friday already? Whaaaat? It has flown by. Good and bad, I suppose. I haven't done a Five on Friday post in a while, so let's do that today.

1. Eddie and I went to a wedding last weekend and we stayed in a hotel right behind the venue. Fabulous. Literally took us five minutes to walk. The hotel had recently been re-done and the style was...interesting. I couldn't decide if I liked it or not. Hotels are so strange these days!

2. Jamberry has a BRAND NEW catalog out this month. I am loving lots of the styles. I've got room for one more Facebook party next week, but October is wide open. If you're interested I'd love to tell you more about it!

3. We have a for-real move-in day at our new house. Painters have been working all week long and are likely coming back at least on Monday. We'll have carpet in hopefully next week and then we have a few days to wait before the movers can pick our stuff up and take it to the new house. We've done some boxing up in Perry and have a little more (it's not a ton - just things in drawers and cabinets, etc.). We should be totally moved in before October 1st. Hallelujah! (Notice I did not say we'd be unpacked...just moved in.)

4. Halloween costumes, anyone? Do you think about them this early or wait until just before? We do coordinated costumes every year and this year, for the first time, both boys have an opinion...and let's just say they're not matching up. Ruh-roh! Hopefully we can figure it out.

5. I joined a new Bible Study this week! We're doing Faithful, Abundant, True from Deeper Still with Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer, and Beth Moore. So far, so good!

Crying baby beckons! Y'all have a good weekend!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sneaky Peek.

It's been one year today. It seems like forever ago and just yesterday all at the same time. Oh, that weekend was just so, so rough. This weekend is the weekend that our friends always go to the beach and last year we missed it because we were at Emory and this year I just wanted to do something different. We wound up going to a friend's wedding in Athens and had an overnight date. Then yesterday Eddie and I spent several hours packing up our house in Perry. It was a good weekend. I'll share more about it later. We sure do miss our Poppy.

So...because we're working on moving into our new house ASAP (wooooo, Eddie stressed about "getting it all done..."), I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek of what it looks like right now. We have painters in there today and the rest of the week and we hope to get carpet in it next week and then we can move in! Come on's currently very...ummm...colorful! ;)

{Front door: We'll be removing the dead plant and hopefully getting my planters here soon for fall mums. The door is a gorgeous glass that looks like the windows. Wish I'd closed it.}

{Foyer: Hoping that my buffet will fit here. The paint on the walls here is similar to one of our colors for the house.}

{Dining Room: The red is GOING. I am so sick of my red dining room. We'll have our table and china cabinet in here.}

{Master bathroom: This wallpaper is already GONE. That's the major change in here. Eddie has his very own vanity and he is so proud of that. We'll probably update fixtures in here soon and the shower has a curtain (you can see it in the mirror but it looks EXACTLY LIKE the wallpaper), but the major thing is the wallpaper.}

{Boys' Bedroom: Isn't the pink cute? LOL. James is waiting for the day that the pink is painted over. Then he'll feel like he can stay. We'll replace the light fixture at some point, too. And carpet will go in next week.}

{Boys' Bathroom: Just paint for this room.}

{Den: This room is getting the most work, really. That bookshelf on the right side will be completed (we think they had a big tv there once upon a time), the tv will be hung over the fireplace, we'll add gas logs, and the room will be painted. I'm the most excited about this room. It's smaller than our previous den, but it feels cozy. We'll see how our BIG furniture fits. Those curtains over there are REAL denim. Fancy.}

{Kitchen: Right now we are ONLY painting this room. After we sell our house in Perry and save some pennies we're definitely going to be replacing counters and backsplash - and making that island into a usable space, appliances and the sink, and maybe - if I can talk Eddie into it - the tile. ;) Probably not but we'll see. I would love a cooktop and built-in double oven but that's like eons away.}

{Kitchen Desk: This is my little spot and I'm thrilled about it. It's just getting a paint job.}

{Screened Porch: It got painted last week and we'll be putting a table, a sitting area, and maybe a tv out here. We've convinced James that if there's a tv outside it will only play football. LOL.}

So that's it for the most part. I left off two bedrooms, a bathroom, and various other small parts. Hopefully it will begin to come together very quickly!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Summer Bucket List - Complete!

So many things we didn't get to do on our list this summer, but we did so many things that aren't on here, too! See ya summer! Bring on the fall!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

August Books

August was SUCH a busy month for us. So busy that we hardly read at all. James and I finished one book and I finished my Book Club book and that is IT. I suspect that since we're moving this month, September will be more of the same. My NEW house has a sweet little screened porch, though, and I suspect I'll spend many afternoons right there while the boys nap or play outside once we're organized and it cools off a bit. Hallelujah!

So what DID we read?

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
James loves the Pooh books and they are very sweet. The jury is out on them for me. I do enjoy them, but they are HARD read-alouds. Many of the stories have been put into the movies so James knows a bit about them, but they are written from the perspective of a child and some of the things that the child misses in the book, James misses that he misses...does that make since? Like the "Bakson." The Bakson was in the latest Pooh movie. Christopher Robin leaves a note that says he'll be "Back Soon," but spells it "Bak Son." The animals of the Hundred Acre Wood think that he's been kidnapped by a creature called the "Bakson." James totally missed that. He's pretty literal so that may be why he missed it, but I think that will be our last one for a bit. (He gets a little bored with them as well.)

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer
This was our Book Club pick for the month. A friend said it's her favorite book ever. Hmmm...I suppose the story (the TRUE story) was a great one, but the book itself seemed poorly written to me. It's set in the Holocaust and a woman named Irena Sendler, a Polish woman, begins working to save Jewish children. She convinces their parents to let them go with her and finds places for them to hide amongst the Christian community. HER story was excellent. The story flashes back and forth from World War II to the late 90s where a group of high school girls "discover" Irena. Prior to their history project on her, no one knew her name. The author tries his best to write with the voice of a teenaged girl and it just didn't work. I'd say if you enjoy historical books about World War II, try it and press on! It gets good during the Irena Sendler part of the book. Otherwise, pass on it.

I am still slowly picking my way through Gone with the Wind. I have thoroughly enjoyed it, but have not had the time to read it. I also have Gone Girl and To Kill a Mockingbird on my nightstand, a handful on my bookshelf, and plenty on my Kindle to get through! I'm 3 behind on my Goodreads goal for the year, though, so I need to pick up the pace!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Update.

We spent a fun weekend at Palm Coast this weekend to celebrate Mom's birthday. EVERYONE was there - all smushed into a three-bedroom condo. Mom and I bunked together, the little boys were in a bed with Anna and Lance, John and Kayla were in the third room, and Eddie slept on the couch the first night. The little boys shifted the second night. We had a fun time not doing much at all. Trekking back and forth from the condo to the pool and the beach and we ate at the condo every meal. It was nice and relaxing - or as relaxing as you can get when kids go with you! I didn't take a single picture so these are all random ones from Anna.