Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Stranded With...

I'm linking up today with Shay and Erika on their "Stranded With..." series. Today is all about Netflix. And since I know ALL about Netflix, I thought it was a good opportunity for a quick post! This month's topic is which three Netflix series I would take if I were stranded on a deserted island.

Eddie and I have highly considered turning off our cable. I'd love to hear your experience. I almost ONLY watch Netflix these days.

My most recent Netflix binges have been...Gilmore Girls, Fuller House, and Blue Bloods. Of the three, Blue Bloods is my very favorite. I'm caught up to the most current season on Netflix and anxiously awaiting a new one to come out. Gilmore Girls is one I started last summer and wanted to finish in preparation for the new reboot. I do enjoy the show, but hooooooly cow I was ready for it to be OVER. I binge watched Fuller House in ONE night. I had a child who had thrown up (only once, but I was still on high alert) the night it was posted on Netflix so I stayed up and watched the whole thing! I loved it, but it is NOT for kids which is so unfortunate to me! Eddie has been binge-watching The Ranch. He loves it!

If I had to pick three I hadn't seen all the way through to go with me onto the island I would choose X-Files, Lost, and Once Upon a Time. And bonus: Parks and Recreation. (Because I couldn't just choose three...) I'm halfway through with X-Files, a show I cannot believe I watched on Sunday nights in middle school. It isn't bad, but it's scary! Whoa! I've enjoyed catching up with Scully and Mulder. Lost is one I've started but never finished and, hello, I'm stranded. They might have some survival tips. Once Upon a Time and Parks and Rec are both on my to-watch list and would keep me entertained!

What would be on your list?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer List 2016 - Update!

May was a busy month around here. (Let's face it...they're all busy with children!) We were still in school through the 20th but then we hit the ground running with back-to-back beach and lake trips. I got tickled because one of James' friends came running up to me when she saw me last week and asked WHERE we were for Memorial Day. I told her we'd gone to Lake Oconee and she said we were at the WRONG lake. Ha! Apparently they'd been looking for us and we weren't there. Her mama said she was very concerned. That just means we need a lake trip soon! June is also busy for us, but we're in town for the month because of a TON of obligations. Will has already completed a week of camp, James is in the midst of one, we have VBS, I have preschool camp, and James has a second week of camp later in the month and piano lessons each week. Whew! It's all been fun so far, though!

We've marked a few things off on our Summer List 2016 so I thought I'd share that...

We have several things in the works right NOW so in July I'll update with lots more marked off! Happy Summer! Off to shower, pick up my car (for those following on Instagram - it was a broken fuel pump - MORE $$$), and pick up James from baseball camp!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


It is no secret that Disney World is one of my favorite places on earth. So it should be no surprise that the second installment of Disney Collection by Jamberry is one of my very favorite things. OMGGGGG. I love everything about it. This one will be available through the summer (and then there will be more!) so grab what you need before you load up the family for your visit to the Magic Kingdom. You can see the whole collection HERE.

Friday, May 20, 2016

First and Last, Take Two!

James had a great morning at school and then got checked out early just for fun! He wouldn't claim first grade status until 3pm, though. Hard to believe he's a first grader! He's been strutting around all afternoon!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Last Day of Kindergarten Eve...

I have been ALL KINDS of emotional this week. I am not a crier by nature, but I do cry at the weirdest, most random things. When we left James at kindergarten on the first day of school, I did not cry. I went to my house and fixed breakfast for a friend who was {8.5 months pregnant and} sobbing her eyes out, but I did not cry. I did not cry all day long while I wondered what he was doing or if he was making friends. Do you know when I cried? When I picked him up. I busted out in the ugly cry when I saw the parapro walk him out of school that first day and put him in my car. Boooohooooo! I've been feeling sappy all week long.

My baby is about to be a first grader.

This year has been awesome. It has been hard. It has been fun. It has been exhausting. We have cheered for James. We have disciplined James. And we have let go of James just a little bit more. Because that's what happens when you send them off to school. I'm not there to tell him to PUH-LEASE wipe the sloppy joe off of his face after lunch. {Side note: Cafeteria food has been a shock for us. JAMES LOVES IT. He was the pickiest eater but he will try anything from the cafeteria. I KNOW. Sloppy joe day is his favorite day.} I am not there to hug him when his best friend would rather play with someone else on the playground and tells James that he can't play with them. I'm not there to remind him to sit up straight or listen to his teacher. I'm not there when they announce he's the student of the month. And I'm not there when he gets in trouble for something not-so-nice and has to deal with the repercussions.

I don't get to be there for those things. And that's ok! Because that means HE CAN DO IT. Y'all, kindergarteners can do those things!

{Remind me to write a post to parents in the YMCA t-ball league. They're going to need to know that in two years when their kid is playing rec ball, they can't BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY TO STAND ON THE FIELD DURING THE GAME. Remind me. I'll tell you about it.}

We are SO PROUD of the things James has accomplished this year.

This year, he has:
* Learned to read!
Allow me just a Mama minute to brag here. He was reading sight-words-only at the beginning of the school year. Somehow, just a few weeks in everything clicked for him. They score kids in our county using the Founta Pinnell Literacy Collaborative program. That means that they break reading levels down into letters. You start on Level A. Kindergarteners SHOULD be reading on a Level E by the end of the year. James benchmarked around an F a month or two into school. He is currently reading on a LEVEL M. Almost the end of second grade! We are so proud!
* He was Bulldog of the Month for the month of February!
* He had more than 20 AR points. Pretty good for a kid who didn't take an AR test without me until January. And I only helped him three times at the beginning of the year.
* He played Upward Basketball for the first time - and LOVED it.
* He played t-ball for the third time - and EXCELLED at it!
* He had two choir performances at church - Christmas and Spring. And he could've been the understudy for some of the older kids because he knew all of their lines!
* He tested into the GIFTED program - one of only eleven in kindergarten.
A note from his gifted teacher on Facebook:

* He turned SIX {and then's important, y''s on Cacky's calendar!}
* He lost TWO TEETH! {Also a big deal.}
* We also took a ton of fun trips this year!

The year hasn't been without its hangups, but it has been great. I am so sad now to let kindergarten go. And I was so sad to let it start just nine short months ago!

Tomorrow is James' last day of school. Our summer is jam-packed and is going to be GREAT. But this first year of kindergarten has been wonderful. And I hope that he always remembers it.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

First and Last.

Last Friday was Will's (and my!) last day of school! Hip! Hip! Hooray! No rest for the weary around here, though. My house looks like a war zone because I've been cleaning out closets, drawers, etc. If you stop by just know that half of the mess is going to a yard sale ASAP. My office and garage are FULL of yard sale stuff.

Will had a GREAT year at 3 year old preschool. He went five days a week again and really thrived. This year he:

* Learned his letters!
* Learned his numbers!
* Played soccer AND t-ball for the first time.
* Had his first choir performances.
* Had FOUR best friends - Will, Liam, Jaxson, and Bentley. (He often includes himself in the list, too.)
* Improved his behavior SO much. He really came out of his shell, listened, and obeyed at school. He is still a rebel, but he reigned it in this year a little more.
* Started speech! (Today was our last day until the fall!)
* Turned FOUR. My baby is FOUR, y'all.

First Day, Last Day
Who doesn't look like a baby anymore?!?!?!?!?!

His class had a "fruit bar" and Will probably thought it was sent from Heaven. There are two dairy allergies in their class so they skipped the ice cream and just ate the toppings! Strawberries, bananas, pineapple, etc. plus chocolate syrup, whipped cream, sprinkles, and MORE. Whew!

After the fruit bar they went to the gym to play on the slide and bounce house. It was a super fun party. The best part MIGHT have been his daddy sliding down with him. 

After school we went to the park to play with his buddy. They are such sweet friends! 

Wild Will played his little heart out, took a bubble bath when we got home, and crashed in the car when we picked up James. It was a good day!

Monday, May 9, 2016

May Goals.

Last month I wrote a list of goals at the beginning of April. I didn't mark everything off of that list (it was LONG), but I did focus on those things for the whole month and I'm so pleased with how it turned out that I thought I'd do it again! Because THIS IS THE LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL (for Will and me), I'll have a little more time this month to get 'er done.

1. 100 miles logged on my FitBit.
2. Sign up and pay for the boys' camps.
3. Update teacher certification!
4. Organize master closet
5. Organize office.
6. EIGHT books read.
7. Two books read to boys.
8. Finish X-Files Season 3 & 4. (I have a little Netflix obsession going on.)
9. Finish Blue Bloods.
10. Read Bible in a Year through June.
11. Blog 15 times.
12. Cross 5 things off our summer bucket list.
13. Front porch makeover!
14. Get Jamberry and Keep businesses organized.

I love the accountability of making my lists. It has given me a TON of focus and clarity recently. If I have a few minutes during the day I focus on taking care of a few things on my list and it's such a welcome change! Eddie and I joke that I never got my feet back under me after I had Will. I was a very organized stay-at-home mom with James. I had a routine, supper was almost always cooked, I just had it together. For the past four years I've been flailing a little bit and he has COMPLETELY picked up my slack. I think it has a lot to do with the anxiety that I deal with, but I'm hoping this helps.