Saturday, August 29, 2015

a very special Saturday

This morning I volunteered at a clothing ministry.  They had me hanging up baby clothes on hangers.  Don't worry Natasha, I didn't have to fold anything...lol.  While I was there, Matt dropped off Lance at a Social Skills Saturday event.  Then I came home, got a few things done around the house, and then left to go pick up Lance while Matt and Clarice watched Barbie movies.  

I was really looking forward to just spending some time alone with Lance.  After I picked him up I asked if he wanted to go to the big water fountains and he just said "home."  But after we passed a certain road he said "red train."  I knew right away which one he was talking about, so I turned down a side street so we could stop off and see the special red train caboose permanently parked off to the side of some rail road tracks (sorry I wasn't able to get a picture of it).  I parked a little further away than I had originally thought, so we had quite the sidewalk hike to the red train.  On the way, a real train went by.  It was so exciting for both of us.  We both ran down the sidewalk chasing after it!  During the rest of the afternoon, we stopped off at a toy / collectibles store, found a train set Lance wanted, walked all the way back to the car for my purse, walked back, made a few purchases, saw two more trains pass by, and finally got back to my car...and we did get to see the red train caboose too.  We were both hot and tired.  Even though it was a lot of walking (and me carrying him part of the way), Lance and I had the best afternoon.  




Of course he had a lot of fun playing with his new train set in the car on the way home, and also this evening when he was supposed to be going to bed.




It was a very special day.  I wouldn't have changed a thing!
  
 
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Back to school blues

Lance's transition back to school has not been going well.  Maybe we had a little too much fun over the summer?  Anyway, it has been two weeks now and it still a struggle to get us out the door in the morning.   On the bright side, me and Clarice have been having a great time!  We drop Lance off at school, go out to breakfast, go to a local playground, and then go for a long walk in the stroller.  It has been wonderful!

Here are some of our random recent pictures...








Thanks for checking in with us.  Hope you all have a great week!

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Teacher Treats

Hey there folks!  Hope you all are doing great.

If you are anything like me, you have a bad habit of constantly wondering what others think of you.  For example when I drop my child off at school in the mornings.  I'm sure the teachers who greet Lance and I at the curb are thinking, 'who is this frazzled woman who is mumbling something about not being able to find her sunglasses (which are on top of her head), tripping over her own flip flops, and dropping off her kid with his shirt on backwards?'  OK, for my own defense I'm in a hurry because I don't want to tie up the car line...and I'm not exactly a morning person either.  

So, with daily interaction with the teachers being somewhat limited and frantic, it is still nice to try to get the point across that you really do love and appreciate them!  Then thrown in the fact that the love language that most of us speak is CHOCOLATE, and you eventually come up with Teacher Treats!

I got the idea over at the blog The Girl Who Ate Everything.  If for some reason it just goes to her main page, then type in S'mores Back to School Teacher Gifts in the search box.  The free printables are so cute! I don't have a printer, so I printed mine off at the library.  I paid extra to have them in color, and I am so pleased with how they turned out.  For my bags, I put in a medium sized chocolate bar along with some marshmallows and graham crackers each in sandwich bags.  Even though they read "teacher," I also gave some to the bus drivers too.  They really appreciated that.  

Just like with parents, being a teacher most of the times means not getting the recognition they deserve.  So get this school year started off right,  and show your teachers some love today!  :)   
 
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Back to school 2015

Well, Lance is now back in school.  He goes to a school just a few miles away, and he is in the Special Needs Pre-K program.  Since the kids get up pretty early anyway, it hasn't taken long to adjust to our new schedule.  I was recently impressed with some back to school resolutions when I was reading the blog Our Little Family of 6.  Tracy is so sweet and always makes family life seem so fun!  So, here are a few things I'm going to try to do differently this school year...

Read out loud in the afternoon 
Although we did chew through quite a few books, I'll be the first to admit that we watched way too many movies and YouTube videos this summer.  On one hand, I don't feel guilty about it because I want the kids to hear people talking and I want them to be good talkers.  On the other hand, it does tend to shorten their attention span and make them less likely to sit still later on for storytime.  So for a compromise, we are going to have storytime for a while when Lance first gets home from school, and then we can watch a few videos.  
I did this yesterday for a while.  At first Lance just wanted to sulk while waiting over by the computer, but then he came and cuddled up to me while I read.   
    
Get outside and take more walks
Even though we miss him, Clarice and I are having lots of adventures too.  It would be easy to drop Lance off at school and then have me and Clarice go back home and pass out in the recliner.  But now that the weather isn't quite as hot, we need to be outside more.  We had a lot of fun over at the Lawrenceville Lawn this morning...




 After we played around for a while, I put Clarice in the stroller and went for a long walk.  She fell asleep, and I got to burn a few extra calories.  On the way back to the parking lot, we got to see a real fire truck testing out some maneuvers.  

Take advantage of down time 
There are many times in the afternoons when I have both kids that I really make things harder on myself than I need to.  Even though they need my attention, I also need to recognize the down times when they both happen to be occupied with other things and I can just take a few minutes to myself.  I'll always be right there if they need me, but sometimes it is just nice to have some time to myself.  

So, there is my short list.  I'm hopeful that this is going to be a great school year.  :)

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Clarice's first birthday party

Well, we had a lot of fun yesterday with Clarice's first birthday party.  The food was great, Clarice was happy, and everyone had a great time. It was a little challenging to chase after Lance, but fortunately his cousin Nicholas played with him for quite a while.  Here are a few pictures I was somehow able to take...












 Happy Birthday to my sweet baby girl.  I'm so thankful for you!

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Journey's End Restaurant

Today after church, the family and I went to Journey's End Restaurant in Loganville for lunch.  We missed the turn into the parking lot, ended up parking in the lot next door, and then took our own short  journey through the woods to get there.  It was our first time there and we really enjoyed it. 

 They have my favorite food...what I usually refer to as "cooked to death country food!"  :)  soooo good!  






 Hope you all have a great weekend.  Thanks for checking in with us!  


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our trip to Athens...Georgia part 2

As the previous post stated, we were having lots of fun exploring Athens, Georgia.  Although we had quite a ways to walk, we finally made ...