Thursday, May 31, 2012

Farewell to Kindergarten....

It's been almost a full week since I attended "Farewell to Kindergarten".  I needed a little time to marinate with my feelings.  I am proud, happy and ready to move forward with all the natural progressions of my even-keeled and naturally content and pleased child.  

She has bloomed in so many ways this year.  I know it's simple and silly, but a few weeks ago I was about to take her up for her shower and she said, "Mom, I think I can do it all by myself."  "All" meaning regulating the water in the shower and grabbing her pink elephant towel.  (I'm clinging to that towel people!)  I said, "Okay, if you think you can do it.  Just yell down if you can't."  Of course she could!  And this is just the beginning.  Next week she'll "think" she can just drive a car by herself!  

Side note:  I have very little, if any, ear wax.  Hubs has max wax.  (get it?!)  This child of mine cleaned her ears all on her own without my asking!  I mostly forget about ear wax until I see the big pile of "tater bugs" coming out of their ears, as it's just not on my radar.  Case in point:  the kid's got the responsibility gene.
The hand rainbow made me happy.  No tears yet.  I was choking them back, accessing the room, getting my groove.  "I can do this."  Have I told you that the piles of art and paperwork that come home every week get sorted by "contains a hand print" or "does not contain hand print"?  Hand print always takes home a win for the keep pile!
This is what little brothers do while waiting for the festivities to begin.  That, and eye up the juice box and cookie table and loudly tell me "MOM, there's treats back there!"  Don't even get me started on what this whole gig will be like when he comes around.  You know, my last child....my baby.  
"I see trees of green, red roses too...."  No words or poems spoken by the children here.  Just holding up their hand made sign when it came to their lyric.  Sis had "They're really sayin', I love you."
Evan bounced back and forth between my lap and Dad's lap and standing on chairs to get a glimpse at Sis, or asking me to hold him.  Any other time I might enjoy to hold the little love dog, but I had video and photos to take, tears to hold back and this whole grand moment to be present.  So no, I don't want to hold you honey!
After the marching into the room, the performance of songs, poems, counting, and watching a video of all the children throughout the year.....Put anything to a heart wrenching soundtrack, perhaps a country music song, and I'm ready to lie on the floor and sob...the kids could find their parents and sit with us as the video continued.  
I did my best to be present. Hubs videoed everything while I just focused on my child.  Let this profound moment sink into my skin.  Let it find it's proper place in my heart among all the treasured joys.  Sometimes I can hide behind the camera and not realize the most joy is just taking it all in.
Hubs has a big job.  He travels a great deal for work.  He has major pressure but he doesn't show it when he walks through the door at night.  I prep the kids in advance that "maybe Dad will be at (whatever) event  but if not, it doesn't mean anything."  I rarely complain because I get to live this huge and fabulous life as a stay at home mom and I pick up the slack where ever it is needed.  (Okay, yes I may complain, but at the end of the day I love my life.)  I was saying this out loud and hubs said, "Dad will always be there for you Lauren."  This picture epitomizes that.
And, FINALLY Evan gets his cookie and juice box!
During the video and music that just about did me in, Lauren asked if she could go sit with her friends to watch it.  I said, "of course!"  Inside I said, "NO!  Never leave me!  Never grow up.  Stop now!  Stop becoming this little adult!  Let me rock you and read to you and call in sick to work to hold you all day long!"

In the video they showed the photos of "what I want to be when I grow up" with the caption of  "Future Doctors" or what have you underneath.  (all the while said sappy music is tearing at my heart!)  Lauren was a "Future Vet."  (although she had so many occupations of interest she had a hard time picking so I'm gonna wait and see on that!)
BEST. TEACHER. EVER.  This woman has 5 kids of her own!  (one set of twins) She has some super power in which she claps her hands a few times and the children come to attention.  She never raises her voice.  She is super smiley and happy and energetic and the woman started crying while reading a poem at this ceremony.  Okay, if the teacher can cry, then the mom can!!!!  If I had even a tiny bit of her ability to control my children without yelling, or half her patience, I'd be Super Mom.  
Hand made sunflowers and lady bugs can even make a mom cry on days like "Farewell to Kindergarten."  Construction paper and markers...I can't get enough.
We walked around the room to find Lauren's "Flower."  (please note the red hair)
Oh Lord.  What will I ever do with him?
I love you forever.
xoxoxooxoxoxox.
Tomorrow you will ride the bus to school in the morning as a Kindergartener and come home in the afternoon as a FIRST GRADER!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mommy loves a freebie....

A few weeks ago East Coast Creative (formerly known as "Real Housewives of Bucks County" and "as seen" on Nate Berkus) had some lovely little steal deals.  I happened to take a look at them and couldn't pass them by.
FIRST DEAL:
A canvas from Canvas People...."Turn your photo into a canvas"
A "free" 8x10 canvas....
(But you had to pay $15 for S&H)
I still thought it was worth it.
I've always wanted one of these.
The edge of the canvas so you can get a better idea of the size....
I used this fave photo....
And it looks like this!
Now, I used an instagram photo which makes the image and color a little off. I happen to love it.  I thought this would be a good Father's Day present but I know my hubs and he will not like the color or image quality.  He's a purist when it comes to photography.  So I'll just keep it for me!

SECOND DEAL:
(books, calendars, cards, decor, journals, memory keepers, planners)
Free $15 to spend anyway you like!
Again, I love and appreciate good packaging....
And this was the little card inside....
I felt like saying "and to you too!"
I ordered a coil bound  journal....
So many to choose from!  It was hard to make a decision.
This little strap is on the side....
I has a frosted plastic cover...
Ah, to see my photos come to life!
I simply selected the photos and placed them in the spots, added a quote and my name and hit submit. I think I spend $11 total.  But I'm a journal junkie and think this is a great deal.
One of my all time favorite quotes from one of my favorite poets:
Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
~Mary Oliver

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Weekend Photo Dump.....

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2012
Verona, WI
Don't you know?  Any good weekend begins with a tricked out golf cart and friends!
Do you see that second item on the list? Vanilla Ice Cream.  My gal pals and myself MAY or MAY NOT have walked around the grocery store trying to figure out what we could buy for the BIG BUCKET which we thought was item #3 on the list.  Somebody MAY or MAY NOT have gone outside the store to get cell phone reception to ask what the BIG BUCKET would be used for.  And then we all just felt silly as we realized the item was Vanilla Ice Cream Big Bucket.  OMG.  (Come on men, put it all on one line item!  And who let the men start the list anyway????!!!)  Luckily we had been drinking and laughed our butts off and then went to the bar before we brought said big bucket 'o ice cream home!

It has been forever since I've been in a bar with girlfriends.  I love laughing so hard you can't stop.  And then I love recognizing it's been forever since you've laughed like that and you love it even more. 
 There was a horse shoe on the table all weekend.
It made us all happy.
 When in Wisco.....
 This was purchased on Saturday and I regret to inform you I didn't drink a single one.
But nobody really did so this is going to Trout Lake.
(Vacation June 7!  WOW!)
 This is an award winning photo and I don't care what you have to say!
IT IS.
That's my girl Nancy.
 Spotted Cow sighting while drinking wine and pretending to do a puzzle.
 Evan got in on the puzzle action.
He wasn't drinking wine.
I was.
 Any good puzzler knows that you start with the edges.
That could be a quote from my BF Kelly!
I don't like to start with edges which is why I'm not the puzzle pro she is!
 At some point in the day Kelly shouted out "Can I offer anyone some bread or bread product?"
The pile 'o bread was insane but we managed to make a dent.
Hubs kept saying "I'm carbo loading this weekend."
 Vodka + Watermelon...
 Lauren's favorite thing to do while thrifting is try heels on....
 All the girls had to try these babies on....
I have no words.
 This just makes me happy.
 Real Deal Missoni!  My heart started racing!
My first sighting of real Missoni vs. Missoni for Target while thrifting!
 Love it!  But at $55, I didn't NEED it.  (Yes I did, but I held back!)
 Oh, well....yes please!
 And I love you too!
 Hubs family biz is called BDG INTL., INC.
 Lilith Fair t-shirt!
 Ladies who lunch should bring back the game of bridge.
 Pour some Sugar on Me.....
Vintage tank!
 The goodness was killing me!
 We SCORED!!!!
 3 women + 3 kids (6 and up)+ 4 stores =  A good day.
 Next we had a "bag reveal" show....
 Oh, this baby came home with me.
So did this skirt.....which I wore to the grocery store with my "Brew Thru" t-shirt and new .99 cent North Face flip flops!  (Skirt is Calypso brand, 100% silk!) We were in Verona, which is very close to Madison, so I think nobody even took a second glance at me!
 Goat cheese + Marinara Sauce, bake at 375 until bubbly and please your friends.
Not only do our friends have a golf cart, some land, some guns, a soda stream, and an ice maker, but now they have added a Margaritaville drink maker to the list!!!  Yes indeed, we will be friends forever.
 Fireworks on the deck.
Mostly sparklers and some firecrackers for excitement.
 Morgan + Sparklers + my good eye on this photo = perfection.
 Nancy...
 Sissy and some blue Gatorade....
 And then we played "real" Scrabble!
 I had a bad first seven letter pick.....but I wasn't in it to win it.  I was in for the fun.
And we ended the night with vanilla ice cream (BIG BUCKET) and rum chata.
The best drink you will ever taste!
BEST WEEKEND EVER!
I love my girlfriends, I love their children and hubs!
So needed by all!
SO HAPPY.