Things Are About to Get Crazier…

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Hi guys! I’ve missed y’all! Been thinkin’ about ya. Really I have.

I’ve come up with so many posts in my head, but, alas, this mom’s life has been a little busy. Usually by the end of the days, I’m falling asleep on the couch snuggled up to my wonderful husband by 8:45pm. No joke. I’ll be honest, it does take a little longer if I’m not warm and cozy with Hubby. πŸ™‚

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I remember thinking back in July that my days would be filled with only cleaning house, laundry, and meal prep. Ha. Hahaha That’s kind of funny now. While I am sitting still at the moment,before I jump up to head to the carpool line, most days lately I don’t make it back home after dropping my babies off at school. We all get home together around 4pm….just in time for homework and dinner. But hey, it’s the life of a mom.

And I love it.

I love it so much, in fact, that Hubby and I decided we would love for it to be a little crazier. And, most thankfully, that was also in the good Lord’s plan….because we are expecting baby #3 in May!!!!!! πŸ™‚ I can’t tell you how happy we are. Probably more so after losing a baby earlier this year. (I mentioned this in my anniversary post at the end of June/beginning of July.)

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So given that I am growing a little person, that may also explain why I’m ready to conk out before 9pm most nights.

Can you believe that Christmas is next week?!?!! Yeah, me neither. And what’s crazier still is that I haven’t done any holiday baking!! (Why aren’t there more hours in the day?? I could really use a couple more…and probably a couple more arms. Ya know what, a whole other me would be even more helpful…) But I am helping another mom put together a fun ornament-making activity for Freckles’s class. We are doing the activity tomorrow and I’ve spent the week getting my stuff together…along with trying to finish up my Christmas shopping.

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So what am I contributing to this activity? Oooh, I’m so glad you asked! Because I’m really excited about it! For my part, I’m having the kiddos make puzzle-piece ornaments! I think it’s going to be so cute.DSC01567

I picked up some 48-piece puzzles from the dollar store, spray paint and ribbon from Wal-Mart, and from AC Moore I picked up a few bottles of fast-grab craft glue, glitter, pom-poms, googly eyes, sequins…yea…I may have gotten a touch carried away but I was really getting into it! I also grabbed some large giftboxes from Wal-Mart to spray the pieces in. (Gotta give credit where it’s due: Spraying the pieces inside some sort of box was my wonderful husband’s idea, to protect them from wind and such.)

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Nate’s brilliant idea. πŸ™‚

I started spraying them last night….because I didn’t get home until after picking the girls up from school.Β And this morning and early afternoon I’ve given them their ::hopefully:: last coats of paint….because I’m running out of time for anymore coats plus dry time.Β 

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Alright, dinner is done and both of my girlies are in bed. And thanks to this awesome pain in my lower back, I’ve been told to rest until bed. So I get to finish my post. πŸ˜€ {Right after I wrote this I got hit with a major dizzy spell followed by a wave of nausea…I went to bed after that.}

Once the pieces were dry, I did a test run of the 3 ornaments I wanted to do with the kids. I think they turned out alright. πŸ™‚

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Thankfully, today went well with the class of third graders. The other mom did yarn ball ornaments with the kids and those were super cute! (I wish I had gotten a picture of the ones she brought to show the kids…only because the ones the kids did were…creative. πŸ™‚ ) We had some quiet setting up (the kids weren’t in the classroom) and then ::whoosh:: in flew the kids and it was a whirlwind until they left to get their lunches. Then we both took our first breath since we started. πŸ™‚ The kids seemed to really enjoy the ornament crafts and they had a lot of fun with them.

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Β Β Β Β Β Β Success! πŸ™‚

Let’s Get Out! — 14 Super Fun Camp Activities

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My craft box for the trip.

Hi Everyone! I had started to write a post in my little notebook on Tuesday while in the carpool line and then kept going while I was making pancakes. I had every intention of writing up a post on the computer after the kiddos went to bed. But what started out with me trying to make a point about one thing turned into me talking about something else all together. Then it hit me that I have a camping trip coming up and I am totally not ready! So then I had the brilliant idea of writing about what I plan on getting together for camping! Now I have everything written down in one place while getting stuff together for pictures! Genius! haha (I really do talk to myself like this. And my kids think I’m totally nuts. They really can only blame themselves on that one though. πŸ˜‰ )

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My dad has started taking the girls and I camping with him in the last couple years. Growing up, I never went camping. My dad would talk about how he had gone as a kid and how awesome it was, but we never could quite swing a trip into the great outdoors. Fast forward a few years and my dad has remarried and has started camping with his new wife and her kids; I think my sister made a trip or two with them also. Let’s fast forward up to 2012 on Memorial Day weekend. Pops (that’s what I call my dad in my head, out loud it’s always Daddy) is back to bachelorhood and my sister is roughing it in college. This season is it. It happened! It’s been decided that it’s high time for me to go camping! Never having been, I was a little nervous about camping with two little kids, but Freckles (who was working on the home stretch of Kindergarten) and Ladybug (who was about to turn the big 0-3 at the end of June) were pretty excited. The weekend went well, despite waking up in pee one morning (it happened that we were right smack dab in the middle of potty training that weekend, how ’bout that?), and we’ve since been making a couple trips every season. Sometimes Hubby comes along, but most of the time not…the great outdoors isn’t all that great to him. πŸ™‚ And sometimes my Sister comes along, but sometimes not being that she is a super busy college kid and works with high school kids a lot.

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