Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Confessions

I confess...

1.  ...I cancelled a hair appointment last week because I didn't have time to go.  It was the day before Open House and my classroom was still a wreck.  Huge mistake.  I should have made time.  My highlights are in desperate need of some help.  Y'all, it's bad.  Bad as in, I cringe every time I look in the mirror.  I rescheduled for the 5th, so there's light at the end of the's just a long tunnel of cringing.

2.  ...I call Ethel "The Ethel".  You know, like "The Donald" or something.  I'm not sure why exactly, I just always have.

3.  ...I love having conversations with seven-year-olds.  They're candid and funny and I'd rather talk to them than adults sometimes.

4. near family has advantages and disadvantages.  I knew this before we decided to build our house here, but was reminded of it again Wednesday night.  We were on the back porch and Aniston pitched a huge fit because I wouldn't let her play in the container of charcoal.  Out of nowhere, I hear Papaw yelling, "What are you doing to my baby? Why is she crying?"  Good grief.

5.  ...grandparents are crazy enough when it comes to grandchildren, but great-grandparents take crazy to a whole new level.  See #4.

6.  ...I was determined not to spend any money in the school cafeteria this year.  I was going to bring my lunch every. single. day. and never forget it.  That lasted until Wednesday.

7.  ...I got an invitation for my ten year high school reunion this week.  What?!  How can that be possible? 

8.  ...this week, I wore the pants I wore on my very first day of teaching.  (Did you follow that?)  In case you don't understand the importance, pants from seven years ago fit (!) again.  I made a colleague listen to me brag about this and I may have even gone as far as to show her that there was room around the waist.  (That's the confession part.)  Shameless and proud?  Why, yes, yes I am.  :)

9.  ...after doing lots of nothing this summer, the first week of school killed me.  I had a great first week, but I am T-I-R-E-D.  We're talking tired to the point that as soon as I post this, I'm going to bed.  9:30 on a Friday night? Absolutely.

10.  ...I love my job, I love my colleagues, and I love my new group of kiddies....but I am sooo glad it's Friday and a three day weekend!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Friday Confessions

I confess...

1.  ...that this has been a crazy week!  (Which is why I'm posting Friday Confessions on Saturday. Ha!)

2.  ...I'm excited about the new school year, and I love the way my classroom came together!  Lots of money, lots of work, but definitely worth it. :) 

3.  ...I've gained two pounds this week from eating out every day for lunch.  Ridiculous.  But it was oh so good. 

4.  ...I'm okay with the two pounds because I know I'll be back to teacher lunches (i.e.: lean cuisines, sandwiches, cereal) next week.  There's nothing better for a diet than being forced to eat brought-from-home lunches.  Ha! :)

5.  ...I'm not a fan of Taylor Swift's latest song, and the local radio stations seem to be playing it constantly.  I've been really thankful for Pandora this week.  :)

6.  ...I accidentally shut Ethel up inside of the bottom of the recliner yesterday.  That happens a lot, and you would think she'd have learned by now not to crawl in there.  Ethel's just....Ethel.

7.  ...I was a little worried that when Emily and Brandon's baby, Clara, arrived, I'd have serious baby fever.  She was born yesterday evening, I held her for a long time last night, and nope! No baby fever here!  I love the sweetness of newborns, especially all the snuggling and holding, but I'm in no hurry to have another one of my own. :)  Meanwhile, Clara is precious and I will gladly snuggle her anytime!  She and Aniston are one day shy of being exactly seventeen months apart.  I'm looking forward to lots of playdates and fun as the two girls get older!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Midweek Randoms

--I am tired.  I love getting ready for a new school year, but it's exhausting!  I still have roughly 673 things to do before Open House tomorrow.

--Yesterday I decided that two of my (personally purchased) classroom bookshelves would look better if they were painted black.  Huge mistake.  I should have either, a) decided on this weeks ago, or b) left them the way they were.  Two coats of paint later (thanks, Bradley!), they're looking really good....but still need a little more work and won't be finished in time for the previously mentioned Open House tomorrow.  Problem: The stuff that was on them is sitting in the floor of my classroom.  Sigh.  Not sure what I'm going to do about that.

--Aniston has another tooth!

--Aniston started saying "uh-oh" earlier this week, and today she said "eye" for the first time and then repeated it over and over.  Every time she said it, she pointed to either my eye or hers.  It's cute, even if she does have a tendency to poke my eyes a little hard sometimes.  :)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Our Weekend

I have been working like crazy this weekend to get things ready for the classroom.  It seems like every three years or so, I'm ready for a new classroom theme and this is one of those years.  Back in June I started thinking ahead and decided on a zebra/bright colors theme and have been squirreling things away all summer.  I'm excited to see everything come together this week!  I haven't been much fun this weekend--I've been printing, cutting, laminating, and putting things together pretty much nonstop.  Bradley hasn't said a word about it, though--I think after six years, he's used to being alone the week before school starts.  :)

Tomorrow is the first teacher workday, and I dread, dread, DREAD being away from Aniston.  We've had such a fun summer, and I will miss her terribly!  We are blessed that Aniston is able to stay with either my dad or my grandparents while Bradley and I work.  It makes it so much easier to leave her knowing that she's being loved and cared for while we're away--not to mention spoiled rotten! 

Now, enough blogging--back to printing and cutting!  :)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Confessions

I confess...

1.  ...that this is probably true. 

2.  ...I love nap time.  Three hours to read, blog, watch TV?  Yes, please.  I love spending all day with Aniston, but I feel a little giddy when I put her down for a nap.

3.  ...if I buy ANYTHING ELSE from the teacher store Bradley is going to hold my debit card hostage until school starts.  Ink cartridges were also included in this threat. 

4.  ...our house is filled with stuff that needs to go to school.  It's everywhere--in the guest bedroom, in the coat closet, in the garage, in the basement.  I will have to make 43 trips to get it all from here to there.

5.  ...I put together 22 cardboard magazine boxes from Ikea on Tuesday night.  (They'll be used as book boxes in my classroom.) I gave myself a HUGE papercut on the last one.  The best part?  I had just thought to myself, 'I haven't had a papercut in years.' 

6.  ...I hope this weekend goes by slooooowly!  I love my job, but Monday is going to be hard! 

7.  ...the season finale of Glee has been on the DVR for months, and I watched part of today.  I nearly cried during Mr. Schuester's rendition of Forever Young--not because of the show, but just because of life.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pinterest-Inspired Projects: Classroom Edition

Oh, Pinterest. 

Pinterest is a black hole of time for me.  I get sucked in, and I can't manage to drag myself away from the laptop or iPhone.  I bounce from board to board, looking for brilliant ideas.  Or cute clothes.  Or yummy recipes.  Or great DIY projects that--let's face it--will probably never happen because I'm just not a DIY type of girl. 

The thing about Pinterest is that it can trick you into believing things about yourself that aren't exactly true.  Pinterest makes me feel like I could be a DIYer.  It makes me feel crafty (I don't really have the patience for crafts) and like I can cook (I can't--Kesha once gave me a cookbook titled How to Boil Water if that tells you anything).  Even though I know some things aren't going to be as easy as they look, I can't help pinning and trying anyway. :) 

There have been several Pinterest flops around here this summer (I'm not the only one--have you seen Pinterest Fail?), but some things turned out pretty well.  Here are a few things I've done for my classroom.

Project One

This is wreath is going on my classroom door.  I got the idea from this pin, but I used ribbon instead of fabric.  I may have caught it on fire while trying to seal the ends to make sure the ribbon didn't fray, but everything turned out okay. :) It took forever to tie all the ribbon on the wreath frame, but I like it and would definitely make another one.

Project Two

The idea for this came from here.  Mine is a much simpler version.

Project Three
Love this!  Here's the pin.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Back to School Nesting

It's my last week of summer break.  Every year at this time, I feel this huge urge to get everything in our house clean and organized.  It's the same feeling I had right before Aniston was born, so I've decided it's a form of nesting. :)  Last night I made a list of projects I want to finish before I go back.  My list is loooong. 

What have I done all summer?!  Why didn't I do all these things before now?!

(Answer: I've played with Aniston, gone to lunch with friends, had playdates, gone to the beach, read books, watched entire seasons of shows on Netflix, blogged, spent ridiculous amounts of time on facebook and twitter and reading other blogs....that about sums it up. Ha! ;))

This morning Aniston and I cleaned out her closet and put away clothes she has outgrown.  (Well...I cleaned out the closet while Aniston pulled clothes out as quick as I put them in the box.)  I can't believe how much she's grown...and how many clothes she has.    It's unreal, and we repeat this process every three months or so.  Crazy!  I finished around lunchtime and marked that off my list.  (I LOVE marking things off of to-do lists!)

I promised myself I would be super-productive during naptime today, but here I am blogging instead.  Oops! Oh well! It will all get finished, right? ;)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday Morning

A wife of noble character who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies.  Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.  She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.  She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.  She is like the merchant ships bringing her food from afar.  She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.  She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.  She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.  She sees that her trading is profitable and her lamp does not go out at night.  In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.  She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.  When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.  She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.  Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.  She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.  She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come  She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.  he watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.  Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.  Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Proverbs 31: 10-31

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dear Aniston

Dear Aniston,
Sweet girl, there are moments when you absolutely amaze me.  Last Saturday we shared one of those moments, and I am still in awe. 

You are so smart, and you're becoming more observant by the day.  You pick up on things quickly and your memory is like a steel trap.  You are able to remember so much!  It always surprises me when you remember exactly where you put a toy or how to play a game we've played in the past.  I love watching your mind work.  You also remember the steps in our daily routines.  One day last week you said "bow" for the first time.  You said it right after I helped you put on your outfit for the day, and you were right--after you get dressed, we always choose a bow for your hair.  We also have a routine before meals.  We get everything ready, place you in your high chair, and then we hold hands and one of us--usually your daddy--says the blessing. 

That night we had lots of things going on and dinner was a rush.  I'm so ashamed to admit that saying the blessing wasn't the first thing on my mind as we sat down to eat.  But it was the first thing on yours.  You made a noise to get my attention, and when I looked at you your little hand was outstretched.  I gave you my hand, and you immediately turned to your daddy and did the same thing.  You remembered

It was such a precious moment, and a reminder of the responsibilities we have as your parents.  We are responsible for teaching you about God and his love for you.  It's my responsibility to demonstrate daily for you what a Christian woman should be like.  I am not perfect by any means--I'm a sinner God has saved mercifully through His grace.  I will make mistakes and I will fail many, many times, but I promise to try my best every day.  I will teach you about Jesus.  I will pray for you and with you.  When you look at me, I want you to see a woman who loves God, her family, and others. I want you to see a woman who is kind.  I want to be a woman you respect and admire not because of anything I've accomplished or any material things I may have, but because of the way I've lived my life.  And one day, when you read Proverbs 31, maybe--just maybe--you'll think, "That's my mama."  A mother cannot hope for anything more than that.

Aniston, I say it all the time, but I am so thankful for you and I love you so very much.  You have taught me so much already, and you encourage me daily to strive to be a better person. You are such a blessing!


Big Blog Changes!

There are changes all over the place today at this little blog! 

Bradley gave me the gift of a custom blog design!  I had been thinking about it forever.  Leslie at Sweetie Baby's Designs was super easy to work with, and did a great job!  I love the new look!

Since I knew the design would be long-term, I wanted to make sure the title could stand the test of time as well.  As most readers know, the title has changed a few times to reflect the changes in our family.  I still wanted to keep the "Two Schnauzers and..." type of title, but couldn't decide on the rest.  Aniston isn't a baby anymore, but I didn't want to use "Toddler" either because it would have to be changed in a few years.  Kesha came up with "Two Schnauzers and a Princess."  I love it!  It definitely fits Aniston's personality! ;)

I'm still in the process of adding pictures.  Hopefully I'll be able to find the time soon!

Another change you'll see is the blog button.  If you're a blogger, please grab one and add it to your blog list! Also, blogger or not, I'd love for you to be a follower!  There are also social media buttons for Twitter and Pinterest, and one for email too.

Under the Vote sidebar, there's a link for the Top Mommy Blogs directory.  If you like what you see here, please consider voting!  You can vote once daily.  I really debated joining the site, but took on a "now or never!" kind of attitude.  For the longest time, I've kept this blog semi-private.  It didn't require a username/password for readers, but you also couldn't find it through Google.  I'm taking a step and making the blog fully public.  That's a little scary for me, but exciting too!

There's also a sidebar for Sponsors.  I've never considered having sponsors before, but decided to add it to the new design as an option.  If you would like to sponsor this blog, please contact me. :)

I think that covers all the changes!  I'm excited about this new beginning for the blog, and hope you are too! 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Confessions

I'm linking up with A Blonde Ambition for Confessional Friday!

I confess...

1.  I've never linked up with another blog before.  Yay for doing something new!  And slightly out of my comfort zone!  I won't lie--My stomach is all kinds of fluttery just thinking about posting.

2.  After our crazy day yesterday, I let Aniston eat dinner in the living room last night.  In front of the TV.  This mommy needed a minute.  Don't judge. She watched Yo Gabba Gabba and learned about being nice to your friends and not biting.  Educational, right?  Maybe?

3.  I've spent a ridiculous amount of money on my classroom already.  I just. can't. stop.

4.  I wish I could hide my feelings better.  (Better? Who am I kidding? I can't do it at all.  I'm at zero.  Anything would be an improvement.) I also wish I could filter the things I say.  Definitely didn't do a good job of that on Wednesday.  Oops.

5.  I'm thisclose to being back at what Kesha and I refer to as Wedding Weight.  Clearly, things have moved around because the number may be the same, but the look is not.  Sigh.

6.  I had to put a passcode on my iPhone because the princess figured out how to finger slide.

7.  Speaking of the iPhone, it has ruined me.  I had to retype an entire post because for every place a period needed to go, I had just hit the space bar twice and moved on.  Completely forgot that's just a texting feature.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

No Nap Thursday

Miss Priss has been a MESS today!  I feel like I've said "no" all day....and when I wasn't saying "no", I was sighing.  Ha!  She's been into everything.  She has emptied a cabinet, put random things in the schnauzers' water bowl, pulled nearly all of the Kleenex out of a box, sat in the schnauzers' water bowl, had two tantrums over diaper changes, and tried to reach one of the living room light switches by climbing.  She has developed a huge fascination with toilet tissue and its ability to roll into the floor when given a little help.  Of course, that's all in addition to the regular-type stuff she does every day, such as feeding Lucy all of her snack and making sure toys are strewn all through our house (especially the ones I've just put away). 

As far as naps go, she slept for twenty minutes in the car on the way home from running errands.  That's all

It has been a day. 

It's easy to get frustrated sometimes, but it's easy to laugh, too.  She's curious and creative, a daredevil who's quick to climb and try new things.  At one point today, when she was trying to climb to the light switch again, I made eye contact with her from across the room.  Knowing she had been caught, she quickly sat down, gave me the biggest, sweetest smile, and waved at me.  Bless.  Even on tantrum-filled, no-nap days, she's the cutest thing ever. :)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wednesday and Thursday

Yesterday was the first day of Bradley's vacation.  We met Angela and Abigail at Monkey Joe's for some bouncy fun.  It was Aniston's first time there, and she was a little skeptical of the noise and the bouncing.  She also wasn't much of a fan of other kids.  Bless her. :)  Abigail had a great time though!  She was all over the place!  Hopefully Aniston will enjoy it more next time.

After Monkey Joe's we had dessert before lunch (you can do that in the summer, right?) at Sweet Frog.  I'm pretty sure Aniston would like to have frozen yogurt every day...and maybe I would too. Haha!  Besides, you can't be that close to Sweet Frog and not go. 

Aniston fell asleep shortly after we started home.  Our sweet girl was tired!  We had a picnic-type lunch on the back porch and then spent most of the afternoon playing outside.  It was a perfect day, but we were all really tired last night!

I had a meeting this morning and then worked in my classroom for awhile.  This time of year is a little stressful, but also fun and exciting too.  There's so much to do at this point!  It will all come together--it always does.  I'm excited about a new year. 

Aniston had a well-check today.  I love our pediatrician.  Dr. H is wonderful, and is so good with Aniston.  She weighs 23lb 9.5oz (60th percentile) and is 32 inches tall (75th percentile).  This is the first time there's been a difference in height and weight percentiles.  Dr. H described her as "normal and tall".  Aniston better enjoy being called tall now because if she's anything like me, "tall" will not be a word used to describe her.  :)  She continues to meet all the developmental markers on time (or before) and she's healthy and strong.  I'm so thankful for that!  Of course, Aniston treated Dr. H as her own personal audience and kept him entertained.  :)

Tomorrow Aniston and I have a fun morning planned with Emily!