Thursday, July 30, 2015

All About That Bean - #6: School Supplies

I love school supplies.  Like, love them.  This time of year, I love to scour the store ads for great deals on school supplies and looking at all of the new and fun things that came out this year. I love wandering the aisles of Target and Staples and seeing it all.  I know most teachers dread seeing the arrival of school supplies in the stores, but I have to admit, as much as I don't want summer to end, I don't mind seeing school supplies at all.  To me, there is nothing better than a stack of brand new, fresh supplies, just waiting for all of the possibilities of the upcoming year.  

I have trouble walking past a display of $0.25 crayons and not buying 4 boxes.  Even if we already have some new boxes of crayons at home, I have to buy them.  

I'm thrilled that Maddie has developed my love for school supplies and school supply shopping.  We  went shopping together last night. That's right, we're 100% done with school supply shopping and school doesn't start for 5 more weeks.  I love our little tradition of going out together, just me and Maddie, spending some one-on-one time picking out all of the things she needs and talking about the upcoming school year.  I'm even more excited that she gets as excited about it as I do! 

This year, before heading out shopping, I checked my stash of supplies that I bought last year, on sale or on clearance.  I ended up being able to fill half of Maddie's list with brand new supplies we already had, which was great.  

Aside from buying supplies for Maddie, I always need some new things for my classroom and the kids' homework box.  When Maddie started Kindergarten, I started our homework box.  It's so helpful to have everything the kids will need in one spot.  I bought a shower caddy (the kind that you can find everywhere this time of year with kids heading back to college) and each summer I replenish is with new supplies that will be needed for homework - pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue, glue sticks, erasers, a pencil sharpener - everything the kids will need at homework time!  Having it all together and ready to go makes the dreaded homework time so much easier. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's Up Wednesday - July 2015

I'm excited to link up with MelShay, and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday. 

What we're eating this week:
Monday - Leftover fajitas from a BBQ this weekend

Tuesday - Naan Pizzas (the kids and I make pizza on Naan bread from Trader Joes - sooo good!)

Wednesday - Pasta with spinach, chicken sausage, and sundried tomatoes 

Thursday - Salmon with Soyaki marinade, couscous, and green beans

Friday - leftovers

We got some zucchini from Matt's aunt and I have some bananas to use up, so I'm hoping to make some muffins this week too!

What I'm reminiscing about:
Our annual trip to the Outer Banks.  
You can read all about it here: Outer Banks 2015 - Part 1 

Such a great trip!

What I'm loving:
Summer nights.  Staying out until the sun goes down is the best.

What we've been up to:
Swimming.  Lots and lots of swimming.  
The pool liner project is finally finished (it took the entire month of June and wasn't finished until the morning of July 4th!) and our warm temperatures have made it ready to swim!

What I'm dreading:
Turning the calendar to August.  This summer is going way too fast!

What I'm working on:
Not a whole lot.  I started the summer with a huge To Do list, and I've been working on it here and there, but I certainly haven't gotten as much done as I wanted/expected to.  And I'm okay with that.  We've been having fun - that's what summer is all about!

What I'm excited about:
Our next trip - Hilton Head.  
Matt has only been once, but stayed at my parent's house, not right in Harbor Town on Hilton Head.  I have so many great memories of vacations there, and I'm so excited to experience it with Matt and the kids.  Next to Disney World, Hilton Head is my favorite vacation place.  I can't wait to rent a bike and go for long rides on the bike paths, go to the beach, and spend some leisurely days and nights with my favorite people.

What I'm reading:
I always try to read books before I see the movie.  So if I hear about a popular book that is coming out as a movie, I make sure to read it.  Because of that, I just started Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and so far, I like it!  

I read several books this month.  Some of my favorites were:
You can read all about it here in my June and July book recap.

What I'm listening to:
Gregg Russell.  He's a singer who performs outdoor concerts in Harbor Town on Hilton Head (read all about him HERE).  I have seen him sing since I was a kid.  We've been listening to his CD to get the kids excited and familiar with his songs for our upcoming trip.

What I'm wearing: 
T-shirts, capris, bathing suits, and flip flops.  The summer uniform.  

What I'm doing this weekend:
We're heading upstate to visit Matt's aunts and uncles.  We're excited to see them - it's been too long.  It will be a nice little weekend getaway.

What I'm looking forward to next month: 
Four more weeks of summer fun at home with the girls.  We still have some fun things to complete on our Summer Fun List.  We still have a vacation to take.  We still a lot of swimming to do.  So happy there's still a whole month of summer fun ahead of us.

What else is new:
Lily has been so into everything this summer.  Such a huge difference from last summer!  Last summer, she did 2 activities - Vacation Bible School and a once-a-week camp at The Little Gym.  She cried (I mean CRIED) every time I dropped her off.  I had to bribe her to stay.  This year, she runs right into everything with a smile.  She started swim lessons - no problem.  Ran off smiling.  Little Gym?  Didn't even say good-bye when I left.  I'm proud of how much she's grown this year!

What will you miss most about summer:
Being home with my kids and the freedom to do whatever we feel like doing.  Sigh.  I always thought as my kids got older, it would get easier and easier to go back to work after the summer.  But, as my kids get older, our summers get better and better, making it harder and harder to see them end.