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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Kids Travel Bags

It's no secret that I love the Target $1 section, 99% of what the kids get in their Easter baskets and Christmas stockings usually come from the $1 section. I'm always on the lookout for high quality items that last, but it's so much fun to have some filler items without breaking the bank!

I wanted to put together little bags for the kids of fun new things for the car during our upcoming beach trip, and Target had all kinds of awesome stuff!

For $24, I bought these 3 bags and everything in them (except the books for Elise's bag, and the crayons)
Excuse the bed pictures, I'm trying to hide them from the kids until our trip
Here is the inside of Noah's bag
He has:
  • a dry erase lap board, lined like handwriting paper so he can practice his letters
  • pack of 3 mini dry erase markers
  • Superhero coloring book
  • ABC practice book
  • Shapes practice book
  • stickers
  • Dr Suess colors and shapes flash cards
  • 2 different treats he picked out himself
  • crayons (from our crayon bin at home)
and all inside a super cute One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish bag

Nathan's is almost identical, but he has some different treats, a Spiderman coloring book, and letters and numbers flash cards inside a Thing 1 and Thing 2 bag...because it's red.

Elise obviously needed some different things, so here is what's inside her bag

  • Sesame Street coloring book
  • Animal crackers
  • Crayons (from our crayon bin)
  • 2 of her favorite books
I'll also tuck a few of her favorite toys in there, and maybe a little baby doll

I'm hoping that these paired with car games, music, and hopefully a couple of naps, will make our trip more enjoyable for everyone!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Beach, beach, beach

We're finally going on a family vacation to the beach! It's been a loooooong time. The last time we went, our family looked like this

And I was 5 months pregnant with Noah.

Noah's been to the beach once, waaaaay on the other side of the country when we went to go visit my best friend Danielle. We laugh that the boys have each been to the ocean once, and they were 2 different oceans!

Noah was NOT a fan of the beach, and was even pretty ticked at me for putting him on a blanket on the sand. I'm hoping he enjoys himself a little more this time around.

So it's been a long time for all of us, it's weird to think that Elise is twice as old as either of the boys were during their beach trips. I can't wait to see how they each react when we get there!

I've been going to this beach since I was 8 weeks old
I'm that tiny baby in there!

I spent many vacations there over the years, and can't wait to go back!

We're bringing my sister with us to help out with the kids (and because she is super cool), all she asks in return is that we feed her and let her lay out on the beach during the hot hours in the middle of the day where the rest of us with paler than pale skin will be napping and enjoying the air conditioning. 

Hopefully she still likes us by the end of the trip ;)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

There's a bird in my belly

Just as I was getting ready for bed last night, I heard a noise. It was Noah, wandering around the kitchen holding a hot dog bun.

After I finally got the hot dog bun put away and convinced him that he could have one in the morning, he told me that he couldn't go to sleep, because there was a bird in his belly.

Yep, a bird.

I asked several times to make sure I was hearing correctly, he was indeed throughly convinced that there was a bird in there. When I asked him where it came from, he told me from the umbrella...

He said it was eating things in his belly and he couldn't sleep.

No matter how hard I tried to convince him that it was a dream, he didn't believe me. No wonder this kid has such trouble sleeping sometimes! I would be pretty concerned if I thought there were a bird in my stomach too.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Yeah, about that...things haven't gone quite as I'd planned. It's August 7th, and my house is only *slightly* more organized than it was January 1st, but the good news is that it IS *slightly* more organized than it was January 1st. Progress is progress, right?

It's time to kick things up a notch though, I am serious about getting things under control and feel like I am not always playing catch up, just maintaining. Quite the goal with 3 little people under 5, but I WILL do this.

I broke out my Motivated Mom's notebook, and worked through my checklist today. It felt so satisfying to check things off my little list. 

And to keep the boys busy while I was getting stuff done, I made them their own checklists for their chores, complete with little pictures of each job, so they could tell which was which and check them off when they were done.

(Pretend there is a picture of their checklist here, Elise scribbled all over it, probably trying to check off her job of sobbing face first on the floor because I wasn't holding her)

I also found this site and I am even more motivated. Seriously, how can you not want to go organize something after looking at this?

One of the sections on the site encourages you to pick 52 goals and accomplish one per week. Since I'm getting a late start, there are only 21 weeks left of this year. So I picked 21 goals that I want to accomplish by January 1st 2013. Maybe posting it here will help keep me accountable, maybe I will be linking this post up to another one in a few months to shame myself into motivation again. Either way, here is my list:

1. Organize yarn and fabric
2. Declutter the top of the fridge (aka, the only place in the house children can't reach)
3. Declutter and organize bookshelf
4. Organize and purge toys
5. Organize office closet
6. Sort through my clothes and get rid of things I don't wear/don't fit
7. Organize the kids craft supplies
8. Organize pantry
9. Streamline laundry room set up
10. Organize/sort cleaning products on laundry room shelf
11. Organize hall closet
12. Sort/purge shoes
13. Find a place for/store boxes in the office (there are still about 3 boxes that just never got unpacked)
14. Set up a shelf for dvd player/wii under the mounted tv
15. Organize spice cupboard
16. Organize baking cupboard
17. Do something with the crib in Elise's room (you know, the one she has never slept in even once)
18. Decorate the living room, playroom and bedrooms
19. Sort through the boys art
20. Declutter kitchen/dining room
21. Declutter living room/bedrooms

So there it is, I don't think I'll go through them in exactly that order, but I do want to try and get one done a week in addition to normal daily chores. And then KEEP them that way.

I would love to hear any tips, schedule or plans you use to get/stay organized around the house!

The Fair!

I was in 4-H from the time I was 8 years old, all the way through high school, and I even worked for our county extension office for 2 years while I was in college helping with our 4-H program and the fair. It's a big part of who I am, It's exciting to take my kids there now counting down the years until they can be involved in 4-H (Nathan can be a Cloverbud next year!)

This year we actually had access to a car during the fair week for the first time in several years, so we took advantage and went every day. It was nice to just pop in for a few hours with the kids and then be able to make it back home for nap time.

I entered some knitting in the fair for the 3rd year this year, and ended up with 2 first places, 2 seconds, and best of show knitting! It couldn't have gone much better. It brings back 4-H memories to plan out what I want to make or which items I am going to enter and then trying to get up there as soon as I can (or send someone else to check) on Monday to see how I did.

Another exciting new thing happened at the fair this year, we picked out or first pet, a mini lop rabbit for Nathan. He is SO excited and is loving playing with Snappy (named by Nathan). Elise especially loves our bunny and is the only one brave enough to hold her so far, I think she would pick her up herself and carry her around if I would let her.

We ate lots of fair food, watched the dock dogs, saw lots of animals and exhibits, and we can't wait to do it all again next year!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Lazy Sunday

I most definitely should be doing something better with my time. I don't have any legitimate excuses, other than I am really enjoying doing nothing.

I should wake Noah up from his nap so he actually sleeps tonight, but the quiet right now is oh so nice

I should tell Nathan he has been playing Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (how do I have a child old enough to know how to play video games?!), but he is having such a great time, and again, this quiet is heavenly.

I should clean my kitchen (no you don't get a picture of that), but I think I'll just sit here and do some knitting instead.

Every once in a while we all just need a day to unwind.