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Days 178-181: A computer crash catch up!

My computer crashed two weeks ago, and my camera does not load into this laptop. So in the meantime, I’m using a different camera and different laptop, and I’ve got some catch up to do!

First things first, it’s hat weather y’all. I like to walk the kids to school, but it’s been up to 104* and my measly baseball hat just isn’t cutting it. So I picked up one of these beauties and it’s my new favorite thing. (The plant in the back is dead because I don’t believe in watering! So I’m letting all the plants die that can’t make it here in these hot summers. It’s survival of the fittest.)

Adam took this one. Here we are setting off.

Here’s my Sunday outfit featuring a new pretty yellow skirt I got at Rite-Aid of all places. Do you know they have some cute shoes at Rite-Aid too? Strange. I should go and take pictures so you can see what I mean.

I probably wore this skirt three times last week. Whoops lazy. Doesn’t everyone wear the same pair of jeans over and over or is it just me?? Anyways, I missed out on taking the other pics of this skirt with different tops. I do avoid having the same people see me in the same skirt. I sort of know where I’m going and who I’m seeing so I know they won’t be on to my lazy tricks.

This was my dress for Saturday. This is a great piece because it layers really well with cardigans and leggings as the weather cools down. For now, it works great in the super-heat. I also avoid running the air-conditioning if at all possible. So I wear stuff that is comfortable and we run lots of fans. (You can see that the plants in front of our home are nice and lush. The association believes in watering. This is probably good because who’d want us for neighbors otherwise? We’d be those darn un-watering neighbors!)

Aaaand I also got an exer-skirt! Reader Dwayne has mentioned them several times and I recently came across one. The most comfortable thing to wear ever. A tad short I’ll be honest. Because it has the exercise shorts built in underneath it feels modest, but realistically it probably doesn’t look modest because no one knows those shorts are there. I’ll take a pic next time I throw them on.

Sorry for the delay in pics! I hope you all had a wonderful week!

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Day 176: Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

{Pretty}

I asked a few days ago about posting skirt pics, and people DO like the skirts. So I’m back to throwing up pics of my simple little outfits.

{Happy}

I’m so so so happy that this boy

now LOVES to swim! Yay!!!!

{Funny}

On your mark! Get set! GOOOO!

{Real}

Since Leila posted about picky eating the other day, I thought I’d share one of the little things that I do on the food front. I make a whole bunch of hard boiled eggs and keep them in the fridge in an easy access tupperware. This is the perfect “fast food” and I find that so so often I am hustling the kids into the car at 9:30am (this summer it was for swimming lessons) and realize that they’ve barely had anything more than Rice Crispies for breakfast. Cereal really isn’t the kind of food that lasts in the tummy, but eggs are! So I grab three (or four if I need one) eggs and hustle myself into the car. Before we pull out of the driveway, I’m peeling eggs and passing them back and the kids eat something nutritious as we drive.

Linked to Like Mother, Like Daughter

Have a wonderful day!

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Day 171- “If that’s the worst thing that happens to you, consider yourself lucky.”

Do you have a personal mantra that pulls you out of a funk? Well, the above is mine.

Try it. It works for all sorts of situations.

Today I used it on myself because I’m grumpy my husband won’t ever dance with me anymore. We went to see his aunt and uncle play in their band and it was great fun! Except for the part where my man has his butt glued to his seat and REFUSES to dance even one dance with me.

Now I know that many men aren’t dancers, but WE WERE DANCERS!!!! We took lessons for many years and even competed a few times! This was a MAJOR part of our dating relationship, and as soon as we said “I do” he instantly started saying “I don’t” (dance that is.)

This has been a serious disappointment for me.

We’ve been married nearly 10 years and he’ll spin me around once in awhile in the house and such. Occasionally he likes to show off his skillz in front of the children. But he won’t take me dancing. Ever. And if there is music playing somewhere else, I have to go it solo on the dance floor with a bunch of other women, knowing I have the perfect partner right there.

After one of these episodes, I get sad. And resentful. I start projecting my life until I’m dead and wonder “So? I guess I’m not going to get to go dancing ever again in my entire LIFE?” Since it’s been ten years and all, what’s to say his willingness will ever change? It probably won’t.

He says he gets shy. I have a hard time understanding.

“Well if that’s the worst thing that happens to you, consider yourself lucky.”

As much as I miss this part of my life and our relationship, I suppose if I have to try and accept this as the worst thing, then I’m a lucky person indeed. He’s kind. And faithful. A good provider. A good father. A steady man. He’ll pitch in around the house. He can handle himself in the kitchen. He takes care of his health. He goes to church and lives by morals.

The next time we go out anywhere with music I’m going to try my hardest to just enjoy the music without getting upset about the no dancing. And if I do feel upset (because I always seem to) I know that I have the above mantra to help me get over it.

Have a wonderful day!

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Day 162- Public school children are creative too

I wore this dress on Easter Sunday. Glad I've already gotten a chance to wear it again!

I should probably be a homeschooler really. Most of my friends homeschool their children. Most of the blogs I read end up belonging to a homeschooling family. I do feel quite like-minded with homeschoolers and believe in many of the philosophies and support it fully. Even though I’m not one of them, they’re still my peeps.

And yet, have you ever had the experience of believing in and supporting something, and still for one reason or another, it’s not the choice you end up making? The only example I can think of is a mother who fully supports natural childbirth and homebirth and yet because of her particular health circumstances, will always birth in the hospital and maybe even with assistance from drugs etc. Perhaps she has a lot of natural birthy friends (especially homebirthy friends) and occasionally feels the need to say “Hey, you know my hospital experience was really good for me!” Well, that’s me here, standing up and waving my arms a bit and saying “Hey, you know my public schooled child is a great kid! She’s friendly! Creative! She really works well with other children! And I’m happy with her progress in school!”

I think the biggest misconception I run across is that public schooled children don’t have time for creativity. They don’t have time to just explore their world.

In my opinion, the biggest obstacle to creativity is not school. It’s too much screen time. The second biggest obstacle is too many scheduled activities.

Mama and baby dolls and furniture she made out of paper plates. And the house is scrapbook paper.

Here she is working on some random craft with paper and noodles.

I help with nothing.

It’s not that we are a no tv family around here. I think it’s more that television  is treated more as a snack rather than a whole meal. After school the kids play together and they are GOOD at playing together. They come up with lots of interesting things to do!

On a rainy day, all three are under there with books and drawings.

Reading Brother his favorite story.

These are the kinds of pictures I always see on homeschool blogs. Public school kids DO have an interesting life outside of school! (And inside of school!) Like all things, it’s what you make of it.

Have a wonderful day!

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Day 161- Dandelion Flower Tea

No matter where you live, it can be like an Easter egg hunt every day when kids start hunting for dandelions. This becomes especially fun when they have a specific reason from Mom to collect them- Dandelion Flower Tea.

It was from Robert Fulgam’s book All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things that I learned of the vast benefits of the humble dandelion. Fulgam writes:

Now I happen to like dandelions a lot. They cover my yard each spring with fine yellow flowers, with no help from me at all. They mind their business and I mind mine. The young leaves make a spicy salad. The flowers add fine flavor and elegant color to a classic light wine. Toast the roots, grind and brew, and you have a palatable coffee. The tenderest shoots make a tonic tea. The dried manure leaves are high in iron, vitamins A and C, and make a good laxative….If dandelions were rare and fragile, people would knock themselves out to pay $14.95 a plant, raise them by hand in greenhouses and form dandelion societies and all that. But they are everywhere and don’t need us and kind of do what they please. So we call them “weeds”  and murder them at every opportunity. Well I say they are flowers, by God, and pretty damn fine flowers at that.

I was quite taken aback by his heartfelt tribute to a flower I’d associated with weeds and wishes. I didn’t know dandelions are actually healthy when consumed. A little bit of internet research uncovered several articles that do attest to their numerous benefits, and so since then I’ve been making my own version of Dandelion Flower Tea.

Step 1– This is the best part! Send your kids to collect dandelions!

The kids collected all of these on the walk home from school

Step 2– Rinse thoroughly to make sure there are no little buggies hiding.

Step 3– Put the rinsed flowers into a coffee filter and put into your coffee maker.

Step 4– Add about 6 cups of water to your coffee maker and brew it up!

It makes a lovely yellow tea that tastes very nice with a touch of honey. Your children will enjoy drinking this special tea too! This has become an exciting spring activity for them on our humble suburban streets.

Have a wonderful day!

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Day 158- Now’s the time to go shopping!

If you’ve read a post or two around here, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’m not a big shopper. One of the problems of doing a blog about skirts and dresses is that you NEED skirts and dresses! I can’t help it that I don’t like to shop and I don’t like to spend money. This is why most of my items come from the thrift store. However, over the months that I’ve been doing this blog I’ve found that one of the most versatile ways to wear a dress is to buy these summer dresses like the one I’m wearing today and pair it with capri pants or leggings. It basically acts as a really long shirt. If I owned more of these, I know you would have seen me wear more dresses in the wintertime because I could pair this with skinny jeans and boots. But because I only own three dresses like this one, I’m pretty limited.

However, now that springtime is here the stores are stocked with cotton dresses just like this! So now is a good time to go shopping for dresses that you’ll be able to wear all year long. If you’re a mom like me, I’d recommend buying something with a pattern. Solid color cotton just gets grease stained way too easily.

I started this blog in August so dresses like these were off the shelves and all the fall stuff was out. Now that I know what works for me, I’m looking forward to getting a new stash!

Have a wonderful day!

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Day 154- Fishbowls, yogurt, and the Secret Stash

I’m developing a real personal identification with fish and fishbowls. I know that sounds silly! But oftentimes I think of myself as a fishy swimming around in this house, going upstairs, going downstairs, around and around in the kitchen and looking out the windows and the trees and bright sun. I do go outside of course, but I also spend a LOT of time here: swimming in my fishbowl.

Because I have this little fishbowl, a key to happiness for me is to really ENJOY my fishbowl. To take care of it. To love it up. To find things to do here.

Since the kids have been sick all week I haven’t even driven the car once. I’ve just been here at home for 5 consecutive days. So being that I’ve been stuck here, rather than wish I WASN’T stuck, I decided to enjoy my fishbowl time and embrace it.

So I decluttered my tupperware! Yay!

I folded Secret Stash laundry! Yay! (more on that later)

I made sourdough bread! And real lemonade! And lemon bars! Yay!

And I’m currently making yogurt for the first time! Yay! (Before the internet I didn’t even know a person could make yogurt at home. Right now results are mixed as to how well it came out.)

Anyways, being at home has brought an opportunity for me to get a little more creative and do some organization.

Now…about that Secret Stash laundry. I have a little secret that I don’t tell my husband. I cleared out a space in my bedroom closet and I use it to stack all the unfolded laundry. This way our bedroom doesn’t constantly look like a laundromat with laundry baskets always overflowing! The bedroom looks clean and inviting even when I really have three loads of clothes that need attention. (But I don’t tell J that because I’d rather he just think that the bedroom looks great! Not, “well there is that laundry again that’s not folded.”) But here’s the thing: my laundry is never all folded. There is always some laundry waiting to come out of the dryer. So I was ALWAYS feeling the nag of an undone chore that never really gets done and every time I’d pass those unfolded clothes, it would nag at me even when I didn’t have the time to fold them right then. Now I can dip into my stash and fold even half a basket during a phone call and the progress made FEELS like progress. When it’s all just out there, half a basket of folding feels very unsatisfying against the backdrop of 2 1/2 more baskets. He he!

Here’s my cleared closet space (no one ever opens this side):

What it looks like from the other side when all stacked up (I only really use this closet):

I was able to fold two baskets today, so I still have one more left:

But if you were to come into my room all you’d see is the made up bed and niceness all around. Now my room doesn’t feel like a drag every time I go in, and I’m sure J likes it better even though he probably thinks I’m just getting to the laundry quicker. 🙂 If he ever finds my secret stash I’ll just fess up to my motives, but for now I’d rather he just think I’m doing a better job! ha!

I wore this dress to church last Sunday. Before The Great Virus befell the children 😛

Have a wonderful day!

Linking to Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real– because this post has all of the above, although I’m not good at dividing!

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