Reminiscing …

The day before Reese’s birthday is always a day of reflection for me. I look through pictures and old blog posts about her. I am reminded of how much we went through together even before we had ever met face to face. Her story is a beautiful one and it is laced with lessons about strength, love and grace.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you do some reminiscing!!!

Laundry …

When I had Libs I lost all control of our laundry. Between three kids and sports I was buried in dirty clothes. I remember wondering how one small human being could make such a significant impact to the level of laundry. Then came Reese. Holy moly. Although her clothes were smaller than doll clothes, the impact to the laundry was phenomenal. I surrendered to never having a handle on laundry again. Not. Ever.

In the past 6 years I have had moments where the laundry was done … ish. Those moments were often fleeting and it would quickly avalanche. Again and again, I would concede defeat.

Well, I don’t know what is going on around here anymore but for the past 4 weeks I have had total control over the laundry. It’s a miracle! I would blame Sidney moving to college on the lack of clothes to wash, but she was still here when it all began. I am utterly baffled, but I am loving it too much to concern myself with WHY it has come about.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t question a good thing!!!

Milk bottles …

On March 2, 2015 a friend of mine and I went to our local Michael’s craft store. What I purchased that say literally became a 6 month (minus one day) battle of the wits. My wits. No one else’s. Mine and mine alone. And it revealed a level of stubbornness that far exceeds that of normal people. And as of yesterday it all paid off. I think.

I have written before about how we have a coffee/beverage bar in our kitchen. It houses every thing you could ever want for hot and cold beverages. Coffee, tea, sugars, spices, syrups, even mini-marshmallows and seasonal candies like peppermint for the holidays. It’s my happy place and a place that my friends and family enjoy too (so that makes me extra happy). And it’s honestly probably one reason I don’t frequent coffee houses nearly as much as I used to. So I guess it saves me money too!

Anyway, I mention all of this because back in March, I had an idea. I wanted to put all of the edibles found in my coffee bar into mini glass milk bottles. I thought it would clean things up a bit on the bar and also look cute too. So, that day at Michael’s, WAY back in March, I bought 10 milk mini glass milk bottles. The problem was that they didn’t have lids. I figured that that was OK, I would just purchase them elsewhere.

AND THAT is when my saga began.

I looked FLIPPEN everywhere for those lids! I even had my friend searching! Neither of us could find them. I found BAZILLIONS of places that sold the milk bottles, but NO LIDS. I didn’t understand! When I would ask at stores, my friends or family if they had ever seen them, I got the same responses. No one knew where to find them and everyone told me to order them online.

Online. Hmmmm.

This is where my stubbornness came into play.

Why?

Why should I have to order something online that appears to be a pretty important attachment to a previous IN-STORE purchase???

I refused.

I was determined (OK, and probably a little obsessive and crazy) but I wasn’t going to give up. I was going to find those stupid little lids IN A STORE, even if it took me the rest of my life to do it.

Well, yesterday I had to run into Michael’s for something. I had previously rechecked this store several times over in the past 6 months (minus one day) to see if they had decided to start selling the lids (THE LIDS THAT GO ALONG WITH THE MINI GLASS MILK BOTTLES THAT THEY SELL) and I found nothing … until yesterday.

There they were.

The lids.

Six to a package and just hanging there like they had been there all along.

I really don’t think anyone else around wanted them, but I grabbed two packages of them like they where the hottest buy on Black Friday. They. Were. Mine. FINALLY.

I immediately text my friend. Our 6 month (minus one day) milk bottle lid search was over! And I found them the old fashioned way. No online needed.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you find what you are looking for!!!

  

On top of things …

First day of school and I appear to have it all together! By 5:30 p.m. backpacks and lunch box were cleaned out. New school year “agreements” were signed. Dinner was done. Dishes were washing in the dishwasher. And my Ree was bathed, in her jammies and I had her lunch made for tomorrow. I can’t tell you how happy I am with myself! Now if I can just keep this momentum up for the next 179 school days.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you were on top of things!!!

Cookies …

Every new school year one of our traditions is to make homemade cookies. Ideally, each week one child picks a cookie they want me to bake and put in their lunches. I say “ideally”, because some school years I can keep it up for quite a while. Then there are those school years that this tradition quickly falls by the way side. Regardless, the day before the first day of school we are baking. But it’s not just baking, it’s spending time together. Talking. Laughing. Reflecting on our summer and discussing the new school year ahead. It’s truly a special time and a tradition that I have come to love.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you made some sweet memories!!!