Thursday, June 22, 2017

More Adventures in Texas Part One

The first week of summer we got off to rip roaring start with a quick trip to Texas! It was glorious and here's why, it was just the girls and just for shopping, and just what we needed!

We left at the crack of dawn on Thursday, like 4 in the morning...
First stop: Coffee!
The rest of the drive was so long... You know that feeling when you are making great time and you think, "Yeah. I am speed racer. Getting places efficiently." I mean, we had crossed over into Texas by 9 am. But then I forgot just how big Texas is. Long story short we arrived about 7:30 pm. Thanks Metroplex traffic and random rain storms.

After a loooonnnnggg day in the car, we were whipped for the night, we needed our beauty rest for shopping the next day.

The main purpose of the trip was to take my mother in law on her first trip to Texas and visit Canton. You see, Canton is perhaps the most glorious shopping experience of all times. It's a once a month flea market. But not just any flea market, the biggest one in the whole state. Texas is big, so that's saying a lot!


It's miles and miles of anything that you could possible imagine buying. If you can't find it at Canton, it might not exist!

Giant metal T-Rex for your yard? Canton has you covered.
We actually ended up seeing this in someones truck when we were driving down the interstate back to Kilgore!

We had a BOLO (be on the look out) list as long as my arm and we were determined. We were looking for furniture and fun things to re-do or re-purpose. Most of the shops are inside pavilions, but the real treasures are outside, in tents. That's where you can find all the stuff that's unfinished so you can make it look like the stuff in the pavilions and not pay a fortune!

Plus, I was crazy inspired for a bunch of new projects I want to try. Or rather that I want Brien to try. I think he might not like me or Canton too much, because I am full of new ideas! 
I can totally make this!

And also this!

Add this to the list!

This is just old fence pickets. We got some laying around, I know it!

This is just old shutters, $300? No thank you. I have a husband with a saw!
Here is what I actually bought...

I thought this unfinished little monogram laurel would look oh-so-cute on my front door. P.S I am totally painting my front door red!

A set of four of these hideously painted chairs that I scored for $80!

And this 100 year old 5 panel door, for $30!
Here's what I am going to do with them...

I found these identical chairs at an inside pavilion with a table of course, but this set was $800. Umm I will get a can of paint and fix that right up for!
So big plans to white wash with chalk paint and then stain those super cute little nooks and crannies on the back. I am pretty excited to get started on them!
Annnddd...
I am going to turn my door into a head board. Since my fella threw away all of my pallets, I think I might just use this instead. It needs to be sanded and sealed, some crown molding and done, new bed.Or maybe a coffee table. I haven't decided yet!
Do you see why I am torn? I should have bought a few more doors!

Things I should have bought, that are on my list to keep my peepers out for are...
A dough bowl. How cute would this be with some pine cones in it or some Christmas ornaments during December?!?

A cotton boll wreath. Cotton was ALL the rage at Canton. I bet Joanna Gaines uses it a bunch in her houses (I actually heard she shops at Canton for things for her store!) I didn't want to pay a fortune, they were like $80, I am thinking I can re-create this somehow!

Back to Canton... After a crazy rainstorm and a quick rest,

We collected our treasures and headed back to town. That night we went out to eat and went to see Wonder Woman, which really was so wonderful. Callie loved it and decided that she now would like to be in the military or maybe a super hero. I believe she could certainly do both! 

 After we had shopped til we dropped, we settled in and showed Grandma Denise how great Texas really is! More on the rest of the trip later!













Wednesday, June 21, 2017

What's Cookin' This week: Blueberry Cupcakes

We are all out of  sorts and not on any kind of schedule this summer! Yikes, I am usually better than this! Thanks to another week of school stuff (just getting professionally developed in teaching reading) we have not been home ALL week, again.
This week is math and VBS, then the family reunion, so not really getting any less busy!
My eldest keeps quietly reminding me, that she will be sticking to the schedule she created years ago and so far, she has done it!
Last Wednesday, due to an overabundance of blueberries in the fridge (I am talking 8 pounds, y'all) she decided she wanted to make blueberry cupcakes.
All the berries!
She did everything, followed the recipe exactly, and they were AMAZING!  So I thought I would share!
Here is the link...http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/missys-lemon-and-blueberry-cupcakes-recipe-1995516

I am not talking light and fluffy cupcakes. They are rich and sweet and SO good and I think I may have found my new food photographer!



She even garnished them with mint leaves from my herb garden. How cute is that?!

Do you see what I am talking about with these pictures, yum!
So that's what's cookin' around here, hopefully next week, since we are finally free to enjoy the summer, there will be lots more yummy treats to share about!


Friday, June 9, 2017

Fashion Friday: The end of the year!

While we were on our trip last week, I ran out of space on my phone for pictures. A bunch of times. Sad day! It's time for another outfit picture clean out! The last few weeks of school we had super weird weather, so it's kind of a smattering of cold days and hot days, so here goes:
Top: Jane
Jeans: Target
Flip flips: Target

Dress: Target
Scarf: Target
Flats: Amazon

Dress and shoes: Old Navy

I need a new jean jacket! I mean they are the tuxedo of teaching clothes, but I have had this one forever and it fits weird, time to move on!
Jacket: Forever 21
Dress: Gap
Flats: Wal-mart
Necklace: Made it!


Top: Jane
Necklace:?
Leggings: Nordstroms
Flats: Target

Tee: Loft
Skirt: T.J Maxx
Flip flips: Target
Necklace: Made it!

Tee: Old Navy
Vesty thing: ??, Thrifted
Pants: Gap
Flats: Target

Top: ??, Thrifted
Jeans: Target
Flip flops: Target 

Dress: Old Navy
Necklace: Jane
Flip flips: Old Navy

Whew... All caught up! This week has been super sweet cleaning clothes and yoga pants for traveling, nothing worth seeing, trust me! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thirfty Finds Last Month!

Since my favorite thrifty store shut down a few months ago, I have been searching high and low for a new place to get fun clothes and all that jazz. A few weeks ago, Kellen and I found a little place, but it was the jackpot I was hoping for! Maybe it was because it was a Saturday or maybe they just didn't have what I was looking for, but I did manage to find some fun things...

H&M top: $4
I thought this was a cute little top, it sheer and flowy and you can't go wrong with black and white!

Loft Tee: $3
I realized I have a closet deficiency in whites in my closet, and this one had a cute little sequin detail at the top, so it was coming home with me!

Tank:$1
Because you can't have enough grey tanks!

Sleeveless top: $3
This is actually Navy and it's super cute with my patterned shorts, score!

 Loft Sleeveless tee: $4
I thought this would be cute with a skirt or capris for school!


Joggers $5
I have no idea what brand it is, but I have been wanting some joggers for a while and was afraid to spend $30 because they are so trendy, but these ones are so stinkin cute, I wish I would have found  them sooner!

That's all for this month, fingers crossed that we find a replacement for our old store. I will keep you posted!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Slimey Slime!

Let's be real, kids looove them some slime. It has been that the top of the list the last few weeks and we finally made some! I remember making it with Callie when she was little, but now Kellen is on the bandwagon!
You need:
1/4 cup of glue
1/4 cup of water
1/4 of borax
and apparently a leopard toy, as well...

The first few batches were a little tricky. I am telling you this is a science, people. First you mix the water and the glue together well. I think I may have added a little less water the second time around, because the first batch was a little slooshy. 

Next slowly add the borax and stir, stir, stir while you pour until it starts to solidify. You might not use all of the borax and that's a-okay. 

Then get your play on!
If you want to add color to your slime, do it when you are mixing up the glue and water.

This slimey slime kept my mister busy all afternoon while I worked on some grading the last week of school.

The slime keeps pretty well in a tupperware, but the water in the mixture seems to seep to the top after a few days, just press a paper towel on the top to soak it up and it's still good to go.
It's so fun and so gross! Give it a try!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Bucket List

This summer is off to a bit of a slow start, it has been rainy and kind of depressing, but alas today it was a sunny and beautiful! Hurray! Callie and Brien spent the weekend up fishing and it was just me and little guy for the weekend of rain.
                                                         


 Do not fear, we had lots of fun playing trucks and trains and we even squeezed in a thrifting trip. Kellen was not a fan, for the record.  He kept saying, "This store is weird mom." I found some fun things, more about that later!

So today I finally finished cleaning out my classroom and getting all my affairs in order for summer and we spent the rest of the day shopping for plants and working on our garden and landscaping. I have to say, I am slightly disappointed in how little my dollar stretches when it comes to plants and flowers. I kind of wish we had done a little at a time over the 7 years we have been in our house. But instead we have spent most of our years taking out hideous plants and awful things that I hate, that I have not had time to put in what I really wanted. But now we have a game plan that I am excited about!

This summer we have, yet again, a mighty fine list of fun things to do! I am hoping they include lots of camping and time outdoors with the familia. We already have 3 camping trips planned and a real trip to western half of our state to see Mesa Verde, the four corners and the Royal Gorge! Thanks 4th grade Colorado History for inspiring these trips!
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Yes please! Sometimes I forget what  pretty place we live in! Hopefully by the end of the summer, I will have my own amazing pictures to post!

Tomorrow we leave bright and early for our first trip of the summer to Canton, Texas. They have the MOST amazing and the biggest market ever once a month and I keep promising to take my mother in law. So that will be commencing this weekend! I can't wait to see what treasures we come home with! More about that next week!

Besides our travel, Callie has a notebook filled with ideas for each day of the week, and I excited to try all of them! Stay tuned for more summer fun!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hallelujah, we made it!

That's right we are done! Well not quite all of the way done. I still have 4 million grades to enter and my classroom is a hot mess express, and I am sure that I will be back next week to finish cleaning and getting things packed up for summer. I am just super jazzed that I don't have to move classrooms! After 8 moves in 9 years, I think I have earned it!

This year has been all kinds of ups and downs and stress, that I didn't even think about, but we made it! While this wasn't my best year as far as knowing what I am doing and being an organized rock star it was by far, my best year as a teacher!

Yay for the last day!

The last day of school flew by having so much fun and tricking kids into doing work quietly so I could finish testing and work on report cards!
We made the cutest little "reach for the stars" and my students wrote each other encouraging notes!

We ended the day signing beach balls and eating popsicles! Thanks pinterest!
Then they all gave me a hug and off they went! It was a little anti-climatic...
Then, today, I had a few parents stop by during our work day and drop off cards and sweet words of thank you for working with their kiddos. That's when it hit me! As a middle school teacher, I know our families appreciated the work that we did, but we just didn't have as much contact with them. So this has probably been my most favorite part of being an elementary teacher, is getting to know kids AND their families!
So now we are done (well almost, I still have that pesky classroom to clean up) and this chick is ready for summer and 5th grade! 

I am SO looking forward to getting me and my house back in order and spending the weekend with my little fella, while Callie and Brien are up fishing in the mountains. 
Hallelujah for summer and making it through!






Saturday, May 20, 2017

Almost Summer Days...

4 more days, 4 more days 4 more days...Can you tell we are counting down! This week has been a wild one, we went from 80 degree to 30 degrees and snow and this time of years brings back all kinds of feels for me and I am not sure why!?!

Just last year, I was anxiously interviewing and  a-waiting to find out what I would be doing for a job this year.

2 years ago we were having the strangest of end of the years...Tornadoes and hail storms and cancelled field days...

5 years ago we were celebrating this nugget graduating pre-school...
Be still my heart...How did she get so big?!

Aaaannndd 7 years ago we had just bought a house and were praying that all of the "May" showers didn't flood our home before we closed in June!

Uggg! What a wreck it was!

So. Yes, this week has had all the feels from the past few years!

Last week Kellen and I had off since his baby sitter was closed for day and it had me pining away for summer! We ran errands, did crafts, played outside, read books. It was such a tease of a day, nearly impossible to go to the work the next day, kind of day! I cannot wait for this summer, we already have big plans, let me tell you! Jam packed schedule. Callie has already filled her notebook pages with crafts and recipes and field trips for us to do, so I am super jazzed!
Perfect, blissful evenings spent in my back yard while the kids play forever, bring it on!

Back to our day off! Kellen and I dropped Callie off at school and rushed to the hospital because my little bro and his sweet wife had their baby! That's right! We have a niece and I am not gonna lie, little miss Cara Mae is something else! She has had a rough few first days, but she is home now and is just about the sweetest little thing you ever did see! 


Callie and Kellen are in love and SO am I! I am quite serious when I say to my sister in law, that I will sit on her couch and hold her baby and eat jelly beans, while her and my brother take naps/showers. I am hoping she takes me up on it, cause I can have Callie work baby holding days into our schedule!

 So, summer, just hang tight, we will be there in just 4 short days!