Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tubing, Painting, & School

We had a GREAT weekend!  How about you?

On Friday night, we spent the evening with some friends who just purchased a new house on the bayou.  Now, you can't live on the bayou in Louisiana without a pontoon boat!  So Tom and Jennifer invited us over so Alise and A could spend some time tubing before dinner.  We all had so much fun!  Cruising the bayou is so relaxing and the girls had a blast!

I don't think I have ever heard Alise laugh so much!  It took her a while to get the "scared look" off her face, but soon enough, she was fine.  We did have one small cap-size, but that's because the girls were sitting too close to the front of the raft when Tom took off.  They did end up in the bayou and it unnerved Alise a little bit, but she was wearing a life jacket and climbed right back on the raft and helped A back on, too.  They were fine and so disappointed when the night of tubing ended.

On Saturday morning, I had an appointment for a highlight and cut.  Remember my new Alabama friend that cuts hair?  What was suppose to be "the usual," ended up turning into a near return to my natural color and some low lights {I had been perusing Pinterest last week for hair styles and color and had originally thought about going a tad redder, but when I mentioned to Anna that I kinda liked my natural color, that's the direction she decided to go in.  I think the color is darker than I've ever been - I really don't believe my natural color is this dark, maybe it's the low lights that makes it look darker - I've never had low lights before -  but she told me it would lighten up in a few weeks.  We'll see.  Anyway, Anna and I hit it off again and talked non-stop the entire time!  She's as much ready for Alabama football season as I am!

Last Wednesday, after I picked Alise up from half a day at school, she wanted lunch at McAllister's.  There I ran into the girl that hosted the painting class that Alise and I took last Fall. She showed me a picture of what most of the painters would be painting this week - an LSU door hanger and when I asked if she thought I might do a Bama one, she was all for it! So Thursday night, I had a fun evening of painting!  Here are some pics of my progress.

I'm nearly finished.  I didn't stick around the class to finish with the bow, raffia, and hanger. I figured I could do that myself.  Wayne had a nice surprise waiting on him Friday morning on the island when he went to work at 2 AM!  He is so funny!  I sent him pictures of my progress in the class and at one point, he told me that my "crimson" looked more like MSU's color, so I had to go back and add more red paint!  I can't wait to finish it and hang it on my front door!

On Sunday, we went to church, to lunch, and then came home for naps.  Alise said she hadn't slept good all weekend, so I was concerned about her coming down with a migraine.  After she woke up, she and Wayne watched a movie in the theater room while I ran to the mall to try and find her some shoes.  Don't ask why I didn't take her.  Sometimes it's just easier that way!  I really hoped that I would be able to find her a nice chevron dress for a Fall portrait, but I had no such luck!

I found this in Alise's backpack last week and it made me smile.  She's still loving her teachers.  This week will tell, though, with the first full week of school.  I'm still hoping and praying for a great year!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - August 18, 2014

It's that time of year again and school has started.  Back to a routine for us.  Back to menu planning for me.

It's been a while since I've joined OrgJunkie's link up and I've REALLY slacked off this summer in the menu planning category!  Entertaining around the pool this summer on the weekends with friends has been about the extent of my cooking.  During the week, it's been BLTs or frozen pizza for Wayne and Alise.  And of course, we've been eating out more.

Time to remedy the situation.

Monday - I see football games and cheer in our future for Monday nights, which probably means future crock pot meals for this day of the week!  Until then, it's smothered deer meat, rice & gravy, and green beans this week.

Tuesday - Taco Soup

WednesdayWhat's another BLT?

Thursday - Dirty Rice and corn

Friday -  Hamburger sliders and fries

Saturday - Steak, baked potatoes, salad & garlic bread

Sunday - Make your own pizza and salad

With this menu, I'm able to use some things that I already have in the freezer and pantry. I spent $105 at the grocery store for this week's menu.

What's on your menu this week?  For more ideas, visit OrgJunkie's blog and join the link up!

Have a tasty week!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back To School

Alise had a great day yesterday at school!  She likes all of her teachers, especially her homeroom teacher, Mrs. O.  And let me just say that I'm really liking her, too!  I don't know if you can tell in the picture from yesterday of Alise sitting at her desk, but Mrs. O made them all chocolate chip doozies.  She told the class that they had to wait to eat them last night with a glass of warm milk.  Alise could not WAIT to finish supper so she could have her doozie!  

I walked Alise in this morning - I don't do that very often, but I had tons of things that I needed to return to her friends from this past weekend - and because great minds think alike, this is similar to what we gave Ms. O this morning for her back-to-school happy!  We simply had too much going on yesterday to take it to her, so we waited a day.

If you give a teacher a cookie back to school printable | Thirty Handmade Days

I forgot to take a picture of the one we did, but Mrs. O was SO excited!  She hugged Alise AND me!  She told me that she prayed for all her students this morning.  I nearly cried! What a GREAT teacher (I hope I still feel this way six months from now when I'm beating my child over the head with a notebook)!!

Yesterday, Alise's reading teachers - yes, plural.  Don't EVEN get me started on that whole saga - had them fill out a questionnaire about themselves.  One of the questions was, "How many books have you read since second grade?"  What does MY child answer?  46!!  Forty-six books?!  She is living in a dream world!  When I questioned her about it, she said, "Mom, they said give your best estimate!"  Estimate my butt!  Ain't no way she's read 46 books since second grade!!

Y'all, I'm worn out!  A half a day of school yesterday plus art lessons last night just did me in! I just get so worked up every year over school starting.  It's like an adrenalin rush and eventually I crash.  I don't think I've fully crashed, yet, though.  Next week will be bad!  

So for what it's worth, we're enjoying the last two full days of homework-less nights and plans are to enjoy this last weekend as well.  Hope you can do the same!

P.S.  I'm back to menu planning on Monday!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

First Day of Fourth Grade

Here we go!  4th Grade!

Outside pics!

Traditional in-house pics!

And...last but not least, at-school pics!

Alise's homeroom teacher (for math, science, and social studies) is new this year to RO and just to show you that God has a way of working things out for good, Ms. O goes to church with us.  She was in Wayne's group when he use to help with the college students.  I feel blessed to have her as a teacher and I know that we're going to have a great year!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Time Flies

So it's been ten days since my last post.  It's been quite a while since I've gone this long without posting.

I left off last time by telling you that Wayne and I were on our way to pick up Alise in Alabama.  We've never been so happy to see her!  She was literally glued to my side for the rest of the weekend!

We were fortunate that weekend because there was no sales tax so we shopped for back to school clothes, ate at restaurants that we don't have at home, and said good-bye to our family.  We stopped in Tuscaloosa on the way home Sunday to see our friends that moved a year ago and had lunch with them at Olive Garden.  We had a great visit!  We miss them so much!  Maddie has gotten so tall!  Alise loved getting to see her best friend again!  We could barely get them to eat because they were so excited to see each other!

When we got home, we walked right into middle school cheer camp!  Of course, my favorite cheerleader was excited to see her school friends again and learn new cheers and dances. The great thing about this year, is that the squad - of nearly thirty girls, no less - will be cheering at all the home pep rallies this Fall!  Alise has already decided who she wants as her Big Sis this year, a junior on the Varsity squad named Annie.  I watched her with Alise at the exhibition on Thursday and she seems to be a very nice girl.  Of course, it was SO strange not to see our last year's Big Sis, K, in the group!  We miss her SO much but know that she will have a great freshman year at LSU.

So the race was on last week to find out who Alise's homeroom teacher would be.  I knew we would have a new teacher because of some staff changes.  And let me just say that it galls me to no end that our principal waits until the latest of the latest to post class rolls every year! Why?  It's amazing that other schools across the United States, Louisiana, and even our community can find out their teachers months in advance and we have to wait until the very end.  If she's so concerned about parent complaints, she needs to put her big girl panties on and say, "Ya know what?  I'm the principal!"  and roll with it!  I've never complained over which class Alise was in or who her teacher was.  The waiting to find out is utterly ridiculous!

But I digress.

So late Thursday afternoon, I stopped by the school on my way to pick Alise up from summer camp and lo and behold, the angels sang!  Class rolls were up and yes, we have the new teacher!  Hours later, my phone started blowing up with group texts from all the parents in our room!  Of course, everyone wanted to know everything about her.  One mom even stalked her on FB and messaged her to ask if she was the new 4th grade teacher at our school.  Hey!  We RO moms don't play!  The teacher responded that yes, she was and then everyone was on FB to see how many mutual friends they had with her.  I don't do much on FB, but I decided to see just how many mutual friends I had with our new teacher, too!  Let's just say that I win the prize!  Twenty-nine peeps!  I also did some asking around at church on Sunday because we have several teachers in our Life Group and I got mixed reviews.  We'll see.  I'm really hoping and praying for a great year!

On Saturday night, I had a Mom's Back-to-School Bash at my house complete with Mexican food and grown up green icees!  What turned out to be "no kids invited" turned into these bathing beauties crashing the party!

Some other sweet classmates stopped by later and in all fairness, the kids were great!  They swam until well after dark and then Wayne fixed them up in the theater room with a movie.  The moms mosied up to the island and that's where we stayed for the remainder of the evening - except when we had to fix the kids plates, of course!  I made tacos with all the fixings, dips and queso, Mexican cheesy rice and refried beans.  The moms had a GREAT time!

Yesterday, we celebrated our family's July & August birthdays with my parents.  They took us out to eat at Long Horn.  I had the Parmesan Crusted Chicken and it was great!  Alise surprised us by getting the kid's steak and inhaled the entire thing!  Baby Girl is growing and I can't seem to fill her up these days!

School starts this Wednesday for us!  Alise has mixed feelings.  About school, of course.  Not about seeing her friends.  I'm all in an uproar about getting back into a routine.  I didn't sleep last night just thinking about everything.  My mind simply wouldn't shut off!  I feel like I'm having to juggle so many things with Alise's schedule this year and I'm not a juggler!

For anyone that's interested, Dolman tops are back on Groopdealz today for $8.99!  I love my magenta one so much that I ordered a black one today.  You can thank me later.