$10 at Target, April 2017

I knew that our spring break wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of our favorite stores, Target. What I didn’t plan on was being underwhelmed. I am not sure if it was the time we went, or the current purging mode I am in? When you are 6 weeks deep into purging and cleaning the least thing you want to do is buy more stuff! Am I right?! Come to think of it. I should have spent my allotted $10 on something useful like Magic Erasers or cleaning products.

But I had put a trip to the Target Dollar Spot on our Spring Break Fun List so I wanted to let the girls pick out something! So we searched and searched and searched and finally ended up finding a little treat for all of us.

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Little Letters, April 2017

Hello Friday!

We are wrapping up our spring break this weekend and I have to say, it lived up to all the hype and was so worth the wait. The weather and sunshine this week were beautiful and something we would have completely missed out on if we had taken our break when we originally planned to. Everything really worked out for the best.

This week I am sharing another edition of my monthly ‘Little Letters’ where I write notes to divulge all the randomness that is currently going on inside my head. 

Dear School Year,

Where in the world did you go?! In 3 weeks we will wrap up our 4th year of home school and I will officially have a 1st grader and a 4th grader. This can not be possible. Have I really been “at it” for this long?! My girls are growing up entirely too fast, this is not okay.

Dear Donut Run,

Why is it that the day after I mentioned not wanting to pay for any races,  heard about you. The idea of running and eating donuts simultaneously does seem a bit… crazy 🙄  ( simply put ). But, it’s on my donut & running loving daughters birthday and she is totally convinced it is the perfect way to celebrate. I think I am going to have to give in and register us.  

Dear House,

Please sale quickly. I think you are charming, full of character, and fantastic. I really pray that someone else will love you just as much and that our idea to ‘For Sale By Owner’ works out perfectly.

Dear Placement Tests,

I feel pretty confident that my girls kicked your bottom this year. But when the hardest math question on Marissa’s test was 72/8 and the kid is doing long division for fractions it seems kind of obvious that she’ll do well. I was honestly super disappointed that, that was the hardest thing they expect 3rd graders to know.

Dear Husband,

I missed you so much while you were gone last weekend. I tried to stay super busy (aka distracted) but goodness the nights were long and boring without you. 

Dear Beauty and the Beast,

You were beautiful. Watching you with Anna felt like we were having one big sing along and I loved it. I tried to explain to the girls that Beauty and the Beast was my Frozen and they seemed to understand. Also Belle’s dress in the last scene?!?!?! I am still swooning. 

Dear Neighbor,

You wash your car like every 3 days…. seriously?! I have no idea if I am impressed or if I just think you are flat-out crazy.

P.S. Next time can you wash mine too?

Dear Squats,

I hate you. You know you did it right (or very, very wrong) when your legs are sore to the touch. 

Dear 16 Kindergartners,

There were 16 of you last Friday… you clearly won. I have really loved teaching the kindergarten class at co-op this year. But I am THRILLED that next Friday is our last meeting of the year. Having our Fridays back over the summer is always so nice. However, I may be slightly out of my mind. I signed up to teach the kindergarten class again next year and I won’t even have a kindergartner. What in the world was I thinking?!

Dear Home School Curriculum,

I am so thankful for the freedom and ability to home-school but goodness the older my kids get the more it costs! I could EASILY spend at least $400 on curriculum and books this year  😯 . You can’t put a price on a good education though… or can you  😕 .

Love,

Have a great weekend friends!
We’ll see you back here on Monday.

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The Kids Behind The Blog, April 2017

It’s the second Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for The Kids Behind the Blog. Every month I take a few minutes to interview my girls. I love that it guarantees me a few minutes of one on one conversation with them and it has been a really fun way to document their personalities over the past year. 

This months interview is about all things spring from flowers to Easter!

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How To Clean & Purge Like a Boss

When spring cleaning meets a house that needs to be “market ready” you learn a thing or two about how to spring clean and purge the right way, like a boss. I have been working on our home for just over a month now and today I wanted to share with you a few tips that I have learned from the process. 

#1 Clean & Purge vs Clean then purge

Knowing the order on this can be tricky, but I found a simple method that worked great for me. If I was purging the inside of a cabinet I did both at the same time. But any other kind of cleaning (base boards, door frames, touching up paint) I saved til our purging was complete. Rooms take less time to deep clean if they have been decluttered.

#2 Start fresh

If you’re purging your Tupperware drawer, empty the entire drawer. If you’re sorting through your closet, take everything out. Not only will this help you to clean more thoroughly, but you will look at things differently if you physically have to put them back instead of just sorting through the clutter.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Our Weekend Recap

This past weekend was a weekend for the girls. The husband went to Arkansas on Friday morning for a work related fishing trip. That meant that the girls an I had nearly the entire weekend (and the start of our spring break) to ourselves. So what are the girls to do when left without a Mr. to keep them in line? PLAY! And that is exactly what we did. 

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Friday Highlights 4.7.16

It’s officially here, our very first spring break ever!!! Spirits are definitely brighter in the Newman house today friends. I absolutely can not wait to spend the next week enjoying my girls and taking some guilt free time away from the computer. We have been waiting so very patiently for our spring break to get here and now that it is am realizing our next countdown will be to the end of our school year. This year has really flown by!

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