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I love my family!

I am a wife, mother of three beautiful boys, and a middle school administrator. At times, I have mistakenly tried to achieve perfection in each role. These attempts always fail miserably because there is no such thing as a perfect wife, a perfect mom or a perfect worker! I decided to relinquished my pursuit of perfection…I can say without guilt that my shortcomings are vast and my mistakes many. Embracing my imperfections and turning my life over to God has been freeing and led to a sweeter life. I found that when I quit trying so hard, that SOMETIMES things magically fall into place and for brief moments I am “Supermom.”

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Dear Mother...

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!  I had a  great Mother's Day complete with handmade gifts from my boys, breakfast in bed from my hubby & boys, and sweet cards from my hubby and his mom.  I am well loved! 

Excuse the boys in their skivies & me before make-up &my hair was so bad I came back to edit this post w/a smiley over my head!  (The tiny bed is the bed in Parker's room and I slept w/him the night before because he was restless.)  Look at that great breakfast, on fine china & crystal! 

The "Dear Mother" picture that I used in my Mother's Day decor this year has been in the family for ages. On the back of the picture written in faint pencil reads, "From Mildred & Jessie, May 10, 1942."  Mildred & Jessie are my late grandparents.  They gave the framed print to my grandfather's mother for Mother's Day.  It feels special to be able to display it some 68 years later.  

Mom, I wished you were here today.  We visited your graveside today.  The almost five years you have been gone seem like an eternity.  I hope you knew how much we all loved you so!  

Dear Mother...
All happy greetings 
And wishes unmeasured
To a very dear Mother
Who'll always be treasured! 

A Toast to Great Friends!

Our sweet friends are moving to another town to take a head coaching position.  My husband has coached high school football with him for the past six years.  It is a bittersweet for us because we are so happy for them that he got a head coaching job, but sad because we enjoy them so much!  They have four boys:  8, 6, and 4 (twins).  Our boys have loved playing Legos, baseball, and touch football after their daddies big games.  We will treasure the memories we have made with them and hope that our paths in the coaching world will be destined to join again. 

I found a great football themed Easter basket to use for the "Congrats on Your New Job" gift.  Their new school colors are red and black, so I used red tissue paper and a red and white gingham bow.  A bottle of champagne and two champagne glasses complete the gift basket. 

I love red & white gingham.  I use it all the time.  It makes great bows for packages.  There is just something nostalgic to me about its simplicity. 

My toast for our friends is for many TOUCH DOWNS to be in their future!!!

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thrift Store Junkie!

I am a thrift store junkie!  I would pick going to a thrift store anyday over the mall or department store.  I love searching for a bargain!  Whether it be clothes or something for my home, I love the process. 
Practically all my clothes and shoes are from a local thrift store.  I always get comments on my finds and I love saying, "thanks, it was 99 cents!"  :) 

On my latest venture, with two of my three boys in tow, I spent $40 and got a ton of stuff. I'll share my bargains with you.

8 dinner plates for $4.94.  The green matches my dinning room perfectly! 

Here is the whole haul, with one of my shopping buddies.  He was very happy with his Light Saber ($1) and Spongbob cup ($1).  The two dollar bribe worked, he was good the couple of hours we were out. 

I got bargains for the baby for super cheap.  Shorts were .49, $1.49, and $1.99 and a cute tee for .49! 
The best deal of the day:  Versace flip flops for........$1.41!  Yes, $1.41.  I think the store didn't know what they had. 
I got lots of nice spring/summer work shirts from $1.99-$4.99. 

I got a bag of vintage pool balls for $5.00.  I'm going to put them in a bowl and use for decoration in my boy's sports themed room.   

Parker was not impressed with the bargains.  This is how he felt after the shopping trip.  Poor little guy!  He got some nice milk and applesauce and was happy again. 

So....5 work shirts, 3 gap shorts, 1 versace flip flops, 8 dinner plates, bag of pool balls, light saber, sponge bob cup, puzzle, 3 pairs baby shorts and one baby tee...all for $40!  That is why I am a thrift store junkie.  I'd love to hear about your latest thrift store finds!