But after a few tries of "smile Nicholas" and "Please just let me take your picture", I gave up, he'll just do what he wants to :) My sweet little boy!
Then I took one of Jasmine and my heart skipped a beat. Just when did she go from my little baby to a 9 year old beautiful young lady? They grow up so fast and it really does seem to be in the blink of an eye and I know there's nothing I can do to stop this process, it's part of life.
I smile at the big girl she is now but my heart also aches for the little baby she used to be. Gosh it's hard being a parent.
I had such a crazy busy day yesterday, I must have walked into the house and back out again for errands at LEAST 4 times, I'm usually a lot more organized but it was one of those fly by the seat of your pants days.
I ventured into the commissary for groceries which, if you've been to one ON PAYDAY you know the nightmare it can be. Not just military families but we have one of the biggest military retiree's community, about 70 000, so they all come shopping too. But for some reason yesterday was ten times worse than it usually is, aisles were crowded, there were shopping carts, kids, elderly couples, frazzled moms and the electric scooter thingies. Yeah it was nuts. But I managed to get everything taken care of before I had to pick up the kids from school.
We came home and after their snack we sat at the kitchen table and made some little ghosts to hang out front. They're SUPER easy to make and the kids had a blast.
All you need is some white fabric of any kind. I have about 10 yards that I picked up at Walmart from their $1 fabric bin. It was perfect, and for the inside of the ghosts I didn't have any batting so we used paper crumpled into a ball, cut the fabric into squares, placed the ball in the middle and gathered up the fabric around it, tied it with some fishing wire and then the kids used markers to draw on faces......VOILA!
They look darn cute hanging out there!
Thank you all for the comments on my Home Management Binder, honestly when I first heard about them I reacted like some of you "I just don't have time for making one". But it's actually SO easy and SO quick, I honestly don't know how I made it all this time without one. I have it sitting on my kitchen counter inside a basket that I got for free at the Airman's Attic back in Idaho. It's perfect for this purpose.
Inside I have my Home Management Binder, you can see it peeking out from behind, then I have 4 folders, one for each family member. I open my mail right in front of this basket and then throw out what is junk or add whatever belongs to each one to their folder. Like military mail that comes for Curt, Catalogues or Magazine subscriptions in mine and the kids school paperwork goes in theirs too.
I go through their backpacks as soon as we get home in the afternoon, trash what isn't needed and sign any forms that require my signature. I put them back in their backpacks OR if they are not needed the next day, they go in their folder.
I DO check the folders every morning to see if something in there needs to go with them. Other things I put in their folders are pictures they've drawn for me, or notes they write, they love drawing and during the day will come to me numerous times with pictures in their hands, I put some on the refrigerator but there's so many, it's hard to find a place for them, now they have one.
I also have my coupon book in that basket and my digital camera, battery recharger and a small pencil bag with pens and pencils.
It's amazing how much this little basket has cut down on my clutter in the kitchen, no more counters full of piles of paperwork and magazines.
But enough about that, I don't want to bore you with all my babbling, so I'll leave you with a question.........
How do YOU deal with all the paperwork clutter and especially all the school paperwork that comes home everyday?