Friday, September 26, 2014

the Solkos in September

Ya know, I thought that once school started, I was going to feel like I had a tiny bit more free time, especially on days with both girls in class.
I thought I might be able to get some exercising in with Graham on those two days a week when both girls are in school.
I pictured myself accomplishing all kinds of tasks. 
I imagined I might even have time to blog or do something I enjoy while Graham played quietly.
The reality?
Nope, not so much.

For one, on the days when both girls are in school, it has rained every single day - with the exception of one. Pretty hard to go on a bike ride or long stroller trek in a constant downpour. 

And two, this school drop-off stuff is basically a pain in my ass. 
Like today: I get all three kids ready, loaded in the car just to get to the school and unload all three just for one child to actually go to school. Then I shepherd the other two back outside (after Graham and/or Avery has thrown a fit because they want to stay and play), load them in the car just to drive back home and unload them again. Then I do it all again 2.5 hours later. 
And while this might not sound like much, if you have ever tried to get my wiggly terror of a 22 month-old into his car seat, you know what I am talking about. 
Completely trying to your patience.
And I get to do it 4 times in one morning. 

Both girls love school though. Their clothes are always picked out the night before and given a lot of thought. Lately Bailey has quite the obsession with headbands, scarves, and her black maxi skirt. 

Meanwhile Avery has been a tad bit addicted to her cowboy boots. In her world they work with every outfit.
Jeans? Naturally.
Gym shorts? Of course.
Easter dress? Why not?

And then there is the G Man.
I want to go on record at this point and state just how much more cooperative my girls were at this age. There weren't temper tantrums or the word "NO!" on constant repeat throughout the day. He is less verbal than his sisters were at this age, so maybe that is his issue. Whatever the reason, he is an absolute terror some days. 
A cute terror.
But still a terror.
And believe me, he has the sucking up, give-Mom-an-I'm-sorry-kiss part down pat.

Other stuff in our world...
We have been checking out garage sales and household auctions for a couple years on the lookout for a buffet/sideboard for our dining room. We wanted one that needed some TLC (ie: minimal cost) that we could re-do on the cheap. It took a while but Jared finally scored one. 

The "before" shot

The price was very, very right due to it being cold and rainy at an outdoor auction on a random Friday night. Since then Jared has refinished/painted it, and I have been picky about exactly what I want on it. It needs one more final touch and I will be ready to show off our upcycled find. 

Also at that same auction, Jared scored another cheap find - a dresser for the girls' room. We installed new carpet in their room along with assembling new bunk beds. The room looks totally different now and much more grown-up with room to play. I will be taking some pictures soon to share.

Also on my to-do list: switching up Graham's room. 
He is still in a crib at the moment but has made it clear he wants his own bed. (He has done this by trying to nap in Avery's bed every day.) While I am not exactly looking forward to giving up the comfort of knowing he is safely imprisoned in his crib, it is probably time. I want to repaint the room (yep, officially tired of nursery-room-neutral green) and he still needs a duvet/comforter. And since we already have Avery's old bed to use, once the bedding is obtained, we are in business. Right now his room is a total mishmosh of random stuff that I don't particularly love, so I am excited to give it some purpose and make it a fun room for a little boy.

Trying to keep my shit together.
Today I took 30 minutes to put months and months worth of photos in the kids' albums - a job I have put off for at least 2 weeks. I could see Graham and Avery in the next room; they were playing decently with a huge mountain of toys. I finish what I am doing and walk in the room. A box of 8 crayons is laying on the floor completely empty. Tucker had chewed all of them and currently we now have large spots of red and black (it couldn't have been yellow?!) crayon melted and ground into the light beige carpet. 
Where is the rumchata when my coffee needs it?

Other randoms lately.
A weekend trip to Omaha.
A new roof for our house very soon.
Looking for a new church.
Etsy orders.
Trying to squeeze in a workout every day.
Planning a week-long vacation to Colorado in about 2 weeks.

That last little item is what is motivating both Jared and me lately. A switch from our normal routine is going to be an extremely welcome change! As will a house in the mountains with an included hot tub. Oh hot tub, how I am looking forward to you... Come on, October!


  1. Oh man I am so not looking forward to pick ups and drop offs when my younger two start going to preschool, on top of my eldest going to a different school. Right now all I have to do is pick up my eldest and go straight home. The whole strapping and un-strapping kids into their carseats (three of them!) is going to be a challenge for sure!

    And awesome about your trip! Never been to Colorado but heard it is gorgeous.

  2. Whew!
    Reading this made me exhausted haha

    October is gonna rock! I was just thinking this morning to when ya'll would be leaving. Sooooo exciting no doubt. Have you done your "special shopping" yet?? ;)

    Justin took off Friday so we could leave in the morning to go to Oktoberfest and stay the night there. So excited. Then he has Monday off (holiday ... thank you Columbus Day!) and then we leave Tuesday for AL/FL. Yahoo!!! We will be back right before Thanksgiving. Then shits gotta get real bc we will need to get this house sold.

    I sure hope your carpet looks better now.
    Can't wait to see G's re-done room!


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