Thursday, August 9, 2018

Dress Shopping!

Back at the beginning of July Ga-Ga & Pa took the kids home with them after church. The kids were actually stay there for a total of 11 days! Michael and I came down for the 4th of July and then I stayed there since family was flying in from Wyoming. More on that in another post! 

Whenever my parents take the kids home from church, Michael and I use the rest of Sunday as a date day. We usually head to Kent Station for lunch...on this day we ate at Mama Stortini's. I was so shocked that Michael even wanted to eat there...he doesn't normally like it. I think this time he had Sunday brunch and he did actually enjoy it. 

Since this was the Sunday prior to the 4th of July Value Village was having a 50% off sale that day. I didn't really need new clothes since we've gone to Value Village quite a lot this year, but I had just recently started liking dresses and I'd never really spend a good amount of time looking at dress at Value Village. I have bought a couple over the years, but just when I absolutely needed a dress. Michael obliged me, but I could tell I had reached his max amount of time for shopping for the year so I better make it quick. 



When we walked in I encouraged him to stop and look at dress shirts since he didn't have much luck with short sleeve shirts the last time we'd gone. He did end up finding 4, but something I realized later is I really need to have him first...try them on in front of me...sometimes they are too big and secondly...look them over for tears or stains. One of these shirts ended up having a tear on the arm and it was a really nice shirt. Total bummer! 




As for me...I hit the jackpot with dresses and one shirt! 

Going left to right...the blue striped one is not something I would normally try on, but it was just so vibrant. It's actually a halter top dress. It's a great length and it's so comfy and soft like a T-shirt. The dress shirt next to it was a total impulse buy. We were standing in the checkout and I saw it on the rack and again the colors were so vibrant. Michael didn't want to have to wait again for me to try clothes on so he said..."Just buy it, if it doesn't fit you can take it back". It's got a definite Japanese flair with the way the collar is and I get compliments anytime I wear it. The next dress is super comfy and has cute cap sleeves. I'm not normally a sleeveless girl, but this covers just enough of my shoulders I feel comfortable. Plus the length is longer and I'd been wanting a good long dress. The next one I actually completely missed when trying on all the dresses. It had gotten buried in the cart! When I was pulled clothes out to buy them I just decided to hope for the best and it turned out great. This dress actually ended up being Michael's favorite. 




The black and blue ones isn't my favorite, but I still think it's super cute. I will definitely wear it to church, but it's not an all day kind of dress. I was really excited about two maxi dresses. I have wanting a maxi for years, but I had never found any that were the right length. Normally they are too maxi and I would need to hem them. I love chevron patterns and that coral color. The one on the right is cream on the top with a fun lace pattern. It also still had the original price tag on it...of course the actual price part had been ripped off, but $7 for a dress is amazing. I have worn this one once already and I paired it with a sweater while I was at work since the whole not super into sleeveless thing. 



The last two need some minor sewing work. The one on the left has a super cute fit to it. It's also has that see through look from the knees down. The only thing is the fit under one arm is a bit funny. After further investigation it looks like someone actually altered this so it would fit tighter under the arms, but some of the stitching has come out. So I'm just going to restitch it and it will be perfect. This next dress is so cute. Perfect length...at the knees and it has pockets. The only thing is the stitching in the front makes me look like Madonna...too pointy if you know what I mean. So I'm going to do a couple stitches on either side that will fit that right up. Now I just have to find the time to actual do that. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Imperfect Produce!

On the day that Kim and I went strawberry picking she told me about imperfect produce. I had been seeing advertisements for it as well and was curious. She sent me an email that gave me $10 off my first order so I thought I'd give it a try. 

What I love about the whole process is....number one I can skip a week anytime I want and number two I get to customize my box with what I want and how much I want. 


This was my first box! It was around $20, but with my $10 off it was half that. Seriously there is nothing wrong with any of these fruits or veggies. The main thing I've noticed is the produce is smaller than what the grocery store wants. They want people to buy bigger items not smaller since it's priced by weight. 

When you are customizing your box some of the produce....say avocados tells you the count you will receive. For this box I order 2 - 3 count of avocado, but for others it's by weight. So I ordered 2 pounds of nectarines. It doesn't matter that they are smaller though because I'm still going to get 2 pounds of fruit.  



My second box...



All of this for $20!!! 



I love seeing my fruit basket full! 



It was so fun that they had cilantro and I just so happened to need it for a recipe and I didn't even have to run to the store. That can be the tricky part of ordering though because you are subject to what's available. You can't count on them having the same thing every time. 



This is my most recent box....$22!!!

Peaches, nectarines, Brussels sprouts  zucchini, avocados and apricots. Yum yum!  

If you're curious about trying out Imperfect Produce let me know and I'll get you the same $10 off deal that I got. 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Short Visit!

Friday, June 22nd Logan came over for a short visit. Jen had called me the day before to see if we would be home. 


The girls got about 3 hours together and of course they had a wonderful time. 



I still can't get over how much taller Logan is than Ella! 

Ella and I will be heading to Spokane later this summer for a girls trip! Can't wait!!! 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Last Day Of School 2018!

Wednesday, June 20th was the last day of school for the kids. 



When I had printed out the teacher gift tags I remembered that I needed to also print out the kids first day of school pictures. I like to have them hold their first day of school pictures on their last day of school. 



Poor Ella Bean woke up with her face swollen. The day before she had field day so I think it was either from something she encountered outside or it was from the sunscreen she put on her face. Of course she was a total emotional girl and was crying saying she didn't want to go to school. I gave her an allergy pill and thankfully by the time I picked her up from school it had already improved. 



I can't believe my Zeke boy has finished his first year of school! 



Jackson thought it was quite fun that he just happened to wear a Spiderman shirt on the last day of school since he wore a Spiderman shirt on the first day of school. 



I have a middle schoolers! That's just nuts! 




This is the real life shot! 




And this is the staged shot! 




I love this shot! 




My monkey or sloth is all done!!! 




Ella with her friend Riley! 




We got a picture with Ella's speech therapist Mrs. Phyall. We love her!! 



My favorite part of the last day of school. The bus drivers honk their horns and all the teachers stand and wave. 



The boys were waiting for me by the parent circle. 



Since the older boys teachers don't walk them out anymore we had to go back inside so I could get a picture. We found Ms. East right away. 

She is actually moving to another school closer to home. I'm happy for her, but sad that none of my kids will be taught by her. 

We actually weren't able to locate Mr. Herman so Owen didn't get a picture with his teacher. 




Ella earned a trophy at the assembly since she was the top girl runner in the whole first grade class. 


After I picked up the kids at school we went home and got all packed up and ready to go to the beach. Then we left to pick up Michael at work so we could go to lunch. Since Michael drives a company car he can't drive it for personal use. 



This was the first time the kids got to see Daddy at work as the Big Boss. 



He was totally embarrassed that I wanted to take a picture of him. The ladies in the office loved it though.



His name is on the window now! 




Our tradition for lunch on the last day is to go to Dairy Queen for the $5 lunch. 



We all got chicken strips except this guy got a BBQ burger. 



We always eat lunch first and then go up and get our ice cream treats. 



Owen was so proud of himself for licking his ice cream cone so little. 



After that we head out to Coulon Park...the kids favorite beach. 



Normally we go to Seahurst, but the kids didn't want to be in salt water. 



This girl hates salt water...it makes her itchy! 



She was so excited to be at the beach. 



I'm not even sure we made it to the beach last summer....maybe once, but not more than that! 



Digging and digging! 



Even though the weather doesn't look nice and really felt warm. 



This was Michael's first time coming with us to the beach...he hates the beach. He does not like lake water and he gets bored just laying around. 



Thankfully I brought the beach umbrella...it provided just enough shade so Michael made it 2 hours. 



I also brought snacks to keep the kids happy. 



After we had been there an hour or so the sun started to really break through the clouds. 



The kids could have been at the beach all day long, but then Daddy enticed them with a surprise. 




Incredibles 2!!!! 

It was a great way to start summer!!!! 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Kindergarten & 5th Grade Graduation!

On Wednesday, June 13th I went to school to see Zeke's Kindergarten graduation. 


Here's Ms. Davidson's class all lined up ready to go to the stage. 



My Zeke boy always nervous with this fingers in his mouth. 




Zeke got an attendance award. No one in the kindergarten class had perfect attendance, but they also give out awards for excellent attendance. Zeke fell in that category which was 95% - 99% attendance. 




Here's Ms. Davidson giving Zeke his graduation certificate. 



All the cute little kindergarten graduates. Class of 2030! 



After Ms. Davidson's class got their certificates they sat down and then Ms. Jackson's class got their certificates. Once all the classes were done the kiddos went back to their classes to grab all their things. 




Us parents had to go outside and pick them up like normal. 



I had Zeke give Ms. Davidson her teacher gift then since I know how crazy the last day of school is. 

I also got the best news....Ms. Davidson is moving to 5th grade so there is a chance she might actually teach Jackson next year. I'm crossing my fingers she does! 



Zeke and I waited for Ella to get out so she could give Ms. Sawyer her teacher gift. 

We also got the fun news that Ms. Sawyer is getting married this summer. Come September she will be Mrs. Chon. I hope she ends up being Zeke's 1st grade teacher next year. 



A couple days later on Friday, June 15th I went back to school so I could be there for Owen's 5th grade graduation. I decided that I would attend the kids graduations when they graduate from kindergarten and 5th grade. 



Owen is in the middle with his blue shirt. He was also part of the group that had excellent attendance with 95% - 99%. 




This was during the last full week of school and it was Spirit week. Friday was pajama day so that's why Mr. Herman is wearing pajama pants. :) 

Mr. Herman is giving Owen his 5th grade graduation certificate.



Cute boy in his "Tacocat spelled backwards is Tacocat" shirt! He's such a hoot! :) 

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this on the blog, but Owen will actually be staying at Woodmont instead of going on to Sacajawea. Woodmont is a K8 school so Owen will be at the middle school portion of Woodmont. He's so happy to be staying there and so am I. I'm happy that all my kids will be in the same school for 4 years.