Monthly Archives: August 2012

First Day of School!

Like so many other parents, yesterday was a big day for me.  Er, I mean…for my boys!  Yeah, that’s what I meant!

They love Ninjago. Can you tell?

Colin and Ryan both started 2nd grade and Robbie started 1st grade this year.  Colin and Ryan went to the same school last year, so it was exciting to see what teacher they’d have and which friends were in their class again this year, but otherwise they know the ropes pretty well and I’m not terribly worried about them.  As an added bonus, Colin’s special education teacher was also moved to the 2nd grade wing, so that was one less change for him!

Robbie, however, is new to this school. And he’s a 1st grader.  It’s a tad unorthodox, but he really is a sharp kid with a big heart, so I’m hoping he’ll do well.  Of course, I was still a nervous wreck yesterday morning.  I took off for the day and scheduled some other appointments as well, but my main focus was making sure everyone had a smooth start for their first day.

We were all ready to leave the house and walk to school together when we realized Rob’s glasses were missing!  Aw, man!  We searched high and low – all five of us turned everything upside down and still couldn’t find them.  Rob’s response, “Well, we’re going to get new glasses later today, right? So it’s okay.”  Uh. NO.  I mean, yes, we were going to get him an eye exam and get new glasses, but that doesn’t make it okay to lose the first pair.  Those things are EXPENSIVE!

Ryan is blind as a bat without his glasses, so he has kept incredibly good track of them! (The lady at Lenscrafters told us he likely would!)  We just ordered him a new pair the other day, but mainly just because his current ones are a little scratched up and he needed a check up anyhow. 

Rob’s last pair of glasses were purchased in MARCH.  And now they’re MIA.  *sigh*  We learned yesterday afternoon that he needed a new prescription anyhow.  I had been a bad mom and not taken him in for a check up for entirely too long.  He has strabismus (his right eye is not strong and sometimes turns in), so he sees a specialist.  They’re a little harder to get into…and a million other excuses I could make, but won’t.  I won’t let him go that long again.  In fact, with the new script, doc wants to see us back in 2 months anyhow (appointment has already been made!).

Check out those stylish new frames! We swear by these “twistable” frames. I won’t buy anything else. These things are practically indestructible!

I felt bad picking him up from school early on his first day, but it was really great to get the chance to talk to him about his first day at the “big boy” school.  And boy did he have a lot to tell me!  He loves it.  That makes me SO happy.  He also loved the lunch I packed him. I quizzed him about what his favorite parts were (the cheese cubes and the granola) – I’m trying to get away from the boring-old-sandwich routine. 

Robbie’s birthday is in 2 weeks.  Eep!  Starting a new school so soon before your birthday can cause challenges – namely, who do you invite?  I told him he should start thinking about that as his birthday party will probably be on the 15th (we might push it out a week to give him more time) and he’ll have to tell me who he wants to invite.  I wish we could invite the whole class – that would be easier in a way – but I can’t afford a party for 25 kids! 

His response?  He wants to invite his teacher and the other 1st grade teacher (Colin and Ryan’s teachers last year).  I told him he probably needs to think about kids his own age instead.

Best part was all three boys had green days.  Yay!  What a great start to the week.  We had a great dinner, watched a little TV and then spent the last hour reading books before bed.  I’m really glad school is back in session. 🙂

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Dear JC Penney,

Free Back to School Haircuts! (cute video)

Dear JC Penney,

About a month ago, my mom emailed me letting me know that card holders were given advance notice of your upcoming promotion – free back to school haircuts for kids K-6th grade.  I thought, “Oh! I had better jump on that before it goes public so we can get a spot!”

I then promptly forgot about it.

About a week ago, I saw a commercial for this promotion on television and I thought, “Oh no! I should have called before now! Surely they’re out of spots!”

And then I waited a few more days, because a) I’m a procrastinator and b) I figured I’d already missed my chance anyhow.

Today, I called the closest JCP Salon, just to check.  What I was told by the woman who answered the phone shocked me.

Not only are you not booked up, many stores have extended their hours to fit more kids in for cuts.  Free haircuts. I had my pick of dates/times.  I actually booked an appointment time for all three boys to get haircuts at the same time, for free, when both Rick and I can be there. 

Thank you.  It’s been a while since a company has shocked me in a GOOD way.  I thought for sure this was some gimmick to just get the JCP brand in people’s minds.  I figured there would be some limit imposed  – maybe 5 kids/day? – and you’d be booked up in a heartbeat.  True, you’re still getting your name out there – and I’m sure some parents will do their back-to-school shopping while they’re there getting haircuts – but I’m still impressed. 

As the mother of 3 kids, you’ve saved me roughly $60.  You’ve made my day.

Thank you,

Sara

Vacation pics!

Okay… I’m new at this whole posting multiple pictures at once thing. Can’t figure out how to caption without altering the pic and since I uploaded these from home, I don’t have that option!  Simple enough, though.  The first 3 pics were taken on the Comal River in New Braunfels. The next 6 pics were from our bike tour of Austin, TX  (the 2nd pic of that batch features one of Austin’s homeless that decided to catch us at a red light and assist in narrating the tour!).  The remainder of the pics were taken at the Barton Springs Greenbelt in Austin – we took a cooler of beer and my brother’s two adorable pups with us.

Fun times!