May 31, 2013

May 2013 Update

The end of the school year is always busy and this year was no exception.

STACI: nYn product sales are doing exceptionally well and I’m hoping to try some new products over the summer.  I’m staying pretty busy with my doula clients as well and continuing to volunteer at Vandy with their doula program. My “day” job in event planning has been crazy busy and pretty stressful as I have a co-worker who has been out for a few weeks but I’m hoping that will resolve soon. I'm in full summer mode and ready for late bed times, ice cream, fun events and less stress. tLG and I have already been practicing! I did get my hair cut again for Locks of Love. This makes my 3rd donation. For the record, I don't like my hair short. At All. But, it's a humble reminder that beauty comes from the inside. This update wouldn't be complete without me mentioning that my Nashville bestie moved to Dallas, TX yesterday. I'm still not ready to talk about it but I'm thankful for the technology that will help us to stay connected. 

MIKE: While he’s probably not thrilled about having to cut the grass again, he is excited that summer is here. He’s been out on our new jet ski a few times and the whole family went out on the pontoon boat for Memorial Day. Bass Pro also had a fishing tournament last month. The softball season is winding down and I know he’s anxious to get back to doing some outdoor climbing. Earlier this month, he and Skylar both received their yellow belts in Tae Kwon Do. 

SKYLAR: The end of the year brought lots of special activities like Field Day and now she’s officially a 1st grader! She graduated Kindergarten last week. Her school does a special “fly over” ceremony where the kids get to run down the hallway over to the new part of school for elementary. Then, they sing a sweet, sweet song and all the mamas cry. They receive their diploma from their teacher and principal and end the day with a class tea ceremony. I just love all of the unique Montessori traditions (video here). In true end of school fashion, I “dressed the car up” and we headed out of town to celebrate the end of the school year. 

We stopped off in Birmingham because Lil Sista graduated high school. It was a busy day but I managed to sneak in dinner and coffee with my Bham bestie. The next morning, we went to Panama City Beach, FL with my mom enjoying the sights, sounds, and activities that you can only find near the ocean. We all had a great time and I think it was a perfect way to celebrate the end of her primary years at Stanford. In fact, the vacation was so awesome that I really did not want to come home. At all.

Oh, and I’ve officially declared SIX as my new favorite age. It’s been about four years since I’ve had a new favorite age so it’s about time. I love her independence. I love our conversations. I love the ideas she comes up with. I love her style. I love her sweet moments. I love that she’s still light enough that I can pick her up if I really want to and that she lets me, on occasion. I just lover her little personality right now. She’s on the brink of being a big kid (elementary student) and I want to relish in her this summer with her. Besides, you know how much I love summer so I’m eagerly anticipating what the rest of this season will hold. 

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May 2013 in Pictures

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 Showing off her new Yellow Belt. 
 Skip Counting. #Montessori
 Strawberry Picking
 Fly Over Outfits
 tLG and Lil Sista, the graduates!
 Showing off their certificates. 
 Feet. A little beach tradition.
 SIX. My new favorite age!
 Skylar and Yah Yah
 tLG doing her thang!
 Alligator claw. 
 Surf's Up!
Go Carts!
I love this six year old!

May 11, 2013

My Dislike for the Greeting Card Aisle

*I went looking for this post but realized I never published it. Whoopsie. But it's another holiday later and I still feel the exact same way. In fact, tomorrow is Mother's Day and I've dreaded going to the greeting card aisle all week. So, at the last minute I consulted Pinterest and found plain, blank, printable cards instead. Yes! They will all be signed with a simple message, sealed up and delivered without all the guilt. Except for my procrastination.*

I have a hate-hate relationship with the greeting card aisle. It's safe to say that I'm not a fan. First of all, cards are expensive. If frugality were a love language, that would be mine hands down! :) It pains me to spend $4.99 (+ tax) on a piece of paper with fancy writing just to tell them Happy Birthday. Why can't I just "say" Happy Birthday?

Yesterday I found myself in the dreaded greeting card aisle once again. Here's my real beef with Hallmark and American Greetings. They make me feel like a loser and they make my somewhat normal family feel dysfunctional. I mean, let's be honest, all families are a little bit dysfunctional but mine is partly on the normal side compared to some. We haven't been on a talk show so I'd say that definitely puts us on the right side of midline.

But these cards are so "lovey dovey" and "you have always been there for me" and "our bond is so strong" and "you mean the world to me" and "you can do anything" and.... do I need to go on? I think you get the point. While I may have feelings for a family member that somewhat resemble these sentiments, there is never a perfect card. Those cards with long paragraphs on all 3 pages never get it right and it makes me feel horrible. I usually opt for funny and then pray that the receiver doesn't take offense.

Greeting card companies are good at what they do. I heard today that the U.S. spends approximately 1 BILLION dollars on greeting cards for Valentine's Day. They've convinced us that we MUST go out and buy one in order to show our love and devotion to each other. I wish I could find a card that says "I love you but I really don't like you sometimes. Yet, here I am loving you anyway." I have a feeling that wouldn't be a good seller but it's the truth.

I'm the same way when I receive a greeting card. I always think to myself, "they can't really mean this." I'm just not a greeting card girl. I don't save greeting cards. I keep them for an obligatory week and arrange them on the counter but I'm secretly counting down the days until I can toss it. The one exception to this rule is if hubby has put a handwritten note inside. I save those but wonder to myself why he didn't just save himself 5 bucks and just write it on a piece of paper. I guess this is my way of announcing to the world (my family and friends) that you are totally off the hook next birthday, holiday, ect. No card required. Use that $5 to buy me some Ferraro Roche or Ghiradelli Peppermint Bark instead. :)