back to school with finish line

August 11, 2014 in Blog, Homeschooling, Kids, Review by lindsaymwright

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Clara:  Shirt and shoes, Nike. Backpack, Under Armour

Henry:  Shirt and shoes, Nike.  Backpack, Under Armour

Finish Line recently sent us some goodies to help the kids’ back-to-school wardrobe.  One of the perks of being homeschooled is that you can literally sit around all day in your pjs, but I still try to make an effort to get us all dressed and ready for the day even if we’re not leaving the house.  (Which in all honesty rarely happens.  I am the stay-at-home mom who never stays home.)

We took a couple of weeks off from formal school during our beach trip (and the week after) but start back up again TODAY.  Armed with coffee and some freshly sharpened pencils, we’ll start Henry on his first grade assignments and Clara on some Kindergarten fundamentals.  I’m using a mish mash of curriculums (Sing, Spell, Read & Write, Reading Eggs, Math Seeds and a few Kumon workbooks) and I actually have a PLAN for how this year will look.  This same time last year, I was so sick with Porter’s pregnancy that we struggled through a lot of the first few months.  Luckily my children just went along with the ride and retained a TON of information – Henry learned to read chapter books and Clara can do most anything I ask of her.  (Except to stop singing “Let It Go” off key.  She most definitely will not stop doing that.)

I’m truly excited to see what this year of homeschooling will bring!  Exciting times ahead for us Wrights!

QUESTION:  If you have kids, when do they start back to school?  How old?

splendid…lindsay

*I received free product in return for a review. All opinions are my own. 

conversations with clara – episode II

July 25, 2014 in Blogging, Conversations with, Favorites, Kids by lindsaymwright

Well – tonight WE DRIVE!  My feet will be in the white sand tomorrow!  (pray, pray, pray that we make it down to Destin in one piece!)

I leave you today with a conversation with Clara.  Travis has a knack for capturing her that I just do not (in fact, he has a way communicating with her that I haven’t fully mastered).  As I watch, she seems SO grown up to me (here’s the last “conversations” video that I posted!).  I just pray every day that I can be the perfect mother FOR HER (and Henry and Porter) – so far, that equates to listening much more than I’m used to (and doing ALL THINGS GIRLY, which is also a stretch for me).

I have some posts scheduled for next week so please check back in!  I’ll be taking my digital detox but will have some vacation pictures to share when we get back.  Have a wonderful weekend friends!

a day in the life

July 14, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Family, Intentional Living, Kids, Love, Marriage, Motherhood, Rambles by lindsaymwright

I looked and it’s been SO long since I’ve done a “Day In The Life” post.  Like 2 years ago long (seriously.  go look at how little my kids were!  crazy how time flies!).  And after taking all the pictures that you’re about to see and then sitting down to type out the day’s events, I remember WHY I seldom do these posts.  They take so much effort!!  Constantly snapping shots = me wanting to throw my phone into a bush by the end of the day. 

This was last Tuesday.  A good mix of the normal, mundane and the exciting.  Grab a snack – this is a little long.

Here’s how it went down:

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4:02am:  I hear something.  Poke Travis and he hears it too.  I make him get up and go through the house to see if there’s a burglar (am I the only wife that does this?!!).  There isn’t.  It’s just Porter kicking the bottom of his bassinet.

4:10am:  He finally wakes all the way up, hungry.  I nurse him in bed, return him to his bassinet and fall back asleep myself.

6:30am:  I vaguely remember Clara and/or Henry coming in the room.  Travis saves the day (as always) and hops up.

7:10am:  Porter wakes me up, hungry.  I nurse him in bed and play on my phone.  He doesn’t nurse well – too sleepy.  Since I want this to be his “official” wake-up time for the day, I unswaddle his arms and start talking to him.  He begrudgingly plays along.

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7:25am:  I make my way through the house, starting with my own bed.  Then Clara’s room (make bed, straighten up) then Henry’s (the same).  Start a load of laundry.

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7:40am:  Since Porter didn’t nurse well, I pump off the extra milk.  I’m going to work out real quick before the day starts so I drink half of my Spark.  Kiss Travis goodbye as he leaves for work.  Tell Henry to dress himself.

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8:00am:  Change Porter’s diaper and outfit – lay him in the middle of the floor with stern instructions for H & C to let him be.  I let Clara pick the movie (Henry picked yesterday) and she turns on “Three Little Pigs.”  Change into my sports bra and a pair of Travis’ boxer briefs.  Head downstairs to work out.

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8:10am:  We got a new (old) rower!!  I come up with a really quick basement WOD and work up quite a nice little sweat!  (LOVE that I can go downstairs anytime I want (within reason) and get a great workout in.  It’s really the best and we’ve got a list of other fitness equipment that we slowly want to accumulate.)

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8:30am:  Come back upstairs.  Drink the other half of my Spark while pouring cereal for H & C.  They choose Crispy Rice (that’s the Rice Krispy off-brand) and Golden Grahams (for which I haven’t found an equal-in-taste off-brand).

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8:40am:  Change Porter’s diaper.  Swaddle him and put him in his crib.  Hop in the shower, get dressed, put hair in messy top bun and do minimal makeup.  Put clean laundry into the dryer.

9:00am:  Make breakfast for myself (eggs, spinach, nut butter, granola and local honey – it’s good – promise!) and coffee.  Sit down at the computer.  Read some blogs.  Respond to emails and then work on the Blend thank you card.  Start dishwasher.

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9:35am:  Porter wakes, hungry.  I nurse him – the first half sitting, the second half walking around the house getting H & C ready to leave.  I know we’re going to the pool later so I tell Henry what items we need and he helps me pack a bag.  <-one of the perks of having an almost six year old.  Take Clara potty.  Dress her.

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9:50am:  Once Porter is finished nursing, I notice that he’s pooped.  A lot.  All over himself …and me.  Quick outfit change for the both of us.  Tell H & C to put their shoes on.

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10:00am:  We’re late (always) but we somehow make it to the car without forgetting anything or anyone.  Drive to the library while listening to this cd (a favorite).

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10:10am:  Luckily we live in a small town and everything is close.  We arrive at the library for a special children’s hour called, “Nursery Rhyme Animals,” where the Balsam Mountain Trust brought in a few animals for the kids to see and touch.  H & C LOVED it!  Porter and I watched from the sidelines.

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11:20am:  After the special event ends, we head to pick out some books.  When we try using the self-checkout scanner, the computer rejects us.  This might have something to do with the $4 late fee that’s on my account.  Luckily I know the head librarian (small town, remember) and she lets me check out the books.  I feel like a rebel.

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11:30am:  We’ve got 30 minutes until our next appointment.  I snack on some almonds and an apple in the car while running errands.  The bank, the post office and then to see Travis.  Porter naps while we drive.  H & C shout and sing and be as loud as they possibly can.

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12:00pm:  Clara gets her teeth cleaned for the first time!!  My mama is a dental hygienist and has cleaned all of our teeth for…forever.  She kisses on only her prettiest patients.  Clara does SO well in the chair and comes home with a bag of goodies (like floss and toothbrushes…not candy or money).  I nurse Porter while we’re there.  Change his diaper.

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12:45pm:  We’re late for a pool date so the drive-through it is – cheeseburgers and fries for the kids.  Katy calls and says she’s picking me up a Gazebo salad!  Thanks sis!

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1:00pm-3:00pm:  We SWIM!!  A good friend invited Katy and I over to her pool so we happily obliged.  Porter naps the entire time we’re there, leaving me with freedom to splash and play with H & C.  Henry works on his jumping.  Clara works on her tan.  I eat my salad and then a Quest bar.

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(AD:  I charged my phone poolside with this Motorola Power Pack.  Holds up to two full charges – fits Droids, iPhones and other devices.  It was almost too easy.  The perfect pool bag accessory.)

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3:20pm:  We arrive home.  I immediately put Clara down for her nap.  Nurse Porter.  Change Porter.  Lay all of our wet suits out to dry.

3:40pm:  While Porter plays in his swing, I sit down with Henry to do some schoolwork.  We found this trio pack of Star Wars workbooks and he loves them.  While Henry works, I eat about 58 handfuls of the best popcorn ever.

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4:10pm:  Travis comes home to watch the soccer game (Brazil vs. Germany) and takes Henry with him across the street (he watches most of the games at his parent’s house).  Clara is still sleeping.  Porter and I have some quality one-on-one.  We sing, make funny faces and work on our belly time.

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5:00pm:  Change Porter, swaddle him and lay him down for a nap.

5:10pm:  I take my second shower of the day and rinse off the chlorine from the pool.  Make note to clean shower sometime soon (uh huh).  Sit down to download pictures and type up some of this post.

5:35pm:  Clara wakes up from her nap.  Take her to potty.  She asks to play games on my phone – I say sure and we both lay down on my bed.  Wake up about 15 minutes later – lots of drool on the pillow.  Later, I find this picture on my phone.

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6:00pm:  Henry and Travis come back.  Germany has beaten Brazil by the largest margin in World Cup history!  I feign excitement – soccer really isn’t my thing (unless we’re talking little kid soccer then I’m majorly concerned).

6:15pm:  Travis asks what’s for dinner.  Crud.  After evaluating the fridge, I make a quick trip to the store.  I could easily amble around in there, in a daze, looking at all the products – it’s one of my favorite things to do when I don’t have kids pawing at me.  This trip is quick though – in and out – and with not a thing for dinner.

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6:40pm:  Arrive back home with enough to make a cereal-almond salad.  Travis and the kids are watching some instructional swimming video (Henry’s learning for our upcoming beach trip).  I’m pretty sure he needs actual time IN the pool but I keep this to myself.

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6:42pm:  Reheat some leftovers for Travis and I (enchiladas) and make the kids a quick quesadilla.  Knowing that Porter will wake any minute to nurse, we eat pretty fast – talking about the day and all those animals we saw earlier.

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6:55pm:  Porter wakes, hungry.  I nurse him while Travis cleans up the table.

7:10pm-7:45pm:  Hand Porter and the kids over to Travis.  Start after-dinner chores which tonight include:  unloading the dishwasher, loading with tonight’s dishes, swiffering the floor and wiping down the counters.  I also cut and cube the cantaloupe I bought earlier so we’ll have it ready for breakfast the next day.  During this time, Travis has been reading “Fox In Sox” and playing hide-and-go-seek.

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7:45pm:  Give Porter a bath.  Lotion him up, dress and swaddle.  Give H & C a bath.  Brush teeth and put them all to bed.

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8:10pm:  My #15minutesforyou today consists of laying on the bed and reconnecting with Travis.  Tonight we need 30 minutes.  We talk and laugh and look each other in the eye – it’s wonderful to just BE PRESENT with my best friend.  I decide to put the phone away for the rest of the night –> sorry, no more pictures.

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8:40pm-10:15pm:  Cereal and TV are musts!  Not needs…musts.  We watch “The League” and “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” while eating a hearty mix of Golden Grahams, Honeycomb and TJ’s Fiber Twigs.  Porter wakes up to nurse.  Nurse him, change his diaper and put him back to bed.  We soon follow.  I’m exhausted and the bed feels amazing.

As I lay there I remember the load of clean laundry in the dryer.  Oh well…first thing tomorrow.

Where the new mercies are found.

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QUESTION:  What’s one thing that happened in YOUR day yesterday??

splendid…lindsay

three word weekend

June 23, 2014 in Blessings, Blog, Family, Kids, Love, Marriage by lindsaymwright

Hey ya’ll!  And happy Monday!

We had a really productive weekend over here (which happens far too rarely).  Our Saturday mostly consisted of having a YARD SALE.  Katy, Ariel and I gathered all our junk, you know – the stuff that you’re trying to make other people WANT to buy, and camped out in the driveway hoping to make a buck.  Yard sales and yard sale people just fascinate me.  The psychology of it all….it’s just so interesting.  Like if you say the sale will start at 8am, why do people start showing up at 6:30 (!!!!)??  And haggling….over a dollar.  Over 50 cents even?!?  The 90-year old ladies that buy baby dolls – are those for their grandchildren or themselves?  And some people are SO nice!  I had one lady come back later in the day just to give me a pair of earrings that she’d found at another sale (was that too nice? Should I put those in my ears?).  And pricing – since you KNOW about the hagglers, you (the seller) should probably price things a little high…but then you look like a jerk.

Lots of yard sale talk.  These are the things that keep me up at night.

Moving onnnnn…..

Here’s our little weekend…with three words under each picture…just because.

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Summmmmmmer!!!

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Not a cheat!

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Sneaky toy stealer.

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Porter’s too big.

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Buy our junk!

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Chunky hunky.

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Soccer.  Allthetime soccer.

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She screams, “SUMMER!!!!!!!”

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Feels like home.

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Beauty for ashes.

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Drinkable cookies??  Futuristic.

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Every single time.

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My sexy guy.

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Smiley, smiley girl.

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Cheap therapy.

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The essentials.

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Rest day.  Sabbath.

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QUESTION:  How was your weekend??  Tell me in three words!

splendid…lindsay

flashback friday: that time i won mom of the year

June 20, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Family, Flashback Friday, HotTubTimeMachine, Kids by lindsaymwright

…also known as, “one of my MANY life learning experiences.”

As I was looking through Facebook yesterday morning, I happened upon Ashley’s status:

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I chuckled.

First off, I love this girl.  We relate to one another on many levels.

Second, I too cut my men’s hair to save money.  I’m no hairstylist.  That’s a fact.  But over the years I’ve refined my craft: trying to keep the hair IN the bathtub and not out, giving my “signature cut” to the sides and humming one or two 80’s hairband songs.  Now that Travis’ hair is long, this chore doesn’t happen as often as it used to.  Something we’re all probably better off for.

Which brings me to my third point.  Just like Ashley, I too have screwed up my kid’s hair with clippers.

Flashback with me if you will.

So once upon a time I was a young mother.  This was like 5 years ago.  A long, long time.

Henry’s hair was stuck between a mullet and a hard place.  It was super fine (as baby hair tends to be) and it bugged the crap out of me.  Half had fallen out, half had stayed put and what resulted was one odd looking hairdo.

So I tried to fix it.

With clippers and raw skillz.  <-the z is necessary.

Using an electric toothbrush to distract my easily distractible 8-month old, I got to work.  Travis wanted no part.  “You don’t cut a baby’s hair.”  And especially not at home.  That’s what those overly-priced kid-themed barber shops are for.  I told him I was saving us money.  That always shuts him up.

Buzz went the toothbrush.

Buzz went the clippers.

S-it! went my mouth when the clipper guard fell off and I mowed a 2-inch hole up the side of Henry’s head.

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Then I laughed.  Obviously.

And so did Travis.

Then I cried.  Obviously.

But Travis didn’t because he’s a man.

Then, in a panic, I tried to “fix it” with scissors.  You know….”blend it in.”  I can do this.

Nope.

I can’t.

Damaged.  The kid was damaged goods.

Luckily he can’t remember a thing (babies are kinda dumb ya know).  Why just yesterday, he let me give him a mohawk.

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Anyway, all this to say – Ashley, you’re not alone and you’re not a bad mom.  You’re just a mom.

And the exact best one for Hunter at that.

That’s how it works.

We get better as mamas, hair grows back and little babies grow into handsome, almost 6 year olds.

Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

QUESTION:  Are you safe with a set of clippers?? Winking smile

splendid…lindsay

freshly picked [a giveaway]

June 9, 2014 in Baby, Blog, Kids, Review by lindsaymwright

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Have you guys heard of Freshly Picked?

I’ve been stalking their Instagram account for at least a year now, coveting each little pair of moccasins that they sell.  The company recently sent a pair to Clara and Porter (Henry’s feet are too big) and the response was unanimous.  Two thumbs up (Porter can’t talk yet but he’s pretty good at waving his arms back and forth violently – I took that as a “I LOVE these shoes.”)

Made from soft leather, each pair is sewn by hand at the Freshly Picked headquarters.  Aside from an amazing array of colors, these moccs actually stay on your childs’ feet – no lost baby shoes – and are incredibly durable!  My kids look adorable in them – thank you, Freshly Picked!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

You can enter to win a pair of your very own FP moccs!

To enter:

Comment below and tell me who you’d like to give a pair to if you won.

Extra entry (leave an extra comment):

Follow Freshly Picked on Twitter and tweet the following:

@lindsays_list is giving away one pair of @freshlypicked moccasins today!  Go here to enter: http://wp.me/p1Mp21-5KZ #giveaway

One random winner will be announced on Wednesday.  Best of luck, friends!

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splendid…lindsay*

*Blend recaps to come – I’m still recovering from one amazing weekend!