Thursday, August 10, 2017

Beach prep...*car travel*

Less than 20 days until we leave for the beach....but who's counting?!?! We have traveled to Gulf Shores, AL with the kids a few times now. The drive is about 11 hours...just when everyone is FINISHED being in the car we are there!!!

I feel like we can only pack so many movies, DS games, ipads, etc. before they get board of them. I am hoping to be a little more prepared this year since the kids are getting older and bored more easily.

Mark is the vacation man (meaning he wants to make the most of EVERY. SINGLE. MINUTE. he is off work) so he has decided to leave for vacation on a Thursday. We aren't going to tell the kids...just pick them up from school and hit the road! We plan to get a heavy after school snack and then will drive about 3.5 hours to Memphis, TN and stop for a "later" dinner and stretch our legs. The plan will be to drive a couple more hours after dinner before stopping for the night. Mark and I are pretty good at booking hotels on the road, thanks to our Expedite STL days, so we hope to continue our streak of booking via the iPhone as we travel down the road.

When we wake Friday morning we are hoping to only have to drive a little more than 2 hours to get to Mobile, AL. Every year we drive right past the battleship on the water and memories from my childhood begin to play. We took the tour one year and it's something I will never forget. Since we are leisurely traveling we plan to stop Friday morning and take the tour. There seems to be a lot to do on site before driving the last 1.5 hour stretch to the condo.

The trip is a little less than 11 hours total which is a good amount of time. It's not too much but is still a "long haul" with little ones. We are excited to break up the travel a bit this year! am I preparing for the 2017 Beach trip?!!?! Pre-making snack bags, preparing travel books, changing out movies, etc.

Pre-making snack bags:

I always have enough snacks packed on road trips. We don't go hungry but I haven't found the best way to serve them on a long road trip. Somehow I always end up the one crawling all the way to the back with my rear in the air searching that one snack that they want this time. I vow to not have that this trip. I have pre-made snack bags. The amount they eat is more easily monitored this way as well. *and because I have to make it organized I labeled the bags so they have the same amount of bags with each item. It just makes things easier in advance. Less fighting right?!!?!?
Some of the snacks I pack: goldfish, nuts, a few candy bags, chips, dried fruit, trail mix, beef jerky, dry cereal (if you didn't notice the healthy factor kinda goes out the window on vacation)

Preparing travel books:

Thanks to Pinterest I have found a ton of free resources. I even created a Roadtrippin folder where I pinned all my resources. I attempted to find grade level printables to put in each of their books. I added some travel games and some mindless activities as well as educational ones. I didn't spend money on the sleeves to make these reusable. To be honest I didn't want to spend the money and have to keep up with dry erase markers and such. They are grade specific and not something I think they will want to do over and over again. On the sheets/activities I thought they might want to do more than once I just added a few copies of it in the books.

DVD's and electronics:


As far as electronics go we keep them pretty organized on a day to day basis. It makes like easier when we go to search for stuff. Chargers, games, etc. are all in one place...when we travel we literally take this entire container. It's super easy! We make sure all is charged up and ready. Lastly Wyatt and Sloane will both pick out new DVD's to watch. Rotation of new movies is a must. ;) 

These 3 things are really helpful when taking long road trips. I love hearing what others do to make their car rides easier as well!! Yahoo for *almost* beach time!!! 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Working' it Wednesday

If you follow me Instagram you probably came here thinking I was posting about our amazing book club yesterday....well that's not the case. That's tomorrow. ;/ I got my days mixed up, lol! Forgive me, it's the end of the summer.

On the second Wednesday of the month I try to participate in Shay and Erika's link up: Workin' It Wednesdays. So far this year I have shared:

Today is...

------Back to School -----

I mean, take a second and look at those sweet faces. Goodness how time flies!! 

PICTURES: As we head back to school we take pictures with our chalkboard. It's such a fun tradition! It's even more fun to look back on the pictures and compare. 

Backpacks: I have always purchased their backpacks from Pottery Barn Kids. I usually do this at the end of the school year when they clearance out the "last year colors." The backpacks come by the end of June and we don't think about it again until the first day of school. It's nice to have that task finished. 

Clothes: Since they are both in the day school this is the first year they both have to wear uniforms. It was pretty easy last year shopping for boy uniforms. A few of these shorts and a few 3 button polo's and we called it a day. Dressing Sloane isn't as easy....I think we are almost finished but phew, it's been a task. She is only allow a specific plaid jumper and/or skort so finding her size was tricky. We pick all the items up from the alterations shop on Friday. Just in time! LOL! 

Shoes: They each get a new pair of tennis shoes to start the school year. Usually Wyatt needs another pair by Christmas. (Holy boys that are hard on shoes) We shall see how Sis's hold up. I was a little late to the game this year in ordering Wyatt's. I am just hoping they are here by the first day. 

Drop off: We drop off the first morning of school as a family. 

Breakfast: After drop off then Mark heads to work and I head to breakfast with friends. It's so encouraging to have a group of mom's as support on that first day...or even the school year for that matter!! 

Dinner: I always try to have some fun dinner a few nights before they go back to school. I have done THIS in the past and am looking forward to it this weekend. I am currently planning this year's Back to School Breakfast (for dinner). 

What about you? What do you do to get ready to go back to school? Link up and share...

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Magic House Monday (Tuesday edition)

Yesterday started our last week of summer...;( Both Wyatt and Sloane have a few things left they want to do. One of the places they wanted to go was the STL Magic House. It's not a place that's super high on my list but I took one for the team today. LOL!

Those sweet little faces...#insertallhearteyes Wyatt usually doesn't want to do this but today he asked...I quickly said YES! I even got a chance with both of them. It was so fun!! I remember as a kid traveling to STL and getting to touch this ball. #memories

The day actually started with Sis's Kindergarten Dr. appt. which as you know means shots...;( She did so well but goodness it's a hard appt. for Mamas.

Yes, I took a screen shot of my snap.
 I am a newbie so please come follow along:

Wyatt tagged along...and rocked the big brother status!!!

So, after the appt. we spent the afternoon at the Magic House...

I took a few video's that I am going to attempt to make a iMovie but not today...LOL! Bring on Taco Tuesday...stay posted!!

Monday, August 7, 2017

The weekend...

This was a whirlwind of a weekend but I didn't want it to end. A weekend coming to a close just means another week closer to the end of summer and that makes me sad. I am all about getting back into a routine, let's be real we ALL need one, but I am not ready to HAVE to have a schedule. ;(

Mark and Wyatt left with Jerry (Paw Paw) on Thursday night for a Father/Son fishing trip. To say they had a blast would be an understatement. They spent 2 nights there all while Sis and I had 48 hours to ourselves. When I say I had a shadow it wouldn't do it justice...she DIDN'T leave my side. It was perfect!! I know those short 48 hrs. is a time I will remember forever as the weekend before K started for our baby girl.

Thursday this guy wanted to try a new kind of was a win!! It's so fun having a kid who tries everything and even better usually like it too!! He has been counting down the days to the beach since Uncle Tyler keeps talking about a new place with the best oysters ever! LOL!! 

Friday morning Sis and I got up and tried to beat the tax free weekend crowd. We got all the school supplies needed for the school year. Phew! SO. MUCH. STUFF. Thank goodness we know Wyatt's favorite color and were able to knock out all his stuff as well.

We had lunch then went to the mall. She has been asking to go into Justice. We finally entered...LOL
She was a kid in a candy store for sure!! We left with only a little stuffed poodle with a mermaid outfit and a house for it. #bestIcoulddo #betterthanclothesatthispoint #wheredidmybabygo

The boys were busy fishing and boating the day away...

We spent the rest of Saturday running a few errands and relaxing. Chinese food for dinner, a bike ride/walk,  and it was a GREAT evening! Mark and I finished the night watching a few episodes of the Netflix show Ozark. 

Then there was Sunday...

And now it's Monday...
#sadfacehere #magichousemonday #postcomingsoon 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The trend...

I seem to be joining the tread of only blogging M, W, and F this summer. We have been staying busy, as usual but trying to enjoy every last min. of summer!

Next week is our last full week before school starts back. Both Wyatt and Sloane have a list of things they want to try to CRAM in those 7 days and phew...we are going to be busy!

We enjoyed an #schumey adult evening last week. It was our annual Jammin at the Zoo night! It's always a blast and we love participating in things around STL. We don't want to ever take advantage of all there is to offer.  This was our 7th year in a keeps getting better each year!!

Then last weekend Sloane and I attended a Bridal shower for Mark's cousin. Wyatt and Sloane have the honor of being the ring bearer and flower girl in Oct. They are so excited!

I have been giving a lot of swimming lessons and icing cookies like a crazy woman this week!! We leave for the beach in less than 25 days....YAHOOOOOOO!!!! Bring on the sunshine and toes in the sand please!!!

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