My Life In The Car Line

Car Line 1
Call me crazy, but I really don’t hate the car line. Maybe it’s because I’m new to this, and everything about our first child starting Kindergarten seems exciting.  But I don’t remember drop off or pick up being anything like this thirty years ago.  It’s like a well oiled machine of safety and efficiency this car line stuff.  For those unfamiliar (which was me until a week and a half ago), the car line refers to the lane and procedure in which children are dropped off and picked up from school. It’s like a giant shoot, like skee balls in the rack, or bowling balls in the bowling ball return. For pick up, we park and wait in a line for school to end.

Rearview
Once the first group of cars are loaded with kids, the staff pull the cones which block the cars from moving and those cars file out.  As those cars pull away, the next twenty cars pull up and park behind the cones and the process begins again.  Now, the key is to get there early.  Otherwise the car line for the elementary school gets so long that you’re going to get caught in the middle school buses and car line.  Then your whole afternoon is shot.

Car Line 5
Dare I say I actually LIKE the car line.  First of all, let’s talk about the thirty to forty minutes of solid STILL TIME in the pick up line.  This may be where some folks go nuts…just sitting still…in a parked car.  But man, am I getting $#^% done!  No, it isn’t going through the gazillion photos taken over the summer.  No, I can’t work out the inspiration boards I promised for my friend Katie and her kids.  It obviously isn’t cleaning the house, or any project that requires my being anywhere but the car, but it’s the little stuff that gets checked off my to-do list.  I’ve coordinated home repairs, responded to emails, made doctors appointments, signed up for a month’s worth of after school activities, made meal plans for the week (and grocery lists), and never underestimate the pure joy of some good old fashioned social media stalking catch up.  I’ve pinned and amazon primed and actually READ blogs more than I have been able to all summer.  All while H blissfully zones out to Scooby Doo.  No judgies.

car line 2
Most importantly though, R is gone for seven hours a day. SEVEN! The time spent in this ritual of the car line feels like I’m somehow putting some of my time back in, paying homage to the parenting time I now don’t get with her. Since I no longer get to walk her into class, or walk to her door to scoop her from school, I like her knowing that I am still right there to start her school day and right there to end it.

Car Line 3
I hope everyone had a wonderful start to another school year. We have loved each day, and are settling into the new schedule.  More on the first days soon.  In the meantime, am I the only one who likes the car line?  I can’t be….tell me how you spend your car line time! I’d love to hear from you. Until then, cheers!

Car Line 4

Collecting Dust

Once again The Moments has been collecting a bit of dust while we are out collecting moments. In my defense, they are some pretty awesome moments we’re tucking away! But still, I applaud those successful bloggers who make time to write every day, to have a publishing schedule, to pump out fresh content.  I haven’t pushed myself to stay up later, or to get up earlier.  I haven’t scheduled time every day for working on posts while the kids do something on their own.  We’ve been out and about and living and soaking up the moments of summer.  Each night I lay my head down and lament over having another day pass without tending to this space. The Moments is absolutely a priority for me, it’s become a way to document and chronicle these times for my family. And it’s mine. So I’ll let myself off the hook for a second longer. And I will keep on keeping on….seeking, creating, living, and collecting moments. They’ll all make it here eventually, but most likely NOT in chronological order….

Thank you for checking in! Stay tuned.

 

Collecting Moments
Jeff and the kids pelting each other with the practice golf balls they gave him for Father’s Day.
This photo has nothing to do with this post.

 

Write It Down.

There was a massive thunderstorm here last night.  The kind with crazy crashing thunder booming and the brightest flashes of lightning.  Jeff was up and down trying to calm down our dog, and I was focusing my ears through the booms, just certain that at any moment one or both of the kids would wake up terrified and screaming for us (which never happened), so for a period of about 4 hours I never truly slept. And this isn’t a one time thing.  I tend to have a really hard time shutting down my brain when I’m anxious about anything.   I mean, I don’t lay there dwelling on one thing, I just lay with my brain ON.  It’s nights like these that I would benefit from a very over-poured glass of red wine to calm my very over-active imagination.

And it’s nights like these that I write the BEST blog posts.  I’m witty, and I’m funny, and I have so many clear points to make.  I’m so full of tips and tricks and resources to share that I have what typically takes a week of kid-interrupted day time work all wrapped up in a bow….in my head.  The feeling of completing a task relaxes me and I then fall asleep super excited to put it all on the blog the next day.  But when I wake up…..crickets.  I cannot remember what.in.the.hell was so funny at 3am.  Literally not one sliver of my writing GENIUS remains in the morning.  It’s just like that episode of Seinfeld….

Just like Jerry, I’ve decided I need to just scribble my ideas down right when I have them.   I need a journal or a pad that I can quickly jot on in the darkness, but that is more attractive on my nightstand than scraps of paper.  In addition to middle of the night random thoughts, the list maker in me is pretty excited about these gems too….

Acrylic Notepad Tray with Blue Agate, One Kings Lane
7″ Acrylic Notepad Tray w/ Blue Agate, One Kings Lane
Tipsy Writer Pen Holder, Uncommon Goods
Tipsy Writer Pen Holder,  Uncommon Goods
Kate Spade New York It's Written in the Stars" Mini Notebook
Kate Spade New York “It’s Written in the Stars” Mini Notebook
Fringe Brilliant Ideas Water Study Journal
Fringe Brilliant Ideas Water Study Journal
Cross Your T's Stylus & Pen, Henri Bendel
Cross Your T’s Stylus & Pen, Henri Bendel
kate spade new york Gold Dots Notepad
Kate Spade New York Gold Dots Notepad

Here’s to hoping I can retain more of my insomnia induced brilliance in the future.
J’adore the agate and acrylic tray…
Cheers!

Tea Party Birthday: {Re}Collected Moments Series

We do most of the prep and planning for the little people’s birthday parties in the summer because they are three weeks apart…in the fall….when there are about a gajillion other things we have going on.  Although neither kid has settled on a firm idea for this year, it’s definitely on the brain.  So it’s the perfect time to {re}collect a past party moment for this series!

Tea Party Birthday
R wanted to celebrate her fifth birthday with “just girls” and asked for a Tea Party at home.  I pitched her the idea of sitting together with five of her friends in little white gloves, dripping with pearls and wearing their favorite dresses, sipping on “tea” from delicate tea cups and eating little tea sandwiches with their pinkies in the air.  She approved of my proposal and promptly set me about making it happen.

The party decorations were simple, I found the perfect little tea party printables from Designed by Maria on Etsy.  Maria was amazing to work with and customized R’s banner for me, as well as made minor tweaks to color and font.  I made tissue paper garland, used lace for the sweet pennant flags, and of lots of roses of course!  (If you missed it, here are my tips for flowers.)

Tea Party Birthday Decor
As her guests arrived, they decorated porcelain tea cups and saucers with markers.  I baked them in the oven at 350 degrees for thirty minutes for the color to set, and had them cool during the party so they were ready to take home with each guest.

Tea Party Birthday, Tea Cup Decorating
They made jewelry and decorated little hand bag totes.  I found all the supplies at Michaels and AC Moore.

Tea Party Birthday Activity
I made each girl a little feather and flower hair piece, then gathered hand fans, rings, necklaces, bracelets and gloves for each little lady.

Tea Party Birthday Dress Up
Once they were all dressed and ready for tea time, they sat like big girls drinking “tea” (strawberry or chocolate milk) from mismatched teacups and saucers I found for a steal on Ebay.  They jabbered on while nibbling sugar laden goodies from macarons to jam filled tea sandwiches off of dessert plates passed down from Jeff’s grandparents.  They consumed so much sugar I was genuinely surprised they stayed seated as long as they did.  I can still hear their sugar induced little giggles!

Tea Party Birthday Table Reduced
They moved on to cake time, and her cake was exactly as I’d pictured it – simple and sweet and girly and pink. And the various size cupcakes with roses on top were equally enjoyed as part of the decor as well as a delicious treat.

Tea Party Birthday Cake
Such a sweet time she and her little friends had. And such a sweet moment to {re}collect!

Tea Party Birthday Hugs
Cheers you guys…pinkies out of course!