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Monday, April 28, 2014

New week, new look

As a reminder, make sure to enter our double baby blanket giveaway through Thursday of this week!

Oh, and as you probably noticed, the ol' blog got a new look! It's nothing fancy (read: I'm too cheap to pay someone to do it so I just did a basic DIY makeover), but it works.

You will all be proud to hear that I have continued on with my efforts to start exercising again. I even did the first day of the Couch 2 5K workout yesterday, which means I ran for the first time in almost 2 years. Which means I definitely need new running shoes.

You will probably not be proud to hear that I consumed a DQ blizzard for dinner on Saturday night. At least it wasn't in addition to dinner? It was, however, in addition to the cupcake, 2 breakfast tacos, and bagel I consumed at Davis's birthday party that morning. Oops.

And speaking of Davis's birthday party, we made a very quick roundtrip drive to Austin and back to make an appearance. Because I'm basically the cliche frazzled working mom these days, I managed to usher us all out of the house without grabbing the twins' diaper bag, which included their food, shoes, wipes, and yes, diapers. I hate giving into stereotypical behavior, but seriously, my mind was a steel trap before these babies came along and now it feels more like a bowl of oatmeal. Functional, but mushy.

And (sort of) on that note, the babies have started to come home with crafts more often now that they're in their new classroom at daycare. And while I love anything that my babies make (except dirty diapers) (and let's be honest, the teachers create these crafts and put the babies' names on them), I do not love clutter. Enter the ArtKive app on my iPhone! Basically this app lets you take pictures of your kids' artwork and archive it on your phone. You can sort it by child (if you have more than one) and age, and you can even it turn it into a book.

Now don't get me wrong- I'll keep some of the actual crafts/artwork because I'm not a heartless robot (like Allison… kidding, sis!) (but seriously, she probably even threw away her own wedding invitation), but this helps me not feel as guilty about throwing away some of the less special pieces.

So there you go, there's your PSA and app recommendation for the day. You're welcome.


Brittnie said...

Love the new look and thanks for the app recommendation! I have been needing something like this but have been too lazy/busy to research for myself. And yes we all know those sweet teachers make everything and put their names on it. I am pretty sure my Clara didn't make a bluebonnet themed bookmark, in which said bluebonnets were perfectly shaped and ribbon perfectly done at the top. Ha!

the blogivers said...

It's a good thing your mind was sharp before, or else by now it would have been reduced to... something worse than a bowl of oatmeal. I don't have any good analogies in me at the moment.

And for the record, I did NOT throw away my wedding invitation... although I did eventually throw away all the extra copies of it. And I keep Davis's legitimate artwork! Though I do intend to take pictures of it and make a book of it and then throw the individual pieces away.

Erika said...

That app is a super smart idea. When I was teaching, I always felt guilty sending things home (even though the 4 year olds legitimately made them) because of the conundrum I knew it'd put the parents in. Glad someone invented something to help!!! Love the new blog look!!

Brittany Sciba said...

Thanks for the app recommendation! I will file that away for the near future! Also, "mommy brain" is such a real thing, one that I also said I would never deal with and am totally eating my words now!

NN Bartley said...

Love the bright new springy look.
I saved everything of Austin's, lots of Elle's and practically nothing of KKs. When Austin hit about ten I went back through all,his stuff and tossed most of it...I just needed that perspective, my rule is/was the entire school year needs to fit inside one Manila envelope. Period. All the envelopes go into a big rubber maid tub to be handed to the child once they get married, move out, whatever. Please don't judge me for bad punctuation, capitalization, etc, I am too lazy to go back and correct.

Nikki Miller said...

Love that app!
Love the new blog design and header picture!
I can SO relate to the frazzled working mom syndrome... it has got SO bad as of late. On Saturday I went to the grocery store with a LIST and MEAL PLAN and STILL forgot to get items I needed... how does that happen??

Amanda said...

I feel your pain. I've always wondered what the most sensitive way to throw it all away would be because OMG it's ridiculous how much crap little kids "make". We make a craft every Sunday with my two year old at church, and even though they do color it all on their own, I always wonder if the parents keep all this stuff. I'm admitting now that if I'm ever presented with such stuff, it will be "lost" often.

Love the new look. Such a great photo of you guys!

kimberly ann said...

Love the new look! No pressure, but C25K is what got me through my half marathon! I cannot recommend it enough (and totally respect you if you respect your aging joints enough to stop at that 5K mark :)

Jaclyn said...

Love the C25K workout! I'm also sort of in love with whoever created such an awesome app. Thanks for sharing. One day, when our little one starts 'creating' things, I'll be more than happy to get a picture and toss the product. I'm probably a little to excited about this possibility, actually.

Natasha said...

Here's to oatmeal brain! I totally have that and I keep waiting for it to go away since my youngest is almost three.

Also, I am a cruel heartless mom and I CANNOT keep everything the kids bring home. I love the comment above about everything from one school year in a manilla envelope and then give the Rubbermaid full of envelopes to the child when they leave home. Then they can decide what to do with it :)

Also I love the new blog look.

kayla Agan said...

We are supposed to keep our wedding invitation?? Oops ;)