I can breathe.

As in relax.

Mentally.

For a moment.

You see, this week, we officially closed out the school year with evaluations, and turned in our portfolios to the school district. PhotobucketAlso this week, both boys ended their baseball season. Having 2 boys in two different leagues is a little…hectic.

So now I can breathe.

And while I’ve been breathing, I’ve been shopping for curriculum. I’ve always purchased my curriculum new; buying extra workbooks for the younger ones so that I don’t have to worry about future new editions that wouldn’t match my teacher’s editions. Anyway…this year, I’m shopping ebay and the HSLDA Curriculum Market for as much as I can. So far, so good. I’ve already saved $200! Photobucket I can’t believe I never thought of this before! I should’ve started sooner, but it took all I had to finish this year. Next year, I’ll try to start sooner. Photobucket

I’ll give it another few weeks, and then start ordering anything else I need. The trickiest thing is finding the latest editions of books that were just updated last year. I know that’s not critical, but since my youngest will already be getting 6 year old books when it’s his turn to use them, I want to start with the latest editions. It also makes finding any “extras” like tests and extra workbooks easier to find in a catalog now.

The first books arrived today. Guess I should start putting away this year’s books. Photobucket

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Stuff:

We had a great week of VBS at our church last week.  Summer Seaquest.  We had 54 kids and oodles of fun.  I played the Admiral (dressed, in of all things, a donated Air Force Academy dress uniform 😆 ).  Basically, I welcomed the kids, led them in song,  got them all riled up before going to class; then did their quizzing at the end of the night, more singing, and got them all riled up again to go home.razz  Lots of fun! 

The program itself is very competitive with the kids assigned to teams, and earning points for serving at home, in the community, and at VBS, as well as learning the Gospel presentation and memorizing Scripture.  My daughter came in 2nd place over all in individual points.  She did great!thumbsup.gif

More stuff:

I ordered our new curriculum Saturday night.  Sticking with BJU for most of it, but switching DD12 to Apologia  for science, and Teaching Textbooks  Pre-Algebra for math.  (She had been using Saxon for the past two years.) 

I can’t believe she’s going to be in 7th grade this year!  And my youngest is starting 1st grade.  Where does the time go?

Not just a cliche – a good question.  I spent hours last night and earlier today organizing photos on my harddrive to copy them to CD.  I’m almost done with the family photos.  (I’m talking years of photos! 😳 )  Such precious memories.  The time really does fly!

And still more stuff…

Researching bunk beds and bedroom furniture for my boys online.  Seeing what’s out there.  Already gave my husband sticker shock today.  He has no concept of the cost of decent (not top of the line, just decent) furniture.  Looking for good deals.  I’ll be checking out a few places locally, too.  I hate this kind of stuff.  And everybody and their brother tells you a good place to shop.  All fine and good, except that they’re all 20 miles away from each other.  I just want bedroom furniture! [/minirant]

What else, what else, what else.  Not much else.  It’s a beautiful day in my neck of the woods.  😀 

OK.  I’m not tall.  I’m not exactly short, either.  At 5’4″ (standing up straight and maybe inhaling), I am right on the cusp of what the fashion world calls “petite.”  What this means when shopping for clothes is that I’m really too tall for most petites and too short for most misses sizes. It really depends on the article of clothing.  Oh yeah.  I love to shop.rolleyes 

SO…tonight I’m at Kohl’s searching for shorts or capris.  The capris are the issue.  First, let me say: God BLESS the inventor of stretch denim!  Whoever came up with the idea to weave 1% spandex with 99% cotton has the undying love of women everywhere.wub2.gif 

Alright, back to the capris.  Capris come in a variety of lengths anywhere from “too long to be shorts” to “too short to be floods.”  So, while trying on 2 dozen pairs of shorts and capris (no kidding), I found a particular style of capris in stretch denim, available in 3 different “washes” that were very comfortable.  Woohoo!  EXCEPT…I’m 5’4″ and petites are often too short on me, and misses are often too long.  These were misses.  Wouldn’t it figure.  I left my little stall and stood out at the 3 way mirror with my hand on my hip and what must have been a look of disgust on my face.  Another woman came out of her stall and chuckled because she’d just been doing the same thing.

“May I borrow your eyes?” I asked this perfect stranger who, at that moment, understood me better than anyone else, as a sister victim to the clothing racks.  “I am too tall for petites and too short for misses.”

“I understand completely!  I’m the same way!”  We bonded instantly.

I turned to face my new friend, “Do these look like capris or floods?”

“Floods.  I’m sorry.  I know, I go through the same thing, it’s so frustrating.”

“It figures.  They feel great everywhere else.”

The conversation continued briefly about possibly cuffing them.  Not an option with the side slit.  ::sigh::  I thanked her for her honesty and went back to my little stall to do battle with the rest of my cart.

All in all, even after that, I had a successful trip.  My goal was to spend the $40 in Kohl’s cash I had earned last week when shopping for the kids.  I had spent $239 on several articles each of summer play and church clothes, as well as pajamas, for each of my three kids, plus sandals for each of them and myself.  Not bad.  And I earned $40.  I love Kohl’s! 

I ended up with 2 pairs of denim shorts, 1 pair of dress capris, and 1 pair of casual – could dress up or down – capris, all for $32 after my Kohl’s cash.  Go me!happy dance