{Our First Monday}

the girls got to sleep good and early last night so they woke up all smiles and ready to start their first real week of school. janey had a fun "me bag' homework assignment to work on over the weekend.
i love the things she chose to represent herself.

just grace because she loves to read and thinks this one is really funny
 stone from a mancala game because it's her favorite game and she always wins
 blue crayon because she loves to color and blue is her favorite
 calico critter because they are on of her favorite toys to play with
  pencil because she loves to write stories, plays and lists
 puzzle piece because she is the puzzle queen
 soccer medal because she loves soccer
 dance picture because she loves to dance and tumble
and family pictures because she loves her family:)

packing these babies is not one of my favorite things to do.
i think that's why i'm always on the hunt for cute containers and goodies to add inside.
anything to make this daily task more enjoyable.

the girls love getting notes and jokes in their lunchboxes too.
there are tons of links out there for free printable ones.
here are some of my favorites:
chickabug printables

we made smoothies almost every day this summer.
they were the perfect mid morning snack.
this year i am going to try and make them each morning for breakfast.
i think it's the perfect way to get riley to eat bananas and janey to eat raspberries and blueberries all at the same time:)

after drop off the three of us headed to panera and meijer/sams to grocery shop.
it seems likes it's been a looooong time since we have enjoyed this slow simple time together.

checkout these adorable containers we found today.

i could not resist their overwhelming cuteness.
they should add a little pizazz to tomorrows lunch.:)

of course we had to ride sandy the horse with our free cookie in hand lots and lots of times while daddy checked out.

both parking lots we visited today had just been resurfaced.
what are the odds of that?!?
that meant lots and lots of trips balancing up and down those freshly painted bright yellow lines.

dave gave me the sweetest compliment after we got in the car at sams...after i had walked behind aubrey at least 4 times while she walked up and down those lines...he told me i was so patient with her...that he probably would have rushed her along into the car...that felt really good.

we were going to go out for lunch but after the hustle and bustle of the weekend and the morning we decided to just stay in and have takeout.
it was the perfect first monday of the school year.

hope your monday was perfect too.
have a happy day,

{thankful for}
1. my new postal pixc that came in the mail today(thanks nicolle!)
2. a home full of groceries
3. sweet words
4. a fun find at tjmax
5. routines


  1. Cindy, looks like a wonderful first Monday back... I love the picture of Aubrey and your husband!! And love the compliment he gave you! Isn't that just the best when they notice?? And ok, that is just too neat that you put fresh sheets on for the first day of school too!! Have a great day, friend!

  2. Cindy I've been catching up with your blog. The girls have grown! So sweet. I hope they have a GREAT school year.

  3. Look like a wonderful day....your pictures are all awesome...especially that last one!
    Such a sweet comment from Dave.

  4. I love Dave's compliment to you. I wish for more compliments like that from Kevin. :) I know that when Kevin says something like that to me, it stays with me forever, and makes me feel so good.

    I need to see if Boyd will drink smoothies. Maybe I can sneak in some fresh spinach or something.

    I love Dave's earring, by the way!

    Have a great day.

  5. Cindy, your first Monday sounds perfect. And a husband compliment goes such a long way, doesn't it? I love the days when I don't rush Abigail when I want to. (too too many days I do rush her along though :( )
    I'm sooo like you! I'm not a fan of packing lunches at all and if I can find some cute new containers they really help me stay motivated. I just ordered a new lunchbox and snacks cookbook that I'm looking forward to getting to inspire me. (Lunchboxes and Snacks by Annabel Karmel... on amazon) I'll let you know how it is after I get it. Sometimes I find creative containers at Marshalls of all places! Looks like tyou did a great job on your back to school lunches! Thanks for the link to the notes! Have a happy Tuesday, tara

  6. that is a sweet husband! : ) love when someone gives you an unexpected compliment like that. so nice. sound s like a great start to your week!

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