Monday, August 24, 2009

Kindergarten

Today was the day...the first day of Kindergarten. Unlike the feeling I remember from when it was my first day, I was strangely surprised with how at peace I felt. We woke up early as we were planning a special breakfast for the big day. I got the girls beds made and rooms cleaned and started getting ready myself. Aiva ran up the stairs as Nate was getting up to make his famous pancakes. I told her that daddy was heading downstairs to make special pancakes and she said, "Mom, you know how you make your special muffins on Saturdays? Do you think you could make those today?" I wasn't planning on this particular task for my morning but since it was a special day I ran downstairs and whipped up a batch of blueberry and strawberry muffins. After, I got out of the shower and proceeded to get ready, Aiva asked if she could jump on our bed. She knows she's not supposed to jump on our bed except on rare occurrences, and I guess today was one of those days. If it would make the butterflies a little better I'd let her jump all day! Once Nate was done with his pancakes and my muffins were done, we had a rushed breakfast and then headed to the bus stop. We of course got tons of pictures and it was certainly turning out to be a memorable day. The bus rounded the corner and for just a moment my heart stopped. It was finely here...that next step. And then it happened...the flood gates opened and I thought for just a moment that there was absolutely no way that I was going to turn around and face the crowd behind me to take Aiva's picture. Nate basically told me to get it together and I jumped into action! Aiva had to get to the front of the line because she was of course a kindergartner and she was, for just this one year, able to ditch! I rushed her to the front, all while crying and trying to snap pictures, and then it was done. The doors closed and there were about a zillion eyes all looking out the windows to their mom and dad. I noticed one set right off the bat...the eyes of my little 5 year old who didn't know if she should be scared to death or ready to have a party! I gave her a confident smile and the bus started pulling away. We snapped into action (kind of!) and got in the car to make sure that she would get off the bus with no problems. When we got to the school, the kids had not yet gotten off the bus so I thought we were in good shape. As the students poured out of the bus, I noticed that my little Aiva was no where in sight. I looked at the front of the school, thinking that maybe I missed her, and then I saw her. My little brown haired 5 year old was bringing up the back of the crowd from her bus. She hadn't caught sight of me yet and the look that I saw on her face made me want to sneak back in the car to watch from afar. She looked absolutely confident like she could take on the whole school with just the smile on her face. It was exactly what I've been praying for! In that second, she caught a glimpse of me out of the corner of her eye and when she looked at me she gave me the biggest smile that I'd ever seen from her. In that second I realized that even though she was very confident walking into the school, she was just a little bit nervous and would like her mama to walk the rest of the way with her. I took her hand in mine and we walked the rest of the way until we met up with her teacher. Her teacher welcomed her and all was well...Mission accomplished. I waited in line with her with the rest of the class. Most of the kids had their moms with them as well. After a bit I thought that I should probably leave her...I was afraid what might happened if I walked her into class. The flood gates might open once again! I told her that mama had to get to work and that I was going to go ahead and say good bye to her. She told me she loved me and gave me that confident smile once again. As I started walking away, she yelled back at me, "Oh and mama...tell Daddy that I'm OK!" And, yes the tears started! I nodded my head and blew a kiss (because I couldn't talk) and turned and walked back to the car. We watched her and her class walk into the building and that's how it started. I almost wanted to get a window view from the outside so I could follow what she did while she was there but this was her experience. She had to do this on her own. She's taken the next step in her life and so must I! I did run home though, to catch her getting off the bus on her first day. Hello...it was another Kodak moment. She was all smiles and wanted to fill us in on the events of the day. I'm so happy that Day 1 went well. I pray that Day 2 goes just as good if not better!

CVS4

I just wanted to pass along my newest CVS deal for this week. I was toting 2 kids at the time and it was just about 8PM...by myself. I had everything planned but missed a coupon in the process. Here's the rundown:

2/$1 Reese PB Cup - Bought 1 and had a coupon for $.50 off

Carefree Liners - $3.79 and had a coupon for $1 off (3.79 ECB's)

Kotex Liners - BOGO $1.49 and had 2 coupons for $1 off

Revlon Fingernail Polish - $4.99 with $1 off coupon

Revlon Blush - 9.99 with $1 off coupon

Gum - I was not intending to buy but Ana had downed three pieces before I noticed, therefore I had to purchase. $1.19 NO COUPON!

Total before ECB's and coupons - $23.90

ECB's Used - $7.97

Coupons Used - $7.50

Actual Total - $8.43

ECB's for next purchase - $10.79

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Aiva

I just ran down the steps from putting the girls to bed and I just had to blog about my thoughts and feelings. Tomorrow is a big day for my first born...her first day of school. I can hardly believe it. Where has the time gone. Last year, when she was in preschool, was so much easier. I brought her to work with me and I dropped her off as her school was at my work. This year is completely different. She gets to ride the bus and I'm entrusting her to a group of people that I don't know. Yes, I am an overprotective mom who is sending her baby to school for the first time. I wanted tonight to be special...we had a simple dinner (which wasn't by choice) and then the party began. I gave the girls baths and we did it up right, bubbles and smelly stuff galore. It was quite fun. After the bath it was time to do the hair. As I was drying Aiva's hair I started to think about how one day...sooner than what I think...I'll be helping her with her hair as she gets ready for prom...and then sometime after that...helping with her hair as she weds. Time really does go too fast. I know we're on this earth for just a moment but I truly love this time. I love being a mom, and especially a mom to girls. Tonight, as I was thinking about how fast my baby is growing up I spent just a little extra time running my hands threw Aiva's hair. I remember the first few nights that we brought her home from the hospital - giving her a bath and running my hands threw her hair. At that time it seemed like this day would never come. Feeling the strands between my fingertips now make me realize that my dear little baby has grown up into a little young lady. After the hair we moved to nails. I painted each toe and finger with gentle strokes and chatted about life and the days to come. Her fingernails were next to nothing when we brought her home from the hospital and now they're fingers and nails of a little young lady. The day is finally here when I have to let my baby go to the world. I have no power to stop the bad things that she may see or hear around her environment. I have no power to stop the things that may go threw her fingertips. Only God can take care of her now while I can't be with her. Protect her while she goes into the great unknown and love her with the only love that is perfect and right.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sam

Here is a picture that was taken of the Bish family on Sunday. Today, Sam was supposed to start his chemo. I hope and pray that everything goes OK. This has got to be such a confusing thing for him and my heart just hurts for everything that he has to see and hear. Be thinking and praying for him and his family this week as he goes through chemo. I'll update you with more health updates at the end of the week.

CVS3

OK...so I went CVSing this week on Monday and here's the synopsis of what happened:

Total Merchandise: 57.86
Revlon Revitalizing – 14.99
Revlon Cleanser – 5.99
Gatorade – 1.99
Gatorade – Free
School Box – 1.99
School Box – 1.99
Filler Paper – 1.99
Filler Paper – 1.99
Notebook - .99
Notebook - .99
Eye Shadow - 4.99
Eye Shadow – Free
Head & Shoulders – 3.99
Pens – 1.99
Pens – 1.99

Total Out of Pocket: 22.78

Total Saved: 35.08

ECB’s I have Left: 7.97

Savings: 40%


Not too bad but definitely making room for improvement!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sam

There is a couple in our small group, who have an 8 year old son, Sam. Their names are Mike & Cindy Bish. Along with Sam, they have two other kids, Aubrey & Kaitlyn. They just found out yesterday that Sam has a very rare form of cancer and today they found out that the cancer has spread. This is an email that I recently received from a girl in our group:

"Sam made it through his biopsy. They also put a port in his neck for him to receive his chemo treatments starting early next week. He is out of recovery and they get to bring him home tonight. (It was originally planned for him to stay over night.) The Drs. have found more spots on his lungs and the cancer is in both of his legs. Their saying that this is a very aggressive cancer."

My heart is breaking for this family and what they're going through. There are no words that can be expressed to describe what a sick feeling that's got to be. All you can do is pray, so pray is what we'll do. Here's my prayer for the Bish Family:

S: Strength to get through what lies ahead.
A: An abundance of comfort from family and friends.
M: Miracle - that's right...we're praying for a MIRACLE!
U: Understanding for what the doctors will be explaining to Mike & Cindy. Dr's lingo can be very confusing.
E: Extra special care from the nursing staff. Sam needs a lot of TLC!
L: Love poured out on the girls. I'm sure they might feel a little jealous - I pray that they will be spoiled as well!

B: Blessings to come from this trial. We don't know why this is happening but God always has something good planned, even when the day seems dark...even when the load is too heavy to carry...even when you can't go further.
I: Indescribable peace that passes ALL understanding. Help Cindy and Mike to feel the loving arms of God wrapped all the way around them so that it's so tight there's no doubt that it's God.
S: Safe travels to and from the hospital and doctor's appointments.
H: Health - While Sam's immune system is low while on chemo, Lord God, please keep all viruses and sicknesses from entering his body.

Join me in praying for this special little boy. I'll post updates as they are available. If you have children or family close, hug them a little tighter tonight and love on them a little longer.

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