Transportation Backpack Tags

Our schedules change often. While I keep regular work hours my husbands vary. This presents a problem when school came around. We were fretting over how to keep it all straight not only for Gavin's teacher but also for Gavin! My husband had this brilliant idea of laminated tags that clip to his backpack that could be changed out as needed. Gosh, I love him. I jumped at the opportunity to make something. They were pretty easy if you have some simple computer skills and access to a laminator. I am sure that can be done at Staples pretty cheap or these self stick labels seem like they would work too.

I made these in Photoshop. I had Gavin help pick out pictures that would be significant to him. I love that he chose a picture of Mary Poppins for the babysitter badge! Then I made one just with lines so we could write on it with a marker if he was going to go home with a classmate or something one day. The hubby laminated them for me then punch the holes.

I purchased a key chain kit in the craft department at Walmart and threaded a ring and a clip on to each tag. Then I slid one of the rings to his handle of his backpack.

I clipped the unused tags onto the refrigerator for easy access. Aww, look Gavin's first photo in the hospital. *Sniff sniff tear

His teacher seemed really happy with our system! We went ahead and printed extras just in case one gets lost or damaged. Who knows what can happen by the end of the school year.
Thanks for checking it out!
Love, Brooke


First Day of Kindergarten!

I can't believe it is the very first day of my little monster's school career. I am filled with emotions and doing my best not to cry. I actually did quite well at school. Gavin did amazing! He was so super excited to go to school. Daddy got up early to make him first day of school pancakes. How awesome is that? Then we had a photo session on the front porch.

 His very cool backpack! A snazzy embroidered name I put on at work.

We drove him to school and I got hugs and kisses and waves and "I love you, Mom!" and still managed to hold it together. When he hopped off the bus two hours later he was extremely happy. Had a color page to show me. He was filled with stories of new friends and funny songs. He keeps singing "Hickety pickety bumble bee who can say their name for me?!" First day was a success. Now tomorrow I have to put him on the bus and drive off to work and not see him until I pick him up from the sitter. That may be the toughie.

Here is a little something I whipped up in Photoshop. I hope I can remember to do this every year!
There should be some sort of kindergarten parent support group meeting after they leave us.
 He is the one frantically waving good bye!
I know he will do great in kindergarten. This is just the first little step in becoming an independent wonderful part of the human race. He will do great things with his life. Mama will always be proud of him. I am lucky to be his mama. Love you Gavin!


What is up?

Do you ever get to a point in your life where you feel like you have lost yourself? I have been feeling this way and it is making me miserable. I haven't been making anything. I had lost the want to be creative. I haven't picked up a crochet hook in months and miss blogging. It is branching into other parts of my life as well. I never want to cook, my house is a mess, I hardly ever see my extended family and never see my friends, I never feel pretty. Every morning I have to bargain with myself to get out of bed, put my feet on the floor, and get ready for work. Things have been stressful at home and work. Six months at this job and I have never found a good balance between the two. Two days off from work is not nearly enough to accomplish everything I need to do. If we haven't already made plans, it is tough to find the gumption to remove myself from the couch. Is this just depression? I don't know but this hopeless feeling has got to go.

I have so much to be happy about. We are pregnant again! While I am excited about the baby, this pregnancy has been rough. I spent weeks feeling queasy and exhausted. I feel like I have lost familiarity with my body. I am beginning to not fit in some of my clothes. Unfortunately, being overweight, it takes me a while to look pregnant and not just chubbier. Today I am 14 weeks, making it my 2nd trimester! I am hopeful for increased energy. I need it. There is a lot to do before baby comes. We need to get our house ready to put on the market, sell it and find something a little bigger for our growing family.
I am struggling with the steps to gain my sense of self back. Where do I begin?