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School is in Session!

Ahhhhh!  I am so happy!

The house is silent and I can THINK.  I can even pee without someone knocking on the door.  It’s A-maz-ing!

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Adios, young people!

Some small part of me feels like a bad mom, but the larger, more substantial part of me feels justified in being elated.  I mean, seriously, did you know that you can walk from the bathroom to your bedroom naked?  I forgot that long ago….but I remember now.  Did you know you can eat something without another person being nosy about what you’ve got?  I didn’t know that ever, I’m pretty sure, but I’m learning.  Yeah, I’ll admit, it’s selfish, but only from mid-morning til early afternoon.  After that I’m Mom again, putting everyone else before myself.  So I don’t feel bad for being selfish for a few hours per day, Monday through Friday.

One Week Til School Starts

It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN!!!! Duh…duh…duh!

Oh, sorry.  I got a little carried away. *blush*

As we are every year, I feel woefully unprepared.  Not for them to go, I’m more than ready for them to go.  I mean that we are always doing the last minute “I forgot this” and “I forgot that” every single year.  My older two are never fully forthcoming with what they need, and at the last minute they seem to remember it all.  (And sometimes the teachers–as it is this year–they want us to BUY a textbook because the school doesn’t have them….I’m not even sure what I think about that!)

“I need a 3 inch binder with a D-ring made of gold and rubies”

I may have a problem with exaggeration because I’m so high-strung about it….

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I just wish it were as easy as it was when they were in elementary school.  Get everything on the list and you were good!  Maybe a few extras for the classroom made you super mom.

Somebody wake me up when they all graduate college!!

Recent Sign Projects

So I’ve worked on a few signs this week while juggling crazy kids.  They are so stir crazy and want to go back to school.  They’re driving this mama nuts!  Here are a few of the highlights:

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The last one is my favorite.  I really like those flowers and I’m just a sucker for anything with gold too!  I’m an “Amen!” girl anyway

I think, based on these three signs that I’m much better at hand lettering than I am at stenciling.  Alas, stencils are a necessary evil.  Sometimes things need to be perfect and sometimes they need to be produced in large quantities.

The jack-o-lantern and boo set glows in the dark and that was pretty fun to make.  I painted a good portion of it under a black light so I could ensure I was getting the “glow” even.  It was pretty time consuming, but it was still fun!  That set sold in record time.  I posted them before we ate a late dinner and they were sold by midnight.  I’m pretty happy with that at this point!!

Today I am working on a design for dad’s wood shop.  It’s a really fun sign, and hopefully in the future I’ll sell this design.  However, I can’t reveal it before I make it and give the gift!  So you guys have to wait.