Week In Review: Rhonda

Hey hey, and welcome back to a glimpse into my week.  Life has been a doozy lately with Claudia going through a phase of wanting all my attention, all the time.  I have tried to just embrace this phase of life and be thankful that I have the opportunity to watch her grow and learn and become a little lady.  Shit, it’s a challenge though.

She has been wild, dabbing and ridding her tricycle and playing Little Mama.

We did a lot of fun school lessons this week, learning about Arizona.  The kids love this state project we are working on.  Previously, they couldn’t really see past Texas or Mississippi.

Harper is absolutely obsessed with cooking and baking, so I have started to let go of a little control and let him in my beloved kitchen, mostly with free reign.  He decided to do cupcakes this week and they were delicious!  The cleanup wasn’t so fun though.

Quentin and Claudia helped me make my first roasted chicken (come back tomorrow for more about that experience) on Friday.  Then Saturday, we went to tour a possible wedding venue (now marked off the list).  In the evening, our friends came over to have drinks and dinner with us.  We had so much fun.  Lots of laughter.

On Sunday, the weather was sunny and perfect and Claudia wanted to play outside.  So we played in the driveway and ended up rolling out mats to lie down and soak up the sun.  After nap time, we went to a holiday parade.  We were so freaking late and parked a couple of miles away.  We were too late to get a good spot for viewing.  Quentin and Claudia took turns on Stuart’s shoulders.  I held Claudia on mine a little, but it was hurting with her dancing on my shoulders.  She’s a mess.  We enjoyed getting into the spirit of the season for sure!

Now onto Thanksgiving!  I can’t wait to have a good and hearty meal on Thursday and enjoy a long weekend together as a family.  AND PUT UP MY TREEEEEES!

How was your week?  Are you in total holiday mode yet?

Week In Review: Rhonda

It’s a lovely day to recap a lovely week!  I had such a fun-filled, busy week and party-licious weekend.  Let’s get to it!

On Monday, we did Art class for school, learning about how to use the color wheel to mix paints into a blood red shade, perfect for making handprints on the windows and mirrors.

We had such a crazy jam-packed week.  Workouts, school, Halloween party planning and decorating.

Friday, I packaged up orders, ran more errands, then came home to enjoy some time with my latest Baths and Bliss order.  I can’t get enough of these high quality, handcrafted products!

Then.  Then it was the weekend and holy moly was it wild!  We had our first annual Halloween party that evening, after making a booze run.

We throw a lot of parties, but this one was by far my favorite.  We had a wonderful turnout and the food got destroyed, which tickled me beyond anything you can imagine.  There is nothing worse than pouring your time and money into a party and nobody showing up or nobody really eating.  I will be posting party details another day!

I absolutely drank so much that night and felt every bit of it for most of Sunday.  I got better just in time to head to the wedding of one of Stuart’s coworkers.  The wedding was absolutely lovely and the bride stunning.  We had a good meal, plenty of drinks, and so much fun dancing with our friends.

I can’t imagine a better weekend!

Did you get into any Halloween festivities this weekend?

 

5 Things You’re Getting Wrong About Homeschoolers

For those of you who don’t know, we are in our second year of homeschooling, after several years in the public schools.  We chose that path for many reasons, which I will write about another time, but mostly because of the flexibility.  When my ex and I decided that we would be divorcing and would live in different cities, I knew we needed a good custody solution that worked for everyone.  We both really wanted to do 50/50 custody and homeschooling was the perfect solution for our family.

While on Facebook recently, a friend remarked that she was considering homeschool so that her son could experience lots of travel – not just normal summer vacation, but more like months-long journeys all over the world.  In the comments, someone showed his obvious distaste for the homeschool lifestyle, despite never having experience it himself.  I got defensive and then just had to laugh.  Stereotypes are everywhere, but I believe homeschool families get hit with the most ridiculous ones.

So here, the top 5 things you probably have all wrong.

  1. “Kids need to socialize.”  Sure, it’s a life skill.  Is making conversation with another 12-year-old at an uncomfortable middle school dance a life skill?  Not necessarily.  How about communicating with a cashier, speaking to adults and authority figures, and asking a librarian for help?  You bet your ass.  I still have problems speaking to a bank teller without anxiety, so I am glad my kids have to go through the agony with me.  Seriously though, most homeschool families (not us, because I don’t like people) are involved in plenty of groups where they get tons of interaction.  My children get playdates and also hang out amongst lots of adults, where they are comfortable carrying on a conversation.
  2. “Your kids may fall behind.”  Behind who?  Behind what standard?  Who decides?  Every kid is different and there is no need for them to know X thing by X age.
  3. “Oh my, you’re going to be so tired of your kids.  I couldn’t spend all day with mine.”  When they go to dad’s, I rejuvenate, recharge, and spend so much time alone that I actually get sad.  And guess what, y’all?  It’s fucking AMAZING to be the one to witness them discover a new skill or finally grasp a concept.  Believe it or not, I like my kids.  We give each other space and needed and it just works.
  4. “Oh, I get it.  You want them taught in a religious manner.”  Oh hell.  You must not know me.  Did y’all know there is a HUGE community of secular home educators in the U.S.?  Yep.  There are even Christians who choose the secular route of educating, because they want their children to make their own decisions about religion.
  5. “I guess your kids won’t go to college then?”  Did you know there are colleges that seek out homeschool students because of their ability to lead their own learning and to keep themselves on task?  Universities enroll tons (super fancy stat, I know) of homeschool students.  And – gasp – my kids are undecided about college and I support that because, hell, so am I.

No matter what decisions we make as parents, or even just as single people, someone is always going to have something to say about it.  It’s crazy.  Let people do their own thing!  What have you done in your life that brought out someone’s unsolicited opinion?

Week In Review: Rhonda

Happy Labor Day,  y’all!  If you’re into that kind of thing.  I know a lot of you probably do not have the day off.  As a business owner, I have been relaxing all weekend since Stuart took a 4-day weekend.  I haven’t stopped working, just slowed down a little.

Monday through Wednesday passed as they always do – in a blur.  Lots of learning and domesticating and shit.  The kids finally got their mattresses in and can now sleep elevated like most other humans.

Thursday, I started in my new journal since my first one is full and it’s the start of a new month.  The kids took the week to study where they live, starting at the level of our home address, and working through city-county-state-country-continent-planet.  I thought they would be so excited to color a big map together, but no – they fought through it and walked away 7 minutes in.

Stuart stayed home Friday and we went to the store to stock up on some groceries.  I had a terrible sinus headache so I got in bed when we got home.  I didn’t nap (totally not a napper), but lying down for a bit helped.  We commenced our weekend grilling routine Friday night.

Saturday, I decided my summer tan was fading much more quickly than I am comfortable with so I hit the backyard.  I used to keep a tan all year long, but as I’ve aged and started taking better care of my skin, it fades much faster.

I did more of the same on Sunday, but it was a good deal hotter.  I got as close as I could to the fan and utilized a water misting bottle and frozen washcloths on my head to keep cool.  I got some great sun!

It was a really lovely week and we are totally in love with our new house and neighborhood!  What have you been doing over the holiday weekend?

 

 

Week In Review: Rhonda

Dang, it’s Monday?!  Only discovered that when I saw that Ashley posted the recap of her week.  I guess I’ll update you on MY life.  I’m sure you’re just dying to hear all about it.

You all know what Monday was – big eclipse day!  Well, it was also our first day back to school and we had a great day!  We watched the big event live on NASA’s Facebook feed all day.  Later I found Harper using a flashlight to recreate the eclipse.  I love watching his mind work.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were pretty basic.  Figuring out a school routine and general household and work duties.

I got a great surprise Friday when I woke up and Stuart was still in the bed, smiling at me.  He had taken the day off unexpectedly and it made my day.  He helped me with school, which the kids really seemed to enjoy.  We played Trivial Pursuit, during which we discovered Nick has never heard of Levi’s.

Saturday, we took another trip to IKEA, this time with two kids.  We spent so much time there, during which we LOST CLAUDIA.  We were in the kitchen area of the showroom and Quentin was marveling over some stools.  We mentioned that we were headed to the dining tables to take another look at the one we wanted.  Some baby girl hobbled over and touched my leg and I looked down expecting it to be Claudia. It was not and it was then that we realized Claudia was not with us.  Panic.  I immediately turned around and retraced my steps, thinking she got turned around in the crowded store.  Stuart and Quentin were searching the surrounding kitchens.  When I didn’t find her in the last few areas we had been, I switched directions and went ahead.  I found her with an employee who was calling to report her found.  Turns out she had wandered off and a customer found her standing alone.  Scariest moment of my parenting so far.  It was probably only 2 minutes, but it felt like an hour.  Once that nightmare was over, we finished shopping, picked up Claudia’s bed from a friend, and headed home for a late dinner.

Sunday, we started putting together our lovely IKEA haul and that was quite the adventure.  Quentin and Claudia were surprisingly helpful. Stuart’s coworker Jim came over in the evening with his power tools to help with one of the more complicated assemblies in exhange for a steak.

 

Week in Review: Rhonda

Dang.  Like, where did the week go??  It went by in such a blur.

Claudia woke up Monday deciding so absolutely follow me around all day.  That’s always a challenge when it comes to getting thing accomplished in a timely manner.

Tuesday was one of those days to get stuff done.  The realization that my annual beach trip is so soon motivated me to really buckle down my diet and exercise.  I had a great workout and ate perfectly between helping Quentin with his numbers and running errands with my little Minnie.

Wednesday was super amazing weather in the DFW, so we got the hell out of the house as quickly as we could finish school.  I even shortened the lessons, because I needed that fresh air in the worst way.  We had a great time at our favorite playground.  When I started dinner in the evening, everyone was TURNT and I had to retreat to the bathroom to drink my wine.  Bless.

Thursday, I got a lot done around the house and we had a longer school day than usual. Claudia helped me out on naming my future business and the highlight of the week – I GOT MY NEW MACBOOK!  I am loving it so much.  My old MacBook Pro was so worn out.  Big thanks to Stuart for spoiling me so good.  I also placed an Ulta order, which I hadn’t done in a long time.  I had to get on those 5x Tarte points while I had them.  If you aren’t in the rewards program at Ulta, you’re really missing out.

Friday, the kids and I went to Target.  This is legit one of my least favorite things to do.  Target is my happy place and they totally mess it up for me.  I spent too much, didn’t get everything on my list, and was all kids of frazzled when we left.  It exhausted Claudia though and she passed the fuck out at our late nap time.  When she woke up at 7:30, she was still cranky, but got much happier when Stuart came home and played with her.

I am just gonna go ahead and say that Saturday was the best day this week.  I put on my highlighter Chris Crocker “paintbrush” style (watch here if you aren’t familiar) and it was amazing.   I also gave stamping in my journal a try after hating it previously.  It turned out better.  But most of Saturday was spent just soaking up some Stuart time, which I don’t get nearly enough of.

Sunday was lovely, as Sundays tend to be.  We didn’t do much other than go to work with Stuart for a couple of hours and organize my underwear drawer.  Fancy.

It felt great to own the fact that I am never going to wear the tights in my collection and toss them out.  Did you do anything this weekend that just felt good?

Week in Review: Rhonda

Welcome back to the blog.  Thank you for showing up time and time again to see what we are up to.  I am happy to tell you that I wrote a guest blog post at Rain in Style. Head over and check that out here.

This past week was seriously such a blur.  I feel like I didn’t do a damn thing, but I also know for a fact that I was absolutely non-stop.  Monday kicked off the week the same way it does every week – with lots of planning and organizing.  I did get my cardio on with The Fitness Marshall and spend time with Claudia (though she actually gave me no choice).

In school Tuesday, we made and mailed birthday cards to my dad and ran some errands.  It was a super sunny day and I would have loved to spend it at the playground, but the to-do list seemed to grow at a rate that made me feel as if I wasn’t actually crossing anything off.  That is always a little discouraging for me.

On Wednesday, I did a lot of decluttering and organizing.  Stuart has stuff in places that just doesn’t make sense to me.  He lived a bachelor lifestyle before we moved in.  Since we will be in this apartment until fall, I have to make some space and make it feel like home.  I took his gigantic box of Sweet ‘N Low (GROSS), put packets into a jar by the coffee maker, and tucked the rest out of sight.  I don’t know why, but that was such a huge relief for me.

We did a school activity revolving around the letter C and they all enjoyed it so much.  We usually do their lessons on an individual basis, but this was my first try at integrating their studies and we will definitely be doing it again.

Wednesday was definitely a good day all-around, but I think the highlight for me was getting my TEXAS driver’s license in the mail!  Super happy to be so official.

Thursday was hot as balls and after school, we had errands to do.  After that, the kids napped while I had a beer and worked on St. Patrick’s decorations while catching up on the DVR.

I am a huge lover of my Fridays, but it started less than stellar, with Claudia not feeling great.  She has this awful habit of holding her poop, therefore constipating her…and then she gets cranky.  So she did all the whining Friday.  I got to set up some journal pages for March though and make myself a lovely martini, so the day wasn’t a total loss.

Ah, Saturday.  My lover.  One of my favorite parts of Saturdays is when Stuart watches TV while I leisurely do my makeup.  Even if we aren’t going anywhere, Saturday is the day I always play with makeup, either trying something different or just layering a lot on.

We took the kids to see Stuart’s lab, where Claudia was most excited to see their resident cat.  It was just really a lovely day and we capped it off by going to Best Buy and ordering a new MacBook!!!  Then I watched This Is Us and ugly cried my damn face off.

Sunday was like most – relaxed, lazy, and quiet.  The only thing that differentiated it from others is that it was Oscar night, so I broke my rule of phone and journal staying out of the bed at night (a recently imposed rule that has changed my relationship for the better).

I hope your week was lovely.  What were the highlights for you?

Week in Review: Rhonda

I don’t know why, but it was the longest week ever to me.  I stayed busy and had a great time, but Monday through Thursday absolutely DRAGGED.

On Monday, I drove down to pick up the kids from their dad.  On the drive, Brett Young’s Live from NYC show came on The Highway.  It was exactly what I needed for that drive.  I sang, laughed, and cried the entire way.  His stories behind his songs are what really made the emotions connect.  When we got back into town, Claudia and I went on a last-minute hunt for Valentines, which I absolutely do not recommend.  Claudia was so excited to be reunited with her ‘Tuart, which is always nice to witness.

Tuesday was of course Valentine’s Day.  My homeschool social group held a Valentine’s party.  We find that the one thing previously public-educated children miss the most is school parties and events, so we recreate that the best we can. Our holiday party was good, but this Valentine’s party was epic.  I owe it all to the hostess, Trayci.  She did an amazing job hosting in her beautiful 100-year-old home.

When Stuart got home (at a decent hour for once!), we exchanged our simple valentines.  He gave me a beautiful card and I gave him a framed image of the day I started falling in love with him, paired with the morning after we got engaged, both taken at the same table at our brunch spot.  I topped it with part of a song by Ryan Follese that is so “us.”

But I’ve got one thing right
Here in my arms
And for once in someone’s eyes
I can do no harm
Ain’t no laws up this high
I don’t need these lucky stars
I got you
And I won’t think twice
I got one thing right

We ended the day with a delicious meal I made and some TV in bed.

Wednesday was a day to stay home in a comfy sweatshirt and get some housework and meal prep done with lots of coffee….then cocktails.

Late Wednesday night, the kids were horsing around and Quentin busted his chin.  So Thursday morning, having not had enough sleep, he crawled into bed with me while I was having coffee.  Once we got out of the bed, I got so much shit done.  I don’t know what motivated me, but I was just nonstop all day, washing sheets, cleaning our bedroom, and cleaning out kitchen cabinets.

 

I had planned to finish organizing the kitchen on Friday, but the weather was amazing and our kitchen light was out, so we hit up the playground and the grocery store instead.  Back at home, the kids watched some movies and then we of course greeted Stuart on the patio when he got home.

 

If you aren’t new to this blog or my social media accounts, you know my weekends involve lots of mimosas.  This Saturday was no different.  We started the morning with drinks and brunch at home then Claudia and I “helped” Stuart clean his bike. Late afternoon, we went to downtown Dallas for the kids to hit up the splash pad and get a change of scenery.  It paid off, because they had a great time and slept really well that night.

I had every intention to spend Sunday cleaning out my closet and doing some purging, but being lazy just felt right.  I did pull a few items I don’t wear out of the closet and purge some old photos, but I spent most of the day sipping on assorted beverages, snuggling my people, and participating in spontaneous dance parties with Claudia.  It was absolutely perfect.

I hope your week was equal parts productive and relaxing, because isn’t that the best kind?

 

Week in Review: Rhonda

Welcome to my first Week in Review!  We are excited to share the highlights (and let’s be honest, lows) of our week with you.  This first recap of mine will likely be longer than most, so that you can get a feel for how our days play out.

My week varies depending on the weather mostly.  We try to go to the playground when it’s good weather.  We will sometimes skip school if we have a lot of errands, or just want to get outside.

Monday was lovely weather, so I did some printing and planning while Claudia took an early morning nap.  Then we went to the playground briefly.  The visit was cut short when I decided to show Quentin my “trick.”  I jumped out of the swing from an impressive height and made a not-so-impressive crash landing.  After lunch, I ran some errands and stopped by Harbor Freight Tools in a shady neighborhood in order to get a bag for my journaling supplies.

It was then home for some patio play time while I sipped a cocktail and made dinner.  I love when the busy days end somewhat peacefully!

Tuesday was more representative of an average day in our home.  I had too much to do to go anywhere.  We resumed schoolwork and I did a lot of work on my t-shirt business and getting this blog set up.  I dealt with some personal stressors.

In the evening, Claudia and I sat on the patio and waited for Stuart to come home.  After dinner, they did the dishes together.

Wednesday, I was in much better spirits but still stayed busy.  You’ll notice Claudia wore the same dress for a couple of days.  She’s a serious outfit repeater and there is no point in arguing with a strong-willed toddler.  We did the usual routine of lots of working and organizing on my behalf (with my little shadow) and lots of school and video games for the boys.

(shirt can be found at a Southern Medley)

Claudia and I cleaned and organized my vanity, which was desperately needed.  It had become a dumping ground for her toys and my paperwork.  I intended to purge some items, but ended up just tossing an expired foundation and a nearly-empty lip gloss.

The highlight of Wednesday (and let’s be honest, my week) was some fun mail!  I got in my BaubleBar order and a Zulily cardigan (I included my BB referral link if you want to go check out what they have)!  I then ended the day as usual, with my best helper making dinner with me (or trying to eat the butter through the package).

You won’t believe what we did Thursday – yep, school, working, organizing, and cleaning.  I also took some pictures for a review I am working on (I did it for social media, but will post some of it here when I am done).  I did a thorough cleaning of our bedroom and also started wrapping up the setup for this site.

Y’all already know my shadow was there for it all.  Please know I adore my boys too, but they don’t love pictures and they certainly don’t stay under me all day.

I had so much work to do Friday, that I didn’t even talk to the boys until after noon.  We decided to just skip school for the day, since our Friday work is usually just art projects or wrapping up stuff from the week.  We weren’t behind on anything, so I decided to let it go.  The boys suggest we do a Monday-Thursday school week.  I am considering it!

Friday was a fun mail day again and as soon as Claudia saw the box, she said, “It’s makeup!”  She is completely my mini.

And then?  It was Saturday.

My Saturdays and Sundays always begin the same way – coffee in bed, then mimosas.  We then have a late brunch at home, during which I work in my journal and don’t lift a finger otherwise.  It’s quite a lovely break from my hectic weekday mornings.

In exchange for pooping on the potty, Claudia got her hair washed and blown out, nails painted, and makeup done.  Best of all, she got to put on her Minnie dress.   I continued to sip on wine during the afternoon and then Claudia helped us make dinner.  Stuart let Claudia chop veggies and my anxiety was off the charts, so I had to look away!

Super Bowl Sunday rolled around and started with coffee.  To be honest, I drank way too much all day Saturday and couldn’t look at a mimosa until I got some food in my stomach.  Oops.

(mug can be found at a Southern Medley)

Claudia and Quentin had a great dance party with Stuart while he made brunch.  Once I was mimosa-ready, I got my drink and did my Superbowl makeup look while Stuart went to work for a bit.  I then did some more design work before settling in for the Super Bowl.  I am super spoiled and got my daily leg rub, this time with Claudia’s help.  I couldn’t be happier with the results of the game and boy it was intense in the end!

I hope your week was lovely and that you got some pampering too!  Let us know what you’ve been up to.

If you haven’t already, click on over to Ashley’s recap!