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Mother’s Day Weekend Recap

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Hi All,

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Ours was busy, but fun! Friday night we went to a colleague’s tenure potluck party with the fam. Saturday we ran some errands, went to a park, and spent some time at our neighborhood pool.

The girls have seen me do at-home yoga a time or two. 😉 Random tip for other yoga-loving parents – have you heard of Cosmic Kids yoga??? I find FREE kids yoga videos from Cosmic Kids on YouTube and the girls adore it! Their favorite is the Elsa yoga, but all of them that we’ve seen have been great (they basically tell a Disney story while doing yoga to make it kid-friendly).

And Sunday, of course, was Mother’s Day. I haven’t been sleeping great lately, so my first “gift” was the gift of peace and quiet! Hubs got up with the girls and got breakfast under control so I could sleep in. I got a full 8 hours of sleep and it felt GLORIOUS!!!

I’d requested doing something physically active for the day and it was set to get HOT, so we decided to head out right away in the morning. We debated between a hike and a family jog/bike-ride (when we do this, the adults will jog and the kids ride bikes), but in the end we opted for a hike on a new-to-us trail. 

We did the Wild Burro trail; the trail head is just inside the gates of the Ritz Carlton grounds so it seems SUPER SWANKY, but in the end…it’s just a trail. lol. Wasn’t the greatest hiking trail – no fantastic views or anything – but it was a lovely scenic drive on the way there and back and it was 100% FREE, so you can’t argue with that! We followed it up with lunch at home, another trip back to the neighborhood pool (twice in one weekend – summer must be upon us!!), and some lounge time reading on our couch at home. All-in-all, a lovely weekend.

Our only real Mother’s Day-related “splurge” were these matching Old Navy shirts that we got on sale (I think $7 each?? They were very inexpensive). The girls’ said “Super Kid” and mine said “Super Mom.” Last Mother’s Day, my mom gifted us girls matching PJ sets and I loved it SO MUCH that I would really like to do an annual Mother’s Day matching Mom-And-Me clothes tradition. Doesn’t have to be fancy. $7 Old Navy shirts certainly aren’t. But it’s a little thing that meant a lot to me and as the shirts are in leu of any other Mother’s Day gifts and are super sentimental, I don’t think it’s too frivolous. (For the record – the girls also made me a gorgeous gift basket from their school with all kinds of kid-made gifts!!! Turns out, that’s what the ceramic craft was all about!!! Their teachers are good!!! Hubs got me a nice card and a small bouquet of cheaper flowers. Nothing lavish or crazy.)

Mother’s Day is strange because it’s kind of a tough holiday. It makes me reflect on and be thankful for my own mother and other matriarchs in my life living and gone (grandmothers, friends’ mothers, etc.). It also makes me hyper-aware of my friends who are single mothers, or those who have lost their moms, or those who are trying to be mothers and struggling with infertility or the loss of a child. Just this year one of my sister’s best friends lost her 4-year-old daughter to childhood cancer. So I am aware of the struggle and hurt that many go through on this day. And I also reflect on my own daughters. So grateful that I get to be their mommy. But also aware of my many flaws and the mistakes I have made on our journey together. I’m so thankful that each day is a new day to get it right. Both in motherhood, and in finances alike. 😉

Sorry for the absence. May has got me like “whoa!” Graduation was this past Friday so it’s officially our summer “break” (said in quotations because I am on a 12-month contract….but things are certainly less chaotic during summer). I’ll be back soon with more posts and financial updates. Until then – hug your mom (or your dad, or your spouse, or your friend, or even just yourself). Hugs!

~Ashley


Time for Round Two – Girls’ Night

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Five years ago, we began Guys’ Nights with the twins. They invited all their guy friends over for the night once a quarter. And they stayed up all night playing video games, eating junk food and having a good time. The last one took place during their junior year of high school while we were living in the apartment.

It began due to the restrictions of being foster kids. But it continued because it was a great way for me to get to know their friends and know that they were having good, clean fun. It was a cheap way to give the twins’ a positive social life. And those Guys’ Nights were epic.

Now we find ourselves in a similar situation.

New Friends, New Town = Girls’ Night

Princess has really begun to come out of her shell, making friends, the whole teenage girl thing. But in a small town, most everyone here grew up together. They are all related or feel like they are related. We are kind of like ducks out of water. And I’m still the same over-protective parent.

We hosted our first Girls’ Night this weekend. Five girls, five face masks ($1.37/each,) one giant tub of cookie dough from Sams Club ($8.95) and a couple of pizzas ($7.99/each.) It was a blast. And let me tell you, a girls all-nighter is very different than a guys!

The total cost for the night was minimal. The fun was priceless!

Challenge Issued

And after they had baked cookies, taken dozens of pictures and written a play…I issued my Summer Challenge. The girls jumped at it! Immediately talking about their skills and what they could produce.

Several of them asked me to speak with their parents about it. I’m so excited. This gives me more motivation to keep building my training modules for a young entrepreneur’s program.

Princess has been given the liberty to have her friends over every Saturday when Gymnast spends the night. I am still working on how I will manage our summer schedule.