family rules linky party!!!

remember way back when i featured my guest blogger nicole
and her fabulous idea of a family rules canvas?
 (sorry i didn’t have a better pic!)
and then i made my own?
well, it has been so much fun seeing so many of yours!
thank you to all of you who have added your link to the comment sections of those posts 
or have emailed me links.
it is amazing how each of you have taken that original idea and totally made it your own!
so i’m thinkin’ about some linkin’.
who’s up for a linky party for the family rules canvas?
if you haven’t made one yet,
i’ll leave this linky open extra long so you can get off your duff and make your own –
you won’t be sorry!
i can’t wait to see all the pretty canvases all lined up together!

back to school blues

i write this the day before school officially starts.
and i’m a bit sad.
tomorrow is a BIG day for our family.
BIG changes.
little ones turning into BIG kids.
let me ‘splain our school situation to some of you that i have seriously confused.
yes, we are home schoolers.
but yes, we also send our kids to school.
here’s a link to our school (the website is being updated, but you should still get a good feel for it).
we are part of a classical school that is part time home school, part time at school.
so on mondays and wednesdays, gracie (and now lily, too) will be going to a regular classroom setting with other students and get a good portion of their learning done there.
then on tuesdays, thursdays, and fridays they are home with me.
i feel like its the best of both worlds:
i get to keep them home and spend more time with them, but i am given direction on most of their curriculum.
one thing that scares the bujeezers out of me is the thought of choosing all our curriculum and planning it all!
but the kids also get classroom time, but with just 14 kids per class, 
so the teachers really get to know the kids well.
so that’s the school in a nut shell.
get it?
so my lily, my little not-even-5-yet lily, will be going into kindergarten tomorrow.
and to make matters worse (or on some days… better) silas will be going to preschool on mondays and wednesdays, too!
such a happysad day!
on one hand, my nest will be empty for 2 partial days a week.
so you can see where i’m torn, right?
to have 2 days where i can work in daylight hours rather than the wee dark hours of the night sounds wonderful.
but to not hear little voices, or get kisses for no reason at all, or get snuggles…. well that just stinks!

so if you are in a funk like me, how about some retail therapy?!
i don’t know if my shop has ever held a prettier palate, so i am officially here to tempt you.
how about a bloom bag,
filled with…
or instead maybe…
a pretty pink petal pusher (like alliterations?),
a coordinating checkbook cover?
so there are just a couple options for you.
head on over to my shop and see all the fun you can find by mixing and matching 
to make the perfect set for YOU!
 feel better yet?