The count down to school has officially begun. I guess technically it began last May when I downloaded our new curriculum, printed it all out, and organized it into binders (I wouldn’t be me without finding a way to use lots of binders – it’s how my brain is organized). But today we went school supply shopping because even homeschoolers need pencils and such. They also apparently “need” Major League Baseball 3-ring binders, notebooks with peace signs on them, and wanna-be army jackets with patches on the sleeves.
We got most of what we needed (and some other stuff we didn’t) at Target, but we still have to make a trip to another store to find tabbed subject dividers and regular sized notebook paper. The only notebook paper I could find was the weird 8 x 10.5” paper; even the college-ruled paper was that size. Target just did not stock 8.5 x 11” paper! I suppose it shouldn’t matter, but it does, I tell you. When I taught high school and someone would turn in an assignment on that smaller paper, it messed up the entire stack of paper – it just didn’t fit! I did not like it in my classroom; I will not have it in this house. If they don’t carry it at Office Max or Office Depot I will print my own notebook paper on the correct size paper. Okay – paper rant is over.
On to my sons knees. Yesterday he and I cleaned up his room and cleaned out his dresser. When I noticed that all his pajama bottoms, which used to be pants, were now hitting mid-calf, I knew it was time to weed through his drawers and pull anything under size 8. What I didn’t realize is that he has one – just 1 – pair of pants that do not have at least one hole in the knees. I suppose holey-kneed pants are fine for around the house or at the park, but for church or any other public place, it is not okay. I suppose it’s not a huge loss because he’s growing so fast that most of these pants are too short for him now anyway, but still! I’m hoping that when we go clothes shopping sometime in the next few weeks (I’m waiting for the Osh-Kosh coupon to use at the outlet) that we’ll find a new feature for boys pants. There’s the adjustable waist (a great thing) and slim and husky sizing (not so sure how I feel about this); but now they need pants for sharp-kneed boys. These pants would come standard with reinforced knee areas. This way I won’t have to bring his pants home and patch them before he ever wears them. My daughters don’t have this problem – I suppose the sharp knee thing must be unique to my son.
Tomorrow I will print out our schedule and compile our lessons for the first couple weeks and then it will all start to sink in – school really is coming. I’m excited and nervous and curious about how it will be this time around.
But before I get too seriously embroiled in school preparation, I am taking advantage of the time I have now to make a few more cards. I made two today, but I’m only going to share one right now – the other I’ll show tomorrow.
This card is an interpretation of this week’s Mojo Monday sketch #205:
Here’s what I used:
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade
Ink: Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade
Stamps: House & Home, Elements of Style, Best Yet (retired)
Accessories: Curly Label Punch, Large Oval Punch, 2 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch, 1/16” Circle Punch, Needle and Thread, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Sponges, Stamp-a-majig, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Scorer and Stylus, Button (retired)
Usually my cards get more complex as I work to realize my design. In this case, the card kept getting simpler as I went along. There is still plenty of detail, but the lines are simpler and the colors cleaner than I had originally planned – and exactly the opposite of what happened with my second card, which I’ll share tomorrow.
Now if I want to have any chance of getting up at 7am tomorrow (my personal goal), I had best be going to bed. Happy stamping to all, the best of luck to those heading (or sending) back to school, and thanks for looking!