We started home-schooling again yesterday…with about as much pomp and circumstance as a trip to the gas station.

I had envisioned a more exciting and official transition, but with everything else going on and the uncertainty of the twins’ arrival date, it ended up being more of a now-or-never approach.

Which means that I pretty much said something like: “All right boys! Grab your school books and meet me at the kitchen table in 20 seconds! 20, 19, 18, 17…”

It really threw a monkey wrench in my oldest child’s meticulously planned out play schedule (7:30 am—role play with dinosaurs, 8:15—role play with smaller action figures, 9:15—snack break, 9:25—role play with dinosaurs AND smaller action figures…), which resulted in quite the pouty lip and moist eyes for most of the morning.

He’s the one that wakes up and says something like, “Okay, Mama, what are we doing today?”

And if I answer, “Well, we have school and then cleaning up and then later on the gym and some errands,” he says, “How many errands? And what’s for dinner?”

Can I just tell you how much I love this trait of his?


Still, he’ll make an excellent tour guide someday. Or CEO. Or night watchman (he really enjoys telling/asking what time it is).

Needless to say, we’re working on flexibility and taking things as they come (something my second child possesses by the bucket-load; the words “hurry” and “get moving” only reach him when ice cream is waiting on the other end, and even then not so much).

I’ve mentioned that I’m in the process of redoing their room, and I’ve been on the lookout for some fun/colorful wall art that reflects their personalities.

So, of course, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration…and came up with this for Ezra:

Source: etsy.com via Abbie on Pinterest


…and maybe something a little like this for Simon (second born):

Source: design.org via Abbie on Pinterest


Of course, these days…I think Simon and I have more in common than Ez and I, so I found this one for me:

Source: via Abbie on Pinterest


Now, what was I saying?…

Oh, right!

It’s almost time to party, but first, let’s take a gander at a few projects that really kept my focus from last week’s shindig.

I’m really digging:

these goat cheese stuffed zucchini blossoms from From Dahlias to Doxies

this pretty chevron ottoman makeover from Remastered Relics

this back-to-school Lazy Susan from Creatively Living

this decorative birdcage pillow tute from Design, Dining + Diapers. (Wouldn’t it look great paired with that the ottoman from above?)…

this family wall vignette from Painted Therapy

and this adorable ruffled onesie from Etcetorize.

As always, I could list so many more, but I’ll restrain myself so you guys can get your party on!

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