Sunday, September 15, 2013

Excuses and projects

I have 101 excuses why I haven't posted anything recently.  All of them have to do with Back to School week and a new position at work.  Without going into details, someone was let go in my district and the District Manager hand picked me to fill in temporarily with the opportunity to apply for it.  There were a few changes within the district (people transferring or being fired) so there are people moving all over.  I am the only Assistant Manager to get promoted though.  While I'm still interim, I am the front runner for the actual position.  I signed my official 'Temp' offer letter today so that my pay grade increases while I'm 'filling in'.

This all intermingled with Back To School week which was hectic.  At the last minute, my son was given a different teacher.  It was a hard pill for us to swallow since he had been with a certain teacher all summer and with no notice at all, he was moved to the other Kindergarten teacher.  She's less organized and 'cool' but we're making strides.  The one he has been with is a Pinterest freak like me and   just crafts in general.  The other is the complete opposite and we just didn't 'click'.

My son seems to think she's okay and he hasn't resisted going to school lately so I'm guessing its going better.  He's also not in the class with his friends.  They all made the move from Early Kinder to Kinder this year and the plan was to keep them together so the few that stayed would have each other to lean on.  His entire class is new.  There have been a few behavioral issues with him because of this but I keep in close contact with the school to make sure the behavior is getting better and not worse.  I snapped some quick pictures of him on the first day before we got the bad news that he was with the 'wrong teacher'.

 They got to bring a stuffed animal on the first day to help them get through it.  He picked Shamu.

 My Pinterest sign.  I had a chance to print it out but never got around to getting a frame to put it in.  Oh well.
 Teacher gift.  This was totally personalized for the teacher we were told we were getting.  She got it.  I told her it was a thank you for the great summer.  I have yet to make anything for his actual teacher.  I don't feel bad since none of the other parents brought anything on the first day so we rolled with it.
 My boy in his uniform.  He's starting to look so old to me.  He's almost 50 inches tall!
 His new 'big boy' backpack.  He picked this one out instead of a character backpack.  I tried talking him into a Cars or Thomas one but he said he was 'an adult' now and needed an 'adult' backpack.  I'm not a cryer but that made my eyes a little wet.
 At his desk.

I've had just a few sleepless nights over the changes going on both personally and professionally.   Its a busy time at work anyway.  This has really cramped my desire to craft.  I went almost 2 weeks without even setting foot into my scrap room.  I have orders and kit club boxes piling up on my chair.  I literally threw them in there thinking I would open them the next night and never got around to it.  Now I have 4 ziploc bags with various kit clubs organized for this month AND my paper purchases from my LSS and online have been filed away in the Cropper Hopper.

I also found a small stack of layouts I completed just before the you know what hit the fan at the end of August.  I am trying to pull an old kit and work through it until its gone.  I'm still underwater with kits.  WAY too many.  I cancelled all but Cocoa Daisy now so that should help.

This was made with the February 2013 Studio Calico kit.  Love the colors in this one.

 Some hand stitching to accent that zigzag pattern.

 Paper clips and enamel dots.


  1. love the back to school photos and your layout is so awesome

  2. Cute layout and best wishes on the job front!

  3. I love both the layouts and the photos from first day in school! The hand stitching gives so much interest! TFS!

  4. What fun the ideas you used. The layout is wonderful and that touch of stitching is very creative.

  5. Great layout love the stitching, good luck with your new teacher.

  6. I feel like it should be against the rules to change teachers/classes at the last minute. Your life does sound extremely hectic and a little stressful. I hope your son continues his behavior improvement. I can't imagine how he feels going to kindergarten, being an "adult" (so cute, by the way!), without his friends. Unfortunately, this will just be one of many challenges he will face.

  7. love the page and such cute pics of your little guy! hope you get the position you applied for!