Monday, August 20, 2012

Summer Projects!

So since I haven't posted much like at all this summer I thought I would send out a little post to catch you up on what I have been up to this summer. 

Aside from running my girls back and forth between playdates, fun day time activities, cheer/dance/tumble/camp/etc. I had a little time to work on some fun creative non house-y projects...take a look!

I saved myself BIG BUCKS when we went to the beach this summer by bringing our own beach toys from home...I was able to make both of my girls their very own beach bucket full of everything you would want at the beach to make an awesome sand castle...all for about 1/8 the price that these same items were being sold at the beach side stands and shops down in Padre. Just a little prep work and a quick trip to the dollar store gave them more than they could have asked for and gave me hours of peace and relaxation while we were at the beach. 

This was also our first long road trip with a was about 12 hours of driving each way (we stopped half way in San Antonio each time making four 5-6 hour long road trips) To keep the girls entertained along the way and in the hotel I got cutesy'd up some dollar store totes with some trim and fabric paint that I had on hand. Coloring books, etch-a-sketchs, books, small toys, glow sticks, and stickers filled up the bag and they were perfect to have the girls pull out when they didn't feel like sleeping or watching a movie, would you believe me when I say we drove almost 24 hours and we didn't have a single meltdown from either of my kids the entire way?!

One of the (many) volunteer activities I participate in is the elementary school's PTA. This is my first year on the Executive Board as the is a glimpse at my PTA binder...I have TONS of little tips and tricks for PTA volunteers, Room Moms and teachers Helpers that I have picked up over the last 4 years...I can't wait to share them with you!

One of my "jobs" this year as the PTA Historian is to keep up with the schools Calendar and Digital Scrapbook...two jobs that are right up my alley! Our school recently got a facelift and we changed our calendar display...I am in the process of turning this blank board in to the Curtsinger Command Center. I am really excited to have a blank canvas to work with! 

Speaking of Command Centers...I am working on mine this week...look for a VERY detailed post on my new wall calendar and command center set up coming later this week!

I feel like my whole world revolves around Calendars...and sometimes I'm ok with that! Here is a little peak at my new school year MOMager book...its incredible. and I love it and I can't wait to share it with you! I have big HUGE awesome plans on MOMager based things coming in September and I just know y'all are going to love it (Here's a little includes a bunch of freebie downloads and some super in depth posts about MOMaging!)

I know I said I worked on NON house based projects this summer but I just can't go a week without making some kind of tweak to my humble a bowed...this was in the middle of a big tweak that I am still finishing up...Sometimes you gotta make a mess to make some progress!

And lastly...I turned myself in to a project! I have turned myself in to a bit of gym rat this summer as I prepare to run my very first ever 5k this upcoming October...I've lost about 6lbs this summer....making it a total of 26lbs that I have lost in the last 18 months :) What's my secret? I bust my hiney at the gym 4-6 days a week...there is no such thing as a short cut, you get out what you put in! I also got a new more blonde for me, Its back to my regular shade of cherry brown :)

As I sit here enjoying my coffee on the last Monday of Summer Vacation its nice to look back and see some of the projects both big and small that I have accomplished in the last 13 weeks. All things considered, it was a great first summer at Oxford Place and I wouldn't have wanted to spend it anywhere else but here. :)


  1. Way to go Shelley! Wow, you are looking great! I also noticed I'm not the only one who collects containers! Now I don't feel badly at all ;)

  2. Shelley I am so excited to see your school MomManager! I love my other system so far but have a kiddo in I am in a whole new ball park! HELP!!!! lol

    You look awesome, LOVE the dark hair!

  3. Wow. 26lbs is a great accomplishment. Congratulations!

  4. Thanks for the great ideas! Most of all thanks for the hair! Wow! I already have dark hair with natural auburn highlights. But in need of a new do. I have always had long hair with a fear to cut it. Love your cut thanks! G-Ma raising six, I need something easy.