Sunday, June 27, 2010

Recess (and Thrifty Treasures)

I had my own little Recess yesterday morning, and it was awe-some.

I'll share about my 5 days of VBS later this week, but let's just say that my "Recess" time was well-deserved and much needed.

Mimi (my mom) came to pick up the girls around 11 am, and she could have taken them to a resort in Mexico for all I cared. I was so ready to have a leetle break from the screeching and running and fighting and the throwing of the doll house people. Bleh.

So Mimi took the girls to her good friend's M's house to play with M's grandkids. I thought about warning them that Natalie and Michaela Byrd seemed to be perched on the precipice of a major meltdown after a very long week, but I thought better of it and decided to save myself.

I began my free time with a stop to Dunkin Donuts so that I could grab a café mocha without tiny little people begging me for a "chockit donut."
It was not as delicious as usual, but I enjoyed it because I was able to drive on the highway without listening to a back seat argument on whether or not Michaela Byrd actually is a princess.

I ran a few errands, ran into a friend at Old Navy, treated myself to lunch at Panera Bread (!), and made a stop in Target to buy frozen waffles, and was lured by that siren of a Dollar Spot which is sort of the main point of this post anyways.

I figured that since I didn't make it to a yard sale this weekend, I could share my Dollar Spot finds with you. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to find them in your Target too!

First up:
Found a neat little Crayola workbook and a dry erase board for practicing handwriting for Natalie (Dry erase markers were from the office section, but a steal at $1.99)
Also:
Some garden shears.
I realize that these will probably be sharp enough to cut a couple of blades of grass before they fall apart, but I don't really need to do a lot of pruning right now.

And:
Love these patriotic plates and napkins! We rarely do anything for the 4th because of T's wonderful schedule, but I figured the girls and I could at least enjoy some holiday cupcakes with these babies.

By the time I got home, it was time for Mimi and the girls to be back, except my mom is the queen of not being punctual ever, and I ended up having a whole extra hour to myself. I read a classic caught up on a DVR show and put some 4th of July decorations up outside.

It was glorious. But I was starting to miss the girls, and they pulled into the driveway just in time with sleepy, I've-had-no-nap-today eyes and tales of pink lemonade and cookies.

I enjoy getting some time all to myself every now and then...it helps me unwind a little bit so I don't have to be Cranky Mommy. I bet the girls enjoy that too!

{Did you come across any thrifty finds this weekend?}

Linking to Rhoda for her fun Thrifty Treasures party!

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19 comments:

Paula said...

You certainly deserved a break after a week of bible school. It sounds like you had a great day to yourself, too.

I love your 4th of July plates and napkins. Have fun decorating!

Kenzie said...

I think I was in the same boat as you yesterday, my Mom rescued me from my kids for a while, I was about ready to lose it! Glad you had a good day!

Carrie said...

A cup of coffee (that I don't have to argue about sharing) and wandering around Taget alone...doesn't get much better! Well, not in mommy land anyway! I scored 2 PBK large 3 foot collector's shelves for $8. They are red and don't have a scratch on them. I am so excited, they are perfect for my little guy's "big boy room"!

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

congrats to you for getting a well deserved break! You found quite a few goodies - it's amazing what you can accomplish without the munchkins :)
My thrifty find was at a garage sale..a storage bench (big enough for my daughter to sit on) and a matching bassinet for her 'babies'.$15 for the set. I'm going to post about them tomorrow (stop by and check them out)

Anonymous said...

I just love the jewelry that she makes. One of my favorites is the personalized dog tag with the paw print.

I am so glad that you had some time to yourself. Every mom needs some breaks to energize themselves.

relaxingwaterfalls@hotmail.com

Melissa said...

We all need a break sometimes. I'm glad you enjoyed yours!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Good for you! Sounds like a well-deserved little break. And as far as I'm concerned, any trip to Target is a good trip! :)

Shannon said...

Free time from the kiddos is magical! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I had actually already checked yours out and added it too google. ;) I am a dork like that! Love me some linky parties, great way to find good reads!

Jennifer said...

Girl you are so funny! I love your finds and I need some coffee bad right now!!! I'm about to fall asleep right now! That dern dollar spot gets me every time at Target too. ha! It is so nice to hear peace and quiet sometimes!

~Jennifer

Laura @ Just For Love said...

HAHAHAHAHA!! The "chockit donuts" cracked me up! Thank you for that : ).

Glad you had a nice day for yourself. Every mommy certainly deserves them occasionally!

Southern Fried Gal said...

Fun! DH took BBC to see TS3 yesterday afternoon and I just vegged on the couch - lazy bones!

Glad you got to have a little mom time. We all need it. I'm a total sucka for cute paper goods. It's another sickness (have you started a list, yet)? ;)

Have a great week!

slommler said...

No thrifty finds here!! I am the one with sleepy eyes and no nap. I had the entire family here for four days!!! Three grands and my son and his wife!! Whew!! So good to see them...so happy they are gone! LOL!!
Time for a nap!
Hugs
SueAnn

Kristin said...

I'm glad to hear you got some recess time after a long week! :) Oh, how I love the dollar spot...

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Your recess sounds heavenly!!

Steph said...

Looks like a wonderful day.

Suzy said...

Good for you! Love the little plates.

kelley blake said...

Thanks for your sweet comment on my yard sale blog post Amanda! The vintage thermos might be the coolest thing I've picked up at a yard sale! And it really does look like I picked it up at Target in the Liberty of London section! And yay for you getting some quality alone time..we all need it sometimes! :)

Leanne said...

Ahhh, it's so nice to be rescued and have some time to yourself every once in a while. It sounds like you had a relaxing time. I love the plates and napkins. You can have a little mini celebration! It sounds fun! Have a great week!

Steph said...

I so love a mommy break, too! especially one involving a trip kid-free to Target! Your writing is fabulous, always makes me smile...the chockit donut, princess debate etc...

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