Friday, September 5, 2014

Going back blues & my BIRTHDAY!




 School started and everyone survived.  I had to include the hoodlums first day pics because I'm a blogger and that's kind of tradition even though the first day was now days ago.  (I actually began this post on the second day of school but life happened and here I am today on Friday.)
 
I realize, that at this stage of the game I simply can't fight every battle, hence my son's long musician haircut (or rather, lack of haircut) with hat ON, and the backpack my daughter insisted on. That holds nothing.  It was a ridiculous scene in a mall and I gave in (gave up) because my man was catching my eye, mouthing, "let it go...she will learn."  (I still thought it was the most ridiculous excuse for a backpack when it's basically more of a large purse with straps and is too small to hold her binder or instrument or anything else besides her lunch.  I'm just saying.) (I knew that if she lost that binder, I'd be the one dealing with the mess of the whole thing...) (Afterward, I was marching around the kitchen proudly proclaiming to Adrain that though I didn't die on that particular hill, he may as well  have killed me with "the handwriting on the wall.") (Sometimes I can be a tad dramatic.)
Then I got over it and we started school.

She walked in from school on the second day, and her brother pulled her sweatshirt out of HIS backpack and handed it to her.  I stood there for a second watching and then I couldn't help myself from (casually) asking, "Why do you have her sweatshirt in your backpack?"  Because my son wasn't privy to the whole thing, he honestly and innocently  responded, "Oh because Ava didn't have room in her backpack."

I immediately texted Adrain that I was suffering the effects of itoldyousoitis.  

I won't lie- it was secretly gratifying but all I did was look at Ava with perhaps a slightly raised eyebrow and quietly said, "Hmmm."

I believe my very mature response spoke volumes. 

I have laughed and laughed behind the scenes, and my daughter is just stubborn enough that I'm sure she will use that backpack all year long simply for the principle of the thing.  (But I bet next year she'll ask for a regular sized one.) (And someday we are going to have the funniest conversation about the "year of the backpack" together.)



My man who knows me best, called mid morning on the first day to make sure I was holding up alright, when just 24 hours previously I had been rolling my eyes and biting my tongue and counting down the hours until they could go back and "quit all this fighting for crying out loud!"

Kids.  They are my heart, for better or for worse and in spite of handkerchief sized backpacks.
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Finally, I'm  having a birthday on Monday!  I'm turning 39. Whoop!  This is my final year in my thirties and even though I know I'm a grown up and shouldn't love my own birthday.... I DO! 

I thought we'd celebrate together by having a little sale!!  So for the next week (my BIRTHDAY WEEK) I am offering you all 25% off any order from my shop, if you use the coupon code "CELEBRATE" when you check out here!  I've got fall prints, holiday prints, and of course wrapped canvases just waiting for you! (click here to shop!)

YIpPeE!  Celebrate with ME!

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25 comments:

  1. I can't even get over how grown up they both suddenly look! I mean, I know it's been coming, but yikes!!! Good lookin' kids!!! I feel your pain over their wanting to exercise their own identities, long hair-small backpack and all, but Joe is rocking the do and that backpack is totally adorable!!! (I know I'm not helping) I guess after going through this a few times myself, I just know what's worth the fight and what's not! I would have totally rubbed in the sweatshirt thing though, great job on only raising a brow! lol Happy early birthday!!!!!

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  2. Your son is about the same age my son was when I gave in on the long hair thing...He is now almost 20...buzzes it very short and I must say, I kinda miss to longness. We have also battled the cute vs practical backpack controversy. So funny kids are so similar. Happy early birthday and have a lovely weekend.

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  3. You are such a sweet mom, iI would have had a fit over the whole backpack thing because I know how my kids roll, and they would had asked for a new one the first week back. I can't believe how old your kids are looking, weren't they just little kids not too long who? Happy early birthday.

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  4. I gotta say, that is a pretty cute backpack. Also, "the year of the backpack". This reminds me of when I was a newlywed I had a...discussion with my husband regarding DVD players. And how I thought they were a waste of money because "they would never last". Which he proceeds to remind me of said conversation, oh, just about once a year of our 16 years of marriage. :/ Anyways, I foresee future conversations like those regarding backpacks.

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  5. I have to say, your daughter has got style, because the backpack is very chic. Now, intelligent girls like guys with long hair because most of the time they are the ones with the creative and sensitive side.
    And finally: Happy Birthday, you look like in your twenties, so celebrate, let your hair down, be happy!

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  6. Oh my word -- your kids are really growing up!!! I noticed the PURSE right away, and thought how cute it is!!! What? It's a BACKPACK? Hmmm, you don't say. No comment. LOL - we moms have to stick together!!! =)

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  7. Oh my word. What happened?? Did they just grow right up over summer?! A. looks like a whole new lady. I cannot believe what a difference a few weeks (!) can make. Love those two of yours so much - I miss seeing them every day.

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  8. I hear ya about the hair. My boy has a very difficult time getting haircuts due to sensory issues.
    Your kids look great and don't tell Ava, but I really like that backpack! Not practical, but very cute!
    Happy Birthday, Sasha! It just keeps gettin' better...Trust me on that one!

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  9. Well happy birthday dear friend!! I have a strong willed daughter too. As she grows, I am learning very slowly to pick my battles. She is stubborn enough to cut me off if I nag her about everything. It is a process. But the stubborn ones can take care of themselves - I like that(: And the backpack is cute;) Susan

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  10. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! You see my "baby" is a sophomore this year and we have had a few battles of our own.. well mostly last year. I had to chuckle at your son's hair because we went through the same thing and now he is wearing it short, and I mean really short!! Tennis helped with that... it kept getting in his eyes and caused sweat to drip down his face. I was ecstatic when he came home one day and asked for it to be chopped off. And yes I did the very same thing... the non-verbal "i told you so". It was priceless!

    And I love your daughter's pack purse because you and I both know it is NOT a book pack. ;-) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Happy birthday!!!

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  11. Your kids are beautiful! :)

    I'll admit, when I first saw the picture with Ava's backppack I thought, "Surely it's just for the first day because it matches her outfit. NOTHING is going to fit in that!" lol! It is cute, but you're right, that's going to give you all a lot of laughs someday. :)

    Enjoy the last bit of 38. I hope your birthday is a great one!

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  12. Happy birthday to you! I hope you have a great celebration and that someone throws you a great party like you throw for all your loved ones! Life definitely gets better as you get older. So the back pack is really a very cute purse. Maybe she needs a tote bag for the things she really goes to school for. I hope this is the biggest battle of the school year and there is smooth sailing ahead. You have good, sweet kids because they are like you!

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  13. Your kiddos are precious! I love you story of the battle of the backpack! I can so relate. My girl is a tad stubborn and knows just how to push my buttons. Hold tight mama and yes, some hills are worth dying on and others are not. "let it go, she will learn" - so hard to do sometimes!! Hope your birthday is fabulous!!

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  14. Happy Birthday! Such cute kids on their first day. Although not practical you have to give your daughter style points because that is one (albeit small) cute backpack : ) It's funny but I remember our daughter choosing a backpack one year that must have been made for college athletes because it was, on the other end of the spectrum, huge! She could stuff that thing so full that she could barely carry it. As a young adult she still has a thing for large purses - go figure.

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    1. PS: I had been admiring your electric tea kettle in your photos for a while and found one this week on clearance at Target - score! I really like it so far.

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  15. You are such a mom!!! You always make my day.

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  16. You know Sasha, sometimes you do have to pick your battles but it also feels good to see "mommy knows best".....LOL I guess you will have to see what happens next year and you are right about giggling about this some day. :-) Well Happy early Birthday hun! ~hugs~ I hope you have a great one.

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  17. Cannot believe how Joe has changed...Ava too. But Joe!!!! Loved the backpack story. When will they learn that mother truly does know best;)

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  18. Happy Birthday, Sasha!! Hope you have a perfectly lovely day!!

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  19. I was cracking up reading this…

    Your boy looks so grown up.. it must be the long hair… : )

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  20. Happy birthday Sasha! Hope you have a blessed day!

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  21. Happy birthday! Mine was last week, September is a great month (although it's spring here and fall for you, I guess!) I have so been there with backpacks, the too-small, the too-light-colored, the not-strong-enough, and the arguments in the mall. No fun. And so hard when I can see too that the "wrong" backpack is the prettier one! Your kids look amazing, great photos, they are sure growing up.

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  22. My son is almost 17 and so practical, I sometimes think he should be the parent!! LOL You are doing great Mom!!

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  23. My daughters are grown now, and I've got to tell you... just don't. say. anything. You truly will prolong any battles of your wills, and you'll set up a pattern of her resisting you on stupid stuff that you just don't want. Give her your opinion when asked and just stuff a sock in it the rest of the time. Truly. Signed, woman who told her daughter her messy bun looked like "washer-woman hair." xxx

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  24. first of all. your kids look older. like way older.
    second of all. that fall print is amazing. i pinned it.
    third of all. the backpack story slays me. the things we do for fashion.

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