Back to School Shopping

I can’t say I really enjoy back to school shopping.  There are several things that make the trip less fun:

  • the price tag keeps getting bigger
  • I always feel like I’m telling one of the girls we can’t get the really fancy kind, either because the school has specifics or because it’s too expensive
  • I can’t find the specific thing that’s on the school list
  • It takes multiple trips to multiple stores

However, this year, I was finally able to do something a little “fun” with the back-to-school shopping.  My oldest daughter is going into 7th grade, and she needed “heavy-duty” binders in different colors for each grade.  (There were specific colors listed for each grade.)  Well, it’s hard to find green, purple, & yellow heavy-duty binders.  The sheet indicated if we couldn’t find them, we could always insert colored paper to change the color of a white binder, for example,

So, after shopping, I went downstairs to play around with changing white or black binders into the various needed colors.  I thought Ally might like to have “fun” papers inserted, so I sat down at my craft table, and went to work.  (As Ally is a pretty picky kid, I did go to her a few times to get her opinion on the papers.)

I started by changing a black binder into green, white into yellow, and white into purple.  Ally liked them so much, she asked me to “pretty up” the rest.  Here’s how they turned out:

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Here is what the back looked like:

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I couldn’t exactly stop there, though.  🙂  I pulled out my Cricut and typed up the subjects, used my sticker maker, and put them on more of the patterned paper.  Here is a picture of the results:

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It was totally worth all the time when I saw the smile on Ally’s face.  It should hopefully add a little bit of fun to school.  I think we’re ready.  School starts in 1 week already, and I will officially have a 7th grader and Kindergartner.  I took off the day to take my baby to Kindergarten and Ally to Junior High, and I’m going to try to make the best of it!

~D~

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Alaina Quote

As you may know, my daugher Alaina, has quite the quotes sometimes.  🙂  Tonight was no exception.  Alaina had previously eaten supper (so the food would have more time to settle before gymnastics), and we were getting food for the rest of us ready.  Keep in mind that Alaina does have an insatiable appetite…at least starting around 10 or so each morning.  Here was our conversation:

Me to my husband: “Wow, dear, Ally’s class is going to Feed My Starving Children again!”  (I think that might be the 4th or 5th time this school year, and one of Ally’s favorite field trips.)

Alaina stops twirling around the room in midstream and says: “Feed my starving children?” with a quizzical expression on her face.  “I’m starving!”  Andy & I burst out laughing…the way kids think.

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