Thursday, July 24, 2014

IKEA Day....in Pictures!

I love IKEA Day!!! 

IKEA Day is when I head to IKEA right before school starts! This year, I ditched the family (love you N and T) and went with one of my best friends! 

Best friend also happens to be a teacher, so it really works out perfectly! Look at all these goodies that are absolutely MADE to be in a classroom!
I can think of 245 things to do with these!
Rugs, rugs, and more rugs!
These baskets were everywhere and kept speaking to me. I didn't buy them, but even looking at the picture now, I want them!
Um....this price? I could.not.believe.it!
In a perfect world, I would have one of these in my room with fabulous labels!

These storage benches were FABULOUS! They came in several colors, too! Plenty of room for two first graders and loads of pillows or books! 

And these? Well, they were just too cool and bigger than they look here!
I heard music when I saw these two storage pieces. Literally, beautiful music filled my ears. Oh the possibilities! 

Last but not least, the main reason behind my trip to Ikea, stools. I bought three of these stackables last year and wanted three more. They are perfect in every way! For around $5, they take up very little space, hold even the wiggliest first grader, and a year later still look brand new! 

I love Ikea and I love back to school shopping! 

What is on your back to school list?



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Best Friends Forever

I am not even sure where to begin this post. See, it all started in high school (gasp...almost 20 years ago.) I was lucky enough to meet this amazing group of girls. We became the best of friends and not much has changed in that department.
 

 

What has changed? Babies. We have kids now. In fact, we have EIGHT kids between the five us. They range from a year and a half to almost 16 years old! I'm not sure how this happened. I mean, I know how this happened, I just can't believe it. We're all grown up and raising our own little versions of ourselves. 
We've been through thick and thin this group. We've survived breakups and makeups. We've graduated and moved away and moved back and moved away. We've changed jobs and married the loves of our lives. We've bought cars and homes and cribs. We've helped each other through the loss of too many loved ones. We've seen each laugh and cry. We've made each other laugh and cry. We've seen each other blissfully happy and we've seen each other scared to death. We've shared advice on everything from undergarments to life changing decisions. (Not that undergarments aren't life changing!) 

We live in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina but we are closer than close. 

We are rarely in the same room together but when we are, it's like the old days. Not like the old days as in that is all we have to talk about. It's like the old days, because we talk and talk and talk and laugh. We ask about each other's families and catch on up all the drama of life. 

I am often told how lucky I am to have this group of women and I can't agree more. They like me no matter what, these best friends of mine and I hope  our children are just as lucky as we are! #BFF

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