I like them because they're paper. Not digital. I like turning the pages. And folding over the corners to mark a page. I like them because it's happiness in your mailbox...and not a bill.
At one time in the not so distant past...I think I counted up and realized I was getting upwards of over 12. (let's just say) This website usually has great deals... Mags4Cheap. Not always. But it's fun to look. And sometimes the airlines offer you deals to cash out your miles for magazines. If it's a random airline you won't be flying again...or there's no possible chance you will rack up the eleventy-billion miles necessary for a free ticket...that's fun too.
I have re-fallen in love with Taste of Home.
And I even made that there chicken & bean chili in the bottom right corner. (Iz even said it was good.)
I have 3 more recipes I will be making this week. Oh family...you are soooo lucky. Mom's on a new recipe tear. ha!
Oh...and here you can get Taste of Home for just $7/year.
My new paper swoon...
HGTV magazine. Be still my heart. $4/issue news stand... But the little paper insert offered it for $14/year, with a 2 year subscription. Sign. Me. Up. Lots of good stuff in there.
And here's where I stumbled. When I subscribed online to HGTV...after you pay, these little devilish pop-ups come with other subscription offers. And it's so evil, because who can resist a $5/year subscription to Woman's Day? And Country Living. Even though I live in town.
Happy Tuesday... I'm off to get my mom and check the mail.
We haven't been four in 15 years...since before Belle was born. And wow, does it feel weird.
We took Luke to the airport yesterday...he is back in Iowa. School starts tomorrow. And I miss him.
Shelby has a week of classes under her belt. Track practice is underway. And I miss her. :(
Normal will look a little different going forward. I am ready for a new routine.
In other important (or not) life news....
1. Isabelle hosted the Freshman tea party on Friday.
These lovely incoming freshmen came over all dressed up, sipped tea, ate cookies, and posed for pictures.
It was a blast. :)
Hoping to do this for their four years of high school... :)
2. Do and Don't.
DO go see this:
Really. Like today. One of THE best football movies ever. Just really, really well done. We took the kids and Ian's buddy for his birthday. And it was amazing.
Don't...waste your time with this:
BAD. Just so, so, so, so, bad. And I don't just mean Nicholas Cage's hair. Dumb plot. Lame characters. And waaaaaay too much Just For Men, Nick.
3. Speaking of just for men....
I was watching a little MMA (mixed martial arts) with my husband yesterday. Because I'm a really, really good wife like that. The fighters have sponsors all over their shorts...not like the good old days where they would just have their names, or even nothing. And one guy.....big as life, on the back of his shorts...
Yes. It's just what you think. No. I'm not posting a link.
4. Have I mentioned school starts on Wednesday?
5. Shelby selfys.
I texted and talked to Shelby a little over the weekend. Evidently she missed the ALS ice bucket challenge with the track girls... and the Plebe pillow fight because she was on quarters, aka... confined to her room because of being sick with a bad cold. Bummer.
The good news is, she's feeling all better...and got caught up on her homework. And she did get to participate in the Ring Poop. Which is a fun and cool WP tradition where the Plebes get to harrass the Firsties (seniors) who have just received their new and shiny rings.
Hello, cute girl.
Hello, cute girls. That's one of Shelby's two roommates. :)
These were the books that he had picked out at the Pearl Harbor gift shop. But his very Dutch mother said...hey let's wait and see... And then proceeded to buy three + shipping cheaper than what they wanted for 1. I just love it when that happens.
His favorite (brats) for dinner...then presents...then cake = a good day.
I love this goofy one of him blowing out his candles. I told him I was going to save them and use them when he turns 21. :)
Football practices are in full swing for Ian. Games will be starting soon. His birthday is tomorrow. :)
Belle is busy with soccer, but has volleyball conditioning every day. She made the very difficult decision to play High School volleyball instead of soccer. It is soooo too bad they are at the same time.
Back to school day is today at the High School. I shall open up my check book and let the bleeding begin. Here a check...there a check...everywhere a check check. Julie has no money left...E I E I O.
Middle School is tomorrow. Less bleeding, but band aids still required.
Speaking of school...first day is Wednesday next week! Yikes. Belle starts High School. Ian starts Middle School. Volleyball try-outs. Where's my classroom? What do you mean I can't pee in that bathroom? Let the fun begin.
A couple more from A-Day weekend...
A little part of the ginormous and beautiful stained glass window in the front of the Cadet Chapel. Pictures just don't do it justice. Love the Duty Honor Country worked in to the art. The Chapel was built in 1910. And it's basically stone and stained glass. Absolutely gorgeous.
Nice Shelb. We were so blessed to spend time with her Saturday and Sunday. Saturday we hit the gift shops, Target (she wanted school supplies, cleaning supplies, and Boodle...in that order.) Boodle = snacks, chips, candy, cookies, granola bars, etc. We went out for dinner...then brought her back to WP. Cadets are required to sleep in the Barracks. Sunday we picked her up and went to Chapel together. I shook General Caslen's hand. Didn't wash it for two days. (kidding. sort of.) Went out for lunch, saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...grabbed an early dinner, and then had to bring her back. :(
And waaaaay too quickly...it was time to say good bye again. :(
I watched her until I couldn't see her anymore.
And now I miss her again. It's nice being able to text...but she is just so incredibly busy, I'm lucky to get a couple a day. Seems like every little minute of her day is FULL. Think hamster wheel, but the hamster is on crack and Mountain Dew.
Oh my goodness, I hardly know where to start. The weekend was just the most amazing experience. The Acceptance Day parade brought tears to my eyes. To see the whole Corp there...ready to accept the new Class of 2018. And then to see Shelby's class march in (she passed right in front of us!)...face the Corp...and then join them. It was awesome.
Do you see her? :) The other 3000+ members of the Corp are in the background.
The band was playing...the Cadets looked so spiffy. I needed Kleenex.
I don't think I'll ever stop bun-spotting.
When they marched in and joined the Corp, it looked like this: (pic borrowed from WP)
Except imagine Cadets spread out on either side...2 regiments on both sides of the Colors (flags)...1 & 2 on the left, and 3 & 4 on the right. Shelby is in the 3rd Regiment, so her company A3 is just to the right of the Colors.
I'm learning...(slooooowly)... 1 Regiment = 9 Companys (A-I). The 1st Regiment is Companys A1 through I1. The 2nd Regiment is Companys A2 through I2...and so on.
Within each Company there are Platoons and then Squads in each Platoon....
After the Parade we were treated to some Cadets parachuting out of a helicopter. Very cool. And then we waited for her. And waited. Depending on the Company, the Cadets were released at different times....
And then there she was. And the first thing she said to me was, "Mom, you may NOT cry!" ha.
And then Dad got his turn. :)
We are so incredibly proud of this girl. :) You did it Shelby! I asked her on a scale of 1 to 10 how much Beast sucked, and she gave it a 9. lol
I can't even say how excited we are for this weekend!!
There's about a million things on my to-do list, but I wanted to share a picture I found on Flickr of Shelby from the Zilinski Challenge (the last big thing they do before March Back...it combines all the skills they've learned during Beast)...
Yes, my sweet girl named her rifle Maximus. Her Cadre loved that. ha ha
I think that's her...3rd from the right. It's way harder to be sure with the helmet on. :P This is from the march back yesterday.
She texted last night! Which is so weird after nothing for 6 weeks. Sadly, some new cadets had their phones and personal belongings stolen. :( When I didn't hear from her, I was getting nervous. But she texted that she was just super busy...moving into her new room and about a million other things. Then she texted that she had to run for Taps...but that she passed her APFT. That's the big fitness test they all had to pass last Saturday. Hoping to hear more today...although it's super busy for her again. :)
Ian is heading back to the Fair. He's excited to do the rides today with his buddy Lane.