My in laws are in town, so I’ve have a bit more free time to do some running around sans kids. I had a little time today so I took the 20min dive to Pasadena to th Salvation Army. The one there is always better than the local one. I got some great finds for the littles, here is what I found.
A pair of grey Velcro sneakers for Bubs for playing in the yard. He has out grown all his shoes except his converse and a brand new pair. Niether of which I want him wearing out in the backyard. So these suit that purpose perfectly.
I also found these cute old navy jean shorts for him.
That all I found for Bubs, but I got a few cute things for Baby V.
This super cute Tommy Hilfiger swim suit and Carters sun hat. The suit is marked 3T but I compared it to another swim suit that was 18m and it was the same size. Weird, anyway it should fit this summer.
Also this cute top and shorts. It’s not a set but it works perfectly.
The top is Gymboree and the shorts are Carters.
That’s it for this time round. Have you had any good thrift finds lately?
I am changing the name of my blog. If you haven’t already noticed, My Hole in the Head is now The Dancing Mommy
I needed a change to kick me in the ass and keep up with blogging. I wanted a name for my blog and my YouTube channel that gave a clue to what this is all about.
I started out writing this blog and doing videos as a way to try and organize my life. Do little organizational projects and blog/vlog about them. Well, that didn’t really pan out. I’m still trying to be organized but I’m not good at keeping things up. As obvious by the length of time between blog posts.
My Hole in the Head was a name I put on this blog because I was so busy I needed something else to do like “a hole in the head”.
I really think the new name will help me be a little more focused on what I’m about these days. My kids, and all things mommy related. I have a 4 1/2 year old boy and a 14 month old girl.
My love of finding a good bargain. It could be sales or thrift shopping, the hunt for a good deal is the best part. And dance. I am after all a dance teacher and choreographer, I can’t leave that out.
Also, the balance of running a business, teaching classes, being a stay at home mom (I know that doesn’t really make sense. I’m home with the kids in the day, and teach in the evenings), being a choreographer, and keeping up general house stuff IS a dance it’s self.
That’s it, The Dancing Mommy. Now other things just might creep in, but that’s the general idea.
That should be the title of my autobiography, my life less organized. I want to be organized, I long to be organized, I have to soul of an organized person, but alas, I am not.
I’ve spent the past few years, since we moved into our current house, trying to make it a functional organized home. It never works. I purge things I don’t use, get rid of clothes that don’t fit, I clean out and organize different areas of my house just for it to go back to the way it was within a week.
I can’t stick to keeping an organized home. That’s my issue. I can get organized, the upkeep seems to be my downfall. I actually enjoy the process of organizing something. My closet, my desk, even planning and organizing for a trip. It’s fun. But why on earth can’t I keep it up?!? I need organizational Viagra. When it comes to keeping things tidy and in the proper place I just go limp.
Sometimes I think that a new organizational system or plan will help, nope. Same pile of clothes on the chair, same Tupperware avalanche from the cupboard within days of implementing my “new system”.
So this is my cry for help. I need something to help me organize and stay organized for longer than a few days. Enter Marie Kondo, not actually her, but that would be cool. I’ll try anything to actually be able to see what the surface of my dresser looks like. I read the book, actually listened to the audio book, but same thing.
I have attempted a few small things, my panties drawer first, (I know some people hate that word, which is the reason I had to use it..) I dumped the whole drawer out onto my bed and started chucking. Basically it was pairs that don’t fit right therefore never wear. And done. That was easy.
So I moved onto the other drawers, one by one. But that’s the wrong way to do it right? I was supposed to dump all clothing in one giant pile on the floor. That’s the point! The thing about that is, I do not have a surface in my home big enough to do that. if I took all my clothes, I mean everything, I would have to use my backyard to make one pile. And that ain’t happening anytime soon. As there is still WW1 style trenches in the snow out there.
To tell you the truth I can’t see myself holding every piece and seeing if it sparks joy, or thanking a piece “for its service” before saying goodbye. So I’m back to square one. Wasting time, organizing a small part of my home, just for it to look the same or worse in less than a week.
I haven’t written a post since August. That’s almost three months. What’s up slacker! (That’s me yelling at myself). So here is the short version of the story of why I haven’t posted a blog post (or a video) in what feels like a decade….I’m tired. That’s it. No big life changing event that has kept me from my computer. Nope, I’m just so damn tired all the time that typing seems like a workout. And if you know me at all, I don’t workout.
I know what you’re thinking, yeah we are all tired. I’m not saying I’m the most tired anyone has ever been, I’m mom tired. Although I did find my keys in the fridge and the butter in the cutlery drawer.
My brain doesn’t work, I feel cross eyed, and I haven’t showered in 4 days. Normal mommy stuff.
I have a 4 year old who isn’t in pre school or anything, I’m home in the day so there is no need. I also have a 9 month old who still doesn’t sleep through the night. I teach dance classes three evenings a week and run a business, the dance studio. So, I’m tired.
Having all of that said, I really want/need to get back at blogging and making videos because I need something for me. So this is me hiting the restart button. Here we go.
And I’m off! Seriously. We are on the road heading east across our great island of Newfoundland.As you may or may not have heard, we have had a hell of a busy year. Now, it’s time for a break. We are headed to my parents house on beautiful Three Island Pond in Paradise. Also known to us as “the house on the lake”.
Road trips with kids are….different. Meaning, you end up packing twice as much stuff as you really need “just in case”. For long car trip, which all of ours are, we need snacks, water, bottles, formula, DVD player, iPad, wipes-lots of wipes, pillows, blanket, etc…lets just say lots of stuff.
Then, your schedule isn’t your own. Stop so Bubs can pee, stop so I can pee,stop to feed the baby, stop for lunch,stop to change the baby. Our trip used to take 7 hours from Corner Brook to St.John’s. Now it takes about 9. That’s long for anyone, but on a four year old it’s sheer torture.
I gave Mr Bubbers a gravol before we left as he is susceptible to car sickness, he was stoned for the first 2-3 hours.
Making all our stops things were going along pretty good. Baby was sleeping a lot and Bubs was watching a movie.
With the usual “I can’t take this anymore” craziness in the last hour, we made it, 9 hours after we left home. And it was all worth it.
The end is nigh. Meaning the end of the summer theatre season. My husband runs a theatre festival during the month of July. Let me explain…This past 10 months have probably been the busiest of our married lives. I’ll start back in September 2015, my husband started auditions for “Jesus Christ Superstar”, the fall production for Off Broadway Players, he was the director and I was the choreographer. We are a great team, with musicals and otherwise. At this point I was 4 months pregnant and have a 3 year old and teaching dance classes and running my dance studio.
S, my husband, was in rehearsals a lot. The show was the end of November, we had about 10 weeks to put it all together. Not bad considering we’ve done shows in half that time. I was running my rehearsals too, but he was gone to rehearsal any night I wasn’t teaching so we saw very little of each other.
We were also both in the show as well, so there were quite a lot of babysitters and asking grandparents to come stay for a while. Neither of us have family living close by. Let me just say that dancing in a show at 6 months pregnant and sick all the time takes some major acting chops to not look as miserable as I felt. Unfortunately, there isn’t an Acadamy Award for that.
Once we closed that show,it was on to the next. The next show was actually mine, he held down the fort for a little while. But he was already in meetings for his next project, I’ll get to that.
My dance studio, Dance Studio West, did Oz.
An all dance version of The Wizard of Oz done to modern music. Thankfully I wasn’t in this one as well, because I was 36weeks pregnant.
Then, one week later….
Baby V was born.
So, you’d think that would be it. Take some time to recover and get used to our new addition to our family. Not so much.
S was asked a long time ago to direct the opening ceremonies of the Canada Special Olymics Winter Games that were being held in Corner Brook. And guess who was choreographing it? So the next 4 weeks was a blur of trying to get help to run rehearsals until I could move, a very busy husband and figuring out life with a newborn and a three year old. We pulled it off! And it went great!
Then we took three weeks and took off to Florida! A break we really needed, but it was right back at it as soon as we got back.
My year end show was next. The big annual recital for the whole studio. Crazy times.
That’s not all! Then my husband was directing Grease with the school where he teaches, and you guessed it, I was choreographing.
By the first of June, the studio was closed and I was finished work for the summer. Ahhhh….summer. Time for a break. Not so much. S and two friends of ours run a theatre festival for the month of July called Stage West Theatre Festival. So I choreographed the musical Ruthless, and S directed it as well as two other shows. I was a theatre widow for most of June and July.
Tonight the festival closes. We will be heading out of town for a month of holidays. It’s been the busiest, craziest, stressfu-est, year.
We just decided to go out of town to visit family tomorrow for an overnight, so I thought I’d do a quick little post about what I’m packing.
The thing is with packing for small kids is whether you are going away for a night or a week, you’re going to have stuff. Multiple outfits for the kids because they are messy, multiple outfits for you because they are messy. And more often than not, they get messy on you. Not to mention the toys they want to bring, the distractions, the snacks, the diapers etc.
This is what clothes I packed.
For Baby V….
1. Onesie and pants to wear in the car.
2. Back up onesie and pants.
4. White cardigan
5. Packing cube (I love these)
6. Footless sleepers (if it warmish)
7. Footed sleepers (if it’s coolish)
8. Bathing suit and cover up (who knows, it’s summer)
10. Pink hoodie.
1. Swim trunks
2. Two pairs of pants
3. Packing cube
4. Two t shirts
7. Rain jacket
8. Two pairs of shorts
9. Two pairs underwear
1. Red and white striped t shirt and denim capris.
2. Underwear (going to wear the same bra)
4. Packing cube
5. Navy and white striped t shirt and coral shorts.
That’s it for clothes. S packed for himself so I don’t have pics of his stuff. I know we won’t need it all but with the weather here in Newfoundland we could need shorts and a parka in the same weekend. Hope this helps if you needed some ideas.