Monday, September 4, 2017

Life With the Lees: Weekend Recap 9.4.17

Happy Monday, and Happy Labor Day! Are you having a fun end of summer party today? We are relaxing at home before we head back to work on Thursday.

Last week basically became a really long extended weekend due to Hurricane Harvey. We spent a good majority of the week inside and glued to the news. I have a lot of guilt about sharing our weekend compared to other Texans as we didn't face any flooding other than our fireplace. If you are still looking for ways to help, please consider making a donation to the Houston Flood Relief Fund set up by our Texans player, JJ Watt. 

We played lots of games, including some cards with the dogs.

We watched a lot of movies, including one of our family favorites, Wall-E!

I caught up on some old magazines.

A friend invited us to a Facebook group where people read stories online to entertain the kids who have been impacted by Harvey. Ari and I made a video where we read Pete the Cat's Old MacDonald Had a Farm. She has had a lot of fun watching other people's videos and seeing the likes on her video. 

If you have little kids (like under 4), make sure Santa brings some Duplos this year. We started our Duplo collection when Trip was itty-bitty, and both my 5 year old and 8 year old still bust them out to play with. They're definitely worth the investment (and if your kids love animals, Duplo has some great farm and zoo sets.)

Someone went flying in the living room!

We've been on the hunt for the the perfect tres leches recipe, and it may just be that it's from a box! 

I also baked up some sweets that I'll share with you this Thursday and got a head start on school baking and made banana muffins to freeze.

Since it was the first Saturday of the month, I did a heavy vacuum and then mopped the downstairs. I still love my Method products! You can read about my favorites HERE.

And, since it's the first Monday of the month, I'm linking up with Andrea and the ladies of The Blended Blog for a little Q&A!

1) Did you love school or hate it? I think I was indifferent about school as a kid. Now, I love it so much, I teach it! 

2) Start school before or after Labor Day? As a kid, we always started before Labor Day, and we usually start that way here in Texas, too. This year is a little different. We are going to start next Monday due to the hurricane. 

3) Wake up: eager beaver or slow poke? I'm definitely a morning person! 

4) Favorite breakfast? If I could have it without gaining weight, I'd love to have French toast or chocolate croissants on the daily. This year, I'm having Special K Protein each school morning. 

5) Favorite cereal? I love Cocoa Puffs, Count Chocula, and Cap'n Crunch, but I'm eating Special K these days. 

6) School uniform or no uniform? I grew up going to private school and had to wear a uniform for 10 years. My kids don't have uniforms at their school.

7) New outfit for first day or no? No new outfits here- everyone did get new sneakers though.

8) Walk to school or ride the bus? I grew up carpooling to school. My kids go to the before and after school care at their school, so they get dropped off and picked up.

9) Backpack, tote, or messenger bag? My kids and I are all about backpacks! AND I always wear BOTH straps to balance my bag's weight! Nerd alert! :)

10) Eat school lunch or pack lunch? I pack a lunch for everyone. I love overnight oats for my own lunch!

11) Remember the little milk cartons? White or chocolate? Nope- no cartons for me!

12) Paper bag or lunch box? I took a paper bag for a while as a kid, but my kids and I are lunchbox people now.

13) Favorite thing to do at recess? I just remember playing "Hot Lava" and walking the wooden border of the playground trying not to fall down into the "lava."

14) Favorite back to school supply item? I've always loved a planner!

15) Chalkboard or dry erase board? Dry erase!

16) Regular pencil or mechanical? Regular- Ticonderoga is the best!

17) Homework right after school or after dinner? Right after school- get it done!

18) Favorite after school snack? I don't remember anything as a child, but I love Chex Mix, Wheat Thins with hummus, or a spoonful of peanut butter with a graham cracker now. My kids love to have a yogurt or granola bar.

19) Favorite after school show? I loved watching Carmen San Diego as a kid. My kids like to watch Ben 10 and Teen Titans Go.

20) Favorite subject in school? I always liked my history classes. Hmm...foreshadowing much?

21) Least favorite school subject? Math. I never felt confident in it, and my teachers were not very encouraging until I got to high school. Thank goodness I married someone who rocks at math!

22) Name of your best friend in high school? Geraldine and Rachel! Still friends today!

23) High school mascot type? We were the Spartans! I'm currently a Bengal, and my kids are Longhorns which doesn't sit well in an Aggie family!

24) SAT or ACT? I did much better on my ACT than SAT.

25) Favorite year in school? I loved my junior and senior years of high school.

26) Class ring or no class ring? No high school class ring, but I wear my college ring daily.

27) Attend or not attend high school reunions? I didn't attend my 10 year. I'm in contact with the people I care to see, and Facebook kind of answers any questions you could have.

Did you have the same feelings about school? I'm excited to meet my new students next week, and I can't wait for my own kids to have a great year! Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day weekend, and I'll see you here tomorrow for another edition of Tuesday Training!


  1. Hot Lava sounds fun!!! This was so cool reading your answers! I had a hard time remembering an after school snack too. Such relief you were spared, I know your heart aches for those that lost their homes but praise God for those that were spared and may he heal those affected physically and emotionally.

  2. I feel like we were semi kindred school spirits haha! Cap 'N Crunch - ahhh that stuff was the bomb! And I have always had to have a planner - love them. Glad you guys can get back into a routine next week!

    1. I tried making Cap'n Crunch chicken tenders, but they were just eh. I'll take a bowl of the cereal any day!

  3. I love that you and little Ari read a book that kids could watch and listen as they recover from Harvey! Awesome idea!! Stealing the Q&A to do tomorrow! Enjoy the rest of your extended weekend!

    1. The reading page has been so nice. There are a lot of kids who are dyslexic or have other disabilities who have been working really hard to prepare a reading video to share- melts my heart!

  4. It's funny to read your answers vs. say Andrea's. I can totally see "a tiny" (LOL) difference in our age. 😉 I'm so happy a leaky fireplace was as bad as it got for you. I know what you mean about writing about happy things when so many have had their lives so dramatically impacted. Enjoy your last day off! I assume you'll be going to school tomorrow?

    1. No school for the kids this week. Robert and I go back on Thursday to finish preparations and then the kids come back Monday. I'm so ready to get out of the house!

  5. I was wondering when school would begin again for y'all, so looks like Thursday will be a big day! I hope everything goes well for you and the kiddos!

    1. I wish it was Thursday! Just the teachers will head back on Thursday, and then the kids don't start til Monday. It will be nice to get back to normal.

  6. My kids played hot lava when they were little! Ha ha! Thanks for linking up with the Blended Blog!

    1. My kids play it today, too! It was a fun link-up- I wish we were back in school already!

  7. I wish you a wonderful first week of school! XO

    1. Thanks, Holly! The kids have 6 more days- I need to work NOW!

  8. My husband is really good at math too...which is great because I am not good at it! At all. You guys made the most of your time last week. I am so sorry and will continue to pray for you all. Enjoy your time before heading back to work!

    1. See? You and I are smart ladies getting husbands that can do the stuff we can't! Our kids are all so lucky to be so well rounded! :)


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