Thursday, June 14, 2012

Planning Ahead

Nesting-I love it.  For me, more than anything, it doesn't just mean preparing for the actual BABY, but for life WITH a baby-and with five other children.  It seems crazy honestly, but I am thinking ahead to August.  The week I am due, Isaac moves into college, Abbey starts back to high school, and all the littles have school orientation and meet the teacher day.  If I have learned anything being pregnant so many times, I know that preparation is the key.

So this year, as soon as those school supplies show up in Target, (you frequent Target shoppers will let me know right?) I'll be the first in line with my lists.  Meanwhile, I hit Children's Place for uniform shorts and pants.  EVERY darn year I miss their uniforms...they sell out so fast.  This week I called and sure enough they were in-already!  No wonder why I missed them-it's only June for goodness sake.  I dragged the boys for a quick visit one morning and stocked up.  Last year, I waited and waited and ended up paying more than $40 for khakis at the Gap because no one else had the sizes in stock I needed.  I got Children's Place khakis (shorts and pants) for about $11 a pair.  Alleluia!  (This is not an advertisement for CP by the way, I am just loving my deal.)

24 comments :

  1. You are the best! I LOVE you and your blog! And I also rejoice in great deals and feel the same way about nesting. It's all about preparation...

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  2. What??? My kids aren't even out of school yet and you're already back to school shopping!! :)
    Oh I can only imagine those little white onesies folded and piled just as neat as the khakis.
    hope you're taking it easy.

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  3. I hope you got those khakis a bit extra long...
    One year my two youngest girls grew 3/4" during the month of July. I had measured them at the beginning of July and then I noticed their clothes were a bit short so I measured them again and they had grown 3/4 of an inch in three weeks.

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  4. That is super smart of you! I'll hope your little bun in the oven decides to stay nice and warm in there until the first week of school craziness dies down though. :). What an exciting time for you all!

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  5. I am pregant with #4 due in October and I am doing the same thing! We are starting Kindergarten at home for my oldest this fall and with an October 1 duedate, I'm on a mission to get everything ready to go before she arrives!

    So glad to know I'm not the only one who's preparing for life AFTER baby's arrival :)

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  6. Great idea on the uniforms. The same things happens with snow pants in MN (when we used to live there). If you try to get them when the first snow hits, you are out of luck and you're forced to go to the expensive store to get them.

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  7. Great deal! Our school is switching uniforms next year and they haven't announced which stores are permissible or I would be right there with you. I have made the mistake of waiting until they're sold out too many times! ;) So excited for your family to welcome another sibling!

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  8. Just a tip, but back to school sales at Target start right after the 4th of July. The prices don't usually bottom out until the first week of August or so. I am a school supply addict. : )

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  9. Thought I would drop you a line about "Call The Midwife" which is being repeated on the BBC. This means that it is available to watch on catch-up TV on the BBC I-player. I have no idea whether you can access this in the States but if you look at the BBC website at www.bbc.co.uk then you could check it out. I know you rated the book and this series was ab fab. If you do get a chance to watch it (with your feet up of course) I would love to know what you think.

    Catherine

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  10. I agree! I love that part of pregnancy, too. Knowing you have some aspect of your life organized and settled, gives you comfort for the unknowns and craziness that still lies ahead. Enjoy this special time!

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  11. Try the cheaper version of Gymboree called Crazy8.com

    If you call a store, you can even avoid the $5 shipping!

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  12. Doing the same thing here. We are due at the same time -- me with my third and my daughter has meet the teacher day on the 17th of August--I'm due the 16th! Anyway, just got uniform list and will be heading there soon to make that big purchase. That is so nice that you are able to buy khakis from anywhere as part of their uniform. At our Catholic school everything comes from a uniform supply company, so there is not even a hope for bargain shopping. And I have a girl so there is the skort option, the shorts option, the jumper for mass--oh my!
    Nest, Nest, Nest!!

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  13. Way to go! I'm always scrambling for uniform shorts at the last minute! You will be busy in August! I'm loving that bed quilt in the photo!

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  14. $11 for a pair of khakis is a steal. Congratulations. I just love a good deal.

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  15. You are lucky you can go to a regular store with variety of price points. Maybe you remember but back in the 70's and 80's when I went to catholic school you had to buy from a special store. Very expensive.

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  16. i agree with you...uniform clothes in JUNE??:)
    and i will for sure let you know when school supplies come out..it's my favorite time to shop target! (serioulsy!!!)
    have a happy day sarah

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  17. how sweet is that - to have clothes ready for the new school year!

    This year, remembering school supply shopping for this past fall and looking in store after store for a couple items on the list that were hard to find, I ordered my youngest two their school supplies through this service our PTO provides. Yes, I'd say it probably is a smidge more expensive as I usually price compare and bargain shop the sales for certain items, but the thought that in early August I will be emailed and drive up to pick up the compiled kits and be all done with it, makes me just thrilled! The moms who did it last year raved about the service and quality, so here's hoping!! I'll still have to supply shop with my middle schooler, but she's easy to shop with. woo hoo for preparation!!!

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  18. Hope you're feeling good Sarah! I remember how tired I was those last couple months (actually the whole pregnancy!) But boy is it worth it :)))

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  19. I laughed so hard at this--I did the same thing this week! Glue, erasers, and #2 pencils were all on sale around here (not at Target). I guess they figure no one needs them in June?! So I stocked up for September and tossed them in the backpacks that are stored away until Labor Day. Hooray for the nesting!
    (PS--How to Behave and Why is a HUGE hit in our house!)

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  20. Oh how I loved the nesting instinct when I was pregnant! I wish I had it now!
    Returning from vacation, my house looks like a bomb went off while we were gone! I need to do your 40 trash bag thing and soon! I will have to go back and re-read those post to get inspired!

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  21. Love Crazy 8 too! There clothes are awesome and hold up incredible!

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  22. Thanks for the reminder. Isn't it the worst to get to the stores and everything you need is sold out. Just ordered all my sons' uniforms after I read this!

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  23. nesting - yes! we are expecting our 5th little bundle in 3 weeks time and I've loved pulling out the baby clothes, washing them and also the baby knits. But we still have to get out the baby basinette and get the room ready

    I love that you are having your 6th! I'll be pushing for number 6 but 5 under 7 will be a challenge for now

    and I have the biggest baby belly ever! the only good thing is that this is my lightest pregnancy so far so not so much weight gain, big belly which is ok by me!

    good luck and take it easy! I've now got the little ones counting down sleeps

    Corrie:)

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  24. Target put there school supplies out today!! Good luck!!

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