7.27.2014

Erin Condren Planners

Many of you are already familiar with my OBSESSION with Erin Condren Planners. Which you can order on her website; www.erincondren.com

I have a few different items...
A life planner, shown above.
A desk pad...
And the teacher planned shown with my life planner in this pic. 

Personally, my biggest frustration is that the teacher planner comes with unnumbered calendar pages and too many pre-written pages that I can't opt out of. 

Both planners are beautiful, colorful and super helpful for those who need lots of space for writing things down. 

If you would like to get $10 off your first purchase of anything on the site; here's my link! Www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/rachelkannady

Follow the link, create your account and wait for the email with your $10 off code. It takes about 10-15minutes for your code to arrive!!!

Happy Organzing :)
Rachel


7.13.2014

Let me tell you something...about a swim meet

Some of you may know I'm a swim mom. And some of you may now. 
This weekend I was reminded why I do all the things I do. 
Swim meets are notorious. They are notorious for being hot, long, somewhat boring, exhausting, exhilarating, quick, isolating, friendly and so many other things. 
When my daughter asked if she could bring her boyfriend to this particular meet, I was slightly hesitant. Not because I don't like the kid, he's great. 
I wasn't quite ready for that, but I'll be ok. I was hesitant because this meet has some pressure on it. It's called a "last chance" meet for our kiddos because it's their last chance to make the cuts they need before our regional championship meet. (It's a really big deal.)
But this weekend, my kid was surrounded by swimmers she has been training, loving and racing with for nearly 6 years. 
My children all played together and supported their sister, even the little girls yelled for their Annie. And I got to chat with some of the new members of our team and their delightful parents. Our team has some really interesting and delightful people. 
But the best part, and I do mean the best part; was one that didn't have anything to do with my family. It was this, my friend's daughter met and exceeded a goal. 
And I got to witness her special moment with her mom. These two women are delightful. But it's the moment right after this brief millisecond that is so wonderful and has stuck with me. That mom said the 4 most important words that parents can say to their child... "I'm proud of you." These words are so profound. It was a wonderful moment to bear witness to. (And I was thrilled to be able to capture it on camera for them.) 
After this picture, I got to watch my daughter swim and unfortunately not meet the goal she had set for herself, though she did meet a goal today for herself; and I repeated those words; "I'm proud of you". 
Let me tell you, that moment was profound. As it should have been. Her face lit up. As did my friend's daughter. It was wonderful. My heart lifted. I don't doubt her spirit soared. 
Share a moment with your own child today. And tell them how proud of them you are. Enjoy them. 

Rachel

7.12.2014

A funny thing happened on the way to...life

Last week Annie's boyfriend came to my dad's River house with us. Yeah, let that sink in.
Annie. 
Annie my first born. 
Annie my sweet, wonderful, delightful child who can not possibly be turning 13 in just over a month and a half. 
That's the one. 
She looks like a grown up, right?
Anyway, this sweet kid got brought to my dad's house on the Tennessee River only 1 day after being picked up from summer camp. (Clearly his parents are pretty fab.) So, this sweet boy is sitting with us at dinner and we're all making happy conversation. And low and behold, this amazing kid antis up that his mom writes one of my favorite blogs!!! Have you been over to http://www.jennyslark.com yet?
Here it is. The menu of the first time I discovered Jenny's Lark. The first time I found her blog, I thought, "I love how she writes, but how the hell does she cool so much and plan everything out so sell?!?" 
And then I remembered that she only has 2 kids. I decided it was at least worth reading. 
Back then, I was pregnant with number 4 and still, licking my wounds from my mom dying. (Well, who are we kidding, I'm still licking those wounds.) I didn't have a good hold on reality. Maybe I still don't. Lol, who does?!?!
It's so funny to me that the world is so small that one of my favorite blogs is written by the mom of my daughter's favorite boy person (I refuse to say boyfriend). I guess that's part of the brilliance of how life works. 


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