Monday, August 26, 2013

K-12 Memory Boxes

Thanks to Pinterest, I have once again created an awesome organizational tool! As we prepare to embark on our newest journey of our first born entering Kindergarten, I was having some anxiety about making sure important things he does in school don't get lost in the shuffle of everyday mail and junk mail that makes its way through the house.

I first came across iheartorganizing's post on Pinterest with these super cool file boxes and just HAD to make them. I also used these cute tab printables from SissyPrint for my folders!

These were so easy to put together. I even made my daughter one and she's only 3 1/2! Its all ready to go for her when she starts school :-)

1) Find yourself some bins that have the slot inside to hold hanging file folders. I found mine at Office Depot:

2) Create your file folder tabs using the this linky to download the template from SissyPrint (they are customizable, so once you download them, you can add your own text.  

3) Click here:  iheartorganizing and in her post about her bins, she has a link where you can download her copy of what she calls the School Paperwork Coversheet. I printed 13 copies; one for K-12th grade and glued one to the inside of each of my folders. There is a space on the sheet where you can put each school year's photo, the school year date, teacher's name, and school name!

Now I have to clear a space in my closet to store these and add to them as the years come and go :-) These boxes ended up being way bigger than I planned, so I pan on adding one of those durable shoe boxes to put arts/crafts that can't be "filed" and other mementoes or pictures. 

A re-cap of sorts...

So I am officially the WORST blogger EVER!!

Needless to say, the end of 2012 and most of 2013 has completely sucked. I took time away from blogging, and in reality, I should have never left. We have had an extremely emotional year, and cannot wait to welcome 2014 with hopes of a new and exciting year. Setting aside all of the ugliness this year has brought us, some highlights of our happy times:

APRIL: We took the kids to Disney World earlier in the year and had a BLAST! Our best friends joined us after a few days and it was a good time as always with them.

MAY: My oldest niece graduated from high school! Sooo exciting :-)

JUNE: The birth of our new little niece, Mariella. She's my baby sister's baby and is a total spitting image of her :-)

Now...??? As we're wrapping up summer and getting into September, our little man will be entering KINDERGARTEN! What the what!? So we're all super excited for him. Later this week, we get to meet his new teacher at the school open house! Stay tuned as my upcoming blog posts will highlight the memory boxes I made today, lunch ideas, our homework station, and all the fun things that come with having a Kindergartener! 

Our 2012 Elf on the Shelf collage

Big apologies for not posting anything since December 2012. What became the next 7 months of our lives, have some major components I would just like to forget.

What I had intended on doing with our Elf, Gaspar, was to share with you his journey here at our home. We are getting close to counting down the days for his return!! 

Here's a quick snapshot for those of you scouring the internet (like I did and still do) for new ideas for your Elves!