I've been trying to get away from using plastic bags at the grocery store for a while now. I had a couple of the reusable bags that they sell, but never enough for an entire shopping trip. I didn't want to stock up on them, because I kept thinking about how easy it would be to make my own. I tried a pattern made from tracing around a plastic bag that had a cute little pocket on the front, but it was labor intensive and floppy. I kept thinking that home decorator fabric would stand up better. I have a bunch leftover from the sewing frenzy that happened when we moved into our new house three years ago. So I took one of the bags from the grocery store and made some rough measurements, did a little math, and started to sew. Nine bags later, I think I can handle an entire shopping trip. And best of all, my shopping bags match my throw pillows!
Today was the last day of school for the kids. Tomorrow we are off to the Nickelodeon Hotel to celebrate everyones collective birthdays. The kids are pretty excited, even though I've glossed over the details. They've been excited enough about school ending without adding to the drama. They all rushed to their rooms as soon as they got home from school and started packing swim suits.
In addition to my 9 shopping bags, I also managed to get 6 loads of laundry done today and bake my birthday cake. I kept thinking surely someone would make me a cake, but it never happened. We tend to deemphasize adult birthdays around here, but you can usually count on at least getting a cake! So rather than being cheated entirely out of my birthday I made my own cake. Pound cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. It was delicious!