Happy National Daughter’s Day, Katelynn Marie!

My Dearest Katelynn,

I knew I wanted to have another baby, but, I didn’t know that it was you that I needed until God placed you in my heart. From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I prayed for you… I asked God to bless me with a healthy little Girl. One to call my own, one whose heart would love and know Jesus. One with ten little toes, ten little fingers, and gorgeous eyes with beautiful long lashes like her Father. One whose head was filled with locks of curls, with a personality like her Lolo Rudy, and with the sass and determination of her Mom, Purita. A little girl who would grow-up brave, independent and one who would make a difference in the lives of many. One who would keep me on my toes, one whose eyes saw the beauty in everything she saw. One who could rough it up with the boys.

And, then you were born. The day you were born you changed everything. You made it known that you marched to the beat of your own drum, that you were born with a purpose, that you are strong and courageous. The moment I held you, Katelynn, I knew that you were the missing piece to our puzzle. You completed our Family.

As you continue to get older, I hope you never lose that twinkle in your eye, I pray that you continue to look at the world as magical and beautiful as you see it, I pray that you continue to keep everyone on their toes with your personality and spunk. I know you’re eager to share your talents and skills with the world, but, in all honesty, the world isn’t ready for you yet. ;]

Thank you, my little Gremlin for blessing us with your grace. We love you more than you’d ever know.

Love,

Mommy

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HAPPY 9TH BIRTHDAY, SKYLER & FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL COMPLETE!

Hello & Happy August 13!

First things first, I hope you are well! It’s already 13 days into August, and I feel like I am barely just catching my breath! Whew! The Kiddos had their first week of school, and unlike many other schools, they started on August 6th! It is a new school for them, and so far they love it! Spencer always gets a little separation anxiety, so he has been shedding some tears everytime we part in the morning. Talk about Mom guilt!

In other news, today is Skyler’s 9th Birthday! Yes, you read that right, I said NINE! =( What?! When did my oldest get so big?! Ugh, every year I am just in awe of how much he has indeed grown. It’s exciting to see his personality change and see how he conducts himself.

I mention this often, and a lot of you have shown interest in my story. And, I promise, it’s coming to you very soon. I got pregnant unexpectedly with Skyler. A moment that I didn’t think I was ready, nor prepared. But, God had other plans for me, and he knew Skyler is just what I needed to change for the better.

When I look back at the past 9 years, I can’t even imagine what my life would be like without SSK. Especially Skyler. I look at him, and I beam with pride. Every time I feel defeated or exhausted. I look at Skyler. He reminds me that I had overcome every obstacle, obstacles that I thought I would never have to face. He was the light at the end of my darkest tunnel. A tunnel I never saw myself coming out of. Skyler indeed brought a whole new meaning to my life, he not only made me a Mom but, he changed me.

As you can imagine, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I had Skyler. I was just freshly 20, I was in the middle of my college semester and still trying to figure out how to adult. But, Skyler was my saving grace. He made motherhood, somewhat comfortable. His positive attitude, willingness to try new things and his unwavering forgiveness is nothing but a blessing. Moments when I felt like a total failure or in moments when I couldn’t afford certain things, Skyler reminded me that everything was always going to be okay. He was understanding of our hardships and always brought positivity into it.

Now, that he is 9, I swear his attitude is much more mature than mine at times. He amazes me. He is a kind, compassionate soul. It’s bittersweet seeing him grow. And, I’m beyond excited to see what the future has in store for him.

So, today folks, although its bittersweet that my baby is no longer a baby — I am excited to celebrate him! Don’t forget to wish Skyler a Happy Birthday in the comments below ;] he loves reading comments! And, as always, thank you for being a part of the GP5 family!

 

STORY TIME: WE BOUGHT A HOUSE IN ….

Hello, GP5!

First and foremost, thanks for reading our blog! It truly means the world to us! Thank you for all your messages regarding our moving adventure! And, although we haven’t shed much light on the situation, we can finally address that …

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!

EEK! We have wanted to share this news for a while and didn’t want to say anything until everything was finalized! I’m sure those who have purchased homes understand where we are coming from. I am so superstitious (it’s ridiculous), I didn’t want to jynx the sale of the home! (HAHA!) We have been on a house hunt for a while now, and well, its safe to finally say, we have a house!

Now, the most popular question of all… “Where did you buy a house?” this has been my favorite question to receive! From text messages, IG DM’s, Facebook messages, and much more! There has been much speculation about where we will buy a home, locations vary from Las Vegas to New York! And, we are happy to announce that we have purchase…….

YES, we stayed in the valley! To clarify, we moved Ric’s Grandfather back to Vegas. Hence, last weeks blog title!! ;] And, although we thought of moving away from the West Valley, we found the PERFECT home for our little tribe! For now, we will leave you with this photo. And, stay tuned for the next blog posts on renovations, remodeling, and all that other fun stuff! ;]

Packing-Up & Saying Goodbye!

Happy Monday, GP5! First and foremost, I do have to say your comments, messages, and texts about my last post crack me up! I swear we have the best readers EVER! ❤ and, sorry if you felt fooled by my title ;]

If you have followed us since Day 1 (thank you), if you’re just joining the #GP5 Fam, Welcome! As most of you know, we just announced something special last week Monday! If you have no clue what I am talking about, please read this blog post — HERE! I can’t believe we are leaving this home. It’s bittersweet! If you can recall I blogged about our whole experience moving into this home from searching for the perfect home and our fun (and not so fun) renovations/remodels — read about it HERE!

As we finish packing up our home, I am reminded of so many memories that occurred here! From birthday parties, first medals, new friends, etc! This home will hold a special place in our hearts! While I finished packing up the house, I took a break and sat down in the same exact spot that I sat in when I first moved into the home. I began to text Ric just all the emotions I was feeling. And, figured I wanted to share it, with all of you…

4 years ago, I sat in this exact spot when we first got our keys to this house. I was in awe and couldn’t believe that we FINALLY became homeowners for the first time. I sit here filled with so much bittersweet emotion. I had SO many plans for this house, to fill it with new photos every year, create new memories and remodel it per my Pinterest board visions. As time went on, I realized although we absolutely adored this home, we were quickly outgrowing it. We knew it was time to find a new house to call our home.

As excited as I am to leave and start anew. I know whoever ends up living here will feel the love, laughter and sometimes tears that once filled the walls of this home. The new homeowners will make new memories and love and care for the home as much as we did.

As we start our new journey in finding a house to call our home, we know that whatever home we find we will fill it with love, new memories and epic BBQ’s! LOL — It’s beyond bittersweet to pack up, and leave. But, we are excited about this new journey.

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STORY TIME: Moving to Vegas, Selling our Home!

What’s up GP5 Family! Man, Do I have a LONG story for you! It will answer a lot of questions and hopefully shed light on my life’s current situations! Cause I know you have to be curious (or nosy) HA HA! Whichever.

If you’ve followed me on social media you’d know that I took a slight hiatus on my Facebook, Instagram, etc. I did this for several reasons:

  1. I had to focus on the load that was on my plate (it was too much)
  2. I wanted to focus on my school work
  3. because I totally can =p

In the blogging world, it’s hard to really “take a break”, because to stay “relevant” or even keep up with affiliate partnerships, you have to stay consistent with your material! But, that my friends will be saved for another blog post, on a different day. ;]

Anyways, a lot of crazy unpredictable things happened within these past 3-4 months! First things first, 3 months ago we helped Ric’s Grandfather move back to Vegas. Which was completely bittersweet. It was pretty hard convincing him to stay in AZ but, nonetheless we did our best while he was out in AZ living with us. We call him weekly or every-other-week to check up on him.

Simultaneously, as we had moved Grandpa back, we were possibly tossing the idea around of moving. I say possibly because we weren’t even sure ourselves if we wanted to move or completely remodel/renovate the house. We decided to just check and see if we could qualify for another home loan, we hit-up our amazing loan officer (Craig) at Summit Lending. And, we were approved! Regardless, of being approved, we still weren’t 100% sure when this “potential move” occur. So, we did our “online search” for new homes and began packing our items, gathered items to donate/sell, etc. We figured packing our items would make it easier to renovate (pull flooring, repaint, etc.) Which totally did! My Step-Dad and Mom went into full “Fixer Upper” mode and went on painting our home and got it ready for renovations (or possibly move). Thanks, Tito Ramil & Mom!

Half-way through renovations, we decided to take a look at some houses that we saw online. Just to “see”.  We teamed up with an awesome realtor (whom we highly recommend– Hi, Katie!) and low and behold we found a home and absolutely adored it! We put an offer on the home and it got accepted!

Of course with purchasing this new home we had to sell our current home, so we started looking into various methods of selling our home, whether that was through a quick sale or a traditional method.

When inspection rolled around on the new home that we had put an offer on, we received not so great news on both ends (from selling our current home and purchasing our new home). So, we pulled out of the offer and canceled the sale of our home, thus bringing us back to square one.

BUMMER

Now, if you haven’t been through a home buying or selling process, at times it can most definitely be STRESSFUL. It can also be draining, exciting and to sum it up it’s basically every emotion you can think of! Have you seen “Inside Out?” if you haven’t, go watch it. It’s basically all those emotions in one sitting. LOL! I swear it is a fun process though!

Credit: Amy Schumer via Google

—> Low key, this is what I did 95% of the time, stressing, crying and drinking wine! LOL <—

A lot of finances went into purchasing, selling, renovating, moving Grandpa back to Vegas, catching up on all the bills — that we honestly were tight on funds. It was a trying moment, to say the least. And, of course when it rains it completely pours. I also found myself jobless. (What else could go wrong? right?!)

And, for those who knew the gist of my life at that moment and called, sent food, and just helped in every way possible. Thank you, your phone calls, messages, and prayers were everything and more! You all know who you are ❤

Now, I firmly believe that God doesn’t put you through something you can’t handle. During these trying moments, I consistently leaned on my faith, my Family and spent a lot of my time worshiping in church. Something I recently started doing, again! — You can read more about it– HERE! For sure, God knew what he was doing because not even a few days after the fiasco he sent us a blessing.

RIC GOT PROMOTED TO MANAGER

If you didn’t already know (which I am sure you did) — Ric was promoted to manager! (Again, Huge thank you to the Lizarraga Family, AZP57, the DTC AVP’s, VP’s and everyone who has taught Ric, and supported Ric on his journey. Thank you to our Families for all the love and support since day 1). And, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! Amongst the storm, God sent us a rainbow! Ric and I said that God had a different plan than what we had envisioned.

Ric getting promoted fixed a part of our problems, but, that didn’t solve our “are we moving? or staying?” dilemma. We decided to just finish renovating the home, and let God take care of everything else.

After an abundance of obstacles, and learning about various processes of selling our home, we jumped in head first and within a few weeks, our house was…

SOLD

It was most definitely a bittersweet moment, we obviously turned our first house into a home! Made a lot of great memories there. But, we had grown out of the space. With selling our home, brings us on a new journey…

 

Excited is an understatement, our newest adventure is yet to unfold are you ready to join us? Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to our blog as I blog about our moving, search for a home, and much more! We have a few surprises along the way! So stay tuned! You don’t want to miss out!

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Story Time: When Are You Graduating College?

Good Afternoon, GP5 Fam!

I hope your Summer is adventurous, fun and that you’re being safe (and of course wearing sunscreen)! Our Summer has been interesting, to say the least. When is it not interesting in the Guerrero household?! Anyways, if you couldn’t tell from the title of this post– we are gonna talk about my college journey!

So, sit tight, grab a snack and get comfy!

My college journey began immediately after I graduated high school in 2007, I literally wasted NO time! I started classes two weeks after I graduated. I attended the junior college up the road from my home and took my general education courses (English, math, etc.) I was able to attend college on scholarship thanks to pageantry! My first two college semesters were merely funded by competing in various pageant systems. In 2008, I struggled to balance my load. I was dealing with my Dad’s stage 4 prostate cancer diagnosis and working 2 part-time jobs. I stayed focused on my studies and during the week of finals my Dad’s health began to take a turn for the worst. He passed away the night before my finals, I went back to school the following morning after my Dad’s death (that was SO hard to do). But, I knew it’s what he would want.

The same year in 2008, I unexpectedly became pregnant during my second semester of college – (Hi, Skyler). After my semester ended due to my situation I left Arizona and moved in with Ric in Nevada, I used the last of my savings to enroll at College of Southern Nevada. My goal regardless of what obstacles I had to endure was to FINISH college! As I had promised my Parents that I would. During my six months at CSN, I was able to make the best of friends who became a huge support system during my pregnancy. They would drive me to Ric’s work at Discount Tire after class or hang out with me in the library until Ric was off work. And, some days I would just walk from my college campus to Ric’s work that was about 16 minutes away by foot. After my semester in Nevada, Ric got approved to move back to Arizona. And, as soon as we did I continued my education online.

In 2009, I gave birth to Skyler-Ian and was still enrolled in college. I was taking a class or two at a time just to make sure that I could balance the load. The following semester I took time off while I transitioned to go back onto campus for school. I completed all of my general education courses online and had to tackle bios and labs on campus and online. After completing my general education courses, I took a break until I could afford to go back onto campus. In 2010, I welcomed Spencer and in the same year graduated with my Certificate in Nursing Assistant.

I was able to find an online program which helped us (A LOT) and I graduated cum laude with my Associates in Applied Science in Medical Assisting in 2013, that same year I welcomed Katelynn! I was able to enroll online at Grand Canyon University in 2014 and begun my bachelor’s journey! I had to do A LOT of my college classes online due to being a single income, 3 kids needing sitters, etc. Although I had tons of help (thank you to my village) it was just easier on our little tribe if I did schooling from home. After a few financial struggles, I am happy to announce that I am FINALLY graduating with my Bachelor’s degree from GCU this Fall!

 

I just received this announcement today in my email and besides the fact I’ve been doing a lot of ugly crying this month alone. This one was tears of relief! I also received a scholarship to finish my final two classes! Woo Hoo! An unexpected death, a surprise pregnancy, an impromptu move out of state, a shot-gun wedding, another move out of state. Add 2 kids, a certificate, associates and a few years later — I’m FINALLY walking across the stage! (Cue WaterWorks)

Excited is an understatement – I waited YEARS for this! I always felt “defeated” in ways, cause I felt like I would’ve been finished years ago. But, I realized my journey was different and special. It took much longer, but the light at the end of the tunnel will be much more worth it!


To my valued readers who can relate to this, or who so happen to be on their own college journey (whilst balancing parenthood, marriage, and life in general) — You CAN do it! Trust the journey, trust the obstacles, trust every moment and put your faith in God (and, if you don’t believe in God– put your faith in the universe)! I firmly believe everything happens for a reason whether it’s good or bad, whether it was planned or not. The road less traveled can most definitely be a rewarding one!  It won’t be easy, there will be tears, there will be frustration, but, if you keep pushing forward and continue to strive regardless of the situations, I can promise you– those long nights of studying, or days trying to read chapters out of your textbook while feeding a newborn, or the mornings where you are struggling to go on campus cause its hard to leave your kids. I promise you, many years down the road you will look back at it and know that you did all of that for your kids, your Family, for Yourself!

I know you can do it, I have faith in you, so promise me– You won’t give up! I’m cheering for you and will be waiting for you at the finish line! We can finish altogether!

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Story Time: Why I’m NOT the best Dad.

Recently I was approached by an acquaintance asking for some advice. He said I inspire him to be a better dad. He is a new, young father and just getting used to the changes that come along with fatherhood.

I’m floored he was asking for advice. I don’t consider myself an expert, a lot of times I’m aiming from the hip and just make sure what I do is in the best interest of my minions.

When I asked what he needed help with, he asked for ideas how he can make more money so he can be a better dad without working endless overtime. He said he felt that he needed to bring home more finances to be a better dad, but mama bear is upset he spends too much time working and not enough time with them.

This shook me at the core, mainly because he thought he needed more money to be a better dad. I explained to him my point of view: making or having more money doesnt make you a better dad.

My biological father was a doctor and he’s a worthless piece of trash for many reasons, and having/making more money didn’t justify the other deficits.

From this life experience I have learned spending more time with my kids is more valuable than an extra few dollars. Working passionately for the required work hours is important, but being able to “turn off” work mode and spend time with the little one(s) is more important.

My parenting situation may be different than the next guy, but we all do our best (in most cases, we all know of an intentional deadbeat parent somewhere).

Comparing our situations and saying someone else does parenting “better” isn’t fair. That’s why I don’t call myself the best dad. Someone’s ability or inability to provide financially/emotionally/physically shouldn’t hinder their portrayal as a great parent.

We went deep in conversation deciphering his thought process and my theory on fatherhood. I get it, being financially stable is very important. But at a point there are things that money cannot buy.

Bringing home an extra $100 from overtime cannot amount to the value of hearing your child’s first words, it doesn’t equate to seeing your son score his first goal or see their performances at school.

In the end I told him that bringing home a little bigger paycheck is not going to make him a better dad, but spending more time at home doesn’t make him a better dad either.

He looked at me confused in silence, then I explained to him that I obviously understand spending less time working doesn’t make more money.

However, it gives him the opportunities to be the best dad more.

And in my book, being home with my littles more each day is trade-off I’d take every time.

True Story: Epic Melt Down (Mom Edition)

Multiple people today mentioned how busy my wife and I have become; they commented how they’re amazed that we are somehow sane. I gotta admit, I’m blessed Pinky keeps us on track with our crazy schedules. Without her I’d be lost and our family would be in one hell of a mess.
She helps me care for my 90yr old grandfather, homeschools my son, gets my other son from school, does all homework with them, does workbooks with my daughter, manages our home, does all hockey and figure skating classes/practices/jamborees/games, finds time to volunteer, works full time from home and MORE! She makes my 49.5 hr work weeks look like child’s play haha
“How do you do it?” They ask.
My answer: i couldn’t do it without her.

Hello! Happy first day of Spring! (Is that day today or was that yesterday?) See how well, I know my days? anyways, hey there! ;] It’s been an absolute hot minute since I’ve posted on the blog (epic fail). But, I guess you can say, my overflowing schedule has finally burned me out! And, I’m shamelessly here to share with you, my meltdown moment (Mom edition)!

Today, was one of those days when I felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders. TBH, my life isn’t always rainbows & butterflies – (Shocker, I know). I like to think My life is a good mix of chaos & glitter vomit. (I still have to be a little extra!) It may always seem like I have it “altogether” but, let’s kick the BS to the side and speak the truth, shall we? Let’s be real, 9 times out of 10 I call my kid the wrong name & don’t even get me started on getting their birthdays correct. (Epic Brain Fog).

I’m not a “SuperMom” or the “Perfect” Wife nor are my Husband and I a ”Power Couple”. We aren’t perfect, FAR from it. I just try & embrace my chaos to the best that I can. And, it includes having a healthy breakdown (or two). And, I know as Individuals we all have our own personal chaos we embrace, along with balancing our Families too! It can be a lot.

Ain’t that something, dealing with your own self as well as other people’s can be a lot to carry. And, if you’re anything like me, where you’re similar to the energizer bunny, there’s NO stopping or NO days off. Just being constantly busy until you completely have a burn-out or meltdown. I had several meltdowns this week. (sigh). My body was feeling the stress, my face looked exhausted and haggard. My anxiety was worse than getting a paper cut in the webbing between your fingers (and, those hurt badly!). I was just a mess. See, I do SO much that I fear if I stop at any given moment that everything around me, falls apart. When in reality everything will be ok (technically, things might not get done or function) but, it will be okay. But, when I sit back and reflect– was it worth driving myself to pure exhaustion? All because I didn’t pause and take time for myself. No, it wasn’t. (#noregerts) — Yes, I misspelled that on purpose. ;]

Poor Ric had to feel the wrath of my meltdown. But, he knew just how tired and drained I’ve been as a ”SAHM”. First things first, never underestimate a ”stay-at-home” Parent! They work just as equally hard as the other half who does their 9-5! I’m glad Ric sees that I do a whole list of things so our daily routine is functioning.

“Multiple people today mentioned how busy my wife and I have become; they commented how they’re amazed that we are somehow sane. I gotta admit, I’m blessed Pinky keeps us on track with our crazy schedules. Without her I’d be lost and our family would be in one hell of a mess.

She helps me care for my 90 year old grandfather, homeschools my son, gets my other son from school, does all homework with them, does workbooks with my daughter, manages our home, does all hockey and figuree skating classes/practices/jamborees/games, finds time to volunteer, works full-time from home and MORE! She makes my 49.5 hr work weeks look like child’s play haha

“How do you do it?” They ask.
My answer: i couldn’t do it without her.” – Ric

See, I’m not as graceful as it seems (the internet can play you like that) although, Ric’s words are truer than true: TBH, I have my cry sessions, wine days & impromptu karaoke/dance sesh’s. More so, as I’ve previously mentioned in another post, I’ve recently given my faith another go around & give myself my “me” time at the church. I say a lot of prayers (sometimes blast a plethora of praise & worship music) or blast music that gives me the absolute feels (thank you, Adele, Demi Lovato & Sam Smith). I tend to drink a lot of red bull & coffee to function (no worries, I also keep up with my water intake). I run mostly off of phone alarms and the family calendar reminders.

I know for me it’s all my responsibilities: which entails working from home/the hospital & running the blog, as well as managing the family/kids schedules), etc. that sometimes makes me baffled at how it’s possible to fit so many things in a 24-hour span!

And, most importantly, I say this all the time (I’ll happily give credit where credit is due)— I’m grateful I have a “village” of people who help me when they can (you guys know who you are). I’m blessed in that sense when I need a breather (or seven), or sometimes just 10 minutes of extra sleep: I have my Family, close friends and of course our Nanny who love & help care for SSK when they’re available! (Mind you they also take care of me too when I forget to take care of myself). #grateful

I’m also thankful that I have a partner who sees my efforts & appreciates our chaos (no matter how INSANE it gets). I know Ric works long hours (in which I appreciate his hustle to provide), he does miss a lot of things, but, I know he tries his absolute best & is very hands-on when he is off & with the kids! Idk, how we make anything work. But, we are (kind of).

Anyways, before this becomes a longer novel I guess what I’m trying to say is, embrace your chaos, find your peace when necessary. And, most importantly, Be kind to one another. Sometimes people put a good smile on their face, but, you never know what a person is dealing with until you’ve walked in their shoes (or Christian Louboutin’s) — sorry, had to be extra. And, as a GF reminded me today – the advice that I took: ”let the laundry pile up, its okay to miss a practice or game. Take care of you, first.”

How My 8 Year Old Made Me Cry

Happy Monday, #GP5Fam! It’s been a crazy start to our week here in the Grr-arrow household! I mean when is it not ever crazy in my household, psh! Who am I kidding! I live with crazies! Haha! (facepalm)

Anyways, with hockey & figure skating in full swing. I barely can keep up with the household chores and sleep– speaking of sleep, I miss doing that. And, it’s usually when everyone is asleep, is when I can bust out the phone (or laptop) and get my thoughts on paper.

So, as a warning. We are gonna get sappy in today’s post. So grab your favorite blanket, get cozy on the couch, and grab some tissues & let’s get heartfelt! On today’s post, ”How My 8 Year Old Made Me Cry.”

Today guys, I was a parenting failure! You’re probably thinking I’m being over the top dramatic. And, I wish I was. My TDL was beyond overwhelming. I had emails to tend too, tasks to complete, calls to make and let’s not even get to my list of household chores that desperately needed to get done. I got up early to do some laundry, only to realize the clothes that were previously in the dryer were still wet. So the kids helped me get the wet clothes separated from the dry clothes and placed back in the drier to get dry.

After that, I started getting the sheets off my bed and started piling clothes for the next load of laundry. Mind you I still have a load in the wash, a load in the dryer. 3 piles outside my bedroom door that STILL needs to be done. Sigh. It just seems neverending. I was also on a time crunch as I still had to get Skyler’s homeschool assignments together. And, log on to work!

Time was not on my side today, even though I woke-up decently early. As loads of laundry were going, I scrambled to make sure everyone was fed- from the dogs, turtle and of course the kids!

Once that was ”somewhat” situated I launched my laptop and started on my emails. Simultaneously, I was working on some schooling issues for the upcoming school year which resulted needing to be done via a phone call. Of course, in perfect timing. Katelynn decided to have her full-blown tantrum, complete with ”exorcist” back arches and laying on the floor. All because I told her she couldn’t have fruit snacks for breakfast. Oh, and I stood my ground while I tended to my important phone call. Honestly, I should’ve just given her the damn fruit snack so I could get through my phone conference.

But, alas, In her best, high shrill, Katelynn sang the song of her people — loud enough for the poor lady I was talking to on the phone to hear. And, she politely said, ”Shes got some lungs on her”. Oh, If she only knew how I tried to muffle the sound on the phone so she couldn’t hear and failed epically to balance the phone off my shoulder & pick up a flailing 4-year-old off the floor. All while struggling to also hold a pen & notebook.

After picking Kate up, she was still whining and whimpering, as she still begged for the fruit snack. I continued to stand my ground and put Kate on the couch and walked away into another room so I can somewhat pay attention to what this lady was saying to me. I think I repeated every other sentence back to the lady, to confirm we were on the same page & in all honesty, just cause nothing was clicking.

I walked back out into the living room and put the phone on mute while the lady kept talking. I quickly tried to multitask and tend to Kate. Which resulted in a bigger meltdown cause she wanted to be held — which I, unfortunately, couldn’t do as I needed both hands as I was taking notes during the phone call.

After I no longer could take the whining, I turned on the TV and Thank heavens for Nick Jr, cause whatever show was on calmed Kate. And, after realizing fruit snacks were out of the question Kate drank her milk & ate cereal. (THANK GOD!)

Mind you through this whole Katelynn ordeal, Skyler was (as always) playing hockey in the living room. So I felt like I was playing dodgeball in the house trying to weave through and not get hit. Telling him to stop seemed impossible, also I don’t think he understood my ”miming” since I was on the phone.

Thankfully, I was able to go through my phone call, multitask on the laptop & go through emails. Still, laundry wasn’t done & homeschool didn’t start. My conference and emails took up a chunk of my time.

Once I was finally off the phone the kids reminded me that we needed to get cupcakes and cookies (something I had promised them last week). I packed all my electronics and earpiece and decided that my work would have to be mobile today.

When we got to the bakery we picked out our cupcakes, cookies and headed back to the car. As I loaded the kids into the car I dropped the box which resulted in all the frosting and cupcakes to turn upside down. Fabulous. I scrambled to save what decency the cupcakes had left and headed home.

I tried my best to hold myself together and figured, “What else could go wrong today?”  when we got home, my Husband was there to greet us. I was ready to cry and go in full-Mom-meltdown. And, then Skyler said something completely surprising.

He began to tell Ric about our day, and, I was just waiting for all the epic Mom fails, I had. But, he literally didn’t mention how stressed or frustrated I was. All he took out of the day was– regardless of how busy I was I took time to make Kate food, and turn on the TV for them, and that I drove them to get cupcakes and cookies. Skyle, looked at all the positives I did today, all my multitasking and was happy they got cupcakes and cookies regardless if it was half smashed.

I teared-up and Ric just looked at me like I was insane. I later went on to explain the day from my point of view. How crazy, chaotic it felt.

My kiddo for sure just served me a slice of reality and a good one at that. Perspective.

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