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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How I Overcome Exhaustion: Sports Mom Edition

My titles are clever, aren’t they? No, they really aren’t. Especially after the night that I had. And, no it’s not the kind of night you’re thinking. It consisted of tears, hurt, and exhaustion.

I realized I’ve gone through a variety of obstacles, obstacles I merely am not ready for. It’s mentally, physically and emotionally draining. Nonetheless, as a Mom, there are no breaks or time-outs. So, therefore, I must carry on and move forward. This week begins the double sports schedule! Am I ready? No, but, I’m excited about my kids because they’re looking forward to it! My days merely consist of sporting practices throughout the week. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays consist of Hockey and Soccer. Wednesday and Friday are my days “off” if you will. I look at my agenda and it’s merely just covered in highlighter. A variety of highlighter colors, not just one! A color for each category: bills, sports, appointments, functions, and work.

If I could multiply myself to be in a multitude of areas, it would be simpler. But, I’m not able to do that. I’m trying my hardest not to spread myself too thin.

I’m sure once I figure out the scheduling and school schedules on top it will be easier and more fluid. Right now, we are still trying to adjust.

Yesterday, we were invited to a Private event at Wet N’ Wild by Discount Tire! The park was closed off to the public for a few hours (which was SO nice)! No long lines, no overcrowded pools. It was pure bliss.

The kids were excited as we told them the morning of our Sunday, fun day adventure! We have never been to Wet n’ Wild and we have lived here for many years. Strange, I know. The kids enjoyed the wave pool the most, and Skyler LOVED the slides! We barely made height need for any of the slides, to be honest. But, grateful we were able to get him on some.

We finished the night off loving Baby Owen at Aunt Christine’s and Uncle Tho’s. Ugh, it was so cute and sweet seeing Kate love on Owen!

The day was long and it was just exhausting. But, today is a new day meaning hockey practice! That will be fun! Skyler had a game on Saturday and Sharks won 9-6! Woo Hoo, no goals for Sky but he had 2 assists!

I hope you have a fabulous Monday, as fabulous as you are!

Pinky

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How I Gave-Up On Being A Mom

Guys, today I threw in the towel, I raised the white flag. I threw my hands up in the air. I’ve never felt so defeated in my 8 years of parenthood. Today, was that day hell broke loose in my home.

Obviously, having 3 kids fairly close in age isn’t like having a walk in the park. They bicker, fight & get on each other’s nerves. On most days, we can surpass the bickering and argue and they play fairly well together. Today, that was not the case.

Kate’s inner “diva” came out & since she missed a nap she was extra sassy & attitudey thanks to that lack of sleep. She was so out of the norm: not going to the potty, throwing her toys, not playing nicely or using her manners. Very unlike Kate. I tried to get to her level & talk to her to see what was bothering her. But, really she was just being a mischievous toddler.

The boys came home from school and were bickering as soon as they got out of the van. They fought over who could push the button to close the van & argued on who pushed it last. It got worst as they settled after unloading bags & putting uniforms away. There was kicking and jumping, a lot of tackling and running. Typical boy antics. But, for some reason, they were more concerned about how to rile up their sister. (Insert serious -FACE PALM-). Guys, it was brutal today! More so than I’ve ever experienced.

My kids, for the most part, are well behaved, they mind their manners, play along and when they do act up you can simply just ask them or tell them to be polite or to mind, their manners or even explain why they shouldn’t be misbehaving or acting a certain way. FOR THE MOST PART, I’ve thankfully haven’t had an issue aside from today. Today, I was pulling boys off each other, constantly tending to a crying child. I was looking at scratches, bruises and whatever war wound they could configure in their chaos!

I’ve never had to use so many timeouts in one day or take away iPads, iPods, tv or even threaten to bench them from sports! I used the mom glare, the mom tone of voice, and I even used the “don’t make me call your Dad.” I normally just have to say, “do we need a time out?” And, normally my kiddos straighten up and we never have to go to time out. Today, I was using almost every corner of my house! It was crazy! I have them a few minutes all separated to think about their actions & we talked about how we could do better. And, when I thought there was a breakthrough they became ninjas and attacked one another. Today, Momming was just hard!

Sigh, it was exhausting. I was trying to work simultaneously and it just was not going smoothly. One kiddo came home feeling blah. I assumed it was the crazy weekend/week we had. So I’m hoping for a restful weekend he should be golden. 

I’ve never looked forward to bedtime until today. After I got all 3 to bed I took some time for myself. Just some quiet reflecting. Right after, I walked into the rooms and tucked in, kissed and prayed over each of my kiddos. I stared at them for a little. They’re getting older. It’s heart-wrenching. Sometimes I forget they’re kids & they’re meant to be little terrors every once in a while. And, sometimes rules are meant to be broken or ignored whether we like it or not. They’re growing older and testing they’re limits. I guess it comes with the territory of aging. Ugh, bittersweet.

I hope I NEVER have another day like today, I nearly wanted to hide under my desk until their Dad came home to save me.

Have you guys had Momming moments like this?

Hugs,

Pink

How Katelynn Began Homeschooling For PreSchool

We’ve got ourself a lefty!

The boys have officially entered their second week of school! I officially have a 3rd grader who will be 8 on Sunday & a first grader who will be 7 this November!

Kate is 3 and will be 4 this December-guys, where have my babies gone!? I’m loving these ages but, I do miss having a little baby nugget around!

If you’ve followed me since the beginning you know that I had put Skyler in pre-school at 3 years old. At 4 we continued pre-school at home & at 5 he was off to public school! Spencer stayed home at 3-4 years old and we homeschooled until he was off to public school at 5!

Kate will be homeschooled for pre-school and we will be doing a lot of play dates/co-op preschool play dates. I discovered that Kate is a lefty just like me! (Woo-hoo!) I always found it hard when I was teaching the boys to hold a pencil when they were 3 how to properly hold it with their right hand. So thankful the Hubby and Brother stepped in to help, cause quite frankly, I don’t know how to hold a pencil in my right hand. Feels strange and incorrect when I do! So when I noticed Kate’s left hand was more dominant I was ecstatic!

We busted out the letter flashcards, number flash cards, and our preschool workbook! Kate can recite her alphabet, count 1-20, she knows her colors and a good majority of her shapes!

My goal this time around is to work on letter recognition and sound recognition. I’ll let you guys know how that goes! (Haha)

Check out this cute little video of Kate tracing today =]

What’re your favorite study habits?

Lots of love,

Pink

How I Overcame The Terrible Twos

Hello Readers!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! I know the summer sun is shining bright out here in Arizona! And, boy, its shining alright- cause it’s blazin’ hot! ;] We have been staying cool this Summer by doing a lot of our outdoor activities in the evening when it isn’t too hot & although school is out for the Summer, we are still doing workbooks — math and reading! (They’ll thank me later ;])

This year our birthday’s start in August, which is a few short months away! Our oldest, Skyler turns 6 this year and enters first grade (He is SUPER excited!) Spencer’s birthday follows suit and little man finally turns 5. Spencer, has an awkward birthday when it comes to the kinder cut-off. He is technically “too young” to enter into kindergarten, but will be considered “too old” to enter preschool since he turns 5 midway through the school year. So, right now we are trying to test him into kinder or whatever deems suitable for Spencer, academically. Kate this year will be turning 2. Yep, you read that right.. T-W-O, two! I don’t know if a lot of you parents (or even Grandparents, guardians, Aunt(s)/Uncle(s), etc) have witnessed or even better experienced the terrible two’s? oh, you haven’t –well let me tell you!! Terrible two’s are known for the tantrum stages, as a toddler begins to grow-up sometimes they find it hard to explain how they are feeling which easily gets them frazzled. Hence the spectacular age of 2! I was grateful to have not gone through these “tantrum” stages with Spencer. Which actually really surprises me considering, Spencer is now, my active, rambunctious, rebel child! (HAHA!). Skyler, went through them and we quickly kicked it in the gutter before it blew out of proportion! Katelynn, on the other hand well, she is a little Princess. Daddy, constantly says yes as soon as a crocodile tear can be seen. Trust me, when I say Katelynn has her Dad eating out of the palm of her hand. She literally does! Baby Girl, has her crying tactics down to science! Its accompanied with hand gestures to the mouth, a few crocodile tears, and a few glares to make sure you are watching this theatrical break down. I have to remind my Husband that sometimes it is not a “real cry”. Cause you can distinctly tell her real cry from her theatrical cry. Anyways, back to my point, I wanted to share my experience with the terrible two’s when we were first time parents. As first time parents, we always felt the need, and when I mean we, I mean my Husband and I, my Mom and my other Family members. (It took and continues to take a village to raise my 3 kids)- to constantly not let a child cry, meaning saying “yes”, and “giving-in”. Yes, I can feel the eye glares, and distinctive NO nods.. trust me, it gets better. My superstitious, traditional filipino Family believed as parents we were being “mean” if we said “no” to our first born & not let him have exactly what he wanted. Even if it meant a liter of soda. (Gasp!).

When we would go to work or school we would leave him with various sitters. We noticed his attitude and demeanor would change when he would be with us at home vs at the sitters. We later learned that there really was no discipline when he was at the sitters, not even a talk. So, once we learned of that we figured out Skyler’s reason or his “why” he threw tantrums.  In one household he would consistently get his way, and of course at home he would get some of his way, depending what it was. We talked to our sitter who was watching him to instill a form of discipline. We encouraged talks in which we defined it as, talking to Skyler and explaining to him why he shouldn’t do something bad, or why he couldn’t have a certain item, or why it was not ok to be mean, etc. At home, we instilled “the talk” with Skyler at a young age, we spoke to him gently, kindly and would talk it out to alleviate the tantrum. A great example would be when, Skyler was playing with a toy car, and another infant took it. He got very upset and started yelling and screaming and was trying to take the car away. We sat Skyler down, took a few deep breaths (mind you he is 2..) and would explain to him that the baby did not mean to take it away. That the baby is little and still didn’t know how to use his words, that if he could nicely ask for the car back. We practiced this type of talk in a varying scenarios and thankfully has always worked for us!

Fast forward to now, Baby K is now our only little girl, and at times I can feel and see that she feels out numbered by her big brothers. She tries her best to keep up with sword fighting, ninjas and video games! I can see when she is frustrated and gets irritated when the boys don’t let her play along. I have to sit the boys down and remind them that Kate is little & is also their little sister. Sometimes the boys need a friendly reminder to know that sometimes it wasn’t fun to play alone. Thankfully, this talk will work, and sometimes it just won’t. And, when it doesn’t I just have to redirect Kate to a more age appropriate activity with me. So, even though we are noticing some “terrible two’s” from Kate. We are learning to re-direct that anger or tantrum into an activity. Thus, far it has been working. We have a few more months until she is actually two, and she speaks a few more words. What are some terrible two tactics that you have used? I’d love to hear them, sound off in the comments below!

Blessings,

Pinky G.

 

How I Became a SAHM And A Working Mom

Like my title? I was never really good in math, or being creative in titles– so hopefully you can decipher that as you please. But, nonetheless, when I look at it- it seems straight to the point.

9 times out of 10 I get told, “You’re so lucky you’re a stay at home Mom! You have all the time to do whatever you want and sleep-in, hang-out!”  insert-evil laugh- Yeah, No. I think there are a lot misconceptions of being a “SAHM” vs working Mom, or all of the above. I don’t get to sleep-in, I don’t get to do whatever I want. I run my household off of a routine, that even includes me and the two other kids I have who don’t go to school yet. I think Mom’s/Dad’s or both Parents in general work in order to provide for their family, and at times that truly means balancing both duties as a “stay-at-home- parent” and a working parent. But, just cause some Parent’s don’t work doesn’t mean they… “don’t work”. ;] Get it? HAHA!

Here is what a typical day looks like in my household as a “SAHM”:

6:00am: First alarm goes off (Husband wakes up and gets ready for work, I get-up and let Dog out)

6:15-20am: Husband Leaves for work (Let Dog back in & feed, and refill water, Read daily devotional).

6:30am: My alarm goes off (I get-up, check on the “should-be” sleeping baby, sneak into the boys’ room, wake-up oldest child to get ready for school, and wake-up an [almost, always grumpy- not-a-morning-person] toddler [most likely, puts up a fight EVERY morning],  I quietly run sprint out of that room, go to the kitchen pack my oldest Son his lunch/snack for the day, as well as a quick breakfast to-go. Go back into my boys’ room check on both boys, and of course the toddler who fell asleep – again. And, the oldest should-be up and getting ready. This point, once everyone is semi-situated I start getting ready!)

6:45am: Second alarm goes off – to remind me we need to leave in 15 minutes! (At this point, we are cutting close to time. The oldest needs to be in school by 7:15 am, we live approximately 10-15 minutes away from the school, but, that doesn’t include, school traffic, bus traffic, etc. Dun, dun, dun! I have to wake-up the grumpy toddler, and verbally cue him get ready for the morning. (“Don’t forget to go potty, brush your teeth, wash your hands, etc.”). This is usually, when I wake-up sleeping beauty, if she hasn’t already awaken by the madness her brothers are causing! Thankfully, she is a happy morning baby, and will quietly babble, observe, play with her crib toys, or just lay quietly until I pick her up. I quickly get her dressed, grab all her bottles we have accumulated through the night, and get those in the sink. 

6:50am: (Everyone is getting shoes on, back packs together, and that includes, diaper bag/purse, etc. I get everyone loaded and safely buckled into the car. Head down to the school which again is about 10-15 minutes depending on traffic [which there ALWAYS is].

  • Scenario A (Arriving at 7:00am – if I get lucky and we miraculously make it in time to beat the school parking lot traffic, we are usually in line for the parent-drop off and patiently wait our turn. By the time, all the cars get into the lot, and we go into a semi-circle, I put my hazards on [but, I’m not supposed to] and get out of the car [you’re not supposed to], and unbuckle Sky, and give him his belonging and give him his hug and kiss, then send him off to school. [**The parent drop-off every morning is quick, no parents should be getting out of their car, or stopping in traffic. Unfortunately, THIS Mom does, because I like to make sure my Son has everything, and that I do take that moment to give him some love before his day starts. That’s just me though, I do see other parents doing it too!**] Skyler, will literally make it perfectly at 7:10 am with time to walk casually, through the gates, to drop off his lunch box and bag, then join his class at the playground.)
  • Scenario B (this scenario usually means the bell rings while we are still in the parent drop-off line, meaning we got caught in the traffic, and it literally feels like a “stop, drop, and roll-out of the car” moment. Nonetheless, I still get out of the car, get Sky together and still send him off with a hug and kiss, late or not. [They have 3 bells, so normally he is ok..].

7:30am We dropped off Skyler, and I hurry back home so that I can get breakfast ready for both toddler and baby. As soon as we get home, I remind again, potty and wash you hands and sit at the table. I get the baby ready and situated in her booster chair for breakfast. I turn on VeggieTales to keep both kids occupied in the mean time as I get either cereal, waffles/pancakes, eggs/bacon, or whatever the request maybe for breakfast. Then I serve the food, I let the baby feed herself (with minor accompaniment), and the toddler feeds himself. I also get drinks set as well. When my little toddler is done eating, he takes his plates/utensils/cup and clears it if there are any remaining food fragments and places them in the sink. He pushes in his chair and goes to the bathroom to wash his hands. This time, Baby K has already created a disaster on the floor by throwing everything off of her tray, if she is already full. There are also breakfast remmnants in her hair as proof! 

7:45am Around this time, I have already unbuckled Katelynn and took her to the bathroom to get cleaned up, freshened, and teeth brushed. I’ll bring her back out into the living room where her Brother is watching ‘VeggieTales,’ and set-out some ‘quiet’ toys for her to tinker with. I set-up my barricades so that she doesn’t go into the: dogs kennel, the hallway, backyard, or kitchen. I go back into the kitchen and start placing things in the sink.

8:15am  Both kids are usually distracted by VeggieTales, or by their toys. That I begin my morning chores. First, off- kitchen! I do the dishes, put away items, sweep up the floor, wipe down the counters, clean-up the seats/high chair. Straighten and organize counter space, seating, and table. Once that is all done, I’ll go back over the barricade and with the help of my toddler, start putting away toys. I’ll turn off the TV and both kids go into the master bedroom/playroom. Once again, I have that room baby gated, and the kids are playing. I’ll go back into the living room to clean-up. 

**If its Monday, we participate in a weekly playdate every Monday from 9am-noon! In that case, our Monday schedule gets shifted down an hour & most of our cleaning and chores occur after 230pm!** 

8:45-9:00am Living room clean-up (depending on the severity of it), requires vacuuming, wiping down tables and couches, light dusting, light pick-up. And, I also vacuum the hall ways that attach to the living room. I’ll also throw in a load of laundry.

9:15am Thankfully, both the kitchen and living room are complete. I’ll join the kids in the master bedroom, and check Baby’s diaper, change it, and switch out some toys and lay out a few books. This is our potty time. Again, sometimes a friendly, verbal cue is necessary.

9:30am-10:30am  This is usually around the time the Baby wants to go down for a nap. Sometimes (and, lately) she hasn’t been. So, I usually log-on to the computer at this time and start my online classes. (I’m currently attending GCU to obtain my Bachelors). I’ll finish as much of my homework, reading, and studying I can do with a Baby using me as a jungle gym and of course still pay attention to both Baby and toddler. The first load of laundry should be tossed into dryer by now (if I remember), and then I’ll start another load. (Our household generally has about 3-5 baskets of laundry a week).

10:45am This is when I usually take a break. I’ll start folding the first load if I remembered to turn the drier on, if not then this is when I’m still drying the first load. 

11:00am I’ll mosy along back into the kitchen to see what I can conjure up for lunch. I’ll bring the kids out of my room, back into the kitchen and have them sit for a snack while I make lunch. 

11:45-11:50am Hopefully by this time, lunch is prepped, cooked, and served. (If I’m lucky, with no distractions). I’ll cut up pieces that needs to be cut, and clean up my cooking area. Usually, I let the kids eat first before I sit and eat. I make sure they’re all situated and taken care of before I sit down. This is so I don’t get any distractions while I’m eating, which usually happens. 

NOON At this time, I have to take the baby off of her chair, clean her up, and get a sip of milk for her so she can nap. For sure, the Baby will go down for a nap since she did not take her morning nap. She usually by now have dosed off amongst her stuffed animals or in my arms. Spencer cleaned up his plates and has found a toy, book, or workbook to do while I eat. Usually, an easy workbook, that he can do. Or we practice our letter pronunciation. 

12:15pm I get up and start cleaning the kitchen (again), in the midst of this I know I’ll remember the laundry and go switch that load, or start it over (again). Run back to the kitchen, finish cleaning the dishes, wipe down the counters (again), sweep the floor, (again). Reorganize the kitchen and have Spencer clean up his area. We go back into the master bedroom where the baby is asleep, I’ll start folding or finish folding the laundry at this point. God forbid, I’m hopeful that I’m on the second load of laundry and that I have the third and final (hopefully) squared away in the washer or drier.. If I remembered.

12:30-12:45pm The Baby should still be sleeping, and I will take this opportunity to log-on to do HW again, or finish my quizzes. I’ll simultaneously check-up on emails and reply back to whomever. I’ll also log on to the blog, and update. Run some marketing things via social media. And, continue doing some HW. I let Spencer watch one movie in the afternoon (as much as possible, I encourage more play time vs tv time). But, I do let him play educational games that we download via iPad, or play video games. 

1:00pm The Baby should be waking-up at around this time, sometimes she is still sleeping. So, I let her. I have Spencer clean up his area, and we start getting ready to head out the door for errands, and to go pick up Skyler at school. I’ll cue Spencer to get ready, or at least grab his jacket and socks, and then I’ll get the Baby ready. More than likely, I have to change the baby again .. cause Babie’s always have a mess of some sort. ;] After both kids are ready, I’ll make sure I look Human enough togo outside without looking like a mess. 

1:25pm-1:45pm We are hopefully, out the door by now and headed to the grocery store, list in hand (who am I kidding, I’m sure I left the list on the counter..). Once we get to the grocery store, we go for fruits, veggies, meat products, and of course dairy products. Once we obtain all those, we make our way towards the check-out line. Hoping I didn’t forget anything. (I know I forgot something). 

1:50 pm  I’m driving towards the school to pick up the oldest to make it just in time for the parent pick up curb. We get in line amongst all the traffic and do the what seems like the do-se-do around the curb to find your kid and pick them up.

2:30pm This is usually the longest, due to all the kids leaving school, the crowd of people, and amount of cars. We are lucky to get out of the parking lot by 2:30 the latest. From here we head home. 

2:45pm I unload the kids, have them wash their hands, potty breaks. I get the baby cleaned, freshened and seated in her booster with a snack. The boys get their belongings situated. Skyler gets his folder and lunchbox on the counter, freshens up and both boys sit at the table. While all this is going on, I run out to the car, unload the groceries. Once I get the groceries in the house the boys have a snack while I prep dinner. 

3:00pm While dinner is prepping/marinating or whatever it maybe. I’m helping Skyler with homework while the other two are playing. Once we finish Sky’s homework we go ahead and he clears everything away. 

3:15-3:50pm I’ll sign back on to the computer, try and get some more school work done. I do this for about 20-30 minutes. I take breaks in-between a few problems, to play with the Baby, read a book to the kids. Then go back and read a chapter for school. I’ll also participate in forum discussion in school during this time. 

4:00pm If weather permits, I like to bring the kids out back, or to the park. I normally try to schedule a playdate so that they kids are active and aren’t cooped up at home. This is the only downtime I probably will have. I use this for a time to unwind, catch up on my planner, organize the bills, and get my phone calls together. I’m either following up with my agent, work, or calling people and following up with my affiliation programs. 

4:30-445pm We go back home, clean up, and freshen. Some point around 3-4:50pm all three will go down for a nap. Which usually lasts a little over an hour. When they go down for a nap, I’ll put away the folded laundry, finish folding all the clothes, and hopefully have them put away. 

5:00-5:30pm Since all three are asleep, I finish up the chores. I’ll recheck the kitchen, living room, and bedrooms. I’ll log back onto the computer, read another chapter, answer a few homework questions. And, start cooking. 

545-6:00pm I take this time to start cooking, the kids usually get up by like 6:15pm (ish), and will fall back asleep around 9pm for bedtime. While I cook, I normally am online catching up on the blog, social media, responding to emails. The kids wake-up in waves, so once the two boys are up, they opt for a light snack such as a fruit. 

6:15-6:50pm Food is done cooking, I get the kids fed. I set aside a plate for my Husband and myself. I get the kids fed. Once, they’re finished, the boys clean-up and sit back down for dessert (if I made one). After dinner, all three kids get a bath. Once, I get them all bathed, boys change themselves, and I get the baby cleaned up. I pop in another VeggieTale episode or movie, and back to the living room the kids go. Toys, books, they’re occupied. 

7:00pm-7:30pm I start cleaning up the kitchen, dishes, counters, etc. By now, the Husband should be pulling into the driveway. I get our dinners heated up, and we get to eat while the kids are occupied. I quickly chow down, and start getting the kids calm to get ready for bed. 

7:45pm-8:00pm I help get the kids teeth brushed, everyone has gone to the bathroom. We prep our beds, say our goodnight prayers, do our hugs and kisses. Then I leave the boys in their room, and take the Baby to her crib. Do our nightly cuddles, and prayer. And, I’ll give her a little milk (if she is fussy) and just lay her down in her crib. She usually falls asleep on her own. 

8:15-8:50pm AHHH!! Quiet household! (sometimes), this period is usually when I chat with the Husband who is done eating, showered, and is following-up on his emails. If I’m lucky no kid pops out from the hallway to say they’re not tired, which in this case is what we call the “go back to bed cha-cha,” its the task of escorting Child back to bed, another prayer, another snuggle, and off to bed they should go. (Depending on which child). Hopefully, I join him in the living room. After quickly picking up the kitchen, living room areas. 

9:00pm-midnight This is bedtime for EVERYONE! But, of course this is the only quiet, quiet time where I won’t get any distractions, or interruptions. I’ll quickly pick up toys, and quickly make sure and double check everything from doors, stoves, kids, etc. I’ll check the laundry (Cause I normally will forget them), either restart them, or re-dry them. I’ll go back to my room and launch my computer, where I fully focus on my math homework. I’m not good at math so this usually takes me a few hours. In this case… I was up until 1:30am. But, I COMPLETED all my homework, quiz and exam for this week which was due on Sunday! PHEW! 

2:30-3:00am Baby is teething so for the past few weeks, we have been having early morning cuddle sessions at this time. Also, this time (for some reason) is when our night walkers sneak into our bed. In this case, I always lay out a blanket on the floor equipped with pillows and a comforter for when each boy, or one boy walks in and wanders and falls asleep. Thankfully, they only wander into my room and no where else. 

6:00am Start all over ;]

This would be a typical, “Good”, quiet day! In some instances, I have work errands and meetings, phone calls, and have to travel for auditions, and things with kids in tote! But, I’ll save that schedule for another blog ;] I think both roles working/sahm should get props, high fives, and a deep tissue massage! I believe that both efforts are put in where the need to be. Just cause one brings home the bacon, doesn’t mean the other one is just bacon grease! LOL!

Nonetheless, I love my chaotic schedules, and over stuffed routines. I find that God’s purpose for me is quite challenging, but, worth it! What’s your schedule like?

 

Blessings,

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Pinkie Pie Birthday theme – UNVEILED!

Katelyn’s first birthday was such a great success that I thought I’d share photos of the party itself! Her first birthday party theme was My Little Pony: Pinkie Pie!  I felt so guilty that I was unable to finish her birthday invitation like I had originally planned. So, instead we went all out on decoration and her outfit. Being our  first and only daughter, we wanted to make sure we went “all-out” like we do for the boys!

Pictured below is the cake table and a few decorations that we got:

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The photos do not do the decoration justice- however you can view the decoration in my video on instagram @pinkyguerrero =] I also got Katelynn a customized two tier cake! From local baker Brittany Howe from Cake Creations by Brittany. She did a superb job on the cakes!

It was great that she was able to capture the thought and idea that I had for the cake. I really wanted multi-colored, but, very vibrant and fun colors! She gave us a cute smash cake, and then she also hand decorated using buttercream frosting for all the designs on the cake! From the polka dots, to the pinkie pie pony and all the fun sprinkles. The inside of the cake was super cute! And, I have been dying to try it myself- but, I know I lack expertise in baking. ;] I had asked for the inside of the cake to multi-colored as well. Which takes a lot of time! I am so grateful and blessed that she was able to do that!

I was very specific being my Daughter’s first birthday and gratefully she ever so willingly worked with me and my thoughts! God bless her!

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IMG_2035IMG_2034IMG_2033Here is how the cakes looked like! Pictured to the left: two tier cake (vanilla with buttercream frosting), sprinkles and buttercream frosting decorations. Vanilla smash cake with butter cream, and buttercream frosting design.

Pinkie pie themed, and color matched. =]

The inside of the cake was super fun, cute, and colorful! It definitely tied into the Pinkie Pie, My Little Pony theme! She layered the cakes and colored the buttercream frosting in-between! It was a fun surprise when we cut into the cake! The kids and the birthday girl LOVED it! I loved it!

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The cake was dense, and flavorful, the buttercream frosting was my favorite part- I could literally lick every piece of cake completely frosting-less if I was only allowed too ;]

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Kathleen was decked out head-to-toe from customized products I purchased off etsy.

Thank you to all the etsy shops for helping me create a great outfit for Kate! I am forever grateful for all your handwork and dedication! You definitely were a big part of my inspired outfits and theme! A huge thank you to everyone who came and celebrated our gorgeous girl, and thank you to everyone who helped contribute to food and helping out!

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Kate’s pony collection is getting bigger, cannot wait to move and give her a room to put all these in! Thank you everyone and god bless!

Blessings,

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And, Then There Were Three

Ah, yes, just when I had the pair of twos down to the ‘T.’ Katelynn, joined the group and I now have to do everything in threes. Meaning three baths, three mouths to feed, three bathroom breaks, three outfit changes, etc. My boys are independent and usually don’t needmy physical help, just vocal guidance at times. And, since Katelynn is still a baby her needs aren’t as demanding. I LOVE my three musketeers! I’ve already envisioned Halloween costumes, outfits for pictures or parties. I’m so blessed, grateful that God answered my prayers. =]

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My cousin Johanna recently had a baby as well on November 14th, she and I are very close and were born four days apart. Our kids her son Anthony and my Daughter Katelynn are 17 days apart!! We thought that was pretty cool!! Here is a picture of my cousin and I on the bottom, and our kids on top!

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[top photo (right to left): Katelynn & Anthony, bottom photo (right to left): Me and Johanna]

This year for Christmas we were quite behind, so literally only the kids get gifts this year. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get everything done prior giving birth. So, my large family, will most likely receive hugs, kisses, lots of love for Christmas. Seriously. I thought about joining in on the last minute rush to gather as much as I can, but, with two toddlers and a newborn tackling several stores in different locations doesn’t seem appealing. So, arts and crafts it is!!
Wishing you all joy and health!

36 weeks/ 25th birthday blog

I turned 25 this year on 11-11 =) very blessed, grateful for everything and everyone who has been a positive influence in my life. This year bad been the most rewarding, challenging ever! But, luckily with Christ on my side, my family and great friends I’ve been able to stay grounded. But, before we get into the birthday festivities, let’s do a recap of the weekend.

I officially, am 36 weeks!! Not much to it really, just anxious! Anywho- on the 9th, my Husband and I along with our kids joined Discount Tire Company in the “Light the night: leukemia and lymphoma society walk.” DTC, raised over $16,000!! =) On the 10th, StoopidLow along with Team AfterMath hosted a canned food drive. We collected cans for military families in need. After the event, we enjoyed a delicious dinner at our friends house and once we got home my Husband thoughtfully got me a cupcake complete with a lit candle! =)

On my birthday, we spent lunch with my family and for dinner went to Texas Roadhouse with my StoopidLow family! It was delicious and so much fun! As, soon as that was done, went home got the kids ready for bed and off to bed I went. Haha!!

Blessings!

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Here is team AfterMath and StoopidLow at our event!

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Here is my early birthday cupcake from my Husband =)

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One of my friends thoughtfully got me a non-alcoholic beverage for my birthday! It was delicious!! =)