How I Raised Monkeys

Hello Readers, (crickets chirping ). I know it has been FOREVER since my last blog and/or update! It has been a whirlwind of a year! The low-down on the boys: Skyler-Ian is 3 years old (turning 4 on August 13, entering kindergarten this year- there will be a separate blog for that ASAP) and Spencer is 2 years old (turning 3 in November & in the process of potty training- also another separate blog for that coming soon!) they’re more rambunctious than ever! It’s the typical

monkey see, monkey do with these two!

Geeze, it’s been awhile! We have tons of updates & stories to share but, most importantly we are adding another blessing to the bunch! A BABY GIRL! I’m due December 10,2013! We are VERY excited & nervous! Mostly excited ;] UPDATES are on their way! Til then- god bless ❤

 

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How I Looked Like A Crazy Lady At Olive Garden

Who would’ve thought that staring at your child can make you cry tears of joy? Minus the fact I cry at every milestone my children hit, and every “first.” You can definitely expect tears from me. But, I never imagined just crying at a restaurant just listening to my 3 years old tell me a story about robots.

Since we moved back to Arizona, my family and I would always eat at Olive Garden. Even when Skyler-Ian was just my “baby bump,” we rarely go out to eat so we went out and I found myself staring at him as he talked of robots, and monsters during dinner. At some point between the beginning of this story, my eyes watered up. My friend even said, “If you cry I swear I’m gonna punch you”! HAHA! My Husband even asked why I was crying, I turned away and all I could say was “he is growing up so fast”.I couldn’t even pay attention to my son’s story, I just hugged and kissed him and brought him ice cream. Who would’ve thought that my little baby bump would be growing-up so fast?

Embrace them, love them, and cherish those memories. ❤ They’re not forever.

How I Survived The First Night Before Preschool

It’s the night before Skyler’s first day of preschool and I am honestly anxious! My stomach is in knots, I’m nervous, I feel light headed- just AHHHH! I’ve met the teachers, we did meet the teacher night! And, Skyler didn’t cry going to school but, he cried because he didn’t want to leave! Imagine that?!
I think the whole thing that scares me the most is the whole potty thing & that he will look for me. Just breaks my heart when I can’t comfort him when he needs me. But, I know it’s part of growing up.
I picked out several outfits not sure which one I want him to wear on his first day of school! But, definitely needs to be comfy & easy for him to move in! Ahh! I just hope tomorrow goes smooth! Keep your fingers crossed! I’ll keep you posted, but, for now here is a sleepless night filled with never-ending prayers!

Pinky

 

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How I Tackled My 3 Year Olds Birthday Party

Hello valued readers!
It’s August! (jumps for joy!) oh, let all the birthday festivities begin! My oldest son: Skyler-Ian is turning 3 in exactly a week; meaning 168 hours, 10080 minutes, and 604800 seconds. But, really whose counting, right?! Psh, (insert eye roll).

This year we (Skyler-Ian & I) decided what theme to do this year. Every year I try and base a theme off of what he is into most. Obviously, it isn’t easy because his little imagination gets the best of him & can change themes in a blink of an eye. So, I stuck with his first (of many picks)- underwater adventure! (Aka sharks, dolphins, whales, etc.) I thought this would be a great theme considering I wanted to “handmake” the decorations starting with jellyfishes and fishes!

I’ll post pics of before and after in a new blog! ;] for my craft lovers! I’ll also dedicate a blog to Sky’s birthday & all the materials I used and where I got them!

Anyways, I pretty much have all the necessities minus possibly finding a new cake, I’m not settling with the generic Finding Nemo cake I got.. I want something a little more exciting! (No offense). I want to go out of the comfort zone and venture into local bakeries than you know corporate America. (No offense). With all due respect, I want to also support local businesses! =] (quiet round of applause). I also even contemplated making the cake
Myself- but, never really got around to doing it!

Moving on, I’ll post pics and so on as the party gets closer along with tutorials I did for decors, and dessert!

7 days!!! =D

Definitely moving on, Skyler-Ian is FULLY potty trained! Woohoo! Although he does still need help getting on the toilet otherwise he is good as gold! (oh, and the occasional help putting his underwear back on- sometimes it’s crooked!). But, other than that we are peachy keen!
I have been teaching Spencer to count 1-5, and know where his body parts are. And, even throw in learning his primary colors! But, being still quite young he really doesn’t like to sit still long enough to learn ;] but, we try!

Skyler-Ian learned how to open the small baby gate (ugh!) and unlock/lock the sliding glass door! (double ugh!). I don’t think I’ve never felt so displaced by a two-year-old! But, nonetheless, I need new tactics to keep them out of specific areas! Blah!

Anyways, that’s it for now- check in for Skyler-Ian’s birthday blog!

Pinky Guerrero

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When I Became A Mom For The First Time

I remember setting my eyes on what seemed to be two faint pink lines on a pregnancy test before I knew it I blew up like a beach ball, hormonal and craving Doritos with mayonnaise!
The whole journey to becoming a Mom wasn’t a fun journey, it wasn’t easy. But, looking back at the journey itself, it’s unforgettable. And, it definitely was well worth the stretch marks, and sleepless nights. It finally dawned on me that once upon a time I was just pregnant and in a blink of an eye I’m looking at that “used to be jelly bean object in my belly”, he is grown-up two years old (going on three) to be exact! I don’t think I’ve ever imagined how fast children grow. Especially mine I will always refer them as my babies, regardless of their age. I honestly remember just yesterday making funny faces to hear the soft, coos, and aahs a new infant would make. And, now I hear full on sentences from an energetic, active, intelligent two years old to be honest, won’t stop talking!
My two-year-old, Skyler-Ian, my first-born is starting preschool this year. I found myself babbling stories of when he used to be a newborn to the school registrar, while I filled out his school paperwork. I’m sure she didn’t care, but, I cared. Relentlessly, I still told her my stories whether she listened or not, and then it really hit me, Skyler-Ian is going to school!! I think it was then that I realized I’m more of a nervous wreck than my son! After completing paperwork, I talked to Sky about school, and that he was going to go be with his friends for a few hours and that I would pick him up in the afternoon, and that in school they learn numbers, colors, the alphabet and color and have fun toys to learn and play with! I could see in his curious, little face trying to grasp the idea of “going to school” and it’s meaning. After what I thought seemed like a legitimate lecture on going to school, the only thing that Skyler-Ian grasped was “coloring and toys”. Yep, there goes my well-prepared speech out the window! (Haha). Oh well, it didn’t hurt to try.
Little did I know my two-year-old was about to shock me. On a regular basis, I teach Sky with workbooks, flash cards and games about spelling, numbers, colors and the alphabet. Things he would essentially learn in school. I’m pleased to say (and brag) that he can recite his ABC’s, count 1-20 in English, and 1-15 in Spanish. Knows his colors and can spell “first words” (example: cat, bat, yak, etc.) Essentially, I favor the educational movies and learning apps. I veer from “regular shows” and things like fighting, cursing, etc. although, I know it is inevitable as soon as he gets into school he will learn things that I’ve taught him as “wrong”. Anyways, today I randomly asked Skyler-Ian, “What do you want to be when you grow-up?” and like any other toddler he answered “bigger!” hand gestures and all, the exact answer I wanted to hear! And, then to my surprise, he goes “I want to be a Doctor, so I have to go to school and so later I can buy toys!” and, imagine a little two-year-old saying all this a grinning from ear to ear with complete satisfaction and completely pleased with his answer. I looked at my Husband and we just smiled and laughed! My smart boy, the things his little imagination conjures! I’ve never told Skyler what he can or cannot be when he grows-up, so to hear what his little innocent mind had to say made me smile. I’m so proud of my two-year-old and I can’t wait to see what is in store for him in the future! I know the day I send him off to preschool; I’ll imagine the day I finally held him in my arms as a newborn ready to take on the world. I’m so blessed and grateful for my Skyler-Ian.

Pinky Guerrero