How My Aunt Celebrated Her 50th Birthday!

Happy September 25th my lovelies! I hope you are all enjoying this last week of SEPTEMBER! (Say What?!) I know, I missed my blog post on Friday (don’t remind me). This weather is my absolute FAVORITE! High 80’s and low of 70’s, its complete perfection!

Last week, we had soccer practice and a hockey game! All went smoothly and the boys are enjoying their sports! My only struggle is keeping a toddler entertained throughout the whole thing! LOL — she really doesn’t pay attention and she cheers regardless! LOL!

Skyler’s team is now undefeated (woot-woot), realistically they’re playing for fun but, low-key the parents are keeping tabs! (ahem – like me ahem). Spencer starts his first soccer game this weekend! And, we are SO excited! LOL

This weekend we also spent with Family for my Aunt’s 50th birthday! It was the cutest to see all the little cousins get together!

How cute is it that the siblings are in matching outfits?! Us Mom’s definitely didn’t plan that! But, we were laughing about it! LOL! The kids always LOVE playing together as they’re all in the same age! Sadly, Kate is the only girl. So, she roughest it up with the boys quite well! When I was younger my cousins and I were really close, so I’m excited to watch them all grow up together!

As always, Uncle Ge-Ar (Jayar) is a fave! Always down to do piggy back rides, or play hide and seek, get candy or just there for carrying a kid around. Crazy how all the boys flocked to him! Love this photo (this was also attempted 1 of like 100).

Kate had a blast and she was dancing up a storm. It was hysterical! I swear if we didn’t pick her up to leave, homegirl would’ve stayed ALL night dancing!

I can’t believe its the last week of September! In exactly 2 weeks, Ric and I will be on the island of Kauai! EEK! So, Ric and I haven’t had a vacation without the kids. If anything we do overnight trips and usually bring 1 kid with us or all 3. We haven’t actually left them alone longer than overnight. So, this will be (terrifying) and exciting. I have complete faith and trust that the kids will have fun at Grandma’s aka Mom! They always do! I am excited to spend time with Ric and just relax and enjoy our week.

Ric and I have not been to Hawaii so we are extremely excited, we chose the most “laid” back island, so we were told. But, we did that on purpose. We aren’t partiers or drinkers, not really into the tourist thing either. We were content with hiking, snorkeling, and just being beach bums. And, eating! Lots of eating!

We are going to start vLogging on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Attempt too at least! Ric told me he didn’t want me working on our trip. Which makes it very hard to do. Haha, work from home struggles!

Anyway’s will update you all Wednesday and will get a video up for you as well!

Hugs,

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How I Balance The Boys Sports Schedule

I’m getting very lame with these titles. HAHA! Happy hump day fellow readers! It’s Wednesday! September is quickly moving along and October is right around the corner!

We officially are in full swing on our sports schedule. My only “free” days are Wednesday and Friday! Spencer officially had his first day of soccer practice on Tuesday and LOVED it! He absolutely hated hockey & so we let him pick a sport to try. He chose soccer and absolutely enjoys it! He is eager and excited! I can’t wait for him to flourish in his niche! It also helps that one of his friends is on the same team as him! Spencer was making all his practice shots, and as always we cheered him on (as well as the other kiddos)!

 

Skyler is just loving hockey! He loves that he has games and practices! He recently got his jersey back and his Coach put their names on the back of the jerseys! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such happy smiles!

Skyler, had a game last Saturday and his team won 9-4 with Skyler scoring no goals, but had 2 assists! Woohoo! The Mom van is in full swing, complete with lawn chairs, umbrellas, strollers, blankets, and anything necessary for games (ice and field). Who would’ve thought? HAHA! I’m setting out to get shirts made for game days! Since game days are on the SAME day back to back. I’m having shirts made one for each child with their number and team on it. Yep, I will be that Mom! ;]

Ric reminded me that we are about less than 2 weeks away from our trip to Hawaii. (Don’t panic)! Cause, I totally don’t have anything ready at this point. That will be a blog on its own before we leave! I’m debating if I should bring my computer or not, and I probably will. I really don’t want to work on my vacation, but, I know I will end up doing so!

Hope your Wednesday is fab! Any plans for Halloween? The kiddos (including dogs) got their costumes last night!

xoxo,

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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!

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How I Deal With Stress

It’s been a whirlwind of a week!

Hello!

Happy Friday! It felt like this weekend would never come! Ugh, so thankful it did. It’s been an interesting week, to say the least. And, a whirlwind of a Wednesday/Thursday!

I’d like to utilize one of my lifelines please — a vacation STAT! Don’t you wish those options were easily accessible? I mean for some of you it may be. Unfortunately, as a working, Mom of 3 with a sports schedule overload. I can’t just leave when I want. Although, I would love a mini-vacay!

My skin has been breaking out and feeling so dull and gross. I guess you can say, I’ve been stressed. I normally don’t ever break out. Very rarely do I ever! But, this week alone I had break-outs everywhere on my face, eye bags for days, and just a complete Mom mess.

I’m truly an organized person, I have a notebook for everything bills/budgeting, schedules. I keep everything up to date. But, this past week no matter how I organized I felt, I couldn’t get it together! Rarely, do my schedules ever get thrown off, but, this week it totally did. Nothing went according to plan, and things changed fast. I adapt easily, so I’m not worried about that. I was just surprised at how many things can happen whether you plan them or not.

For those who do follow me on Facebook, my Mom fell ill this week and has been admitted to the hospital. She currently is still there and will update accordingly. Prayers appreciated!

My blog is going to get revamped, content will change ( a little) and you’ll see new links and blogs coming up. I’m working on a project right now, and although I can’t release any information just yet. I’m excited to be working on it!

I hope you are all safe, healthy and ok! Life can throw strange curveballs and sometimes they’re easy to catch. At other times it’s a complete miss. Just don’t beat yourself up for it. We are only human, we all make mistakes, and life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. Keep your attitude and spirit positive cause there’s always hope. Wishing you all a fantastic weekend. I’ll chat with you all on Monday!

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Why, I’ve Been Slacking

Hello, from a slacker 😅

I know, I forgot to post on Monday! Realistically, I didn’t forget. I knew it was Monday but, my schedule has been filled with Kiddo engagements!

Therefore, the title of “Mednesday” a blog post about Monday & Wednesday combined. You’re welcome! 😜

If you’ve been following me on Facebook (HERE) or Instagram (HERE). Then you’re familiar with my new sports inclined schedule! The boys have officially taken on sport club teams which now engulf my whole ENTIRE agenda! (I’m not kidding). I’m a calendar fiend! I absolutely schedule everything down to a “T”. My iPhone calendar is color coded & shared accordingly, my agenda in my home office coincides with my iPhone calendar & therefore everything is scheduled properly!

Monday’s are club practice nights and also a school night. Now, during the day I work from home & am currently studying for school. I’m also a Mom to a mischievous 3-year-old, that speaks volume all on its own. During the day, I’m swamped with emails, phone calls, calendar changes, making appointments, tending to Kate, chores or cooking. Once the boys come home they have an early dinner/snack, do some homework or quick studying & off to the rink we go!!

This is going to be the new norm. I’m grateful for our Nanny because right now, my brain is functioning but, I’m everywhere!! My schedule is about to get crazier once Spencer starts practicing for soccer within this next week!

Saturday’s are about to be official “Game Days” in our household. Soccer games in the morning & straight to hockey in the afternoon! I’ve already got my “Mom team shirts” ready! And, I’m grateful for my extra hands that help me!

I say this A LOT & it’s because it’s true. It takes a village to raise kids! I’m grateful for my family & friends who help with carpooling, lunches/dinners, attending games or practices to cheer my kiddos on. Or simply entertain my other kids when I’m helping another! Now, I do a lot on my own obviously, and Ric comes when work permits. But, I never decline the extra help if offered.

It’s officially humping day, I’m already ready for Friday 😂 I just want to shut my phone off and just not be connected to anything. I’m going to make that a routine to just “unhook” from my phone once a week! I’m constantly on it for work & it’s just draining!

My kids are growing older, they’re finding their niches and I don’t want to miss any of that. I’ve been doing great at just living in the moment. It’s invigorating!

Anyways, Check-out these photos of Sky tonight when he and Ric did some conditioning off the ice! Whether it’s on ice or off this kid just wants to constantly play hockey! I ain’t mad! Haha!


I’m excited to see Spencer start playing & Skyler to grow stronger in his skill! I hope you guys are excited too! Enjoy your Wednesday or “Mednesday”!

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How Skyler Got Burned Out

Guys, Friday could not come fast enough. The Guerrero household is feeling “fried” — burned out. Burned to an absolute crisp! We’ve had such a busy week, and the breaks never help!

Here is a little background for you, nothing is worse than when your child doesn’t understand the concept of something they’re learning. They spend ENDLESS hours being at school-learning. Then they come home and do homework and they STILL don’t get it. My heart hurts for them. It’s because I can only do so much as a parent. I don’t know what they’re learning or don’t know how to teach them. Or I may teach them differently than what they’re used too. I see my bright-eyed boy who loves to go to school, come home and dread doing the work. I can only imagine once sports pick up how drained & frustrated he is going to be.

Luckily, I’m reaching out to every avenue I have tutoring services, extra help in homework, or even extra time with the teacher. Fingers crossed that it helps!

Now, we all kind of might be familiar with my backstory. Pregnant at an early age out of wedlock. Yeah, that speech! A lot of people will say I did life ” backward” meaning I had the baby first than got married, did college, etc. And, it took a long time for me to be “ok” with what society thought of my situation. I used to beat myself up daily for it! Now, as I get older it really doesn’t matter what order I did live, as long as I handled it. My life is and always will be a work in progress. I’m always finding ways to better myself and do more for my family and for our future. I graduated college, have a career, a home, and a healthy family. I achieved all that even when I did life ” backward”.

Now, I’m not saying go out there and get pregnant early, etc. No, I’m just saying handle your situation and work with what you’ve got. Ignore the comments and haters, let that be motivation for you to get to the top.

Blessings,

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When Skyler Tried Out For The Wrong Team

Happy Labor Day Weekend, folks!

This past weekend Ric & I were grateful to have a stay-cation at “The Wigwam Resort” in Old Litchfield Park. Ric & his (soon-to-be) former store & co-workers were treated to a stay-cation with their significant others as well as an awesome dinner!

We had A LOT of fun getting to chat with friends, swim, drink & eat! We celebrated two employee birthdays & of course Ric’s promotion!

If you don’t follow me on Facebook (follow us HERE). I announced last Friday, that Ric was promoted to Senior Assistant Manager at a new store opening in Peoria. We were originally set to transfer to the East coast region of Discount Tire. We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to stay in AZ instead!

The resort stay was exactly what this Momma needed — a break from chores & uninterrupted sleep! I was grateful for my Baby whisperer AKA nanny, who took the kids to the splash pad & kept the kiddos busy & entertained! I was able to enjoy one-on-one time with Ric (which was much needed).

After check-out, we headed home and got ourselves situated back into our daily routine. It’s also hockey evaluation day! We have been counting down the days for eval day!

Today embarks a new chapter in Skyler’s hockey journey! We are trying out for club hockey! He is set to try-out for division 8U hockey!

Try-outs or evaluation day consisted of:

  • Skating Drills
  • Hockey Scrimmage

Skyler did TWO hours of hockey back to back and loved it! As a Mom, I definitely never want to push my kids to do anything they don’t want to do. I do though want to encourage them to try their hardest, listen & have fun!

Skyler skated his best & showed his best! I’m one proud (anxious) Mom! We are now waiting for team set-ups & thus begins our first practice & first game! I’ll keep you up to date!
Best,

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How I Became A Sports Mom

Ladies and Gents, Happy Monday! August is ENDING soon! WHAAAT?! I swear 2018 is coming faster than we know it! Christmas is practically right around the corner! (Which I’m not ready for btw).

Anyways, yesterday we spent the day getting our kiddos things ready for their fall/winter sports seasons. Respectively, this year, Skyler-Ian will be sticking to hockey but joining a hockey league for two seasons. Spencer tried hockey and if you can remember (absolutely, HATED it).  We tried hockey once for Spencer and he refused, and I mean refused to try again. Months after hockey, he asked us if he could play soccer. We explained to him that all sports will be hard, he is gonna get hot and sweaty, quite possibly cold during the seasons too. We told him we are happy to let him try any sport his heart desires, but, he actually has to try. With hockey, he went out on the ice afraid and refused to try and skate without assistance. The coach didn’t want to force Spencer to be on the ice if he didn’t want to be, to which we agreed. So, we told him he could try soccer.

We bought him his cleats, shin guards, a bag, and a water bottle. The team we signed him up under is known as “One Nations Sports”. And, they provide a jersey, socks, and shorts! True story, Skyler initially played soccer when he was 4 years old and he hated it! He hated being hot in the sun, and when he showed interest in hockey, we gave him the same discussion we gave Spencer. He has to try. Thankfully, since we let the kids pick their respective sports, we feel they are putting more effort into it because its something they want to do oppose to what we chose for them.

It makes one happy Mom know that my kids are doing something they want to do and love. So, commence the carpooling and crazy, hectic sports schedules. I’m officially a hockey/soccer Mom.

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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,

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