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!

 

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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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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 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,

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The Ultimate Guide To The First Week Of School (2017 Edition)

Hello Readers!

How are you guys? I hope you’re enjoying August (cause it came out of nowhere!) the boys officially went back to school this week! (YAY!)

I’m lying, kind of, well — they started school on Wednesday. Haha! And, they also have Monday off.. (shrugs). We are finally getting back into the swing of things. We got new uniforms this year and the kids love their teachers!

I’m glad that we are consistent with schools this year. That was my biggest worry that they’d have to start all over again. Currently, the boys have no complaints… yet. I’ve kept them on their sleep schedule throughout the whole summer (Yes, I’m that Mom). But, thankfully it worked out in my favor! They wake-up before their alarm, get ready for the morning, eat breakfast and put the door they go! Happy Mama!

Now, if I can only say the same about my sleep schedule! Phew! I’ve been everywhere, my sleep has been fluctuating– one day I’m super exhausted the next night I could stay up and run laps! It’s frustrating and funny. On the nights I can’t sleep I play solitaire or watch a documentary! I love documentaries, so sometimes that makes it worst cause I end up binge watching a bunch of documentaries.

They will officially have a full week of school in two weeks. Haha! But, as of now, it’s been a smooth sail! Have your kiddos started school?
Happy back to school month!

Hugs,

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This was their FIRST school picture together. My heart!

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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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Happy Birthday Daddy

I wasn’t kidding when I said, “November is a busy month for us.” We have a birthday practically every other day, or almost every weekend. A recap of our Friday- Ric turned 25, we celebrated by going to Melting Pot for the first time with friends, and ended the night with pizza and playing Monopoly! Yes, it was fun! =]

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Today, on November 23, is my Dad’s birthday. For those who don’t know, my Dad passed away on May 4,2008 from Prostate Cancer. It was one of the hardest times in my life. Although, he is gone, his legacy lives through his children, grandchildren and of course my Mom! Even it being 5 years, it still doesn’t seem “real”. I am happy and at peace that he is no longer struggling, or in pain. Although, it is bittersweet to not see him, touch him, hear him, etc. Today, would’ve been his 74th birthday! He would’ve LOVED chasing around Skyler-Ian and Spencer!! Regardless, my kids are growing-up knowing him. Today, Ric and I along with the kids (like every year), go to the cemetery bring balloons, eat his favorite food, get a cake – and celebrate his life. This song reminded me of him…

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXxRyNvTPr8

 

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I know you may not be here Dad, and there is not a day that passes that I wish you were still with us. Thank you for always watching over us, protecting us, and being there even if we don’t physically see you. I miss you more than words could ever describe, and I can’t wait to reunite with you someday. Love you always!!

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Blessings!

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!! =)

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.