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! ;]

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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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Soccer Vs. Hockey The Ultimate Show Down

Hello!

Happy Sunday – I’m a day or two off and next weeks schedule will be video filled! So keep an eye out for that!

We are getting over colds in our household and a huge deep clean of the house! It’s game day in our household and here are the stats!

Spencer’s 5U soccer team is currently UNDEFEATED! Woohoo! They’re at 2 wins, the first game they won 15-0 & today’s game was a 13-6!

Skyler-Ian’s team has 3 wins and a draw! Woohoo! We also have some exciting news to share with Skyler about his hockey journey. We will announce it in the next few months! ;]

It officially falls break in our household & the start of a new (old) school after the week is over! This fall break the kiddos are spending it with Mom aka Grandma! Cause the parents (aka Hubby & I) are off on our Hawaii vacation! (thanks, Discount Tire)!

I have a lot of fun videos coming out this weekend & next week! So make sure to stay tuned!

Hugs from an (overly) tired Mom,

Pink

How My Boys Learned To Protect Themselves From An Active Shooter

He stood on top of the toilet & said, “this is what we were told to do when an intruder comes”…

Hello! (Crickets chirping) I know you’re probably wondering where I’ve been & what happened to post M-W-F as I advertise. Trust me, I know. But, Life happened.

So, much has happened this past two weeks – more than what I was ready to shoulder. An unexpected death, my return to school, my job, epic time management fails, motherhood, sports schedules, the Las Vegas shooting, new schools.. trust me the list can go on & on!

And, please don’t think I’m complaining. I’m not. It’s just life is happening and there is no way to stop it or slow it down. I can’t change what I can’t control. Even though I wish I could. Anyways, we have been rolling with the punches as they come. Staying positive & relying on faith and prayers that things will smooth out. I know they will.

As I lay in bed typing this blog, I’m just embracing this moment of silence. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a moment to myself. Silence is a great time to collect my thoughts. First off, my heart aches for the tragedy in Vegas, my heart aches for the world in general. Every day I find myself having to shed light or bring back some positivity in my kids’ lives. Both boys are fully aware of what’s going on in the world around them. They understand why People cry when someone passes, they understand why as Parents we are so concerned for their safety at such highly public places due to so much hate and unexpected chaos. They understand why Mommy & Daddy are protective of their overall well-being. They get all of that. But, what they can’t grasp is why other people would do harmful or bad things, just because. And, unfortunately, I can’t even try to explain why people do such bad things to others for no reason.

True story, the other day the boys came home from school and I heard them talking in the bathroom. I walked over to the bathroom and saw Skyler standing on the toilet. I asked why he was standing on the toilet & to get down. He said, “I was just showing Spencer. We learned it in our drill. If there is an intruder and we are in the bathroom that this is what we should do.”

As a parent, I was in shock. This is what the world has come too. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the drills and protective matters the school teachers to ensure our children’s safety. But, I’m saddened by the fact someone could even walk into a school building and harm innocent children. Back when I was in elementary the only drills we practiced was the bus drill, Fire, and tornado drills. I’m just in awe!

See as parents we can only “shield” our kids from learning or understanding so many “bad” things. They’ll eventually learn about it in school, see it on tv, or Joe next door told Sally who told Billy who then told your kids on the bus. It’s inevitable.  I mean We can only hope that our kiddos know the difference between right and wrong & don’t fall into peer pressure and steer away from the bad, wrong things in life.

I learned the hard way from the boys entering elementary school. I now tell them if they question if something is good or bad to come ask an adult prior to whatever it is they’re attempting to do or say. I now get asked often if a specific word is a bad word cause one of their classmates says it, or if a certain tv show or character is appropriate to watch cause they saw it on YouTube. I’m glad my boys are open to communicating (right now) & I hope it stays that way.

I know that my Husband and I can only do so much in raising our tribe. SSK might be an incomplete understanding of our morals, values in our home but, as soon as they step foot out that door. It’s a different world. We constantly remind them of who they are. And, tell them to stay grounded and be humble. Cause apparently these days, even in elementary school it’s a TOUGH pond. Kids will tear you apart, they will eat you alive! There’s bullying, there are cliques, there’s so much negativity. It’s mind-blowing!

We always tell SSK to “be the change we want to see in the world.” To be the better, kinder person. We teach them to be everyone’s friend, to reach out and help others. We always tell them if you see someone sitting alone, be their buddy and sit next to them. We teach them to treat others with respect. We show them to be kind & use their manners. And, so on and so forth. I mean c’mon all I’m trying to do is raise my kids to be well-rounded, well-mannered individuals. Isn’t that all of our goals? And, I know for being 8,6 & 3 that they’re capable of being the change in the world because it’s the example I’m setting & the things I’m teaching, and the people I’m surrounding my kids with.

Now, I’m no Saint. I have my flaws & my children aren’t perfect angels. Trust me. But, I’m always trying to put my best foot forward. But, I have hope that my kids will make a positive impact in the world someday. And, as of now, the world needs more positivity & kinder hearts. The world needs to see change.

So, as I end this blog post for the night. I want to encourage you, in your moment of silence, think of all those whom we have recently lost. Think of all those tragedies the world has been seeing. And, really use the silence to steer you and guide you into what can we do to make the world better? What could we do to shine more positivity? It doesn’t have to be gigantic goals, baby steps are always great! For me, it’s teaching the next generation to be the change. To shed positivity & be kind. It might not do a lot, but, it will help!

Sending you love, positive vibes & blessings!

Pinky

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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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 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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How I Became A Mom Blogger: The Ultimate Beginners Guide

Ello Poppets! Happy Hump Day! Today’s post I wanted to touch base on a message I received off Facebook. A reader asked me, “How do you balance blogging and being a Mom?” and “How does one get started?”

To be honest, I get this question, quite often! And, here is my answer.

How does one get started & when did you start? For me, I needed an outlet. I love voicing my opinions, sharing my day-to-day life, and of course sharing my children’s milestones. I first started blogging when I found out I was pregnant with my firstborn. I was hesitant on sharing details and photos of my growing belly, but, I did so in private. Meaning, I would type blogs and just not share it or promote it. Figure out your niche, what do you want your blog to be about?  It took a while for me to figure out my niche, but I did figure it out. I decided I wanted to be a lifestyle, family blog. I wanted to share my DIY’s, recipes, make-up trips/tricks, stories (family, personal, etc.)!

How do you balance blogging and being a Mom? HAHA! I wish  I had an answer to this. I don’t. I just put myself on a schedule. I create posts and schedule them to be released on specific days. For me, that would be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I log-on when everyone is in bed and during the day when everyone is occupied. It isn’t easy by any means trying to balance both blogging and Momming. It’s also a challenge to being/staying consistent. But, you just have to find the time and dedicate yourself to it. And, that’s what I do. It isn’t 100% perfect, but, I do know I have a loyal group of readers.

As for vLogging, that’s a separate game all on its own. That takes more of my time than writing. It’s a lot of editing and a lot of camera time. It’s learning to figure out what to put out there for everyone to see and what is meant to stay private. There are times when I have the camera rolling and I forget to be present cause I’m so committed to getting a vLog out. Thankfully, my kids love it (they’re the sole reason we started vLogging.) But, sometimes I personally won’t put out footage and just blog about it instead. You have to find a balance in that as well. And, this is something I’m still learning about.

I always encourage everyone to start a blog, whether it’s a personal one or one to share with the world. It’s a great way to get your voice out there and share your thoughts. For me, it isn’t about the number of followers or readers, it’s about the content I put out and the enjoyment I get out of doing so. I love writing, I may not be great at it. But, it keeps me sane.

Have more questions? Please message me, I’m always happy to help!

Pinky

 

Behind The Scenes Of A Filipino Kamayan (A vLog)

Hello! I totally forgot to hit schedule and save for “Monday’s” blog post! Since, its Tuesday this will make-up for yesterday’s post!

Over the weekend you probably have seen photos on my facebook/Instagram of food on top of banana leaves! In the Filipino culture, this style of eating is known as “kamayan” or eating with your hands. Our Family is VERY big, so we have multiple birthdays days from one another. To make it easy on celebrating, we plan one day in which we celebrate all those birthday celebrants in one day! It makes for one GIANT party!

I am thankful to have Family who loves to spend quality time together, no matter how crazy things get! So without further ado, here is our vLog from the weekend!

Enjoy!