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.





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”!



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,


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!



This was their FIRST school picture together. My heart!



How I Lost My Internet


Its been awhile now, I know. Shame, shame! I was without a charger for quite some time (you can thank my teething puppy for that one)! I have a few updates (and quite honestly, “few” is probably the worst word to use because I have A LOT of updates ;])

  • We started school and Skyler is LOVING first grade! One of his best friends is in his class again this year and the others are just right next door, he was SUPER thrilled to see familiar faces! Spencer, is of course still doing workbooks with me at home & going to speech therapy weekly! He has been doing some educational assessments to see if we can get him started early! **FINGERS CROSSED** Other than that, its starting to become bittersweet how each child goes off to school and I’m realizing its just going to be Kate and I at home. (Excited and sad) for this new transition!
  • One of the last blogs I posted, I mentioned we were trying to move! Well, it looks like God knew what he was doing and time was in our favor! We are officially moving! Now, before I get into the nitty gritty of things I have to say this. Sometimes things don’t always happen in your favor for many reasons, and I think during this journey I definitely learned that the hard way! My Grandma got very ill during this whole process home searching process, finances weren’t always in store, or something else kept coming up. Tons of tears were shed, frustration hit its highest peek point, Ric & I seriously could’ve thrown each other off the Grand Canyon at how stressed-out we were. BUT, nonetheless, we prayed– together as a Family, in silence individually & just asked for guidance. Asked for God to tell us when. So, a lot of things didn’t pan out as we planned, but, we were grateful for split second decisions and trusting that this is what was best for our Family. A HUGE thank you to my Uncle, a thank you to my Mom & lots of love to our Families who supported us and patted us on our backs in good times and in bad. We finally will be moving!
  • Skyler-Ian celebrated his 6th birthday or a “Minion Extravaganza!” filled with minion treats, minion cupcakes, and minion twinkies ;] LOL! It was a very LAST minute planned party as we were battling scheduling issues, house things and of course sicknesses. Thankfully, we were able to pull off a grand last minute party! I won’t lie, I might’ve missed a few people to invite (SORRY!) It was a lot of “oh yeah, this Saturday…” and a lot of “Did I tell you about Sky’s party on Saturday?” and my favorite “Oh Crap! I forgot to invite _______ to last Saturday!” Yep, that happened. We were happy to have our first party with school friends! That alone made Sky’s day! The kids spent it eating pizza, cake and swimming for hours on end! Wanna talk about 50 shades of dark? Cause my boys definitely surpass the tan filipino skin– they’ve got the nice roasted tan!

These are just a few of several things I am probably forgetting to share with you. Typical, Pinky- huh? LOL! I began packing the house and I feel like a character out of “Box Trolls” and I’m sure you can all guess why.. (and, if you can’t thats ok.. its one of those days. haha)– its because of all the boxes stacked in the hallway and other rooms. I won’t lie though, its nice to be able to go through a lot of our belongings and donating a bunch of it to a Catholic Charity. It is also nice to be able to sell a few items.. in which you can peep here  in case you would like to purchase some of these nice things ;] It is strange seeing bare walls, and empty rooms. Its a little sad & exciting knowing that we are moving forward and creating new memories in our new home. I just know that we will be back at it and redecorating in no time! I do have photos to share.. but, of course they’re not uploaded.. yet!!! I promise I’ll get to it!


Pinky G.

How I Became A Cuss Free Home

Ok, these past few months have felt like a whirlwind of events and I can’t even remember what happened, only because everything just happened —-so fast! By the time I was able to comprehend the date, a new month began. (-_-). Sigh.  There is just so much time to just enjoy life and everyone [positive]  in it– my new thing is to limit myself on any type of electronic  device. That includes: phone, computer/laptop which obviously includes, blogging. Gasp, I know right? As if I blog frequently anyways ;] I found that doing school online, marketing products online, and just constantly being in front of a computer for work, school or just because. . DRAINED me! I figure I only go on the computer to 1) Do HW, 2) Blog, 3) Check emails and most importantly 4) Go online and pay them bills! I try and control the urge to sit on my laptop to ‘surf the web’ or ‘watch youtube videos’ cause I find myself doing one thing online, then it quickly turns into another thing and cue 2 hours later my chores aren’t done, dinner is not ready, I have yet to go use the restroom, etc. So, hence why I haven’t blogged recently, and for those who messaged and noticed how I update in a lump sum- this is true! I find it much easier to update in a lump sum oppose to doing it every day or every week. I’ve also toned down on the social media- I only have twitter and Instagram. 95% of my posts on twitter are direct links from my Instagram ;] And, even there I try my hardest to be frugal of my postings! What has happened to me?! ;]

I contemplate reactivating my Facebook but, I honestly don’t want to get consumed into other peoples status updates, and sit there forever just reading fB madness! I’d rather read a book- no offense! I love how Facebook can connect you with family and friends, but, I need to be better at managing my time then sitting there for hours just reading and such! I just realized I am better off when I am kind of off the grid ;]

Anywho, for those who messaged me– I hope that answers that.

Ready for some family updates?! GREAT!

Ric: He has been working hard at work (like always), and has been prepping cars for the car show in California this coming May! We are excited to be bringing some of our cars this year into the show and be able to have a vacation as well with the whole gang! It is exciting!


Pinky: I recently did a photo shoot for Levi’s Jeans and modeled some of their items, I am currently finishing up my project withe PearsonVue education. I also started working part-time/PRN at Phoenix Children’s Hospital & have been working hard at school! I begin going on campus starting in May for my nursing classes! EEK!


Skyler-Ian: Little man recently received an award for Good Character and being trustworthy, and another award for being a Good Student! He received two certificates and a medal! We are SO proud of Skyler-Ian! He is also excelling in math (so asian..haha), and reading his sight words! Skyler, also got accepted into a private school and we are excited! We haven’t really decided where he or Spencer are going next year.

Skyler-Ian receiving award


Spencer: Spencer is doing great with shape & color recognition as well as numbers & letters. We are practicing a lot of our letter annunciation & pronunciation! He is eager to go to school and be with Sky!


Katelynn: Where do I even begin?! Kate is such a character and I can’t even accept the fact she will be two this year! [heartbreaks]. She is such a sassy one year old, such a girl! She loves putting shoes on, brushing her hair & anyone’s hair as a matter of fact! She loves holding clothes up against her and seeing herself in the mirror. She loves brushing her teeth (or eating toothpaste, to each their own), and bath time! Oh, she also has an obsession with belly buttons.. more specifically her own! ;]


As a Family overall, we have been working together on being more respectful and kind to one another. Being more patient (which is VERY hard sometimes), and understanding of one another and using kind words. Recently, Sky has been learning some inappropriate language that he learns at school (We weren’t to thrilled about it as we are a CUSS FREE HOME!) We figure that if we can set a better more positive attitude towards one another it will be much more stress free. Since I have been working, its rare that Ric & I ever get a day off together simultaneously. Tomorrow is the first day in little over a month in which we are off on the same day! We have been balancing alternating watching the kids (huge shout out to the best Brother/Uncle/Godfather – Jayar & once in a while my Grandmother aka Nanay & of course my Mom!) Mostly, its between, Ric, myself and my Brother. PHEW! It takes a team of three to get this house running correctly, but, I’m beyond grateful that Ric coordinates with my work schedule. Although, I do get slightly jealous that they’ll be at Chuck e Cheese while I’m working. AHAH!


Some of our goals this year include:

  • Becoming debt free!
  • Buying our first home!
  • Go to Disney!

These might not seem a lot but, we are taking baby steps to bigger and better things in our lives & we are thrilled to share the journey with you all! Hope you enjoyed our updates ;]




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!!



Here is team AfterMath and StoopidLow at our event!


Here is my early birthday cupcake from my Husband =)


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