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.





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:



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!


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!


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 ;]


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!


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!



And, Then There Were Three

Ah, yes, just when I had the pair of twos down to the ‘T.’ Katelynn, joined the group and I now have to do everything in threes. Meaning three baths, three mouths to feed, three bathroom breaks, three outfit changes, etc. My boys are independent and usually don’t needmy physical help, just vocal guidance at times. And, since Katelynn is still a baby her needs aren’t as demanding. I LOVE my three musketeers! I’ve already envisioned Halloween costumes, outfits for pictures or parties. I’m so blessed, grateful that God answered my prayers. =]


My cousin Johanna recently had a baby as well on November 14th, she and I are very close and were born four days apart. Our kids her son Anthony and my Daughter Katelynn are 17 days apart!! We thought that was pretty cool!! Here is a picture of my cousin and I on the bottom, and our kids on top!

[top photo (right to left): Katelynn & Anthony, bottom photo (right to left): Me and Johanna]

This year for Christmas we were quite behind, so literally only the kids get gifts this year. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get everything done prior giving birth. So, my large family, will most likely receive hugs, kisses, lots of love for Christmas. Seriously. I thought about joining in on the last minute rush to gather as much as I can, but, with two toddlers and a newborn tackling several stores in different locations doesn’t seem appealing. So, arts and crafts it is!!
Wishing you all joy and health!