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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How SIR Learned to Work Hard

Hello, GP5 fam! (get it? GuerreroPartyof5 aka GP5) 😜

How crazy is it that January is quickly ending and February is literally right around the corner! Whaat?! And, since Winter is almost over, We said goodbye to the 60’s and welcomed back the high 80’s here in AZ. 😂

I know, I know I can feel my non-AZ folks hardcore rolling their eyes at me. I get it, AZ barely gets cold. I mean to me, I’m freezing and I was born in the East Coast & raised in the Midwest 🙋🏻‍♀️ you’d think I could easily handle the low 50’s and not flinch. PSYCH! My teeth are chattering & I need to wear like 7 layers! 😅

Anyways, the moral of todays blog post is working hard! Now, as a Parent I try my absolute best to encourage my kiddos to work hard! Sometimes that’s easier said than done. I try to lead by example, if I want or need something done I have to show them to set goals & work towards them. Even if that means facing obstacles, overcoming them or even failing & getting back-up again. Thankfully, I’ve had numerous of these said scenarios and they’ve seen me at the best and worst moments while trying to achieve my goals.

Even if that’s completely falling apart & eating gallons of ice cream or drinking lots of wine. 🤣

If you can remember in the beginning of SIR’s hockey journey, I was hesitant about even letting him play! This was because SIR was all talk & no action. He kept saying he wanted to play but, showed little to know interest. Thankfully, we were given the opportunity to put him in a program that lets you try-out hockey before making the leap! Learn more about this program – HERE! Now, don’t forget that hockey alone is a pricey sport! We told Skyler we were putting him in this trial program to really see if he liked the sport! We told him we were willing to invest our time & money into hockey but, we wanted to see effort in him to ensure that we weren’t wasting our time or money.

Skyler, of course made us eat our words. He worked-hard every time he got on that ice, really took in what his Coaches were teaching & really did his absolute best each time! We were surprised. Cause first of all, we didn’t think our 8 year old would show us up, but, he did 😅 and we are glad he did! After his trial period, he proved to us that he was dedicated to the sport & was being responsible about his borrowed equipment. We decided to buy him brand new gear and signed him up for hockey classes. Again, Skyler continued to work hard and better himself in the sport.

A year into the sport and he is still working hard! I’ve personally seen a great improvement in SIR! He recently has been fond of playing goalie. Mind you, goalie equipment has an even heftier price tag than the sport itself! Again, we told Skyler of our rules. We are willing to support him and his endeavors as long as he can show us that he will continually work hard towards his goals and improve his skills.

And, although he hasn’t trained in being a goalie or played the position long. He practices EVERYDAY after homeschool. And, I literally mean — EVERYDAY. After our 4 hour sessions of homeschooling, Skyler will always grab his gear and rollerblades and skate in the house or out the house. Stick in hand & shooting a few pucks into the door or net. After that, he just skates back and forth – yes in the house and even outside. Once his brother is home he positions himself in front of the net and practices blocking and stopping!

Seriously, I couldn’t even make this up if I tried 🙌🏼 I told him I’d see if we can get some ice practice for him to do some goalie drills and really try it out! He looks forward to practices and games and he really proves to us that he is determined to play the game and loves the sport! 🤗 and, it also makes him very happy! Which is number 1 in our book! You gotta LOVE what you do! Tonight’s Monday night practice was a knee slapper. See, this past weekend SSK spent the night at Grandma’s. Which meant hockey bag was left in the car until Monday morning (gross, I know). This morning I had SIR empty out his bag, air out his gear, toss his jersey/socks/cup in the wash and disinfect everything. And, little man did just that. After hours of drying out & washing he packed up his gear like I asked him too and we headed for the rink.

When we arrived at the rink he looked at me and asked if I grabbed the jersey, cup & socks. 🤔😳 and, we both looked at each other and ripped open his bag only to realize we forgot said items in the dryer. 🙄 thankfully, Coach Kurt/Little Kurt had spare socks for us to borrow & Coach Larry had a spare jersey & Coach Ben kindly gave us clear tape to keep the socks on! Phew! Thankful for our hockey Family! 😂🙏🏼SIR started practice a bit rough, but, after a few drills I could tell he was ready to focus. During practice they got to play a mini-game against each other. And, well of course SIR skated over to the goalie net! I’ll just let you watch how little man did 😜 (Skyler, is in black jersey/yellow socks).

I mean come on! My kid is such a bad ass 😂🙌🏼 He seriously proves to me each time that if he sets his mind on something he will work hard and get it done! 👍🏼

I’ll continue to update you on his new journey to become a goalie and maybe he will get that new gear that he has been asking us for! 🤷🏻‍♀️

Do you have a story about working hard, if so, I wanna hear em! 🙋🏻‍♀️🤗 Please share and Comment your story 🙏🏼 below!

How My November Started

Hello!

You’re probably thinking I must’ve quit life & stayed in Hawaii! Although, I wish I could. I really can’t do that. Cause you know, life. LOL! It’s officially November! Where is time going?! October started out slow and it sped up fairly quickly.

Here are a few quick updates:

  • Skyler and Spencer switched schools and are LOVING it!
  • Spencer’s soccer team is currently UNDEFEATED!
  • Skyler got to play during intermission in the Coyotes vs Hurricanes game (video to come)!
  • I have a Hawaii video that I’m currently editing (will be out soon!)
  • Skyler will be playing in extra hockey games this month! Stoked!
  • Successfully did the 10 year HS reunion!
  • November is officially BIRTHDAY month!

… Ready for the rundown?!

After fall break, Skyler & Spencer switched schools and the curriculum is a lot more challenging but, beneficial for them! Spencer is in first grade and learning the 2nd/3rd-grade material. Skyler is in third grade and learning the 4th/5th-grade material. Spencer is doing fabulous! Acing it and enjoys the challenge. Skyler understands it and just needs tutoring to help him in certain subjects. Otherwise, both boys are loving it, and getting used to the work! I, on the other hand, I need tutoring for all these assignments! LOL!

Spencer’s been KILLING it in soccer! I can’t even explain his demeanor on the field. He is a whole different child on the field vs off! LOL! In a good way, the kid loves the game — and if I let him he would do it all day, every day! He will be doing another season of soccer, but who am I kidding, the kid found his sport. So, I’m sure he will be doing it year round (If I can find a league).

Skyler has been making more strides in hockey! He made several goals during the Yotes game and caught that on video. (Also, editing). I am just an editing minefield right now. I have so many drafts in my folder, that need editing and to be posted. LOL! He has been doing great in his games, a lot of assists and great defense! The boys are finding a great balance between school work and sports. They know the rule, if grades start to slip, sports will be put on hold.

Hawaii is beautiful. Kauai is beautiful. There truly aren’t enough words to describe it. Being there I just felt like there was no care in the world! We plan on going back again next year, except we are bringing the tribe! It’s going to be epic! My Hawaii video is a little over 20 minutes, I’m really trying to trim it down. LOL — so it’s taking a while. We ate a lot, swam a lot, and conquered a lot of fears! It was just breathtaking, I can’t wait to share that video!

Skyler this month will be playing in two other jamborees or hockey events this month! We are so excited as he gets to meet and mingle with other 8U kids! He had a blast getting to play at different venues and loves being able to see his friends outside the rink. My schedule is super packed, but happy kids, happy mom!

I successfully planned and executed the 10-year high school reunion that I was planning for over a year! It turned out great and it was exciting to see familiar faces and can’t wait to plan the 20 years! I plan on hanging out with my former classmates prior to the 20 years! haha!

And, lastly, NOVEMBER!! It’s officially birthday month for half my household! My birthday is tomorrow! 29 and feeling fine! LOL — give me a break, I can’t rhyme right now. But, I’m stoked to be almost 30! Spencer is a week after mine, and a few days later is Ric’s. Then we will be celebrating Kate in December as well as the holidays in-between!

I have a lot of vLog footage that will be up this weekend! Keep an eye out for it!

 

Mahalo,

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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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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!
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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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