Packing-Up & Saying Goodbye!

Happy Monday, GP5! First and foremost, I do have to say your comments, messages, and texts about my last post crack me up! I swear we have the best readers EVER! ❤ and, sorry if you felt fooled by my title ;]

If you have followed us since Day 1 (thank you), if you’re just joining the #GP5 Fam, Welcome! As most of you know, we just announced something special last week Monday! If you have no clue what I am talking about, please read this blog post — HERE! I can’t believe we are leaving this home. It’s bittersweet! If you can recall I blogged about our whole experience moving into this home from searching for the perfect home and our fun (and not so fun) renovations/remodels — read about it HERE!

As we finish packing up our home, I am reminded of so many memories that occurred here! From birthday parties, first medals, new friends, etc! This home will hold a special place in our hearts! While I finished packing up the house, I took a break and sat down in the same exact spot that I sat in when I first moved into the home. I began to text Ric just all the emotions I was feeling. And, figured I wanted to share it, with all of you…

4 years ago, I sat in this exact spot when we first got our keys to this house. I was in awe and couldn’t believe that we FINALLY became homeowners for the first time. I sit here filled with so much bittersweet emotion. I had SO many plans for this house, to fill it with new photos every year, create new memories and remodel it per my Pinterest board visions. As time went on, I realized although we absolutely adored this home, we were quickly outgrowing it. We knew it was time to find a new house to call our home.

As excited as I am to leave and start anew. I know whoever ends up living here will feel the love, laughter and sometimes tears that once filled the walls of this home. The new homeowners will make new memories and love and care for the home as much as we did.

As we start our new journey in finding a house to call our home, we know that whatever home we find we will fill it with love, new memories and epic BBQ’s! LOL — It’s beyond bittersweet to pack up, and leave. But, we are excited about this new journey.

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STORY TIME: Moving to Vegas, Selling our Home!

What’s up GP5 Family! Man, Do I have a LONG story for you! It will answer a lot of questions and hopefully shed light on my life’s current situations! Cause I know you have to be curious (or nosy) HA HA! Whichever.

If you’ve followed me on social media you’d know that I took a slight hiatus on my Facebook, Instagram, etc. I did this for several reasons:

  1. I had to focus on the load that was on my plate (it was too much)
  2. I wanted to focus on my school work
  3. because I totally can =p

In the blogging world, it’s hard to really “take a break”, because to stay “relevant” or even keep up with affiliate partnerships, you have to stay consistent with your material! But, that my friends will be saved for another blog post, on a different day. ;]

Anyways, a lot of crazy unpredictable things happened within these past 3-4 months! First things first, 3 months ago we helped Ric’s Grandfather move back to Vegas. Which was completely bittersweet. It was pretty hard convincing him to stay in AZ but, nonetheless we did our best while he was out in AZ living with us. We call him weekly or every-other-week to check up on him.

Simultaneously, as we had moved Grandpa back, we were possibly tossing the idea around of moving. I say possibly because we weren’t even sure ourselves if we wanted to move or completely remodel/renovate the house. We decided to just check and see if we could qualify for another home loan, we hit-up our amazing loan officer (Craig) at Summit Lending. And, we were approved! Regardless, of being approved, we still weren’t 100% sure when this “potential move” occur. So, we did our “online search” for new homes and began packing our items, gathered items to donate/sell, etc. We figured packing our items would make it easier to renovate (pull flooring, repaint, etc.) Which totally did! My Step-Dad and Mom went into full “Fixer Upper” mode and went on painting our home and got it ready for renovations (or possibly move). Thanks, Tito Ramil & Mom!

Half-way through renovations, we decided to take a look at some houses that we saw online. Just to “see”.  We teamed up with an awesome realtor (whom we highly recommend– Hi, Katie!) and low and behold we found a home and absolutely adored it! We put an offer on the home and it got accepted!

Of course with purchasing this new home we had to sell our current home, so we started looking into various methods of selling our home, whether that was through a quick sale or a traditional method.

When inspection rolled around on the new home that we had put an offer on, we received not so great news on both ends (from selling our current home and purchasing our new home). So, we pulled out of the offer and canceled the sale of our home, thus bringing us back to square one.

BUMMER

Now, if you haven’t been through a home buying or selling process, at times it can most definitely be STRESSFUL. It can also be draining, exciting and to sum it up it’s basically every emotion you can think of! Have you seen “Inside Out?” if you haven’t, go watch it. It’s basically all those emotions in one sitting. LOL! I swear it is a fun process though!

Credit: Amy Schumer via Google

—> Low key, this is what I did 95% of the time, stressing, crying and drinking wine! LOL <—

A lot of finances went into purchasing, selling, renovating, moving Grandpa back to Vegas, catching up on all the bills — that we honestly were tight on funds. It was a trying moment, to say the least. And, of course when it rains it completely pours. I also found myself jobless. (What else could go wrong? right?!)

And, for those who knew the gist of my life at that moment and called, sent food, and just helped in every way possible. Thank you, your phone calls, messages, and prayers were everything and more! You all know who you are ❤

Now, I firmly believe that God doesn’t put you through something you can’t handle. During these trying moments, I consistently leaned on my faith, my Family and spent a lot of my time worshiping in church. Something I recently started doing, again! — You can read more about it– HERE! For sure, God knew what he was doing because not even a few days after the fiasco he sent us a blessing.

RIC GOT PROMOTED TO MANAGER

If you didn’t already know (which I am sure you did) — Ric was promoted to manager! (Again, Huge thank you to the Lizarraga Family, AZP57, the DTC AVP’s, VP’s and everyone who has taught Ric, and supported Ric on his journey. Thank you to our Families for all the love and support since day 1). And, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! Amongst the storm, God sent us a rainbow! Ric and I said that God had a different plan than what we had envisioned.

Ric getting promoted fixed a part of our problems, but, that didn’t solve our “are we moving? or staying?” dilemma. We decided to just finish renovating the home, and let God take care of everything else.

After an abundance of obstacles, and learning about various processes of selling our home, we jumped in head first and within a few weeks, our house was…

SOLD

It was most definitely a bittersweet moment, we obviously turned our first house into a home! Made a lot of great memories there. But, we had grown out of the space. With selling our home, brings us on a new journey…

 

Excited is an understatement, our newest adventure is yet to unfold are you ready to join us? Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to our blog as I blog about our moving, search for a home, and much more! We have a few surprises along the way! So stay tuned! You don’t want to miss out!

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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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How I Lost My Internet

HELLLOOOOOOO READERS!!!!!

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!

Blessings,

Pinky G.

The Fantastic February Update

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Ladies and Gentlemen, My Daughter has her ears pierced! It was not a pleasant experience for anyone! She cried for a bout a few minutes! We do have video to prove it! Which you can peep on our VLog – which should be up tomorrow ;] Our little butterball is a whopping ten pounds!! Woo hoo! Our household has been fighting the dreaded sinus infection as if it was the plague! Everyone in the house is MUCH better, and I too am currently on antibiotics for it! (Thanks PFM & Dr. Nicole!) I’m hoping to be in tip-top shape for this weekend!

Here are some much needed recap of the family! =]

Ric: Currently, getting his evo fixed (again..) and is super excited to get it back after a few days of being carless! He has been working hard even with chronic sinusitis! He will be undergoing sinus surgery to FINALLY relieve him of his horrible sinus pressure! Kudos, to my Husband!

Spencer: Got his stitches removed, is much more cautious of his actions, and is rambunctious as always ;]

Skyler-Ian: Loving Kumon and has been taking up reading/writing! He has been doing so good in his class and looks forward going to class! I’m so proud of my big boy!

Katelynn: Growing beautifully, babbling more & smiling ALWAYS! We LOVE her so much and can’t believe how fast she is growing- its honestly quite bittersweet for us! She sleeps through the night, and she is just such a ham! Videos will be up on our VLog!!

Pinky: AH, I currently had surgery this past week (everything is ok!) – I have been fighting this “cold” for a little over two weeks now, only to find out I have a sinus infection! My first one ever! HAHA! (not so funny, cause I feel like poop.. but, funny..) My truck had gotten broken into, AGAIN! And, my identity was compromised. But, I have faith in our justice system, and faith in christ the utmost. So karma will have its turn soon.

For more updates, keep an eye on our VLog on YouTube as well ;]