>Turning 5 in 2 different worlds.

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This beautiful girl of mine
turns 5 in December.
What does that mean for her?
Lots of time to play

excitement for school

play time with her brother
and endless opportunities to be loved and encouraged by her family.
This precious little boy

turns 5 in July. 
What does that mean for him?
A transfer into a facility similar to this one:
(Warning, difficult video to watch. May not want to have young children around)
It means a life with little to no human contact. A life of being hidden away and thought of as nothing, simply for being different.

You can help save this precious little boy from a place that no human being should ever have to enter. You can help this boy be closer to finding his forever family.
You can help this boy be closer to getting the love and cuddles and life that he deserves. 
Would you consider donating today to help change this boy’s life? 
My sister, Tasha, is the 5/5/5 Warrior for this little boy and I would like to do my part to have his story heard. Reece’s Rainbow is an organization that has gripped my heart and my prayer is that every child on the Reece’s Rainbow website would find their forever family.
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>Bug Hunt

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This month at preschool the science teachings have been about insects. Last Friday their fantabulous teachers organized a bug hunt for the kids. On these special days they allow the parents to stay (if we or our kids so wish) and I almost always take them up on that. Jayce and I had a great time tagging along on the bug hunt and were thankful the teachers let us stay for the rest of the class. 
Checking out what Teacher S, aka: the bug whisperer, had discovered. (Seriously, I think she found every single child’s bug. It was joked that she just kept pulling them out of her pocket).

Showing off her finds; a spittlebug and a ladybug. 
The kids were instructed to find a rock to bring back that they would later paint. It’s apparently very serious business.

Jayce enjoying show ‘n tell time with his big sister. Kyra was thrilled to have him sit with her and I came to the realization that Jayce might be more ready for preschool than I’m giving him credit for.

Lining up to play outside. He was so happy to be involved in Kyra’s class.
I love this school!
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>Jayce’s big boy bed

> Lately Jayce has been asking to sleep on the Elmo couch a lot. We figured he might be ready for a big boy bed but everytime we asked him he said no. So we decided to do a modified version, that would work for Jayce.

Helping daddy take the bed apart.

 Having fun in his big boy bed.

 Loving the Elmo bed rail.
 “Nigh-night!”

 Kyra’s request for a cute post with her and Jayce.

That’s as much as we’ll do for now and Jayce is loving it!

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>Happy Mother’s Day

>I’m not usually a fan of Taylor Swift but I heard this song for the first time today and thought it was fitting to post for Mother’s Day. Whoever these girls are that made this video did a wonderful job.

To all the mom’s out there, Happy Mother’s Day!! I hope you’re blessed, honored, spoiled and are made to feel how truly wonderful you are.

To all of you out there who have lost a child or have struggled with infertility, know that I’m saying a prayer for you today.

Happy Mother’s Day moms!!

Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift

Never Grow Up lyrics
You’re little hands wrapped around my finger
And, it’s so quiet in the world tonight
You’re little eyelids flutter cause you’re dreaming
So, I took you in
Turn on your favorite night light
To you, everything’s funny
You got nothing to regret
I’d give all I had, honey
If you could stay like that

Oh, darling don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darling don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up
It can stay this simple

I won’t let nobody hurt you, won’t let no one break your heart
And no one will desert you
Just try to never grow up, and never grow up

You’re in the car on the way to the movies
And, you’re mortified
You’re mom’s dropping you off
At, fourteen there’s just so much you can’t do
And you can’t wait to move out someday and call your own shots
But, don’t make her drop you off around the block
Remember that she’s getting older too
And don’t lose the way that you dance around in your PJ’s getting ready for school

Oh, darling don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darling don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up
It can stay this simple

And no one’s ever burned you
Nothing’s ever left you scarred
And even though you want to
Just try to never grow up

Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room
Memorize what it sounded like when your dad get’s home
Remember the footsteps, remember the words said
And all you’re little brothers favorite songs
I just realized everything I had is someday gonna be gone

So, here I am in my new apartment
In a big city, they just dropped me off
It’s so much colder than I thought it would be
So, I tucked myself in and turned my night light on
Wish I’d never grown up
I wish I’d never grown up

Oh, I don’t wanna grow up
Wish I’d never grown up
Could still be little
Oh, I don’t wanna grow up
Wish I’d never grown up
It could still be simple

Oh, darling don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up
Just stay this little
Oh, darling don’t you ever grow up
Don’t you ever grow up
It can stay this simple

I won’t let nobody hurt you
Won’t let no one break your heart
And even you want to
Please, try to never grow up

Oh, whoa
Don’t you ever grow up
Oh, whoa
Never grow up
Just never grow up

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>Video Post

>Little Ballerina

Jayce having some trampoline fun (with his faithful sidekick, Mater)

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>A Ramble

>The power of the kitchen timer amazes me. If the kid’s are arguing over a toy and I set the timer for 2 minutes back and forth, all fighting stops and they’re happy to share. Today Jayce wanted to play for one minute before his nap so I set the timer and when it beeped he said “oh, nap time!” (then proceeded to cry and fuss but I’m choosing to focus on the positive) 🙂

Cucumbers have been the food of choice for my kids lately. They even asked to eat some with their waffles at lunch today. The cucumber I bought yesterday? Almost gone. I’m not complaining, bring on the veggies!

My newest resolution? To not eat at McDonald’s as much anymore. I knew this would be a hard idea for Kyra to take and I was mentally gearing myself for all the battles I would face. Big surprise for me; when I explained to her that I didn’t want to eat at MD’s as often because it’s not a healthy choice she was actually ok with that. We’ll see how next week goes but for now I’m glad that she’s ok. (We’ll also have to see how my resolve holds out . .  . it’s just too convenient of an option).

Cooking has been on my mind a lot lately. My skills are not in the kitchen, I don’t enjoy being in there. I’m not someone who does a pinch of this here and a dash of that there. I measure out everything. Anytime I try a new recipe (which hasn’t happened for a while) it totally stresses me out and I can’t have anyone else in the kitchen with me(which the kids totally love and understand :P). The problem being that I want to do more for family. I want to cook healthy meals and introduce them to new things. I want to be better. The ridiculous thing is that I know what I need to do. I need to get in the habit of making a meal plan and shopping for the week. It would certainly help de-stress me. Unfortunately me knowing this hasn’t really kicked me into action. Anybody out there want to give me a kick in the butt? Or send me your meal plan? 🙂

Kyra only has 3 more months left of preschool. 3 more months left of a familiar, safe, fun, stimulating, wonderful environment. That means it’s only 5 more months until she starts kindergarten. 5 more months before we enter a big unknown world. 5 more months before I’m being forced to have her in school 5 days a week, 6 hours a day. Blah!! Next year scares me so much. I pray often that it will be a good experience for both of us and that she ends up in a good class. That being said, there is a part of me that’s so excited for what this school has to offer and I’m excited to watch to her grow and learn even more.

Kyra loves to sing and we often hear her making up songs as she plays. She’s always ready with some idea of the next game to play or adventure to go on. She loves to wear pretty dresses and is thrilled when she gets to wear Auntie Chrystal’s sparkly lip gloss or have her nails painted. She loves learning new things and was very excited to tell me all about the coral reef/new animals they learned about today. She’s loud, passionate and beautiful. She is my heart and I love her more than I ever knew was possible.

Jayce is such a character. Oh my goodness that boy makes us laugh. His newest favorite saying is “no way” and it makes me giggle everytime. He is such a mama’s boy (you don’t need to spend much time with us to know that) but lately has been wanting daddy a lot. He broke my heart today because he couldn’t stop sobbing he wanted daddy to come home so bad. I heard multiple times “Daddy not home yet? Daddy still at work?” He loves to play “airplane” with daddy and throws himself into the air trusting that daddy will be able to catch him. Jayce loves to color and is thrilled that Kyra so willingly shares all her art supplies with him. They can often be found coloring together on either the Cars or Princess floor pages. He looks up to Kyra so much and has been a bit lost this week with her having gone back to preschool. He has no interest in potty training whatsoever and whenever I ask him if he wants to buy some underwear his response is “no, I like my diapers”.

Jayce turns 3 this summer and I’m in shock everytime I think of that. I still think of him as my baby. I love that he wants to be with me so much and (for the most part) I don’t mind that he wants to be carried a lot still. I love his snuggles and how perfectly his body molds to mine. Jayce will start preschool in September and it’s going to be hard for me to let him go in such a tangible way. He is my heart and I love him more than words can say.

I love this stage of life we’re in. I love being a stay-at-home-mom and watching our kids grow together. I’m especially grateful for how well they’ve been playing together lately. Sure they have their bickering moments still but for the most part they both want to play together as much as possible.

I doubt myself. I wonder if I’m doing enough for/with my children. I think back over the more difficult moments of the day and wonder how I could have handled them differently. I came back from Mexico energized and wanting to change a few things about my parenting style. I want to speak more calmly with my kids and spend less time losing my temper and yelling. So far, I’ve actually been doing pretty well with that. I am still human and still have my own rough moments but I’ve become quick to apologize and I hope my kids will notice a difference in me soon.

I love my husband and how hard working he is. He’s dedicated to our family and purposely does his side jobs after the kids are in bed so that he can spend as much time with them as possible. It’s hard for him on the days he has to work and even though he’ll be completely exhausted from his day’s work, he still musters up the energy to play/wrestle with the kids. He supports me 100% in my role as a SAHM and I hope I’m doing as good of a job in supporting him in his. Eric is an amazing father and husband; we’re blessed to have him in our lives.

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>A blast from the past

>I was looking through some old photos and found this video of Jayce learning to walk. I can’t believe how much he’s grown already!

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>Party day goodness

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I can’t say enough how much I love our preschool. The things the kids learn astound me and I don’t just mean academically. The life skills and empathy the teachers teach will take them far. I’m sad to think we only have 3.5 months left but will enjoy it all. I love knowing that Kyra is so excited about going to school and how excited she was to go back today. 
Having said all this, here a few videos from February’s party day.
Warm up song

Michaelangelo – Renaissance Man

Learning about the heart

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>The view from here

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>Valentine’s Day

>Eric and I have this routine we do for Valentine’s Day. We’ve been doing it since the year Kyra was born(the first time we left her with my sister was for Valentine’s Day. Cool fact: Chrystal’s been her valentine every year since! In 2009 Jayce got to join in the fun):) We drive out to Langley, put our names down at the Olive Garden and then wander through the different shops near there for an hour or 2, depending on the wait time. I love this routine. It’s our thing and I look forward to it every year. In fact, when Eric asked me if I wanted to do something different this year my response was “no way! This is our thing. I’m looking forward to it”.  I really am. Things have felt really hectic lately and I find that time seems to slow down on Valentine’s night. We have a chance to walk hand-in-hand, wander aimlessly around the area, enjoy some really good food and just be. I love you Eric and I hope this continues to be our tradition for years and years to come.

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