Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The BIG One!

Somehow this child has been on this earth for a whole year.  It went by so fast but I can't remember life without him.

On his actual birthday, we took the kids to a kids gym with all kinds of swings, a zipline, trampoline, and lots of other fun activities.  They had a blast and Chloe even said it was better than the real park.  That is saying something because she is a park feen.
We celebrated his birthday that Sunday and went to an inside water park called Coco Keys here in Kansas City,  The kid loves water so we thought he would love it but we were so wrong.  I think he was confused as to why the water was not warm and why it was flying all over the place!  It did not help that he got splashed the first 10 minutes we were there!  He finally warmed up after a couple hours and just cruised around the lazy river with his daddy. 









We really had the best time and were there for about 6 hours.  The best part was that they were worn out by the time we got home and even slept in a little the next day!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Easter 2017

“We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.” (Romans 6:9)
So, we took the kids to an Easter parade Saturday and the above picture happened.  Mason literally smiled ear to ear as soon as Eric put him in the Easter bunny's lap.  I just knew he was going to be hysterical because he doesn't even go to family.  He is really stuck at my hip when we are around strangers.  And if that did not make me happy enough, Chloe decided this was her first year she was going to go to the Easter bunny without being scared and she even wanted to go a second time!  I swear they surprise the heck out of me sometimes!  There has been a handful of times that Mason has been called a she and we jokingly call him our little princess due to the deli woman calling him that and I can kinda see why because of the picture below.  The kid is a pretty little boy.  I mean, look at his lashes!  Chloe has always been a beauty so how can I expect anything less!


For the first time ever, Eric and I went to church.  I do not go as often as I should and Eric never goes.  I was so happy when he said he would go with us on Easter.  A week before, he asked me if you stand or sit in church.  He had no clue but I am happy he went for me!  This was my first Easter without my mom but we went to church with my aunt Emogene which is her twin so that comforted me.  Experiencing the first holidays after my mom passing is hard but having my "back up mom" makes things bearable. 




This is the first year I didn't get a cute headband for Chloe's hair.  Seems like something not worth mentioning but if you know me, you know it is a big deal finding the perfect outfit, shoes, and bow for Easter for Chloe.  I decided to go with rhinestone hair pins like you see on prom hair.  I did a little half up half down special occasion up-do situation.  I was proud of myself  because it turned out pretty good!  And I found the perfect little four piece suit on Macy's website for Mason.  He was as handsome as I imagined!

We decided to get Chloe a bike this year for Easter.  It is a little much in my opinion for Easter but we only did it because her birthday is in winter so if we get her a bike then, she won't be able to ride it for  a while.   She was so excited.  Mason was as excited as an almost one year old can be for Easter.










Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My Boy aka Bubsy

Don't get me wrong, I love having a girl but experiencing a boy is magical also.  I am so blessed to get to experience both a girl and a boy.  This boy literally melts my heart 100 plus times a day.   When I was pregnant, I was not quite sure how I would handle having another child because my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer when I was only a few months along.  Once he was born, I knew it was the best thing to happen at that time and he was a gift sent from heaven.  Something about a new baby makes everyone happy no matter the circumstance and he was happiness for not only me but my whole family.  And boy did my mom love him!  



I have not blogged in so long, I have not posted all of his milestones like I got to with Chloe so I wanted to make a post  so I can have this to look back on.  He is eleven months now so it is long overdue.  

Mason is so much more active than I remember Chloe being.  He learned how to crawl at five months and I shit you not, he was climbing on his toys and standing on them.  At first, he did not want to have anything to do with walking.  I would stand him up and put my arms out to walk to me and he would and that was between 9 and 10 months but he would never do it on his own.  It was just too convenient to crawl and too much of an inconvenient to learn something new.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it right?!  But at 11 months, he decided to try this walking thing out and it is now it primary source of mobility!  It cracks me up, he will just walk  through the hallway with his toys in hand or a snack or bottle like he owns the place.  I love it!


One thing he loves is water.  If he hears the bath running, he will jet to the bathroom.  He loved it from day one.  I gave him a bath in the sink the other day because he was fussy.  I was about to cook dinner so I thought I would make him happy really quick so I could cook dinner without him on my leg.  It didn't work because as soon as I took him out, he was mad and wanted back in!

Another love of his is food.  This boy loves the eat.  This is a breath of fresh air since Chloe has a select list if food she will eat and it is a small one.  Is can't just be me but seeing your child eat and enjoy it makes me happy and makes me feel a good mom.  His favorites are peas, bananas, Lucky Charms, fries, baby cheetos, sweet potatoes, and really anything he can put in his mouth.  He attacked Chloe for her sucker when we were at the bank the other day and actually got a hold of it twice.  

A new thing that has been going on with him is his little temper.  I don't know if I would call it a temper but he gets so mad when he can't have what he wants.  Whether it is a toy, that sucker he wanted from his sissy, or not being able to go to the stairs, he doesn't mind making it known he doesn't like it.
  Even though he has a little attitude, he is the sweetest little boy and he loves his momma like no other.  When he falls, he looks to momma to comfort him.  We picked him up from staying all night with his Aunt and as soon as he saw me, he immediately started crying for me and had this look like where have you been?!  He will give me kisses one after another.

Our family feels so complete with our little Bubsy as we call him.  I always have said that I cannot believe how fast Chloe has grown but I can't remember like without her and I feel the exact same way about Mason.  





Chloe's Fourth Birthday

We got to have Chloe's birthday party on her actual birthday which was a first for her and made the day even more special.  Having my first baby turn four is so bittersweet.  On one hand, it makes me so sad like every other mom of course but I always go back to when she was first born and how bad I wish I could go back to that day.  But then again I am so proud of the little lady she is becoming.  Her personality is so big, she is caring, and she is so smart.  And I am not gonna lie, having a beautiful daughter makes a momma feel good too!  She makes me look good!  But regardless of her beauty and those beautiful curls, I want her to know she is enough and she can do ANYTHING she wants.  I remember on International Women's Day, she said to me, "Mommy....I wish I could take over the world."  Of course I told her she could and smiled from the inside out.  What a beautiful thing to hear from your child.

Now back to her birthday.  Her cousins Adrianna and Ayanna spent the night with us and Chloe got to wake up with her cousins and a little mini birthday party in the kitchen.  Eric brought home two gift bags.  One from his mom and my mom since they are no longer with us and that was one of my favorite moments of the day.  Her aunts Sug and Sarah were in town from California and she hadn't seen them since she was probably one and Chloe LOVED them.  We went to eat at a Mexican Restaurant that is our favorite and Chloe always asks to go eat chips and salsa here with her Pops which is Eric's dad so she was happy.  They even sang Happy Birthday to her and gave her a sombrero!


Chloe decided she wanted to go skating this year  so that is what we did.  It was the very first birthday my mom has not been here for since her passing so that made it feel off but her twin sister and her other sister was there so that made things better.  I was so amazed at how good Chloe did skating.  She skated around holding her friends and cousin's hands just skating around the rink like she had been doing it forever.  My heart melted.  She has been into Harley Quinn (which kind of disturbs me) and all the girl superheroes so we did that as the theme.







We have always had the tradition on every one of Chloe's birthdays to let off her birthday balloons for her Nan which is Eric's mother and her grandmother she was never able to meet.  This year we did it for her my mother as well.  My nieces did it with us and it was a special moment.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Saying Yes More

It feels a little weird to be typing this blog because the last time I blogged was August last year.  Since my mom went into hospice in November and passed away, I just did not feel like doing much of anything but I am slowly getting back to the things I enjoy.  

Lately, I have been trying to make more of an effort to say yes when it comes to my children.  Mason of course can't ask for anything yet but Chloe has requests daily for everything from the park to doing her hair in different styles throughout the day.  I was thinking about how much I say no because not wanting to clean up afterwards or just simply not feeling like it and I realized the mess doesn't matter but what does is allowing my children to be children.  They are only little ones for a short period which goes by in a flash so I want them to do as much kid stuff as they can!  

Chloe wants to change her hair and outfit literally five times a day and at first, I would tell her no.  Laundry is not something I enjoy doing so I was completely against an extra four outfits per day in the laundry basket.  But it is a way she expressed herself and something she really enjoyed.  The last thing I want to do it prevent my child from doing things she loves because it would give me extra work.  What's another load of laundry per week in the scheme of things!?  Even though I will probably be talking stuff under my breath when no one is watching and I am knee deep in clothes on laundry day.  I put a laundry basket in her closet with all the clothes she can change in and out of daily mostly made up of hand me downs and older clothes.




There was also the time when she woke up at 6 in the morning the other day and said she wanted to have a surprise party for her daddy.  It wasn't his birthday and there was no reason to surprise him but I said yes and she had the best time.  We went to Dollar Tree and got party supplies and a little glow ball to give to him as a present and she was loving it.  We put a candle in a honey bun and sang him Happy Birthday.  He was really confused about the whole thing.  That was probably the highlight of it all!
I just feel like the reason I say no most of the time is because my own selfish reasons.  Don't get me wrong, being a mom is hard and when your child asks to play right after you swept the floor, it makes your skin crawl but there will be a day I will miss that.  And also, there are two futures in my hands which are my children's and how they turn out will depend on how I raise them and I want to make they remember all the experiences they had with their mother, even if it means throwing a pretend surprise party for a pretend birthday!