Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kindergarten, growing boys and thoughts on parenting

Well I can hardly believe my little babies will be starting Kindergarten in a few weeks! Where did the time go from them being cute little babies to gigantic 5 year olds???

I still see them like this:

Caden (L) Dylan (R)

When in reality they're more like this:

Dylan (L) Caden (R)

This summer I had the boys stay home with me instead of going to extended school year. I have to admit I am looking forward to them getting back to school and giving these guys some more structure to their days.  They've been driving me nuts most of the summer but I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We've been without a family car for a few months so a majority of this summer has been spent with me going out on foot with the boys to run errands in our handy dandy double stroller.  Most days have been pretty tolerable and even a great breeze. The last week or so though has been gross hot and humid. The bright side to it all is that it's been great exercise for this mama and I've lost about 15-20 lbs. I can feel it in my clothes and have been happily been able to fit in some of my old clothes. 

Overall summer has been good for not having a car to drive around in. The boys have been having ABA session at home for 2 hours each day with their awesome therapist. It's been good to have some type of structure/normal like that. They also have exploded with a love for drawing, writing their alphabet, and pretend play. We have found that these activities have really helped them develop their language. Even in just using chalk outside the boys like to talk about what their drawing and even pretend.  So they'll draw a school bus and then talk about putting on their seat belts, saying goodbye to mommy and going to school. These are big breakthroughs for them.  There are a lot of kids on the spectrum who have a hard time with make believe play...it has to be taught most times and doesn't always come natural.

On the parenting front I have been experiencing challenges with the boys over some of their obsessive type behaviors (my observation not a professional's).  They love peeling stickers and labels off things...they like doing this so much that when we go grocery shopping I have to make sure they don't peel the labels of cans of food I purchase. Another thing that just about drove me over the cliff was their preoccupation with tearing corners of pages out of their books. Now just a heads up for those of you who are not familiar with my boys...although my boys are chronologically 5 they are developmentally/socially more like 2 or 3 in so many respects.  So although these behavior probably aren't the norm for 5 year olds, it's our reality right now.

I love my boys but when they start doing behaviors like destroying books, ripping things I have to really take a minute to not let me anger lead me in those moments. When I get angry, to the point of yelling it doesn't benefit any of us. I know they understand that I get mad and that I don't approve of what they're doing but yet they repeat the behavior.

Ever have one of these days???

I'm working on ways I can redirect them and if it does happen again I try to calmly tell them that I don't like it and explain to them what the proper behavior looks like.

Unfortunately  I have had to put their books away from their reach and only bring them out when I or my husband can supervise them.  For peeling labels/stickers stuff I have given them a box of old junk mail they can rip and sticker-books they can peel.

Well if you would say a few prayers for this mom so she makes it through the remaining weeks of summer.  It's been long but I am so very thankful for God grace and strength that has helped us. 
Feels good to share with you all, it's been much to long! Hope you all are having a great summer and making lots of great memories.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Viva Vox Box Review

Recently I connected with Influenster.com and have been receiving products for me to review.  My most recent box is the Viva La Vida Vox Box. 
Here's a pic of some things I received:

What I love about this box is that it is full of some great things that I can definitely put to good use.
The voxbox was filled with awesome goodies just to try.
NYC New York Color City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color
Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Cloths
The Fuel Rewards Network at Shell
Pure Ice Nail Polish

Montagne Jeunesse Peel Off Masks
Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Cocoa Radiant

Here are some of my faves from the box:

The Pure Ice Nail Polish It's Complicated and After Hours 
I loved the bright color of the After Hours and loved how the polish stayed on. Doing so much everyday with my kiddos my hands get roughed up. But this polish lasted several days without chipping! I'm personally not much of a glitter person so I wasn't too sure how I would like this particular polish and I have to say it looks ok on clear nails but it's definitely not my fave. I prefer the solid colors for my nails. 

 Because I'm on the go it's hard to find time to paint my nails but I admit it's nice to treat myself and take a minute to do my nails. This Pure Ice Polish tried super quick and that's what I need as a mom on the go!

The other item I enjoyed using was the Cetaphil Gentle cleansing cloths. It's great to just grab a cloth and clean your face super quick before bed.  The one thing that I found when using them was that if I put the cleansing cloth to close to my eye that it stung my eyes a little.  I would probably purchase these on my own if they were gentle enough to use on my eyes.

If you're interested in becoming part of Influenster sign up here to start receiving goodies for yourself to review.

DISCLOSURE: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Free Valentine Printable

Hey there....just wanted to let you know I have some FREE Valentine Printables that I made for especially for you!  I actually meant to post these 2 weeks ago but am just getting to it now.  I hope you enjoy them and use them for the special people in your lives.  This printable can be printed on 8 1/2 x 11 in paper/cardstock.  One big favor though before you download these...can you please TWEET, SHARE on FACEBOOK or PIN on PINTEREST????  I would soooooo appreciate it! Let me know how you like them in the comments below...come on it only takes  a few seconds ! Thanks!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

10 Fun & Affordable Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Preschoolers

10 stocking stuffer ideas for preschoolers pic

When I started looking for items to add to my 10 Fun & Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers for Preschoolers I knew that I wanted them to be affordable and fun. One of my favorite parts of holiday shopping finding great deals on stocking stuffers for my little kiddos and other little ones in our family.  It can be a challenge to make our dollars stretch at Christmas time...we have a huge family. If you can relate to having to stretch your dollars during the holidays, I think you'll like the following item. I found several of these items at the Dollar Tree here in California.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Choosing Hope Over Despair

Simple thought today....there is hope for those who have felt disillusioned, abandoned, brokenhearted and completely lost in life.  The Hope of scripture is that we have Someone who loves us more than we have ever experienced by humans, someone who knows our pain, hurt and mistakes.  Someone who loves us through our lives ups and owns...He is always there, He never leaves us and He never abandons us.

Life has many unexpected turns and there are times we feel like losing hope, becoming cynical about life, or turning away from God.

Know that you're loved today, that HE loves YOU! Know that He can and will restore those places in your life that feel un-fixable, irreparable and hopeless.  There's this quote that I've seen floating around the internet and I like it because it gives a sense of hope but the one thing it's missing is to remind us that God is the true source of healing and restoration.  God does use people to help bring healing into our lives but real healing goes hand in hand with coming to Him in our brokenness and letting key people love us back to life.

How do we begin to move on and choose to walk in hope?  First off when I feel despair I have to make the conscience choice to change my mindset. How do I do that? 

  •  I take time to be alone, read and meditate on Scripture that reminds me of God's truth and character.  Scriptures like:

"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." John 10:10"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

  • I put on some meditative music like worship music.  There is some really great music out there here are a few that you may want to take a listen to:

  • Another key thing I do is to reach out to others who can pray for me, listen, cry with me, challenge and encourage me. There's something about reaching out that brings healing to our hearts. 

Make sure to share this post with someone who you know needs to be encouraged.  Let me know below in the comments how I can pray for you or if this post encouraged you today.

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