It wasn't even about having a drink, it was more about the fact that I needed a moment to myself that was all mine. I knew in that time my only moment was the shower. And to make the moment even sweeter, I added a beer. I have to say, it felt weird at first, but then it oddly felt so invigorating to be doing something out of the norm. I soaked up every square inch of space within my moment of "me" and I genuinely don't think I would have made it without it. Sometimes we just cannot make it to bed time and that's okay! Throw your kid in front of the TV every once in awhile and allow yourself some time. Some days you just gotta drink that beer in the shower, ya know?
It's been the summer of me. And I don't feel guilty one bit. As some of you know, in the summer my son spends a big chunk of the week with his dad. When new friends hear this piece of information I am often times asked, "Oh, I'm so sorry. You must miss him a lot?" I very kindly respond, "No, not really."
I LOVE the idea of having a visual that he can look at on his wall every day for every ticket earned he can add a sticker to a square (there are 25 squares). Once he has filled in all of the squares - he will be on his way! Having something tangible he can add to it so he knows where he is on his journey to the aquarium is so helpful. Also this way we are focused more on the positive behavior rather than the negative. Which is where my energy needs to be focused as a parent in this season of our lives.
This was my third year going to Oak Glen and every time I go, I find something new to do there! Below you will find my tips & tricks for apple picking in Oak Glen:
"Before you speak, think and be smart, it's hard to fix a wrinkled heart." It's the second week of Kindergarten and my son already got his feelings hurt. I knew it was coming because well, kids can be mean. But it didn't hurt my heart any less - and it very obviously hurt my sons. So much so that he pushed the little boy that said " I don't like you. We're not friends....I don't like you - double." Should my son have pushed? Absolutely not. But should he have stood up for himself? Absolutely yes.
I already see such a difference in his happiness and all of my anxiety has gone out the window. I really love connecting with his teacher, peers and their parents every day. I'm looking forward to the school year and being able to be more present in my sons life. I don't get the luxury of being a stay at home mom, but this is the next best thing and I'll take it for all it's worth.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton Growing up, every Summer my parents would take my sister and I to the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. We would look in awe of the glassblowers, get a new toe ring and maybe share a scoop of ice cream. Although [...]
Motherhood is such a wild ride. You wait in line for months just waiting for this adventure to begin. Then suddenly you've fastened your seat belt, braced yourself, and GO. Unlike a real ride, this one doesn't slow down and you never get off. You may break down from time to time. You might even have to tighten your seat belt every now and again. But from the moment it's GO time - you go, and soar, twist and turn, and try to hold on for the biggest adventure of your life thus far.
Every year to kick off Summer and celebrate B's birthday we spend two nights at The Disneyland Resort. It is so magical it makes me want to live there! This year we celebrated with B's dad, bonus mom and brother. This was our first time vacationing as a modern family and honestly, it really made [...]