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School Starting Soon

School starts next week. Where has the time gone? I can’t believe summer vacation is over. And now my youngest is starting school. She is going to Kindergarten. While I’m happy and excited for her new journey, I’m also saddened by the fact that I really have no more babies.

My youngest said, “mom, what if no one likes me?” I reassured her that won’t happen because she is the sweetest little girl ever and everyone will love her. She then said she doesn’t want to go to school because daddy will be home alone and miss her too much. I reassured her that daddy will be fine. He has lots of work to keep him busy till it’s time to pick her and her sister up at the bus stop.

I know she’s scared. She’s been home with daddy for so long and now she has to leave him for 8 plus hours a day. But I know she will be fine. She’s going to love school.

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Heading to the Square

Today after dinner, we decided to take our girls to the downtown square to walk around, enjoy the weather and eat some ice cream.

We made a stop in a new chocolate store here called KYYA Chocolate. The girls tried milk chocolate mixed with marshmallow and myself and dad tried champagne infused chocolate. It was different. Not sweet. Kind of bitter but not in a bad way. I know that’s a weird way to describe it.

Next we went to the Spark Cafe Soda Fountain. The girls each got a milk shake and dad and I shared a cone of mint chip. We enjoyed our treat while walking around the square. We even found an awesome record store called Block St. Records. And of course, they mainly sold only records. I was sad they were closed because looking in the window, they had some awesome ones like Type O Negative, Iron Maiden, and Motley Crüe. We will definitely have to go back when they are open.

So all in all it was a great evening. The girls kept saying what a fun evening this was.

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Toy Organization

My kids room is hard to keep organized. It was even hard just a month ago because they shared a queen sized bed in their room. That bed took up most of the space in their room. Thankfully we have switched them to a bunk bed. The funny thing is, they still want to sleep together so they sleep on the top bunk together.

So I have been trying to organize their room. They have their own little plastic 3 drawer dressers. Their stuffed animals are in a wooden toy box. However they have so many stuffed animals, they don’t all fit in it. Then they have smaller little baskets for their smaller toys and stuff.

So I remember something that I had as a kid in my room that really helped hold my stuffed animals and keep them off the floor when I wasn’t cuddling them. And that is a stuffed animal hammock. So i am placing my order to get two of those bad boys. I can’t take my kids room being overtaken by stuffed animals.

So if you want to organize your kids room and keep their toys off the floor, this is the item for you. Click the picture below.

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Put down your phone

I never realized how much life I was missing by being on social media. It became an obsession. I had to check who was commenting on or likening my pictures. I had to post a new selfie each day. I had to read and see how great everyone’s lives were compared to mine.

So I was always sitting there with my head in my phone. If someone wanted to talk to me, I would pretend to listen while I scanned my social media. I lost out on watching so much of what my kids were doing because my nose was always in my phone.

Social media has made this world more narcissistic. And it’s dumbing us down as a society. Where people once read the newspaper to get their news , now just skim for it on Twitter. I, myself made the decision to leave all social media behind. I was tired of feeling like I was tied to my phone all the time. And before you say anything, yes I do have this blog. However, the blog post that I post, are written when my children are not around. I either write them after they’ve gone to bed, or early in the morning when I’m waiting to go into work. Or even on my lunch break. I try to leave my phone down as much as possible when I’m with my kids.

I never paid much attention to it until I got rid of my social media. Now I watch all these parents with their noses in their phone and not paying one bit of attention to their children. And I don’t ever want to be like that again. Your kids are only little once, enjoy them.

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Strict Mom

Some may say that I am a strict mom. There’s certain things that I don’t want my kids to have or do. But it’s only because I have their best interest at heart.

One thing that I am strict on, is there an intake of soda. Soda is one of the worst things that you can give your child. It’s full of sugar and sodium and caffeine and everything that children don’t need. No sometimes it’s OK to have in moderation. So I use it as a treat for my kids. If they have been good or we go out somewhere, I will let them have Sprite or Rootbeer. Particularly because it’s caffeine free.

At home we drink flavored water. What it is is it’s just flavored sparkling water. It has no sugar,no sodium, no caffeine, no calories, it’s just good for you. But it gives the illusion of having soda.

The one that we drink is the Walmart brand, Clear American. End it has all different kinds of flavors like cherry limeade, cherry vanilla, lime, lemon, pineapple coconut, tangerine mango, strawberry, strawberries and cream, Fiji apple, white grape, and more. And I’m telling you it’s exactly like you’re drinking soda.

I know people say, but sparkling water is bad for kids teeth because of the carbonation. Well it’s a give or take. You either give them a soda Or juice which is bad for their teeth with all the sugar or you give them sparkling water which has a little bit of carbonation.

Kids don’t really care for water. I know I never did. So this is the best way for me to get my children to drink water.

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Break Down

So I had a break down Saturday morning. I had planned a nice day for my family before the storms rolled in. We were gonna go for a nice drive to Hobbs State Park and stop at the visitors center which has a little area to look at animals and learn about nature. Then go for a nice hike.

But then my oldest had to start in. She’s 9 going on 19. So her and I don’t always see eye to eye. She has a knack for not listening and talking back. And well…she pushed me to my limit Saturday.

I went in my room, locked the door and cried. And I mean cried. Like that real hard ugly face cry where you have tears streaming down your face and your nose is running all over the place. It was not a pretty site. I definitely didn’t want my husband seeing me like that.

But in the end, she and I talked and I explained things to her. I’m her parent. And what I say goes. And the same with her dad.

Sometimes in motherhood, you just need to step away and cry it out. Don’t be ashamed of that. Being a parent is hard. It doesn’t mean you love your kids any less. You just need a moment for yourself.

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Im not a perfect mom

I was talking to my coworkers today about being a mom. We were discussing how it’s hard to be on social media sometimes when our friends are posting about how amazing they are at motherhood. And we see how they’re posting things that make it seem like they’re the perfect mom. They do everything perfectly for their children, whether it’s at crafts, cooking, taking care of their home, being the perfect PTA mother, anything. And it’s hard for us to read that because it makes us start to doubt ourselves as a mom. I’m not good at crafting, I’m not on the PTA, I’m not the best cook, my husband actually cooks better than I do. And I sometimes have to yell at my children. So does that make me a bad mom? Absolutely not.

Everyone is different, there is no perfect mom out there. Everyone makes mistakes. And all you can do is raise your children to the best of your ability and love on them as much as possible. We were talking about how sometimes we forget that not everything has to be perfect. The house doesn’t always need to be spotless, dinner doesn’t have to be ready at the exact same time every single day. Sometimes all we need to do is hug our children, tell them we love them, and send them outside to play. And we sometimes forget that cleaning the house can wait a little bit. Dinner can be late sometimes. Motherhood isn’t about perfection, it’s about loving on your children.

As I have said in a previous blog post, I am not the most patient person. And in becoming a mom I found out that my husband is more patient than I am. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses and all we can do is work on them.

I know that when I get home from work, if the house isn’t clean it upsets me. Because I just can’t stand to see toys all over the house. And sometimes it upsets me that my children can’t put away the things that they were just playing with. But in my mind I have to remember that they are children and sometimes I need to just let them be children. There comes a time when they do need to learn responsibility but it’s not something that I have to harp on them 24/7. So when my coworkers and I were discussing this, we all came to the conclusion that sometimes when we are feeling frustrated or angry we just need to hug our kids, tell them we love them, and tell them to go play outside.