Thursday, January 31, 2013

We’re Not Alone

Since today is shot day I wanted to do a post dedicated to those who live with JA on a daily basis just like we do. I’ve been amazed at the amount of children who are living with this horrible disease. It’s so sad. Today I’m going to share with you three blogs that I follow. These momma’s are amazing and the kiddos…they are my heroes. Reading these blogs helps me know that we are not alone. I hope you will take a moment to read these ladies’ recent posts. Please also consider leaving them a comment of support…it truly means so much.

Our fight with Systemic Onset Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

This blog is all about a sweet girl named Emily. She has the most beautiful smile you’ve ever seen and is such a brave and strong girl. She has a different form of JIA…systemic. This means that it effects her entire system. Emily has to get infusions on top of taking daily medications. I am inspired by Emily’s heart and her bravery. I am also inspired by her amazing Momma.

Parker’s Purple Playa Power – Pounding JA

Parker is an amazing young man. I have been so moved by not only his mom’s posts on the blog but also his own posts. It’s amazing to read his words and to know what it’s like for the child that’s actually living with JA. Parker also has systemic JA as well as other medical concerns. In spite of it all Parker is so brave and strong!

I Stand All Amazed

This is a blog I recently found and the latest post really spoke to my heart. Sarah wrote so honestly about the feelings that she experiences as a mother of a child with JA. Every words she says I can identify with. Thank you, Sarah, for being so open and honest and helping me know that my feelings are perfectly normal.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Things I Learned…

When you have kids you learn things that your teachers never taught in school. Things you never dreamed you’d learn or need to know. Today I post my first installment of Thing I Learned...a post all about things the boys taught me the day or week prior. I’d love if you’d share some of the things YOU have learned in the wonderful adventure we call parenting!

~ Getting all the boys ready to leave the house and into the car should be considered an Olympic event. Between making sure everyone has gone potty, has socks on, shoes on (“I don’t want THOSE shoes, I want my rain boots!…But we can’t find the match for your rain boots….Pouting ensues.), coats on and zipped, hats, staying out of the mud/puddles on the way to the car, getting buckled, etc. Mind you that Bubba is capable of doing this all himself. Zim is pretty good about some of it but still needs help with shoes/coat. Then there’s Monkey…he’s at that “I can do everything myself” stage. Yup, takes us an extra hour to get out of the house. My goodness!

~ It’s a very tense moment while waiting for the tube to come back from the drive-through bank teller…did she remember to send lollypops…are they going to be green?

~ Longer car rides are great for bonding time and naps. (No not for me!)

~ Boys find the oddest things absolutely hysterical. “Look at those babies on that sign!” Followed by the loudest laughter you’ve ever heard.

~ Kids have no concept to time or distance.
“Are we there yet?”
“No, we JUST left the house.”
“Well, are we ALMOST there?”
“No”
“Are we HALFWAY there?”
*sigh*

~ Even if they’ve just eaten or had something to drink the instant you get in the car they are DYING of thirst and hunger.

~ When you have a store that YOU want to take your time in make sure to have leverage. I wanted to stroll through JoAnn’s so I told the boys that if they were good we’d go to Target after (they LOVE Target…but then again, who doesn’t right?!). So if they started to get crazy in JoAnn’s all I had to say was, “Do you want to go to Target or not?” Now, mind you I must have said that about 25 times.

~ Kids just don’t listen sometimes.
“Zim, please pick up your feet when you walk.”
Clomp, clomp, clomp. (He insisted on wearing snow boots.)
“Common, Bud, please…pick up your feet.”
Completely ignoring me, “Momma, what’s the name of the store we’re going to next?” Clomp, clomp, clomp….
I stop and get him to look at me, “It’s call ‘Pick up your feet when you walk.’
He looks at me funny and ponders for a minute, “Hey Bubba! Momma said the store is called “Pick up your feet when you walk!” Clomp, clomp, clomp.

~ Going out to eat and actually eating IN the restaurant is a BIG deal! I love that it’s such a special thing for them!

~ Kids surprise you sometimes and actually behave in a restaurant. I had a gift card for Panera so I decided it would be a fun treat. They sat nice and had good manners while eating their bagels.

~ Getting to pick a new bath toy at the Target dollar spot is the best thing EVER! Well, to them at least. They played with those things all the way through the store and only almost walked into about five different people.

~ My kids still have their innocence.  While walking through the sports wear department Bubba notice a huge photo of a woman in lingerie (the departments are pretty much together) and he says, “Momma, that is SO silly…it just looks weird. I mean, it doesn’t even cover her belly.”

~ I’ve got awesome kids. (Well, I already knew this but I was reminded yesterday.) We can walk through every single toy isle in Target and they don’t ask me to buy them anything. They are perfectly content just looking at and ‘trying’ all the cool things. Of course I had to reward that with some sweedish fish. ;)

~ I am not alone and as much as I think I sound like a lunatic in the stores “HEY! Stop touching! Didn’t I ask you NOT to touch?! Get back here! Where are you going?! Stop touching your brother!” Other moms understand. I was looking at scarves when a woman said to me, “Three boys huh? I have three girls.” Ah, she gets it! I’m not crazy…well, ok, maybe a little bit but I have good excuses!

~ Every mini van should be equipped with the little window that limos and taxis have. Boys are loud and when you have them in an enclosed space like a van it’s even louder…soundproofing would be awesome!

~ Ghirardelli chocolate is a godsend…seriously…

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~ Vacuum sealing a HUGE comforter provides the BEST entertainment to young boys. You would have thought I was doing a one woman circus the way they were cheering and laughing!

~ Along the same line…why did I not buy those vacuum bags before?! Amazing.

~ Goodnight hugs and kisses are the absolute best…even if they keep asking for more just to stall bedtime.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Spa time at home? Yes please!

On Saturday the mail man delivered a lumpy, padded envelope. When I opened it I was excited to find some delicious smelling samples from Genna, a consultant for Perfectly Posh!

Perfectly Posh is a young company that sells amazing pampering products with natural based ingredients. Here is a little tidbit about their products from the catalog:

“We are naturally-based and gentle. We are paraben, paraffin and sulfate free. We use no soy or gluten ingredients. We are cruelty-free. We use only nourishing beeswax, milk and honey animal bi-products.”

Genna sent me a few samples to try out and I couldn’t wait! So Saturday night I drew myself a HOT bath and had my own little spa night at home. First I tried the bath bomb sample, Peacenik. It smelled so great!
PeacenikAfter a relaxing bath I washed my face and tried the Stripper! Now, now, get your mind out of the gutter people! 
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This is an amazing mud/cream that detoxifies your face. After spreading it on my face I could feel it working immediately. It sort of tingles! I didn’t mind though because that to me let me know it was working.

While I let the mud do it’s work I used the Sugar Fix on my hands.
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I have very dry hands and I’ve tried all kinds of lotions and such to keep them from constantly feeling dry.  After using the sugar scrub I felt an immediate difference in my skin. It was already soft and silky!

I rinsed the mud off my face and grabbed the sample of Slather.
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This stuff is awesome! I only needed a little bit for my hands and my face. It felt so smooth and creamy and not at all greasy. The best part, when I woke up the next morning my hands and face STILL felt soft!

If you’ve never used Perfectly Posh I strongly recommend you give it a try! Genna has been wonderful with communicating and I know she would love to help you pamper yourself! She even wants to giveaway one of the most popular Posh products! That’s right, you now have a chance to win Sugar Fix Sugar Scrub!  Simply follow the rules in the giveaway box below!  Good luck and go ahead…Pamper yourself with Perfectly Posha Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Blogging Awards

There is an award among bloggers called the Leibster award. It is for newer bloggers that have less than 200 followers that deserve some recognition and support. The award is passed on to other bloggers that fall into that category to help share and support their blog.  It is also a great way to get to know your fellow bloggers!

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I was nominated by not one but two sweet bloggers…Aanika over at The Active Mum and The Wild and Wonderful World of Gingersnaps. Thank you ladies! <3 

Here are the rules…

1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.

2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to. (I will pick from both bloggers who nominated me.)

3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.

4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.

5. No tag backs.

11 Random Facts about me…

1. I was born in Oklahoma.

2. I love to sleep.

3. I still hate the dark.

4. I have a freckle on my left foot that helped me tell left from right when I was little.

5. I would love to find my childhood best friend, Andrea, and see what her life is like now. We were inseparable as kids.

6. I don’t like winter…yeah, snow might be pretty but it’s COLD!

7. I would love to try working with glass…maybe beads.

8. I want to be a runner.

9. Photography is more than a hobby for me…I truly love it.

10. I love that people think I’m younger than I am. Yes, I used to hate it but now that I’m older I love it!

11. 13 is our family’s lucky number.

Questions asked by the lovely ladies who nominated me:

1.  Why did you begin blogging?

I started blogging to keep my family in the loop as to what goes on in this crazy house. My family is scattered all over the states so we don’t see much of each other.

2. Where were you born?

Ponca City, OK

3. If you could describe yourself in only 3 words what would they be?

kind, loving, friend

4. Have you gotten to know any of your fellow bloggers personally?

Yup! That’s one of the cool things about blogging! Some of my blog friends were friends before blogging but I’ve recently made some more friends thanks to blogging. (Rebecca!)

5. What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you there yet, and are you what you wanted to be as a child?

I wanted to be a marine biologist so I could work at Sea World with Shamu! I also always wanted to be a momma….and I’m very grateful to say that I’m working my dream job!

6. What is your favorite type of exercise?

When I’m in shape I enjoy running. Of course since I’m out of shape right now I don’t like it much cause it’s hard! lol

7. What is your favorite holiday?

LOVE Christmas…nothing like reliving all the magic through your kids!

8. How many hours sleep a night do you average?  Is it enough?

Usually I get around 8 or 9. I can never get enough sleep…I love sleep…sleep is my best friend. ;)

9. Who is your role model and why?

I’m not sure I really have one. I have some women that I look up to but I don’t really model myself after some one. It’s so important to be me…God didn’t make me to be just like some one else…He designed me to be me!

10. What is your biggest vice?

I care too much about what people think of me.

11. Is there a single person that has influenced your life in a big way (family or celebrity)?

Some people may say this is a cheesy answer but I can honestly say Jesus. Whether you have faith or not He is the most amazing man. Think of all that He went through, all the persecution and torture, and in spite of it all He was still so forgiving and loving.

My nominees for the Leibster award:  

1. School Room of Life
2. Peace of the Prairies
3. Fit from Scratch
4. The Momisodes
5. Adventures in Geremialand
6. Nic & Bean
7. Hearts are Home
8. Snarkfest
9. A Boy, a Girl, and the Marine Corps.
10. Trials and Triumphs of Loving My Sailor
11. Plucky Procrastinator

My questions for my nominees:

1. How long have you been blogging?

2. Does your family read your blog?

3. What is your dream vacation?

4. If you could splurge on one thing every month what would it be?

5. What’s one thing you’d like to learn this year?

6. What is your favorite TV show?

7. What are your hopes and goals for your blog?

8. What inspires you?

9. Do you bite a lollypop or savor it?

10. Do you drink? What’s your poison?

11. Can you roller/ice skate?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fotobomb Friday!

We’ve been stuck inside for a few days due to the cold and today the snow so not much is happening. I’m having blog block so I figured why not inundate you all with photos!  Fun stuff, right?! So here goes…enjoy! And feel free to link up and join in the fun! xo

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My homemade k-cup holder!
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Baked potato soup (thanks Amber!) and homemade pretzel rolls!
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After shot popsicles…all better now.
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Silly boys playing with playdoh…
they each made me something and insisted that I take picture.


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Anxiety

I supposed everyone experiences it in their lives…some even struggle with it on a daily basis. I don’t typically get anxious about things but that’s changing. Well, changing about one thing..shot day.

Today is first injection here at home. We decided to delay his second injection until this evening so he can sleep off the possible nausea that is common and have the weekend at home to chill if he should have any other side effects. Two days after his injection last week he got sores on his lips from the meds. Thankfully after adding in a folic acid supplement they went away. Our doctors said that this week we can try to give him a double dose of folic acid on shot day and the day after to try to prevent it from happening again. Fingers crossed that was just a one time thing. I’m really hoping that since we’ll be in the comfort of our own home that this weeks shot will go much better. His brothers will be here to help us distract him and he’ll hopefully be a little more relaxed. 

For now though I’m going to try not to let the anxiety get to me and ruin my day. Hubs is off and we’re going to try to take the boys swimming at the local YMCA. It will be so nice to get out of the house and have some fun family time together!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sprucing things up!

Have you ever gone to start something simple and have it turn into something much more complex? Well, that’s what happened to me yesterday! I just got an awesome new Uppercase Living chalkboard decal that I won from Holly and Donna and I was dying to put it up. Thing is when I was figuring out where to put it I realized how badly the kitchen walls needed a new coat of paint. Next thing I know I’m in the workshop looking through all our paint leftovers and gathering the tools to begin painting. A few hours later and now we have a pretty accent wall in the kitchen!

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Only thing is now that I have that wall done the other walls need a fresh coat as well. That’s ok though…gives me another project to complete since we’re huddled inside thanks to the freezing temps!

Monday, January 21, 2013

How You Can Prevent Diabetes This New Year–Guest Post

Today’s post is a guest post from Carolyn. Carolyn is a newly engaged (congrats girl!) 20-something with a passion for life, fitness and overall well-being. She is an avid cycler, golfer and has been known to bust some serious moves on the dance floor. You can check out Carolyn’s blog at http://fullonfit.blogspot.com/

Although many people might not have known, November was American Diabetes Month. Normally I never paid much attention to this, but one of my little cousins was just recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, which opened my eyes to just how widespread this disease really is. Once I started to do some research on how to help my cousin, I was astonished at just how serious the disease is.

According to Syracuse’s Cardiac Center, if diabetes is left untreated, the consequences that can occur later in life include eye problems or blindness, heart disease, neurological problems, and more.
Due to the fact that we as a family now have to deal with diabetes being a regular part of my cousin’s life, I have started to be more active in all of my cousins’ lives to start building healthier lifestyles with all of them. In order to prevent Type 2 Diabetes, and to manage it, it’s important to look at nutrition and physical activity – and what better time than the beginning of the New Year?!

Avoid Unhealthy Foods in the New Year

Obesity increases the risk of diabetes. Most people are likely to develop diabetes after consuming unhealthy foods over a long period of time. Since the holidays just ended, this is an important time to get back on track to eating healthier! Foods with more than seven percent saturated fats should not be consumed. Instead of high saturated fat choices, choose lean meats such as fish and lean poultry. Steam, grill or bake the meat for the best results.

Legumes, vegetables, fruits and whole grains are recommended for people who want to prevent diabetes. When you make choices, ensure the choices are in the best interest of your health. For instance, you should choose olive oil instead of butter, and choose hummus and celery over cheese. If you eat cheese, it should be low-fat. Also, you should choose low-fat soy milk over whole milk.

**If you bring appetizers to an upcoming party, try this hummus recipe:
Add one can or two cups of garbanzo beans to a blender. Then add two table spoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice, one clove of fresh garlic and enough extra virgin olive oil to blend the mixture to a smooth, creamy consistency. Serve the hummus with celery, carrots and olives. Hummus is filling and a healthy snack for anyone trying to prevent diabetes.

Prevent Diabetes and Eat Healthy in this New Year

When you start your new eating plan following an unhealthy holiday eating binge, start it out the right way by choosing healthier options. With this healthy diet you can prevent a number of diseases including diabetes. Your food will still be stocked full of flavor and good for your health. Make the decision to eat healthier now so you can have a longer, healthier future ahead of you and your family!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Simple Sunday - 1-20-13

I had such a great day with my boys yesterday! They spoiled me rotten and made me feel so loved. I’m so blessed!

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Super yum dinner! The boys were SO excited to get Chinese!
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YUMMO cake with chocolate moose filling….mmmmm!
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My handmade gifts from my Bub. Love that little man!
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I also got this in the mail yesterday!
I know it’s bragging but I’m so proud of this!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Help Me Celebrate - Giveaway Day 2!

Day 1’s winner is Vanessa Richmond!  Congrats girl! I’ll have your bracelet in the mail to you next week! I hope you love it!

Today’s gift is a custom designed Facebook Timeline cover or Blog header!  What a great way to show off your beautiful family or freshen up your blog!

Here are some samples of what I’ve done:

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Help Me Celebrate! Day 1

Tomorrow is my birthday and to celebrate I’m going to give all my awesome readers a chance to win some special gifts from me! Throughout this weekend I will post a photo of a special gift and you can enter to win! It’s that simple!
Now for the fun part! Gift #1!
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This is a handmade bracelet by yours truly! It’s black leather cording with sparkly smoke crystals and a silver button clasp. It’s perfect for casual or dressy occasions!

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

How it all went down…

When you’re headed into a situation that you know won’t be pleasant you try your best to prepare yourself for the worst and you try to psych yourself up for it. Usually it goes way better than you expected and then sometimes it ends up pretty much the way you thought it would go.

I tried to prepare myself for yesterday and I truly thought I could be strong. I thought I’d be able to do what needed to be done but when the moment came I just couldn’t do it. It was the worst feeling ever. Here was our son, being held against his will already anxious about what was going on and confused and I go and prick him and make things worse because I can’t bring myself to stick the needle in. At that point I couldn’t hold in the tears. I felt awful. I hated that I was hurting my baby, I hated that I couldn’t even do what needed done, I hated that I was breaking down in front of him. I mean, I’m supposed to be strong for him…not break down and loose it. Thankfully Ed was able to take over. I held Monkey with all might might while he screamed and we both turned the other way. Ed quickly gave him his injection and then it was all over. Monkey picked a sticker and kept saying, “We get out of here now?” Poor little dude was done. So we gathered all our supplies and took him out to the main lobby of Children’s Hospital for some Italian ice. Soon he was tear free and jumping around like his normal crazy self like nothing had happened.

The rest of the day I will admit I was really down and upset with myself. I felt like I had failed to do my job as his momma. I know it’s not true but I’m being honest about my feelings. It was also just breaking my heart that I hurt him. Man, momma guilt is awful. I am so thankful for my husband though. For the fact that he stepped in and did what I couldn’t. I realize now as I type this that God really was my strength yesterday. I didn’t have to be as strong as I thought because Ed was strong for me. Guess that’s why we make such a great team.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Realities

I know my last post was all rainbows and butterflies so this one is going to seem so down and dreary but I want to post honest things so here goes…

Today things change. Today we start a new normal…a normal that I never pictured and a normal that’s not cool. Today is Monkey’s first Methotrexate injection. When we found out that this was the next step I was able to take it in stride but now that the moment is just hours away I’d be lying if I said I was okay. I’m not okay. This is not okay. Monkey is not okay. Sure if you look at him he seems fine. He runs and jumps and is crazy just like his brothers. People honestly don’t believe me when I say that he has arthritis. They don’t see the flip side. The swollen joints, the limping, the pharmacy of medications in our cupboard, and now the needles.

What’s worse is I swear he knows today’s not a normal doctor visit. We decided not to talk to him about the injections before hand because he’s 3…he just doesn’t really understand and if anything it would probably just freak him out. Well, guess what, ever since he got up this morning he’s been crying that he doesn’t want to go to the doctor. Not whining…genuine, heartfelt, sad tears. I just tell him, “I know buddy, I know you don’t but we have to.” And he just holds on to me tighter and cries. Breaks this momma’s heart.

I’ve had my freak out moments, shed plenty of tears and have been praying constantly for pretty much the last 24 hours. People say I’m strong but I certainly don’t feel strong. What I do know is that God designed me to be Monkey’s momma and I know that HE can be my strength. I draw on that and I WILL be strong for Monkey.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Spring Arthritis Walk

I’m so excited to share with you all that Monkey has been chosen to be an honoree at this years Spring Arthritis Walk! I’ve had the honor of working with the local Arthritis Foundation on some things in the past including their annual Bone Bash. They are an amazing group of ladies who are so dedicated to helping those who are living with arthritis and I’m really looking forward to working with them again!

Since Monkey was diagnosed in March last year we missed the 2012 Spring Walk. When I found out about the event I was so bummed that we missed it. The Spring walk differs from the Jingle Bell run in that it is more of a networking and support event as well as a great opportunity for everyone to pull together to raise funds. There is no cost for participating in the walk and you can join forces on a team or walk individually. Our family has already created our own team this year and we would LOVE if you would consider joining our team, walk with us and help us in our fundraising efforts!
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This year the walk is being held on June 1 at 8 a.m. at the SouthSide Works Surface Lot in Pittsburgh, PA. You can find our team information on our team page. There you can sign up to be part of our team or if you want you can even create your own team. (Although we’d really LOVE to have you on our team…but I think I said that already. haha) If you’re too far away to participate in the walk with us we’d love if you’d consider making a donation to our team. I have HIGH hopes to raise at least $1,000! I know, I know…it’s a lot but why not aim high?! We’ve already received a generous donation of $25! I know with your help we can reach our goal! Please feel free to also share this page with your friends and family! The more people that know the more we can do!

Another exciting thing about the walk is that they are hoping to reach out to other families who have children with JA. The goal is to create a local networking and support group. This is something that has been on my heart ever since we got the news that Monkey had JA. To have local families that we can lean on for support and encouragement and to be able to work together to help our children with this awful disease. If you are local I’d really love if you’d comment here on this post or email me at mommaonamission@comcast.net . If you know other families in the area please consider forwarding this post to them so we can start communicating together. By joining together we can help each other and our kiddos!

In case you couldn’t tell I’m VERY excited about this and I hope you are too! Thank you in advance for helping us reach our goals! I hope you will consider joining us on June 1 as we walk with a common goal…to find a cure for Arthritis!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Date Night with Zim! - Mommy and Me Monday

I recently saw a Mommy and Me post by a fellow blogging momma and I just love it! Being that I’m usually the one taking the photos it’s rare that I have pictures of me with my boys. This series is a wonderful way to make sure to take the time to capture some of my time with my little men. So today is my very first installment!
Mommy and Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?
Hosted by Krystyn at Really, Are You Serious?

It’s so important to listen to the hearts of our little ones and try to be in tune with what’s going on in their little minds. Zim is the middle child and with having an older brother who is involved in a lot of extra activities and a younger brother with health issues we worry that Zim will get ‘lost’ and feel like he’s not important. He tends to act out to get attention so we are trying to focus more on making time for him and letting him know that he’s just as important and just as special as the other two. So when he asked me this week at bedtime “Momma, when can just you and me go do something?” Ed and I agreed that I needed to take him out. So yesterday Zim and I had a date night!

He choose to go bowling and was SO excited! He’d been in a bowling ally before when we’ve dropped Bubba off at a birthday party but he’s never been bowling himself. He had SO much fun! He took turns rolling the ball himself and using the ramp that they made available and just loved seeing his score on the little screen. We were next to a large family that was bowling together that was loud…not obnoxiously loud, just having fun and cheering for each other. Zim asked me, “Momma, on my next roll will you clap and cheer for me like they are?!” Ah, I just love him! I had been clapping for him and exclaiming when he’d hit pins but I guess I just wasn’t loud enough. LOL

After we finished our games Zim choose to go to DQ for ice cream. It’s amazing how excited a little person can get about vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles! While we were there he asked if we could take home ice cream sandwiches for his brothers. How could I say no? I thought it was so sweet that he thought of them.

It was so nice to have some one on one time with Zim. He’s growing up so fast and is such an amazing little boy!

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pinewood Derby!– #SimpleSunday

Today was Bubba’s Cub Scout Pinewood Derby! He’s been looking forward to this for awhile and working hard on his car with Ed. This year he took third in his Den and is super proud of how he did!

Bubba’s second race…

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Bubba’s car this year….Buccaneer!

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!

Yesterday Ed and I took Zim and Monkey to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live! The boys were SO excited and had been counting down the sleeps until the day had come.

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We were directed to our seats and the boys just sat there in awe. There eyes were so big taking in all the lights and bright colors! You could feel the excitement in the theater!

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When DJ Lance came up on the screen and then onto the stage the boys didn’t move a muscle. They were so mesmerized by the life size versions of the characters they are used to seeing on TV!

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Introducing the Gabba friends!

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Look at that face! Can’t you just feel his excitement and joy?!

We had SO much fun dancing, singing, jumping, spinning…you name it, we did it! Monkey was so into it too…he’d sing and jump and do motions along with the characters. It was so great to see him having such a wonderful time! Monkey’s favorite part was the Wiggle Wiggle Stop song and Zim’s favorite was the confetti cannons! My favorite…when hip hop legend Biz Markie came out for Biz’s beat of the day. Let me tell you, when he started playing his music the theater got so loud! Made me wonder how many parents came out JUST to see him! He was fantastic!

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Soon the show was coming to an end and we sang the goodbye song with the Gabba friends. You could tell how much all the kids in the audience had loved the show because many of them were crying…poor kiddos! They were having so much fun that they didn’t want it to end!

If you have little ones and want something fun for both yourself AND your kiddo you have to check and see if Yo Gabba Gabba Live is coming to your town! It’s such a wonderful, interactive show for a variety of ages that you won’t want to miss! Check here for shows near you!

After the show we drove over to the Southside to treat the boys to dinner. We decided to give Double Wide Grill a try…we’d driven and walked past their joint a few times and always wanted to stop in. The boys loved their Kids Menu. They even placed their order to the waitress themselves and excitedly told her they wanted ice cream for their dessert! Yup, all kids meals came with ice cream or a cookie! What kid wouldn’t love that?! Ed and I ended up ordering the same thing…the Pig Aught! The food was SO good and I have to add that their root beer is amazing as well! We will definitely go back!

We had such a great afternoon and evening with our boys! You could tell too that they thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it as well. I love seeing them so happy and knowing that we made some wonderful memories with them.