Happy 9th Birthday Ethan!

This is one lucky kid. We are celebrating Ethan’s birthday in Hawaii! Since I was late posting his birthday post last year, I wanted to make sure that I posted on the day of his birth this year.

I can’t believe my miracle baby is already 9 years old. He’s changed my life in so many ways.I love you to the moon and back and then back again, buddy.

Happy Birthday Ethan!IMG_4929

All boy

Daring

Self Confident

Bookworm

Smart

Curious

Still a Minecraft Lover

Funny

My favorite boy in the whole world

 

 

Happy 7th Birthday Girls!

Today my little ladies turn 7! They started 2nd grade last week, and are enjoying their new friends and teacher.

IMG_2546

Every year, I write a Happy Birthday post to them and share words that describe them.

Happy Birthday Lila!

IMG_4971

Helpful

Caring

Silly

Careful

Sweet

Loving

Mommy’s Girl

Happy Birthday Mia!

IMG_4210

Independent

Chatty

Helpful

Loves learning

Self confident

Girly

My mini me

IMG_4759

Happy Birthday ladies! We love you so much!

My Life In Pictures: February 16 – 29, 2016

Back in October, I started what I thought was the best idea EVER: To share my Instagram pictures a couple of times a month since I can’t seem to find time to write! I decided to call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here. So here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks.

I shared a picture of Ethan’s freckles, and so of course I have to share Mia’s too!

Screenshot 2016-03-01 10.31.19

Lila doesn’t have them as predominantly as the other two, but how old is that kid again? She looks like she’s 6 going on 16…

Screenshot 2016-03-01 10.31.33

The girls went to the Father Daughter Dance at school with their very handsome Daddy! I can’t believe how big they are getting. I may or may not have cried.

Screenshot 2016-03-01 10.31.46

I have never been prouder of Lila then when she got a Teacher’s Choice Award for her HUGE progress in reading! She went from reading (way) below grade level to reading at the exact level she should be at! She worked so hard to improve, and she now looks forward to our nightly reading.

Screenshot 2016-03-01 10.31.56

Spring is here! And I have the allergy symptoms to prove it. If you’re in the same boat I am, I have some makeup tips here for how to avoid allergy face. A friend of mine mentioned that essential oils may help? Anybody have an luck with that? Or tips? I could really use some advice!

Screenshot 2016-03-01 10.32.39

I shared the simplest trick ever to easily clean a Foreman grill after posting this picture and a friend complaining about having to clean the grill. People went crazy for it!

Screenshot 2016-03-01 10.32.53

Well, it finally happened. I’ve become a Soccer Mom. Jason is coaching Ethan’s soccer team, which means my car has officially turned in to a moving locker. It’s really pain too because when I go grocery shopping I have to pile groceries on top of cones, balls, chairs, equipment, water bottles, dirty socks, and all kinds of other fun stuff. 

Screenshot 2016-03-01 10.33.15

And I am SUPER excited about this! My 6 year blog anniversary is coming up in just a couple of weeks, so I’ve decided to  redo my blog! I don’t know if I’ll be doing it all myself, but I decided to pick up Melissa Culbertson’s book Blog Design for Dummies. I’m so excited about this book that I’m going to review it soon.

Let me tell you, even if you are a new blogger, interested in blogging, or aren’t considering a blog makeover, you need to read this book! It is FULL of such great advice and how to’s, and even after all these years of blogging, I learned a ton. I highly recommend you reading Blog Design for Dummies because it will help your blogging game. I also recommend that you subscribe to Melissa’s blog Blog Clarity.

Screenshot 2016-03-01 10.33.04

I need your help! I’m thinking of making this a bi-weekly or monthly link up. Would you participate?

affiliate

Mommy of a Monster and Twins is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com and/or other affiliate sites.

What Ethan Taught Me: Not To Judge A Book By Its Cover

Being a parent is an awesome, amazing, frustrating, joyful, never ending experience. It’s also scary because you’re just flying by the seat of your pants, learning as you go. And while we all work so hard to teach our children life lessons and how to be good people, we sometimes forget that we are learning from them, too.

While I learn something from them everyday, sometimes they teach me something that really hits home. That amazes me and teaches me a lesson that maybe I’d learned before and forgotten about. Lessons that make me a better person.

Mia and her sixteen cents taught me the importance of slowing down and appreciating the important things in life.

Lila’s lesson was all about the importance of a sincere apology.

Each of my kids has taught me many things, some lessons more important than others. This is one of those very important ones. Ethan recently reminded me to never judge a book by its cover.

books-1211002_640

Last week, the girls went to the Father/Daughter Dinner through the school. So Ethan and I decided to head out to BJ’s Restaurant, his favorite. We sat down, and after ordering, we chatted while we waited for our food.

As we waited, a young couple sat down at the table next to us, and I see Ethan looking at the girl. I turned to look at her, and I’m sure the look on my face was one the girl had seen many times. She was a pretty girl, but she had this penny-sized black mole right above her lip and off to the side a bit.

I’m not going to lie, it was ugly. She wasn’t, but the mole was. I’m sure everybody looked at that mole with the same look that I gave her, one that said “ewww.”

I am far from perfect myself, and we all have things on our bodies that we don’t like. I have a birthmark right down the center of my forehead. You can really see it when I’m really cold or angry. If you met me, you probably wouldn’t notice it, but I see it every time I look in the mirror. I’m self conscious about it, even after having it for 40+ years and trying to have it lasered off. I’m sure she feels the same way about her mole.

And yet, when I looked at her mole it made me think Thank God I don’t have that thing on my face. Because I’m shallow. And human. And wasn’t thinking.

I could hear the couple talking, and they decided not to eat but to just go to the bar for a drink instead. After they left, I told Ethan “It’s not polite to stare at people. I know that mole was ugly and it’s sad that she has it on her face, but you still shouldn’t stare. Just be glad you don’t have a mole like that on your face.” Mother of the year, right there wasn’t I?

And that’s when Ethan said “I don’t think it’s sad, I think it’s unique. It made her face look interesting.” We talked more about it, and he told me that she is probably very nice to people because so many people aren’t nice to her. He told me that having one thing on you that’s not pretty doesn’t make you ugly. He told me he thought she was pretty.

I was blown away by my son, and at the same time I felt to be about two inches tall. I leaned over and thanked him for reminding me not to judge books by their covers. I had to explain to him that was a way of saying not to judge people by what they look like. He nodded his head and said “You taught us that mom” and I thanked him again for reminding me how important it is.

Screenshot 2016-02-22 12.25.38

I may not be Mom of the Year every day of the year, but I must be doing something right if my kids are learning – and sharing – these lessons. Thank you Ethan, for making me a better mom.

My Life In Pictures: January 16 – 31, 2016

Back in October, I started what I thought was the best idea EVER: To share my Instagram pictures a couple of times a month since I can’t seem to find time to write! I decided to call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here. So here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks.

Screenshot 2016-02-03 10.35.19

It’s time to get back on the workout wagon, so when I found this shirt, I had to have it! To say that I don’t like burpees is a HUGE understatement. I’m more of a yoga/pilates girl myself. I started Chalene Johnson’s PiYo Workout, and it’s not easy but I’m really enjoying it.

Screenshot 2016-02-03 10.35.32

I set up my Valentine’s Day mantle, and I love it! Even my husband says that he likes I’m changing up the mantle for all of the different holidays/seasons.

Screenshot 2016-02-03 10.35.43

Our little hummingbirds are back and making their nests for the spring.The kids like to think that this is the baby hummingbird that we took care of last spring when Mia decided to take the babies out of their nests and play with them. Luckily, this nest is too high for the girls to reach.

Screenshot 2016-02-03 10.35.55

I took this picture because it shows Ethan and Lila sitting together chatting. I always say they are enemies and BFFs rolled up into one. But when I posted it on Instagram, everybody commented on our new kitchen. I’ve tried to not post too many pictures since it’s STILL not done, but stay tuned! Before and after pictures are on the way.

Screenshot 2016-02-03 10.36.05

I had to share this gorgeous purple sunset. It’s the little things in life that are reminders of how blessed we are.

Screenshot 2016-02-03 10.36.26

I bought this book titled The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss by Kulreet Chaudhary simply because I grew up with the author! I haven’t spoken to her since high school, however I’m still proud of her. Book review coming soon, but if you’re looking to change your eating habits (whether you are trying to lose weight or not) this book is eye opening!

Screenshot 2016-02-03 10.36.42

Ethan and I went to his Mother/Son Night with his school, and went bowling. We went to dinner at one of his favorite places, Macaroni Grill, where we had dessert for dinner!

Screenshot 2016-02-03 10.36.58

Mia is starting to do her homework with just a little bit of help from me! It’s exciting to watch her become more independent and self confident. She’s even helping Lila with her homework. This is both exciting and a little bittersweet – just one more reminder about how fast they are growing.

affiliate

Mommy of a Monster and Twins is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com and/or other affiliate sites.