These three keep me laughing so hard. And fighting back tears at times too. Parenting to three kids is not easy but it is so worth it. Every second of life with these three is a blessing. They make me stronger, happier and more fulfilled than anything else in this world. I literally believe parenting saved me. It’s made me less selfish and more patient. Ryan, too. He is truly the rock of this family and the reason we are all sane. On this Valentine’s Day, I’m counting these people as the reason my life is so filled with love.
Kelsey turned eight! It’s always nice when your birthday falls on a Friday, especially for kids. She went to the daddy daughter dance with Ryan and then came home to ice cream cake with her brothers and I. On Sunday, we took nine kids to the movies! Eight of her friends and her little brother, Colton. We went out for pizza first and then we were off to see Peter Rabbit (such an adorable kids movie!).
I say this every year, but where is the time going? When she was little I remember looking to Ryan and wondering what she would be like when she grew up. What would her voice sound like? Who would she look like? What would her personality be like? She is truly one of a kind. She is playing piano, loves to read (I mean LOVES to read), she’s athletic, smart, kind and has so many friends. She gives her mom more attitude than she gives dad, but that’s to be expected. She is my daughter, after all. ha.
She’s incredible. I am blessed beyond words to be her mother.
Let’s just say it has taken me twelve days to finish this magazine. Mostly because there is a child that needs me the minute I sit down. I’ve been doing Orange Theory in the evenings and by the time I get home I really just want to crash. So, on the twelfth day of opening this magazine, I finally finished it! Phew. It was a good one, go pick it up if you’re looking for great spring brunch recipes and home decor inspiration. Subscribe here >
While my kids run around like lunatics, I can grab my phone and book a much-needed massage. And then when the licensed massage therapists knocks on my door, I can hand the kids off to my husband and enjoy 60 minutes of me-time … all without having to leave the house!
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*This is a sponsored post but that’s really me booking and anxiously awaiting my massage.
She attended her first dance! Her date was pretty awesome. It was a daddy/ daughter dance and everything about this night made me smile. Especially the part where I told Ryan to wear a suit and tie. “A suit? To an elementary school dance? No way. I’ll wear a button down,” he said. Suit yourself (no pun intended) I told him.
Let’s fast-forward about 20 minutes to when I heard the garage door opening and Ryan running upstairs. “You were right. Every dad was in a suit and tie except me. I’m going to change real fast.” I couldn’t help myself. “Told you so” just blurted out.
There are lots and lots of parenting perks to having a daughter (the conversations, the painting nail parties, the list goes on). One of my favorites lately? Getting to wear my little girls hair ties. Don’t tell! I can hear her now, “Moooooom. That’s mine!”
We promised Ry Guy donuts and we delivered! Just a few snaps from our morning run to the local donut shop. After the kids ate their donuts, they both wanted more. We’re teaching Kelsey about money so she went up and gave the cashier $2 for a $1.07 donut. When the lady gave her back .93 cents, she immediately ran to dad and said, “Look! I made money!” What can I say? She learns from the best.
To all those father’s out there, Happy Day!
My mom and I took my dad shopping yesterday to update his wardrobe (desperately needed) and last night I took Ryan to his favorite restaurant Los Dos Molinos! We spent the dinner talking about all of the things we are thankful for … including the ability to be a mother and father to the most wonderful kids in the world. At least, we think so.
Happy Father’s Day to this guy. The most wonderful man I know. He is the most involved dad and would do anything for us. I’m going to try to make sure his day is filled with a lot of silent moments, a mountain bike ride and sugary donuts. Enjoy your Sunday.