Friday, December 2, 2016

What I Wish I Knew the First Time

Yesterday my first born, my only son turned seventeen. S E V E N T E E N! I was 17 when I graduated from high school. I was 17 when I started college. How is it possible that I could possibly have a child this age?

A few nights ago, we talked about when his high school graduation is in order to plan his graduation party around out of town guests. I'm still in shock this is even a real conversation on the near horizon.

As more of these upcoming events are my reality, I find myself thinking about his early years when instead of dragging him out of bed like I have to now, I had to bribe him to stay in his bed beyond 6 am.

I used to have to say to him, "Can you please give me just 5 minutes without talking?" so I could finish whatever it was I was working on. Now I have to say, "Can you please just come out here and talk for 5 minutes?"

Given that the age range for all of our kids is from 3 to 17, I have had plenty of time to reflect on what I have done differently between my oldest and youngest... what I wish I knew, what I would have changed and done differently all those years ago.

Continued over at Pittsburgh Moms Blog.

Monday, October 31, 2016

I Don't Say Blah Blah Blah #StreamTeam

Heading into October, we are in the prime of our marching band and cheerleading seasons, so we definitely look to Netflix to cozy up with while hanging at home.  I'm not going to even pretend that snuggling on the couch or in bed watching Netflix isn't one of my favorite things to do. And Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so together is a match made in heaven!

One of Lily and Violet's favorite new shows has been Masha's Spooky Stories.  We have watched all of these episodes on repeat!

When discussing Halloween costumes this year, we talked about things like Beat Bugs, princesses, Lego characters, and especially PowerPuff Girls.  The little girls settled on Pikachu and a ghost!  Thanks Netflix for helping my girls choose!  Casper's Scare School and Pokemon just may have had some influence there!

Dreamworks Spooky Stories totally enthralled Violet whereas Lily was a little more apprehensive, so she only like to watch them with her body curled up next to mine.  I'll take it because she's growing up too fast.

Even though Halloween is only one day, we spend a lot of time before and well after Halloween watching these shows. We have been watching Hotel Translyvania 2 for a long time! Thankfully it's cute, funny, and an entire family favorite!

Here's a fun Stream & Scream Guide!
Netflix Stream-and-Scream-Guide

What are you watching on Netflix?  Any inspiration for you or your kids' costumes?

We'll still be Halloweening in our house for awhile!

Disclosure: As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam I was provided subscription to Netflix and also exclusive insights or other products. All opinions are my 100% my own and I was already a proud Netflix subscriber prior to this opportunity. Please see my full disclosure.

Friday, September 16, 2016

National Stepfamily Day!

Today is National Stepfamily Day!  Did you even know there was such a thing??  My son,  Andrew, and I actually moved to Pittsburgh to begin our lives with my now husband and his daughter right around this date, nine years ago. We declared it our Family Anniversary back in 2007!

I so vividly remember when the two of us arrived at our new home in the wee hours of the morning in 2007. The air was crisp--so different than the Arizona air I was used to, my body was purely exhausted from our drive across the country, yet I was still excited, a little nervous, and just anxious for everything to go smoothly and comfortably for my son.  We decided to unload the car in the morning and just grabbed essentials in order to crawl into bed...

Read  the rest over at Pittsburgh Moms Blog!