Wow, have you ever had one of those days that takes you to the brink of melt down. Not just volcanic lava melt down but more like atomic bomb melt down?
This kiddo will never know how much I love him. He will also never know how much I wanted to throat punch him today (kidding) but damn he knows every damn button to push & he decided to push everyone of them today.
And of course as I sit here thinking in hind sight the guilt begins to set in because I did NOT give him my best parenting skills but after a few weeks of relentless explanations & patience to follow up with reason I gave in & instead I lost my sh*t on a level I must admit I’m not proud of. But how much can one person take. And as I sit here fretting on rather I’ve completely crushed his spirit I’m pondering how this all exploded in the first place.
I want to cry, I want to scream, I want to run away for a weekend & lock myself in a hotel room & let my husband deal with the aftermath but instead I’ll go to bed in prayer & wake up to his beautiful face ready for a brand new day.
Forgiveness. Parenthood at its finest.
Alright y'all I'm feeling like I'm needing a change...to my hair lol what do you guys think? Like or dark? 🤔
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Brayden was sad he couldn’t go on a camping trip with his daddy so before Aaron left he set up a tent for the kids to have their own camping experience 💕
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We're starting to sound like a family now. Annie and Joel are currently playing in Joel's room together (Annie no longer comes straight to our bed now). Daddy and I are able to have a little cuddle and syke ourselves up for the day and Addie is just being Addie and sleeping. There's more noise, more mess and more energy but I'm liking this new normal.
Skatepark hangs 🛴 Our final weekend of school hols is looking like this ☀️🙌💙 During our last holidays my boys were lego crazy however these school hols it’s been ALL about scootering at the skatepark! 👊 Do your kids go through phases like this? What have they been loving these holidays?! 🤔
I feel like I need to let you in on a secret. It is one that I have had for sometime. It started back when I was in about the 4th grade. See my dad started it out as something I was required to do at night, and then it turned into something I loved doing for myself. Now I can't let a day pass without doing it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What exactly am I talking about... I am talking about #readingtime📖. This is my protected time, the time I have for me every day that I don't let any one steal. Here is the reason why it is such a good secret. Reading a book is like playing a movie in your head. It is an escape. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So now that I have shared this amazing secret with you... I need you to share your new / old / favorite book recommendations!
It really does get easier!👶🏻💕
For the past month or so Oakland has properly transitioned to 1 toddler nap a day instead of multiples some days and one other days.
It’s at a predictable time, for a predictable length every day!
It makes me think back to the days where it felt like he cat napped 100 times a day and you never knew if it was going to be for 5 minutes or 3 hours.. making you too scared to even attempt to have a shower or sit down to eat a meal!
At the time I didn’t think it would get easier even though everyone said it does, when your in that moment people could say anything really and you wouldn’t believe it because of what your going through.
I’m so glad and grateful my little baby is now a toddler, I certainly didn’t wish away the ‘baby’ days and had so many enjoyable times, but now he’s a toddler I know I’m guaranteed at least 2 hours in the middle of my day which I like to call my ‘lunch break’ as if I was at a normal job, where I can have a shower and wash my hair, eat some lunch then just relax and watch tv or get some stuff done around the house, and not worry how long the nap will last.
So if you are in that baby phase where your bub is a chronic cat napper, as much as it feels like It won’t... it really does get easier, so hang in there!
Of course other challenges arise as they get older, but hey at least you can shower!🚿😂
Our breastfeeding journey is slowly coming to an end. I’d like to keep why that is to myself since this is such a touchy topic. It’s been 7 amazing months. My goal was to breastfeed her for at least her first year just like I did with her sister but sometimes things don’t go as planned and that’s ok. I’m honestly so heartbroken but fed is what’s best. I’m soaking in every minute of each nursing session because I’ll never know if it’s our last. 😥💔 Any mamas have any words of encouragement or advice to make this transition easier for both of us ❤️
Summer fun! Going (baby-speed) tubing with Grandpa is a ton of fun for my 5 year old. The memories my parents create with them is unending and amazing! Someday I hope to be as great of grandparents as they are.
This weekend is filled with family time because my siblings are coming home. My sister will be here longer than my brother, and my entire week will be crazy. 😕 Not to worry: I will at least have consistency in my "me time" getting those workouts done and keeping my nutrition ""mostly"" on point. 😉 Gotta live a little.
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My hair is so faded yet I’m still getting compliments every time I walk out in public. 🤔 @hairbytorib_ I think what we did last time is my absolute fav! It faded beautifully & looks like I meant to put pastels in. 🦄 I need to come see you ASAP though. 😅 As soon as my #RejuveniqeOil comes in I’ll be heading that way. 😬
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Walk the walk. I'm not impressed by your words, I'm impressed by action that accomplishes something.
3 years ago I was in the mindset of competing . The gym was my life , every day I was striving to be leaner . I allowed what a judge thought about me to control my thoughts about myself . I would compare myself to others in the industry . 3 years ago I would’ve looked at this body and thought I was fat... I would’ve never posted this picture . Now I see a healthy body . I’m fit . Isn’t funny how our perception on things change ? I was scrolling through Instagram yesterday and came across a post from a brand new mom , she was posting pictures of her past fitness competitions and saying how she couldn’t wait to be lean again. It seems today we all have struggles . We try not to compare but it creeps up on us no matter what it is about . Many may have looked at her post for inspiration , I looked at her post as .. “Wow I just want to be able to be pregnant “ Life is crazy , we grow , we progress , we realize what is important to us in the moment . Did I love competing ? Yes . Am I saying those who compete are wrong . NO. I guess I’m saying I’m proud of my journey. Just like I use to tell myself with competing that it’s “my journey” and my time will come . I am now trying to remind myself of this every time I allow comparison of others who are pregnant creep up on me. Whatever it is your struggling with please know your not alone , everyone has something . This Thursday I’m thankful for the growth I’ve made , My health , My loving husband and my sweet fur baby #boujeebybee . What are you thankful for ? 💕
Hi Insta Fam! 👋I thought I'd take a minute and say hi! We've had some new people join the family🤗 over the last month so I thought I'd take a minute and introduce myself!
💙 My name is Elizabeth. I'm 30 years old, married (10 years this August), and we have two boys.
💚 I've been working at the same school for the last ten years. Actually, I graduated from the school I work at...it was so good...I had to come back!!
💛 I love running🏃♀️, photography📸, my #cricut 🎨, and creating resources for my classroom! 💻
💜 I became a teacher because of my administrator! Yep! In 11th and 12th grade I had THE best administrator...she pulled me aside and loved on me, invested in me, told me I had potential, She made me fall in love with children and education...and I blame her for becoming a teacher! ❤️ Last but NOT least...I love Jesus! ✝️ I grew up with a single father and a mother whose drug addicition 💉 took priority over her 5 children. Jesus found me at 15 years old...grabbed ahold of my ❤️ and I have NEVER been the same since! I married a pastor and we have been serving in ministry together for the last (almost) ten years. .
I want to get to know YOU!! ☝️ Comment below with a sentence of two about yourself!! Tag a friend who you think might want to consider joining the family! .
Party number 2 this week . I can’t complain when I go to work because it’s always a party . Have you been to one of my parties ? If so comment below with one if your favorite memories. #changinglivesyo
A picture is worth 1000 words, right? So how about three? 😬🙃😝
A little evolution of my progress since I’ve started my weight loss journey 🤗
There has been a lot of ups and downs, and it definitely hasn’t been perfect.
But over the years I have learned from my mistakes, grew from them and will continue to show up no matter what happens in my life.
My greatest investment is me ❤️
And everyday I will continue to put in the work, grow both physically and mentally, and be freakin’ proud of myself every step of the way👏🏻👏🏻