#FBF Pic Of MJ

I was going through MJ’s pictures and came across this pic.  I specifically remember it because it was the first time he wore this outfit.  It was a gift from his Auntie.  Gotta love the dimples. 😊

MJ at 5 months ( I think?!?  5 or 6 months😁)


Should’ve Been A Nice Day At The Park

The other day we all decided to go to the park. My husband would play basketball with people that are 20 years younger than him (he still believes he can play better than them lol), while the kids and I took a walk.  It started out well.  MJ was further ahead of me than I like, but he now stops and waits for me at certain places in the park.  During our second lap, my daughter noticed that no one was on the swings.  It’s been a while since she swung on one, so I said “ok go and swing.”  MJ used to LOVE the swing.  It would calm him down.  The OT he had years ago would always make him swing at the beginning of each session.  Anyhow, They both began to swing when all of a sudden MJ purposely and continuously threw himself off of the swing.  This wasn’t him being playful (at first I thought he was joking around).  He was having a mini meltdown.  I HATED that I had to make my daughter stop swinging but MJ would not stop.  Eventually he got up and we started walking again.  I could tell that he was still upset but he walked with us back to the basketball court. I am still not sure what triggered it but I think we will try it again this weekend.

Took this pic after the second time he fell off of the swing.  I thought he was joking at the beginning 😏

Starlight Blogger Award :-)

I was nominated for the Starlight Blogger award by Never Less Than Anything and losttothedark.  I want to thank them for nominating me!  This award is for inspirational blogs. I receive so much inspiration from reading other blogs on a daily basis.  I am grateful that they would consider me for this honor!

Here are the RULES:

  • Thank the person that nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 3 questions that are given to you.
  • Pass the award on to 6 or more other bloggers of your choice and let them know that they have been nominated.
  • Include the logo of the award on your blog, please never alter the logo and never change the rules.

Here are the questions she wanted me to answer:

What was your first thought when you woke this morning? I immediately thanked God for it being summer vacation! Then thought about the fact that I was awakened by a lawn mower.

What was the subject of the last photo you shot with your phone? Son and daughter on the swings at the park…Well my daughter was the only one on the swing.  My son had a minor meltdown and he was actually on the grass in the photo.

What is your perfect pizza? Extra pepperoni hand tossed pizza with the crust crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside.

My nominees are:

Living Life Day by Day

The Person Next To You


Our Journey With Jake

My Heart Blinks


My questions for the nominees are:

What is your favorite vacation destination?

Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone (not text)?

What is the name of the last book you read?


Best. Gift.  Ever.  

We had talked about my birthday coming up earlier on in the week. The kids listened, then my daughter talked about all of the things SHE wanted to do lol.   Anyway, on my birthday morning everyone was asleep except for MJ of course ( he still wakes up very early in the morning no matter when he goes to bed at night).  He heard me moving about and came into my bedroom.  He looked at me and said “mommy today is your birthday.  Happy Birthday mommy.”  He then closed the door and went back to his room to play.  For the first time in his life no one told him to say it.  No one reminded him that it was my birthday.  My son said it on his own with a big, genuine smile on his face.  Best. Gift. Ever. 😊


Preparing MJ for Middle School (Part 1)

Ok…I have to write about this in parts because I get way to anxious when I think about it…

MJ will be going to middle school in August (Jesus, help me).  As I have said several times before, I teach middle school and so I think I am even more nervous than the normal parent (I have just seen too much).  He will be in a self-contained classroom for the majority of the day and will be taught the major subjects in that room.  He will attend “regular” classes for PE, Art, and Music.  Due to our schedules I have no choice but to place him in before care.  I have been trying to get him into a before care since MARCH! I thought about placing him in the “regular” before care but after one visit I KNEW it was not the place for him.  There were LOTS of kids and not much organization.  It looked more like a student hangout.  There was no way on God’s green earth that I was placing him there!  I was told that the school had a special needs before care! I went unannounced and visited them.  IT WAS AWESOME! The kids were all working on a fun activity and there was plenty of SUPERVISION.  I looked at the kid’s faces and they were pleasant.  I immediately began making phone calls to get him into that before care.  Finally after playing phone tag for weeks with the director, we made an appointment to meet.  It was required that MJ come with me to the meeting. I am happy to report that everything went well! I filled out the paperwork while MJ played on his Nabi.  We are now officially enrolled in the program.  This puts my mind at ease (a little) because I know that he will be properly supervised in the morning before school starts…One small step completed!


Wow–Thank You…Sunshine Blogger Award!

I am so thankful to threehandsoneheart for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! She not only writes very interesting and helpful posts but she always makes me laugh which is much needed in my life right now!  So, here are the answers to the questions that she asked:
Do you keep a diary or journal? 
This blog serves as part of my journal.  I used to keep a diary years ago but after I had kids I stopped!
What is one of your guilty pleasures?
Ok…fine…I’ll tell you…I like to watch any show with “Real Housewives of…”  in the title.  I also love indulging in Haagen Daz once in a while.
Do you have any pets?
No, I don’t have pets right now but my son loves dogs and I am anticipating getting a dog within the next year or so.
Tell us about one thing that really gets your goat…
People who have no kids but love giving parenting advice and people who take crying babies to the theater after 8:00 PM… I CAN’T STAND THAT!!!!!
Who would you invite to a celebrity dinner party. List 5, alive or not…
Hilary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Sting, Bill and Melinda Gates
Brain dump… what is on your mind right now?
What am I going to make for dinner?  I forgot to take the meat out of the freezer!
What is your most annoying bad habit?
Years ago in college I learned to “pop chewing gum.”  Now, every time I chew gum I make that annoying popping sound without realizing it!
The following is my list of nominees for this award.  I not only learn from these individuals but they always make me laugh and give me something to really think about.
Here are the questions for my nominees:
1.  What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
2.  Name one item still on your bucket list.
3.  What is your favorite dessert of all time?
4.  What is your favorite movie of all time?
5.  What is one piece of advice that you would give to your younger self?
6.  Name 2 people who you would want with you if you were stranded on an island.
7.  What is a favorite quote of yours?
Attention nominees!  These are the RULES:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.
  3. Nominate some other bloggers for this award.
  4. Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
  5. Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

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