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And Then He Painted his Bike

During the school year I have a few mornings with just my youngest son because preschool is only four days a week for a couple of hours. Each morning after dropping off my older two kids I ask K-man what he would like to do this morning with me. This particular morning was like every other morning when he gets it in his head that we are going to paint, using his sisters acrylic paint. This is something that is messy when you use it as an adult, never mind when a four year old gets a hold of it.

Acrylic Paint and Preschooler

Then K-man went on to say that he didn’t want to paint inside. K-man wanted to paint outside. By outside he meant paint his bike, after all the color is fading and the dirt is all over it. Basically K-man wanted to paint his bike “new” again. I thought about it, I thought again … and then I decided sure why not. At least he wants to paint his own bike, not something I own and he wants to do it outside.


I said yes. Sure. Why not? It’s his bike and he is creative and this would give us some outdoor time during a beautiful day so let’s do this. I let my son into his sisters room, which stays LOCKED while she is at her Dad’s house, to choose three colors of paint. K-man basically wanted Blue, Red and a green color. The reason is because apparently he wanted his blue and red on bike to be “new” again …

Boy Paints his Bike

I can’t say that his bike looks new again by any means but he was happy to be all independent out there with his pretend tattoos and painting his bicycle.  I just so happened to enjoy watching him be happy and listening to him talk while he painted!



What a Beautiful Mother’s Day

To me, Mother’s Day is simply just another day. I celebrate being a Mom each and every waking moment. My kids have always and will always come first. I have that perfect balance of mom and friend with my children that allows for us all to be extremely close knit. I am proud to have three amazingly awesome, sweet and caring children who, even if they don’t always like my rules, love me and enjoy spending time together being silly, playing board games, coloring pictures and building with blocks.

Mother Daughter Lunch on Mothers Day

This particular Mother’s Day I didn’t have my children with me, my oldest was with her Dad and the boys were with their Dad but this year something out of the ordinary happened, I was able to have my daughter with me for a lunch date. I went to pick her up, later than planned because I woke up near 11am when I was suppose to get her around 11:30am, and we headed off for a mother/daughter lunch date. With two active boys, it’s difficult for us to get that mother/daughter time beyond the twenty minutes or so we get after the boys have gone to sleep so our lunch date was such a sweet treat.

Mother's Day Hat

We shared a blooming onion, she had fried scallops and I had roasted turkey. We also had a salad bar prior to our meal so we were pretty much full by the time our full courses came, which meant lots of a left overs to bring home. I love left overs! We shared laughter, smiles and had wonderful conversations during our lunch date. My daughter gave me a cute card she had made, a Mom pendent to put on a necklace chain and she even made me a hat. The hat is slightly small but I am so proud of her ability to make such items.

Then, after our lunch date, I returned my daughter to her Dad and went home to finish my day. Later in the evening my sons called me to say Happy Mother’s Day which was another special treat for me. Aedan was super talkative and super sweet on the phone, he sounded so much older chatting with me on the phone, my baby is growing up. Next it was Karter’s turn to chat it up but he wanted no part of the phone so I didn’t get to speak with him. It was still a nice gesture that my ex husband had them call me and it warmed my heart to end my wonderful Mother’s Day.

I hope that all of you who read my blog, that are mothers, had a beautiful day too.

Personalized Gifts for Valentine’s Day, Super Bowl and More

I am a sucker for M&M’s, aren’t you? I personally prefer their peanut M&M’s candy, slight crunch with the chocolate-ness yummies! As Valentine’s Day approaches and heck even the Super Bowl, it seems many may be looking for that special personalized gift idea.

With a personalized package of M&M’s, your guests or loved one can enjoy their gift without having received something to collect dust on the shelf. While I understand the amazing love behind a personalized gift that you can cherish forever, I would much prefer a gift I can use, such as enjoying the flavor of M&M’s with a personalized touch.

Personalized MY M&M’S® – Makes a great birthday party favor! Even for Father’s Day you could create a cute jar that says #1 Dad on it and have cute little images on each M&M that remind you of your father {or mother for Mother’s Day}. There are so many options for personalized M&M’s gifts, my brain can think of endless ideas, so why not head over to M&M’s Personalized Gifts website today to try to create your own unique gift idea or party favor today!

The Somewhat Perfect Blend of Two Parents

Watching my children run around outdoors, chasing each other smiling, I see many personality traits in each child that reflect my own self. The leadership qualities of my oldest, the anxiety and sensitivity in my middle child, and the loud mouth three year old. Each of my children have some part of a personality characteristic that I can relate back to my own self either now or in the past as a young child.

While watching my children and smiling at each recognition of my own self within them, I find myself wondering what parts of me are much like my father and my mother. Which personality traits can I say were given to me through my mother or through my father? All too often you will hear me say I am nothing like that of my own parents, not 100% anyways, however, the older I grew, the more I experience as an adult, I now see a little bit of each of my elders within myself.

I attribute my various personality traits and things I do to one or both of my parents on a regular basis. I also have a unique third part of me that was simply created on my own, during my journey of finding my own self. You see, each person is the somewhat perfect blend of their two parents, however, they still need to find that third part of them that completes them; who they are within in, who they can be to make their world the most successful for their own self.

Whatever characteristics I have, whoever I can point a finger at and say “wow that came from them”, it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is my point that each of my own children and my own self are the somewhat perfect blend of two parents and I will forever enjoy watching my children grow older and see who they become as an individual when they are adults having their own families.

Who do your children take after the most?

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