Day 12 of the Self Care September Challenge

Today was all about celebrating my son and niece birthday. They have the same birthday 4 years apart. Being that my twin and I are in fact twins it seems so crazy that we have kids who are at least born on the same day and yet neither of us have birthed twins!

I love making my kids and my nieces (I have a total of 3 nieces) day’s special. Anything to make kids smile is always my top goal. People think that you have to do a whole lot but the reality is you have to make them feel like their day is their day! I’m not going to lie since my niece is now with me while my sister recovers I wasn’t sure how we were gonna pull it off. Normally we do one celebration at a time.

I found that they did well. We made sure each child had their own cakes, their own gifts, an abundance of love and they loved physically sharing their days. I was relieved. I’m a twin and I love her but sharing days can be tough for kids to grasp.

It felt amazing to be able to love on them individually and collectively. I pray they always have amazing days not just on birthdays but all the time. While my sister recovers, it’s been a joy showering both my sister and niece with that they have needed.

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Monday Motivation: Human Interaction

Happy Monday! I’m coming to you today with a mid morning reminder. As I was at events this past weekend I had someone say along the lines: “why were you so nice to them?” I believe I had told a PR agent that I was flexible and not to worry about how anything appeared and I was more than willing to adjust. The young lady took it as me being a push over.

I remained calm in letting her know that keeping in mind that regardless of what was occurring (which by the way wasn’t anything serious) my job in life regardless of what I am doing or where I am is to be in charge of how I interact with others. We all have bad days and bad moments and at no time did I need to go out of my way to give attitude, smirks or anything of the like to another person.

Regardless of heat, issue, etc. it’s not fair to dish out bad vibes to those around me who undeserving of such behaviors. I let her know that there are always folks willing to be nasty, mean, arrogant and as someone who chose to be in the public eye to a certain degree how someone comes into contact with me matters. That doesn’t mean that I’m above being human. It does require for me not to ever forget that above being a blogger, an influencer, a mom, a wife-I’m responsible for how I treat others around me! I am responsible for how I talk to others. Doing things like coming off stuck up is not apart of the package. I treat others with the same level of care that I would want in return!

So on this Monday be clear that when you think no one is watching that they are. I am glad that instead of taking offense to her question I was able to listen and have great dialogue with her. I didn’t want her to have a bad interaction with me but I was glad to be able to remind her too that no one deserves the worse of us at any time for no reason. Remind yourself of that too. The world has enough bad apples don’t be that. Be as positive as you can especially when you’re around others!!

Day 5 Self Care September Challenge

What a day of pure happiness! I finally have all 3 of my kids out of daycare and in grade school! Can someone point me in the right direction? I feel like I can grab two things out the dollar bin at Target!! We are finally at one pick up and one drop off!! It’s like we are in our own Drumline! Thank you Jesus!

I can’t even contend with the pure happiness that I’m feeling. I was able to work and do a work out and it felt more calming. I didn’t have to worry about anything! That might be a stretch but it felt like it right after that drop off. My youngest didn’t cry and neither did I do it was a win all around! I definitely cried with my first!!

The rest of the day I was able to help my sis sister as well as make sure all of her future services were set up! It definitely was an amazing day! To end the day I poured a glass of sangria and as the kids went down I reflected on the early days when I would be rushing from work to pick up the kids in 2 different locations stressed not trying to get that late fee. Any parent who has a child in daycare knows about that dollar fee per minute per kid. I wasn’t late often but I had my few shares and a limited village to step in to assist! I thought about the times when they were extremely little and everyone was telling me to get the kids on the schedule except each kid was on their own individual schedules and often times that would be the struggle! I thought about the times when a car would break down or traffic was a mess and the immediate tears would come. I remember when I couldn’t be in two different places and sometimes had to choose which kid we would have to go to an event!

It doesn’t mean that I don’t miss my kids being small because that’s a lie. I would be lying if I didn’t appreciate the stay at home days when my life revolved around them. I didn’t have an ounce of an outlet and thus this blog was birthed! I am appreciative now when I can attend events or getting invites that I didn’t know even existed like I do now. Those days keep me humble! However insert the Tootsie Roll I love that each kid can do so much for themselves allowing me to change my role as mom and still find the balance in life! Times have changed but my love for my kids won’t! I pray they have an amazing day today and and everyday!! This momma is tired and maybe I should take a sleep in day soon!! Until then let me find out when their next off day is so I can get it together by then!

Day 2 of Self-Care September 2019

Today was a good day! I started the day out by praying. I had a lot of quiet this morning by getting up before my family to prepare the day. I also was able to do some yoga stretches and enjoy my cup of coffee.

The rest of the day I was super mindful of what I needed to do as well as what I wanted to do. Today I was able to have them work together but there are many days when that doesn’t happen. I had a long list of to dos! One of the to dos was to be clear when I spoke! I didn’t want anything to be done today that wasn’t intentional. So I was selective in being on social media. I wasn’t on it as much! I wasn’t checking every few minutes and I was still productive.

I purposefully didn’t answer some text messages back. I prioritized text importance. I also didn’t take all calls today. I let a few folks go to voicemail. Lord willing I will check back in tomorrow. It felt good to be able to not feel such a sense of urgency. Today being Labor Day didn’t sway me to feel the need to find something to do. I just wanted to get done and enjoy the peace of the day!

Also I was able to end the day at Saxbys. As much as I love wine; I also love coffee. Today I had a matcha drink that was divine. It’s called #Bigmood and it was sweet and made with almond milk, matcha, butterfly blossom tea, and sweet raspberry greatness! I wanted the drink and I knew Saxbys always has me covered! Also can I take a moment to thank the barista who was patient with me as I hadn’t updated my debit card in the app she just simply waited until I did. No huffing and puffing and rolling of the eyes-just simple patience!!!!

So for all of my to dos-reflective thought process as well as centering myself started my Self-Care September into high gear!

Week 10 Storr Summer Adventures

Week 10 only means we are immediately close to the end of the Summer! With that in mind it was a great week! This week didn’t cost anything. Lunch was gifted, cookies gifted, Legoland already accounted for so another no money spent week was great! I’m super proud of this Summer and all of the adventures we were able to have! But we have one more week before school!

Monday

My kids went to their school to help set the classrooms up. This is their 3rd year helping. I find that this assists them in not having anxiety for their first day back. They are able to meet their teachers and have a sense of calm before they return. My youngest starts kindergarten so it was definitely helpful to make sure that she is equally ready. We have been reading all kinds of books to get them ready!

Tuesday

We went to get me ready for the Diner en Blanc event. We spent the morning grabbing all kinds of stuff. We also went to the pet store at my oldest request. They wanted to convince me to get them another pet! That was a no go but we all had lots of fun with the animals! We even enjoyed cookies!

Wednesday

Took the kids back to their school to help set up. They were then treated to lunch and I took them to Legoland! They had a ball. it was great for them to be able to run around!

Thursday

It was all about Diner En Blanc! From facials to hair and makeup it was all about having an amazing day! My kids were troopers about it! They spent the day with their cousin as we enjoyed the day!

Friday

They wanted to have a video game challenge and I needed some rest! The Diner En Blanc wasn’t over until 2am and I still got up at 6am! By 10, it was a wrap! It caught up with me! We had some weekend plans and it was time to prep!

Saturday

We went to Nockamixon State Park! It was so much fun being around family! Shout out to Gesella and Erica who did their thing planning the End of Summer party! The kids ate well and swam! It was everything!

We have one more week before school and it will be complete last minute prep! I’m talking about sneaker and supplies shopping! Hair cuts and hair salon appointments will be on the list! I can’t wait to do the parent shuffle!! Until then….make this last week count!

Week 9 Storr Summer Adventures

So this is the week where we pushed into the back to school shopping mode. We are starting the process of making sure they are fully ready to go back and have what they need.

Monday

We spent a half day going through uniforms. Our youngest is going to kindergarten so the uniforms we have saved from our oldest is being passed down. However we discovered that she’s equally tall as they were but not as big so we have to add a few pieces to her uniform needs. This is still great news because the initial investment we made is paying off. So off to the uniform store we went!

Tuesday

We decided to go to the park first thing in the morning to avoid the heat that has been going up! We had a great time. They played while I worked out! It was a lot of fun. As always I packed water, sunscreen and snacks! We then since I needed to get work done made the afternoon a reading session and ice cream!

Wednesday

We needed to go to my niece’s program at her daycare. It was a concert, the kids played and they had food and snacks. The one snack that I was able to indulge was the Whimsicle! Amazing doesn’t even describe it! It was sooooo good!

These are all fruit popsicles that are amazing. They also had a yogurt one too but for obvious reasons I didn’t have one!

Whatever you do click on the link and find out how you can get you some. These are amazing to have at a company party, personal party, or just because! They are that good!

So they were definitely tired out. It was an interesting day that day too! My husband’s car got busted out too-sheer madness! It was a very uneasy day. It was also the same day the gunman shot 6 police officers!

Thursday

We decided to lay low and I did grocery shopping and we focused our attention on getting my husband’s car fixed!

Thankfully it was done by the mid day point but still! The kids had a full day play date to distract them as the adults handled the adult items of life!

Friday

I took the kids to the park to work out while they played! It was super hot today! So much to our surprise the Koana Ice truck showed up! I ain’t even gonna lie! As much as the kids have asked for ice-cream from various trucks this one being a snow cone truck was clutch! I didn’t even let the kids ask me twice! I had one too! That $12 was well spent!

Since we have been doing smaller trips during the week we have amped our weekend time even higher!

I blogged about our time at the Oregon Dairy on Saturday!

While the girls were having a great time the boys had a father-son day at the Franklin Institute at the Marvel Universe Exhibit!

Sunday was great too! I took my twin with me to see the Cirque Du Soleil Show!

Next week which is really the recap of this week the kids have some different adventures going on!

Total for this week was $12!! All activities outside of the weekend Franklin Institute was sponsored or free!!!!

Oregon Dairy Fun

It’s a great day to pick sunflowers! I love them they instantly brighten up any bad mood. You can’t possibly be around a sunflower and be mad. I was I invited to pick some sunflowers at Oregon Dairy and boy I’m so glad that I went! Instant day of fun!

I took my twin, two daughters and my niece! I wanted them to enjoy their time doing the corn maze and sunflower field! They instantly loved it. Between the Jump Pad and all of the other fun it was more than enough fun for all ages!

First up was the corn maze. I let my 5 year old daughter and 3 year old niece lead the way! It probably in hindsight wasn’t the best thing but I loved watching them work together to lead us out! They purposefully got us lost! I enjoyed watching them run all over the place screaming and squealing!! Pure joy!

They decided to also find anything they could get into! I loved it! It was time for the sunflower party or sunflower maze. It was pure joy!

We were given sheers and with unlimited time we were given amble time to pick our own sunflower! You get a complimentary sunflower with your ticket! We decided once done to get a bucket to put them inside instead of the water bag they offer! I loved it! All of the staff was amazing! Everyone has a heart for the people! They helped me tremendously! My girls and I loved the fact that we could run around and be free!

So what are the details you need to know?!

Sunflower picking Days

Picking days are Saturday and Sunday from now until Labor Day

Adults are $15 dollars and kids 3-12 years are $10! There are two time slots from 10-1 and then 1:30-5pm!

For the month of October will be the corn maze, pumpkin patch and flash light maze!

So it will be an amazing time to get out and take your entire family for family time!

I definitely look forward to going back especially for the Fall! Unlimited amounts of fun and food! There was food and snacks at the Barn!

If you want a sit down meal you can enjoy the restaurant up the way! They have amazing fresh food! Food made to order and with fresh ingredients! Oh and for my mommy and daddy friends; the kids meals are super good! They give them a full bag of goodies to keep them occupied! The kids’ includes a main dish, a side dish, drink, and a complimentary ice-cream scoop! The prices are good and budget friendly!!

Do yourself a favor and grab a group and have a blast!! Your day will be made!