Kindergarten, Farm field trip, and Happiness

When I woke up this morning, it was cold and rainy. Of course it was raining, we have an outdoor field trip today. Instead of thinking, “Oh, I don’t think I’m going to go today because I don’t want to get wet, walk through wet grass, and look like something that was dragged out of the sewer” I got dressed in my favorite water shoes, put my favorite purple shirt on and told myself I was going to embrace the day, whatever was thrown at me; no umbrella included. Loaded up the minivan and off to school we went- with big smiles on our faces:)

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The kiddos were so ready for their field trip, but not before a couple of errands that needed to be completed for the teacher, which I was excited to help out.

Chelsea was star today which made it even more special. Each kid was given a piece of paper that had “Chelsea is_______” and the kids had to draw a picture and fill in the words. Some of these kids were pretty creative. Below are some of the examples they had written for her in her book. So sweet ❤

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We arrived at the farm for our field trip and to our surprise, while other schools canceled, we were 1 of 3 classes that were there today and guess what-NO RAIN! How exciting! Life is so much better when you’re embracing and chasing it.

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We had a great time swinging on the tire swings, riding in the cows that were pulled by a tractor, playing in corn, and riding on a hay ride! Kindergarten is so much fun! A farm is even better! I decided to take the bus to embrace the full scope of a field trip and it’s so much fun with the kiddos! Brings back a ton of memories.

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These kiddos pressured me into going down the huge slide today and like an even bigger kid- I stepped up to the challenge and went down the slide, but not before taking this selfie with them 🙂

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Another mama stepped up to the challenge and slide down the slide 🙂 This is our girl scout leader-she is wonderful 🙂 A great leader she is and fun!

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Of course all good things must come to an end and after we got home, Chelsea and I were exhausted!!!

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This is my happiness post. This picture was also taken back around Christmas time and we are ALWAYS excited about Christmas…just as right now..I’m super ecstatic to start my forever career as a Daycare director! It has been so nice with friends, family, and school employees congratulating me. I’m just as happy right now about my new position as I was at this moment when I took this picture- Oh, and that man standing with me- yeah, he was the one who told me to never give up and keep trying and one day you’ll get to where you want to be:)

 

Ok, that’s enough blogging for tonight.

Good Night:)

Moms, Minivans, & Messes

Mom Confession: The heaviness of 3 Hearts

“The heaviness of hearts”=Depression.

Becoming a mom was the absolute best thing that has ever happened to me. Who knew you could go from not knowing a thing about babies to becoming a full blown expert in the amount of hours, or minutes.

We had our first child in 2009 and being as young as we were, who knew the effects that a one baby could have on a woman and her body, hello Pre-eclampsia. My blood pressure was high, I had feet and hands that were swollen, and the day of delivery, I had protein in my urine. While Kaylee was born safe and sound via C-Section, all was well with my life again.

The follow up appointment with your first baby, the doctors usually ask you questions like, “Are you coping well with your baby?” “Do you feel suicidal?” “Are you depressed?” etc. etc. While I chuckled at the thought of the doctor asking me these questions, ME…Suicidal?! Me…Depressed?! No way, I thought.

Fast forward 16 months.

We had our second child in 2010 and while Chelsea’s pregnancy was “easy peasy”, again, I had follow up appointments with both the pediatrician and my OB doctor and they both asked me the same questions. I’m normal, I’m not depressed, I’m not suicidal, etc. etc. These things don’t happen to me, so why do they keep asking me?! There is NO way having a baby could make me feel these things.

I didn’t know it back when Chelsea was born, but I was severely depressed. I went on with life hating everything, not wanting to go on, and you don’t realize it until it’s either too late or you try and fix things yourself and fail horribly, losing everything physically and mentally.

Walker was born in 2012 and once more after giving birth to our son, I was asked the age old questions. No, I’m not depressed, no, I’m not a danger to my child, no I’m not suicidal. All these thoughts crossed my mind.. If my doctors knew me through all three births, then they would know the kind of person I am. I laughed at the thought when they asked me for the third time.

A few weeks after my son was born,  I became extremely depressed. Actually, it became so bad, I had a meltdown in the pediatrician’s office letting my children’s pediatrician know that I didn’t want my kids anymore, I was suicidal, and I was extremely depressed.

That amazing pediatrician sat in that small office with me for a full 45 minutes. Dr. Johnson sympathized with me, she, in fact, hugged me, letting me know it was okay to cry, letting me know it was okay to have these feelings. She offered me wonderful advice and let me know that I had three beautiful healthy and smart kiddos to live for, for the rest of my life.

She offered me help and assistance that I never knew existed. It was a long battle going forward, but I knew eventually it would  be something I would have to fight and work hard for, for my children.

In the meantime, in fighting for my health and well being, I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy.

Can I just stop right here?

In the midst of going through my uphill battle with depression, I kept quiet about all of it, except for a few. I was so embarrassed and felt like I was the only one who was going through something like this.

How come everyone else who just had a baby seemed fine? How come other mother’s didn’t go through anything like this? Is it something that just happens to me? Why me?

I became active with outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and other sports that interested me. I also became medicated. Medication never crossed my mind. How could I be a medicated person?! Why do I need drugs to calm me and/or help me with my depression/anxiety?

Once you become a medicated person it takes a good six weeks for the medicine to kick in, not only that, but was it the right medication for me? The first try..no. Here we go with another six weeks with a new medication. Not only that, I was limited to what medication I was able to take with my diagnosis of cardiomyopathy.

Finally, I accepted the right medication for me and was able to cope well with it. Since then I’ve been such a better person, well, according to my husband. I have really put him through some things over the course of my childbirth days. His love and support for me really paid off by just being there for me and not running away from me, which I would have done in a heartbeat.

My point is to all Mother’s.. Depression is a real thing and can happen to any mother. Embrace and acknowledge it and know that you’re not the only one struggling with the disease. Get help before it’s too late.

I couldn’t have gotten through this if it wasn’t for my three loves, my doctor and of course my best friend. Their support through thick and thin really kept me going even at my lowest.

Oh, and my heart? It’s perfect now 🙂

 

Emerson Grace Boutique

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Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What is the name of your business and who are your potential customers?

Emerson Grace Boutique: Emerson Grace Boutique. Originally, our product offerings where geared towards young girls- mostly hair clips, bows and accessories. Over the last year the Emerson Grace brand has continued to evolve, today our target audience is Moms and children (newborn+).

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Why did you choose (Your above answer) as your customers?

Emerson Grace Boutique: Having a baby girl was a dream of mine since I was little, when my daughter Emerson was born I always wanted to match her. Designing fashion forward products for moms and their “minis” has been so fun, what’s cuter than matching your kids???? Our other product lines include the incredibly popular #Momlife apparel, coffee mugs, wine glasses, bags and accessories. As a mom we’re all looking for that easy to wear outfit and when it says #Momlife you’re given an excuse to be late or it explains our little flusters. I personally love sporting my #Momlife gear at Target, Starbucks, soccer games or Costco.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Are you a mom? If so, did this business have anything to do with initiating Emerson Grace Boutique?

Emerson Grace Boutique: I am a mother of two, Carter (5) and Emerson (2). Emerson was the driving force for creating Emerson Grace Boutique. I was always creating accessories for her, people would always comment on them so I thought I would test the market. The rest is history.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What do you expect to be the outcome of “Emerson Grace Boutique”?

Emerson Grace Boutique: The future is unknown but I nothing makes me happier than seeing our products around town or pictures across the globe. At this time we have no plans for expansion into brick and mortar but expect to see our online retail presence grow. Additionally, a large investment in wholesale distribution may become a reality in the year ahead. One day it would be great to see our #Momlife products at a large retailer like Nordstrom.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Where can I find information about “Emerson Grace Boutique”?

Emerson Grace Boutique: Social media has been a great tool for Emerson Grace Boutique, you can find us both on Instagram and Facebook. Additionally, our online retail store is

www.emersongraceboutique.com

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Are there any promotions for your products through reading this blog?

Emerson Grace Boutique: Coupon Code: MOMLIFEISTHEBESTLIFE saves 20%

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Who is “Emerson Grace Boutique”? (One mom, multiple moms, etc.)

Emerson Grace Boutique: Emerson Grace Boutique is run by myself. I have a lot of support from my amazing husband, friends and family. We have established relationships with an outstanding designer and a local print shop. As we continue to grow I have discussed partnering with other moms who run similar shops.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: Where did you incorporate the business name, Emerson Grace Boutique?

Emerson Grace Boutique: We have not launched any products specially focusing on our name, but for all our advertising and marketing we are proud to show our logo. You will see it when you receive your order- included on tags, and promotional postcards. Also, when on any of our social media pages it’s a stable, be sure to check out @emersongraceboutique.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What does the future look like for Emerson Grace Boutique?

Emerson Grace Boutique: The future….? Wow, great question. When I think about the long term goals I see us expanding into more accessories like we did this last year with the coffee and wine glasses. Also, keep an eye out for new lines. I want Emerson Grace Boutique to stay small enough where I have control over the design elements; we will not risk quality to grow faster than we can support. I love my customers- the future looks bright because of their belief in our products.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes: What sets your products apart from other similar products?

Emerson Grace Boutique: Running a small business presents many challenges; one of the biggest is the fight to separate your products from the masses. I strongly believe that our products are made with the highest quality available and whenever possible sourced and manufactured in the US. We are not a large retailer so I’m able to listen to the consumer- often I’ll ask for input on what the next design should be, or color. This gives people a unique opportunity to be part of the design experience. Finally, if something is not perfect- I won’t sell it.

Matched Socks, Cardiomyopathy, & Baseball

Matched socks?! What the heck are those? My daughter wore mix matched socks the other day to school-clean, yes! Dirty, No! Mom Approved, Absofreakinglutely!!!

  
Our son has decided that he can dress himself..Currently, he is with my mom and brother and he snapchatted me a picture of my son wearing his shoes on the wrong feet…Without hesitation, I responded back… 

 
My path of Cardiomyopathy: I had a year checkup and had to have a sonogram of my heart and put a monitor on for a mere 24 hours..Not fun, but the results were astonishing! My heart is perfectly healed and normal again! What a relief!!

   
Baseball season is here and boy is it a busy time!!! The minivan stays packed with bats, balls, snacks, and baby wipes. 

The girls had their first game of the season and boy was it a blast. 

 
The outfielders get so bored that you see a cloud of dust, and that’s not from any type of wind storm, the kids are playing in the dirt, drawing with their fingers, shaking their bottoms, you know the drill.  

    
   
The kids had a blast and that’s all that matters-right?! Right. The end. 

I decided to take the girls out for a treat and celebrate my life career! I’m super excited about it and sadly I didn’t get to celebrate with a margarita, instead I celebrated with a yummy sweet tea from Open Porch. 

 
Same thing, right?!

Regardless, I took the girls to Benny’s Pizza and Sweet Frog. I’m still full. 

 
It’s been pretty peaceful around the house only have the two kiddos..not really much going on entertainment wise, but I’ll leave you with Chelsea’s art work..

   
   

Enjoy your night and thanks for reading out mine:)

Moms, Minivans, & Messes

Birthday Shenanigans 🎉🎈

Good Morning Readers, 

If you’re wondering why I’m posting so early, it’s because memaw came to pick up our baby, so I’m down one less kiddo.

This weekend was a weekend of Birthday fun! 

The girls were invited to visit their girlfriend, who moved an hour and a half away. Can you guess where the party was held?;)

  
The girls had a blast and were very well behaved. 

Can I just note that it’s such an honor when your kids are so well behaved for others? I literally had to give them the come to Jesus talk before they went, not sure if that had anything to do with it 😉

Regardless, our parenting truly reflected in their behavior, so we were told:) That always makes parents feel better:)

  
We also celebrated this big boy’s birthday yesterday:)

  
He turned a mere 3 and is growing up before our eyes. He’s sweet, loveable, huggable, and the sweetest little boy. We enjoyed family and friends company. While the kiddos were playing superheroes with their imaginations in acreages of grass and yard, the adults were conversing and watching the sweet innocence of the kids playing and being little.

  

The kids enjoyed playing with the other kids, using their awesome imagination ideas to shoot guns, fight off bad guys, and be the superhero for the day. These girls were not afraid to be one of the boys with the boys while playing. It was truly an honor to watch them run around playing with the others.

 
The presents were a huge hit for the party. Water guns were the winner for the ultimate birthday and uncle John filled up the water guns and let the kids run free. We bought the birthday boy a movie gift certificate to have a mommy and Dylan date night. When you’re a mom of multiples, it gets harder to spend alone time with each child, so we bought a gift card for special mom and Dylan time:)
  

We came home and spent the rest of our Sunday enjoying the peaceful evening using our imaginations and making pictures come to life with chalk pictures on the trampoline.  

Oh, and to top it off, someone had a special Daddy & KK day. They went fishing! 

    
   
Well, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading. Go enjoy your children’s company because they’re only little once:)

Moms, Minivans, & Messes

A thankful Heart, A thankful Mom

Good early early morning readers,

A family of five is tough to raise-feeding, clothing, diapering, formula, etc. etc. When you’re going through tough situations in life, looking at the three children we brought into this world together shuts out any and everything and the world becomes perfect. Now, I’m just a mom of three and some moms are moms of 4, 5, 6 and so forth. A friend introduced me to Sharp Shopper, a grocery store which we drive 1.5 hours one way to go shopping. This grocery store has truly helped out with our budget. We endured the trip yesterday and spent $140 on groceries!!! We spend that every week at our local grocery store without meats, etc.

Below is a picture of how empty our shelves were to how packed they are now.

If you live in either Pennsylvania or Virginia, seriously consider giving this place a try.

  
Our next stop was to a place called, “The little Debbie Cakes” shop. Holy cow! We got a ton of boxes for cheap!!! Below is a picture of Walker taste testing a free cookie sample. It was approved;)

  
Later on that evening we got home, husband unloaded the minivan and I began putting all the things away..

The kids came home and got their uniforms in and were super excited about the start of the new season. 

A huge thank you to Larry Chattin & Sons Farm building & Fencing for sponsoring our kids team:)  
We took a ride over to my in laws farm this evening and were excited about the fun time we had while over there. Maggie took the kids on a ride and the kids loved looking for the cows and playing in the dirt. Simple country kid kind of living.

  
Lastly, Chris wanted to take us out to dinner!:) We don’t go often, but when we do its Mexican. It has also been a hard week and some difficult decisions were made.. Chris and I try not to go public about our bad times in life because we want to leave them in the past and not have to visit them in the future, regardless, all learning occasions! Anyway, I treated myself to a “mom drink” Just one. I think one is perfectly fine. Only if yo don’t try to give the margarita dipped lime to your kids 😂😂😂😳 Isn’t it pretty:)

  

Driving home I thought about all the things I’m grateful for in my life. My husband, a forgiving God, forgiving family members, friends, and good times. I’m thankful for amazing in laws that’s provide our kids with the country life and a farm to roam free. 

Well, readers, it’s wayyyy past my bedtime and I need to get some shut eye. Have a great rest of the evening:)

Moms, Minivams, & Messes

On this Day, Courtesy of Facebook.

Two posts in one day?! How does that happen with three kids?!

Right at midnight after welcoming my husband home and getting ready to adjust getting back to sleep, I always look at the “on this day” app. Looking back at the past times always puts a smile on my face. 

These two photos below, Kaylee had just turned a mere 2 and I was pregnant with our second child. It’s hard to think what life would be like with one child, now that we are a family of five. Life was peaceful and quiet. It was mommy and Kaylee all the time…   
 
Then came Chelsea…It almost felt like our world needed something else to complete our family. Chelsea brought us laughter, with the faces she made, she brought us hearts that we didn’t know could grow any bigger after having our first child. The pictures below remind me of the times where life was simple, only because  there were two kids and two of us…  

  
Then came our son, Walker..

  
He gave our hearts the unlimited amount of love we were looking for..He has completed our lives.

The “on this day” app allows me to remind of pictures I forgot I took, memories I forgot I made, Laughter I forgot I laughed, and tears I forgot I cried.

These are all memories that make me who I am. I’m a loving mom, because of my kids. Do you ever just sit back and think…How did I become so lucky to be your parent?! I look into my kiddos eyes daily and think this thought. 

I’m looking forward to more “on this day” moments, because As my kiddos get older, they shy away from the camera already, which saddens me.

Enjoy the time you have one this day with your kiddos, throw away that to do list, and love and live in the moment ON this DAY.

Moms, Minivans, & Messes