March 31, 2017

March Favorites

Some of my favorite blog posts and YouTube videos are ones where people share their favorite things. For the most part, I am not loyal to one certain brand or product so I enjoy seeing what other people are loving so I can try new things.

Here are a few of my favorites from the last month.


Dr Teal's Foaming Bubble Bath - I take baths a lot and use a lot of different kinds of bubble bath. I saw someone recommend this one and since it was pretty cheap I thought I'd try it. I really like it!
Soap & Glory Body Lotion - This is my new favorite lotion. I'm not a huge fan of super fruity or strong smelling lotions. I love the smell of this stuff and it works well on my super dry skin.
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer - I don't tan in tanning beds so I like to use some type of self tanner once in awhile for a little color. This one is inexpensive, but I think it's great. It's not going to make you super tan, but I can tell a difference just after using it one time. For me, it gives me the perfect amount of color. I've also never had any streaks from it.
Aveeno Daily Moisturizer - I use this every day and I think I'm on my third one. I'm sure there are better daily moisturizers out there, but this one does the job for me. I like that it has SPF too.


A Thousand Wishes Fine Fragrance Mist - I'm not an expensive perfume kind of girl. I use this body spray every day and this is one of my favorite scents ever from Bath & Body. This bottle is almost gone. Thankfully Santa brought me another one!
Keracolor Leave in Conditioner - My friend picked this up for me because she also has a daughter with very long hair. She swears by it. The first time I used it on Kyla's hair I texted her and told her this stuff is life changing. We were using the cheap Suave detangling stuff before. I will never use anything else. It's awesome!


Personalized Bar Necklace - I love this necklace SO much. I couldn't get a good picture with me wearing it, but it's honestly perfect!


Pilot G-2 0.7 mm Pens - As you probably know, I'm a pen and paper kind of planner. I used to use these pens, then switched to the Papermate ink joy pens, but recently switched back. They don't skip like the ink joy's did and I can still color code my planner.


Fresh flowers - Need I say more? :)


Easter decor - I decorate my fireplace mantle with every holiday and Easter is definitely one of my favorites!

What have you all been loving this month? 

March 30, 2017

30 Miles in 30 Days

It is officially less than two months until I am the matron of honor in my cousin's wedding. I was doing pretty good with working out, but these last couple weeks I have been slacking. I want to feel good in my dress for the wedding, but more importantly, I just want to take better care of myself. My kids (especially Kyla) watch everything I do so when I am exercising regularly, she notices. She loves to come downstairs while I'm on the treadmill and do some exercises too. I just want to be a good role model and have our family live an active lifestyle.

With all that being said, I was in need of a little motivation to get back on track. So I asked my friend Erin if she'd want to do something together and thankfully, she was all in! I think she even talked Kayla into joining us (no pressure, Kayla)! :)

We decided on 30 miles in 30 days in the month of April and we would LOVE for you to join us!


Most of my miles will likely come on the treadmill with a combination of walking and running, but you can get them however you want - walking, running, biking, swimming. It all counts!

We have a link-up down below for you to join in and share your progress on your blogs. It will be active April 1-30 so you can link up anytime you post something. I will be checking in each week to see where I'm at. Feel free to use the image above in your posts!

If you don't have a blog, share on your social media and tag one of us (all my social media links are over on the right side of my blog ). It will be great motivation to see how everyone is doing. I am sure I will have days where the last thing I want to do is workout, but seeing other people getting after it will definitely help. The nice thing about this too is that if you know you can't get miles in one day, you can do a few extra another day. It doesn't need to be a mile a day. Just 30 miles for the month.

Let's do this together! Working out is so much more fun with friends! :)





March 29, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

I'm linking up with Shay again this month for What's Up Wednesday!



What we're eating this week: Our usual meals - lasagna, baked chicken, pizza, tacos, etc. I did try a new shredded chicken meal in the crock pot that we then made into sandwiches.

What I'm reminiscing about: The nights where I used to actually get some decent sleep. I constantly feel tired, but just cannot sleep.

What I'm loving: This North Fleece jacket. It's perfect for the 40 and 50 degree weather we're having right now when I don't want to wear a winter jacket, but still need something. I wanted it for awhile and then randomly saw it on clearance at Macy's. Score!

What we've been up to: I've been trying to spring clean and do some organizing and purging. On Sunday I did our master closet...

Before
After (I had two totes full of stuff I'm getting rid of)
 On Monday I did the pantry. I didn't think to take a before picture, but here's the after...


What I'm dreading: Kase needing a haircut. It's the worst.

What I'm working on: Paperwork. It never ends. We are currently filling out paperwork for Kase's annual review to see if he still qualifies for Medicaid. This stuff stresses me out so much, but thankfully Tyler has helped a ton with this. I'm hoping to finally complete it tonight and get it in the mail tomorrow.

What I'm excited about: I'm not sure if I'm "excited" about it, but I'm anxious to go to the doctor on Monday. I have been having pain in my wrists for awhile now. It's recently (in the last couple weeks) gotten really bad. It now affects pretty much everything I do so I finally called to get it checked out. I'm just excited to see what is going on and hopefully find some relief.

What I'm watching/reading: I've tried four different times to sit down and watch the first episode of Survivor because I really do love that show, but I've yet to finish it so I'm now about 5 weeks behind.

What I'm listening to: The Moana soundtrack. Every. Day. Kyla has most of the songs memorized and now Kase and Kenley have started singing along too. As cute as it is, I'm kinda over it. The Easter bunny is bringing the Trolls soundtrack. :)

What I'm wearing: Currently - Home TeeOld Navy jeansConverse shoes


What I'm doing this weekend: We're having Kenley's 2nd birthday party on Saturday, which means Sunday will be a day of cleaning (and hopefully some rest). Don't you love cleaning like crazy for parties, then the party happens and you wonder why you even cleaned in the first place? Yeah, me either. But the parties are worth it! :)

What I'm looking forward to next month: It's autism awareness month and we have some fun things planned that I of course will be sharing.

Bonus question - What is your favorite spring thing to wear? Since it's often rainy and muddy here in the Spring, I love wearing my rain boots. I also love the baseball style tops like I have on today. They're cute and comfy!

March 27, 2017

A Lesson Learned at Target

Last Tuesday I took the girls to Target to get a prescription for Kyla. The pharmacy needed a few minutes to get it ready so we had some time to look around. We didn't mind. :)

We went down the party supply aisle to get a few things for Kenley's birthday party. These two cute unicorn headbands caught our eye (spoiler alert - Kenley's party is a unicorn theme). They were only $2, Kyla has always loved unicorns and Kenley loves wearing headbands. So one went in the cart for Kenley and Kyla put hers directly on her head.

After getting the prescription and paying for everything else, we headed out to the van. I got everything in and was about to buckle the girls and saw the unicorn headband still on Kyla's head. I asked her if she put that on the belt to be paid for (she always helps me take stuff out of the cart and put it on the belt). She got a terrified look on her face and said no, that she forgot. I checked my receipt and sure enough, we had paid for one, but not both.

I explained to her that we needed to go back in and pay for it. She was scared at first because she thought she had done something wrong. I explained that it was an accident and it happens. I didn't remember to pay for it either. The important thing was that we needed to be honest and go back in. We talked about how sometimes you make mistakes, but it's always important to be honest about it, whether you meant to do it or not.

The lady working at the customer service desk was really sweet and told Kyla that was so nice of her to come back in. I know it was just a little $2 headband, but I think it was a valuable lesson that she will remember for a long time.


March 24, 2017

Why I Almost Didn't Have a Birthday Party For My Son

In our experience, autism and birthday parties don't mix very well.

The crowds, the noise, the presents. It's a lot for Kase to handle and because of all that, I decided I wasn't going to have a party for him for his 4th birthday. I think I even told my husband, my mom and my aunt that. There just wasn't going to be a birthday party and that was that.

I thought I would be doing him a favor. I thought I would be avoiding a difficult situation for him.

Then one day, it hit me. That wasn't the reason I didn't want a birthday party for him. The truth is, I was trying to avoid a difficult situation for me.

2016 was a difficult year for me. I was sad, angry, depressed, confused, jealous. It was hard for me to think about everyone coming over to celebrate our boy and him not be excited about it. It was hard to think about the kids that would come and have a great time, play together and laugh together. It was hard to think about once again being the center of attention opening his presents because he had no interest in them. I just didn't feel like I had it in me. Not this time. Not this year.

I don't think it was one specific moment that made me realize how selfish I was being. I know I had many conversations with Tyler about it and we agreed that although they are hard, birthday parties are important. Tyler absolutely changed my mind about it. He reminded me that we need to continue to allow Kase to be in situations that are out of his comfort zone. We also need to allow our families to be around Kase in those situations so they can continue to learn how he handles things and how they can help.

Something that I have just recently learned is that Kase is fine. He's more than fine. He's happy, he's healthy, he's hilarious, he loves his family, he loves life. Sure, he has some difficult moments, but he continues to learn how to cope with those. He knows that his mom and dad love him and are here for him whenever he needs us. He would have been fine with or without a birthday party.

It's me that wasn't fine. And to be completely honest, there are still times when I'm not fine. I have moments where all that guilt, sadness and jealousy comes back. But I am doing a million times better than I was last year.

We had the party and it was perfect. We surprised Kase with a bouncy house and I'm pretty sure it was the best day of his life. Our families knew he wouldn't be interested in opening presents so they all pitched in for a bigger gift for him to enjoy outside.


You can't tell from the picture, but he loved it. He was hot and hungry! And wondering when he could get back in that bouncy house!


He kept saying, "It's a 4!"
It's hard to admit having such selfish feelings. Birthday parties still stress me out and I still catch myself getting sad when all the kids are playing together and Kase is off doing his own thing. But I have to remind myself that he is fine. It's what makes him happy and that's all that matters.

I can't imagine the guilt I would have felt if we didn't have that party.


March 23, 2017

Kenley is TWO!

Kenley turned two on Tuesday and we celebrated with pizza and cupcakes, two of her favorite things! She woke up and immediately saw her birthday present on the fireplace. It is the Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Musical Dancing Palace (long name for a princess castle). She absolutely loves it! We had to go to Target that morning for a prescription for Kyla (she has pink eye) so each of the girls got a stuffed pony. We will be having a birthday party for her next Saturday with our families!


Let's see, where do I begin with this girl. She has such a big personality. She's at a really fun age and is constantly making us laugh. She has so many funny facial expressions. As adorable as she is, she can also be a stinker. And wow does she have some sass in her! You can tell she is the youngest and has learned how to stick up for herself. She holds her own with her big brother and sister.


As far as development goes, she's right where she should be. She was an early talker compared to the other two. She has always called me "Mom" and Tyler "Daddy", but she recently figured out how to say "Mommy" and now she says it about 250 times a day. Seriously, all day long... "Mommy, Mommy, HI." Or if I ask her a question, it's always, "Yeah Mommy." As soon as she hears the door close at night, she screams "DADDY!" and runs to the door and gives him a big hug. She's definitely a mommy's girl, but she loves her daddy too!


She still needs a nap every day, but unfortunately she doesn't always get one. With Kase's therapy schedule, it's nearly impossible for her to nap on Tuesday's and Wednesday's. On those days she goes to bed around 7:15 pm. Otherwise she's in bed by about 7:30 every night. She goes around and tells everyone "night night" and gives kisses. She wakes up around 7:00 am. Just in the last two weeks she's started waking up every night around 1:30 am. She will cry for a couple minutes and then go back to sleep. I have no idea if it's two year molars or what. Every time I hear her crying I look at the clock and sure enough, it's 1:30. That can stop anytime now! :)


She's going through the shy stage with people she doesn't know. Kyla did the same thing around this age. It usually takes about 10 minutes for her to warm up to people and feel comfortable. But she makes sure to let them know that she's not happy to see them at first!

I think she's going to be much more of a dare devil than Kyla was. Still to do this day Kyla is hesitant when trying new things or extra cautious in certain situations. Kenley just has no fear. She likes to lean back and stick her head under the water in the bathtub. And she's a little monkey out on the play set. This is how photo shoots go nowadays...


She's a good listener when we say no. She will almost always stop or if she got into something I will tell her to put it back and she almost always will listen.


STATS
Weight: 28 pounds
Height: 35 inches
Diapers: Size 5 (We use Pampers during the day and Huggies overnights)
Clothes: She's in 3T pajamas and 2T shirts and pants, although it's about time to transition into all 3T stuff
Shoes: Size 7
Hair: Blondish brown and straight with some slight curl in the back
Eyes: Blue


LIKES
~Coloring (she asks to color at least 5 times a day)
~Playing dolls
~Books and being read to
~Dancing
~Singing (as soon as a song stops in the van she says, "Mommy Song?")
~Chap stick
~Baths (as soon as she hears the water turn on she starts taking her clothes off)
~Playing outside
~Taking her socks and shoes off as soon as we get in the van
~Wearing everyone else's shoes
~Her nukies (which need to be taken away soon)
~Balls and playing catch
~Getting into drawers
~Throwing things away (including things that shouldn't be thrown away...we're working on that!)
~iPad
~Snapchat and all the silly filters

DISLIKES
~Having a pony or bow in her hair. She takes them out immediately.
~Strangers
~Having things taken away
~Timeouts (she's only had a few, but she is not a fan!)
~Play doh (she'd rather stack the cups than play with the actual play doh)
~When her brother takes things from her
~Public restrooms
~Vegetables

FAVORITES
Food - spaghetti (although she pretty much loves all food, minus veggies)
Drink - chocolate milk
Toy - dolls and babies (all of their names are Anna)
Words - Mommy, Kyla, Yeah
TV Show - Mickey Mouse Clubhouse


"Mommy, what would we do if we never had Kenley? I for sure wouldn't laugh as much because she makes me laugh all the time." - sweet words from big sister Kyla :)


Happy birthday, Kenley Lynn. I love you so much!

March 20, 2017

A Perfect Weekend

I know I have raved about Kase's ABA clinic before, but I was reminded yet again just how amazing they are when I picked him up on Friday. His lead therapist was with him and the other therapist when I walked in. He was so excited to see me and walked out and into the van like a champ. Then, of course, requested the iPad.

The therapist that had been working with him in the afternoon said he had a great day. She then went back inside and his lead therapist said she wanted to share some results from some assessments she did with him. She did a speech assessment with him (she told me the formal name of the test, but I have a terrible memory). Six months ago when they did the same test he was in the 4th percentile compared to other 4 year old's. He's now in the 39th percentile! She said she knew he has made a lot of progress with his speech, but she was floored with this big of a jump. She told me she went around the clinic and told everyone because she's just so proud of him. She also told me that if this was the only test they looked at, he would not qualify for speech services anymore. We are obviously going to continue with what we're doing, but hearing this was so encouraging. I called Tyler on his way home from work to tell him and he said he was tearing up. All of this work that Kase does and all of these hours of therapy are paying off. I'm so proud of him.

I also brought up the situation at the other clinic that happened on Wednesday with her. I certainly wasn't placing blame on anyone or trying to bash them, but I also feel like his lead therapist knows him better than anyone else. And to be completely honest, I just feel like she's "our person". I trust her so much. It is very obvious that she cares about Kase and our family and it's not just a job for her. I wanted to let her know and see if she had any suggestions.

She immediately offered to meet me there next week at pickup time. I let her know that every pickup has been difficult and she said it's important that we break this routine of his. I think when he sees her there, that alone will be a reminder of what we expect from him. I was only bringing it up to her to see if she had any ideas for me. I never thought she'd offer to go there and help me. But I am incredibly thankful and obviously told her yes!

Lastly, they helped Kase make a birthday card for Kenley. She turns two tomorrow. She said he sat really well and enjoyed coloring and writing his name. I couldn't hold back the tears anymore. Maybe this seems like such a small thing, but it is just another example of how thoughtful they are. They're just simply amazing.


Yep, I'll be saving this forever :)
We started our weekend early with a play date with some great friends after school. My friend took the girls to get frozen yogurt and then brought them here to play.


It's just so nice to have friends who are mom's and just get you. I'm certain we could talk forever.

Friday night we watched Monsters University and for the first time ever, Kase laid with Kyla and watched a movie. He started to fall asleep at one point so we took him to bed. But seeing this was enough to melt my mama heart.


Saturday morning I took Kyla to an event that her school district put on. It was called Kids Get Fit and she had a lot of fun. They had 12 different stations - obstacle courses, zumba, rock climbling, bike safety, etc. She said the frozen yogurt break time was her favorite. :)

That front tooth is SOOOO close to falling out!
While we watched the Badgers WIN that afternoon, we put together our new table and chairs. We've had a table with four chairs in our kitchen area forever. We have a larger table in the more formal dining area, which we hope to some day use. But for now while the kids are young, it just doesn't make sense. Since Kenley has been out of her high chair and now that Kase sits and eats with us (yay!), I'm usually the one that stands and eats. So we ordered a new one and I love it. It's nothing fancy, but obviously with three kids, fancy isn't really what we're going for. We have the 6th chair in at my desk so it doesn't feel as crowded in here since we will be using that patio door a lot.


We have a (very bad) tradition of getting donuts on Sunday's so before bed Saturday night Kyla said, "I just can't wait to have donuts as a family tomorrow at our new table." I can tell you, the table is perfect and the donuts were delicious! :)

Yesterday Tyler and I made a list of things we wanted to get done and we were very productive. Cleaned windows and then put the screens back on (come on, Spring!), lots of laundry, cleaned bathrooms, dusted, purged, organized, and my favorite - Tyler cleaned my van. What a guy!


I needed a weekend like this. It was the perfect blend of fun, relaxation and productivity.

Hope you all had a great weekend too! We have a big week with our baby turning 2!

March 17, 2017

Four Year Old Charm

Thank you for all your kind comments on Facebook about yesterday's post. It helps me to talk about this roller coaster we're on. It can seem lonely at times, but then I am reminded just how many people are in it with us. It helps to share the struggles. Some days can be absolutely draining, not only physically, but emotionally too. Being able to express myself here in an honest way is very therapeutic.

Some days are hard, but most days are great, and I like sharing about those days as well. Yesterday was one of those days.

Kase did a great job in the morning when I dropped him off, which is pretty normal. He's in a good mood and loves seeing some of his favorite people. He walks in and says hi to everyone he sees. He puts his stuff away and gives me a big, "Bye Mom!".

When I walked into the clinic to pick him up, I was greeted with him and one of his therapists. She was holding his hand walking toward me. He smiled and said, "Hi Mom!" and grabbed my hand. We all three walked out to the van together. His newest thing is he will take his hat and jacket off and put it up front in my seat. So he did that and then got in his seat. His therapist and I both praised him for doing such a great job and then he told her goodbye and asked for the iPad. Today he got it. :)

When I go around and get into my seat, I always say, "Who's jacket is in my seat?!" and he cracks up every time. It's adorable.

While we were walking out and waiting for him to take his jacket off, his therapist was telling me about his day. She said play pals in the morning was a little crazy. She couldn't really tell me much more because it was regarding some other kids. But she said Kase handled it all very well and just kept on with what he was supposed to do. They were very proud of him for that.

She also told me that he got tired in the afternoon and saw a pillow in the room they were working in. She told him he couldn't have the pillow right now. So, being the charmer that he is, he said to her, "I want a hug." So they hugged. And then he said with a smirk on his face, "I want pillow." She told him she appreciated the hug, but he still wasn't getting the pillow. He didn't argue and went about the session.

Tyler says he definitely got his charm from his Dad. :)

Another quick story that I found really funny... On Wednesday Kyla had the iPad after school while she was having a snack at the table. Kase came over to her, grabbed her hand, and brought her to the living room. He was being silly with her and she said, "Mommy, what does he want me to do?" I said I had no idea. I could see him out of the corner of his eye look over at the iPad on the table. And just when Kyla was distracted enough, he took off in a full sprint and grabbed it. I laughed so hard. He really thought that plan out and executed it perfectly.

I love this boy so, so much. Thanks again for all of your support. Happy Friday and Go Badgers!






March 16, 2017

Our Autism Roller Coaster

There's just no better way to describe it. There are extreme highs and lows and unexpected twists and turns. There are times where I'm holding on as tight as I can. And there are times when I let go and just throw my hands in the air.

Yesterday was one of the lowest lows I have felt since hopping on this crazy ride.

Transitions from therapy to home have always been (and continue to be) a struggle. Tyler and I, along with his team have tried so many different approaches. He will have awesome days at therapy. Completes programs, is compliant, and is just so happy to be there. I have therapists all the time that don't work with him directly tell me that seeing Kase and saying hi to him is the highlight of their day. He truly does bring so much joy to everyone around him.

He will get his jacket, hat and backpack on with no issue (most days). But the moment he sees me, he melts down. He throws himself to the floor and often refuses to get up to walk to the van. Like I said, we have tried different things with his therapists and they have been so helpful. They usually walk him to me holding his hand, and I will grab his other hand and together, we will not allow him to flop. They now usually walk with us out to the van and make sure he walks the whole time. He definitely still fights it, but this has the best way we have found so far. We have worked hard on him getting into his car seat on his own. If he doesn't, I will bring him back out of the van and say, "Try again." He hates the whole "try again" thing, but it works.

So let's talk about yesterday. Wednesday's are already hard. They are different from the other days and as many of you probably know, any changes in routine can be tough. The other four days he just goes to his ABA clinic. On Wednesday mornings he goes to a different clinic for speech and OT, then home for a little bit, then to his ABA clinic in the afternoon. We just started speech and OT the beginning of January so we don't know the therapists as well and they don't know us as well.

I'm not going to lie, I dread pick ups at this clinic. I know exactly how they're going to go. Yesterday was much of the same, but worse.

Him and his therapist were walking and as soon as he saw me, he dove to the floor. There happened to be four people walking behind him who reacted as if we fell and wanted to make sure he was OK. I reassured them that he was fine as they stepped over him to get by. I immediately tried to get him to stand up with no success. His therapist told me he had a great session and was trying to give me a little more detail, but I couldn't focus on what she was saying. He then took off toward the other side of the clinic. His therapist was trying to help and was saying things like, "Come on Kase, it's time to go home." in a nice, calm voice. He doesn't react to that. He reacts to a stern, "Kase come over here, now." It's something Tyler and I have learned just in the last couple months. His therapists at his ABA clinic agree. When you are all nice and try to get him to eat something, he won't do it. But if you just simply say, "Kase, take a bite." he will do it. This hasn't always been the case, but as he gets older, this approach works much better for him.

So anyway, he wouldn't listen to either of us. The clinic was full of people and although I shouldn't care, I think it's natural to worry about what everyone else is thinking.

I wrestled with him enough to get his jacket and hat on and tried to get him to stand up. I lifted him up and he refused to put his feet down to walk. In the meantime, Kenley had been very good and listening when I told her to stay by me, but she had grown impatient. So she took off toward the front door. I carried/dragged Kase a little bit and then he took off. I scooped Kenley up and chased him, but not before he was out in the parking lot. Thankfully no cars were driving through at that time.

Although we're fairly new to this clinic, I think his therapist knows by now to expect this type of behavior when I pick him up. I was a little sad that she didn't offer to help. She stood by and watched.  In her defense, I don't know how she could have helped because I don't even know what to do. But I do think I need to ask her to help us get to the van safely. Now that he took off in the parking lot once, he will surely try it again. He goes to this clinic on Saturday's too, but thankfully whoever picks him up can go by themselves and have all their attention on him while the other one stays home with the girls.

We got in the van and he grabbed the iPad. I told him to get in his seat so we could get buckled. He threw the iPad across the van. I got them both buckled, sat down in my seat and finally took a breath. He was screaming for the iPad, which of course he did not get.

We got home and he was back to his happy self, as if none of that happened. I wish I could forget things that easily. I was upset about it all day.

A couple hours later I took him to his ABA clinic and when I picked him up later, his therapist told me he had a fantastic day and he walked right out to the van and got in his seat. Of course I was thrilled with this, but I couldn't help but shake my head. This autism thing is confusing.

I really don't know what to say about meltdowns like this. I cried most of the way home because I hate not knowing what to do or how to help him. Does he do it strictly for attention? Is it because he doesn't want to leave? Is it all part of his sensory issues? Is it because he requires so much sensory input that the bumping into things and falling is the only way he knows how to get it? Can he help it?

I hate not knowing why he does this. But most importantly, I hate not knowing how to help him.

This morning, as I was about to take him into therapy, he looked at me and said, "Mommy, I'm proud of you." I tell all three kids all the time that I'm proud of them, but this is the first time he's ever said this. And although I'm certain he doesn't really understand what that means, I'll take it. Mommy needed a little encouragement this morning. Thanks, buddy!


March 6, 2017

CURRENTLY

I realize these posts are kind of a cop out, but sometimes they're just necessary. Today is a rainy, stormy day and I'm lacking any kind of creativity for a blog post. But I still wanted to get one up!

So here we go. Currently I'm...

Thinking... about everything. My mind never stops. I wish I could write about it all on this blog because then maybe I'd feel a little less anxious, but some things I just have to keep private.

Reading... all kinds of Dr. Seuss books. Since last week was his birthday, Kyla had a whole week of fun stuff at school dedicated to him. She is now obsessed with all his books, which is totally cool with me because I love them too!


Eating... this kettle corn. I blame you, Elizabeth! It's SO good!


Enjoying... selling things on eBay. Normally I sell our stuff at garage sales, but I decided to give eBay a try. I've made about $500 just selling stuff around our house that we don't need, mostly clothes that don't fit anymore. I still have a stash of stuff for a garage sale this Spring, but the nicer things I've listed on eBay. For example, I sold two pairs of my jeans that I don't wear but were in good shape. I'd probably get $5 at a garage sale, but I sold them for $30 and $23 on eBay. And the whole process is super easy!

Watching... Trolls! Kyla and I have watched it three times and we LOVE it!

Loving... my rain boots that my sweet sister in law bought me a couple years ago. They're perfect for days like today!


Wishing... I could freeze time. I am a little ashamed to admit this, but there were many days (maybe months) that I would wish the time away. I wanted so badly to be done with the baby stage. Now that the kids are 6, 4 and almost 2, I don't want any of them to grow up any more. They're all three at such fun ages! Kyla loves school is such a sweetheart. Kase is doing so well and I'm really nervous about what's going to happen with school this fall. I honestly wish he could just stay at the place he's at now forever. I love it there that much. And Kenley is just a blast right now. She can be a little stinker at times, but she makes me laugh all day long. I just love her personality so much.

Listening... to YouTube videos. It's what gets me through working out, cleaning and folding laundry.

Planning... Kenley's 2nd birthday party! Last year since her birthday was around Easter we did an egg hunt out in our yard for all the kids. Even though Easter is a few weeks later this year, I decided to still do the egg hunt. It's just so much fun!

Happy Monday, friends! What are you currently up to? Do any of you sell on eBay? Or have some favorite YouTube channels I should check out?