Interviewing My Children

Oh my word, it’s Friday again!  Seriously though, where does the time go?  I’ve been prepping our kitchen all week so we can finally paint it this weekend.  It’s the last room in our house to get finished, and it’s about time.  Flat white paint on kitchen walls is no good.

I have seen this idea floating around for quite a while now, so I set aside some time yesterday to question my littles.  Mr. Daxxon (age 8) was a little reluctant at first, and Miss Hadley (23 months) just wanted to repeat the questions back to me, but it quickly turned into all smiles and laughs.  It will be fun to do this again every year and look back at how their answers change.  

Daxxon is my firstborn, rambunctious & sometimes rebellious, but also loving and wonderful big brother.  He is a great reader & he loves to be active outside with friends.

Hadley is a true mama’s girl, her daddy’s little side kick, and has smiles for days.  She can count to 12, ride a tricycle, eat her weight in snacks (this girl is all about her food!) and is constantly dancing.
I compiled a list of questions from different interviews I’ve seen in the past.  Here we go!
(sibling love, never a boring moment)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Hadley:  Elmo
Daxxon:  Umm…I want to work at a restaurant. I like cooking.

What is the hardest part of being a kid?
Hadley:  No.
Daxxon:  Doing the monkey bars, that’s super hard.  I can only do like 2. 

What is your favorite color?
Hadley:  Favorite…..color……
Daxxon:  Blue.
Hadley:  Red!

What is your favorite food?
Hadley:  Favorite…food….Beans!  Tatoes!!
Daxxon:  Pizza!

What is your favorite movie?
Hadley:  Mickey.  Mickey.  Mickey.
Daxxon:  Nine lives! (laughing) The guy falls and becomes a cat.

What is somethings that scares you?
Hadley:  Ghosts.
Daxxon:  Bad dreams.  But I don’t really have them anymore.

If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be?
Hadley: ….(what 3 things do you want?)….Cheese!!  One.  Two.  Three.  K.
Daxxon:  Eating candy all day.  Going to Florida to ride the boat and see the dolphins again.  Ohhh, and I want it to be Christmas everyday!

How old is mommy?
Hadley:  Old mama.  Old mama.
Daxxon:  I know!  30!

What is something I always say to you?
Hadley: (runs up and gives me a hug)
Daxxon:  My name.  (gives me a BIG eye roll, haha)

What does daddy do at work?
Hadley:  Do work.  (she then brings me a plastic cake)
Daxxon:  Make stuff for weddings.

What is your favorite animal?
Hadley:  (runs to her stuffed dalmatian & squeezes it)  Friend, oh yes!
Daxxon:  Dolphins, because they can jump up from the water.

What is your favorite smell?
Hadley: Oils.
Daxxon:  Chocolate syrup, it smells sooooo good!

Who is your best friend?
Hadley:  Daddy.  Mama.
Daxxon:  Ryan because we like the same stuff.

Have a great weekend!   We will be spending it covered in paint.
(blog post on our kitchen to follow!) 

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Hello 2017

We are already more than a week into 2017, craziness!  I hope you all enjoyed the holidays with lots of family & good food.  The end to our year was spent couped up in the house, as our littles were sick with the flu.  Despite being sick, they were still in good spirits Christmas morning and excited as ever to open their gifts from Santa.  There is something so magical in the joy kids exude while ripping off that wrapping paper.  

New Years Eve was low key, as the kids were still recovering from illness.  The hubby and I stayed up for the countdown and enjoyed some sparkling wine.  I also picked up these delicious champagne gummy bears to top it off, so good!
We spent our first week of the new year making up for missed Christmas get-togethers.
This lovely little bottle arrived just in time for the new year.  It smells divine and truly is relaxing.  My favorite way to use it is to diffuse it along with a few drops of tangerine; it creates such a calm & inviting environment.  I am looking forward to learning even more ways to incorporate oils into our lives this year!
If you want to know more about YL Essential Oils, check out more info here and feel free to contact me through the form with any questions!I’ve been doing a ton of thinking about changes and goals I want to make in my life.  The husband and I recently watched ‘Minimalism: A Documentary’ on Netflix and it was pretty eye opening.  I have felt for a while now that we just have too much “stuff”, and watching this really put it into perspective.  So one of our goals is to declutter and get rid of things we really don’t need.  There are many plus sides to this, one being the house will be a lot easier to clean…win!  Less time spent picking up & more time spent with family.  Along with getting rid of the clutter, I really want to do some serious organizing to make the rest of the “stuff” more manageable.
Another thing that coincides with minimalism is being mindful of what we buy.  To really ask ourselves do we need this?  Will it be used/bring joy to our life, is it a quality item?  Just a few things to ponder!

less stuff,
more life.

Something else I need to focus on this year is myself.  I am constantly thinking about what everyone else needs to make their day go smooth, but hardly ever do I stop to think about what I need.  So many times I will feel guilty about going out for a girls night and leaving the kids home with Dad, I just need to let myself take a break sometimes and stop worrying so much!

As far as blogging goals, I definitely need to set aside more time to write.  All too often I feel rushed, putting together posts at the last minute; it’s a bad habit of mine.  I would also love to focus more on my photography skills & possibly do some redesigning to my blog.

I am definitely looking forward to making some positive changes in this new year.
Make 2017 a good one!



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The Calm

Breathe.  And remember…after every storm, comes a calm.
I had to remind myself of that phrase this week.  Our weekend started off with a bang and it didn’t stop there.  Between a difficult matter with our son, our littlest one not sleeping, and all of that causing stress between everyone in the family,  I was almost to a breaking point.  At one point in time literally everyone was in tears.  It was hard.

There wasn’t time to relax.  There wasn’t time for blogging.  There wasn’t time to spend an hour at night with my husband catching up on one of our shows.  It felt like there was no end to the turmoil that had taken over our lives.  I felt helpless when we were struggling to help our children through their issues and couldn’t.  It broke my heart to see my whole family in distress.

But yesterday was better.  Yesterday the clouds cleared and there was a sense of peace.  Daxxon’s issues had finally been resolved.  Hadley was her normal self, and at nap time she even decided to cuddle with me just like she did as a little baby; I soaked up every minute.  When Daxxon came home from school the kids made Halloween cookies together, and all was right in our home.  The calm came, and I welcomed it with open arms.

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So just remember mamas, when things get tough and it feels like there is no end in sight…

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