My last Favorite Moments post was all the way back in September 2017. The holidays crept up on us, as usual, and I was getting a little more involved in Kole’s school and class that the blogging took a little backseat. It’s now summer time for the kids so I’ll try to take advantage of any free time to get back to typing away.
Kole | Kole finished off second grade this month and I am extremely proud of his school year. His teachers and his classmates had nothing but good things to say about him. He learned so much academically this year. I loved his explanation of common core and friendly tens he learned in math, I loved the little bits of knowledge he’d tell me about ants and spiders (ew!!), and I loved all the little projects he brought home that took planning, testing, and follow through. He’s always been into books and getting lost in the stories he’d read but this year he really fell in love with writing. He took every advantage of the times he had in school to write and illustrate stories/books with his classmates during Writers Workshop and he also took time at home to create little books. His imagination and creativity is boundless.
School was so great for him this year that he has shed some tears because school is over. Not only because he’d miss his friends and recess but also because he genuinely enjoyed every part of the school day as well. He even went as far as to say “Two months of summer is soooo looonnnggg!” What kid says that? LOL. Even though I have never felt that way in my whole life, I am really happy that he feels this way. This feeling may not last forever but I will do my best to keep him just as interested in school as I can. And I also am hella grateful for the educators that keep that school spirit alive!
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Monroe | My little baby boy turned three this month!! He. Is. A. Terror. But the most lovable kind. He most definitely is a sour patch kid. Sweet one minute and sour the next. But lately, his sweet has leveled up! He is giving me more hugs and kisses and I get a lot more random “Mimi, I love you”s. And if you know us well, you know his sacrifice of the green M&Ms for me is quite the gesture coming from that little M&M monster. Conversations with him are getting easier and we are understanding each other more. As much as I love all the growing, it is making me a little sad. It’s already hard enough for me to accept that Kole isn’t teeny tiny anymore and now my littlest baby is growing up at the same super speed as his brother. Time goes impossibly fast when you measure it by your growing minis.
Young, Wild, and THREE!
What started off your sweet summertime?
Snoopy Sweater: Uniqlo | 3rd Birthday Shirt: Willow Bee Apparel
Faith | There have been some things that happened this month that tested our faith. Ryan had his heart set on a career change. He was banking on this new position because it was something he felt will give him a better quality of life. A chance to spend more time with me and the boys and an opportunity to grow within the company and help us better financially in the future. Sadly, under circumstances not in his control, it fell through. With the disappointment with that and the loss of the matriarch in his family, he was under a mini dark cloud.
Feeling negative about things is human nature. That moment of weakness when you feel like you can’t catch a break because when it rains it POURS, you can’t help but feel like you’re drowning. One of the things that I think is very important in a relationship/partnership is that two people can’t be swimming in that pool of negativity. I felt everything he was feeling. I understood why he felt as such but I couldn’t let him believe there wasn’t a good reason. Although we are Catholic, we are not constant church goers or avidly practice Catholicism but our faith in God is big and strong. But we are human, and when our faith touches rocky ground we tend to get lost.
First thing’s first. Dealing with the passing of his grandmother was tough. But through all the heartache and tears came out more opportunities to see family he hasn’t seen in years. Times spent with his siblings were longer and much more frequent. After every weekend we see family, Ryan seems more uplifted and more thankful. Grandma Julie loves that. I promise you.
Second on the list: getting past not getting the opportunity that he so much had his heart set on. We had lots of conversations on keeping faith, letting us let go and accept that God has a bigger and better plan, and we’ve gotten through worse so we can get through this. After those many faith centered conversations and after Ryan finally accepted his fate, he gets a phone call. The recruiters called Ryan and extended an offer to continue on with their company. They even went ahead and told him they pulled it together because they didn’t want to lose such a good candidate.
Faith was tested but in the end, our higher power was on our side reminding us that even though we go through struggle down here, He’s up there working his heavenly magic.
This month was all about the celebration of life. Many things happened this month that just reminded all of us to live life boldly, passionately, happily and with as much love as possible. Here are a couple of my June favorite moments.
Monroe | This month Monroe turned two. Terrifically terrible and two. Lord help me. Ha!
Let me take you back two years ago on the day before his was born. As you may know, Kole is quite the loving little boy. The day before Monroe was born he happened to randomly say to me “Happy Kisses Day, Mommy” (a holiday he clearly made up on his own and on the spot) and gave me a kiss. He then turned to my belly and said, “Happy Kisses Day, Monroe” then gave my belly a kiss.
Fast forward to this year, the day before Monroe’s birthday. Monroe became a little kissing machine. He was handing out free kisses all day! He’s way too young to understand one of my favorite memories but it absolutely made me shed a tear that he may have remembered that little itty bitty voice that reminded him to celebrate a Kole holiday. But don’t be fooled by all those kisses, Monroe can still “make mischief, of one kind or another” because he is a wild thing. King of all the wild things, as a matter of fact. 😉
Las Vegas | Last week we had to make a last minute trip to Vegas. We gathered together with Ryan’s family to celebrate his grandmother’s life and lay her to rest. Although the intent of the trip started out as a sad one, it quickly became a joyous one. I t was a time where family members who don’t often get to see each other (because life) spend some good quality time. They got to talk of stories that brought on nostalgia of their childhood and time spent with their grandmother. I t was a time to bring the youngest generation together to create memories they will happily reminisce about in the future. And because life leads them in different directions, it was a quick reminder that family is still and always will be Thick. As. Hell.