My Favorite Moments – May

The month of May was a bit of a rocky one for me, emotionally and mentally, but that didn’t stop me from cherishing those special moments with my tribe.  Here are my May favorite moments.

Kole’s First Grade Field Trip | This month Kole’s class had a field trip to the Oakland Zoo.  Ryan and I were able to chaperone which was pretty cool Kole was able to have both his parents there.  Thank God he’s still at that age where he’s still hella down with that idea!  Ryan and I were assigned 4 kids in total which was perfect because the other 3 kids happened to be Kole’s most favorite friends.  We were so grateful to be able to see the interactions of these four friends.  Not a care in the world except to have the best day ever at the zoo with their best buds.  With all the craziness happening in the world today it was refreshing to witness these kids anxiously wanting to share their snacks with each other, excitedly wanting to sit next to each other, and caring for each other enough to make sure no one was feeling left out.  I hope as they grow older and the vibrancy of the world starts to fade they’ll look back at a sweet memory at that one time in First Grade at the Oakland Zoo where they had a hell of a time with their classmates, where the kids that were their bestest buddies at the time were dope AF because they shared their Oreos, and where they got to hang with the coolest chaperones in town. ūüėČ

Monroe | It’s amazing what a difference a month makes.  He is picking things up so quickly!  It also helps he has a big brother to look up to, aka completely mimic.  When it’s prayer time before bed, he’s all about the sign of the cross and his “amen hands”.  He is also becoming much sweeter.  As I’ve said before, he is completely the opposite of Kole.  He is a major handful and it just seemed he was born in the “terrible twos”.  *I see you future CEO, I see you.*  The other day I was a bit down and he obviously picked up on it.  He was throwing me kisses left and right and the hugs just kept coming.  I knew there was more sweet in this sour patch kid than he let on!

Nikko | Nikko is one of my closest and very best girlfriends.  We like to think we are more like sisters than friends.  She sent me a card in the mail this month and it absolutely made my day.  First, sending personal snail mail is a lost art and that in itself lifted my spirits.  Her words of appreciation for our friendship meant the freaking world to me.  She also commended me on how I am as a mother.  When you struggle with yourself trying to figure out if you’re doing the right things for and by your children you can get stuck under a dark cloud that you’ve created for yourself and feel like you’re drowning.  Her words gave me some sunshine and a breath of fresh air.  We don’t see each other very often but we always know when we need each other and how to be there for each other.  Mia sorella per sempre.

What and who saved you from yourself last month?  Keep them close and cherish them always.  I’m almost positive you’ll need them again.

My Favorite Moments – April

Hey friends!  There are so many special moments that I experience with my family that I wanted to start a little blog series about something that was said or done that stick out to me every month.  A monthly favorites of sweet and sour antics of loved ones.  Let us begin with April and the two little people I spend all of my time with.

Kole (My oldest son)¬†| Kole can be a very shy person. ¬†He is also on the more cautious side and a bit of a worry wart. ¬†I’d say he definitely got that from me. ¬†We have always encouraged anything he was interested in. ¬†He’s pretty into art, so we get him supplies to express himself artistically and we are always¬†there to listen to the¬†why¬†he made the¬†what. ¬†He loves to read and I love that about him. ¬†I’m happy to know that he loves to get lost in words that take him from one adventure to the next. ¬†As much as we love that he is so creative and wants to ride that reading rainbow we also want him to get into some kind of sport so he knows the importance of focus and teamwork.¬† He just recently got hit with the basketball cupid because he just started¬†talking about basketball non stop. ¬†Now, remember when I said he was more on the cautious side and a worry wart? ¬†Well, as much as he has a newfound love for basketball, he is afraid of getting hurt with the ball. ¬†So we were presently surprised when he asked to go to a conditioning program his P.E. teacher recommended. ¬†Since he asked, we jumped at the chance to take him and he loved it! ¬†It was his very first time doing something like this and we were so proud he made the personal choice to step out of his comfort zone. ¬†Most of the other kids have been going to this program so they knew what they were doing but he wasn’t concerned about the other kids. ¬†He was focused on how HE was doing. ¬†He wasn’t the fastest and he hasn’t made a shot yet but he had so much fun and he was so focused on learning and getting better. ¬†We are so proud of him! ¬†He knows I hate the saying, “Practice makes perfect” because I try to instill in him that no one and nothing is perfect. ¬†But he knows I always say, “Practice makes better” and he has been asking to practice everyday. ¬†So wait and see, better he’ll become.

Monroe (My youngest son)¬†| We have been so surprised with the little things Monroe has been doing¬†on the daily this month. ¬†He notices our routines and knows exactly what to do and the next steps after. ¬†When we get Kole ready for school, Monroe goes and grabs his hat, then his shoes, sits and waits for me to put it on, then turns off the TV. ¬†He’s all ready to go! ¬†He’s starting to call out for us instead of pointing and grunting and he’s showing so much more love. ¬†He is quite the opposite of younger Kole and is extremely harder to raise. ¬†But he’s starting to be better to communicate with and I’m also becoming better at knowing how to work with him and his big, tough, personality.

What are your favorite moments with your favorite people?