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Transitioning My Toddler to His Big Boy Bed.

Hello beautifuls! I hope y’all are doing amazing this week. I’m doing amazing and super excited for my birthday coming up in a couple days, but I’m also bugging out that I’m turning 25, in 5 more years I’ll be 30! WOW! But, let’s move on to another little person who keeps growing and breaking my heart, my squishy, my toddler Jason. We recently transitioned him from his crib, since he would escape from every morning. This was a sign that he was ready for a big boy bed. A huge thanks to grandma and grandpa for buying him his toddler bed, y’all are the best.

I had so much fun making his room a big boy room. He really didn’t have a lot of decor for his nursery since we moved to Japan. So, I went into diy mode and made some of his room decor. Thanks to the yen store here in Japan I was able to make his decor for cheap. It was easy to pick what his room was going to be since he is obsessed with cars and loves the movies from Disney Cars. I first started with these box displays, I painted them to look like roads, I have been collecting mini cars and I thought it would be a perfect way to display them in his room. I think they are the cutest things ever!

The next thing I made was a sign with his name on it. Now, this took a while to make, but it turned out sooo awesome! This took three 8×11 canvas boards, a printer to print out the letters, mod podge, and a lot of patience. I was able to find free fonts to create the font of the movie Cars. I then started to trace out every square to make a race car flag. I painted the square black and white, once it was dry I mod podged the letters onto the canvas. This helps it lay the letters flat and seem like they are painted on. To make the 95’s that are on each side of his name sign, I used smaller canvas and painted them red, printed the number 95 and mod podged it on the canvases. I felt like this really brought the name sign together.

I was able to find these hooks at the yen store and painted it red, I thought it would be great to hang his backpack and jackets. This was the one thing that wasn’t as time consuming. But, it looks great.

I found the carpet at a store called nafco, it’s so soft and fluffy, I have the exact same one in my beauty room in pink. They are high quality carpets and were super affordable, can y’all believe they were only $40! I had to snatch them up. His little table I bought on amazon for $35 and the little bar stools I bought at daiso for $4 each. The bed set I bought from target on sale. And lastly the wall art I got on Etsy, it was $3 for the digital copy of the cars. I then printed them out on photo paper.

Jason loves his new bed and room. I think it turned out amazing! What do y’all think?

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Favorite TV Shows.

Hello my Beautifuls! I hope you all are doing fantastic! We are half way done with the week! Yasss! Well, for me my work week just started. Have I mentioned I absolutely love my job. If I didn’t, know you now. The only reason I look forward to the actual weekend is to spend time with my handsome hubby and to get a little break from changing a few diapers.

Having such a long weekend and being on a break from school means I have some extra time to watch my favorite shows, obviously when I’m not watching Moana or Coco for the thousandth time. But, when my little squishy goes to down a for a nap I have an hour to two hours of having the tv to myself. It’s awesome. I’ve obviously watched gossip girl about a million times, but I mean it’s gossip girl! Who can get tired of seeing Blair and Chucks become relationship goals. Since I have watching gossip girl so many times I thought it was time to branch out and find new shows. My guilty pleasure are reality shows, this being said my all time favs are Housewives of Beverly Hills and Keeping up with the Kardashian’s. I can get sucked into these shows so fast it’s crazy.

Besides reality shows, I have a deep love for crime shows such as criminal minds and CSI: Miami. At this moment, my husband and I are binge watching NCIS in Netflix. It’s about the only show we both like and can watch together. Unlike criminal minds and CSI, NCIS solves crimes within the navy and marine corps. It is insane, this show has me really roped in. If y’all are into crime shows. I highly recommend this show.

And lastly my recent favorite show called American Housewife. Y’all this is the most funniest and realistic view into being mother. If y’all want a good laugh and are tired of seeing all these perfect mommy’s, this is the show for you. It is okay to be an okay mom sometimes. We have bad days. We can’t always be perfect and have the perfect life. I’m so happy that they have a show that presents a family that is normal and is proud of not being a stick figure mom who looks good in white jeans. (She makes fun of moms that wear white jeans in the show.) I highly recommend this show as well. You can watch all the episodes on Hulu.

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Motherhood, My Toddler, School

Mother’s Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Get Sick!

Hello beautifuls! It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. It has been a rough couple weeks for me and Jason. For the past couple weeks we have been sick, Jason with an ear infection and I with the most annoying and longest cold ever! Mom’s should not be allowed to get sick! Mom’s take forever to get better due to the fact that we don’t stop. We can’t just sleep in and stay in bed all day. I’m lucky enough to have a toddler that likes to sleep in until 9am, sometimes even later. Being sick wouldn’t have sucked as much if I didn’t have to take care of Jason, go to work, and do school work. I’m extremely lucky that my job was so understanding about me missing some days due to us being sick. I absolutely love my job and everyone I work with. As for school, I will most likely be taking next semester off due to it getting on my nerves. I don’t like online classes at all. My procrastination has gotten the best of me once again. But, I have been able todo my assignments and get good grades. Just a few more weeks left. Thank God! Hopefully this will be a better week and stay tuned for my next post I will have some very special guests! Yay! Well, I hope y’all have a great week!

For all my mommy’s out there, what remedies do y’all take to feel better faster? What do y’all do to make your little one feel better? Let me know!

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Double the Struggle, Double The Cuteness.

This week I’m honored and so excited to introduce to you all my first feature in my blog,  my beautiful cousin, Kristal and her family. My cousin is a mommy of 3 handsome boys, an 11-year-old named Kristian, and about 5 month old twins. YES, TWINS! Named Marco and Jose, they are identical twins. I’m so jealous that everyone has gotten to hold and play with them. They are so cute it hurts. Just like me, she is part of that military life and has pretty much been doing this by her self with the help of her 11-year-old son. She was lucky to have him there for the birth of the babies but not soon after the birth, he was deployed. That right there is strength and patience, I had a breakdown two weeks after having my baby boy and my husband was away on a field op for a day and he was not far away from me. I had to call him to come home because I thought I was going insane. I was very lucky to have him only a few minutes away. Unlike, my cousin who’s soldier is on the other side of the world. I don’t know any moms with twins, I’m sure its double the struggle, but double the cuteness at the same time. I don’t know how she does it, I get stressed with my one toddler. I tell you what, she is superwoman in my eyes. Having twins can’t be easy and I was curious to know how life is with twins. I’m so happy she agreed and took some time to answer a few question

  1. How did you feel when you found out you were having twins ?

When I found out I was pregnant with twins I was at the OB’s office feeling so sick 🤢 I was having an ultrasound done to see how far along I was in the pregnancy and then I was told by the technician to say “hi to baby A and baby B” I was staring straight at them and still said “ you mean there’s two babies?! “ I guess I was in shock and I started crying tears of joy!

    2.  How long does it take you to get them ready?

It double everything, so it takes double the time to do anything. But I spend at least two hours to get both babies ready!

3. Is it hard to leave the house with twins?

Leaving the house is a very difficult task, I still struggle to go out with the twins!. I have to do a lot of planning and preparing, so these days we only go to the pediatrician and grocery shopping, but I have hope it will get easier.

4. How soon after giving birth did he deploy?

I so happy that he was able to be apart of their birth experience. The babies came in the nick of time! I was induced at 34 Weeks due to preclampsia, and I was blessed to give birth naturally to two healthy babies on September 9th 2017 and he had orders to deploy on September 12th 2017, so I was sad to see him leave exactly a week after the babies were born.

5. What kind of personality do the twins have?

So my boys are identical twins, which means that they look exactly the same but they have different and alike personalities already and they are on 5 months old. Jose is my baby A, he was born first. He is my calm baby, and always smiling! But when he is hungry he is very impatient! Marco is my baby B and was born 15 minutes after his brother! He is my more needy baby, he wants all the attention! I can say he is definitely more serious. But both babies are very sweet and love to giggle and kick all day!

6. How much coffee do you need to get through the day?

I can say Coffee is a must with twins! Without it I’m not sure how I would survive! I drink a lot of coffee, at the least 6 cups a day!

7. Do they sleep through the night?

I can say that I was lucky to have two babies that have been sleeping through the night since they were 3 months. I give them the last bottle at 9pm and by 10pm they are in bed sleeping till 8am for their first bottle.

8. What advice do you have for the mommy’s with twins?

The biggest advice for mommy’s with twins that I have is that patience is very important and very much-needed! Patience is the key! It’s the only way to keep you from getting overwhelmed and frustrated when you have two crying babies at the same exact time, because when you have twins it happens ALOT!

9. How does Kristian ( Chucho)  feel about being a big brother?

We have talked and he does miss being an only child and I believe it’s normal after he was an only child for 11 years, but Chucho loves his brothers, and they love him! They get very excited when he gets home from school! The babies giggle just by looking at him! And he is very helpful when it comes to taking care of the babies. I can see already that the twins will have a very special bond with their big brother!

10. How does it feel to be a mommy again?

Being a mommy to two infants at the same time again after 11 years is an honor! Becoming a mother changes everything and becoming a mother of twins changes everything times two, though sometimes it can feel like times infinity, but I love every moment of it! My 3 boys are my greatest joy in life!

11. Who inspired the name of the twins?

We struggled with names at first, and we wanted their names to be special so I thought that We both love our dads very much and both men are amazing dads! that we decided to name the boys after their grandfathers! Jose and Marco was perfect names for our boys!

Look how beautiful her family is & look hopw great she looks after popping out two tiny humans!

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How cute are these two little tiny bald humans? I love them so much! I want to thank my beautiful cousin for answering these few questions and being the first featured person on my blog! I hope you all enjoyed this post and maybe gave you a bit of baby fever. I sure do.

 

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Let The Procrastination Begin.

This is the last weekend I have stress free, because starting Monday I start my online classes. On top of starting classes this week, I also start a part-time job. That being said, this also means my little baby boy, whom I’ve been attached too since he was growing in my belly is going to daycare. So, my stress levels are going to be in high gear this week. I was not necessarily looking for a job out here in Japan, but I did want to start volunteering and giving back to my community. I gratefully stumbled upon this opportunity to volunteer and get back into the work place. Let me give y’all a little background to this place. I will be working at the thrift store on base, this is an non-profit organization. I have never been a thrifting gal, I know I sound snobby, but it is what it is. I am very fortunate to be able to work at this place. They are more than a thrift store, they do toy drives for the orphanages in Japan, they provide funding for the summer programs at the church on base, which is known as VBS. They do all kinds of events in order to be able to provide for these places. They are solely funded by the donations given to them. I am extremely excited to start working and volunteering at all these amazing events.

Now, on to the start of procrastination. I will be taking online classes for the second time this semester and I am having mixed feelings. Last semester, I had a breakdown a week into the semester. I’m hoping I don’t let my procrastination get the best of me this semester, but I’m sure I will a little bit. I am going to try my hardest to get as organized as possible so I don’t go crazy with being a mom, wife, student, and an employee. Doing online classes has its pros and cons. some of the pros are I am able to do my school work on my on time and the semester is only eight weeks long. The cons are since I can work on my own time, I tend to procrastinate and leave everything last-minute leading up to my mental breakdown. Another con is, I have always been a person that likes to be in a classroom, being able to ask questions and get help right there and then. Doing online classes as a couple of bumps when it comes to communicating, it also doesn’t help that I’m on a time difference and my morning is my professors night. But, I gotta work with what I got and count my blessings that I am able to go to school, not many girls in other countries can say this. Do you go on campus or online? Which one do you prefer? Do you procrastinate?

Finally, we get to the most difficult decision I have ever had to make, putting my squishy bear in daycare. I have been going back and forth with this decision for a long time. I’m so used to being with him everyday, all day. I’m so nervous but excited at the same time. This is a great way for Jason to play with kids his own age and hopefully learn a little Japanese while he is there. Also, I get to have a little adult time and have a conversation with some who can actually talk back to me with actual words. I’m pretty excited. I can’t imagine being with out my little boy for more than an hour. I know for a fact that I’m going to be a mess when I drop him off for the first time. I’m not even going to bother to do my makeup, because I know I will be bawling in the parking lot. I just hope he starts playing and doesn’t lose it when I’m trying to leave.

I will do an update about my week and how everything went at work, and how I handled Jason’s first day in daycare. And hopefully I won’t be a college dropout. HAHA.

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Basically how my life is going to be starting Monday on top of being a mom and a wife. This picture speaks to me on so many levels. Let the fun begin.

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