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About samkile3314

I'm a stay at home mom to an adorable little boy, Little Man. I'm the wife of a wonderful military husband, Poopyhead.

Polar Vortex

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This weather, amirite?! I was at the car dealership today getting my oil changed and on the news they reported that Chicago is going to be COLDER than Mount Everest, Siberia, and ANTARCTICA tomorrow! Like WHAT?! Where I live, we have a high of 14 and a low of 1 tomorrow (not including wind chill of course)! I really don’t want to be trapped in the house with all 3 of my kids, but that temperature sounds WAY too crazy to take them outside!

In preparation of our imminent snow day. I went to the store to pick up a few things I thought we may need tomorrow. I found this union suit for my almost 5 year old and this one for my 3 year old. They are SO cozy and I almost wish I had looked for one for myself. I bought them a size too big so hopefully they’ll be able to wear the pajamas more than just this month. I couldn’t find any for my youngest son, but I’m sure he’ll be fine in the pajamas he has already.

School for tomorrow is already cancelled so I’m planning a Disney movie marathon for tomorrow. We’ll watch Beauty and the Beast (2017), Hercules (1997), Mulan, and The Incredibles 2 (we haven’t seen it yet!). I may add a few more movies in, but that looks like a great line-up to me! I’ve been limiting the boys’ screen time to no more than 2 hours a day and with them going to school every day, it’s been pretty easy. But since tomorrow is a snow day and we won’t be going anywhere, lounging in our pajamas and watching Disney movies sounds like a perfect day. I think I’ll make some chicken noodle soup for dinner.

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Snow Day

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We had yet another snow day today, this is our second one in two weeks. Snow days mean that Little Andrew stays home from school while Adam and Jack are only on a one hour delay. Early head start has to offer a specific number of days of school per year, hence the delay instead of cancellation.

Before knowing about the snow day, I had every intention to deep clean different rooms of my house since I would be home alone for six hours. Then I got the phone call about the cancellation and had to re-assess. Since Andrew is my oldest kid, he’s pretty good at entertaining himself. I decided that I would work on at least one room and if I got that done, then that would be enough. Since I’ve been single momming for seven months now, I’ve come to realize that I can’t do everything in one day. Accomplishing small things in one day has been satisfying.

This morning, I decided I would get the boys breakfast and ready for school, take Adam and Jack to school, then come home and figure out what cleaning I would get done today. On the way home from dropping the boys off, Andrew told me that he’d like to play with the Pokemon figurines he got for his birthday the year before last (found on AmazonĀ here). Since they’re very small, he’s not able to play with them much when his brothers are around so I figured it was a good idea. When we got home, he played with his Pokemon while I drank an iced coffee (I drink the 2X energy foundĀ on Amazon) and figured out what I wanted to get done today.

That’s when I walked through Adam and Andrew’s bedroom to go brush my teeth (our house has a very weird set up) and realized that it looked like a tornado blew through. So Andrew and I did some learning (handwriting, sight words flash cards, and Spanish flash cards), watched Hercules, made lunch, then went to clean their room. It only took us about an hour to completely get rid of the trash, put the toys and books away, and vacuum. Having their room spotless is such a big relief and it makes me want to clean more every day.

You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

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I read the book The Help in college and have seen the movie half a dozen times and while the grammar is incorrect, I believe the quote in the title has a good meaning. We should teach our children that they are kind, smart, and important. Many people may disagree with me or possibly be offended by my statement, but oh well. The fact that some parents don’t teach their kids much at all drives me INSANE! But that is a rant for another time…

I was always taught that using my manners was one way to be kind. Please, thank you, excuse me, yes ma’am, no sir, etc. As a parent, I’ve tried to lead by example and show my kids how to use their manners. They do great at it and occasionally tell each other “good job using your manners!” I’ve even gotten a few good jobs myself.

Since birth, my oldest son has loved books and learning. At almost 5, he questions everything, has recently gotten into Harry Potter (the movies, not the books yet), and is always willing to watch something educational or play an educational game. My 3 year old loves to learn also, but he’s a mover. If he is moving, then he’s learning. In both of their cases, I’ve found that flash cards work. My oldest son can sit still and tell you what is on the card, my middle son has to move his body whether it be making the letter with his body or doing a certain move the number of times on the card. We specifically use the Playskool cards (found on Amazon here using my affiliate link).

Being a mom of 3 boys under the age of 5, it can be difficult to set aside time one on one with each boy to make them feel important. Today and yesterday, my oldest was home sick from school. Yesterday, he complained of a headache and today, he wasn’t himself. So today, we took his little brothers to school then went to the store for a few things. He didn’t have the strength to walk through the store, so we brought in his blanket and he sat in the cart. I had a little list of things to get and he helped a bit from the cart. He’s my helper, that’s for sure.

My 3 year old is a cuddler, he has been since birth. When we get home from school each day, he’ll climb into the recliner with me and just sit for a couple minutes then he’s good to go play. At night before bed, I sit on his bed to read him a book and sing him a song. I have no idea why, but the ABC song has always calmed him down. He’s at that age now where he wants to get up every 5 minutes and ask for something else. Some of the things he comes up with crack me up. The other night, he asked me “Mom, when I get big, can I be a fixer?” I was like “well sure buddy, you can be whatever you want to be. But right now, let’s worry about sleeping since you have school tomorrow.”

My youngest is about one and a half and hasn’t really shown much of his personality yet. He just started walking about 2 months ago and he’s slowly getting his verbal skills, but it makes him angry when he can’t tell you what he wants. He knows some sign language and he listens very well when he’s asked to do something. For one on one time, he’ll bring his blanket and sit with me and watch NCIS after his brothers go to bed. Honestly, the theme song has put him to sleep on more than one occasion. I’ve been working on animal sounds with him, it’s funny to hear him try to make the sounds.

Update!

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It’s now mid-October and we’ve been doing great. My husband has been gone for about 4 months now and the boys seem to be doing pretty well. Both of the big boys have had a few days where they miss their dad, but I was definitely prepared for more bad days. When they have a bad day, I ask them where Dad is and they reply with “at Army” or “in the desert”. Then we look at pictures of things we did as a family and talk about them and all the great memories they have. Some of the things kids hold on to in their minds crack me up. For instance, before their dad deployed we stayed in a Hampton Inn, now every time we see a Hampton Inn, one of the big boys will pipe up and say “Mom! It’s our hotel!”

All 3 boys are officially in school and doing great. Jack started in the 1 year old classroom in late September, he’s taken to it amazingly and loves his teachers. Adam is in the 2 year old classroom and every morning he looks around to see which of his friends aren’t in school that day. Andrew goes to Pre-K and rides a bus to school every morning and loves every minute of it. None of them have had any real issues at school, which makes me feel awesome every day.

Look at these cuties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve had to walk to school for about 2 weeks now. On October third, I ran a stop sign and we got hit (everyone is fine), so our car is in the garage until hopefully mid November. It’s about a .7 mile trip to school one way, so I end up walking about 3.5 miles in a day, most of the time while pushing a double stroller with 50 pounds of child in it. When October started, I started the Last 90 Days challenge that Rachel and Dave Hollis have, which contains working out 30 minutes a day along with a few other things. I didn’t expect something huge to happen causing me to workout almost daily, but I guess it’s the universe’s way of helping me workout. But I have lost 2 pounds and 2 inches, so something is working right.

It’s time to get ready to go get the boys from school. I’ll be trying to post more often than usual.

Disney Movie Nights- Intro

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I’m a HUGE Disney fan. I would say I’ve seen every movie but that’s not true at all. Did you know there are 534 Disney movies, not including Star Wars and Marvel but including Disney Channel Original Movies?! That’s a LOT of movies; I’ve seen maybe 125-150 of them. But my children have seen maybe 20, so I absolutely HAD to change that. I made a list of movies I know they haven’t seen but would enjoy, movies they’ve seen but not much, and movies they’ve seen and loved. Oh, they also had to be movies I could stand so you won’t find Sleeping Beauty (she’s only in the movie for like 20 minutes!) or the Toy Story movies (I just didn’t like them) on our list. To go with this list, I’m incorporating a snack (or dinner in the case of Lady and the Tramp) to go with each movie.

Tonight was our first night, we watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and our snack was Snow White’s Candy Apples. Andrew really enjoyed the movie and Adam sat still a pretty good amount, which is a good sign for him. Andrew told me after the movie that he “thought it was scary but really great!” They also loved the snacks, but it has sugar in it so that’s no surprise. I’ll post our list once I get it all figured out, I’m still working on pairing snacks with movies. Hercules was very difficult at first!

Our version of Snow White’s Candy Apples

It’s That Time Of Year

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I’ve written here before that my husband is in the military. Well, he is deploying in early June for a year and I’ll be home with our three boys. He left this morning for a 3 week training. I’m hoping to update this blog more as he’s deployed. I can’t find many blogs that talk about National Guard deployments and that’s what we’re going through, so if I’m able to help one person with how we got through a deployment, then it’ll be worth it.

Last night before the big boys went to bed (they’re 4 and 2), my husband and I sat them down and told them that Daddy will be going to Army for a couple weeks. They’ve begun to understand what it means when he “goes to Army” because he’s had quite a few trainings lately, preparing for deployment and everything. They gave him hugs and kisses and he told them to be good, help me, and he’ll talk to them as much as he can.

Adam had a bit of a rough night. He woke up around 11 pm and didn’t go back to sleep until 1 am, but when he woke up this morning he was in a great mood. Andrew was in a great mood also, he did so much of our morning routine by himself. Our morning routine is fairly basic. We wake up and get dressed, come to the living room and read books or play with toy cars for about 20 minutes, then take vitamins and head out the door. Their school serves breakfast and brushes their teeth afterward.

A lot of people are SHOCKED when I tell them my 4 year old has been in school for almost 3 years now. Here in Northern Panhandle, West Virginia we have early head start and head start. At our school specifically, the kids start at age 1. At other schools, they can start as early as 3 months. There are also home visitors that come visit every so often (depending on the child’s age) and observe the children to make sure they’re where they should be developmentally. It’s a really great program honestly.

My 2 year old has been in school for almost a year. Him starting school actually has a funny story. On a Monday, I got a call about an opening in the 3 year old class for my (at the time) 3 year old. I took the spot so he moved up the next day. The Friday of that week, I received another call that there was an opening in the 1 year old class and my (at the time) 1 year old was next on the waiting list. I told them I would talk to my husband and call back. Adam was my baby at the time, however I was 6 months pregnant at the time. After I talked to my husband, we decided it would be best to put Adam in school so he would hopefully adjust before our third baby came along.

Back to now, Andrew is signed up for Pre-K next year, Adam will be moving to the 2 year old room in July, and Jack’s application is in and ready for him to turn 1 in August.

I’m hoping that the big boys had great days when I go to pick them up soon.

It’s Been Almost A Year!

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It’s February of a new year and my goal this year is to write on this blog a lot more than I have in the past. Ideally, I’ll do a blog a week but realistically, once a month would be awesome.

Our family grew by one in August. We’ve added another little guy into the family, leaving me as the only girl yet again. I really should get a girl dog or something. He’s almost 6 months old and is so loved by everyone. He’s a people lover and he’s starting to find his voice lately, which is wonderful to see.

I’m halfway on a low carb diet this year. I’m not being a huge stickler about it, but I’m attempting to eat less carbs. I’ve lost about 5 pounds in the last 2 weeks, which is awesome but I’ve still got quite a bit to go. When I was pregnant with #3, I gained 50 pounds, which is almost more than my older 2 combined! If I had gained 5 more pounds, my weight gain would’ve been equal to my previous 2 pregnancies. That’s just crazy to think about.