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It’s SOOOO HOT!!!!!

I can NOT stand summer! It is just too darn hot. It has been in the 90’s during the day here and that is entirely too warm. I am beyond ready for fall to come around.

Little Man went back to school last Monday and he moved up to the two year old class. He is doing very well and didn’t cry when I left all week. That definitely shows that he is liking his class, in his old class he cried every day when I left. He learns more and more every day and constantly asks what things are and what things say or do.

Squeaky is crawling like crazy and pulling himself up to stand. He seems to be very advanced considering the average for crawling is 8 months and pulling self to stand at 10 months, he is 7 months old. He giggles and chatters all the time and is starting to mimic sounds when he hears them.

We have started playing Pokemon Go much like the rest of the world, which prompted us watching the series on Netflix. Now Little Man walks around pointing out Pikachu and other Pokemon everywhere we go. I’ve considered getting the graphic novels and reading them to Little Man and Squeaky.

I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix before the revival comes back and it is a FANTASTIC show. There is something for everyone. Luke and Lorelai are by far one of my favorite TV couples.

I can’t think of anything else that is going on around here, so I’ll be off now. How are things for all of you? Let me know.

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Hi, I’m Samantha…

and I’m a Pinterest addict. Seriously though, have you SEEN Pinterest. I seriously have everything my dreams can desire saved on there, just in case the occasion arises that I can finally use something. My dream house is decorated, my dream wardrobe is bought, the homeschooling curriculum I’m going to use for my boys is planned, my dream big wedding is planned…hell, I’ve even planned my best friend Kayla’s wedding and she’s not even engaged! Pinterest is an intense pasttime and unless you have hours of your life to devote to it, do not I repeat DO NOT find yourself on Pinterest.

YOU  HAVE BEEN WARNED!

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I really need to start writing more often. It’s been a little over two months since I checked in last so let’s get started on the game of catch up.

Squeaky is now five months old. He’s rolling, scooting, and starting to rock on his hands and knees. He started baby food yesterday (sweet potatoes! YUM!) and is doing amazingly with it! He eats about an entire jar each time then nurses for about ten minutes and passes out for two or more hours at a time. He is just getting over an ear infection and has a doctor’s appointment coming up to check and make sure it is gone and to double check his weight. He only gained a pound in two months which is much less than ideal. I’m hoping that by increasing my healthy fat intake (since he’s breastfed) and feeding him some baby food will help him gain the weight he needs to gain. I REALLY don’t want to switch him to formula. It stinks and it takes too much extra work to prepare. I’ve almost gotten him registered for Early Head Start and he’ll start once there’s an opening and he’s a year old (so like next January).

Little Man had his ear tubes put in at the end of March. Those things have been the best thing ever in his life. He talks all the time now and it’s actual words, not just jibber jabber. He can identify about ten letters based on how they look, he knows how to count to ten, and he sings his ABC’s. Plus, he knows a few animal sounds and keeps learning more everyday. Sadly, I think he’s getting to that age where he doesn’t nap anymore. But he is making friends very well, he knows their names and asks me about them constantly. Early Head Start is going to be going on summer break soon and when they go back, Little Man will be in a new class. Luckily, his teachers from last school year (2014-2015) will be his teachers next year (2016-2017) so hopefully he’ll be fine with the new classroom.

I have joined a website called Blogging For Books. Basically, you sign up for an account (completely free!) and order books, which are completely free AS LONG AS you review the books on your blog and on their website. At least that’s how I understand it. So be looking out for my first review, I’m quite excited about the book I got. Other than that, everything is going as it has been.

As a family, we have a family get together this weekend that I’m excited about. It’s to celebrate my husband’s grandparents’ anniversary and my husband’s cousin and her husband are coming in from Hawaii. We haven’t seen them since Thanksgiving of 2014, so it’ll be nice to see them again.

That’s all that’s going on around here. My next update should be coming up soon and will be my book review. See you all later!

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I Can Not Believe It…

I just read a blog post (found here) about why a couple decided to homeschool their children. The fact that bullying is happening in KINDERGARTEN makes me want to homeschool my children more than I previously had wanted to.

My husband and I decided to homeschool our children pretty much the day we found out I was expecting Little Man. Not because of bullying like the post I read, but because school systems (at least where we live) test the ability to memorize information and spit it back rather than teaching information that can be applied and used in everyday life. Neither my husband nor I was homeschooled and we haven’t thought about how to approach it yet, but we know that’s what will be best for our children.

School systems here also act like every child should be the same developmentally and that is not the case. During pregnancy, everyone and every thing tells you that every pregnancy is different. Doesn’t that mean that every child is different, considering they are the results of the pregnancies that were called differemt not so long before? I’ve said before that Little Man goes to early head start. Every few months, they do these evaluations to see where the child is in different aspects (fine motor, gross motor, social, etc). Since starting early head start, Little Man has had 2 of these evaluations and both times they’ve told me that he is behind and should get more evaluations done to see if they could help him. Both times we’ve done these added evaluations, just to see what’s going on since his pediatrician had never said anything to us about him being behind. Both times the results came back that he is perfectly fine. He was a late walker, he started around 15-16 months so that’s why he was considered behind at his first evaluation. At his second one (less than 6 months after his first), he was considered behind because he couldn’t run without falling (neither can I and I’m 25!) and he couldn’t climb stairs without being on his hands and knees (mind you, he’s not even 2 yet). I’m positive that both of those are results of his late walking and he’s working on both of them everyday.

I’m not trying to be one of “those” parents, you know the kind that think the sun shines out their kid’s ass and they can do no wrong? I know when my child does wrong and there are some things he’s flawed in, but he’s a human just like everyone else and just like everyone else he has flaws. Isn’t being different and having flaws what we should embrace instead of turning away from or putting down?

That was a bit of a rant, but if I get the message out to at least one person, I did my job. Thanks for reading.

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Down with the Sickness

This weekend was full of sickness in our house. Little Man started off with a cold, then passed it to Squeaky. Little Man also has a double ear infection (the 5th one of his not even 2 years) and is being referred to the ENT to see what’s going on.

On the good news side of our world, Little Man’s second birthday party is this weekend! We already have everything picked out and we just have some last minute things to buy. He’s having a Cars themed party, he’s going to love it (at least I hope so). A few of his little friends will be there, so we’re making some coloring pages. There will also be bubbles and a road made on the floor to drive cars on. Hopefully that will be enough for the kids, since the ages will range from 1 to 6.

Next month, I’m going to start a program to get me into shape before my husband and I go to the Philippines next January. I’m not sure what program I’ll do, but I’m googling. Google is basically my best friend. I haven’t started my bullet journal yet, I have so much going on that I haven’t gotten around to setting it up. Hopefully I’ll be able to sometime before March starts.

That’s all I’ve got for now. How’s life for you? Let me know! See you soon!

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October

I can’t believe it’s already mid-October! I don’t think time EVER went this quickly before I had a child, now it seems like I blink and it’s been 6 months! With it being October, all things Halloween (and some Christmas? Stupid Walmart.) have started to appear. Pinterest is LOADED with Halloween costumes, party ideas, pumpkin carvings, all SORTS of stuff! The only things I’m looking forward to this October are:

  1. Hocus Pocus is on NINE times this year on 13 Nights of Halloween on ABC Family!
  2. This will be Little Man’s first year trick or treating and he is going to be Batman!
  3. I’m two months away from my second little guy arriving!

Other than those things, Halloween seems overdone to me. The excuse that girls (women, ladies, whatever term you use) have that it’s a holiday to dress slutty irritates me to death. This Buzzfeed post cracked me up when I read/looked at it. I could honestly see girls dressing in these costumes just because it’s Halloween! I’m more like the Cady Heron (#MeanGirlslove) of Halloween.

To update on what has been going on since I updated last…Little Man’s language skills have progressed SO much! He says at least 20 words and is able to see something and know what it is, either by name (dog or car) or sound (meow or neigh neigh). He is able to tell us what he wants more, which is an AMAZING help instead of him just yelling because I’m not giving him what he wants. He still will not eat potatoes, except in french fry form.

This past weekend, we took him to a local zoo and he had LOTS of fun. He got to pet some goats (he called them “neigh neighs” but close enough, right?), we saw a giraffe and an elephant from about five feet away, and he absolutely LOVED seeing the fish. Plus, he got to ride on his daddy’s shoulders so he was quite excited about that.

He spotted the elephant! (It went out and came back in)

He spotted the elephant! (It went out and came back in)

Playing in a crate that is used to ship elephants (sad story I know!)

Playing in a crate that is used to ship elephants (sad story I know!)

He was sick at the beginning of this month and he’s still coughing (mostly when he wakes up in the morning or from a nap). It makes me so sad to have him sick but it doesn’t seem to be bothering him.

As for the new baby (still unnamed), everything is as it should be at the 29 weeks I’m at. Hes growing like he should, moving a lot more than I remember Little Man moving, and causing heartburn for me left and right.

It’s getting late and I’m hungry so I better go make something before bed. I’ll let everyone know how trick or treat went around the first of the month, but hopefully I’ll be updating before that.

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It’s Been A While…

I did not think that being pregnant and having a toddler would be this difficult! It is crazy! On days when Little Man goes to early head start, I sleep. I don’t even mean to, I have a list of things set to do and they never get done because I just pass out. Hopefully, that will pass soon since I’m heading into month 6 of pregnancy. On August 13, we found out I am pregnant with another boy and as of right now, he is still nameless. I am hoping a name will come before the little one is born, but I don’t think it’s looking too good at this point. That may just be my intense need of having everything planned months in advance though…

Onto more crazy topics, considering I will be MASSIVE this fall, I’m trying to put together an ideal outfit that I have in my head. I am having ZERO luck with finding the pieces for said outfit for relatively cheap, so if any of you know where I can find a long sleeved button up (down?) shirt dress and a pair of tall boots for under $20 each, PLEASE let me know! I would like them both to be relatively neutral colors and solid prints.

I’m not sure if it will start this month or next, but I will be writing as a Resident Mom for Skinny Mom. I am really excited to begin this journey and I cannot wait to see what happens with it. Also occurring either this month or next, I will begin taking classes to become a certified child care provider! I’m not sure if that’s the exact term used, but it works. I have a meeting in the middle of the month to learn more about the classes, so I’ll be able to further update then.

I don’t know about you all but I am ready for Thanksgiving. I’m ready to eat crazy amounts of food at my husband’s grandma’s house and see Little Man start to understand the importance of family togetherness. He’s learning very quickly, he uses actual words now, and he follows directions very well. He is progressing perfectly for an 18 month old and I couldn’t be more happy.

How did summer treat you? Are you still having crazy weather like we are?! It’ll be about 60 in the morning then 90 in the afternoon. It’s pure insanity. I am so ready for fall! I’ll see you all soon!