What a Week!!

Have a great weekend!!!!!! It’s been one of those weeks!!!!

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I got sick on Sunday after running my body into the ground over the weekend😢 🤧The challenge of being a GenMom with kids generations apart has its peaks and valleys❤️✨

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Our daughter @satkinsongrier came home for a layover on her way to go to high jump competition in Jamaica and to be home for her brothers birthday🎂❤️ We celebrated our little Prince 5th birthday at Disney all while I was still sick but the show must go on🤧With being sick and birthday trip planning I missed scheduling some of his activities for the next few weeks and planning a project with San😢😰

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Hope you had a productive and fun week. If you missed some of your targets know that the work never ends and move to the next day or week! .

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Enjoy your weekend and welcome summer ☀️ 🌞 📸 by @satkinsongrier

Outfit: @rossdressforless – My new favorite store❤️❤️❤️

All the best until next time.

 

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Happy Mother’s Day

My Heartbeats 

IMG_6661Motherhood is not for the faint of heart or if you need sleep to survive. The journey to motherhood is easy for some and others walk through broken glass and lava to get there. Then you are blessed and you have nine months and some less of your body turning against you most of the time. All while you try to protect at all cost the little blessing you are carrying.

Upon their arrival your little blessing is everything you imagined and more. While the joys of motherhood can become overwhelming you have to remember that you are not perfect. There will be good days and sad days. There is never a moment of peace or rest and you try to keep your sanity. It seems never ending as they grow and challenge your every nerve, patience and sanity.

Having a 26 year old and a 4 year old has turned my world upside down. I have to say that I would not change a thing in my journey and if I had to do it al over again I would take the same path. Who needs sleep and sanity when you have the love and respect of your children. Blessed that I was chosen as the mother to my children.

Happy Mother’s Day!

All the best until next time.

GenMom

Ice Cream Sunday Treats

RJ loves ice cream so thought it would be a great idea to take him to the local ice cream shop to see how ice cream is made from scratch. We found a great local ice cream shop Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt. The attendant was awesome. He explained the process to RJ who had a million questions every step of the way. I wanted to see it too so it was the first time for me too. It was pretty interesting and he had lots of fun. It’s funny because he is not a regular ice cream eater. He prefers fruit popsicles, yogurt, fruits and apple sauce instead. Still cool to see his reaction of how ice cream is made and him eating with the steam coming from the ice cream. Absolutely love these moments and would not change it for the world. Blessed to Great end to a fun weekend.

 

Hope you have a great week. Until Next Time!

Best, GenMom.

 

Mommy Moments..The Struggle is Real!

Introducing Toy of the Week. “T.O.W”

A never-ending struggle for me is that I find myself being over run and overcome by toys in the car, all over the house and everywhere you can imagine. This is a challenge for me because I am one of those moms who just cannot adjust to things being out of place. That includes the toys and everything RJ. I can only imagine what is running through some of my fellow bloggers minds that have kids. I know kids move toys and everything they see and you can never expect to find anything in its rightful place. Our job seems to never end as we are always moving and cleaning up toys to get them in bins. There are some who say that let kids be kids and they have to play and leave their toys stuff around and just deal with it and leave them there for the next day. Well, I am struggling because I am obsessive about cleanliness when it comes to objects being in order and that has taken a toll on my reality with having a toddler at my age.

There are times when RJ is really good at placing his toys and belongings he uses back in it’s bins, on shelves and then there are times when he is so into playing with almost every toy he has that he leaves them where they are and we are either falling all over them or somehow something happens accidentally and they get damaged. I am looking at new ways to try and keep toys in order or keep my sanity with them everywhere. One idea I am trying is to have RJ select a “Toy of the Week”. This toy will go with him to the car on his way to and from school, carry everywhere in the house but he has to place it back in its bin or designated location at the end of the day. He still plays with other toys whenever he chooses but only the T.O.W. would move to any room in our home. This may or may not work but it’s worth a try. So far this week it has worked well and so far I have not stepped over or on any toys on our bedroom floor or in the hallways.

The T.M.S.T. is one of RJ’s favorite toys and is from Disney Planes Fire and Rescue: Spray to the Rescue Ryker. He loves to play with Ryker at bath time, at the pool and on land. It floats on water and rolls across land very easily. You can put out make believe “fires” using Ryker’s special hose! Just rotate, aim, and shoot! Water will squirt out when you press the red button. RJ selected Ryker as his T.O.W. because it can literally go everywhere.

Let’s see how this goes for next week. I am just a mom trying to figure out this new space at my age of keeping up with a toddler. If it works then we will go with it, if not then we will try something else.

Until Next Time.

Best, GenMom.

 

Figure of Speech Through the Eyes of a Toddler

There are times when I am speaking with RJ and he questions what I mean when I say something. There are times when I can literally explain what I am saying in a way that he understands and he will ask questions and I will take time to make sure he is okay with the explanation.

Then, there are times when I am not able to explain because it’s fairly complex or it is a “figure of speech”. One of the figures of speech I use joking sometimes is “I quit, I am not playing anymore”. He quickly tells me that “Mommy, you can’t quit; you’re not supposed to quit. Mommy, you tell me all the time that I can’t quit” I have to explain that I am just frustrated and not really going to quit because it’s only a figure of speech. Well now RJ has started to use that statement on us when he says something that we question or when he says something and then changes his mind.

We were on our way home from an appointment and I remembered that I needed to stop at the supermarket. I mentioned it to RJ and said that he could stay in the car with daddy. He said he did not want to go so that was okay. I then started to get out of the car to go to the supermarket and RJ quickly said he wanted to go with me. When I told him that he said earlier that he didn’t want to go with me he quickly said that it was a figure of speech.

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When I asked him to explain what a figure of speech is he said it was when you said something that was funny and then changed your mind. I almost fell out of the car. I have to remember that I am speaking to a 4 year old and at the same time remember that he comprehends and processes on a higher level due to what we have been teaching him. He is very comfortable with challenging me if I may tell him something that he thinks is questionable. He is truly keeping us honest and on alert to be able to answer whatever he throws our way.

At my age I should be sitting under an umbrella in a biking on the beach in the Caribbean sipping a mojito and relaxing in my later years but not me, I am going toe to toe with a 4 year old. I can only imagine that this is not going to get any easier. I need to get sharper because he is obviously going to get better at challenging me every step of the way.

This is when I laughingly say I love my husband.

Until Next Time.

GenMom.

 

Unboxing of Animal Planet T-Rex

RJ has had an amazing week last week for school and made mommy and daddy proud by getting a “Gold Star” for identifying and spelling all of his sight words. We decided it would be a good time to give him a surprise Treasure Box of an Animal Plant Extreme T-Rex Adventure set. It includes a lighted and roaring T-Rex, Sea Plane, and more. RJ loves dinosaurs and planes and enjoyed unboxing and playing with his new toys. Hope you enjoy. Please subscribe, share, like and comment. More videos coming soon!

Until next time!

GenMom.

Saving Our Children from Violence!

Shaken!

When we live in a world where we have to teach Kindergarten through High School students lock down and active shooter drills, it’s one of despair and a feeling of helplessness as a parent. We send our children to school very day and expect that they will learn, be safe, make new friends, explore new learning and make it home safely. Well, that has forever changed for my family.

We recently relocated to the Parkland area where the shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and it has shaken me to my core. How do we shield your 4 -year old angel from all of this sorrow and evil? How do we explain it to him if he asks? These and may other questions have kept me up over the past few days. There was no sleep over the past few nights thinking about what has occurred in our community.

We are realists and know that there is evil in the world and that bad things happen everyday. What we don’t think of or should have to consider, is that this is commonplace and normal. The incidents we are being sensitized to see as normal and occurring at schools is not acceptable and normal. I just cannot see why our leaders and others see that this is the new normal. We know that while in school our son will possibly get scratches and bruises playing, maybe a broken limb playing a sport, loose a tooth playing or by accident or other non life threatening injury. What we can’t fathom is that there is a possibility for this to happen to anyone or ourselves.

Will our new reality be making sure on their way out of the door or dropping them off that we make sure they have their books, lunch and remember their active shooter drill protocol? We should not and cannot be sensitized to thinking that one of the normal occurrences is that he and other children gets gunned down while in school. How do I wrap my mind around the devastation that parents are handling right now with knowing they will never hug their child again, see them compete in their favorite sport, play an instrument, graduate from high school, college, get married and have children. One of our neighbors in our community lost their son in this massacre. The grief is overwhelming for them and I feel helpless in being able to bring any comfort. I can only offer words of sympathy and pray for them to find solace during their time of grief.

My heart is broken for the families and for what we now have to expect as the new normal because there is not enough will for everyone that can change the course we are on the take action. One thing is evident is that the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have become the leaders in this tragedy and will not stand down and wait to see what will happen. They will have support from our community to bring about the change that is needed to ensure more of our children are not victims of gun violence in our schools.

Every day we hug RJ a little longer and take extra time enjoying the silly moments. It should never be taken for granted that our kids are safe in school. This week has confirmed that for me in the most horrific and painful way.

Praying for the families who lost their children, our community and country. We need something to change.

Prayerful. Best!

GenMom.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

RJ’s World Toy Review- Happy Valentine’s Day!

As parents we do our best to teach RJ to be caring and thoughtful of others. In a world where it seems that the goodness has left people and the thought is only of self we take this seriously. We know there is no perfect child but it’s important to teach him to be a good person and thoughtful.

We had a lot of fun with RJ preparing Valentine’s Day gifts for his classmates and teachers. Somehow making the gift bags turned into him making shapes out of blow pops. We had a lot of fun and hope you enjoy. Thanks for watching. Subscribe, share, like and comment below.

Until Next Time.

GenMom!

 

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