our very own house (of cardboard blocks)

So, I was wondering the aisles of TJ Maxx  ((ALONE)) on Sunday afternoon after picking our groceries up and came upon this box of cardboard imagination blocks.Ok, that isn’t their official name, but you get the idea. As a early childhood educator I am a huge advocate of imaginative play AND blocks ((of any kind)). I’ve been eyeing these at TJ Maxx so when they were on clearance I knew it was MEANT TO BE. I also thought it was a message that there were 100 in the box and Wednesday is the 100th day of school so they would serve a dual purpose. I loaded them up and was SOOO excited to show Elias.

When I got home and showed B and informed him he had to help me “put them together” he was less than thrilled, but he was trooper (per usual) and helped me put them together. I was seriously giddy about these blocks. Elias LOVES to play in boxes, knock things like Jenga blocks over, and pretend so I KNEW these were going to a be huge WINNER. ((He was at a cousin sleepover so wasn’t home to witness the unwrapping))

After eating dinner and picking Elias up I told him we had him a BIG surprise at home. I was so excited to show him. Much to my dismay, there weren’t fireworks and angels singing when he saw them. He was excited for .5 seconds and then on to the next thing. However, I am still holding out hope that he will FALL in love with them one afternoon. They did make for a good photo op.

E was way more thrilled about this new Lego movie….of course…who can compete with Legos?? PS–I’ve heard a lot of great things about Legoland in Winter Haven. We are planning a vacation there during Spring Break….anyone have any good tips to share???


Wash and Lysol All the Things

it’s not always sunshine and butterflies…

This week I have been doing the <hard> side of mom life. E came down with a virus on Sunday night that lingered around 24-36 hours and then I got hit with it like a ton of bricks on Tuesday night. I have washed/lysoled/oiled all the things and all the people. I am praying really hard that B avoids coming down with it, and right now things are looking good, but I don’t feel like we are in the clear yet.

So often on social media ((and let’s be real, in real life)) we put a positive spin on things and want everyone to believe it’s all good, all the time, but it isn’t….

it isn’t always smiles, sweet words, cooking together, hugs, and kisses..sometimes it is cleaning up after a sick kiddo, ((or your self)), chasing down a wild toddler who just wants to go see his FRIENDS next door who then has an EPIC fit when you won’t let him go next door ((even though he’s been sick all day)), rushing home from work, hoping to get a ((healthy)) dinner on the table, wash the clothes, do the dishes, vacuum the floor….there’s just as much hard as there is easy (if not more….) to being a mom. But it’s so good.

I told someone today at work, that even though I really dislike missing work (and my school babies) that when MY baby is sick there is literally NO WHERE else I would rather be.

It’s really best said here in Eccliastes..


I know one day I will SOO miss this season of being a mom, so for now I will soak in all the kisses, and “mom you’re my hero”s because I know, it won’t last long.





Here E is minutes before he decided to SIT in the sink FULL of water…. while I was quickly vacuuming the living room……. he was just supposed to be washing his hands and playing with his hot wheels bus in the sink for a couple minutes….minutes later I had a HARD moment of having to clean water up from ALL OVER my bathroom floor.. But these few minutes before were so sweet and worth every minute of the HARD that followed



here’s to all you moms out there doing the HARD stuff   <3