Anakeesta and the Longest Treetop Skybridge in North America

Anakeesta and the Longest Treetop Skybridge in North America

(Special YouTube video of our trip is included. Trust me you don’t want to miss it!)

 I had an exciting opportunity to be one of the firsts to ride the all new Ridge Rambler that launches at Anakeesta later this month. My husband had to work, so I only brought my three older kids with me, ages 4, 6, & 8). My mother in law graciously kept my younger two. This was the perfect trip before they go back to school!

Firstly, you would never know it exists, the bottom part is right across from Ripley’s Aquarium. I had no clue the whole new world that was awaiting us 15-20 minutes away! Continue reading “Anakeesta and the Longest Treetop Skybridge in North America”

My Son Asked Why His Skin is Different

My Son Asked Why His Skin is Different

 

It happened again. My oldest asked why his skin is darker than his siblings. This time I wanted a better response that would stick with him in a way he’d understand.

It hit me when I noticed all his crayons spilled out on the table. He was making another comic, his new favorite thing to do. His artwork is impressive and a way he expresses himself.

So I told him to look at all the crayons he had out on the table. I asked him what would happen if they all were the same color.

“That would be silly mama I couldn’t make what I wanted if all the colors were the same.”

Bingo!!!

I explained to him that God creates artwork in the way He creates people. And God needed every single color to do so. Every shade, every color in between is His artwork. I explained that his shade is just as beautiful as his siblings, and all his friends at school.

I told him not to focus on colors, because it’s what’s inside that matters.

He’s a loving boy with a huge heart. In my head I thought of how there’s evil in this world that actually does fixate on color. I can not control that but dang it, I’ll try my best to remind my kids that every color is beautiful, and that most importantly it’s what’s inside that counts. To treat others with kindness, and no judgement. To help others, and to speak up.

“Well I’m glad God made me part of his artwork too, I like using every color when I’m drawing.”

That’s right my sweet boy, God uses every color and wastes nothing.

27 Weeks & Life as A Working Mom

27 Weeks & Life as A Working Mom

 

I just thought I’d check in with a bump date. I’m 27 weeks. I’ve finally given up on wearing scrub tops at work, and resorted to stretchy long-sleeved shirts, and loose fitted tops. I also caved and bought a belly band, for the back pain. The baby moves nonstop and that’s my favorite part. At night in bed  when everyone is sound asleep I like to keep my hand on my belly and just feel the movement. It has become our special time that I look forward to every time I lay down. Continue reading “27 Weeks & Life as A Working Mom”

Kudo Banz: Kudos To Positive Reinforcement

This post is brought to you by Kudo Banz. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Positive Parenting

With having girls so close in age, there’s no short supply of tantrums, and bickering. My youngest daughter also loves copying big sister, and sometimes it’s negative behavior. I’ve also noticed since my eldest daughter has been in preschool she comes home rolling her eyes, and mumbling under her breath when I tell her to do something.

I’m working on being a more positive parent when it comes to discipline. It’s a work in progress because I find myself yelling constantly when they don’t listen. I have tried behavior charts, doing time outs, taking things away, etc. The thing with behavior charts is that they aren’t really portable. So when we are out I can’t use it, and then by the time I get home I forget.

Continue reading “Kudo Banz: Kudos To Positive Reinforcement”