Tuesday, October 3, 2017

middle child.

independent. peace maker. unafraid of authority. rebellious. generous. 

Our Riley, at two years old, fully embodies many of the ways one would describe a middle child. Our family dynamics are a bit unique in that our oldest splits his time with us and with his mom in another state. While Rashaun is not always here with us, Riley LOVES his older brother. Big R and I were amazed with how quickly Riley took to Rashaun. Rashaun can do no wrong in Riley's eyes. 

Short story: A couple of weeks ago when we dropped Rashaun off to his mom at the end of the weekend, Riley literally cried like he lost a piece of his soul when he realized his brother was leaving. It was sad. Big R said Riley can't ride to drop off his brother anymore, because it hurt him to see Riley crying like. (Daddy is a softy, low key)

Then there was Mia. Mia quickly came about, and took some of Riley's shine. Riley was not at all interested in Mia when we first brought her home. In fact, he was quite mean to his sister at first. Several times he took his aggression out on her directly, and she was hit by him more than once. #fail. Just recently he has started to become more kind and loving toward her. He shares with her, and whenever we're leaving he always make sure we have sissy in tow. He calls her 'baby,' and he is slowly starting to evolve into his role as big brother. 

There is the notion of the middle child getting the least amount of attention. Well folks, in our house that is far from the truth. Our Riley demands our attention, and we all love him for it. 

Monday, September 25, 2017


Marana, AZ
Six years ago when I relocated to North Carolina, I was a young, single, and an inexperienced professional trying to figure out what the next phase of my life was going to look like. Today, I am knocking on 30 years old, working in a field I enjoy, married, and I have three beautiful children. I share not to brag, but I just want to put all of that out into the atmosphere to acknowledge how THANKFUL to God I am for this season in my life. I am blessed. My life is soooooo far from perfect. I don't ever want to give an illusion that everything is perfect, because it is not. My kids wear me out, I don't have enough QT with my husband, I don't go to church enough, we don't have access to Little R half as much as we would like, and the list goes on and on. Through all the not so great things, I still have so much appreciation for life. God is so good y'all.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday Happenings

  • Riley started preschool 2 weeks ago. I received an email on Wednesday that a kid in his class was diagnosed with hand, foot, mouth disease. Last night he spiked a fever. This morning he woke up with a rash on his hands and feet. OH JOY! Mind you, just earlier this week we visited the dermatologist to get his eczema under control. I was extremely pleased with the results of the meds the dermatologist prescribed for him. I saw results within one day. 
  • I say all of that to say, we are having a very chill weekend. We've watched several movies, listened to lots of nursery rhymes, and I'm trying my best to keep Mia away from Riley as much as possible. 
  • I am currently listening to a radio broadcast of Big R's football game. His team is playing a "money game" a division up. I LOVE Saturday, college football. I'm hopeful the team is going to be able to pull off an upset tonight. 
  • Speaking of Saturday football, our plan was to head to VA to catch Little R's football game this morning; however, those plans were shot since Riley is under the weather. 
  • Big R received Little R's 1st 9 week report card yesterday, and he is doing AMAZING. We are super proud of him for maintaining his outstanding academic performance even with incorporating football into his weekly routine.
  • I'm still tripping I'm over the fact that I'm a mom of three. It all seemed to happen over night. 

That's what's happening over here! Hope you are having a great weekend!