Being a MOM Rocks

Hey everyone! Happy New Year! This year I’ll be opening up more and telling you more about my life.

Starting my 2017 post with expressing how being a mom rocks, and its experience is totally different in everyones point of views.

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(picture of probably my 5 minutes of down time I have before Scottie wakes up)

I LOVE being a mom. Even when I am tired and worn out its the best gig I have ever had.

 Every mom has their own experience on motherhood. Im super happy with my own, and the path it has led me . I refuse to scare the younger, newer mothers about whats to come. Being a mother deserves all our respect, but we don’t have to over dramatize it and make it sound like the world is going to end in order to get some respect.

Motherhood is a scary experience. It can be whatever we choose to make of it. I truly chose to LOVE it. Im excited I have a toddler that keeps me super busy and on my toes, to be tired, and to be so in love that my heart feels like its going to explode. Everyday is a new experience with Scottie, he has grown so much and fast. He is now so independent, it’s a bit upsetting to see him grow so fast; but I’m so lucky to have such a smart little boy. The future holds a lot in store for the Gordon’s and I know this year will be a great one!

Motherhood is fun. I love everything about it and feel truly honored and lucky to be a Mama.

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Building Traditions during the Holiday Season

Hey Everyone! I’m back and promise to start blogging a lot more. Was super busy getting my store ready, as I explained in my earlier blog. If you haven’t; please go visit my shop. I know you will love it!

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I have always LOVED Christmas! When I think of christmas my whole soul thinks of my amazing experiences I had during my childhood. As like my grandpa cutting and bring the christmas tree, baking  cookies with grandma, decorating with my cousins, and a huge table to fit us all during Christmas Eve dinner. My memories can go on, and just how I build those memories I want Scottie to have the same experience. This year I love to see Scottie’s face expressions when he sees all the new things.  The lights shimmering, the tree, ornaments, presents, the elf, the baking, and the list can go on! I want to live these precious moments through his eyes.

I want to start traditions now that he can understand, and grow with them every year. My goal is for him to look back when he’s older and remember how beautiful Christmas time is.

Some traditions that we will be adding to our list this year will be:

Decorate his tree & home Christmas tree: 

This year I decided to put a Christmas tree in his room, and Scottie totally loves it. Makes his room full of christmas spirit. His tree doesn’t have an ornaments that break. We both went Target and picked out the ornaments for his little christmas tree. We made it into a woodland christmas theme. Totally love how it looks. I’m hoping that every year he adds to his little tree ornaments.

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When I took out the BIG tree to put in my living room, Scottie’s face was priceless and full of excitement. He was so interested in what it was and why it had so many lights. I started to decorate it with him around. He would run and look at everything I was putting up. Best part of if was when he saw the Christmas train. He started blabbing away, who know what he was saying.. haha

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Christmas lights: 

One of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to go look at Christmas lights! If we only did one Christmas-y event the whole season, hands-down it would be looking at Christmas lights. For me, it’s one of those moments that really capture the Christmas spirit – watching our kids “oooo” and “ahhhh” as flashing lights and colors dance across their faces. It’s spreading the joy of the season and dwelling in the gift of family.

Matching PJS/ Holiday PJS all month:

Every year, want to get Scottie & myself Christmas jammies that match. I will include my husband if he is down for it. Put on those jammies grabs some popcorn, hot cocoa, and read or watch and christmas movie. Yes, I’m pretty crazy but have Scottie in Holiday theme PJS all of December.

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Christmas tree ceremony:

Find the date and time of when it will take place in our town, and go see the christmas tree ceremony take place while listening to them sign Christmas carols. Bring our hot cocoa and blankets to keep us warm.

Meeting Santa:

Last year Scottie was only few months old, so he didn’t even know what or who he was with. This year I can’t wait to see his face! I’m hoping he won’t start screaming haha…

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Talking about the true meaning of Christmas:

Explaining how Christmas is not just about Santa.. It’s about Jesus being born, a beautiful day that it is. Tell him all about it, and on who went to visit him on January 6th…

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Baking cookies & making a Gingerbread house:

I totally love this, house smelling like christmas cookies. Bake the cookies and then decorate them. Building our own gingerbread house while listening to Christmas music!

Count down to Christmas & wrap 24 Books:

Have our little countdown that we will move on a daily basis. When we move our count down we will grab one of the 24 wrapped books and pick one out. Unwrap it and read it all cuddled up!img_0100-2

Create a Christmas Bucket List:

This is pretty cool, had this in mind for a few years now. So we will create a Christmas Bucket List and fulfill it each day of December.

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St. Nick:

Teach Scottie the true St. Nick and his generosity and love for those in need.

Create  a night before Christmas Box:

This box will include; PJS, some christmas books, movie, mug, and add any other goodies.

 

Leave Cookies & Milk for Santa:

Yes, for sure leaving cookies and milk for Santa by the fireplace is a plus! Make it a little more fun with leaving some food for the reindeer as well.. haha

Photo Collage:

Chose memorable pictures from the year and create an ornament.

Tradition Book:

Every year that I add traditions add it to the book. Keeping record of all the Christmas activities.

Write & Deliver Santa Letter:

Not only write Santa his list of what we want also telling him a little about my year. Example to him new things I have learned and tell him what my new year resolution will be.

My list can go on and on! But these for sure are some that I will be doing this Holiday season! Thank you for all the support. Let me hear some of your traditions that you do during the holiday season!

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DIY Toddler Busy Board

Hey, happy Saturday to all!

Today us the Gordon’s took a trip to our nearest Home Depot. I been wanting to do this busy board just needed to pick up the materials.

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Scottie as of right now is very curious and wants to explore it all! Anything that catches his eye he immediately goes for it(either to touch or put in his mouth)… When does that stage end??

To keep Scottie occupied and out of things he shouldn’t go near, this busy board will help him explore new items. It will also be helpful with his fine motor skills. Fine motor skills is very important during this stage.Want him to be able to grab, pull, turn on/off, slide, lock, and open & close. The everyday life useful things.

I first painted the plywood, gave it three coats. Any paint would do if you want to paint it. After that I had my husband attach all gadgets all over the board either with screws or double-sided tape. Of course, we only included items that were safe!

Final product!

Love how it came out. I labeled it so it makes it easy to know what is what. Had to have my husband tell me some names cause I didn’t know there was so many different bolts.

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The Gadgets

Mirror Light switch – fun to flip-up and down (and learning for the future to turn on/off the lights) it’s also mirror so he is able to see himself.

Velcro strip – a heavy-duty velcro strip. The sound and the rough texture for his hands while its making the loud sounds while ripping it off the board.

Door bell – the movement of pushing in an object

Two shower knobs – movement of having to turn your hand around side to side, if done fast enough it spins

Fine sanding block –the texture of the block being rough on one side and smooth on the sides.

Blot lock –the movement of sliding back and forth

Latch lock– another one that has the movement of open and close, and it has to be giving a bit of pressure of it to close

Slide bolt – another one that slides back and forth but its in a bigger handle to work with

Battery tap light – pushing in to see the light appear (turning on effect)

Chain door guard –the sliding right to left with a chain

Pulley system –pulling up and down on the rope

Door knob –movement of turning hand around side to side

Pull-chain plastic lamp -pulling down and hearing the click

Outside water nozzle -one of the hardest to do of turning hand side to side

Scottie was able to play with it this afternoon and he LOVED it! He was just so curious to see what everything did. I’m so excited to see how he will act tomorrow with it!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!