FIVE Years!

Somebody at our house had a birthday yesterday, and that somebody just so happened to turn FIVE years old! This little guy is such a blessing.  He has the SWEETEST heart and spirit, and an imagination that’s out of this world.  Literally – he’s addicted to Star Wars ;)  He doesn’t know a stranger … he will talk to anyone and everyone.  He doesn’t care about color, age, religion, or social status.  He simply loves everyone.  I’d love to think that we had something to do with his sweet and caring heart, but everyday he comes up with something or says something that I didn’t teach him.. he was just born with a loving soul.  

Our Nesting Place BlogHe was born after a very long and exhausting labor.  Of course he was perfect in every way.  I can remember looking at him and being in disbelief that he was MINE and I got to keep him.  He still likes to take his time getting things done ;) Except these days Lego’s are involved. 

Our Nesting Place BlogHe turned 1 and then a month later we picked him up and moved him from Florida to Hawaii.  He never missed a beat! That first year went by so slow in comparison to the years that followed.  What I wouldn’t give to have that slowed down time again! Always smiling – always happy – always hilarious. 

Our Nesting Place BlogAt 2 years old, he wasn’t much bigger than he was at 1 year old.. haha.  He also found out that he was going to be a big brother!  He loved trains, especially Thomas the Train.  He had a Thomas themed birthday party that year!  This was the first year I got to stay home with him all the time instead of working – we made so many wonderful memories that year!

Our Nesting Place BlogBy 3 he was already a full blown Star Wars addict.  He was able to get used to being a big brother super quickly and LOVED his little sister to pieces. (still does… I think..haha)  Shortly after he turned 3, he got to take a big trip back to the mainland to visit lots of friends and family – it was a really great summer!  He made so many new friends, attended just about every single vacation Bible school in town, and got to make wonderful memories with family. 

Our Nesting Place BlogAt 4 years old Star Wars was still a huge theme in our life (still is, actually!).  He had an awesome Star Wars Birthday party that year!  He discovered Lego’s at this age.. and hasn’t looked back! Kate really started gaining ground on him height wise during this year ;)  He was constantly mistaken for her twin brother, when he’s actually 2.5 years OLDER than her.  He has always had a love and an excitement for life, but I feel like in his 4th year that really started to bloom even more.

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Now here he is.. a 5 year old.  A Star Wars addict, Jedi Knight / Space Fighter / Star Wars Spaceship Expert, Master Lego Builder, “Minja” Extraordinaire, Beach Bum,  Starbucks Lover (that’s my boy!), Million Mile per Hour Talker, Extremely Outgoing, Gymnast, Asker of THOUSANDS of Questions Per Day, Teeny Tiny 5 Year Old Boy. ;)  I feel like that list could seriously go on forever! He’s my best buddy, Kate’s best buddy, and Shelby’s best buddy.  We are such a lucky bunch of crazies and I am SO excited to see where the next 5 years take us with this precious boy!  He starts school this year, and I know so many changes are in his future once that starts.  

I don’t know what I did to deserve this wonderful life, but I am sincerely so thankful! LOVE my boy and so happy I get to keep him ;)

Hard Days

Being a mom is so hard sometimes.  But, the last thing I want to do is complain because I know there are so many women out there who would give anything to be a Momma.  

I feel like the past few days have been one parenting fail / meltdown / mistake after another.  I can tell my patience and tolerance is way out of line and lacking.  I wonder what my kids think of when they think of me sometimes? I know what I would think… “that lady is CRAZY!” 

I’m so tired and yet I’m so thankful for this time I have at home with my kids.  That time is running short and my heart breaks a little bit each day knowing I’m one day closer to not being a stay at home mom anymore.  Why are my babies growing up so fast?! WHY does it make me so sad to see them get older and do more things and NOT need me anymore?  I am so thankful for their little lives and that they are growing and thriving.  I wish I could just slow down and think of the NOW and not worry so much about the future and them growing up and things not being the way they are right this second.  Being an adult and understanding the way the world works really sucks sometimes.

Kate has hit the terrible twos.. I know the three’s are waaaaay worse, so I have something to look forward to.  ;)   Today has been such a hard day with her.  I’m that mom who’s child is screaming and throwing a fit because she can’t get the cozy coupe to roll in the grass the way she wants.  Have you ever seen that thing showing children crying over the most random / silly things?! That is my life..  You can see it for yourself here.  ;) Sometimes I look through those photo’s to see that I’m not struggling alone..haha.  Tristan NEVER acted like that.  He was so chill.  Kate is the complete opposite, and I’m sure it’s because she’s a dramatic GIRL.  She is so much like me, too.  I think I’m going to have to sit down with my parents and take parenting lessons since they’ve already raised a child just like her and they survived! 

I’m just sitting here on the couch after a rough morning in tears … tears because I’m exhausted and feel like the worst parent in the world – and tears because I love this life and I don’t want anything to change.  Even in the worst days, I am so incredibly blessed and I love those children so much that it hurts.  I feel so undeserving of them, and I am SO SO SO thankful that God was kind enough to bless me with two beautiful, healthy, happy children.  

Here’s to a better day tomorrow ;) Our Nesting Place Blog : T & K

Family Fun Day – Waikiki Beach

Well, today we did something we have NEVER done before – we went to Waikiki Beach for a beach day!  We have been to Waikiki so many times, walked the strip, ate at wonderful restaurants, LOOKED at the beach, but have never actually sat our butts on the beach and put our toes in the sand.  Took us long enough, huh?! 

Our Nesting Place Blog : Waikiki Beach We got there around 9AM and it was absolutely perfect.  Not too busy and not too hot.

Our Nesting Place Blog : Waikiki Beach The kids jumped right in and started playing – this is their absolute favorite thing to do!

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Check out the GUNS on this guy!

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Our Nesting Place Blog : Waikiki Beach It got a lot busier as the morning went on

Our Nesting Place Blog : Waikiki Beach Kate found a friend … 

Our Nesting Place Blog : Waikiki Beach 10 seconds later, Tristan runs up to him and says “HEY! Get away from my Kate!”

Our Nesting Place Blog : Waikiki Beach Another 10 seconds later, Tristan realizes this dude is OK ;)

Our Nesting Place Blog : Waikiki Beach I didn’t get very many pictures from the beach because I spent the majority of the time playing with the kids or RELAXING!  

After the beach, we went to a place called Teddy’s Bigger Burgers for lunch – It was SO good! I only managed to take semi-decent pictures of my crazy kiddos.Our Nesting Place Blog : Waikiki Beach Our Nesting Place Blog : Waikiki Beach

Right now we are all in bed – except for Shelby who is working late tonight.  We are WIPED OUT! I loved that today was very low key and relaxing.  No agenda really, just hanging out! It’s just something about being at the beach that makes us tired, though.  ;) 

I hope everyone is having a GREAT weekend!