2015 // New Year // New Resolutions

Just before the new year I read something about “investing in yourself.” I took this mantra to heart when coming up with my New Year’s resolutions. 20150106-002700-1620912.jpg
Laugh More
Not that I don’t. Laugh, that is. LOL! I just felt like I could spend less time being frustrated with the normal “mom life” things & “busy teacher” things and laugh, more. 20150106-004129-2489974.jpg
Hike
I am literally surrounded by breathtaking valley and mountain views {in every direction} with room to roam. I rarely take advantage of going outside to exercise, for FREE! This year, I vow to take regular hikes with my family. I’m a tad sore from yesterday’s hike… but I feel fantastic! 20150106-005022-3022044.jpg
Organize
I started with my closet, then my daughters’. We’ve already given away the bags of goods. 😊 Next, the girls’ toys. We will donate what’s purged. This works perfectly just after Christmas. I even think they’ve forgotten about some of their “old toys.” Out with the old & in with the new. They are totally fighting over, I mean loving Addison’s Merida Archery Set. 20150106-005656-3416833.jpg
I was laughing {more} when Delaney, 5, asked, “Mommy, who’s A-N-D-Y & why did they write on Jessie‘s boot?!”
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Conquer A Fear
Not sure what this is yet. All I know is that it will have NOTHING to do with snakes or skydiving! Really.

Take An Important Risk
So, I purchased all of the necessary materials to get my real estate license. Why not? I’ll certainly let you know how that risk goes come summer. {I’m excited but need time to focus on this venture.} Heck! People have always told me that I can sell anything. Did you know that I once sold the shirt off my back?

Cheers to 2015 & your Resolutions!
Remember: “Invest in yourself.”
❤️ Jen
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Being 4 is Rough! // Excuses

This is the response that I received when I asked her to carry her own backpack inside of the house.
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“I can’t. My hands are in my pockets and I’m too wittle.” {Obviously, being four is rough.} Needless to say, she quickly realized that she didn’t NEED to use her hands to help. No excuses. LOL!

Cheers to keeping it real!
❤️ Jen

P.S. It’s raining. Mommy is carrying eight, yes eight, grocery bags, a purse, trash and 3 umbrellas.

The 2014 Oscars // Through the Eyes of Preschoolers

Watched the 2014 Academy Awards with my girls, who are 4 & 5. I know that that may sound like a young crowd, but they were thrilled to see the anticipated Disney’s Frozen performance by Idina Menzel. Who knew that it would be the last performance of the night? Needless to say, the girls kept me rolling with their commentary through the duration of the show. Enjoy the 2014 Oscars // Through the Eyes of my Preschoolers!
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Tonto to a 4-year-old —> Logan, not Johnny Depp. I was impressed by her memory. 20140302-233558.jpg
Had me in stitches… Question after question. Comment after comment. Hysterics!
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Finally what they’ve been waiting the whole night for and they requested that I it play it five times in a row. I didn’t mind hearing the song that many times {the girls belt it out & dance along} but John Travolta’s awkward flub, now that was painful! This post on Twitter made me laugh…
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The Oscars were great!
Cheers to Motion Pictures, Date Nights & Family Movie Days!

❤Jen
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Find me on Twitter & Instagram —> @CarseatDancers

PJ Debacle Ends in Song

While putting Delaney’s fitted pajamas on tonight we noticed a hole in the toe, leading to this song…

Me: “There’s a hole in your jammies dear Delaney, dear Delaney. There’s a hole in your jammies, dear Delaney a hole. There’s a hole in the bucket dear Liza, dear Liza…”

DEA4: “Shhh, Mommy. My turn. There’s a hole in the {whispers} horse’s bottom, the horse’s bottom. There’s a hole in the horses bottom, dear Mommy a hole!”

Bwahaha! I had to bite my tongue.
😝
She’s passed out now. 💤
20140228-215831.jpg 😂 Still laughing!
Cheers to the gifted mind!
❤️🏇
❤️Jen

4-year-olds // Keeping it Real

Well, the afternoon started off pretty well today and then got progressively worse as the night went on. Life with a four-year-old can get a little daunting. Who knew we’d go from Terrible Twos to Treacherous Threes to WTF!?! Fours? When I really think about it, it seems that on most days, she is completely irrational. Cute & brilliant but irrational. But tonight… She threw a wrench into our normalcy.

Me: “Please stop crawling on top of the table. It’s time to do homework.”
FYI: Preschool homework is pretty intense these days & no we don’t allow her to crawl accross the dining table.
DEA4: {Whispers to my five-year-old, and I quote,} “I’m nignoring mommy.” – She’s always been sassy. SMH.
She crawled across the dining room table AGAIN, preceding to bump and spill my coffee. {Yes coffee, I brew a cup nightly… for my sanity.} Immediately bawling, she jumped off the table and stood on the Naughty Mat {An idea similar to that of the Supernanny.}
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I went with it and said nothing.
After approximately three minutes of sobbing she stops.
Silence.

DEA4: “Mommy. I’m sorry. Can I please get out of time out?
I walked over to her and sat on the floor facing her. – My time out ritual.
Me: “Why are you standing in time out?”
{The question that I ask every time prior to one being removed from time out.}
DEA: {Gently clasping my face in her hands, she looked me square in the eye.} “I’m sorry for not wisssening to myself. I wuv you. Amen.” {She followed with a kiss on my mouth.}
Needless to say, I was quite shocked!

It was nice that she actually showed some remorse for her actions. & On her own. It’s refreshing that sometimes she can be so sweet.
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Cheers to baby steps & keeping it real!
xoox

Jen

MLK Holiday // Via Preschoolers

Another reminder that innocence is bliss.

AKA5: “What are we doing after the party today?”
Me: “Who’s party?”
AKA: “Delaney said said we were going to our new friend’s birthday instead of school.”
Me: “There isn’t a party.”
DEA4: “Wemember Mommy… {said: wide-eyed & annoyed} Marty’s birfday!?!”
Me: LOL! Marty? “Oh, you mean Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
Both Girls: “YES!” {long pause…}
Me: “Uhh, maybe we’ll go to Target.” {smiling – big & fake}
DEA: “Do you fink we could get an Icee to celebrate?”
Me: {SMH & chuckling.} “Okay. That sounds good.”
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Cheers to Eloquent Epilogues!
❤Jen

The best things in life are FREE // Be Thankful

Thanksgiving

Addison 5:”Mommy, do I have school tomorrow?”
{She loves Transitional Kindergarten.}
Me: “No. You’re off this whole week for Thanksgiving.”
AKA5: “This whole week is Thanksgiving! {long pause} Well I better give some thanks!” She’s thankful for: family, friends & her American Girl Doll 20131128-190551.jpg 20131128-191733.jpg
Delaney 4: “I’m fank-foe for funny faces.”
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I’m thankful for: A family who’s supportive and giving. Beautiful, intelligent daughters. A thoughtful, hardworking husband. Friends who are like family. Sleeping in. LOVE. ❤️

Be thankful.
Cheers!
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12 Random Facts About Me

12 Random Facts About Me:
1. As a teen, I was in the Miss Teenage California Pageant. I believe this experience is part of what’s made me the confident person who I am today.
2. I’m deathly afraid of snakes, guns & talking or singing on a microphone . -Odd combo, I know.
3. I sing well but do not sing out loud unless it’s to my kids. –Who knows why?
4. Name a celebrity and I have probably worked with, assisted, spoken to, or seen them up close & personal. I volunteer my time working backstage at award shows like the Grammys, Golden Globes, ESPYS, Teen Choice… & have for more than a decade.
5. Nearly ten years ago I was diagnosed with Vasovagal Syncope, a condition that causes me to faint at the sight or thought of blood or pain. Crazy, I know!
6. Eggs, strawberry yogurt and seafood gross me out. {To the point of gagging.}
7. I’m an avid non-reader. I’m sure this comes from having trouble focusing & getting distracted easily. Having to read & reread pages of books became daunting over the years. No, I didn’t even read Fifty Shades of Grey.
8. I have traveled to 20 different countries, thanks to my parent’s value of exposing my sister and me to multiple cultures and providing our family with a Worldly perspective.
9. My husband and I have known each other since I was a sophomore in high school. {1994} We met officially when he, a senior, asked me to Disney’s Grad Night.
10. Our babies are 1 year & 8 days apart, not on purpose. LOL! {I don’t recommend the Mirena IUD if you are attempting to NOT get pregnant.- Learning that we were going to have baby #2 so close to our first was a complete shock! Let me add though… they are both beautiful and brilliant and we love them dearly.}
11. I was a competitive swimmer, lifeguard & swim instructor for years but needed to hire someone to teach my youngest to swim without floaties.
12. I blog. Having small girls, who’s antics are hysterical & an encouraging sister who convinced me to start blogging, has brought me to create a lifestyle blog geared toward moms… I wish I had more time to maintain it. Often, you’ll find me quoting our girls and accompanying our everyday, well almost, with pictures. — Through this, I have discovered that I’m a darn good photographer {self-proclaimed} and actually won a photo contest with Target. {No, my sister wasn’t a judge.} On my blog, I also include fashion suggestions for the whole family and reviews on products and trends. http://www.DancingInCarseats.wordpress.com

Cheers!
❤Jen
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