Thursday, April 10, 2014

blog response

      So I know the last video was made into a lot more than I intended it to be.  I am still very confused about the reaction of a lot of people.  I mean trust me I expect people who for their own reasons do not like me to react this way and THAT is who I meant to direct the last part of the video too, not my subscribers who have been and remained loyal.

    I have ALWAYS expressed my gratitude for anyone who has watched my videos with the exception of when I haven't been able to post as much due to time constraints.  In that time I have not posted anything including videos.

     I will not apologize for anything I said or my personality that some people misunderstood in the video.  It is who I am.  I thought it was pretty clear I was joking and being funny about the first part of my video.  I will say the only thing I do wish I had thought to do different is to make it clear WHO I was talking too.  I just cannot and will not apologize for being who I am.  There are enough fake people with good editing skills already on YouTube.

    Although I will not address every comment I did want to say to "addressing the haters and that is all you do anymore on fb and in your videos..." Could someone point out the last time I put anything remotely hateful on fb?  I haven't!  As far as videos.  I have barely posted any in the past 3 months so I am not sure where that came from either.  You have to remember that you see a VERY small portion of the hate that I do get on a daily basis.  I remove a lot so that my viewers do not have to deal with reading all the drama they bring.  I do not address every comment, message, tweet, instagram response.  So again I am confused as to why me saying what I did caused anyone to say they are tired of me addressing them.  You know unless you are or have gone through what I have it is very easy to judge how a person should react to what is being done.  Just keep that in mind.

   In closing, I will NOT be leaving YouTube.  I am NOT taking a break.  I also will NOT be mentioning the boys in every video and that includes life updates.  I am no longer a YouTube mommy channel so when I do not mention them, I am doing that on purpose.  If you want to stay in touch as as the boys I do do updates here and post pictures as much as I can.

  As I post in almost blog post I do appreciate each and every one of you and a very big thank you to those who send supportive messages and posted supportive comments.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Update on Braiden

    I KNOW I haven't done an update on the boys in so long so I wanted to let you know just how great they were doing.  Thankfully this semester my schedule allows me to be with them more often.  First I am going to do an update on Braiden and later today I will get Andrew's posted.

     Braiden is now 3 years and 4 months old.  He is fully potty trained and is HILARIOUS.  He is and always has been very sweet as far as his personality goes.  He is very protective of his brother.  If for ANY reason Andrew is crying, you will hear Braiden running to wherever he is asking what's wrong.  It adorable. Braiden's new favorite activity is ABC mouse.  Of coarse he still loves playing with his monster trucks and hearing his favorite books being read to him.

     If you have followed my videos you will know that Braiden WAS a very picky eater.  His menu was things you could count on one hand!  I am so happy to say that is no longer the case.  He has started trying new things and his favorites are growing by the day.  He STILL doesn't like chocolate lol.  Crazy boy ;)   I am so proud of him though.  If you hand him a plate it must have fruit or veggies on it and he ALWAYS goes for those first over say his Pizza.  His favorite fruits are watermelon, cantelope, strawberies, honey dew melon, and bananas.  His favorite veggies are broccoli and cauliflower.  He still isn't much of a meat eater but we fit protein and healthy fats in his diet other ways.

    Braiden can say his ABC'S and can count to 12 (further if we count with him).  We are working on letter recognition and writing.  He will actually start a pre-school program in the fall.

   His current favorites are;

Movie: Frozen :)
Food: fruit of any kind
Toy: His monster trucks
Tv show: Wally Kazam as he calls it.
Favorite drink:  Strawberry almond milk
Favorite time of the day: Bath time



PICTURES WILL BE ADDED IN A LITTLE BIT.
I AM CURRENTLY SWITCHING EVERYTHING OVER BUT I DO NOT HAVE RECENT PICTURES DOWNLOADED TO MY NEW COMPUTER.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Heartbbreak and growing up

    


    
I want to thank everyone for their encouragement over the past week.  I have always been honest with you guys and I felt it was necessary to tell you finally about the break up.  I have been single since around my birthday.  Yes, me...single!  I am finally on my own and I have NO plans to change that anytime soon.  Something that did happen for the good when Alex left for the military is that I learned that I could survive on my own.  I did not need a man in my life to live day to day.  I am thankful for that lesson.  Is it hard? YES! I haven't been single really since I started dating. 

    I know as humans you all are curious about the breakup but please realize that some things I will keep private.  All I will say is that it was my decision to end the relationship and Alex agreed that it was for the best.  We both have very different opinions on life.  We were raised very differently and that isn't saying one is better than the other.  His parents and I get along well.  I also am not willing to relocate as Alex decided he wanted to do.  It has always been his dream to be in the military and be
"active" and I just cannot and will not do that.  Braiden and Jared's relationship and Braiden's relationship with his family is and always will be important to me.  I do wish Alex the best of luck and hopefully after the "icky" period after a break up we can remember that it isn't about us and can learn to co-parent as Jared and I have.

    In saying this if you are a teen continue to take notes about my life.  It isn't roses ladies.  My life is NOT how I imagined it would be.  I would not trade my life for anything in the world but if I could tell you all to not make the same mistakes and have at least one person listen.  I have succeeded. 

  Guys, I will address this "controversy" that is going on and it may not be in the way you would like but please remember this.  YouTube mothers, beauty guru's are not perfect.  We do make mistakes.  We do do irresponsible teenage things.  I can GUARANTEE you that anyone that pretends to be perfect is not.  But again...I will address it soon when I have a chance to sit down for a longer period of time.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Winners!!!!

     Since I have just added a video about my monthly favorites I wanted to write a blog about the boys and their monthly favorites and my mommy favorites.  Again, if you want to follow my journey through teen parenthood this is the place I will most often be doing that.

My November mommy favorites:

  • Hyland's teething tablets (stay tuned for a blog for a full review) Andrew has six teeth but in the past week has started to cut more.  I noticed today at least three more have started to come through.  I cannot tell you how much these tablets have helped and better yet they are homeopathic.






  • Clorox disinfecting wipes The flu recently went through the family so me and my mom took wipes and cleaned every surface that we could to kill the germs.  Do not forget to wipe down door knobs, light switches, toilet seats and handles, faucet handles, stove and refrigerator handles.  I also bleached pillow cases and washed the boys sheets with a color safe bleach. 




The gym There is nothing that relaxes me more than heading to the gym for an hour or so especially if I am having a rough day. I do not get to go everyday and sometimes it is every 3 or 4 days that I get to go but I sleep a lot better and my mood improves on the days I do get to go.

 
Braiden's November favorites:


  • scrambled eggs.  With my meal plan a few times a week I eat two egg whites with one whole egg scrambled with a little parsley and pepper.  One morning (remember Braiden is a VERY picky eater) he asked to have a bite and absolutely loved them so we ended up fixing him his own.  I feed him one white white and one whole egg.




  • Plants versus Zombies.     Braiden absolutely loves this game.  Now he really doesn't fully understand how to play it but he loves to watch me or my mom play it on the ipad.




  • Play dough.     One of the biggest things a lot of children lack when they start pre-school or kindergarten is enough muscle in their hands to use scissors and write.  Braiden loves play dough and that is one of his favorite activities is to play with it and mold it and also the little cutters that you have to squeeze.  All of that strengthens his hands so even though I have to make sure little brother isn't eating it lol and it can be messy, it is worth it.

Andrew's November Favorites


  • Sit to stand walking toy   He LOVES this toy.  My aunt handed this toy down from my little cousin.  In the past week he has gone from pulling himself up to actually walking across the room behind it.  A few days after doing all of that he has started to stand up for brief periods of time without holding on to anything :))))









  • Carrot sticks  He loves carrots.  He has ever since he began eating solids.  I will allow him to chew on a carrot stick provided someone is right there with him watching that he doesn't take a large chunk off which is a choking hazard.  I am not sure who he gets this from because both Alex and I HATE carrots.  I guess that explains why we both wear glasses lol.  


  • Music   He has really started to show an interest in music.  He has started to bounce when something he likes comes on.  His favorite seems to be upbeat county music. He loves the song wagon wheel.  He also loves kids songs.  Braiden has started to hum a long to songs he knows and Andrew just gets a kick out of his big brother singing.  I will get this on video if I can.  The cuteness is unbelievable.  

   That's it for this month.  I plan to do a black Friday haul when I get a chance.  I didn't go Thursday because well I do not think it's right to shop on a holiday when you should be spending time with your family.  I explained my feelings on this a few post back.  I did go out a few hours Friday with my mom before Braiden came back home from his daddy's.  I picked up myself a few things.  HEY that isn't selfish lol mommas need love too!

      As always thank you for reading. Xoxoxo <3



disclaimer: pictures used in this blog were not my own.