Celebrating Earth Day in Style

It’s the day after Earth Day, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to write about how Princess celebrated the day – in style. Sometimes I feel like a mom to a teenager, rather than a preschooler. Princess has been wanting to dress herself lately, which is great. I love that she’s becoming more independent. But, it can also be a daunting task.

There are those moments when I want to pull my hair out because this teen preschooler tries to negotiate everything from what I should make for breakfast to the clothes she wears.

“Can I have pancakes?” she asks.
“No there’s not enough time for pancakes. You’re having oatmeal today,” I respond.
“But, what if I can have oatmeal tomorrow and pancakes today?” she asks.

We’d go back and forth until either she cries, I cave in, or both.

At some point, I’ll have to pick her up eye level to the closet, so that she can physically pick out her outfit for the day. Sometimes I’m so exhausted from working the night before, that I have trouble balancing her on my back.

After I suggest the long-sleeve teal dress, she expresses her disapproval and chooses a bright neon green dress with a bright yellow sewn-in slip.

“Are you sure you want to wear this dress? It’s for summer,” I say to her.

“Yes,” she insists.

It’s still a bit too cool for sleeveless dresses. Knowing how I feel about it, she goes on to say that she’ll wear it with her black tights and black patent leather shoes. She also tells me that she’ll wear her black sweater. Then adds that since it’s Earth Day, the green with yellow is perfect. I guess she’s referring to the trees and the sun, which isn’t such a bad idea when you think about it.

I then pick out a cute, yet simple neon green headband for her to wear. However, little Miss Fashionista declines and reaches for the light pink princess tiara favor from a previous birthday party.

“It’s seems a bit much. Do you really want to wear this,” I ask.
“Yes,” she answers.

I reluctantly say ok, while secretly praying that she doesn’t look hideous.

She places the crown on top of her head and walks into the kitchen to watch her iPad (a.ka. her ‘little TV’) and eats her oatmeal.

I stand back and reflect on how she amazes me each day. Princess has such a beaming personality that shines through. I can’t believe how much she grown. Despite my reluctance of her sporting this get up, I realize it looks pretty cute – crown and all.

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After dropping her off at school, I take a peak at her as she plays with classmates on the playground. She takes off her crown and asks her friends if they want to try it on. One by one, they all place it on their heads. While some parents may express concern that one of these kids could have head lice, I think to myself, “how nice.” My daughter is really something special.

 

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Must See: Easter Photos 2014

It’s been a pretty busy week. We just got back from vacation, and have a lot of ground to cover. In addition to playing catch up, I’m dealing with a horrible sinus infection. As if I haven’t gone through enough already. I explain more in my vacation recap.

In the meantime, I thought I’d wish you all a Happy Easter. We didn’t get to do as much this year, but we managed to make it to church and take a few pictures. I’m hoping to do a belated Easter celebration complete with an egg hunt next week. I know it may sound crazy. But, sometimes you have to improvise.

Without further adieu, here they are.

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As you can probably tell it was a windy day. Despite the conditions, the photos turned out okay. I can’t wait until it gets milder, so we can get out and take some more.

How did you spend the holiday?

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My Favorite Holiday & Why?

I’ve gotten so far behind on my series, “30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me.” I initially planned on finishing it up in 30 days. But, other duties distracted me from keeping up with it. Now that I think about it, pausing the series has been beneficial because I can now include Baby O in the last nine installments. I’m supposed to be up to number 21. But since we’ve just gotten over Christmas and New Year’s, I wanted to skip to number 23 – My Favorite holiday and why?

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When I was a kid, 4th of July was my favorite holiday. My aunt and uncle held a barbecue every year at their home in The Bronx. They whipped up all the best Jamaican dishes like rice and peas, pepper pot soup, and curry chicken. Add reggae music to the mix, I felt like I was back home. There were also the American staples such as burgers, hot dogs, and BBQ chicken.

Now that I’m all grown up and married with kids, I’ve got a lot to live up to in the holiday department. My relatives no longer live in The Bronx, so there are no more 4th of July barbecues to look forward to. But, Christmas has become ‘the holiday.’ I’ve even gone against my beliefs for the sake of my kids believing in the magic of the Holiday, including baking cookies for Santa.

I used to get so stressed out from trying to please everyone during the holidays, but I’ve realized that putting less pressure on myself makes the time of year go by so much smoother. I’ll continue to put all my focus and energy on my little ones. I’m more concerned with spending the time with my husband and kids. Watching them open their presents are precious moments I’ll never forget. I guess you can say Christmas has become my favorite holiday.

What’s your favorite holiday? Why?

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Teaching My Daughter About Setting Goals

Every year my mom used to give me a New Year’s resolution speech. She’d say, “It’s your chance to start off fresh, blah blah blah.” What started off as a rant actually stuck with me. To this day I still set goals for myself and reflect on the previous year to see how far I’ve come. Now that I’m a mom, teaching my daughter about setting goals is important.

I decided to do an exercise with her. We talked about what it means to come up with a new year’s resolution. We jotted her goals down to keep track of them before tucking them away in a safe place. Here’s a look at how it turned out.

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Celebrating Milestones on Christmas

This holiday season was extra special because it was Baby O’s first. It’s crazy how time flies! I feel like it was just yesterday when we welcomed him into our family.

In addition to celebrating Christmas, we celebrated Baby O turning five months old. But, that wasn’t the only surprise. He sat up for the first time ever on Christmas Eve. You can check it out for yourself!

My favorite part about being a parent is watching my kids grow. There’s nothing like celebrating a milestone.

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When it came to celebrating the holiday, we chose to keep things simple. Princess and I wrapped presents and placed them under the tree on Christmas Eve. We also baked cookies for Santa. Then the four of us watched Christmas specials until bedtime. We ended the night reading books, which included Twas the Night Before Christmas.

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Christmas morning started with a nice healthy breakfast, followed by opening gifts. We then attended church and stopped by my in-laws.

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We made it back home in time to see my nephew and his Mom for a little while. I prepared dinner, and we enjoyed the rest of the day as a family.

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Baby O and Aunt Kim

Here’s to making more holiday memories and many more milestones!

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Happy Holiday Photos

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season. We were a bit late in putting together holiday photos. So, I wanted to share some of them with everyone.

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Baby O 4 months

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Princess & Baby O 3yrs,4mo

I realized that Princess has spoiled me rotten these past few years. Taking photos of her is pretty easy. I really don’t have to do much to make her smile and she’s pretty good at staying focused. Baby O is pretty good too, when he’s by himself. When it comes to taking holiday photos of the two siblings together, fuggettaboutit! You can also see them in action in the recent video I put together.

Baby O First Few Months from Weather Anchor Mama on Vimeo.

The most important thing is that they had fun!

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