Friday, August 22, 2014

On your marks, get set..


So the school year has started...well not officially.  Kids do not start school until the 25th.  But we are already in full force with pep rallies and freshman orientations that the girls had to perform in.  The high school girls already met with their choreographer.  He got them going with their stunt groups...practice that first.  Kiki will be doing a performance for the teachers on Monday.

Meanwhile at casa de R...the husband is having a very hard time with the concept his oldest baby girl is no longer a BABY!  Most of Bekah's friends have graduated already.  She was, still is, the youngest of the group.  Even as a her class...she is one of the youngest ones.  While everyone else is 17 turning 18 during the school year...she turns 17 just before school starts.  Most of her friends have also already graduated.  A lot of them were Seniors...who are now freshman college students.  So being a dad...I think his brain just warped everything into 'MY BABY IS HANGING OUT WITH ADULTS!'  when in reality...she was hanging out with these ADULTS for years...they just graduated already and Bekah hasn't.

So I'm not only dealing with a young adult fighting for every moment of "freedom" trying to just hang out with her friends...I'm fighting a dad who wants his baby to stay here and not date..."you know what...lets lock her up in a closet?"

So a piece of advice...for moms and dads.  Go with it.  Set your boundaries with your kids, yes.  But as I tell the Mr here...we only have year with her and if she decides to leave to school outside of our city she has to be ready for the world.  I want to feel secure that she is ready to make good decisions.  We need to make sure that she has what she needs, MENTALLY, to be alone in a university full of people much older than her. We wont be able to tell her what time she has to be home, that would be at her own discretion...we wont be able to let her know we don't like certain friends of hers...again she has to have that instinct on her own. So right now is crunch time...loosen the reins...but still hold on.  Let her do her thing...but guide her still.  She's always going to be our baby but we need to make sure shes ready fly!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Its been a year huh?

Wooo... I noticed its been a year.  Eee...well Im back..and I hope y'all are still there.  So whats new?

Hmm...well all the kids moved up a grade YAY!!  I don't have anymore elementary kids :'( more babies.  My youngest is now a 6th grader.  Kiki, for her final year in middle school, tried out for her schools dance team...and yes...I am now a proud DANCE MOM... YAY!  It will be different for me...I'm so used to my cheer moms, but I cant wait to dive in.  Erykah is now moving on to the MONSTER CAMPUS!  Our high school has a campus only for the 9th graders, I don't like it, I think 9th grade is a time to find yourself in high school...see where you want to go, what you want to do.  Well, shes a Sophomore now...and is headed to the big school. I'm not kidding we call it the monster for a reason...ITS HUGE!!!  She didn't want to try out for cheer this year, so I'm a little sad...because BEKAH is in her final year of high school  Yes, yes folks you heard that right...Bekah is now a Senior!!!  She is also the co-head of her cheer team!!  Isn't that amazing! I was so proud of her...still very proud of her.  Shes been doing good to...she took her SAT and got a pretty good score...she wasn't happy said shes gonna take it again..she wants to get as close as she can to a 2000.   Either way...shes a Senior!

Here she her cap and gown and her formal photos!!!  Ugh...where did the time go!  She was invited to go tour A&M College Station for the Engineering Program.  However, her heart right now is with kids at our local church youth center.  She wants to take a year off and do missionary work with our Catholic Salesian Chapter in California.  My girls have big hearts and hearts of gold.  They love working with kids. They love working with kids who don't have the opportunities they have.  Bekah here takes her musical instruments and teaches them how to play the piano...learn music notes and chords but her forte is the GUITAR!  She loves playing the guitar and I've seen her light up so much when she tells me stories of kids who have never touched a guitar leave at the end of the camp sessions knowing how to play basic chords.

So thats whats been going at our tepee ...this tribe has been pretty busy.  Also, I've revamped and renamed my little hobby business.  As you can see by the name is now The Artful Studio.  I have created a page up there where you can shop my shop.  I will be adding items I have a new computer and I dont  have photos of my products on it.  My other one was already begging for retirement.  

Just so yall know...I am now adding to my products line...tshirts with bling and car decals (decals in general...where you put them is up to you!)  They can be rhinestoned as well!  Either way...drop me a line if you are looking for unique gift ideas or want to order for your team something special.

Have a wonderful day!