Friday, March 13, 2015

5 things you have surely experienced if you have 2 toddler boys

I was originally thinking I would write about having 2 toddlers.  However, I have a lot of friends and my sister who have girls.   I am sure there are some exceptions but boys and girls are so different.  I will probably be thanking someone later when we enter high school that I don't have two girls, but right now they sure do give me a run for my money.  Do you have boys?  Tell me you can't relate to these things!

1. Boys do NOT sit still.   Our coloring limit?  Pushing 5 minutes.  Watching TV while sitting?  Can't remember the last time this has happened- although I beg for the first every time I am cooking dinner each night.  But watching TV either upside down or while jumping from couch to couch trying to hit each other with fake swords?  Sure! Anytime!

2. EVERYTHING is physical.  Can we playing without touching?  Heck no!  Is someone a bad guy?  Always.  What is the best activity ever?  Wrestling, of course.  Boy always have to be touching each other.  Why can't we just sit and talk?  Why can't we play superheros without them pounding each other to the ground?   Doesn't happen.  And what do they do when they haven't seen a good friend in a long time?  Yeah, you guessed it, tackle them to the floor.  SO WEIRD!  :)

3.  EVERYTHING is loud.  OMG- the louder the better.  Everything is loud.   I can't stand loud. And this is my life :)

Along with those three that drive me absolutely insane, there are some definitely advantages.

4.  Nothing is off-limits.  Want to play outside when its 104 degrees outside?  Sure!  Want to run errands with mom?  Sure, sounds fun!  How about organizing the garage?  So fun!  These boys think everything is awesome and are definitely up for any adventure- regardless or temperature or conditions.  I very rarely get a complaint that something is "too hot", "boring", or "not fun".  The benefit of the high energy- for sure!

5. Competition.  I am a little competitive, Clancy is a little competitive (yes, just a little, hehe).  We honestly would have struggled I think if our boys weren't.  (Yes, we would have gotten over it, but being completely honest, it would have been tough!)  These boys want to win at everything.   "I ran faster than him"  "I ate more than him."  " I am stronger than him"  " I am a better golfer than him"  "I will be bigger than him when I grow up".  "My piece is bigger than yours"  "I want to get my pjs on first" .  Everything is a competition.  And we wouldn't have it any other way- ha!

Boys sure are busy- and awesome of course!  Those of you with boys, please tell me you feel the same way????

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The transition from working mom to stay-at-home mom…

I distinctly remember looking for a daycare when I was pregnant with Tyce.  I wanted to make sure I found one that at least stayed open until 6:30.  I was in public accounting, Clancy was in public accounting, surely one of us could always leave by 6 to get him everyday?  I loved my job.  I was one of the few that would openly tell people that I wanted to be a partner (this is few and far between in public accounting- ha!).  I would seek out opportunities, any opportunity, to advance my career.  I specifically waited until I was a manager to get pregnant because career-wise I believed that was the best option.  Yes, I was THAT person.  (Totally nothing wrong with that person- but just so you get the picture.) I remember someone coming up to me and saying, "You know, you aren't going to care what time the daycare closes, your priorities will shift."  I laughed and thought, "She doesn't know me."  Turns out, she might have known me better than I knew myself!  (Or at least knew the effects of parenthood on some people).

Tyce was born in 2010, and as most of you have also experienced, I had emotions I had never felt before.  I was dreading going back to work, but everyone reassured me that I would get used to it.  I cried the first day. I cried the second day.  I stressed out at work starting around 2 or 3 trying to figure to what time I could leave so I wouldn't hit traffic and could get Tyce as early as possible.   Everyone kept telling me it would get easier.

Tyce as a baby

Fast forward a couple years, and for me, it didn't get easier.  Along came another kid and I still would rather be home with them.  I still loved my job, but I realized I loved spending time with my kids so much more.  I cared so much less about the money. All of these other working moms had adjusted to some extent and I couldn't.  Totally nothing against them, I was actually a little jealous I couldn't quite "adjust", but I was still struggling.  I refused to EVER leave them at night, on the weekend, send them to church nursery because I couldn't stand being away from them for another minute - I felt like that time was way too valuable.  This started to effect other things as Clancy and I would never go on dates, would never leave them, etc.  I refused to even stop at the grocery store and run in to get one thing on the way home bc that was time I couldn't see them- sound crazy?

Enter Coy

We decided that we were going to have a total change of plans and after the third kid came along, we would find a way for me to stay home.  And then that third kid did come along...

Baby Bryn...the one who pushed me off the cliff :)

Let's just say that decision was easy emotionally and financially difficult.  I had been in public accounting for 10 years.  Clancy is in the same profession which means we were basically cutting our income in half.  EEEK… at ANY income level, that is tough! We made a lot of financial sacrifices and decided to go for it.

Although I am a CPA, holistic health has been my passion for a while.  When I decided to stay home, I also decided I would pursue the business side of essential oils for "fun" because I loved the oils so much and as many of you know, love sharing my opinions.  :)  I guess this is the part where people keep telling you "the financial part will work out".

Young Living oils have blessed my family more than you can imagine.  In the relatively short time that I have been pursuing this business, it has provided me with 1) financial benefits I could have never imagined, 2) an avenue to pursue my passion of helping people get healthier and learn how to be healthy, 3) a way to channel my competitive drive, and 4) given me adult interaction and the best of both worlds - a career while being home with the kids.

Tyce with the Aroma Complete

I hardly ever talk about these oils as a business opportunity because I don't want to ever distract anyone from how amazing these oils are.  And its not about business to me, its about getting healthy.  It is about teaching people that there are other options.  But what I want everyone to take from my story is this:  find what you LOVE, find what you want to do, pursue it.  Pursue it with 100% effort, even if you have limited time.  It will pay off, emotionally, spiritually and the financial part will come.  Although I loved my job, nothing compares to staying home with my kids and doing something I love on the "side".  I can't even begin to express how excited I get when I hear all of your oil success stories.  These oils have changed my life in more ways than one- and I know they have helped more of you than I can count.  I hope they will also bless yours if you haven't yet started your journey.

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These are a few of my favorite things…...

I love that song.  I think that is how it goes?  I sing some version of it to my babies when I rock them to sleep.

Anywho….. I was thinking, what are my favorite YL products?  Well, here they are.

Favorite cleaning product:  Did this first because duhhh- thieves!  I use the thieves cleaner for everything, countertops, bathrooms, glass, couches.. you name it, I LOVE it!

Favorite diffusing combo: I made the post topic so I can break the rules.  I still stand by my two favorites which are either: Thieves OR Lavender and Lime together.  It is getting cooler outside, so I have found myself diffusing Thieves more- reminds me of the holidays.  Christmas Spirit it out of stock, so throw some Evergreen Essence in there with the Thieves and you got your Christmas smells!

Favorite Supplement: Gosh this is so hard.  I am going to have to pick 3. HA!  I love Life 5 (Probiotics are crucial y'all- make sure you are taking one!).  I also love the longevity capsules because I really feel like they help me have every and I really like my Inner Defense to have on hand just in case. So, I guess I have to say all 3.

Favorite Drink:  Ningxia Red.  Another duhhh?  If you haven't tried this, try it for a month.  See how you feel.  If you don't feel any different, stop.  You can do it for one month right?

Favorite Everyday oil:  This is so hard too, but I am going to have to go with Peace and Calming or Frankincense.  I love them both for opposite reasons but sort of the same reasons?  HA!  Peace and Calming totally relaxes me at night and helps me fall asleep.  Frankincense relaxes me when I have kid related anxiety.

Favorite "other" oil:  Tie again.  RC and Digize.  I couldn't live without either of these oils, honestly. RC works better than anything ever has for my kids when they are stuffy.  Digize is so great for all things stomach related.  If you can bear the smell, you will feel the benefit.  Both of these oils are amazing in my opinion.

Favorite oil kit:  Golden Touch.  This kit has so many oils that I use quite a bit.  This kit is perfect for those of you with kids for the winter months.

Favorite "other" product:  The ART day activator.  This stuff is great.  It has a very slight fragrance to it, and it is so light.  I put it on my face every morning- love it!

Favorite of my three children:  Psh…. yeah right.  I did always wonder though how parents didn't have a favorite.  Something you totally don't get until you have kids, right?  At any given moment of course I would prefer to hang out with one rather than the others, but its so true, you don't have a favorite!

What are your favorites from some of these categories?  Haven't gotten started and so you don't yet have favorites?  What are you waiting for?!!!? Sign up here!
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