Thursday, January 31, 2019

Weather the Weather

Third grade musical was finally here. 

We had been gearing up for this night for over two months--not with Kaden practicing his LINE or the songs but Momma and her friends were in charge of the decorations. I've gotten better at saying NO but when it comes to school--I almost always say YES. So when the music teacher reached out and asked if I could help her out, I agreed and I pulled a few friends into the mix too. We were given a picture of another school who had done this play before and the rest was up to us. We brainstormed and then one night we just went to town & I won't lie, we whipped up some pretty damn good signage. Which also led to us getting FRONT and SECOND row seats at the musical and if you knew our school---you would know why that was such a HUGE thing. I mean, people line up outside in freezing weather 30 minutes before the doors open at their shot at getting good seats---this was a way better way of ensuring we got the best seats in the house!

It was show time and Kaden was ready. He honestly, was so excited for this and I loved seeing him enjoy himself up on stage in front of everyone, smiling from ear to ear. 

Our music teacher did it again. We are so blessed with such an amazing music teacher and she was one of the reasons we are so sad to be moving schools but we also learned that evening that she's going with us!!! So this won't be your last Mrs. Richard's performance, we've got three more still!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Meet Mahomes

Meet Mahomes.

Mahomes wasn't planned to be a part of the family so soon but here he is.

So how did Mahomes come to be? Ever since Logan got his leopard gecko for Christmas from Santa, Kaden, has wanted one too. Now, mind you, Kaden isn't the biggest fan of "animals" especially reptiles. Yet, he took to Max. He wanted to help feed, water, clean its cage & he wanted to hold him. He loved holding him and Justin & I both were so shocked to see him take so easily to Max.

But when he asked for one we both said that he would earn one or work for one but that he couldn't just "get one". He understood but was still sad that he'd have to wait. His Christmas present from Santa was in the garage and he couldn't wait to ride it some more. & then the warmer weather came and we were able to get it out a few times and that's when we realized it just wasn't working. We would charge it per the instructions and it would literally run to the stop sign and then they would have to push it back home. Hours of charging for minutes of play.

So, I started looking into what we got him, the Vega Viro 2-in-1. I saw that on there were a number of reviews that weren't good. So I left my own in hopes that someone would reach out to me or leave a number to contact like one of the other reviews. A few days later I went back to check the review and you couldn't even find the item--they had removed it from the website. So I called. Long story short, we ended up taking it back. There wasn't any replacement available but they said that I could bring it and they would give me our money back. Although I knew this is what needed to be done--my heart broke having to do it. He wanted that so badly for Christmas and it was from Santa. And Santa's elves went so far out of their way to track this gift down and get it back to KS in time for Christmas. I'm talking Tucson, AZ to Lenexa, KS. What we will do for our kiddos. Again, though, I knew what we needed to do so I talked to Kaden about it, we had days left until the return policy would lapse. I explained that I was so sorry that his Christmas present from Santa wasn't working and that I had figured out a way we could maybe make it right. What if we took it Target, per Santa's suggestion, and then instead of getting a new one, we could get a gecko for him. His eyes went straight from being filled with sadness to being filled with joy and excitement. He was all for it.

So, the following Friday Justin loaded the scooter up and I took it back. I then walked next door and loaded up a gecko and everything we need to give it a home. And a home Kaden has given him. He has taken such great care of Mahomes and just loves getting him out to play with him. I think they'll be best of buds and good news---Mahomes will be around a lot longer than that scooter would have been. Not the way we thought it would shake out but it certainly was meant to be.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Snow Much Fun

The forecast called for snow and for once, it was right and it just kept coming. We went to sleep Friday night with hardly any snow on the ground and then we woke up to a winter wonderland.

Gorgeous was an understatement.

And of course the boys were dying to get outside -- they just wanted to run and play until their toes fell off and they did. Their dad surprised them by getting the golf cart out and taking them sledding. They were in snow heaven.

Of course all of our activities were canceled for the day except the big Chiefs game so after we played in the snow we loaded up and ran to Kansas Sampler to get some new gear for the game. We were ready--we were ready to roll. 

And then Cousin Colton showed up, they not only watched the game with us but Cousin Colton got to stay the night too. And as soon as they were up and around the next morning they were back outside. It was the perfect snowfall -- for all. It kept us home and with each other and we made the most out of it. & seeing their smiles and hearing their laughter was everything that weekend.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Two Steps Forward

Two steps forward, one step back. That’s been our motto for the the last few years as we’ve navigated this ADHD journey and today we took TWO STEPS FORWARD! Not only did he gain 4 pounds (this news made me tear up) BUT we also GRADUATED from the Children’s Mercy Clinic and will be heading back to our primary care pediatrician. I’ve got mixed emotions as we’ve been so lucky to partner with the doctors at Children’s Mercy ADHD Clinic and it’s a little scary to know our time has come BUT we’ve done so much work over the last few years that it’s nice to see it’s paying off. To all my family and friends who have continued to be there for us and for having nothing but compassion and understanding for us as a family and for Kaden, thank you! Everyone needs a village like you. This journey is far from over but today was a win and we will celebrate it!! 

To those who may be on a similar journey—know your enough. Know that the journey is long and hard but days like today are ahead and make it all worth it! 

Monday, December 31, 2018

NYE 2019

We've kind of changed up our New Year plans over the last couple of years and not because we don't love who we were spending it with --- actually quite the opposite. It has to do more with logistics and wanting to stay close to home. Gone our the days were either of us like to wake up the next morning feeling like poo and here are the days where we wake up and spend another day as a family together before heading back to reality. So when our dear friends planned to do a repeat of their party from the year before -- we were in. It's a block down the street in our neighborhood and if we didn't make it to midnight, there would be zero hard feelings plus we could be home to let the dogs out one last time & sleep in our own beds.

And it was all about being comfy. Win. Win.

We arrived a little after 7 -- we decided to start a little later and have the kids already fed so they could go straight into painting and playing. Another great decision by the Shafers. And I loved that they have continued with the painting theme---basically, we each paint our favorite memory from the year. Logan painted Max, his new lizard he got from Santa. Kaden painted Russell, his new fish -- pretty sure that was just top of mind, I painted our trip to watch the Chiefs play the Rams for Justin's favorite memory (I guessed right) and then for me it was watching the boys play baseball together this last season. It was there last together and it was so special. 

The boys had their annual game of poker which meant two days later we were ordering our own chips so that we could play at home too. 

The parents played their annual game of What the MEME. And we laughed and laughed and laughed. Until Travis and Jenn were winning EVERY SINGLE ROUND.  

& before we knew it, midnight was here. We gathered the boys, we all got our noise makers and our poppers and we counted it down. 

& then we all gathered around the pot for our New Years Resolutions. We wrote three. 1 to share. 1 to burn. 1 to tuck away. 

The shared ones for the Souths were:
Justin - To spend more time with the Palangies and the Shafers
Kayla - To read more. For myself and the boys. 
Kaden - To not be as mean.
Logan - To become a better football player. 

& then we shared hugs all around and said our goodbyes. It was the perfect end to 2018 and the perfect start to 2019. It's going to be a GREAT year.  

Friday, December 28, 2018

Let's Go To the Movies x5

I love going to the movies and thankfully the boys do too. So, winter break we decided to fit as many movies as we could in. We kicked off winter break with Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse with our buddy Jax. Super cute movie, one of my favorite Spiderman movies actually. 

The following day we headed out to see Mary Poppins with some of our favorite people. Mary Poppins is one of my all time favorite movies so the fact that it was being remade and Emily Blunt was going to star in it, made it at the top of my must see movies in 2018. It is also at the top of the BEST movies I've seen in 2018 and maybe in the last few years. It was that good.

The day after Christmas was over I went and saw two movies back to back with my good friend--Instant Family and The Green Book. Both great movies but Instant Family was another winner, you'll laugh, you'll cry and it will make you think. Like really think. 

After we said good-bye to Grandma Sara and Madison we went and saw The Grinch -- the boys enjoyed it, to me it was the story line just with better graphics. Cindy Lou Who was pretty darn cute. I ended up falling asleep a couple times--it was a tough one.

& then the boys got to see Bumblebee with Grammy & they said it was AWESOME--won't lie, I kind of wanted to see that too but they said they would watch it again when it comes out On Demand.

Kids - 4, Mom-5

It was a good winter break.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Special Guests

Since I had a number of days off from work during the holidays we figured that we would spend some time down South at Grandma Sara's and Papa Tom's BUT then Grandma Sara mentioned coming to KC and bringing Madison with her. The boys loved the idea and so did Madison so the day after Christmas they made their way to KC and we ventured out on a few adventures.

We started our Thursday at Union Station & right off the bat they were amazed by the grandness of the dinosaur and well, I knew it would make for the perfect picture.

Grandma Sara LOVED the giant Christmas tree and I loved how quiet it was -- we got there nice and early to hopefully avoid any of the holiday crowds. We didn't have an agenda, the only thing we knew we wanted to do was eat at the "train place" and recapture a picture that we took 4 years go at the other "train place". So we just wandered and for the most part, the kiddos were troopers. We had one incident but it wasn't with the kids, it was with a VERY rude worker who was stationed at the kid train in Union Station. The kids wanted to ride the train, it was $5 so my mom said sure and handed them each a $5 bill. They were the second set of kiddos in line. As Kaden handed his money to the first worker, she took and he proceeded and then another lady came up grabbed him by the shoulders and then shoved him to the side stating he was too big for this. I stepped up to see what the issue was just as the biggest alligator tears filled his eyes. I asked for his money, assured the other two to go on and then questioned why they said he was too big as there is ZERO mention of an age or height requirement ANYWHERE. She continued with the same horrible attitude with me and I just looked at her and said, "he's a kid, you could have handled this in a much nicer and understanding way." 

Thankfully, the train was a bust anyways---not a single kid was smiling but guess where that peach of a lady was, riding on top of the train.

Grandma allowed Kaden to keep his money and we Snapchatted as Logan and Madison rode the train. We were happy to leave that little incident behind us. Guess it sucks getting bigger when your little too. 

We had a full day at Union Station and Crown Center so we decided to spend the evening at home and bring in a little Joe's KC and Grandma Sara watched a little Teen Titan's Go to the Movies--she's a saint, I can't stand that show. We knew our time was coming to an end so we decided to send Grandma Sara and Madison off with a bang -- we took them to one of the newer donut places in the city -- Duck Donuts. These donuts are warm and made to order. They melted in your mouth and was the perfect way to end our little adventure with Grandma Sara and Miss Madison.