Parenting is hard.  It’s the hardest thing that I’ve ever done.  And if I do nothing else with my business and this blog, I want to be a real person.  So I’m sure that anytime I write a personal post about parenting, it will start out with “parenting is hard.”

Sometimes I have it together and sometimes I’m not even close.  It’s really a balance between the two.  And this week, and today especially, was no different.

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In true mom fashion, I wait until the last minute to pull together a costume for Dr. Seuss character costume day at school.

When did I find out about it?

Oh, a couple of weeks ago.  Don’t judge.

But yes, last night after running various places, working, and being up since 4:45 AM, I drove to Wal-Mart at 8:00 PM for a yellow shirt.

In my defense, I thought we already had one.  Cooper wanted to be “Sam I am”, so he needed a yellow shirt.  You can’t be Sam without a yellow shirt, so off I went.

I had full intention of cutting out a paper hat with ears for Gavin.  Because he told me two weeks ago (when I asked him what he wanted to be so that I could plan ahead and not wait until the last minute *eye roll*) that he wanted to be Horton from Horton Hears a Who!

So I searched Pinterest and saw that I could easily cut out some ears and wrap paper around his head.  Awesome!  And done.  Easy is most of the time how I like to roll.

But….in Wal-Mart, inspiration hit!  Oh…I love it when that happens.

For some odd reason that I assume has nothing to do with fashion, in the women’s hat section, they sell solid color caps.  And guess what.  They had a gray one!

I had a plan!  And it was NOT Pinterest inspired.

(how I felt…)

I picked up a few other things that we needed because it seems we are ALWAYS out of or about to run out of something.  This time; eggs, bread, and…. like $60 worth of other groceries.  Seriously?!  How does that happen and why do items add up so quickly!?  UGH!!

I came home and worked on the costume a little bit before heading to bed around 10:00 PM.   I.  was.  tired.

Apparently, so tired that I slept through my daughter calling my name during the night.

Daughter: (In a sad/needy voice) “Mommy, I yelled so loud for you last night and you never came.  My throat hurts so bad.”

(how I felt then…)

And there’s the parenting loss – I have to balance it out, right?!

But let’s get back to the win, ok?  It’s way more fun.


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Yes, I know it’s not much, but you know what?!  I. am. proud.  I bought felt.  AND I busted out the hot glue gun.  AND those eyes…I did that free-hand.  So take that!

And you know what else?  I am going to pin the blog post on Pinterest so that I am help inspire other moms to be this awesome.

It’s really the least that I can do.

Now, if one of you Pinterest moms reads this and thinks of a way that I could have EASILY (note the word easy) made his ears stand out on their own, let me know!  Oh, and you’re welcome for the idea.

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But you know what?  I am not even done because I have a Silhouette Cameo.  And I even used that for kid number three.  Because he can not be out done.


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He refused to wear his sister’s white leggings, so instead he wore his pants and a pair of my socks pulled up to his knees.  He was so happy…that silly kid.  We just worked with what we had.

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parenting, kristina rose photography


The boys were both happy.  I was able to help my daughter feel better and get ready for school.  My office floor looks like this…but WHATEVER.  I’m feeling pretty good today.

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I like getting crafty from time to time.  I don’t know why, but it makes me feel like I’m winning just a little bit at this parenting thing.

I even put together a little video of their photos because I was feeling extra “go-getter-ish” today and because I just love Dr. Seuss.  I got my kiddos to say a little quote in the video too, so it’s extra adorable.


I’ll leave you with my favorite Dr. Seuss quote.  The man was truly a genius.  What’s your favorite quote?  Let me know in the comments.

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