Dear Fellow Flight Passengers

Hi there.

This is a public letter to all of my future fellow flight members.

I will be flying from Washington to Florida with three very small men. A 5 year old, a 3 year old and a 1 year old. They will be waking up at 3 AM to get to the airport, thus disrupting their much, much, much needed sleep. In short, they are gonna have their crank up to full blast.

This isn’t a leisurely flight for a fun filled vacation. They know we are moving from the only home they have ever known. Things are being packed, donated, and thrown away. There is change in the air.

They are not going to have their Daddy with them. I’m 95% sure he’s the favorite of the older two. This is going to be stressful for them as I’m sure you can imagine. But they will have their Aunt Kaicee, and she’s a blast and a half, so I’m hoping that makes up for it.

There will be tears. And possible screaming. I can only do so much from the confines of a 2 foot wide seat. But I will do my best. I’m sorry.

They will laugh and giggle and probably scream, this time in delight, so I apologize for that.

They will have toys; loud toys, quiet toys, squishy toys, toys that roll away.

Experience tells us they don’t do so well with the whole pressurization thing. So bare with me for a possible 20 minutes of screaming on take off and landing. Please don’t shoot your hateful looks my way as I’m trying to comfort my dudes who are in obvious pain.

Just know we (my little sis and I) are going to be doing our absolute best to keep them happy and calm, but they are after all little dudes. Please don’t make rude comments. Believe it or not I can still hear them over my child screaming. Please don’t shoot me dirty looks. All it does is stress out a Mom that is already doing her best.

And I totally get it! You didn’t pay for your airline seat to hear my kids be loud. Totally get it. But hey that’s life.

True story, my last flight, which was the one I mentioned above where we found out they don’t do so well, I was puked on by the two kiddos sitting next to me. Oh, they weren’t mine. I wasn’t thrilled, but sh*t happens.

So just think about that. :)

And I have chocolate if you want some.

That Friday Pinterest Party Numero 6

Hi friends!

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For this party I will personally pin your fantastic posts to the “That Friday Pinterest Party Board” but also any coordinating board categories! Holla! Let’s do this–

Party Rules:

1. Link up to a specific post and not your homepage.

2. Follow 21 Random on Pinterest.

3. Pin at least two other pins.

4. Grab the button place it somewhere on your blog, in post or on your party page.

5. Come back next week! Okay, not mandatory, but you know you want to! Smile

That Friday Pinterest Party

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I Am in Competition With You

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Competition. When did it become such a dirty word?

In a world where everyone makes the team and you get a trophy just for showing up we have lost our sense of healthy competition.

Healthy, yes! It doesn’t have to be an ugly thing… really.

And I am in competition with you. And her, and him.

When I see a Mom playing with her children at the park and they are so engaged it drives me to do the same with mine. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the everyday that sometimes I have gone entire day of chores and meals without sitting down and just interacting with my babies.

When I see a selfie of one of my fav gorgeous bloggers on Instagram it inspires me to get a little more dressed up and fancy for my husband or more importantly just for myself.

When I see a Mom at the store with all 3 of her little ones and she’s totally rocking it without a bead of sweat it shows me that I can do it too. And I walk the boys down to the park.

My fellow Etsians and their success shows me that with hard work I can achieve my dreams! Without seeing the success of others it’s often hard for me to envision it all coming together.

When I see my neighbors out in the cold, rainy morning running, jogging or even walking it burns inside of me all day and pushes my exhausted body at night to get my workouts in when my dudes are in bed.

When I see an amazing Pin that I can’t get out of my head I know I can do it just as well if not better but in my personal style. And when I don’t succeed in the first try that competitiveness drives me to keep trying until I get it right.

When I see how hard my husband works for us, and how he never complains it drives me to one up him.

And every day of the year I strive to be in competition with the person I was yesterday. To be more productive, more engaged, more involved, just more.

Competition is a great thing as long as you can be proud of your accomplishments and never tear down those who are inspiring you to be more.

Raise up those around you. Congratulate other’s successes. And work, work, work alongside your competition and BIG things will come.

Success! Success! Success!

Holy canoli! We did it! I still can’t believe it. But it’s true.

The kid that I thought was literally never going to “get it” is now potty trained! It only took us two weeks. And one very, very important lesson.

Parker Poo

You cannot compare your children. You just can’t. I know this. I think all parents know this, but it’s still nearly impossible to NOT do.  And the second I sat back and just let him tell me what he needed to accomplish this it was a breeze.

He needed constant attention. Like, seriously constant. We went from every 10 minutes to 15 to 20 to him telling me when he needed to go.

I couldn’t believe he was going every 10 minutes. It was ridiculous. I learned that we weren’t teaching him to not use his diapers, we were teaching his body, training his body to go completely.

Seeing the little look on his face when it all clicked for him was amazing.

And now we only have one baby in diapers… never thought this day would come! haha

Throwbacks On Thursdays Link Up Party #4

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This is the fourth week of Throwbacks on Thursdays. If you are on social media I’m sure you have seen the post or updates with hashtag #TBT, I’m introducing it as a means to post your oldie but STILL goodies posts!

Let’s do this!

Throwback Thursdays

The Rules:

1. Link directly to a single post and not your entire blog.

2. Link up to a post that is 3 months or older.

3. Have fun! Link up as many as you like.

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That Friday Pinterest Link Up Party #5

Hi friends!

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Are you addicted to Pinterest? Let’s be honest, who isn’t.

I am starting this weekly link-up party to celebrate your great projects! Not only will you have the opportunity to list your posts here and browse the content from fellow bloggers, I will personally pin your pins to a “Pinterest Party Board” every week! Woo Hoo!

Party Rules:

1. Link up to a specific post and not your homepage.

2. Follow 21 Random on Pinterest.

3. Pin at least two other pins.

4. Grab the button place it somewhere on your blog, in post or on your party page.

5. Come back next week! Okay, not mandatory, but you know you want to! Smile

That Friday Pinterest Party

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Throwbacks on Thursday Linkup Party #3

Happy Almost Friday!

This is the third week of Throwbacks on Thursdays. If you are on social media I’m sure you have seen the post or updates with hashtag #TBT, I’m introducing it as a means to post your oldie but STILL goodies posts!

Let’s do this!

Throwback Thursdays

The Rules:

1. Link directly to a single post and not your entire blog.

2. Link up to a post that is 3 months or older.

3. Have fun! Link up as many as you like.

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Will It Ever Work?

As I am writing this my eyelids are telling me to close them, and I’m slowly losing the fight. It’s 12:54 in the afternoon, the boys are all down for a nap and I have a ton-o-crap to do.

But I just can’t get off this couch.

Why?

Well, Daylight Savings Time for starters…

And I have a 3 year old. A 3 year old that needs to be potty trained at some point. But he just doesn’t get it! Like at all. I have him sitting on the potty every 10 minutes and he is literally peeing his nundies minutes after he gets down.

I spent all week last week working with him and today it’s like he woke up and forgot how to readily relieve his bodily functions.

Is it worth it? Is he not ready? Am I doing it all wrong?

My oldest was so easy. When he figured out that he would get an M&M every time he went potty it just clicked for him. Number two was a little more work, but again, once he got it he was golden and we never had a single accident. Not a one. Even on looooooong 6 hour trips from Washington to Idaho to visit family.

But this kid. This kid is going to kill me.

Any advice for a Mom that is about to lose it? Anything?

For now I am succumbing to my exhaustion in hopes that I can get maybe a solid 15 minute nap before one of them wakes up. Then I think I will hide in the closet and eat some of this kids M&M’s. I mean, he obviously isn’t going to be needing them any time soon.

That Friday Pinterest Link Up Party Round 3

Oh Hello there!

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What’s up my fellow Pinterest addicts? Are you ready to get your weekly pin on? I am! Let’s do this. I want to see what you have been up to this week, or month or year.

Feel free to post any new handmade listings from your Etsy shops as well!

Party Rules:

1. Link up to a specific post and not your homepage.

2. Follow 21 Random on Pinterest.

3. Pin at least two other pins.

4. Grab the button place it somewhere on your blog, in post or on your party page.

5. Come back next week! Okay, not mandatory, but you know you want to! Smile

Grab button for That Friday Pinterest Party

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