Taking Flight Without a Fight

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Spring break this year fell the same week as my son’s 3rd Birthday and I wanted him to have an amazing time. I planned a trip for him to visit his Godmother and to enjoy some wonderful places in California. The trip was a 5-day trip and we had an absolute ball. We flew from Baltimore to California on a direct flight and besides him getting a little too tired it wasn’t bad. The flight back is a different story though.  It was the longest day that I have ever had in the airport. We arrived at the airport at about 4:45am and our flight was scheduled to depart at 7:15am. The problem was that we fly standby, because my husband works for the airlines. This day we were bumped multiple times because of storms and the Holiday weekend. It was here that I learned some things about managing a toddler in the airport!

5 Flight Tips:

  1. Pack plenty of different things to entertain them. When waiting for extended periods in the airport or on flights, having backup books and toys always comes in handy. During our time, Kristopher played with his tablet, Spider-Man, toy animals, and read some books!
  2. Be prepared for them to get antsy. It’s difficult for me to sit still for long, so it really doesn’t shock me when sitting in a seat for a 5-hour flight gets difficult for a 3-year-old. Once they get off that plane, they are ready to stretch their legs. Before, the flight and after I allowed Kristopher to have short races in not so busy areas. As we moved from one terminal to another, I would also play racing games with him to help him keep up with my pace!
  3. Make sure that they eat and have plenty of snacks! Kristopher, is always a much better person when he has a full tummy. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of traveling, especially when flying, but food is important. Make sure you eat as well. Parents are much more patient when we aren’t hungry.
  4.  Expect to talk to lots of people!!! People seem to be drawn to children and enjoy having conversing with them. It seemed like everywhere we went, we met someone different who had something to share with Kristopher. There were times where he was finally quiet and I just wanted to zone out, but was stuck entertaining a new person Kristopher had met.
  5. Ensure that your toddler is sociable and knows personal information about himself and his family. During this recent flight, I developed a bad migraine that made my vision blurry, my head pound, and made me throw up. I remember taking off for the trash can and dragging poor Kristopher threw tons of people with me. Before my entire world came pouring out of me, I heard him yelling mommy, and realized that he was no longer holding my hand. I was paralyzed with fear. I hunted everywhere for him and started to sweat. Just as I was about to lose it, I heard my name called over the intercom, telling me that Kristopher was at Gate 16 waiting for me. I was so relieved. The customer service representatives where amazed at how much he knew. He told them that they were strangers and that his “mommy was sick.” He gave them his full name and my name. He was also able to tell them his age and that he was flying home to Baltimore. I was extremely proud that he could give them the information needed for me to find him, and that he speaks so well.

Moms, remember when flying with little ones, we can never be too safe or too prepared. I learned a lot from our trip and I look forward to creating even easier future trips.

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-Kristina (Kristopher’s Mom)

Faith and Anxiety

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”                             –  Philippians 4:6-7

It always bothers me to hear others tell people that anxiety means that one has little faith, because I believe that anxiety is natural for some people. Anxiety is defined as: “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.” There are many types of anxiety, where some can be bad, others can be manageable and natural. Anxiety can sneak up on the most faithful, and cause great discomfort in their daily lives. Especially, if it’s big worries over little things. It is my belief that you can have strong faith, and still experience moments of anxiety. Your faith makes you feel sure that you will have the greatest outcome, whether it’s a what you want, or not. Anxiety will often show itself by having you worry about when the yes or no will arrive. To combat that, replace the thoughts and continue your day. Never allow your worries to weigh you down.

If you are struggling with a natural mild level of anxiety, relax! Try to involve yourself in things that will distract your mind from overthinking, continue to pray, and remind yourself that you are great regardless of the outcome. Ignore those who don’t speak positivity into your spirit, and be sure to whisper positive words to anyone that you meet who is struggling as well. Also, keep in mind that sometimes our anxieties can be our instincts warning us about things. Trust in yourself always.

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.
Corrie ten Boom

-Kristina

 

You Are Somebody’s Everything

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As a working mom my days are long. Between the work hat, mom hat, and the wife hat I’m mentally and physically exhausted by the end of the day! Sometimes just a few minutes of alone time is a big deal! Motherhood is definitely the hardest job on the planet! My son literally calls me mom or mommy over a hundred times a day lol! When he needs something he doesn’t ask his dad, nope he asks me. Sometimes when he’s talking, I’ll zone out, LOL, then he will ask questions to make sure I’m listening! SMH.

Sometimes, on those really hard days when everything is going wrong with the toddler tantrums and stubbornness and my husband is irking my soul, I want to scream and just quit! But as a mom you are a lifetime employee, LOL! My son is very needy and he wants to touch me even when I don’t want to be touched, LOL. But then I remember that I’m the constant in his life. He knows that if he has a boo boo, mommy will kiss it. If he’s scared of something mommy will make sure he’s no longer afraid. When he wants to be cuddled, then mommy will be there. He knows when he has a nightmare and wakes up screaming mommy will come running. He knows that mommy will comfort him whenever he needs it.

Sometimes I’ll think that I’m winning when I put Kodie to bed at a decent time, but then an hour or so later he will come downstairs looking for me and I really want nothing more than to put him right back to bed so that I can have a moment to myself! But then he will say “I need my mommy” and in those moments I remember that I’m his EVERYTHING! One day these will all be memories for me but for him these moments will be his foundation; the foundation that will make him a caring and compassionate human being, an awesome man, and a future husband and father someday. I’ve been blessed with an enormous role! I get to be somebody’s Everything!

~Kristle (Somebody’s Everything)

Motivational Monday – New Beginnings

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“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

–   Isaiah 43:19

It is your time to do something new!!! Spring has officially arrived and the earth is starting to burst with so many new and beautiful things, and so should you. Starting a new career, joining a new group at Church, starting a new workout routine, finding a new hobby, traveling some where different, working on a new budget, or anything else you put your mind to is possible. Many of us will get a great new idea, and quickly dismiss it. That new idea could be the very thing that can change our lives!

We are never too old to start new things, or to have new adventures!!! This week, find something new and exciting to do! Even if it’s only starting a new book! You deserve to add something to your life and there is no better time than now. Go for it and have fun!!!

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” -Alan Cohen

-Kristina

Life as Mom

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Today, I realized that motherhood with a toddler is going to send me to the Nut house. If you have/had a toddler (especially a boy), you already know what I’m talking about. Toddlers have a way of pushing you as far as you can go, and my son specializes in doing just that. He absolutely loves to do all the things that he shouldn’t. If there’s a puddle and he has on cloth tennis, he will jump in it. He licks random things for no reason at all, and climbs things, just to jump off. Boogies and passing gas, are the new funniest things in life. And, if I’m washing clothes I must guard the washer while open with my life, so that every item in the home doesn’t go into it. There is no rest as a toddler mom.

As if the behavior is not enough, the questions alone make my head spin. The other day when he spotted a squirrel running up the street, he asked me what squirrel poop smelled like. I was speechless, I mean it’s a great question, but how am I to know? I can’t recall ever smelling or seeing squirrel poop! It is days later, and I’m still trying to figure out where squirrels poop at! As a new toddler mom, I’m a little confused at how I’m supposed to know answers to all the things his mind comes up with!! And, I’m sure the questions will only get harder as he gets older!!! Just the other day he was drinking some juice and then went to use the bathroom. When he returned, he asked me if the pee in the pot was the juice he just drank, or the water that he drank earlier. I just stood there thinking……. now I’m expected to be pee expert! LOL.

Along with behaviors and toddler questions, I deal with the “let me create this,” inventions. My son creates all types of things, and I love his little imagination, but some days I’m too tired to redirect his ideas in a direction that doesn’t destroy our home or household products. I’ve frequently caught him taking all the toilet tissue off the rolls, so that he can use the roll for a telescope.

To the toddler moms out here making it one day at a time, know that you are not alone and these crazy moments wont last forever. One day they will grow up, and we will miss those wild behaviors, crazy questions, and cute little inventions. Enjoy these little moments Moms, because they will be the ones you want to remember the most.

-Kristina (Kristopher’s Tired Mom)

Motivational Monday – Roadblocks

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)

Life will have many roadblocks along the way. You will be cruising along thinking that the path is all clear and that you have successfully worked everything out, and then up jumps a roadblock. That block can be financial, personal, or an unexpected health concern. That’s the thing with roadblocks, they can be very unpredictable. You won’t know when they are coming, and you can’t gauge how small or large they will be. When roadblocks appear in our lives we often start to wonder, “what did I do to deserve this.” It’s a natural response when things go bad. Most times it’s nothing that you have done. Our biggest blessing often appears after our toughest times. We are tested with trials to strengthen our faith and the confidence we have in ourselves.

To anyone experiencing a difficult time, know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Nothing last forever, not even the hard times. When roadblocks pop up, smile and face them head on. Know that you are strong enough to conquer anything, and that you are never alone while facing difficult days!

“Most of the time the road is not clear ahead. We have roadblocks and obstacles and stumble because of them. Are you courageous enough to map your way around them and continue on?”

Tony Curl

Kristina