Thursday, March 13, 2014

Changes and Starting New

It has been a while since I have been able to update this blog the way I would like to, but our family has been through quite a bit of changes in the past several months.

I have waited on blogging about this for several reasons. I wasn't sure if it was too "personal," and bringing it all back up sometimes brings back emotions I don't want to deal with or don't have time to deal with.

Frank and I have decided to separate and get a divorce. We decided to separate back in November, and I filed for divorce in January. I will spare the intense and negative details of most of the situation, but it boils down to Frank's battle with alcoholism. He is an alcoholic, and that habit only got worse in the past year. It has always been around but has seemed to be off and on through the years, until we got pregnant with Kendall, and that's when things really seemed to go farther downhill than any one could have imagined. 

I wish Frank nothing but the best in the rest of his life and especially in his work towards hopefully getting sober and staying that way, but I cannot put myself or our children through this any longer.

It's funny, I never realized how hidden I kept the addiction piece until now, when I am out of the marriage and can really look at myself and our relationship as it was then. I also never realized how beat down and crushed I was by him and his actions until I stepped away from the marriage. 

It still hurts, and from what I hear, that will never go away, but I don't miss him. I miss the person he USED to be, and that person, at this point, is long gone. If that same person ever comes back out, it won't be for many years down the road and I will long be moved on then, so it will be too little, too late. 

So, I am now a newly single mother of 4 children ages 5 and under, and to say it's hard and overwhelming is a huge understatement. The relationship and communication between me and Frank is either non existent, strained, tense, or we are arguing and being vindictive. It's heartbreaking to think of how two lovers could become strangers. 

But, the children and I are doing okay. We all have various forms of support to help us through the tough days and the good and happy days are actually more peaceful and happier than before. I know the children will thank me years later for taking them out of such a volatile and negative situation, and for being their rock and standing by them through everything, and that could never be a bad thing. They are my reason to keep living each day, even the days when I still feel like I will literally fall apart from the physical pain of the heartbreak and hurt.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash Review & Giveaway!


I am ALWAYS on the lookout for new soaps and body washes to try out, I can never just make up my mind with one that I just fall in love with and use religiously. 

That is, until now. My top favorite scents for body washes, shampoos, lotions, and soaps are coconut, vanilla, and kiwi. There's just something about the tropical aspect of these scents that gets me every time!

I was so excited to be chosen to try out the NEW Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash


The first thing I just have to mention about this body wash, is the fun and bright color of it! 


It looks pretty runny in the photo and seems like it when you first use it too, but once you start getting it to lather up and wash up with it, you can feel how how silky smooth and thick it is, and you can definitely feel the deep clean it gives you, as well as the nice vitamin boost to your precious skin!


Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash is infused with lotion, and the kiwi scented wash is loaded with Vitamin B, which is a natural humectant that helps draw in moisture and keeps your skin healthy and hydrated. I can definitely feel the difference in my skin now that I have been using this body wash regularly for several weeks now. 

My skin feels smoother and healthier, and of course, even better, I smell amazing! ;)

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Purex Crystals Fresh Mountain Breeze Review & Giveaway!


I have reviewed Purex Crystals before, and have never been disappointed, so I was very excited to be chosen for yet another wonderful promotion from Purex to review a new fragrance of Pure Crystals!


As soon as I opened the box to take this product out, I could already smell them! I wish I would post a sample of the scent here for all of you to try out too, it's THAT good!

I got right to work using these to enhance and refresh my laundry. With four children ages 5 and under, laundry could ALWAYS use a little extra refreshment and enhancement!

These are SO easy to use! Just simply fill up the cover with the crystals and sprinkle them on top of your full load of laundry! For extra extra refreshness, add a second or third cap full.


I prefer to hang dry all of my shirts, so to hang those all around our home after washing them with these crystals makes the house smell AMAZING!!


Even after the clothing is sitting in the dressers for a week or more, the still smell SO nice and mountain breeze fresh from using just a simple cap full in our load of laundry! That never happens with just laundry detergent! 

I am SO happy with this product, as I always am with Purex! 


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Time for an Update!

I think an update on the Ryan family is LONG overdue!

I don't even know where to begin, so I will just jump right in...

Connor and Merasia recently celebrated their 5th birthday! We had a party for them in town, the theme was Spider Man and Sofia the First, of course! They had a blast playing in the bounce house with their friends, opening their presents, and of course loading up on tons and tons of delicious cake! 








Blowing out their candle!






Kendall discovered balloons and how much she loves them....





Sofia the First's face looks a little scary...but it was still cute and yummy!



Aunt Erin and Aunt Rachel got Mason a little present too, so he wouldn't feel left out. :)


They are doing so well in preschool and they surprise me every day with something new they learn, say, or do. I love that they are at the age where we can have real conversations with them and they actually know and mostly understand what we are saying to them, and reply back. They are such little sponges, soaking up all that they can from the world around them!

Merasia is taking ballet and gymnastics and thriving at both! She is such a little ballerina and girly girl. She loves me to dab a little bit of make up on her each morning when I am getting myself ready, and loves getting her hair done, wearing pretty dresses, dancing, singing, getting her nails painted, and all things pink, sparkly, and girly!







Our girls night facials!





She is an amazing little helper around the house too! She is the best at helping me clean up or do something the second I ask her to help me out. She will pick up the toys in the living room and put them wherever they go, pick up the toys in her room and put them away, do the dishes (though I do need to keep an eye on her with this and sometimes re-wash them), sweep and mop, an she recently discovered how much fun vaccuuming is! Seeing how well she does all of these "big people" chores has inspired me to put together a real chore chart and really start sticking with it for the bigger kids, since they are at the perfect age to start earning allowances or little "treats" here or there, and so good at helping and learning responsibility of being a part of a larger family. 

Connor will be starting indoor soccer again soon, and he can't wait! He is such a natural at it, too! He just finished up his first season of basketball and though he enjoyed it, I think he enjoys soccer over basketball. He is typical boy and loves anything that involves getting dirty or running around and being rough and tumble! He has a very, very sweet soul though, and is very sensitive so don't let that touch exterior fool you too bad! ;) 





He has quite the temper and potty mouth on him these days, but we are working on all of that! He is also very helpful around the house with picking up and cleaning, and whenever I ask him to help me or do something, he usually responds with, "Yeah, sure!" He is pretty easy going for the most part, which has pretty much been his personality since he was a newborn. 

He is SUCH a good big brother and absolutely adores Mason! It's so sweet to see the two of them interacting together and loving on each other, when they are getting along! 





Connor recently lost his second tooth and his third one is very loose and on the verge of falling out too! 


Both Connor and Merasia know their days of the week, their ABC's, can count to 100, know all of their body parts and can point to them, can write their name (though sometimes not in the right order but all of the letters are there!), draw other people and objects, know all of their colors, can color almost always inside the lines of a picture, and almost read a book out loud or to us. I am so proud of their new accomplishments and learning, and can't wait to see what the rest of this year brings, and their start to kindergarten in the fall!

I have recently been able to spend quite a bit of one on one time with Mason. It has been so amazing for us as mother and son to bond in this way, as it has allowed me to see what an amazing little person he has been and what an amazing little person he is growing into. I have a whole new appreciation for Mason as an individual. 

We always joke that he is the wild child out of the bunch and is going to have piercings and tattoos when he gets older and be rebellious. We may be right, but for now, it's just fun to joke about. He is definitely the crazier one out of all of the children, but we wouldn't trade that for the world! He always keeps us guessing and on our toes, and is such a joy to be around. He is unbelievable kind-hearted and his language has absolutely taken off in the past month or so!

He has an amazing sense of humor and it's impossible to NOT laugh your butt off when you are around Mason!




He also enjoys helping mommy out with chores around the house. His favorite is the dishes!




He loves to ham it up for the camera or for anyone who will pay attention to him, really!






He is still an excellent sleeper, taking a 2-3 hour nap a day and sleeping beautifully through the night. A big new change for Mason is that he is no longer in his crib, but in his toddler bed now! We tried him in it several months ago when Kendall was first born, and it didn't go so well so we decided to keep him in his crib, where he was happy and content, until he figured out how to get out of it himself. Well, he never did figure that out, but we decided it had been a long time since we had tried him in his bed, so we would give it another shot. It worked great! He loves it and stays in it at night unless he needs something, and in the morning he gets up and comes upstairs to find me and wake me up or snuggle with me. I love those moments!




He absolutely ADORES Kendall in every way, shape, and form! He is always kissing her, hugging her, and talking to her. It's so sweet to see them together!


Mason can say a TON of words and sentences (I can't keep track of them all anymore!), sings his ABC's, can count to 10 (maybe more with help but we haven't tried in a while), sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," tell you how old he is and how old he is going to be in a month, sing "Happy Birthday," and so much more!

And then there's Kendall....sweet, sweet Kendall. It's hard to believe she is almost 8 months old!

She has grown and changed SO much in 8 months, it's unbelievable!

She is sitting unassisted, and when she is sitting an you hold her hands, all she wants to do is pull herself to a standing position and try to take steps. She just started getting up on her hands and knees and rocking back and forth, so I know crawling is right around the corner!

She is the happiest baby I have ever had or seen! She always has a smile on her face and gets so happy and excited at the sight of anyone and anything! 

She is starting to feed herself more and more lately. She hasn't tried much for table food yet but she enjoys her baby friendly snacks and her pureed food for her meals. She has 4 teeth now and the others are following fast behind!

She weighs about 19 pounds and is 29 inches long (off the charts!!)!! She is a BIG girl but we wouldn't have it any other way! 

She can say hi, wave, and just learned how to clap. Her giggle is the cutest thing in the universe and is absolutely contagious! It's impossible to be in a bad mood around this cute little princess!






Trying out a cracker for the first time!



Yummy...popsicle!








And as for mama....I'm living. Life is CRAZY! I am back in school after the long holiday break, but it feels good to be getting back to the swing of things as far as classes and homework goes. I am always on the road running to appointments for myself, appointments for the children, meetings, and getting the kids to school, ballet, gymnastics, soccer, etc. but I can't complain too much...at least I'm not bored! ;) 

Frank and I are separated right now, and we aren't sure what our future holds together, but we do know that we are focused on the children and their needs above all else, and will work extra hard at co parenting in the best most positive way we can to keep the children safe and happy, no matter what the future may bring for us as a couple and us as a family.

So, that's it! There's our update for the last few months...I have to apologize for being semi-MIA from here and am working super hard at getting back to it and getting lots of fun, new reviews and giveaways up and going for all of you very, very soon! Stay tuned! :)