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Happy Birthday Jaiden!


Happy birthday to our son, Jaiden. Today, he turns 3 years old! My, where did all the time go!? Couple months ago, his oldest brother- Gavin had his birthday in Feb, then Mason had his birthday in March, we told him that his birthday was coming up soon, and that he would be 3! So for good couple of months, he keeps saying “soon 3!” ๐Ÿ™‚ ย 

This morning Jaiden woke up, walked towards me, and I said, how old are you today, he said 3! ๐Ÿ™‚ I said, that’s right, it’s your birthday. Happy birthday son! And we cuddled for a bit with blanket wrapped around (our morning routine during the week since I’m up and awake before he does). Sweet moment. I love those small moments that means so much!ย 


We baked mini-cupcakes for his birthday cake today. We’ll have a nicer one for his birthday party, which has been postponed to next month with the recent circumstances. Joe woke up, and joined us with the baking party- started baking pancakes for breakfast! Yum. ๐Ÿ™‚ Little did Jaiden know what was our plan with the pancakes. ๐Ÿ™‚ Joe stacked up the pancakes and put sparkles on it, as well as cherry (which he LOVES!), and added three lit candles! What a fun way to start our morning! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Joe left to work, and then we left to Mall of America, and enjoyed a fun afternoon there together. Mommy and son time. We went on Swing & Log Chute rides for the first time, as well as other rides; but those two were the biggest rides of the day! We were able to capture such a great photo at the Log Chute. ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE this picture! ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to purchase it, no question!Image

We enjoyed a good lunch at Rainforest Cafe, we sat right next to the fishes and he was on his BEST behavior, ever (at theย restaurant!) ย Not even a peep come from him, and he was all in relaxing mood, sat down well and enjoyed looking around at the elephants mounted on the wall, butterfly fluttering, and fishes swimming by. Beautiful. Perfect Lunch Date! I didn’t come up with this idea until last night- I was cleaning and going through my coupon binders, and found that we had free kid meal (birthday) there, as well as $5 off $20, and both could be used! Woot! It was a GREAT deal, and we enjoyed a nice meal together. ๐Ÿ™‚ He was getting sleepy towards the end, so we didn’t get the waitresses to come and sing him happy birthday, bummer. We left, and went back to enjoy some more rides and played with the legos as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Then we came home, to get Joe, and headed to Petco. In between that, Jaiden grabbed some catnap, and woke up excited to get a new fish. RIP Blue- he passed away Wednesday, April 18th. STORY: I was cleaning and replacing the water in the fish home, and left Blue out in a cup waiting for the chemical to be dissolved. I went to sit down in the playroom for a bit, Jaiden comes and tells me that he “pour fish,” I thought he meant he pour the fish out in the sink, I’m like, oh no you did not! I ran into the kitchen, and found that fish was still in bowl, except the water was FULL of dish soap. Oh no! I then poured the fish into my hands, and quickly rinsed with lukewarm water, and put him in his home. He didn’t survive. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So, next day, we gave him a proper burial, explaining that the fish died, I told him that we would get a new one tomorrow (today). Joe decided that it was his turn to name the fish, we all had our chances to name all of our animals, but him, and Jaiden agreed to it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Our new fish’s name is Stick! So, yes, Fish Stick! LOL. I guess all of our pets are to be named as food/drink items: Cookie, Java, and now Fish Stick! Welcome to our weird family. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

We also bought some stuff to add to our fishes home too- to make it more “homey” because Brandon said that they had a pretty boring life, so I guess we need to spoil our fishes a little more. See what Joe meant, that all the animals live a better life than him! Ha ha ha. ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

We ended our night with Noodles & Co for dinner- Jaiden LOVES Mac & Cheese, and keeps saying that he really likes it! ๐Ÿ™‚ No doubt that’s true! ๐Ÿ™‚ And also a VIDEO! ๐Ÿ™‚ I saw somewhere in the magazine that it was a great idea to do video every year on their birthdays, and ask the same question every time. I decided not to ask the same question every time, just have him tell about his day. Fun, I can’t wait to do this again next year, in the meantime, we’ll enjoy life today! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย One day at a time, for tomorrow isn’t promised. -Mย 


Thoughts on Today.


Today, I did have the chance to organize my “office,” and it looks better! Just not quite done yet. I need to put away the coupons in the binder which is time consuming! My least favorite task about using coupons. However, I did find my New Year’s Resolution, YES! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll share that with you all later this week.

In the meantime, I wanted to share about couple of thoughts I had today.

As you know about the news I found out yesterday about my dear Uncle. After talking back and forth with Joe about whether we should go visit him at the hospital, or not. Initially, I did decide that we would not go visit him because I wanted to give him the space, and allow him spend time with immediate family members. Joe, somehow, knew that I wouldn’t be at peace with myself. I couldn’t quite pinpoint what I needed to do or decide. I talked with my future sister-in-law, Lauren, this morning and it came to me, that I SHOULD text and ASK my Uncle, what HE WANTS. So, I sent him a text, and asking him, as well as letting him know that I would understand and respect whatever decision he makes, if he would like for us to come down and visit him. Few hours later, he sent a reply and said “I would love to see you and JJ,” and I replied back “it’s a date!” I’m feeling at peace with this decision, and am looking


forward to spending time with him this weekend! So, Kansas City, Missouri- here we come on Saturday! ๐Ÿ™‚ Moral of this story, is to make sure that we don’t assume what the person wants, and we should always ASK what the person wants. Awesome. I’m glad I realized that today before it’s too late, so I will be able to see him one more time! Can’t wait!

On another lighterย note about today- as Joe said, I’m pretty serious and straightforward, I’m always working hard and that sometimes I forget to have some fun! Thank God for Joe, he truly balances me– ย he said twice today, to go and have some fun today! He suggested the MOA idea, and off we went, and as we walked towards Nickelodeon Universe, Jaiden stopped there and said “YES!” ๐Ÿ™‚ I knew right away, that we would have so much fun. Off we went, riding on rides together and ending with a ride by himself at Blue’s Skidoo! It was such a fun afternoon, and we stopped by at Dairy Queen on our way home to get a chocolate ice cream cone. Jaiden wanted it all, and wouldn’t share with me (Duh, I should have gotten two!). I managed to sneak in and stole the ice cream, twice, and had some bites before giving it back to him. Yum. Yes, I should have gotten two, one for him, and one for me. Next time! ๐Ÿ™‚

And of course, upon arriving home, Jaiden decides to play a little prank on mommy! He goes running right for the water and hose, turns it on, and start spraying at mommy. The only way to turn it off is to run towards him, yes, I got little wet in the small water fight we had! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I guess somehow, he thought I deserved this after treating him to a fun day today! ๐Ÿ˜‰


Be sure to find some time in your busy lives to have some fun, celebrate life, for tomorrow is not promised to us.ย Image