Kid update! Parent update!

Biscuit raised $500 fundraising for cheer, she bought her own uniform and jacket. I am proud of her! It helped with the financial burden of purchasing two uniforms, two jackets, and paying two competition fees last week. She also got her front tuck! That’s amazing, again I’m beaming with positive mom feelings! It won’t be long before she has her back tuck and we will celebrate. Being in Junior High is suiting her well…she is boy crazy.

Shy is no longer shy! He is funny, outgoing, and clever! He has started showing an interest in girls and participates in EVERYTHING. Shy is patient and kind, he is helpful, and he has come so far. I am proud of him! He started the Young Marines and he wants to become a leader. I can always count on him.

Boychild started the Young Marines, he’s really keen on it. He is excited about the encampments and the gun raffle! Boychild is doing exceptionally well in school and this makes me mega proud. He still has some impulse control issues as well as accountibility problems but that is something we are constantly working on, I hope the Young Marines will help pound positive things into his head.

Bells is doing well too! This girl is making leaps and bounds in the reading department, she was pretty far behind her grade level in most of her school work but she has been joyful during all the extra tutoring and AR reports. Bells started a recreational cheer team and she is a constant positive in our household. She calls me mom sometimes and I don’t mind, she is a good girl and I love her just as I love my own children.

Bunny is not liking Kindergarten so much, she misses me and cries often. She misses nap time too. However, she is doing great and is actually READING! Bunny is doing exceptional in cheer and is currently learning her back handspring. She has a great sense of humor and is a complete showstopper.

Lemon started Preschool, she adores it. I like it too…hello free time! Lemon thinks she is a cheerleader but she still has a little while before she can become a Sonic. Until then she is the biggest supporter of the entire Sonics family.

My babies make me proud, they’re all doing so well. Yes, they get into trouble and make mistakes but they’re learning. They’re kids. Kids learn by example and by guidance…I do my best. I am not perfect and I make mistakes too. I take it one day at a time and sometimes I wing it. Husband and I are doing well, we have our date nights on Wednesdays when the kids go to their youth group. We also have lunch dates during the week. I love that we make time, even with 6 kids in our home, to keep our relationship healthy.

Thrive, by Level Review

I don’t sell Thrive. This is not a paid review. I have the biggest paragraph ever and I didn’t proofread. TL;DR Thrive is lame and you’re getting ripped off.

Husband and I tried Thrive by Level. It was a series of pills, patches, and protein shakes. It boasted mental clarity and a few other things, we both followed the rules; pop your pills before your feet hit the floor, slap the patch on, and have a shake. Easy peasy. The first few days were as normal as can be, the third day on I could feel a burst of energy after I popped the pills, the husband agreed. It was obvious that the pills we’re a healthier alternative to the standard thermogenic. That’s pretty much the only positive thing I have to report about the Thrive system. The patches wouldn’t stick, I tried everyrhing from rubbing alcohol to different places on my body. While the patches were super cute…they sucked. I didn’t notice a difference with them vs without them. The shake, woof, they were terrible and high in sugar. My conclusion? My mental clarity was not improved, my joints weren’t in better shape, and I hadn’t lost any weight. In addition. Husband and I both stopped energy drinks, caffiene, and alcohol to give it a fair chance. Another positive, aside from the thermogenic by Thrive, is that it helped us drop some nasty habits. We don’t crave energy drinks, caffiene, or beer as much. We’ve stopped Thrive and we still don’t crave those things…so doing this 3 week trial helped us kick a few bad habits. Also, it helped us create our own routine. We take our thermogenics, we put on our vitamin patch, and we still have our protein shakes. We’ve just created our own version, we use Arbonne protein powder (the vanilla is delicious and it’s pretty good for you) and abcocid patches. We still use the Thrive thermogenics because it is a healthier alternative to the standard thermogenic. Instead of paying $170 a month for the Thrive system you can easily spend about $80 and get the same results or better! Also, don’t buy your Thrive things from a rep, you can get a way better deal on ebay. If you want to do the Thrive thing it’s on ebay for $130 with free shipping. One last thing…you can request FREE samples. Do not pay for them. Thrive reps will say that you need to pay…you don’t. People who truly believe in a product will stand behind it and want you to better yourself for FREE, they won’t want to make a buck off of you. Friends don’t do that, just sayin.