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Whitney's Wild World is just that . . . a little blog to chronicle the crazy times inside my wild world!! We finally made it to a family of 4 and are enjoying every day we have together!! Check up on us to see all that goes on inside Whitney's Wild World . . . . . . .


Sunday, December 15, 2013

I Want Crazy

A while ago my mom and I were in the car and this song came on the radio and she said "This song reminds me of you and your family!"
When I got home I looked into the lyrics.
 "I Want Crazy" by Hunter Hayes is about a couple that is sick in love and crazy to the bone.  Many of the verses sound an awful lot like our crazy family.
I don't want good and I don't want good enough
It don't make sense to anybody else
It aint right and if you aint lost your mind
I don't want easy I want crazy are you with me baby lets be crazy
Were the kinda crazy that people wish that they could be

We are crazy busy . . .
Soccer 3X a week
All Star Soccer
Dance 2X a week
MNO 4X a month
Preschool 2X a week
Date Nights
Homework nightly
Speech 2X a week
Mops weekly
Brady's Room Mom
Rylee's Room Mom
Girl Scouts
This is my version of CRAZY!

I love it all . . . I love driving to and from and back again.  I love getting all the supplies and presents for Rylee and Brady's class.  I love getting to watch soccer practice in the freezing cold or blazing hot.  I love that I get to take Brady to lunch on a Wednesday just because.  I love planning the play dates and eating on the run.
  Crazy is just a state of mind and I want it on my mine!!
I realize in this era everyone is busy.  I only have 2 kids they both go to school and I don't work, I know you're thinking how can she be that busy.  I do it on purpose, it is just my crazy nature.
 I do enjoy being home and fiddling around the house but would much rather be out doing something.  I love to be busy if I have a free moment I am trying to fill it as soon as I can.  I want to be involved in everything.  I like being the room mom so I know whats going on.  I love going to MOPS so I can keep my girlie gab time, take on the role of  the publicity coordinator in leadership . . . add more mops meetings.  I want my crazies to be well rounded, play sports and be involved.  If they want to try it I will find a way to make it happen.  We do dance 20 min away twice a week, crazy? Why not do it  close to home? Better dance studio and our friends go there.  Girl Scouts? Easy enough, once a month  . . on a Friday afternoon (Shoot me now) sure we'll do it!
I really wouldn't want it any other way

A little crazy update . . .
Rylee is doing great in school, making friends, wanting to buy her lunch and playing with boys.  Reading is coming slowly and writing is a little tough.  Her favorite thing to write is "I am going to see my _____" It's pretty much the only thing she writes.  Her teacher and I can't decide if it's because she is afraid to be wrong, or afraid to take a risk.  She is very stubborn and homework is proving to be tough when dealing with a crazy schedule.  School gets out at 3:20 and we usually head straight to an activity, come back have dinner and then do homework.  At the end of the night she is a little overwhelmed.  Luckily homework is not every night.  School should really get out before 3 so kids could regroup before heading off to their extracurricular activities.  After 3 weeks of dance they wanted to move her up to the next level.  Great right?  Well she is in the class with 3 of her other friends and during class the moms and little kids chat at Starbucks waiting for the one hour class to be over.  Do I really want to give up my gab time for her progression in tap and her ability to be with her friends??  Of course not!!  We now do 2 tap classes!!  Soccer is going really well too.  She made the all star team. They had their first tournament this past weekend and she did great.  They did a 3v3 tournament and her team came in 2nd.  It was super fun to watch her play!

Brady is doing AWESOME!  Speech is finally coming at a rapid pace.  The things I hear him tell Rylee are hilarious.  Yesterday He told Her "Don't touch Rylee!!" He is singing songs he's learned from school. Love's face timing with anyone who will talk to him.  When I'm on the phone he always says "My turn Mama my turn" My favorite is when someone is chasing him, he runs to me and yells "Save me Mama save me!!!"  He is probably the most polite boy ever "Please, Thank You or Thanks and Your Welcome" are in abundance.  Potty training went great, still in a pull up at night but during the day NO accidents . . . Whooo Hooo!!  T-ball went OK but I'm not sure if we will sign up again.  I think we will look for another avenue for Brady.  He is having fun playing soccer in the alley with the kids, so maybe that in the spring who knows! He is drawn the the drums which scares me a lot.  Chris was a drummer so it's not surprising, but do I really want drums in my house??  Maybe the garage or lessons at someone elses house!!! I'll keep you posted!

 They are so fun, funny, crazy and entertaining.  They play so well together and are so easy.  The last two babysitter's I have had said "I'll  babysit for you anytime your kids are so easy!"  YES all my hard work is paying off :)

Chris and I are loving this time with the kids. Chris is amazing and does breakfast with the kids every morning so I can get ready for the day. The end of the day is priceless, we are altogether and it my favorite part of the day.  Love it when the kids run to the door when Chris gets home.  Brady is so proud to show Dada the latest craft he made at school, mops, or speech . . ."Wook Dada Wook!!"  The bedtime routine is wonderful, we all march up stairs Brady gets a book and always "A Drink A Water" Rylee reads her books and passes out before I can leave the room.  Day over and Chris and I get ready to start all over again the next day.

Crazy keeps me sane,  it might drive Chris insane but it works.  Every Sunday we go over what is happening in the upcoming week and then regroup on Wednesday because most likely it has changed!
It's a system, a crazy system, but I'll take it!  

I LOVE MY LIFE and I wouldn't want it any other way!!

I know were crazy
There's no such thing as wild enough
who cares if were crazy?
We gotta be crazy
I know that were crazy
So lets be crazy !!

Thanks Hunter Hayes well said :)

A Sickly Thanksgiving

When you are constantly on the go, 2 kids in school, weather changing daily, it is inevitable that someone will get sick.  It just kinda sucks when that person then passes it on to the WHOLE family.  Yes the WHOLE FAMILY minus Bryn!!!
We almost didn't make it to the beach we were all so sickly.   We were afraid to take all of our germs down and infect Gramps.  Lucky for him he dodged the plague.   Even the DeleDonne's stayed away.
But we made it.
We fried the turkey and that always makes Thanksgiving a little easier.
 I think Jeff deep fried something like 7 turkeys!!
We were all a lot sad this year without Mimi.  Everything thing we did on Thanksgiving we did together and for her not to be there left us all a little on the sad side.

Mom brought an awesome craft for the kids to do and who ended up doing it??  Bryn Mom and I!!

The Turkey team!

It was just a different Thanksgiving . . . Dad was too sick and didn't make it, Scott was working and Gramps was on the phone the whole day trying to buy Uncle Bruce a car (Crazy enough it actually worked and they brought the car the next day!!)

We got to celebrate Aunt B's birthday with a movie on a super cold and rainy day!!
Frozen for Aunt B's Birthday
There is always a constant for Bryn's Birthday . . . Funfetti Cake with Funfetti frosting!!!
Hopefully the next holiday we will all be healthy! 
 If not the Hlinka's may not be invited :)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Kostas wedding!!

What a beautiful last event we got to share with Mimi!!  Kosta's wedding.  It was a perfect night and it is the way I am going to choose to remember my beautiful Mimi!
A bet was made between Mom and Chris on what the sex of Bryn and Scott's baby will be.  Chris is taking GIRL and Mom is taking BOY.   Who will the winner be??  Can't wait to find out!!
She hated pictures but I am so glad she let me take these.  She looked amazing!!

Auntie Nini is ready!!

Nobody is more excited than I am to announce that  . . .
I am going to be an AUNT!!!
Congrats Bryn and Scott you are going to be amazing parents. 
 I just hope that your little one likes me better than Brady likes Aunt B!!
Yea for more babies in June . . .

My Merlin

Today on November 6th I said goodbye to my best friend. 
It was hands down the hardest thing I have ever done in my whole life. I did not want to let go and say the words goodbye.  Standing there holding her hand I did not want to leave that room and not take her with me. 

Mom and I were talking and decided that she was the most unique person we have ever known.  Everyone was drawn to her young and old.  It was her uncanny ability to listen to everyone and genuinely know exactly what to say.  I think I can honestly say she has more friends, a better social calendar and has had more fun than I could even think to have.  I would call down and my friends would be sitting on the patio or she would have plans to go out to dinner with my friends.  Just last month I called and the mail lady had come by and was having wine on the patio.

 In September we had a birthday party for my mom and I told Merlin we were going to take a cab so nobody had to drink and drive.  She said she had never been in a cab.  When the cab didn’t pull up the street she cursed his name walking the whole way to the end of the street.  As soon as she got in the front seat of the cab she was patting him on the back and said let’s give him his tip now all smiles and handed over her money!!!   It’s amazing the effect she had on people. 
I find myself to be extremely lucky, in that I have never have had to suffer loss like this before.  My life has been “normal” every day for the last 31 years and today I am finding a new sense of normal.  Not being able to pick up the phone and call your best friend any time day or night is horrible.  I feel completely selfish in wanting her with me, but knowing that she is in a better place comforts me.  I have no regrets and had left nothing unsaid.  She knew how much I loved, admired and needed her just as much as I knew how much she loved me and loved living vicariously through all my crazy moments.  She could talk on the phone with me for hours.  I would tell her every detail of every story and she would just laugh and laugh until we were in tears on the phone.  She was the best listener and without judgment.  I would call her with my problems and I would say “Merlin I have a problem” and she would ALWAYS say “it’s not a problem unless you’re pregnant”  So when I found out I was pregnant with Rylee I called her and said “I have a problem” and she knew exactly what I meant. 
Mimi was my biggest fan in every way shape and form cliché I know but it’s true.  She was always in the stands cheering me on in high school and into college her and grandpa would come down to all the SDSU games remembering that they never saw a winning game but she was happy to be there for me.  Growing up she loved being on the beach and going places together. In my teenage years she was bound and determined to find me a boy and we all thought it was great when I found Chris in San Diego all by myself.  She always wanted me looking my best in case there was a potential mate in the near vicinity.  She pushed me to always to my best, pushed me into elevators and then backed out, and pushed me into boy’s homes (literally).  There was a boy that lived in the house behind them at the beach house one summer and I think she made me take out the trash everyday hoping that he was in the alley too and there might be a run in!!
I called her everyday and told her EVERYTHING even things I didn’t tell my mom.  She was the best secret keeper.  She took me to Paris and Amsterdam after doing a house swap with a friend that lived in Amsterdam.  Mimi was so excited when she found out that this friend had a nephew that lived next door.  Before we even left California she was already setting me up.  So sure enough when we got there one night he picked me up on a bicycle one rainy night.  She hugged me and told me to have fun.  When I returned at 5am I thought for sure she would kill me , put me on the first flight out and call my mom but as soon as I opened the door she was right there and said “Tell me everything and don’t leave anything out!!”  Whose grandma does that??  When I would come home late from being out at the bars in Newport I would tiptoe in not trying to wake anyone up and she would race out of her room like she had been waiting for me to get home.  We would sit on the edge of the twin bed and I would recap the whole night at 2 in the morning sometimes hoping she didn’t realize how many drinks I had had even though I knew she knew.

With all the fun we had together I never got caught "necking" in the back seat of a car!!  She really was more fun than any body ever knew!
She loved to sit in the makeup chair at any makeup counter.  When we went to Nordstrom we would all come back with a new lipstick and the last time mom and I went without her and came back with matching lipsticks she was so mad that we didn’t get her one too.
She had the same hair for FOREVER as far back in pictures as I have gone it’s that same and she always wanted to be blonde and have bangs.  Finally Nicole said ok let’s do bangs and I think it was her happiest day.
Things I will never forget …
She hated when grandpa, mom and I wanted tuna on toast for dinner … she hated it …and knew she would have to have soup.
She hated when I had brown hair.
She hated having her picture taken!!
She was the best at getting out stains. 
I loved to tell her her lipstick was too pink and she couldn't wipe it off fast enough. 
I loved helping her comb out the back of her hair and spray it with so much hair spray it wouldn't move. 
She loved horrible reality tv shows. 
She coined the phrase "beds are for sleeping and dying."
 Everytime we came to the beach there was warm chocolate chop cookies waiting for us. 
I loved to take the cookie dough balls off the cookie sheet because I knew she hated it. 
I wish I would have taken the time and asked her to teach me to sew. 
I called her everytime I needed to know how long it took to boil an egg.  
Never taking the time to write it down because I loved to call and ask and I knew she loved to feed me the answers. 
She loved having diamond club status at the casino for playing the penny slots. 
In hind sight, I took all of this for granted thinking that she would always be just a phone call away for all these answers/problems. 
Evertime I left the beach she would say “Call me up a bunch”

I will miss her forever and continue to tell her everything!

Who Dunnit??

 Stephanie sure does know how to throw a great party and what better excuse to have a part than you birthday!!!
This year she did a murder mystery party and it was so much fun . .. . we all got dolled up with hair, make up and outfits to match our character and the era that it was supposed to be which was "old Hollywood glam"
I think we nailed it!!!
What's fun about this kind of party is that you really have to act out your character and nobody is better at that then our very own Chirstopher Hlinka!!  He won for best portrayal of an actor . . . maybe he is in the wrong business  . . . get this guy an agent!!
We just love to get dressed up for a party!!

Tball and Brady

It was finally the Brady mans turn to pick a sport. Our neighbor Grayson was doing T-ball so I thought that would be fine and they could do it together. It took a good couple practices before Brady figured out what he was doing. Each week was quite the gamble. Some days were good some days where trouble.
T-ball was really cute. He got to sit on the little dugout. Hit off the tee. Ground balls and throw them in the net. He got to run the bases. And he loves the huddle at the end.
Of course on the last day he was asleep when it was time to go to T-ball. I tried to wrestle him from his bed to which he said no baseball no medal.  After practice had already started he decided he did want to get his metal. We jump in the car wrong outfit on wrong outfit stripes and plaid and no baseball cleats to get a prized medal. When we got to the baseball field he shouted no baseball no medal!

Once he saw all of the kids getting their medal he ran to the dugout. He was so excited to get medal but when I tried to take his picture yet again he said no picture!!!

The Brady man is going to do me in at every turn. I just know it. He will be doing everything on his own at his own time whenever he wants. 

He looked pretty cute but when we tried to get a group picture he wasn't having it. 
First attempt at a team sport and he did okay. I'm sure this is just the first team of many to come!!  Maybe next we will try soccer … wish me luck!!!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Ye haw Halloween

Halloween in 4S is AWESOME!!  There really is no other way to describe it. There are thousands of people everywhere lots of houses are decorated and we get to walk around with the best neighbors ever!!

The kids painted pumpkins with Aunt B earlier in the month and then right before Halloween we carved our "puckins". She was very specific on what she wanted on her pumpkin. "I heart R". Well that's what she got!!  Rylee really got into it this year....

Brady on the other hand was quite content being the foreman, wanting to sit in the stroller and direct from afar!!
Usually at the end of summer before school starts I start concocting the kids Halloween costumes. Yes I pick out the kids costumes. After we decide on what they are gong to be I drill it into their heads and don't turn back. I've learned that my kiddos do best with clothes like costumes. So cowboys and girls it was. Ye Haw Halloween. The day before Halloween people were asking Brady what he was going to be and he started telling everyone he was going to be a pirate. Shit that's not going to work. I told him he was a pirate and slipped him into his cowboy outfit. He wont know until he's old enough to read this blog post. We kept calling him a cowboy with identity issues :)
Sweeney Kyle and the kiddos came over again for Halloween and everyone fad great costumes. Everyone thought Luke's Tom Cruise impersonation was the best!

The kids had some trouble getting it together for the picture so...
... The adults jumped in to show them how it's done :). 
Love Halloween in 4S. We missed Yaya and JJ but we knew they needed to be with Nini!!