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| At the end of 1st grade, MJ was recommended, and subsequently tested for the Gifted + Talented (GT) Excel Program at his school. You must score at or above level in 3 categories to qualify, and he missed making it in by just 3 points in one of the categories. As parents, we were perfectly fine with that.
At the end of of 3rd grade, his teacher (who is actually over the program) was once again convinced that he should be in GT, so she tested him again and missed yet another category by 3 points. As parents, we told him that he was smart beyond meaure to us and he didn't have to be in Excel to prove it. And we are.
This year in 4th grade, his teacher said, "There is something there. I think maybe he just isn't focused when he takes the test so we want to test him again." The scores came back at a cummulative 95%. He needed 96% to qualify for GT.

The GT teacher (same teacher from 3rd grade) called me on Monday and said, "I don't care what the test says anymore, we want to put him in Excel next year." ๐Ÿ˜‚ She let us give him the news, and then we celebrated with ice cream after dinner. As parents, we are happy that he is so excited, and thankful that he is at a school where his teachers see so much in him that they refuse to give up.

5th grade is going to be monumental. For us + for him. It is his last year of elementary school ๐Ÿ˜ญ +  he has proven himself to be such a leader. We are SOOO proud of you, Tink Tink! โค // #theprinceandthep

| At the end of...

| โ“˜ โ“ข โ“ข โ“ โ“– โ“˜ โ“ฅ โ“” โ“ โ“ฆ โ“ โ“จ

Dallas peeps -- who's ready for some Discotech?! ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿพโœจ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ The @sweettoothhotel is baaack + this is definitely my favorite installation yet!! Glitter, glow, and all the Instagram-worthy rooms are in-store so make sure you follow along in my stories tonight for a sneak peak!
We are so excited that we are kicking off the grand opening by giving one lucky fran TWO tickets to Discotech! Here's how you win:

1. Follow @theprinceandthep AND @sweettoothhotel
2. Tag your babe or your bestie who you wanna to bring with ya! (one tag per line)

I will announce the winner on this post at 12 PM CST on Monday. Shout out to @ta_visuals for this cool shot ๐Ÿ“ธ of me!! I had SO much fun doing this shoot!! // #theprinceandthep #sweettoothhotel #Discotech

| โ“˜ โ“ข โ“ข โ“...

| A couple weeks ago, we had the pleasure of partnering with @mcdonalds to celebrate #McDTeacherAppreciationWeek at the #McDLunchBunch event. This event was created to thank our teachers for all of their amazing contributions + collect school supplies for North Texas Teachers. To wrap up the school year [my kiddo'slast day is Friday ๐Ÿ˜ณ], we want to giveaway TWO McDonald's gift cards!

1. โค this post.
2. Tell us what you love about your kiddo's teacher.

Easy Peasy! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ Giveaway ends Friday, 3/25 at 3 PM CST + giftcards will go in the mail in Monday. ๐Ÿค— #McDNorthTexas // #theprinceandthep

| A couple weeks ago,...

๐—ง ๐—˜ ๐—ก ๐ŸŽ‰ | It is made up of 4, the number of the physical creation + 6, the number of man. As such, 10 signifies testimony, law, responsibility and the completeness of order.

It is hard to believe that something I contributed to creating, is growing up into such a thoughtful, kind, affectionate, and charismatic young man. [swipe] We feel so blessed that you picked us in the journey of life, and our prayers for you exceed far beyond words. MJ, I wish you EVERYTHING that God has in store for you. You are better than my dreams -- such a sweet reality -- and loving you for the last 10 years has given me so much joy! We love you, Tink Tink!

Happiest Birthday to you!!! ๐Ÿ‘‘ โญ ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ #051609 // #theprinceandthep

๐—ง ๐—˜ ๐—ก ๐ŸŽ‰ |...

| There have been days over the last 8 or 9 months where I have found myself frustrated with P's curls for not "acting right". ๐Ÿ™ˆ As you know, no two heads in our house are alike -- at all -- so hair products, routines, and apparently curl patterns [for hubby + the kids] are endlessly evolving.

It's a common misconception that only white mama's have a learning curve when it comes to having kiddos with a hair texture different from their own, but in the words of Maury, "That's a lie." We all struggle ya'll! Some more than others, but the distinction between the two isn't race -- it's knowledge. Trial + error are the name of the game, and my most recent lesson has been in learning what haircut works with the different patterns on P's head. A year ago, her curls changed from perfectly tight ringlets to perfectly wavy, ringlet-y, zig-zaggy "curls". ๐Ÿ™„ She has loose waves on the undersides of the back of her head, so I gave her a "V" or a "U" cut [๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™š] to shorten those low hanging side waves so that when her hair is dry + styled, it all appears to be the same length.

This curly hair journey takes a village, Google, some You Tube videos, and some IG curlfriend stalking -- but we gon' get through it, ya'll! ๐Ÿ˜… *๐—–๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—–๐—ž* the link in our bio to subscribe to our You Tube Channel! New vids coming SOON soon! // #theprinceandthephair

| There have been days...

| My womb has carried 3 babies. I have experienced the joy of seeing 3 active little ultrasounds. I have announced 3 pregnancies + felt all the congratulatory feels. While I was only able to welcome two of my beautiful gifts earthside, with them has come hope, joy, unimaginable understanding, and appreciation for my little blessings. Being a mom is the highest honor I have ever + could ever receive. I am thankful for my portion and grateful for each + every day I get to love + learn from them.

Have a blessed Mother's Day to meee, my mama, my mother-in-love in heaven, all of those who have been mamas to us, and to all of those who love with a mama's heart. Whether you have lost, adopted, fostered, cared for, or supported a child -- you are celebrated today + always. โค XO, #theprinceandthep

| My womb has carried...

#ad I can't believe that I am coming up on my 9th (almost 10th since MJ's a May baby) Mother's Day! It's been a wild ride and I've had fun finding things to do to with my kiddos over the years, including matching my outfits to theirs! lol @ChildrensPlace has the cutest collection of Mommy + Me tees in stores right now, so you can match with your minis, too. Hey, you gotta do it while you can! Shop all the cuteness using the link in my bio! #MatchingMinis // #theprinceandthep https://izea.it/aWKtH5K

#ad I can't believe that...

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ต. ๐—œ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ถ๐˜.
I'm always tired ya'll. Let's talk about this month alone. In addition to keeping up with every day things in my household, I have to manage an active ๐Ÿถ who takes medication for an autoimmune disorder. I have to speak at my kid's career days, make sure they have what they need for school field trips (Daddy too since he chaperones), help with field days for two kids, and finish planning MJ's birthday + mail invitations for a party that's next weekend. I have campaigns due + criteria to meet for those, videos that require prep work before I send them to editing, grocery shopping, errands to run, doctor appointments to schedule, workouts to get in, meal prepping, taxes to finish, etc. I also have an overwhelming amount of events to attend this month (3 this week, alone). I do my best to show up + support my friends when they host functions (I know a lot of boss women that do a lot of bomb things ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ), but the reality is, I'm usually sitting there thinking about all the things I have to stay up late to do that night, or just praying to God I make it home without falling asleep at the wheel.
๐˜ผ๐™™๐™ช๐™ก๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™™. ๐™ˆ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™๐™–๐™ง๐™™๐™š๐™ง. ๐™Ž๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ช๐™ฅ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™จ ๐™š๐™›๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ. ๐™‚๐™š๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™Ÿ๐™ค๐™— ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ . I can only be at so many places + do so many things, for so many different people before the anxiety kicks in + the Xanax comes out.
This is ๐— ๐—ฌ reminder to stop, breathe, rest, ask for help, and exercise my "no". [No, no, NO!] I'm putting my own oxygen mask on.
This is ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ reminder to ask your friends, who you know are busier than life, if they are ok. Then ask them how you can pray for them. #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawareness // #theprinceandthepmommy

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ...

| I adore you BACK, @taylormadu!

Almost 3 years ago, we took a chance on eachother in the mean streets of Deep Ellum. ๐Ÿ˜น Your energy was like "Ayyyyee!!" + my energy was like "OooO-Kurrrr!", so I knew right then you were the Tay to my Shay. We go together now fran! ๐Ÿ˜ I love the woman of faith you are + your heart for giving, for serving, for community -- for Jesus!! Through that infectious grin of yours -- I see favor all over your face + I am so so proud of what you've been able to accomplish through @sosocialgirls! I can't wait for the next one!! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ I crush you hard, Tay Tay! โค // #theprinceandthepfaves

| I adore you BACK,...

| As much as I appear to share on this platform, I am actually a very private person. I am effortlessly transparent, yet cautiously vulnerable. I am outgoing + friendly to many, yet I consider my friends few. I can forgive you AND forget you, because forgiveness is not a gaurantee of friendship + my love IS conditional. I may love you, until I no longer like you -- but I will leave you, because I have the gift of goodbye. I am a comforter, but I am also confrontational. I am drawn to authentic energy + can sense a fake an aura away. I am always 100% myself, but you may never really get all of me.

So if I reeeallllyyyyy love you, I love you hard. Like SO hardt. I come with compassion, charisma, tough love, opinions, accountability, prayer, and will be your personal cheerleader. And if I take a chance and let you in, you've got me. You've got me good. โค #Taurusvibes #whataboutchofrans // #theprinceandthep

| As much as I...


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