About Lanaya & Reagan

 About Lanaya

I’m a thirty something OCD perfectionist trying to raise a precocious toddler. The fact that Reagan and I both always think we are right can get a little ugly at times. But, that’s parenting right? Being a perfectionist by nature is consuming but I have several faults too! Then…who doesn’t? I just have to constantly remind myself that it’s OK to be flawed!

I’m a true Gemini by nature…I definitely have two personalities! I am very independent and have an outgoing personality and like to befriend everyone! But I have my flaws to. I can be excessively spontaneous but indecisive and that can be a bad thing at times. I’m a fitness junkie, love a good cupcake, like to dance and sing to incredibly loud music and usually always smile.

I was very career oriented in finance before my beautiful daughter Reagan Lizabeth was born in 2010. I had to reinvent myself to be someone that I never intended to be…a Mom! For the first three years of her life I was privileged to stay home with her. The challenges were hard and I’m learning each day to embrace how motherhood can change me for the better. I’m learning attributes like patience {slowly — hey, I’m a work in progress} acceptance and empathy. In December 2013 I resumed my career as an investment advisor and now am figuring out how to balance work, life and a successful blog.

In 2012 I opened Reagan’s Toy Chest, an online educational toddler toys store that is devoted to educational learning and stimulating young imaginations. Sometimes it’s all about getting back to the basics. My goal is to bring the best quality, American made products to provide the youth today with educational games and toys they would love but also promote learning!

Raising Reagan, the blog, started as a showcase for my successes and failures as a parent. I love that I am able to chronicle all of that craziness as I think it will make a fantastic gift for Reagan one day in the future.

Interesting facts about me: I love the sound of my own typing, I don’t like to be cold, I love ketchup on tacos, I love doing laundry and cleaning the house, I hate doing the dishes, I love sports, especially football, I love to play volleyball, I ran my first half marathon in October 2012 after running for three months, I love to workout at the gym, I’m addicted to Salt & Vinegar chips, I enjoy my alone time with a good book or catching up on the DVR, I could watch The Hunt for Red October over and over, I’m a horrible loser, I think Liam Neeson is sexy, I’m very extremely competitive!

Great posts to start with:

The Truth About Me
The ABC’s of Me
Old School Blogging
The Ask Away Friday Series

About Reagan ~

Reagan Lizabeth was born in Pennsylvania in September 2010. She’s a blonde haired, blue eyed beauty who is smart and sassy {I have NO idea where she gets it!} and is constantly surprising me with her growing knowledge and love for life! Everyone that meets Reagan states she has an amazing sparkle in her eye and you can tell how much she embraces happiness. Always smiling and eager to befriend everyone!

Reagan walked early at 10 1/2 months and since then continues to live life in the fast lane! She enjoys reading books and playing outside! Now that I am back to work full time, she loves being at preschool and making new friends. She loves to dance and sing, watch Disney Jr and loves all thing princess!

A very precocious child, she and I have our ups and downs because we each think we can outsmart the other. You’d be surprised at how often I lose that battle. I really have to pay attention to what is said around her because she repeats EVERYTHING! You can read the best description of that here.

Most people mistake her for a four year old because she is incredibly tall (always 98 percentile or higher.) She speaks very well and her brain works at an incredible speed. I almost wonder if she sits in her room and reads the encyclopedia. She has wonderful manners and always has a smile on her face! Don’t get me wrong…she can be moody to ~ and watch out if you are in her line of sight if she is!

Interesting facts about Reagan: She is rarely sick, She smiles all the time, She loves to dance and sing, She LOVES Disney and watching her favorite movies over and over and over and over. She is a fish in water and can swim the entire pool by herself, She hates asparagus, She loves artichokes, She loves doing laundry with me, She likes to pick out her clothes, She potty trained one month after her second birthday, She loves to play, She loves to take pictures of herself with the camera, She loves to laugh, She loves to remind you that she’s a big girl!

Great posts to start with:

The Truth About Reagan
The ABC’s of Reagan 

 

Zoo Trip ~ December 2011

Brian & Lanaya ~ March 2012

Sun Goddess ~ April 2012

 

Mom & Daughter

Dad & Daughter

Guess who’s TWO? Sept 2012

Zoo Day

Raising Reagan | It's A Girl

The newest addition to our family, Montana {January 2014}

Raising Reagan | Ask Away Friday - Round Sixteen

 

 

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