From my daughter and my man while we were all walking to the park after school yesterday. I’ll let you decide which is from whom.
Clearly my brain was not attached yesterday as I posted a “Wordless Wednesday” post on a Tuesday, felt like I was going to fall asleep at any second starting at 10am and it didn’t go away throughout the day, and I even tripped pretty badly when picking my daughter up at her bus stop after school. Bottom of my foot felt “bent” and seem to have buggered up my knee and thigh, so I’m hoping my chiropractor will be able to address those.
Because of my disconnected day yesterday, I thought I would take a moment on 12-12-12 to say my “thankfuls”, so I’m thankful for:
- my son and daughter
- my stepdaughter
- my man
- not completely falling when I tripped, which may have resulted in breaking my wrist AGAIN…ugh!
- getting some things done around our home yesterday that made it more comfy and “purdy”
- my man not getting hurt when he was putting up outdoor Christmas lights (I was REALLY nervous)
- being able to use my label maker so frequently in the past few days (what can I say? I’m a geek!)
And with it ACTUALLY being Wednesday today, here’s my newest contribution to “Wordless Wednesday“: 40kg (90ish lbs) of flour, separated out for my household and my man’s mom’s household. I foresee LOTS of Christmas baking for both of us in the near future.
Last year, I coached my son for weeks before Halloween. Walking him through how to walk up a sidewalk, up the stairs to the front door, knock on the door, say “Trick or Treat”, hold his bag out, say “Thank you”, turn around, walk back down the stairs, walk along the sidewalk….and repeat. This year, someone around us mentioned the word Halloween a few weeks ago, and my son immediately responded by saying “Trick or Treat”. I was pleasantly surprised.
Halloween day was really busy this year! Between my man and I, we have 3 kids, which meant 3 different Halloween parades at 3 different times, on opposite ends of town. My son‘s IBI therapy‘s Halloween parade around their buildings, going Trick or Treating to other departments in the area. When we got there, was surprised to see him in a matching Crayon costume to his therapists. His Spiderman costume hadn’t felt “right” for him that day so they improvised. I was so proud to watch him interact with his therapists, his friends in IBI, other people in the departments (especially the ones who were dressed up too!). He went between me and his therapist, and whenever he was holding his therapist’s hand, he would say “Mommy” and make sure I was right nearby.
That night, we went out with our party of 6 kids and 3 grownups. My son went up to each house while I watched from the sidewalk, would say “Trick or Treat” and/or “Thank you” the majority of times, completely unprompted. He waited his turn when he was there with other kids. He even sometimes checked out the bowl of candy to see if there were other things he preferred but never just took other candy unless the grownups told him it was ok. Some houses had fog machines and the grownups there thought he was the cutest little Crayon while he played with the fog.
He and I were slower than the rest of our party but I couldn’t have been more proud! My man would let us catch up with the rest of the party sometimes, only to find me with tears in my eyes…each time telling him that they were happy tears. My son was doing it! Autism took a backseat and let my son just be a kid, participating with all the other kids.
My daughter was her usual happy, cheerful self. She was independent, straight-forward, polite and thankful to each and every house. I was so proud to watch her have a great time with the rest of our party, showing off her Batgirl costume that my man had sewn for her…if I had made it for her, she would have been covered in safety pins and/or iron-on tape! Thank goodness my man can sew!
When I was married, my request for a dishwasher was always met with the same arguments: “dishwashers use too much water”, “dishwashers use too much energy”, etc. Whenever any female adult came to visit for the first time, she would always ask where my dishwasher was. Each and every time, my ex-husband thought I prepped them beforehand. I never did. Women notice these things!
My ex-husband was and is really big into scientific and math-based data so I thought I would try arguing my case with stats. To give some context, at the time, my ex-husband and I were both working fulltime and we had preschool twins in daycare so there were lots of dishes every night. I actually timed how long I spent washing dishes in one week: 15 hours! 15 HOURS!! In one week!! I couldn’t quantify how much water and electricity that used but I was shocked it was 15 hours!
So, when the kids and I moved last month into a house that needed renos, which included redoing the kitchen, I really wanted a dishwasher. At one point, when I was working with the kitchen consultants, it looked like a dishwasher just wasn’t going to fit. My man stepped into the conversation at that point…a dishwasher HAD to be in this kitchen. He wanted me to get my 15 hours per week back. Gotta love that man!
So, I’d like to introduce my new pride and joy: MY DISHWASHER! My man captured me “having a moment” with my newly installed and functional dishwasher.
1. My bedtime routine includes picking up toys from the floor, checking social media, getting ready for bed, reading, talking with my man on the phone, then off to sleep.
2. I am happily divorced!
3. I can’t stand when the Playdoh colours mix together because it’s just wrong!
4. My idea of relaxation would be curling up with my man, with warm cup of chai, blanket and reading some silly chick-lit book…don’t worry honey, I wouldn’t ask/expect you to read the chick-lit book.
5. If I had an extra $50, I would fill up my gas tank fully instead of only half.
6. The best thing about a bloggy friend is hmmm…not sure. Have made some “bloggy friends” but I can’t really identify a “best thing” about them.
7. A recipe I’ve been dying to try is hmmm…another one I’m not sure about. I was just looking through my recipe books today actually, wanting to get back to cooking the way I used to.
1. Today is a great day because I just got some GREAT news…can tell yet though!
2. Tomorrow I will be attending a wedding with my man. Gotta let him see me wearing something other than my SAHM “uniform”. LOL!
3. My favorite time of day is just after my kids bedtime because I get to reflect upon the day, watch my kids sleeping, and listen to the quiet.
4. Sometimes you just have to smile, nod, and THINK all the things you want to say.
5. A song that I just can’t get enough of lately is hmmm…not sure. No “earworms” lately, thankfully.
6. My favorite accessory is a necklace, specifically a locket my mom gave me for my birthday, after my kids were born. It has two hearts on it, and my kids’ names and birthdate engraved on the back. My man even got pictures of my kids to include in the locket for my birthday last year, so now the locket is “complete”…finally!
7. My favorite thing about this week was finding “the” dress to wear at a wedding my man and I are going to tomorrow.
I missed last week’s Thankful Thursday so, in the last 2 weeks, I’m thankful for:
- my son and daughter
- March Break
- the amazing weather we had throughout March Break and since then
- having some one-on-one time with each of my kids during March Break
- being back to our regular routine after March Break
- my man
- my girlfriends
What are you thankful for?
I missed last week’s Fill in the Blank Friday so I thought I should catch up…
1. The highlight of my week was going skating with my daughter’s school, specifically seeing the happiness on her face when I walked into the dressing room. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it because I came down with the flu earlier in the week but I had enough strength to go, and I’m so glad I did. My daughter was so happy! The next highlight of my week was getting roses from my man, just because. Swoon…
2. If I had to classify my interior design aesthetic it would be…still to be determined. I like having things comfy and cozy, and my choice of colour is green.
3. My first vehicle was a Honda Civic 4-door…I miss driving a Honda, but for now, am a proud driver of a sexy mini-van.
4. An item I need to have in my day in order to function is my cell phone and my computer (yes, I’m counting them as only one thing), and a close second is at least one cup of chai but there are days I have actually done without a chai, surprisingly.
5. My favorite way to waste time is Facebook.
6. Right now I could really go for having my full appetite back. It’s coming back slowly from the flu but there’s yummy bacon-wrapped steak in my fridge, made by my man, just waiting for me and I haven’t been able to enjoy it yet.
7. This weekend I will be spending 3 days straight with just my daughter, while my son spends the weekend with their dad. Neither of us get much one-on-one time with either of the kids, so I’m really looking forward to it.