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Okay – so I participated last week for the first time in the ever fabulous Lizzi’s Ten Things of Thankful Blog Hop. The hop encourages you to nurture an attitude of gratitude – and asks for you to reflect on 10 things you are thankful for in the past week.
Please check it out.
To put it mildly, I got a very warm welcome last week. So I’m back.
I am thankful that the Target has finally opened at our local mall. See, Zellers shut down and so my closest large store for affordable kiddy clothes – not counting Walmart – was suddenly unavailable. So the shiny new Target (which, as far I can tell, is Zellers with a face-lift) opened a few weeks ago and we finally got down to visit them last Sunday. I got most of the items on my list: a few new shirts (in 6-6x) and some belts for my tall and skinny 4-year-old. The plumber butt/belly top look was getting to be a bit much. The catch? We now have to teach her to do and undo a belt if she ever hopes to use the washroom again. But, in the spirit of thankfulness, I should look at this as an opportunity for fine motor skill development, rather than one more item on an incredibly long “to do” list, right? Right?!
I am thankful for Pinterest for teaching me how to cook. In the past year, I have gotten so many great recipes via that site. I made this lovely pumpkin dip for my daughter’s birthday party last weekend and, have to say, I’m pretty darn proud of myself!
If you feel so moved, you can check me out on Pinterest here. I haven’t figured out how to link my Pinterest account to a WordPress Blog yet!
I’m thankful for the differences between my two children. My 15 month old has recently discovered blocks – in that she can suddenly stack them – like, 10 tall. My eldest never showed any interest in blocks so it is fascinating to watch my youngest so obviously trying to figure out how they work, how they go together, how to not have them fall over. I come from a family of engineers – so maybe she’ll “represent” for this generation!
A few days ago I posted about how we are trying to live frugally for the next little while. Well, let’s just say I’m exceptionally thankful that we don’t have to live REALLY frugally, because I don’t know that we could do it. We skipped the big grocery shop this week, haven’t eaten out/gone out in over two weeks, have been clearing through the pantry and freezer for meals, and have upped the number of lunches we bring to work. That said, I still managed to spent over $100 this week in two smaller grocery trips and odds and ends. I miss the days when spending $100 meant I had something fun to show for it.
I am thankful that I finally found my 4-year-old a witch costume that doesn’t make her look like a hooker. I am also pretty thrilled that she wants to be a witch and not a princess because, and I quote, “witches are more interesting than princesses. They do more stuff.” Darn tooting! Despite frequent indications otherwise, apparently Cinderella’s NOT eating my daughter!
Okay – this one’s a little lame, but I’m really excited that both Vampire Diaries and Nashville are back for the fall TV season. So I’m thankful for new episodes to look forward to each week. I appreciate that Nashville is pretty much just an hour-long weekly advert for country music and that Vampire Diaries is pretty much Buffy 2.0, but my brain wants the candy it wants. I’m developing a bit of a liking for country music as a result (so success on that front, country music industry) and am greatly enjoying how Vampire Diaries is not only one of the few examples of where a show is SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE BOOKS and manages to have fun with the vampire myth in a way that is somewhat creative and new. Oh, and for any Vampire Diaries fans out there, let me just take a moment to direct you to two fun sites: Forever YA and The Mystic Grill.
I’m thankful for my four-year-olds’ teacher. She wrote home recently to express concern over how our daughter wasn’t repeating after here and picking up language as fast as she should be and suggested we get her hearing tested.
Quick background: I’m English, hubs is French. Daughter understands both; mainly speaks English; but is now at French school – given we think it’s important that she be fluent in both given she is equally both. However, given I’ve been main caregiver and daycare when I’m at work is English, she doesn’t really speak French, so despite a year of French preschool, she is a bit behind.
Regarding her hearing, we got it tested when she was two because at 18 months she wasn’t speaking at all, so we wanted to rule out the concern. There were no problems at that time. We also did a speech evaluation then, which figured she was probably just on the lower end of the benchmarks for speech and would talk when she was ready.
She certainly did. I suspect it’s likely the same for French. She isn’t sure of herself yet, so she’s shy. In the month she’s been at school I’ve certainly noticed a huge improvement. And we’re making a large effort to reinforce French language skills at home.
Anyway, had a great back and forth with the teacher where I went over all this. But also checked in with our doctor to schedule another test, just to be sure. Either way, I think just having the discussion helped both the teacher and us. We know she’s concerned about how our daughter’s progressing so we’ll continue to work with her more at home. And she knows a bit more about our daughter’s backstory (ie: that she was late speaking in English too and that we’re noticing improvements here even if it’s still a bit behind where they’d expect her to be there).
I’m thankful for my blog – and all the random fun things I learn and bloggers I discover as a result of it. My three favourites from this week?
a) Advancing my kinda questionable tweeting skills with Aussa Lorens
b) Discovering that there is a blog out there called I Carried a Watermelon. Possibly the best blog title EVER.
c) Discovering, in a round about way courtesy of the Wakefield Doctrine that there was a Bluegrass/country cover of Gin and Juice. As a note, it also helped me figure out what Bluegrass actually WAS – which is something I’d vaguely wondered about since seeing this College Humor video a few years back which passingly references it. Anyway, to make a long sub-bullet less long (and if I’d known I was going to go on like this I would have gotten some water first) he actually posted the Hayseed Dixie cover of Bohemian Rhapsody – also good – and through that I found country-fried Snoop Dogg. I’ve been yee hawing to it all week. Check it out.
As mentioned above, my eldest started school about a month ago. In addition to the French/English mix, we’re also Catholic, so she is going to a great French Catholic school just around the corner from our house (not going to lie – that school was a definite plus when we bought the house 7 years ago). Anyway, they apparently say grace in class before lunch, because she is now leading our family in “la priere” before we eat each night. She makes us all stand; put our hands together; and then she sings grace. It is adorable.
I am thankful for my husband. We celebrated our five-year anniversary this past week. So here a wedding photo – because what woman doesn’t take any excuse to post one of those:
So that’s it for me for this week! I’ll try to keep the “attitude of gratitude” going until next week.
Love that wedding photo! I’m a Target SuperFan. It is my happy place! This will be my 2nd Ten Things of Thankful as well.
Thanks for the kind comment re: my wedding photo. Have to admit I’m not sure about Target yet, but am just happy to have SOMETHING back again. Also got an awesome fall coat for my daughter there too that she loves.
Lizzi; Considerer (@LRConsiderer) said:
Wow, that’s awesome that you now have a super new store to shop at. Sounds like y’all needed it where you are!
So glad you enjoyed doing this last week, and are excited to come back for a second week. It’s so lovely reading your lists and getting to know you and welcoming you into our little community.
I love that the difference between your children is pronounced and something you enjoy observing. Is your 4 y/o very physically competent (climbing, running, dancing etc?) because I know that often children will develop more quickly in the physical OR the communicative…
Thanks for linking up with us again, and also, thanks for sharing such a beautiful wedding photograph. Happy anniversary 🙂
My 4-year-old so far is the firmly creative/imaginative type. She “creative plays” like nobody’s business. And she loves story-time and reading so I suspect she might read early. As far a physically competent goes – my eldest likes dance – and can already swim/is a good little runner – but I wouldn’t say she is advanced there. I think she just does stuff in her own time – which is okay.
Thanks for the anniversary wishes and again, for the warm welcome!
Janine Huldie said:
Happy Anniversary! By the way, my little girl at four also very petite and has no waist. I shop at The Children’s Place, because their leggings run a bit smaller and they have adjustable waists in their jeans. So, if you have one of these stores near you may want to check them out for yours, because they really have ben a godsend for clothes for both my girls. And my 4 year old also had issues with ehr ears and we found out it was ear wax and she went an ENT where they removed it for her. Hoping you get to the bottom of it for your little girl, too. And again so much to be thankful for and Happy Weekend now!! 🙂
We do have a Children’s Place – but haven’t been in a while so probably worth a revisit. As for the hearing – I hadn’t considered that- thanks! We also got a nice note home from the teacher yesterday charting how many times she’d spoken in sentences in French so I think we’re making progress!
Clark Scottroger said:
good to see you again, ‘on the circuit’… happy to see another find the fun in the ridiculous funhouse/giant-used-bookstore/flea market/library that is the internet!
‘cellent photo! it’s about the fun shared
Totally agree re: weddings. We also had a number of them with the bridal party taken in the Irish pub where we met. We just all wandered in with the wedding finery. They were pretty good about it – and they looked great with all the nice wood everywhere. A few bridals pints – and a few pics with the random pubbers – and off again!
I like the comparison to a flea market or a funhouse for the Interwebs…. accurate.
target, blocks, kids in school, FIVE YEARS!, Really good photo op for the cutest photo ever!, pumpkin dip which is marvelous stuff! Ever make pumpkin mousse…not much different but lighter and firms up in the fridge… fab at Thanksgiving for kiddos…
Oooh – no, I’ve never done pumpkin mousse. I will have to go look that up on Pinterest! Thanks!
Dyanne @ I Want Backsies said:
Pinned the pumpkin dip before I read another word.
I agree that I Carried A Watermelon is one of the best blog titles out there. Very obscure, even if you are a fan of the movie.
Love the wedding pic. And that your daughter is bi-lingual. And that you now have a Target. And that you joined us again for TToT.
Hope you enjoy the dip. I have to say, presentation wise it was awesome, and it tasted great, but we didn’t get through it all before we had to turf the remainder – so I might make it in smaller volume if I do it again…
Thanks for the kind comments – and happy to be back again! A happy way to spend some weekend time!
So glad to see you back in the TToT!
The pumpkin dip looks great! If I liked pumpkin flavor or used pinterest, I’d totally be pinning that. 😉
I am forever astounded by the differences in children. It’s shocking sometimes, how kids with the same parents’ DNA flowing through them have such different strengths and personalities. It is fun to watch.
It sounds like your wedding day was loads of fun! You went to a pub?! Awesome. I got married almost 20 years ago, and while our wedding was fun, it wasn’t that kind of fun. I would love to do it all over again.
Good teachers are always a blessing. Glad the communication between you and your daughter’s teacher is going well.
Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!
We did the pub as part of the photo shoot with the bridal party. It was also a good excuse to stop for a drink 🙂 Additionally, it is right on something called the “Sparks Street Mall” which is a pedestrian mall in downtown Ottawa where we basically took a number of the bridal party shots (ie: urban setting, nice architecture, near where we met was the idea). It worked out really well.
And noted. Pumpkins will never top your TTOT list. You would get along well with my mother.
Agreed re: teachers. I almost feel the learning curve for school is as steep for us as the parents as it is for our daughter (which I know can’t be true – but it’s been an exhausting few months getting into the routine, planning lunches, signing agendas and – yes – coordinating homework. AND at this stage “homework” is just things like “find something that starts with the letter F for show and tell…” Can’t imagine when it gets more involved!
Best for the rest of your weekend too.
Dyanne @ I Want Backsies said:
Be careful with that letter “F” thing….
Right now we’re torn between letting her bring one of her fairies in (fée – totally works in French too) or a giraffe (same in French – the assignment technically is “starts with or contains”).
I know there are other words people often think of … but they, sadly, don’t work in French… 😦
Love that wedding photo! And, if I didn’t have my local Target? Well, it would be a big chore to have to travel every time I needed laundry detergent 🙂
I’ve often heard that bilingual children’s language skills are delayed, so I’m sure as time goes by you will see her catch on much more quickly.
What a wonderful list of gratitude!
Thank you so much for the visit! As for bilingual kids and language skills – we keep telling ourselves that too – but she still has to keep up with the class, so right now we’re franco-fière chez nous (ie: stressing French until she hits comfort zone). We did get a nice note home from the teacher noting how many times she spoke French in class this week – so I certainly feel that the teacher and I have “bonded” and that we’re now one team working together – which is nice!
Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly said:
Don’t worry about the speech. Bilingual kids are often slower in developing speech, as they have to process a lot more than kids that are raised with only one language. We’re a bi-lingual family as well and moved from the U.S. to Germany when Lily was 2 years old. She was just tarting to speak and then stopped again until she started kindergarten at 3 years old. Just wait a few weeks and marvel at your daughter’s progress!!
Have a wonderful new week!
Thanks for the words of encouragement. She’s already started to show improvements a month and a half in, so I’m sure it’s coming. Just worried, because we had her in 5 day a week half day French preschool last year and that didn’t seem to adequately prep her 😦 Or maybe it did and the dividends are still coming (that was glass half full me!)
Glad to hear that things worked out well with your daughter on the 2 language front. I’m very hopeful that a few years from now I’ll look back and laugh at my concerns on this front.
Hurray for appropriate witch costumes! I don’t think I ever dressed up like a princess for Halloween, but I do remember dressing up as a witch.
I think the witches have more fun…
Adventures w/Riley (@dkotucker) said:
Although I’m not on Pinterest alot….I found a new veggie recipe for our Thanksgiving dinner last weekend too!
Happy Anniversary!!!!! Love the wedding photo.
Kris @ Mrs. Always Random said:
You had me at “The Target has finally opened” 🙂 That’s enough to make a whole list right there.
Great list…so lovely to read and learn a tiny bit about you. I LOVE that your children will be bilingual. What a gift many parents would love to give but can’t because we’re both boring and speaking the same language. 🙂 That is absolutely fabulous.
Joy @ i can say mama said:
Love your wedding pic! It is really not the usual photo and this is what I always like!
I am sure your daughter will speak more French when she is ready! 🙂