American Girl Doll, car drama, Christmas, Ottawa Senators, Santa, Strep Throat, work-life balance
Greetings from the land of -18(ish) celsius with a chaser of 25+ centimetres of snow.
In glass-half full land – that means it got WARM enough outside to snow.
In glass-half empty land – I’m not a lover of winter and we’re currently trying to locate our roof rake. So weather like this leaves me counting the days to spring.
But the weekend – and this post – is for reflections on why thankful, not to gather ‘ye round for a pity party – even one with snow cones.
All that to say, I’m linking up today with Lizzi for her Ten Things of Thankful Weekend Blog Hop where we all strive to accentuate the positive. Please check it out:
And here goes:
I was thankful to my mother – for coming over to stay home with our eldest on Monday – the last day of the “sick with strep throat” stretch – so that both my husband and I could return to our respective offices and re-learn how to do our jobs.
I was thankful that our eldest daughter was finally well enough to return to school on Tuesday. I was thankful to her teachers and daycare provider for updates on how she was doing – as she obviously wasn’t back to full strength – so it was hard for us to know if she really was okay to return to school. Their advice and support was great.
I was thankful for two absolutely awesome free hockey tickets this week (and my mother for babysitting) so my husband and I could get an evening out to see the Ottawa Senators defeat Buffalo.
As for absolutely awesome – I mean four rows back from the ice and free parking included. It was a nice “see how the other side lives” moment.
I was thankful for a fun Christmas party out with friends. It was an evening first of really good, smart conversation, with great people; followed up by the type of conversation and drama that – post 20-years-old – can truly only be brought on by way too much alcohol.
After a week home in the parental stress and hell of strep throat land which almost resulted in a trip to the hospital, problems of the “OMG! You can’t talk to that guy because 8 years ago he broke up with someone you vaguely know!” variety, was just the type of escapist evening I needed.
I was thankful for the time yesterday to get most of the remainder of my Christmas shopping done. All that’s left are teacher/daycare gifts (open to suggestions), my brother and sister-in-law (partially), my mother-in-law and my husband (partially). Wait! Suddenly I’m a little stressed again by how much is still to go. So I’m thankful to be more than half done – how’s that?
I’m thankful for new and old friends. On Friday, I went to a new friend’s birthday and brought one of my oldest friends along. First, she came over for take-out dinner with the family. Then, at the party, I caught up with her, while meeting and talking with new people I never would have met otherwise. Another fun and relaxing evening. In case any of you are counting and realize that makes 3 evenings out this week, it was a bit of an exceptional week and I swear I like my kids.
I’m thankful that my 4-year-old is really too young for an American Girl Doll. I’d read about these, but figured we were safe up here from this American “thing” in our Canadian fortresses of snow and ice. But their catalog showed up in the mail two weeks ago and my eldest poured over it like it was the kindergarten equivalent to Cosmo. She asked for one – I nodded sagely – and promptly hid the catalog when she wasn’t looking. She has since thankfully forgotten all about it. Because at $110ish a pop, that’s a bit much for a doll I know will either a) end up in the bottom of the toy box or b) end up in the bathtub.
I thought I was the only one who might think these were a bit ridiculous until I came across Mommy, for Real‘s post about this American sensation. Basically sums up my thoughts. Ie: I’m not buying clothing for dolls that’s pricier than what I’d buy for, well, ME.
I was thankful for the downtime this morning that allowed me to clean my house. I’m trying not to cringe and be too Mommy Martyr in re-reading that statement because, after a week hermitting in the house with a sick kids, it looked like a bomb had gone off; you couldn’t really walk anywhere without dragging crumbs with you to different locations; and the general rules of cleanliness had kind of been put aside for a bit, resulting in practices like allowing a four-year-old to snack on Raisin Bran on the couch (Note: I wouldn’t recommend this). So I was thankful for a) the two hours of cleaning time and b) the resulting calmer state of my soul now that I don’t grind Goldfish, Raisin Bran or Lord knows what else into the ground with every step I take around my home.
I’m thankful that I finally got aging car #1 into the garage for much-needed and overdue maintenance. For those who may recall my passing reference to this need a few weeks ago, you will be happy to know it cost nowhere near the $2000 originally quoted by (God bless them) Canadian Tire. I intend to live firmly with head in sand until the credit card bill arrives, but I know it was long overdue and will, hopefully, result in the car lasting at least another two years. Next up? Long overdue maintenance on aging car #2 with same life cycle goal in mind. #prettyplease #allIwantforChristmasistwofunctioningcars
I’m thankful for the two(ish) hours I have alone RIGHT NOW while my husband takes our two daughters to meet Santa at the mall. I’m hoping there will be no Santa drama. Last year my eldest was still scared of him. So I’m hoping she’s over that and that my youngest somehow skips the whole Santa stranger danger stage of toddlerhood. I’ll let you know how it goes….
So that’s it from me. Hoping everyone is having a good and relaxing weekend!
I loved this post…
Thanks! It’s a nice way to round up the week – especially one where I haven’t been blogging too much 🙂
Mine didn’t go near santa until he was three… well we do have photos of him blowing an aneurysm crying so loud in santas lap when he was an infant! Glad everyone is out of strep lant and go MA! Way to babysit! YOU ROCK!
Thanks! Babysitting is GOLD.
And I think we have many of the same photos of Santa w/child. I tried to quickly find one for the post – but it would have involved scanning, which was a level of commitment I just didn’t have. But yes – photos of me trying to sneak child onto lap, while child wails and reaches for me – with both Santa and I smiling at the camera. Cherish the moments!
I’m glad your kids are finally on the mend. I’m on day 3 of a sicky baby. No fun. I do feel better after I cleaned. it’s nice to know I’m not the only one whose house looked like a bomb went off in it. Also yay for hockey games! I went to one & I’m hooked. More fun than mom’s night out sometimes.
Mom’s night out vs. hockey games. Hmmm. While I don’t think they are mutually exclusive, I feel a post coming on… AND it depends on the night out AND the game in question. On Thursday, they kinda kept up guessing until the end, which was fun!
Hope baby isn’t too ill. I remember a horrible week + with my eldest when she was about 17 months old. Turned out she got an ear infection and was “patient x” in that she gave the rest of us strep. It’s hard when they are too little to tell you what’s wrong. You know they’re suffering, but it’s hard to know what EXACTLY to do. All the best.
Lizzy - Muddle-Headed Mamma said:
You just reminded me that I haven’t got a gift yet for my son’s teacher! And it’s the end of the academic year over here too in three days, so it’s a double Christmas/thank you which I really need to get – thanks for the reminder! Awesome that you guys got to see a hockey match. I haven’t seen an ice hockey match for 12 years since I was in Sweden as an exchange student. Just a fun game to watch. And wow, that is an expensive doll. Maybe you could find one second hand on ebay when she’s old enough to want one. Some toys are ridiculously expensive. I’m lucky my girl’s still at the age where she’s more interested in wrapping paper than toys! Wishing you and you family a very very merry Christmas 🙂
Yeah, I could see how Australia might be lacking in good hockey. That said, I’m a former competitive swimmer, so I know you guys ROCK at most of the summer sports.
As for American Girl Dolls – I’m gonna see if it comes up again in later years first before I start surfing Ebay. Honestly, if I knew she’d love and cherish it, I’d be fine getting her one when she is a bit older. That said, I still think it’s a bit of a racket. However, I’m willing to bet that’s what my parents thought about the Cabbage Patch back in the day.
And yes – teacher gifts – that has firmly risen to the top of my to do list for next week. Four gifts: one teacher; two afternoon Early Childhood Educators (equals full day kindergarten – yay!) + our daycare provider in our little “it takes a village”. I’ll give it some thought.
You’ve had a week of achievements, though, cleaning and healing and returning to work and getting Christmas done. Well done for that.
#7 sounds like it onlynearlyveryjust didn’t turn into a really tricky mess! Well done for the epic side-step on that one.
And I’m glad you’ve had the chance to live it up and party hard 😀 Keep doing that.
Thanks! As for the chance to live it up – it happens infrequently enough now that I know to really appreciate the times it does.
Beth Teliho said:
OMG HOCKEY!!! You are so lucky to have had such amazing seats!!! I LOVE HOCKEY. Period. My favorite sport ever. I fell in love with it on a date just before I met my husband back in 1996. The Stars were in Dallas (pretty newly) my date (a bartender at the Improv where I worked) took me to a game. Back then you could waltz right in and sit behind the glass! Hockey wasn’t big in Dallas yet and the place was empty. I was hoooooooked. Love loved it! I never dated that guy again, but continued to go to hockey games, A few months later I met my (now) husband and we bonded over hockey. I bet that first year we went to 10 games, and over the years dozens, including watching them win the Stanley Cup! They have since changed our arena and we don’t like it as much, nor is it as easy to get good seats…In fact, I’ve never even had good seats at the new arena. But…Hockey has my heart.
okay, off to the rest of your list! haha! Yay- time to yourself, babysitters, clean house, and time friends! Sounds like you had a lot of time to recharge your batteries this week and that’s a lot to be thankful for! xoxoxo
I love that you and your husband to be bonded over hockey 🙂 I’ve never been to a Stanley Cup game, but get out to a few games here a year. Ottawa’s pretty tame, fan-wise – at least until playoffs. I think it would be fun to go see a game in Montreal at some stage as I understand they are a bit more … lively. But yes. The seats were awesome. And they brought your drinks to you. Sigh. ‘Twas a good night.
I was smiling the whole way through this post. Yes, I was counting the number of times you got to go out. 🙂 After being caregiver for sick kids, I’m glad you were able to go. Yay moms! Mine came up this weekend so my husband and I could go out partying three nights in a row. Completely not normal and almost killed us (cause we’re old) but I’m glad we could do it all.
Those are awesome seats at the hockey game! Close enough to see up a guy’s nose when he gets smashed into the glass, even!
Never, ever let your daughter see an American Girl catalog again. They are awful. I mean, sure, I would have wanted one when I was little, and I hated dolls, but they are money pits of epic proportions.
#3 made me laugh. I hide the raisin bran so the kids won’t choose it. That and Rice Krispies. They make SUCH a mess with those cereals. As opposed to the minor messes they make with all others.
I’ll stop now, even though I could go on and on. I enjoyed your post. 🙂
Way to go! Three nights in a row! And I bet the sleep after that was just that much more awesome. I know mine was 😉 But yes – after sick kids SO. VERY. NEEDED.
Thank you so much for the wonderful comment – it made ME smile. And agreed. Rice Krispies are also horrible. It’s like they just WANT parents to give up or something…