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So this one time?
At Band Camp? At Boston Pizza?
My kids were awesome.
And it was so funny! Like, flute-free, G-rated, Alyson Hannigan (rocks), band camp funny.
Family dinners out?
Like last week’s Boston Pizza outing…
… into my kids channeling Donnie Walhberg.
Not in his boppy boy band “Right Stuff” stage of life. But in the Sixth Sense “you’ll see dead people” stage. If you never saw the movie, here’s the visual:
Replace this with my desolate, inconsolable “DON’T TOUCH ME! I DON’T WANT YOU!! YOU ARE A BAD MOMMY!!!” four-year-old. With an 18-month-old wailing back-up in solidarity (sister!). Not (quite) at the restaurant. But very shortly after. As we promptly tried to get them to bed.
And for those who didn’t see the movie? Without giving too much away, it was pretty much downhill from here for poor Bruce…
There are days I relate.
Like last week, after our eldest was obviously over-Christmassed, over-tired, and DIDN’T want to go to lunch. Dammit. [Cue public implosion].In fairness, she’s also getting over an “almost ended up in hospital” bout of strep throat. But this was family bonding time! Didn’t she “get it”? Sparkle Sweetie! Suck it up!
Apparently tough love and my four-year-old do not happy make.
That said, after a few days rest – and about a bazillion views of Disney’s Tarzan – we have our nice, non-desolate daughter back. And peace rules in the kingdom again!
It’s been a nice Christmas holiday. Really. A bit too much up front – leading to above mention Boston Pizza breakdown. But, really? There are moments in my life where I. WOULD. SO. DO. THAT. TOO. If I could get away with it.
I get it.
With that said – I’m linking this post up with Lizzi over at her Ten Things of Thankful Hop where she, and her co-hosts, endeavour to nurture an attitude of gratitude.
So I’ve covered Number 10 (yesterday at Boston Pizza).
I’m thankful that we got to spend time with my husband’s family on Christmas Eve. They hosted. One of my brother-in-law’s is a fabulous cook and gave us the most wonderful spread of game meat, and ribs, and salmon, that you ever did see. My other brother-in-law did much of the fabulous hunting that made that happen. My sister-in-law and the elder cousins scoffed at the Pintimidators and made an awesome fruit tree. Then there were snowmobile rides from my brother-in-law’s garage in the middle of nowhere – where he also houses his guns and butchers and hangs his own meat (Really, it’s a location that almost inspires me to fanzine an extra season of Dexter). In unrelated news, dinner conversation that night included a discussion as to why his teenage daughter doesn’t eat red meat.
I was thankful for the time spent with my family on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. My parents hosted Christmas and my Aunt had us over, with some extended family, on Boxing Day. It was great to see and spend time with family. It was great to NOT host. After the trip out to see my husband’s family, the kids were a bit tired (by this I mean my eldest was starting to look a bit like poor Donnie, above), but they still enjoyed the gifts and watching The Little Mermaid on the BIG SCREEN in my dad’s entertainment room in their basement. Myself? I enjoyed the very nice Christmas Armagnac my dad got for my mom. Divine.
I was thankful for the time I got to spend at the gym during my two weeks of holidays. I made it to boot camp four times and, while it hurt, I can now plank and push up again in proper position. Huzzah! I am also forever thankful for the wonderful play-care at the gym that watches the girls while I workout and how family friendly my gym is generally.
I was thankful for the time I got to spend having fun online. I had time to create a swanky new About Me page (I swear, I’ll stop pimping this soon), and did a few other updates to the blog. I also signed up for WordPress’ 30 Day Zero to Hero Blogger Challenge. We’ll see if I have the staying power. But so far, I’m pretty jazzed that I figured out how to make and “About Me” widget through the challenge. If I accomplish nothing else, I’ll still be (sort of) satisfied that I did that.
I’m thankful that I spent New Year’s in this year with just my family. It’s the first year we’ve ever done that. I love spending New Year’s with friends. But honestly? I didn’t have it in me to host (like we did last year) and our eldest obviously wasn’t at her best (see the “I see dead people” reference above), so we stayed in. We made a nice dinner; watched Disney’s Tarzan:
Then after the kids were in bed:
I’m pretty happy to say we made it to midnight and made it through a nice bottle of champagne.
I’m thankful for AAA batteries. I replaced them in a toy unicorn that projects stars onto the ceiling that I got my eldest for Christmas last year and for the past three nights, we’ve done a light show before bed with my two daughters. I’m a bit worried we’ll have to break this pattern at some stage if the novelty doesn’t wear off, but in the meantime, I bring the youngest into the bed with my eldest, and the youngest dances and tries to catch the stars on the wall, while my eldest is …. hospitable and nice most of the time and …. otherwise enduring. It’s another one of those “this is what I pictured when I imagined parenting” moments.
I’m thankful for my swim parka. For anyone who has never been a competitive swimmer, you probably don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m talking about these here ugly, yet glorious, things:
I got mine when I was 11 or 12, I think. And wore it proudly through my youth swimming career and even pulled it out a few times when swimming varsity (eg: chilly mornings at Florida training camp). I got it back permanently from my parents (with my younger brother’s name sewed into it) a few years ago. With the Minus 35 degree temperatures over the past few days, I pulled that puppy out; wore it; and was unglamorous, but warm as toast!
It made me feel a wee bit better when one car wouldn’t start – apparently STILL too cold despite a boost from our NEW Motomaster Nautilus Recreational Power Pack (at least we’re now better prepared in the event of Zombie Apocalypse – unless it requires driving anywhere in the cold); and the back bumper partially fell off the other when going over a bump due to rust (please be fixable; please be fixable; please be fixable). We’re taking that one in Monday knowing there are a number of other issues with it and wondering if we’ve hit the RIP moment….
I’m thankful for my past six months blogging and the wonderful people I’ve met. I’m thankful I figured out Twitter. Life is more fun with those I’ve met online in it.
In the past two weeks, I’m mainly thankful for my family and the time I got to spend with them. I feel truly blessed and fortunate. I’ve referenced some of that above already – Christmas and New Years – but I went to our fabulous local Ontario Early Year’s playgroups with my kids; we did play doh; we made cookies; we made muffins; we coloured; we watched movies; we slid down mountains of snow in our yard; and we went to the Science and Tech Museum where, among other things, we sent our youngest through the Crazy Kitchen for the first time. She survived. And it was great to see her trying to figure out why she was off-balance.
All in all? It was a wonderful two weeks off from real life.
Back at it Monday!
Life of K said:
Sounds like you had a great Christmas and really, who can blame the kids for the meltdown? I wanted to do the same thing!
I honestly have so many moments where I see kids having meltdowns in various places I don’t want to be (line in grocery store; shopping generally; DMV wait room etc….) and think to myself “I am so with you!”
Every time I open up your page, I see that crying doll and laugh. Oh god, that sounded horrible. I don’t have restaurant experiences like that but we have store shopping events. Usually, it’s the 1 yo screaming in the cart and the 4yo following me around the store whining and moaning. Delightful.
If the 4-year-old is also demanding to ride in the cart (where there is obviously no room) I’ve had those moments too….
Thanks re: the dolly. He makes me smile too – that’s why here’s there 😉
Dyanne Dillon said:
Wait, wait, wait! MINUS 35 DEGREES?!
Mrs. Always Random said:
I’m with Dyanne on that…and now I will totally stop complaining (ok, probably not TOTALLY) about the -10 high we’re expected to have here on Monday…WOWZA, Louise! You’re a better woman than I!
Yup. Minus 35. According to the Atlantic, we were in rare company a few days ago as we were colder than Mars, according to the temps being recorded by the space rover Curiosity. It was a proud moment. I mean, they’re MILLIONS of miles further from the sun than us and still we beat ’em! Take that Mars!
Hope you’re staying warm this week here in Ontario. I hear the weather is supposed to get a bit warmer. I say bring on the January thaw 🙂
Hear hear! What’s it like up where you are? We got up to -8 today and apparently tomorrow is -5. I’m thinking my car might even start for work on Monday – but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself 😉
Lizzi; Considerer (@LRConsiderer) said:
I’m so SO GLAD you had that swim parka to combat that INCREDIBLY AWFUL HORRIBLE COLD! Whoa! Not even funny.
But also, in spite of the meltdown (and well done for weathering that one, by the way) I’m so glad that you’re finding (and sharing) so many glorious “this is how it was meant to be” moments of being a mom to your two lovely girls. Thank you for those 🙂
I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your break. And I’m glad you’re back.
And I’m HUGELY glad to be your #1 Tweep 😉
I have to admit that I haven’t worn the parka in years, but saw the temp two days ago and immediately figured it was time to throw fashion out the window and just be warm.
Thanks for the kind words re: the parenting moments. I sincerely hope you have them too someday – although you seem to have some already with your niece and nephew (the less awesome as well as the good if memory serves from one post).
As for my #1 Tweep – I wouldn’t have it any other way 😉
Lizzi; Considerer (@LRConsiderer) said:
When it comes to being warm or looking awesome, being warm wins. every. time.
DEFINITELY the smart thing to do.
I hope so. We’ll see, It’s looking less and less likely but hey, game’s not quite over yet. And you’re quite right – there’s always Niece and Neff to provide the wonder and the horror of it all, in small, more-manageable doses.
I’m really hoping that all these tattoos our 4 year old applies to himself now will mean the excitement will be over and he won’t desire a real one when he’s older. Your daughter’s are cute. Not as cute as her feeding the baby, though. That’s adorable.
That is quite a spread your brother-in-law put together! I would love to see his garage butchering set-up. No really, I would.
Shoot, when my husband and I were swimmers, no one had those parkas. (We’re old.) I imagine they are fantastic to wear these freezing cold winter days.
Christmas break is just plain wonderful, isn’t it?
I hope the same thing with tattoos – but I’m a bit dubious. Their eldest cousin (late teens) just got another. Her dad (the hunter) is less than thrilled about it. As for me, I know it’s WAY OFF, but I’m not even sure how you have those sorts of conversations with kids.
As for the kill room (I mean the garage) – it is IMPRESSIVE if you like hunting. My brother in law is huge on it so he’s invested quite a bit. Main level is just a large warehouse looking area at the moment where he houses snowmobiles and such (and we hung around an drank). Upstairs is a room where he has counter for cutting that I THINK he got when the local grocery store upgraded – so quite long – as well as room for hanging deer and such as it ages a bit… And then there’s the huge gun safe. As a city girl it really was hard not to picture it as a possible location for the next movie in the Saw series. But it’s great for it’s purposes.
Finally – now I’m curious when the swim parka “thing” started. I might do some research and post about that if I figure anything out. My quick google search for pictures showed it is certainly used pretty much by competitive swimmers everywhere though. And I remember it being a HUGE deal when I got mine.
Soo impressed with your swim parka. Do you still swim? I haven’t made it to the pool since October. I need a swim parka! So glad you had a great holiday time with the family.
I run and workout at a gym now rather than swim, though honestly it’s more a product of having young kids and needing someone to watch them when I work out (gym has a playcare) than any desire to not swim. I’m still the Chapter President for my University’s Swim Team Alumni Chapter so I keep in touch with the coaches and former teammates – many of whom swim Masters. I suspect I’ll get back into it once the kids are older. There’s a huge national master’s meet in Montreal (about 1.5 hours from us) next year, so it was tempting to get back into it with that as a goal – but it just doesn’t work with life right now.
As for a swim parka – take the plunge (ha ha) and invest! 😉
Lots to say here:
1. Yes, love to Allyson Hannigan.
2. That’s actually the first Donnie Wahlberg I thought of, oddly enough. NKOTB, whatever.
3. Your brother’s hunting skills and gifts are making me jealous.
4. Ugh, my kids have been sick the entire new year, and all I here is whine, whine, whine. I am so sick of them! So I sympathize.
Yay! A fellow Allyson Hannigan fan 🙂 I think she’s hilarious and have loved her since she “brought out the softer side of Sears” in Season 1 of Buffy (okay – line was Cordelia, but moving on…).
As for the Donnie Wahlberg pic – I dunno – maybe it’s just because I have a really tall and skinny 4-year-old – but there are moments when she cries that I just think of Donnie in this scene. Funny what the mind does, right?
And sick kids? Yeah – we have one that started kindergarten this fall and the other that started daycare. The noses started running in September and really stopped since. Le sigh.
Janine Huldie said:
Each of my girls totally have those light up unicorns (I think they are called pillow pets) and they just love them, but still doesn’t stop my younger daughter from telling em she is afraid of the dark. Oh and your dinner out sounded similar to a few of ours in the past. So truly felt your pain reading all about it. But glad you could find some good still and happy to get to read all about them here!! 🙂
Yes! Pillow Pets! I think I’m going to have to try and locate one for my youngest… I haven’t seen them anywhere recently though 😦
As for taking young kids out to dinner – it’s really kind of like gambling, isn’t it? Never REALLY know how it’s going to turn out…
Clark Scottroger said:
I was all, hey that sound cool, a little vid for ‘the twitter’ I can figure it out (I am twit-challenged)… but by the time I got to the big finish (the golden tweet) was looking at the wrong part of the screen and had to run it twice to get everything… kinda darwined myself right out it, no? lol
that sounds like cold weather!
The best thing about cold weather? When it’s OVER! It broke today. So BALLOONS!
Lisa @ The Meaning of Me said:
I’ve seen your link-up icon on TToT several times, but why haven’t I made it over here? Glad I came by!
I hear you on that children screaming things in public that might get you arrested thing. Every once in a while, our Kidzilla will scream bloody murder if you even brush her arm in a store when she’s being disagreeable. Oh the dramatic things that come out of her! So embarrassing. (smacks forehead)
We also have that unicorn – he (or she?) is fantastic. Let me tell you how happy we were to have that thing and plenty of batteries last Halloween when we had a multi-day power outage here due to ice storms. It was unbelievably dark and Kidzilla did not like it one bit. Popped the happy unicorn on and the familiar stars on the ceiling paved the way for blissful sleep in an otherwise very scary night. So use that thing well!
Your holidays sound like you had some lovely lovely moments – how awesome!
It’s always hard to know how your kids are going to react in public – especially when they aren’t at their best. My 4-year-old can be down right rude when she’s out of her element. I know some of it’s shyness – and much is just the zero filter of preschoolers – and she just doesn’t know how to deal properly yet – but I still cringe…
As for the unicorn – agreed re: how the familiar works wonders with young kids. We also have a little penguin that plays music and flashes lights on the ceiling that I bought for my eldest when we moved her from crib to big girl bed. It now travels with us and is so helpful with bedtime routine when we aren’t under “normal” circumstances.
Thanks so much for the visit!
Oh my goodness! An honorable mention! I am so glad we met this year! Sounds like you have an awful lot to be thankful for, but why is it that I am focused on the “didn’t host” parts? Oh to have not hosted Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. I’m taking a page from your book next year!
Bless those meltdowns to, I’d take it if I could get it as well!
Yeah – not hosting was pretty fabulous. My husband is the more “social” of the two of us and likes hosting. He wanted to host New Years again this year until I basically said I wasn’t up for it (ie: scrubbing of the entire house twice; cooking; getting booze; figuring out starters etc…. and then having half those invited – who’d said yes – decide not to come which is basically what happened last year). Yes – def. nicer to this year to have a low key New Years. Parties with friends – and hosting, can be a lot of fun. But you need to be in the right frame of mind.
I’m so glad we met too – best for 2014.
Guess what movie is on in the background while I’m reading your post? The Sixth Sense!
Having had 3 of my 5 children declare themselves vegetarian at one point or another, I can relate to the dinner conversation you mentioned. It reminds me of a line in another movie–My Big Fat Greek Wedding–where the mother asks incredulously: “He don’t eat no meat? That’s OK. I fix lamb!”
That eerie that it was one while you were typing. But such a good movie, yes.
As for fixing lamb – I’ve always loved that line as well!
Aussa Lorens said:
Oh man, that scene from “Sixth Sense” is way creepy. Probably creepier than the rest of the movie because it’s the most likely scenario to have play out in our own lives. *cue spooky music*
Also: I am beyond impressed that you still managed to go to the gym over the last few holiday weeks. I’m pretty sure my work pants aren’t going to fit tomorrow.
Ah – the holidays is when I actually have TIME and energy to go to the gym. It’s during the rest of the year that it’s a struggle to get it all in. Hope you’re pants fit fine today 😉
Aussa Lorens said:
They were less than comfortable, I’ll just say that…