Annie Brocoli, car shopping, Disney, House of Cards, Netflix, Olympics, preschool activities, thankful, Valentine's Day, Weight Watchers
So this week I’m thankful I got to the weekend.
It was a long week. And it’s going to be a long weekend: car shopping and another (2) birthday parties.
Somewhere in there I’m hoping to get some grocery shopping done, but I’m not holding my breath.
I did make it to the gym this morning though, because I haven’t been all week (dammit).
So, even though I’m pooped, I’m linking up for Lizzi’s Ten Things of Thankful Hop, because I figure when feeling less than awesome about life is when you should most do this, right?
So here goes:
I’m thankful for a new and hopefully fulfilling volunteer opportunity. I’ve been struggling a bit recently with trying to figure out how life all fits together at this stage – ie: how there’s time for kids, career, relationships, personal fulfillment and sleep. I’ve always done volunteering; believe it’s important; and so have kept it up on a slightly scaled back level since I’ve had kids. That said, not all volunteering is created equally, so finding the right fit is important. I think this one will work.
My eldest’s glasses got obliterated at school on Monday. No note. Just came back to us in her bag in bits and pieces of awesome. Three hundred-dollar prescription glasses destroyed and a nice note about how we’re talking about Valentines and the letter “V” this week. I asked my four-year-old about it and got four vibrantly different and creative stories (after 3-days of repeated inquiry I am now going with Alexandre “accidentally” stomped the crap out of them during nap time. My daughter may or may not have been asleep during the incident and may or may not be telling this from first person perspective). In any event, she did not appear traumatized, so I was thankful for that. After I asked, the teacher called to apologize and explain that she missed what happened and, upon inquiry, the kids clammed up and said nothin’. But I’m thankful she called. I’m also amused and thankful for the message from my daycare provider the following day (first of about two weeks she’ll be glasses-free as we get them replaced) about how my daughter got in trouble on the bus for “hanging out in the back” with the older kids and running up and down the aisles. Day one no glasses and she’s chillin’ in the back of the bus with the big kids! My first thought was I better get the glasses replaced quick or by the end of the month she’ll be skipping class to smoke behind the portables. My second thought was that at least we appear to have moved well beyond the bullying issue on the bus and I’m thankful she’s obviously comfortable in her school surroundings now.
I’m thankful for Olympic fun. We were at the grocery store last Sunday and got to meet Katie Weatherston, a member of the 2006 Olympic Gold Canadian Women’s Hockey Team. Some version of this picture is apparently on this cheer wall. But for the life of me I can’t find it. In any event, Go Canada!
I’m thankful for fun TV and movies coming soon. For me? This one:
For the kids? I’m pretty excited about this one coming out of the vault on Feb. 11:
I’m thankful that my dreaded Friday after work shopping trip for gifts was made so much more pleasant by the excellent customer service at Laura Secord. The woman who helped me there was fantastic. It was everything that customer service is supposed to be. She made the entire exchange pleasant; took the time to listen to what I needed; suggested good alternatives; and was just generally great. After that, I was then equally thankful to the woman ahead of me in line to pay at Toys ‘R Us who told me I could pay in electronics. By that stage, all I wanted was the fastest way home and she was kind enough to help! It’s also a life hack I plan to remember when I next shop there.
So here’s my pretty much weekly homage to my daycare provider. I’m thankful for the fun activities she does with my kids. Here’s the collection of crafts she sent home this week that my youngest did. Check out her (and by her, I think I mean my daycare provider’s) mad fine motor skills!
And here’s my other weekly homage on this hop: this one to my mother. I am thankful my parents are back from holidays and that my mother is again available to babysit. She was there when I had to work late on Wednesday; and babysat again today so my husband and I could finally go out and ….
BUY A CAR.
So I’m also thankful that headache is over. We bought a 2010 Mazda 3. We pick it up Thursday. Collective sigh of relief. Beep Beep ‘n Beep Beep YEAH!
I’m thankful that I lost a couple of pounds again this week, which was my second week back on Weight Watchers. I’m now only a few pounds off from my goal weight – so I’m pretty happy about that. I was also thankful that they were showing Olympic Figure Skating while I was on the treadmill at the gym this morning. Watching that athletic prowess is quite effective motivation to keep exercising. Also, if I hadn’t been watching, I would have missed this AMAZING performance by 15-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia from Russia:
You can also click here to check out her spins!
Earlier this week, this showed up in my WordPress notifications and made me smile:
Apparently I’ve received 500 “likes” since I started blogging. So keep clicking that there “like” button at the bottom of my posts. It makes my heart smile and validates my (online) existence.
I’m thankful for Annie Brocoli. This is her:
She’s a big deal with the French Canadian kiddie set. We found this DVD at a garage sale last year and my daughters were mesmerized by it. Then it got scratched beyond repair. Yesterday, I finally made it out to Librairie Du Centre (sort of local French bookstore) in my quest for French Valentines day cards for my eldest for school (more on that in a second) and got this replaced. My daughters were both thrilled to see it again and watched it happily this morning. So I’m thankful I found that.
Where I almost failed was in finding French valentines. I looked all over for these last year for my daughter’s French preschool and failed (ie: pharmacies, Wal-Mart, card stores etc….). I did find some that were bilingual in the pharmacy this year, but they came with lollipops and my daughter’s school is un “école santé” (a healthy school) so no candy allowed. Given all this, I figured I’d make a special trip out to the French bookstore, which would surely have some. The school spends a lot of time sending us home reminders about speaking French; tips to encourage speaking French at home; French activities around Ottawa; and about how they are a Franco-fière (proud) environment and only speak French at school. As a note, I’d have to say the approach is working, given my 4-year-old is now chatting away happily in French at home (about how any number of things we eat are “junk food” and so not allowed at school). So, given I wanted to honour and foster this (and not get a scolding note home if I had the nerve to send English valentines) I figured I’d make the extra effort to get French cards. But the only one’s they had were in the middle of a Scooby Doo book! And that wasn’t enough for a class! The clerk explained that French valentines are actually really hard to find and they’ve tried to find suppliers. I’m thinking there is a business opportunity out there for an enterprising card-maker. Just sayin’. Then the clerk explained her kids usually make their own. Given I was already there, I just bought two Scooby Doo books. Sigh. But done! Next year I’ll take a road trip across the bridge to Gatineau, Quebec and try my luck there. But for this year, I’m thankful I was able to respect the “French only” community that is my daughter’s school.
Lisa @ The Meaning of Me said:
Sounds like a full and thank-full week!
Can we talk birthday parties for just a second? Fairly new to this whole thing and I have to say it’s excessive. Maybe I’m just crabby. It’s exhausting. Anyway, enough of that.
Glad your week had so many moments of glad!
Have a wonderful week to come!
Feel free to dwell a while on kiddie birthdays! I know that marking milestones is important and that making sure your kid has friends and that you know their parents is important – but it adds up quickly! I like it now that my eldest is old enough for drop off parties because then I can get stuff done while she’s there (time is kind of at a premium these days) so there is that. The one this afternoon is for a younger child from daycare – so I stay with both kids. It’ll be nice to meet the daycare family though (but the party is at the exact time both my kids usually nap and they can’t nap earlier because my eldest had dance class so we’ll see how that goes). Then we have about an hour of downtime before we’re off to a family dinner/party with guests from out of town. I’m thinking I’m just gonna pump both my kids full of sugar and hope for the best.
I bet the children will love their French Scooby Doo valentines!
I’m sure they will too – the cards are cute and my daughter is excited to do them up for the class so that will be a fun activity.
Achieving Clarity said:
Wow, the crafts from day care are impressive.
The glasses…I think you are taking that whole experience much more calmly than I could.
I’ve had a few days to get over the glasses by this stage – and really, these things happen.
As for the crafts – yeah. My daycare provider is quite crafty and so we have a collection of neat things that come home. I remember the first Christmas with my eldest there – we got so many ornaments sent home I remember asking her if she was running a kiddie ornament making sweat shop!
Michelle Liew said:
Now, that’s a pretty creative daycare! That owl looks impressive!!
Thanks! I think the puppet is my favourite of this mix, but they’re all pretty cool.
Wow…..awesome list for someone short on time and energy! What kind of volunteers did you settle on?. My first thought with the bus story was ….wow! No more bullying!
Yes – I was pretty happy about the bus too (although I gave her a good talk about the importance of listening to the bus driver).
I love Kevin Spacey. Ever since first seeing him in Usual Suspects.
Volunteering is special. I’m adding my voice to the contingent of curious bloggers….”Louise, pray tell, where are you volunteering?” 🙂
Thank you for posting the skating vid. Haven’t watched the actual Olympics, just a bit of the opening ceremonies along with zoe(skipcote) up there while on the Friday Night Vid Chat.
Not cool about the glasses but you have to admit the “stories” that arrive with the explanations (from kids) are creative if nothing else. lol
au revoir and a bientot!
I think we are agreed on Kevin Spacey. I think my favourite with him is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Perhaps I just like him with an accent?
As for volunteering – maybe I’ll link to the press release when it goes out…
And I missed the opening ceremonies for the Olympics – I’m more a summer than winter fan, but I do like the skating, so I try to tune in for that!
And yay French! A bientot! (Can’t figure out the accents at the moment on my Anglo keyboard alt-FAIL!)
I could write a mile long list of reasons why I like you. I like everything about you!
wonderful entry. !!! xox jean
I like people who like me! So that makes you pretty wonderful too!
Thanks for the kind words 🙂
I can understand your frustration re: the eyeglasses. I’m a school nurse and try to inform parents when the eyewear is destroyed as you described. However, as you “learned” it’s not always easy finding out what happened.
Way cool about your 500 milestone! I’ve not been blogging quite a year with WordPress and I must say there’s a learning curve. The variety and number of plug-ins available are overwhelming!
I appreciate that the teacher can’t have eyes everywhere (and I certainly know how hard it is to get a straight story out of a 4-year-old) but I was a bit thrown by the lack of any explanation when they initially came home.
As for WordPress learning curves – I agree, but I was a “Blogger” blogger before, and I think overall, I prefer WordPress. That said, it certainly is easy to get overwhelmed with everything out there in blog world – I try to tackle in stages. I’ve recently figured out embedding; and am now playing with Tumblr. I signed up for Instagram, but really haven’t figured out yet what that gives me over just taking photos. I think my next learning experience (when I’m ready) might be PicMonkey…
Clark Scottroger said:
hey! that Kevin Spacey thing, (I assume) there are clips that ‘turn themselves on’ when you scroll past… just recently I ran across some one with a vid clip that did not require a person to click play. Where the hell have I been? very cool stuff.
good luck with the new vehicle, I do not enjoy the process of buying a car, but once everything is done, getting a new car is a lot of fun.
of course, be sure to hide the keys! as Item 9 sounds, she will be driving herself to school before you know it lol
Agreed re: car shopping. I have to admit by yesterday, I was just at the “can we just buy the car already?” stage as the sales guy was still going through the whole “let’s make a deal!” performance. As a very unnatural barterer, I’m just glad it’s decided and done! And yes – driving a new vehicle will be nice.
As for my eldest driving – she can’t reach the pedals yet, but I know it’s coming. It’s also a manual transmission, which is like extra child-proofing, right?
Sandy Ramsey said:
I’m glad to hear that you have found a volunteer opp that will work for you. I think it’s important too.
I have been there with kids and glasses! I love when they get sent home in a baggie. It hasn’t happened in a long time since my daughter is now 11 and wears contacts but when it did happen, Not Me always did it. I was so glad to make the switch!
Kevin Spacey is one of my favorite actors. The first movie I ever saw him in was Seven and I knew he was going to be great. I haven’t seen House of Cards but if he’s in it, it must be pretty good.
And again with this hop, I’m endlessly fascinated by the points that get the most comments. This week hands down: glasses! I think breaking them is just a naturally reality with kids. Didn’t make it any less frustrating as I booked time off work to take her back to the store with me to re-order.
And yay Kevin Spacey! Is it awful that I don’t remember that he was in Seven? I think I was just mostly horrified that Brad Pitt wasn’t “hot” in that movie.
I love hearing about people making volunteering a priority. Can’t wait to hear what you’ve settled on. As your girls get older, volunteering will be even better when they can join you.
Yay on the new car!
I have yet to hear of a child who hasn’t broken at least one pair of glasses (or having them broken by someone). Many times within a month after receiving the new ones. Shoot, even my teen has trouble keeping them intact.
So I don’t love knowing that glasses issues may carry into the teen years….
As for volunteering, I am definitely looking forward to when the girls are older so we can do stuff together as a family.
And yes – YAY new car. Thanks!
Lizzi R said:
Happy about your new car. That’s awesome. And well done for figuring out the valentines (french greeting cards not something you want to expand into?)
Pity about the glasses, but YAY for the being chilled with the bigger kids and the school journey now.
Glad you wrote this, even though your week’s been a hard one. I hope it helped.
Yeah – I don’t think I’m a greeting card writing kinda person. In either official language. But I stand by my assessment that there is an opportunity there for the right person!
As for the glasses – picked up the repaired ones finally yesterday – so that’s done! Hopefully they last longer than the last set 🙂
Dyanne Dillon said:
Although I am sure it was a frustrating experience for you, I LOVE how vague your daughter was with her story of what happened to the glasses. Darling picture of you and your wee wittle one. I saw the Jungle Book in the movie theater when it first came out, which really shows my age. Your daycare provider does have mad fine motor skills! And a new car? That would be soooo nice!
My eldest is currently at the stage where she tells incredibly detailed tall tales – so it’s hard to get the truth out of her. She once told me a detailed story about how (that would be exactly how) her grandmother DIED when she was just a little baby. The story lost some of its credibility through the fact my mother was there while she was telling it…. and the other grandmother is also alive and well.
As for the Jungle Book – I would have missed it first coming out – but I do have the soundtrack on Vinyl from when I was a kid!
Tamara Woods said:
I’m looking for a volunteer opportunity myself. So far, I may be writing blogs for a nonprofit. I’d like to do something that actually takes me outside of the house.
House of Cards–Another show I need to watch. (Just watched the first season of Sherlock over the weekend.)
Hmmm – I never really got into Sherlock. I have to admit though, that I don’t try all shows because I figure there are only so many hours in a day, so I sometimes don’t want to find something I like and then NOT be able to find the time to watch it.
As for volunteering – the blog idea sounds great – but I take your point about the desire to get out and about. Good luck on the hunt!
This is a great list. I need to do this in my head if not online. So nice to pause and focus on the good when it seems like there is too much going on. Also – PicMonkey is super fun – hope you get to try it!
As for as PicMonkey goes – I have now made it to the point where have a note on my bulletin board about my computer that reads “Check out PicMonkey”. That’s about it so far. But it somehow makes me feel a bit more committed to taking action on that front 🙂
As for this hop – I highly recommend it! A great group of people too.