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Anyone want to ask me a question?
Hey Louise! Are you going to Vegas?
Then I’ll say:
My daycare provider is! And because we’re in homecare with no back-up, I’m taking the week off work to watch my kids!
That’s pretty much equally awesome.
And in my (try to be) weekly observations of the good in my life that’s Thankful #1.
A full week off work. Time with my kids. I have visions of things like “going to the gym” and “getting enough sleep” complimenting “walking my eldest to school” and “hanging at playgroup with my youngest.”
I’ll report back and let you know if reality matches rose-tinted hopeful.
I’m thankful for a resourceful father (Thankful #2). My youngest is at that awkward age where she feels too old for her high chair but is just a bit too short for a regular chair. We tried her on cushions to no avail. And then my father life-hacked a solution.
I’m thankful for thoughtful gifts from family (Thankful #3). My eldest turned five last week and my parents and Aunt June obviously coordinated for a butterfly theme. My daughter loved it.
My eldest actually hasn’t yet been upstairs to see the butterflies hanging from her door. That was the result of my Saturday morning clean and she’s been watching TV downstairs. I’ll let you know how the discovery goes…
I’m thankful for my parents (Thankful #4) who, again, for the third week in a row, picked my kids up on Wednesday and took my eldest to her swimming lesson so I could work late. My meeting then ended early so I got to hang out with my youngest at my parents while my dad fed me dinner, made me coffee and (wait for it) let me relax. We watched the news. Like grown ups. While my youngest basically did this:
So sort of like grown ups.
I’m thankful, as always for entertainment online (Thankful #5). In the last few weeks I’ve been followed by Ernest Hemingway and had tweets favourited by Wonder Woman.
On the first, I’m tempted to ask him to say hey to my Great Uncle Stanley. We have a bit of a family legend there that I’m now trying to hunt down to see if its post-worthy.
On the latter, I am now just tempted to keep hashtagging tweets with #WonderWoman to see if the Superhero is really on top of keeping up with the love of all her fans. So far? Yes!
I’m thankful for rewarding volunteer opportunities that challenge and sometimes push me out of my comfort zone (Thankful #6). I’ve mentioned a few times that I volunteer with my university Alumni Association. Next weekend is the Second Annual Carleton Throwback (homecoming) Weekend, so we’re gearing up for a series of events – football game, wine tastings, speakers, pubs, magic shows, Athletic Hall of Fame inductions – and aside from looking forward to attending many of the events, I’ll probably be appearing on CTV Morning Live on Wednesday with the Carleton Conspiracy Band to talk about the weekend line up. Go Ravens!
I’m thankful to the kind girl at McDonald’s on Monday who took my two-year-old under her wing and continually boosted her up so she could climb and play on the playstructure in Playland for 20 minutes with the big kids. She had a blast and me? Well, I finished my meal (Thankful #7).
I’m thankful that my mother-in-law will be coming down for the weekend to join us for (Canadian) Thanksgiving (Thankful #8). And with my youngest’s new trundle-bed, the girls can bunk together and we no longer need an air mattress! We’re so fancy.
I’m thankful my mother will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner because, well, I don’t have to cook (Thankful #9). And I’m a really awesome guest.
I’m thankful for my husband (Thankful #10). He doesn’t get enough play here. Six years ago today we got married. And we’re going out tonight. Like, on a date. We had a great day for our wedding, it’s been a great adventure so far, and I’m looking forward to what the rest of our lives together will bring.
And given the unknowns of marriage, the delight of freedom from work for a week, and the fact that my daycare provider has (literally) run off to Vegas, I thought I’d leave you with a clip from one of my favourite Vegas-themed films.
What are you thankful for this week? Join the thankful here!
I love the elevated toddler chair. That is genius!
Love the butterflies too!
And Happy Anniversary!
I thought the chair was pretty brilliant as well 🙂
Thanks much for the anniversary wishes.
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I love that picture! Happy anniversary!
I am grateful that despite the stress involved with uncertainty, I have the kidlet at home for yet another day. Or two, or week. 🙂
Thanks! And while the stress and uncertainty certainly sucks – yet having the kid home is awesome 🙂
happy anniversary! love the chair hack and the lava floor vid! very cool special effects… well at least I hope they were special effects!
Hee hee – if you like the lava video, the same guy has a bunch of other ones. I think they’re pretty brilliant.
Nicola Young said:
Happy anniversary! Great picture.
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Ohhhh what a PICTURE! 😀 Have a gorgeous evening out, won’t you 🙂
It sounds as though you’re going to have a lovely week with your girls. The chair hack and the butterflies are AWESOME! Great things happening at your house at the moment 🙂
Okay – so I got this message while we were out for dinner (hubs was away from the table for a second) – and we were and we did have a great evening out!
As for the week – hope so! Started a bit early by taking them to a butterfly show with my mother. They had a blast.
Sandy Ramsey said:
A very happy anniversary to you and your husband. What a fun picture! And a happy belated birthday to your new five year old. I am a big fan of butterflies myself. I will be keeping my fingers crossed that all of your high hopes for the coming week with your little ones become reality! Enjoy!
Thanks so much for the kind comment – as for butterflies, not sure when the craze started over here, but it’s sure happening in force at the moment. Kind of fun!
Thanks for the anniversary wishes.
Some wonderful thankfuls here. I’m happy you will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with all your family and YOU don’t have to cook. Enjoy the week with the little ones. That’s a lovely wedding photo.
Thanks so much! And not having to cook is certainly something to be very thankful for!
Happy anniversary! Love the wedding picture!
And happy Thanksgiving! I hate to show my stupidity, but do Canadians eat the same kind of stuff for their Thanksgiving as ‘Muricans do?
Your dad was a genius to fix that chair the way he did. My daughter had to sit on double cushions and kneel for years.
Do you think your babysitter will bring you back one of those t-shirts that says, “My babysitter went to Vegas and all I got was this lousy t-shirt”?
Hi Dyanne – yup most Canadians eat the same kind of stuff for Thanksgiving as you ‘Muricans do.
Except when my mom cooks. She dislikes Turkey and only cooks it once a year for Christmas.
So we have lamb. Which is still pretty great.
As for Vegas – Do those shirts exist? Hmmmm – I’m not really expecting us to feature front and centre in her thoughts during her week off ;). I mostly hope she has a blast.
Happy Anniversary! Looks like you had a great, fun photographer on your wedding day.
Hope you had a fun Thanksgiving.
Here’s to a fun, relaxing week at home!
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My husband is a professional photographer, so he got one of his friends to do it (we paid, of course – but we got what we wanted – and had a lot of fun with couple who took our pictures.
Reese Speaks said:
Thank heavens for parents! They never get the appreciation they are due until we are older. That was very clever of your dad to elevate your daughter’s chair the way he did. I would also be thankful towards that girl at McD’s. I’m surprised that there are any of them still operating since they have converted them to look more like eat-in restaurants. Finally, happy anniversary! I love your pic together! it is super cute! Congrats!
It was the McDonald’s on St. Laurent – didn’t realize there might be less of those now with the whole Mc Café style going on…
Thanks very much for the anniversary wishes – and kind words on our picture 🙂
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Happy Anniversary! And Happy Birthday! How nice that your parents are so close to you, and that they cook the Thanksgiving meal! That is a Thankful right there!
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Kimberly M (@momgosomething) said:
Happy Anniversary! I hope that you had a great night out! My anniversary was spent watching some man put tile in our kitchen…but he was hot…and he wasn’t my husband…well this just got awkward….
I love butterflies! My first tattoo is of one 🙂
Have a great week with your gals 🙂
Okay – I sorta love this comment. I am also currently seeing butterflies everywhere now that my daughters are fans. Yesterday at the pool? Teen girl in a bikini with butterfly tattoos all us her side and tummy. Beautiful. My five year old was enthralled and no, she can’t get a tattoo…
Your dad is brilliant! Happy Thanksgiving, and happy anniversary!
I’ll be sure to let my dad know that – it will make his day :).
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