This song is The Girl’s favorite. I think it’s because of the word ‘ice.’ It was one of the first words she could say so I think that increased the likability factor. She knows it’s on the music selection I have in the car so she wants to listen to it all the time. So cute. Have a Happy Friday!
So this finally happened…
Our Christmas tree is up! Our decorations are up! The snow really helped us find some time to put all of this together. I think that I need to wait a couple more weeks before doing any Christmas baking because it will all be gone before the day arrives. I have so many ideas for baked goodies!! Also, can I just say how excited I am to bust out my Scott Weiland Christmas CD? Solid Gold, baby! This is going to be a fantastic Christmas. The Girl is capable of starting to understand what is going on which is something we are all excited about. We’ve had to walk through the Christmas aisles of the stores every time we go. She loves the trees, she loves the lights, and she loves the sparkly ornaments. The Girl is also going to be super excited to do crafts with The In-Laws. They are definitely going to be making a gingerbread house which is the best idea ever (but hopefully it’s on a sleep-over day because I really don’t want to deal with that candy-fueled crazy!). So much excitement! The part of me that was nervous about pulling everything together is starting to go away. I’m sure that I’ll see that part again in a few weeks, but for now I’m just enjoying the fact that I am really loving all of this
Our roads were impassable yesterday for anyone with a normal vehicle. The amount of snow is crazy in some places, while in others there is none. We tried to get out this morning so that The Husband could get to work, and The Girl and I could run some errands and go to an appointment… It didn’t happen. We piled into our better-in-snow car, took a valiant run at everything that got in our way, and ended up getting stuck in a drift about 150 meters from our house. It was not impressive and it definitely was embarrassing. The people in our city are notorious for having big vehicles and I’ve thought them completely unnecessary until today. It was sure nice of them to tow us back to our house where we tucked our little car back in the garage, closed the door, and just had a fantastic day together. Hopefully tomorrow is better for driving. This is some of the worst snow we’ve seen in a while and I think it might be some time before the city plows come through and dig us out. In the meantime, we still have electricity, heat, and water. We also have internet which is nice but not necessary. There is food in our pantry to sustain us and there are plenty of good times to be had. We are so lucky.
Today is another day. We have a lot to do, but I think that we are going to stay home. I don’t want to get stuck again!
Yesterday we experienced quite the blizzard. I’m not even sure how much snow we’ve gotten because the winds are ferocious and blowing the snow into huge drifts. We live across the street from a park and the wind seems to have taken most of the snow from there and blown it towards our house. All day The Girl has been peeking out of whatever window she can get to and mumbling “Oh man… snowing.” Then she starts talking about going to the park. I am pretty sure I didn’t want to go to the park. I am pretty sure that SHE didn’t really want to go to the park either. It was -14 degrees Celsius with a wind chill factor of -28. I kept thinking “there is no way on this earth I am going outside today. The wind is gusting at about 64 km/h. That is bitterly cold and I really don’t want any part of it. How am I going to convince this child that it is not a good idea?” She finally dropped the idea when we had to try to get The Dog to go outside in the yard for over 45 minutes. The door was open quite a bit as we tried to shoo The Dog out. He needed to relieve himself, would go sit on his mat, we would open the door, he would remember that it sucks outside, run away into the house, come back 2 minutes later, we would open the door, he would remember that is sucks outside, etc. until he finally went! He is not a cold-weather pup. But having the door open and shut for that long really did make her reconsider the idea. The Dog doesn’t want to go out? Maybe it’s a bad idea for you too.
There is usually a deck about a foot and a half high and a fire pit in this view.
This drift happens when the wind comes from the north.
Winter hasn’t officially started yet and I think we’re all pretty tired of this already.
With The Girl having her birthday last week and the holidays quickly approaching there is a lot of new stuff coming in. On the birthday front we got many very generous gifts of very useful things. The Girl loves art and coloring so there were a lot of gifts along that line. It is wonderful and I can’t wait to see what she creates. Christmas will be another exciting time filled with gifts that will hopefully suit the new crafty phase in her life.
Organization of the toy room is the task for this week (along with putting up the Christmas decorations… WHEEE!!!). We are going through the toys and selling what we can on Kijiji and donating that which we can not sell. This is all still part of the push to have the baby items sorted and out of the house by Christmas (hint: it’s not going well). I think the possibility exists that we will be totally over-run by toys if we don’t work on this as events happen. It’s hard because The Girl has her birthday and Christmas exactly one month apart so there is a lot of change that is going to happen with the toys in a short period of time. So far she doesn’t seem to care if we get rid of certain toys… I hope that this stays the case going forward. I don’t want her to miss any toys but at the same time we really don’t have a lot of room for extra things. I appreciate the idea of putting some toys away and switching them out later, but at this stage she is developing so quickly that when she’s done with the toys she is done with them for good. So far the art supplies are a hit and are going to stay relevant for a while. I’m totally excited about it. I love crafts and I love that she seems to be completely interested so far.
We are going to be installing shelving in the toy room. It is probably going to be the only way that the room is ever going to stay clean. Little shelves and boxes are much more interesting than fewer, bigger boxes so I hope that she will catch on to using them. We will also be able to store her art supplies in the room as opposed to in the kitchen/living room. There are still some lessons to be absorbed about what crayons are used for (Pro Tip: Crayons are NOT used for coloring on story books- lesson learned… hopefully), but that is normal and without an opportunity to test that boundary she will never learn. Maybe we will try painting this week as well… hmmmm…
Lots of things to look forward to this week!
This week has been terrible. Family-moving-away-forever-family-going-on-vacation-with-a-dead-furnace-driving-still-other-family-to-the-airport-now-getting-sick TERRIBLE. I might elaborate next week, I might not. I can’t discuss it now because all I’m able to feel about everything is MAD. I’m glad that The Girl’s birthday was this week otherwise I’m sure things could be substantially worse… I guess the week isn’t over and things COULD still get worse. Let us AAALLLLLLLL hope they don’t.
This song just keeps popping into my head unannounced and it’s really not all that inappropriate for a week like this has been… Oh life…
I had to capture this moment on camera because it happens so often. I don’t know why he sits with his arm up on the chair arm like that. It definitely doesn’t look comfortable. I often think that he might be a person stuck in the body of a dog because of some of his mannerisms and behaviors (which makes some of his less-impressive behaviors so confusing).
“Get out of my sun.”
Some of my latest goodies…
The gap-tastic cowl above was so much fun that I am making it again in pink!
A creation of my own design that isn’t quite finished yet. It’s a fun little bag for The Girl!
The Girl needs something to carry around some books in… She loves colors so this has a lot of them!
This is The Girl’s Christmas sweater! Hopefully it will be done soon. I keep making mistakes so getting this far has taken a while… I will be so glad when it’s done. Notice anything off about the picture? TWO DIFFERENT SIZED KNITTING NEEDLES!!! Just another mistake to heap on the pile that have happened with this project. *sigh*
This… ugh… this is not in progress. This is being ripped back. It makes me so sad to do. I got about half way through and realized I wasn’t making a wrap in the triangle shape it was supposed to be… Oh no. This was going to end up a diamond. I messed up hard. So now it’s being taken apart so that I can hopefully do it again properly.
I am not sure what’s up with the mistakes I’ve been making on projects lately. I don’t appreciate it. There really isn’t any reason for the mistakes other than not reading the instructions properly and there hasn’t been a reason for misreading them. Next week has to be better!
I’ve come to realize that there are things that destroy my best intentions for running during the day. These are on top of my usual stumbling points mentioned here. I really hope that I can find some ways to get past these new issues.
The first issue is the weekend. For whatever reason I have a real resistance to running on the weekend. I’m pretty sure it has to do with wanting to spend time with The Husband when he’s home. Another factor might be that I actually get a chance to sit around a bit more often and sitting around usually begets more sitting around. It’s hard to get up and do something like running when you’ve been pretty mellow all day. Plus, I usually run in the evening and there is always a chance that we will be invited somewhere for dinner. These dinners are generally delicious and ample so I eat more than allows for comfortable running later. We also get home later on these nights which generally leads to bedtime shortly after getting home.
The second issue is family gatherings during the week. When my family comes over during the week there is generally some sort of take-out had and that meal gets eaten later as well. Hosting everyone is also tiring and as soon as the door closes I am ready to go to bed… I am definitely not thinking about running.
It’s hard when life gets in the way of your fitness goals. The zeal fades and suddenly the workouts become the most enormous chore. I know that eating dinner earlier as well as being home at a decent time would be very helpful for the evening runs. I also know that running during the afternoon nap would be a good alternative. The issue with this is that I use the afternoon nap to get the quiet things done that I can’t do with little hands in the way. It is also the time I use to recuperate from what always ends up being an exciting morning. I can’t wake up early to get workouts in before everyone gets up without having Bad-Mom-dozing-on-the-couch moments during the day. Timing is definitely an issue. During the Spring I will be able to get outside with The Girl in the jogging stroller and run with her, but for now I need to find ways around the two issues above.
I can’t believe that my baby is 2 years old!
Time passes so quickly and while a lot of parents are quick to tell you to “cherish these days because they’re gone so fast,” I will not say it.
There have been days that are so over-the-top amazing. I can’t believe some of the things that I’ve been able to experience through The Girl. You take things like walking, talking, feeding yourself, and all of the other simple tasks for granted until you watch what kind of perseverance goes into learning these skills. I am so grateful to have been able to cheer her on, help her with technique, and be there for her when it just wasn’t meant to be the day. She’s taught me that anything is possible if you just try hard enough… someway or another you can make any goal a reality. Life is exciting! Have you ever really watched a ladybug crawling on your hand or on a leaf? We saw it and I still hear about it all the time. It was such an exciting thing! There was a cat that got stuck in our tree for a couple of hours and she tells me all about how it got scared by The Dog and ran too high and had a hard time getting down again (but it did eventually :)). Every day always has several stories. It’s wonderful to hear about what is interesting in the life of a child.
There have also been moments that have been so scary that to think about them again causes anxiety the same as when it happened. The time The Girl had croup and couldn’t breathe and we had to call for an ambulance was absolutely horrible. She was OK, thank goodness, but it was still one of the most terrible things that we’ve ever had to deal with.
There are also the moments that you wish would just end. The endless fussing from teething, the endless nursing when you have the flu, being unable to carry your 12 month old after abdominal surgery, or any of the other moments that feel eternal in their misery but are really just a blip that you hardly remember as the passing days dull the harsh edges of the memory.
I won’t tell you to enjoy every moment because I will be the first to tell you that there are moments that I truly did not enjoy. But passing time has brought the amazing moments into sharper focus and faded the misery and fear of the moments that were not as wonderful.
The amount of gratitude that I have for The Girl is absolutely without measure. I am so thankful that I have been able to experience everything with her and I can’t wait to experience even more. From her first little blinks to her latest artistic endeavors I have been so amazed at what goes into the growth and development of a person. She has taught me that hard work and failing are so normal and so important to growth. Keep getting up and keep trying and you can do so much.
Happy birthday, Little One. You’ve done so much but there’s still so much left to do! I’ll be beside you.