Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for:

1. Sleep.  We are getting more.  Usually all the kids are asleep by 8:30 pm and then up just before 6 am.  I'll take it!  There are still wake ups throughout the night BUT someone is able to put themselves back to sleep now.  The final big step is to get Gary to do the full bedtime routine for the Little One.  I have my final 53 hours of foster parent training starting in 2 weeks so Gary will need to put them all to bed two nights a week for 2 months (I've only done this once myself as the Little One takes 1-2 hours alone..fortunately Nya is just 5 minutes and the boys should be able to put themselves to bed on those nights.)

2. The power of a sweet smile.  I brought Miss Nya with me to bring our Little One to visit with birth mom.  Birth mom SMILED at us both and HUGGED her TWICE.  What?! What?!  That's all it took?! I feel like we were friends bonding over our sweet kids. Obviously she's coming every time now.

3.  My little introvert.  I've really realized how much he savours and NEEDS his down time.  He'll often say "I'm going to go cuddle with my friends."  His "friends" are all of his stuffed animals and he will cuddle with them in bed for about an hour a day.

4,  A new car seat for our Little One.  My sister had one for us--saved us $100+.  Yay for sisters and saving money.

5.  More great meals. I should take pictures of all of them.  This was a homemade pretzel bun with pulled pork and coleslaw (by Gary of course.)  Totally not on our low sugar plan (yikes--the bread and sauce) but I tried to fill up on the coleslaw and pulled pork :)

6.  Books.  I love having time to read right now.  I just finished "The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" (6.5/10) and am now reading "All the Light We Cannot See".  Oh, and my friend who lent me the latest book also gave me a treat along with it.  Thanks, L.

7.  Netflix.  Gary and I watched "The 100 Year Old Man Who Walked Out the Window and Disappeared." I read the book last year so it was nice to watch this quirky movie together. PS How did we not get Netflix sooner?!

8. Hands-on nerdy activities.  Kai got a volcano kit for his birthday so they built it, painted it, and then did the chemical reaction.  They loved it :)  

9.  Health.  Dare I say we are all healthy?  When you add an additional young one to your family, it seems like the chance that someone will be sick increases dramatically!  

10.  Date with Nya.  I'm not very good at one-on-one dates with my kids; it's usually all or none.  They actually prefer to be all together which makes it tougher to get them alone.  Nya has been missing her role of being my little side-kick as I've had another child very attached to me so we had a really nice date this week.  We went shopping for birthday presents (I even let her pick a new preschool outfit since 3/4's of her clothes are second hand), we got ice cream, and we visited the Disney Store at Guildford Mall.  Oh, and we rode the escalator 4 times in a row just because.  Then, we finished it with a visit to the playground.  It was perfect.  You should see her, she just lives her life in exclamation marks and I love it.  So, so sweet.  I look forward to the routine of September where I can have more time with my little Nya Bear.  

I hope you are having a good week!  Gary is back to work next week so it should be "interesting" around here :)  Please let me know one of your thankful items of the week (and if you don't want to do that, I'd love a Netflix movie suggestion!)


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back To School

Yup, I'm going there with the "Back To School" talk.  Our kids are sooooo ready to go back and I'm thankful that they love it so much.  Nya feels like she has been waiting for forever to go to preschool so I am excited for her to finally go-- I know she will love it there.  Did I mention that I'm ready for them to go?  As much as I enjoy family time, I do appreciate days where we're not all in the same space all day. 

I took a few photos of the kids because although I will take some on the morning of school, it's guaranteed to be a bit stressful so I'd rather make sure I got a few under calmer conditions. 

These three kids are pretty awesome and I'm very thankful for them. And school.  Do you take back-to-school photos of your kids?  I would recommend it, especially if you're having a harder time with them returning, it's a great way to help process it.

Have a great last few weeks of summer!


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Being a Mom of Boys

When we were pregnant with our first child and found out it was a boy, I cried.  I mean, pregnancy hormones made me cry about almost anything anyway, but I was afraid.  I am the oldest of five girls and I didn't know if I had what it took to raise a boy.  Sure, I had male cousins around me growing up and babysat boys, but other than that--was I equipped?  I didn't even like watching Star Wars!

Over the years, I have come to really love having sons (ages six and nine now.) More than that, I feel like I was made to be a mom of boys.  They are wildly energetic, enthusiastic, and open to almost all physical activity.  I've gotten comfortable with their sense of humour (note that I didn't say I find it funny) and have learned about a whole new world that involves everything from Transformers to excavators to the Argentinosauraus.

Their zest for meal time does not go unnoticed.  My six-year-old's one request for lunch the other day was "I'd love anything except for a brie, mushroom and avocado sandwich."  I think I can manage that.  Our food bill will never be small, especially with one child known as "The Garburator", but I enjoy seeing them devour everything on their plate.

Their love for sports statistics makes me smile as does their easy-going nature in regards to what they wear; can they run, climb and jump in it with ease? Yes? Then it's all good.  Although I love their eager and rough-and-tumble selves, I am so thankful for their sensitive side, too.  They like their cuddles with mom on the couch.  They will often hold my hand on a family walk.  A wrestling cuddling combination with their dad is a daily occurrence.  Around the dinner table they enjoy talking about their highs and lows.  My favourite part?  Seeing their sweet side with one another and their little sister.

This morning my nine-year-old said, "Mom, can I make waffles with Nya?"  Yes, he knows how to make waffles, and yes, he wants to include his little sister.  When I pointed out it was just 10 am, he said, "Well, I can make them and put them in the freezer for you for later."  Helpful. Thoughtful.

Just an hour later (after I secretly snacked on a chocolate chip waffle bound for the freezer) they were playing "The Friend Train" together. Creative. Sweet. Inclusive.

To any parents who are overwhelmed with the cars, Lego's, and hockey sticks strewn around their house--I hear you.  To those that are tired of the fart jokes, holes in jeans, and smelly running shoes--I get it.  Just know that these special little guys will start turning into men right in front of your eyes.  You know what I think about that?  It's pretty sweet...and a bit smelly.

To parents of a boy or two or three: What has been your favourite part of having boys?