Thursday, November 26, 2009

My Favorite Time of Day



After weeks of trying to avoid getting sick, I've finally succumbed to a mild cough, runny nose, and muscle aches. I'm feeling rundown but what am I to do when there's errands to take care of, kids to pick up from school, and meals to prepare? I'm not exactly bedridden yet! I felt miserable all day but I wasn't going to let this nasty cold spoil my evening. And how I love my evenings - whether it's spending time with J.P as he reads his book, or listening to my budding musician, A.R. practice his guitar lessons. For me, the evenings are all about reconnecting with my kids; asking about their day, helping them with their homework, or just relaxing with them. I always look forward to this time because it's so lovely and peaceful. I even think the kids seek out quiet time, and I don't blame them since their day is hectic! I asked the boys if they would like chocolate chip muffins for a treat. They didn't object to the idea - they know all too well that I have to be in the "mood" to bake. Hubby came downstairs and watched a basketball game while I was busy filling up the muffin pans. I suspect J.P informed him of my activities. I wasn't too surprised to see them all hanging around the kitchen. I mean who could possibly resist these freshly baked muffins?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Getting Ready for Christmas



It was a busy weekend yet I still had time to put up the tree. I try to set up all the decor in the last week of November. My youngest is always the first to ask, "Mommy, when are you going to put up the tree?" If there is one thing about J.P, he gets excited weeks before any event or holiday. His enthusiasm is contagious, and it's so easy to get into the Christmas spirit being around him.



I didn't spend a fortune on the decorations, and ornaments. I was resourceful, and used most of the materials (flowers, ribbons,and sachets) left over from my wedding to create the ornaments on the tree. The only things I purchased were the snowflakes and bells - which were inexpensive. The handmade ornaments were given to me from my mother-in-law. What a wonderful gift! You can find these ornaments at craft shows, or you can make them yourself. It's pretty easy to create your own Victorian Christmas tree. You may already have items in your home that you could use. Just be creative, and unique. Happy decorating!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

No School on Friday

I woke up very early to make breakfast and pack lunches, only to realize that the boys have no school today. I'll let them sleep in and enjoy the silence while it lasts. Now that I have them for the day, I know the day will be hectic and noisy. There's just a different energy around boys as opposed to having girls. I find boys are easier to please, making no fuss at all. My boys are pretty easygoing - much like their father. They prefer their playtime with their friends; they enjoy sports, Nintendo and computer games. Just give them their favourite snack and meal, and they're good for the day. I'll ask them what they would like to do. I draw the curtains wide open, pick up clothes and make my way to their bedroom. I hear giggles, and morning banter. J.P is wide awake, reading a book. A.R hides under his blanket. I think I already know the answer as I say good morning. Why do I feel like it's going to be like a pizza day?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lost and Found



There are loads of laundry to do, and I'm in no mood to do it. Yet, I go through the hampers, and separate the whites from the darks. I drag myself to sort through the madness, and trek down to the laundry room. My mom calls, and inquires about her grandson. I tell her A.R. is fine and that he will return to school tomorrow. We talk briefly, she knows I'm busy and she says we'll talk later. I hang up, and I quickly go down the list of things I need to do before I prepare lunch for the recovering patient. I change the bed sheets, do some light cleaning here and there. I'm feeling tired and weary; more like grumpy. Could I be getting sick too? The last few days nursing A.R. back to health has finally taken a toll on me. I tell myself to take it easy - I'll do the other chores another day. I sit down at my desk to relax. However, I am back in cleaning mode, clearing up clutter and retrieving loose papers that fell behind my desk. I stumbled upon a postcard, and realized it was my son's artwork. It's a water colour painting! A.R gave it to me last year as a Christmas card. I have no idea how it ended up there but I'm so happy I found it. I smile and admire his masterpiece. This discovery has certainly made my day.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bare Impressions



The sun shone brightly this morning as I looked out the window, and bundled up J.P in his winter coat, hat and mitts. Luckily, the walk to school would be a short one. We stepped out into the cold morning air; the street empty and quiet. Along the way, J.P loves to run up a hill, and rest on a big rock near his school. He gave me his backpack, and I watched him run carefree, squealing in delight. As I reached him, I noticed the bare trees behind him, standing so gracefully. After dropping him off to school, the walk back home seemed longer. I was lost in my own reverie. I made a mental note that the trees in my neighbourhood were quite old and magnificent. Sadly, I had never noticed them before. I quickly returned home, took out my camera, and immediately went to work.

~ I spent some time reading and admiring many blogs. It's wonderful to see so much creativity out there. I'm relatively new here; don't know what to expect but I can see the possibilities. I appreciate those who come and visit my site, and catch a glimpse of my ordinary life - in my own words, thoughts and pictures. ~

Monday, November 16, 2009

Decorations



Today I started the day differently than usual. First, I slept in a little, and woke up at seven o'clock in the morning - on a Monday! I don't always get the luxury of staying under the warm covers so I savoured the moment. I checked A.R's forehead, and was relieved he didn't have a raging fever. He's been sleeping in our bedroom for a couple of days now, sheltered away from J.P and my hubby. It's easier for me to tend to him especially when he had a high fever. The past two nights were rough ones - at least, he's getting some rest, and is on the road to recovery. He still has that nasty cough - I described him as the "frog" from the new animated movie, The Princess and the Frog. It's a nagging cough that won't go away no matter what you do. I guess soup, vaporizer, Vicks, cough medicine and a whole bunch of "TLC" is on the agenda today. Yesterday, I was able to do some Christmas decorating but the tree isn't up yet. A.R wants to help me, hopefully we can have it up after lunch. Sounds like a good plan. I'm now off to make shepherd's pie for lunch. A.R has already picked up his guitar, strumming What Child is This?.


Shepherd's pie is a family favourite.


~ I just love the photo of the Christmas wreath in black and white. Simplicity speaks volumes. Love the texture on the ribbon.~

Saturday, November 14, 2009

This is the first time I'm writing everyday, and I think it's a great way to unwind my thoughts after a tiring day. It's Day 3 and A.R has shown some improvement in his condition. He still has a bad cough but otherwise he didn't have a fever all day up until this evening. Just a mild one and he should be fine for the next four hours. I am feeling weary but I trudge along and do what it takes to keep the schedule running. On weekends, I try to keep cooking at a minimum. I just like to warm up leftovers, or order in. I thought about decorating the house for Christmas but I was too lazy. Tomorrow I will tackle that project, and hopefully get inspired for the holidays.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Sick Days



I'm exhausted, I spent another sleepless night taking care of A.R. He had a high fever, and I was concerned that maybe the tylenol wasn't working. I didn't want to get him all worried too so I told him to go back to sleep. Luckily, his fever subsided, and he felt much better this morning. A.R still looked sleepy as he lounged on the couch, watching television. I let him rest while I washed the dishes. Later, he asked if he can play on the computer. I made an exception, (school days are strictly forbidden), however, since he was sick, I allowed him to play for a limited time. I could see it brightened up his day, and I took a picture of him. He was too caught up in his game, and didn't look my way. He cringed when I told him that he would take his medicine soon. At least, it's bubblegum flavour! I don't know how I managed to keep the schedule today. It was a miracle I was able to wake up early, make breakfast, take J.P to school, cook lunch, clean the whole house, and then do laundry. Where did I find all this energy on so little sleep?! Where did the time go? I've been running on adrenaline, and soon I'll be sleepy once again after I take my daily shower. Look, here I am blogging! Will it ever end?

~ By the way, a funny thing happened to me (well, at the time, not so amusing), a bucket of icy, cold water fell on top of me! Please don't ask me why! I can only blame my hubby for this accident. If I wore dark shades right now, it still wouldn't hide my embarrassment! I was soaked to the bone! My hubby had a good laugh when I told him what happened. He wasn't surprised at all of my antics! ~

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sick Day

Yesterday, A.R. came home from school with a fever. He said he didn't feel well after attending the Remembrance Day services. I wish he told his teacher he was ill so we could have picked him up from school. All this news on H1N1 has made me worried. We haven't received the H1N1 flu shot because we don't fall in the "high priority" group. I woke up every hour last night to check up on him. He still has a mild fever and a cough, however, that doesn't mean things could change in the next few hours, or even days. We're keeping an eye out for H1N1 symptoms. So far things look good. Let's hope he gets well soon!

~ I just heard on the news that school age children can now take the H1N1 flu shot. Nice. Now that my boy is sick with fever, we have to delay his vaccination until he gets better. ~

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Homemade is the Best


Chocolate chip/oatmeal cookies

Lately, I've been baking more. My hubby has been nagging me for years, and so I finally gave in! The kids love homemade goods than store bought. They always want me to bake the chocolate chip/oatmeal cookies, and my hubby loves the banana muffins. It's tradition to bake during the holiday season so watch out for more goodies!


Freshly baked banana muffins

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Growing Pains

I guess at some point or another, we all have to grow up. Lately, I've been stepping back, and letting my eldest, A.R become more independent. He's almost ten years old, and it's about time he learns how to do things for himself. I don't want my kids to be spoiled, and think that everything will be done for them. I would like them to value hard work, and give them a sense of pride for the work that they do. That is why I've been giving A.R a few responsibilities; like taking out the green bin and blue box for recycling, washing dishes, folding his own clothes, and putting them away. I think what worries me the most is the fact that young boys are easily distracted nowadays with computer and video games, and falling behind in academics more than girls. Although, A.R doesn't fall into that category - I must say he does exceptionally well in school. We give him incentives to succeed in his school and guitar recitals. Rewards and encouragement are big in our household. It's the attitude, and behaviour issues we have to keep in check. Kids think they can say, and do anything they please without showing any signs of respect and consideration. I hate to admit it but I do have high expectations for him. I try not to put too much pressure on him when it comes to his studies, and music lessons. I can see the anxiety taking its toll on him - he bites his fingernails, and that's not only a bad habit but a warning sign that there is pressure on him. At times, I feel I am nagging him to perform a certain task, chore or a simple request. I think there will always be a growing concern that he won't be focused, and he'll keep distant and quiet. It can be frustrating at times, however, I stick to the program and keep him in line whenever he acts up. Parenting isn't easy but I always try to do my best! I'll be happy if my boys will turn out to be well-educated, successful, and productive men in the future. It seems like a long road ahead of us; yet the teenage years are just around the corner! It's critical I maintain good parenting skills, encouragement and love for my boys. I know I have to surround them with positive male role models, and provide them with the tools to be independent adults.

~ This piece was inspired after I had spent an evening out with my brother. We had a great conversation on the way to the movies, and eventually touched on the topic of parenting. I never thought I'd have this discussion with him! It was great!~