Saturday, April 28, 2012

Photo free

Why don't I post photos on my blog?  It's not as straightforward an answer as you might think.  I tend to over-complicate my life by worrying a lot.  I am a very shy person.  I cover this up pretty well because I am also quite social.  It just doesn't come easily.  I work really hard at this because it would be my preference to avoid social situations altogether.  It has nothing to do with not liking people or not wanting to have friends.  Quite the opposite actually.  I have a lot of difficulty with crowds, loud and noisy venues etc.  After a certain amount of time I feel like I am having sensory overload and have this immediate need to get out now.  Maybe it's anxiety, maybe it's just my tolerance is lower but each and every time I will have that flight response.  (I'm not really a fighter).  So we come back to the photo issue.  When I write on my blog, I feel like I am already baring my soul, so to speak.  For me, adding photos would be more like voyeurism.  My blog is public, I don't know who out there is reading it.  And words are just words when it's a stranger reading them.  Photos are a window into my personal space.  At least on other social networking sites I set up some privacy parameters so only ppl I want see my photos.  (yes, I understand this has it's limits too, but I feel more comfortable sharing photos there rather than here)

Alright alright.  So maybe I'll post photos that aren't too personal.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Proud day

Today was a great day.  My kid is so amazing.  At the pool this morning, he swam, all on his own, for the first time.  For the last little while, I knew he was close.  He could float on his back with only the most minor amount of help, and it was more fear than anything else that was getting in the way.  As soon as the swim instructor Daniel would let go, he'd put his feet down.  Today though, they took the kids into the bigger pool, he put J on his back told him to kick, and off he went.  I think he did about half a lap before he even realized that Daniel had let go.  Then he put his feet down, but at that point, I think he was over it.  He wanted to do it again, and again, he was so happy.  And there I was, standing at the side of the pool, teary-eyed.  A marshmallow, I tell you!  A melted one.  Throw some rice crispies on me or something to control the goop factor!  Something as little as learning to swim completely unravels me.  How is that even possible?  It makes me the happiest parent on the planet.  It never ceases to amaze me how these small successes for him can just send me over the moon.  Also, another example, in the last two/three weeks, he has started to read.  He is reading level 1 books from school, twice a week he comes home with a new reader and he wants to read to me!  I'm no longer the only one to tell the stories.  He can read them too.  It's so scary how quickly it happens.  It's also exciting, I want him to enjoy school, so many kids don't but I just think that if I encourage him and support him, he'll want to keep trying and keep working to achieve the next goal.  Today was a proud day, his dad and I made sure he knew it. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Hippity hoppity

Easter's on it's way!

I am thrilled that the four day weekend is here!  Here's why:

Not as busy as Christmas.  Only have to worry about setting up a little hunt for my little man.  He loves this just as much as opening pressies from Santa.    I also happen to think the Easter Bunny is way cooler.  Most of his presents are made of CHOCOLATE!  What's not to love?

Shopping is minimal and expectations for gifts are MUCH lower. :)

We will be visiting family and friends this weekend. We always look forward to seeing everyone. 

Did I mention it's a four day weekend?  Just checking.  Four days off in a row is decadent.  Not quite a vacation, but a nice long break from the Monday to Friday grind.

Today we decided to just hang out.  We stayed our butts home, did a bit of cooking, a bit of game play, took a nap, and essentially just enjoyed each others company.  Tiling didn't go so well, but we'll take another crack at it before the weekend is over.  Minor glitches that I think DH has sorted out how to work around.  The end is in sight but the detail work is time consuming.  Can't wait for it to be done though.   Saturday we'll be attending a birthday bbq and J will have an opportunity to make some new friends.  He loves to meet new kids, so it should be a fun time!  Monday I think we'll check out a movie.  I want to see Mirror Mirror with J, he said he would come with me even though it's not a cartoon.  I was shocked.  I thought I was going to have to wait for it to be released to video. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend!  Happy Easter to my family and friends.