WITL 2017: THURSDAY PHOTOS & STORIES

7:15 AM She is the last to wake up. Normally she is full of energy but today is different. Today she walks half way down the stairs and then sits. She is not impatient, but seems tired. Sammy says “Ro-ro” on repeat and points to her incessantly. After opening the gate she lays down on the couch and says she has a headache. She never does this. She is warm to the touch so we opt for Tylenol and rest. Today is a sick day.

9:01 AM It’s clear that Rowan is not herself, so I call blank school & speak with the secretary. We don’t own a home phone so I call on my cell. It’s so weird how technology changes. Ten years ago I would have called from a landline. While on the phone the secretary tells me a cute story about Rowan practicing for her school concert. The gist of our conversation is that Rowan gave the secretary a hug and asked her to stay to watch. Today is for finding out new stories about my girl.

10:17 AM I take a break from work emails and start to load the dishwasher. Fun times here at the Forster Hunter household. Today is for work and housework.

11:14 AM I decide that Rowan has had enough show for the morning. I pull out white paper and her markers. She “completes” a journaling page, drawing pictures of thermometers and butterflies. Today is for going with the flow.

1:02 PM Working from home / working from bed! While  Ro naps in her room, I work on advocacy letters and chat with coworkers and clients by phone. Today is about making it work.

2:15 PM We eat a late lunch after my work call. On today’s menu: chicken noodle soup. She’s got the twinkle back in her eye and wants to play a game of “guess what I ate?” She and her brother love being silly. I can’t get over how she lights up when she is playing. Today is for connecting.

4:19 PM Hop in the car with Ro to pick up Sam from daycare. It’s raining and althought its suppose to be 11 C today it feels like winter. I put my cold weather gear away over the Easter long weekend thinking it couldn’t possibly get colder. Well it has. My apologies to all for jinzing the nice weather. Today is for complaining about the weather.

5:45 PM Today is for quick and easy meals. The kids have eggs with fruit and veggies and I have Vegetarian Bi Bim Bap with tofu.

6:35 PM Today is for splitting the evening routine. I feed and bathe the kids while Aaron will come home and put them to bed. Thursdays are the nights I play volleyball and I am excited to get onto the court.

8:00 PM Today is for sweating.  Tonight we are a player down which means I have to be more alert than normal as we play for two straight hours. I always feel better after exercising and today is no different. Of note, I had the best sleep!

Thursday Reflections

For me, what has become increasing obvious over the course of my day is that I need more one on one time with my girl. I know it’s a cliché to say, but I am so busy concerned about the deadlines and drop offs that I am not always mindful about the relationships that need nurturing. It is clear that I need to carve out more time with Rowan and we need to cultivate our connection. I can see some mama-daughter dates on our horizon.

Gratitudes

  1. I am grateful for the flexibility to work from home & coworkers to help me find information I need when I can’t access it in the office.
  2. I am grateful for some time with my girl and recognizing that we both need time together without “the boys”
  3. I am grateful for physical activity, team sports and the opportunity to move and sweat.

Thursday Present Participle List

Eating all the leftover Easter candy by the handfuls. Luckily mini eggs are only on the market for a short time.

Buying wet food for Charlie as he has only had kibble for one week.

Thinking that both the kids and I need a haircut ASAP.

Wearing my work clothes while I am at home because I am too lazy to change.

Listening to the nineties at nine on the radio as I drive home from volleyball. Seriously I am reliving my youth. Ha!

Favourite Conversation From the Day:

Overheard at Rowan’s bedtime:

Rowan: “Daddy, can you bring me Princess Poppy?”

Aaron: “Yes! I am so glad you like her, Rowan. You will have to tell Nanny that she is your favourite gift.”

Rowan (referring to the earlier Facetime call with Nanny): “We already talked to your mother!”

AND

Overheard at Sam’s bedtime (Or what I think he said):

Sam (speaks like he has marbles in his mouth” “Where’s towel*”

Me: “There is a blankie in your drawer Sammy”

Sam (speaking like he has marbles in his mouth & grabbing two blankets from his dresser): “I get towel for Ro-ro”

Me: “Oh, that’s nice Sammy. Let’s show Rowan your blankie’s”

Sam (speaking like he has marble in his & carrying two blankets)  : “I take towel to Ro-ro”

Me: “Okay! Let’s show her!”

Sam (speaking like he has marble in his & carrying two blankets, goes to Rowan who is still in the bathtub and proceeds to throw one blanket in the water, then the other) “Uh-oh”

2017 Week In The Life Intention: To showcase the small things (stresses and all)

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