WITL 2018: Thursday Photos + Stories

2018 Week In the Life Intentions

To capture what is real, right now

Thursday Photos & Stories:

Thursday Present Participle List:

Loving the blue sky even when it’s cold.

Celebrating the fact that my kids will help the chores like laundry. We have always used a reward system with Ro and now that she is older we have implemented weekly chores. Including helping sort the laundry, we also ask her to make her bed, fill up Charlie’s water dish daily, put her dishes in the sink after a meal as well as tidy her backpack and shoes. We pay her $5 dollars ever week which she can use for whatever she likes. Sammy isn’t old enough yet for an allowance but he wants to do everything that Rowan does. It’s a win win for everyone.

Eating breakfast in my car. It’s not my first choice but I wasn’t as organized I could have been this morning and this is the end result.

Listening to the rain at 5:30 am. Since the warm weather has arrived in Toronto, I like sleeping with my bedroom windows open. I love the fresh air and the occasional sound of rain.

Reading texts from my mom as she updates me on their arrival. My parents live 3+ hours away and it is always a big trek to the city for them. Did I mention that I appreciate their help?

Thinking about summer vacation and how we want to fill out time as a family. We are a camping family and we are excited to use the new car for some adventures this summer. Today over lunch, I book us a camp site at Long Point on Lake Erie.

Feeling good as I eat gluten free the entire day. Specifically enjoyed the lemon blueberry paleo muffins for breakfast and haddock and kale for lunch.

Gratitude / Note To Self ( I want to remember):

I want to remember the feeling of ease knowing that my parents are looking after Sam as I take Rowan to her social skills group. I want to remember the joy in laughing and connecting with adults, specifically with other ASD parents, for my 45 minutes of free time.

Overheard on Thursday:

Rowan: “Can I buy a bike? I want to bike all around Toronto!”

Sam: “I have a penis! Mommy and Rowan have gulgas! We all have heads!”

Reflections:

Morning Although I wake up to the sweet sound of gentle rain at 530 am, I am still late for work! Seriously I forgot how busy mornings are solo parenting two kids and a dog. This is a crazy thought given that I solo parented for a week only 10 days ago! Ugh! Needless to say, I am looking forward to Grandma and Grandpas arrival this afternoon and not eating breakfast in my car.

Midday During lunch I receive an email that Rowan got accepted to her schools day care. Aaron texts me his thoughts and sends me pictures of his vacation / I mean work trip- haha! We accept the spot and which means our before and after care location will change in the fall. For now, I can’t help but think of summer and where we would like to go camping as a family. It’s May and I am eager to finalize our summer plans.

Evening After picking up Sam from daycare, I drop him off at home with my parents. I then drive Rowan to her social skills group on the Danforth. I spend 45 minutes chatting with parents of the fellow attendees. We laugh and share stories. With activities 3/7 nights per week, I am beginning to have a glimpse of what life may be like in a few years. Evening activities makes my day just a little bit longer. 

How did your day go? Thanks for reading!

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