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the streak continues

Today was my son’s holiday concert at school and I told myself that this was going to be the time that I controlled myself.  This would be the time I watched either one of my children in some kind of performance and didn’t cry.  Um yeah.  I was wrong.  Instead, the streak continues.  Although, to my own credit, at least it was just a couple of silent tears down my cheek, rather than the sobbing ‘ugly cry’ that took place at my daughter’s kindergarten graduation a couple of years ago.  Not one of my better moments.

I’m not sure why I cry.  I mean I’m not really a “crier” by nature.  Sure, I tear up at certain movies and I always used to need a tissue or two to get through Oprah’s Favourite Things episodes but I don’t think I’m the only one.  However, when it comes to my kids, I’m not usually very sentimental.  I’m usually so excited by the fact that they’re growing up, becoming more independent (aka giving me more time to do the things I enjoy!) that I don’t spend a lot of time focusing on how big they’re getting.  That is apparently until they get up on a stage wearing a snowman hat and then suddenly my brain is filled with flashbacks of bringing them home from the hospital and the waterworks begin.

So there I was, trying to simultaneously take pictures on both my digital camera and my cell phone while giving my son the thumbs up and trying to wipe away the tears without drawing too much attention to myself.  And then I turned to my left and caught a glimpse of the woman sitting beside me, doing the exact same thing.  I caught her eye, we smiled, and for a moment at least, I didn’t feel quite so lame.

Maybe next time the streak will end.  I doubt it, but maybe.

 

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the calm

It’s 7:30 a.m. on a rainy Thursday morning.  I sit here in my living room listening to the sounds of…silence.  The cat is lounging on the floor at my feet, relaxed but ready at a moments notice to jump into action should it appear that I’m making my way towards the ‘treat’ cupboard.  It is the perfect way to start a morning.

The hubby and kids were out the door 15 minutes ago and I’ve already taken care of the one piece of work that I had to do on my day off.  My list (aka plan of action) is sitting on the kitchen counter, just waiting for me to get off my butt and change out of these flannel pjs.  I have planned out my route to maximize time and efficiency as there is much to be done on this, the last shopping day without the kids before Christmas.

Maybe it’s sad but this is probably the most excited I’ve been about Christmas since the beginning of the holiday season, i.e. the middle of November.

I can almost taste it, a morning spent running errands without having to bribe, cajole or physically drag a little person around with me.  I can browse at Walmart for 20 minutes rather than the usual mad dash through the aisles, trying to go as fast as I can without forgetting anything.  Ah…bliss.

Kind of pathetic that this is what passes for an amazing few hours in my life but I’ve determined that at this stage in life:  married, working, two kids, you really have to take what you can get and learn to love it!

Happy shopping to me!

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