Hey all. It has been 2 years.
2 long years of working, illness and injury.
So here is an update:
I still have 2 girls now 6 and almost 4. One is finishing grade 1 and the other is gearing up for Kinderstart.
They are both in swimming however K1 is in Synchro as well.
Still married to my patient and wonderful husband. He does more than most do.
Now… the big thing…. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Which explains all the pain and medical issues I have had over the past 3-4 years. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes chronic pain and fatigue.
It is a big change and there will be big changes coming in my life. I don’t know what to expect as of yet as this is brand new to me.
It is one of the reasons why I wanted to start blogging again. I wanted somewhere to discuss my issues with my illness and what is working (or not) for me.
Now, this blog is not going to be all about chronic pain as I am still functional most days and I still hold down a job and have a busy life with my kids. So I will be still posting tips, tricks, reviews, and random thoughts. Like my life, Fibromyalgia will not define me nor will it define this blog!
There will also be changes in this blog. I am working with a designer to get a sweet new logo and page! Stay tuned!
I hurt. My shoulders, my legs and my core.
I am in a lot of pain today.
Because, yesterday, I went to AquaFit. Now, when I think aquafit, I think old ladies dancing in water and very low key workout, Which is want I wanted yesterday after having the family over for Turkey Dinner.
That is not what I got….
I got 1 hour of hard core interval training in water by ex-military. I was pushed to my limit and I loved every minute of it. We worked hard with water weights, noodles and using the water as resistance.
It was amazing and I felt great, tired but great afterward. But now, I hurt. I think I over did it!
I can’t wait to go back again!
So I am enjoying the kindergarten run of K1.
But I hate the never ending fundraising . So far (and it’s only a month), we have had Terry Fox Run (an excellent cause don’t get me wrong), dress down day ($1.00 where the kids do not need to wear their uniform), Magazine sales, scholastic book orders (my downfall and the Husband had to put a budget, if I had my way we would have $100’s in books), Food bank donation (again another worthy cause), Bake sale (this Friday). Where does it end? This is just school, this does not take into account the extra-activities K1 is in (Girl Guide Cookies anyone?).
I get it, schools need $$ to run. But where does it end? I have already exhausted my friends and family and its only October!
Every year it is the same, facebook explodes with parents selling on behalf of their kids school, dance, sports, etc. Never ends.
So I apologize for the Facebook posts asking to buy, really don’t feel bad if you don’t purchase, I won’t be offended unless it is the Mint Girl Guide Cookies. Those are the best and everyone should buy them because they are amazing! Seriously, I could eat a box in one sitting (just joking people, it was 1/2 a box and then an hour later I finished them off)!
But if you decide to support my kids, thanks and if not, thanks for not hating me!
Now, off to make cookies for the bake sale (Mint Girl Guide Cookies are not allowed, I checked)!
Love and peace,
So K1 has been in school for 1 month. Kindergarten. Wow. I have seen such a difference in her. She has matured so much in one month and I have lost the tiny preschooler and now have a compassionate little girl. She is very kind hearted in school. It is amazing to see the change in her, however, part of me misses the little girl she was.
Her school is amazing. They focus on the needs of the children and they challenge them and teach them how to learn, study and ask questions.
One incident K1 told me about was that another child emptied her bucket (made her feel sad by calling her name), the momma bear in me wanted to march up to the school and beat the other child (no I am condoning violence, but my baby was sad and hurt and I was angry). I asked her if the school did anything to deal with it.
K1 said they sat in a circle and talked about feelings and name calling and how calling people names empties their bucket and that is not kind.
They did a “code of conduct ” that the children had to sign (in their horrible Kindergarten printing). By doing this, each child is taking ownership of the classroom and learning acceptable behavior. I am glad this was the way the name-calling was dealt with. This is teaching each child how to behave as well as teaching empathy and ownership of their actions.
Like I said, one month in and we are doing well. K1 is loving school and hates the weekend when she is home with us! She wants to go back with her friends. The only thing she doesn’t like is the fact that her sister is not there (K2 is 2) and she misses her. K2 misses K1 too. Soon I will have 2 in school and life will fly by in a flash!
Thanks for listening!
I don’t know if you heard about the #loveyourspouse Challenge on facebook. But the basis is that you post 7 pictures in in 7 days showing pics of you and your spouse that defines your relationship.
I think this is such a cute challenge. It meant to be taken lightly and light-hearted. However, there has been some pushback. Some people think that it doesn’t show the “real” parts about marriage, you know, the dirty parts. The parts where you are always in love with the hubby. And that we should be encourage to show the “real”.
I don’t know why so much hate around the #loveyourspouse challenge. Like I said, I think it gives you pause to remember why you got with your spouse in the first place. It helps you to remember the good, while you are dealing with the mundane, the gross (we have a toddler), the unattractive.
When I see the pictures of smiling couples, it helps me remember the good times and that our times are good (most of the time). Yes we have ups and downs (what couple doesn’t) but it helped us remember to take time to chat together!
So take it for what it is, a lighthearted way to show some love to your other (better) half!
I received the following products from the Chick Advisor Product Review Club (www.chickadvisor.com Check it out! I love this site)
This is a nice value priced crème. It did moisturize well but I felt that I needed to reapply throughout the day. I felt that I needed more moisturizer. It felt like it just went on the top of the skin and was not absorbed. However, I would use this again if my normal brand was not available.
NIVEA Creme Care All-in-One Facial Cleansing Lotion
It is a value priced cleansing lotion. I liked how it foamed, it didn’t strip my natural oils while keeping my face fresh and clean in the morning.
In the evening, I used this to wash after I removed my make up. It felt like it got the make-up my remover missed.
I liked it a lot.
NIVEA Creme Care Facial Cleansing Wipes
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, these wipes. One swipe and my mascara and eye make-up are removed! Another swipe, my foundation was gone. One last swipe and my face was feeling fresh and clean! There was a slight scent but it wasn’t overpowering. I tend to only use wipes for travel (easier to pack than my cleansers)
I would definitely use these again for sure.
NIVEA Essential Lip Balm
It was the only product that I did not like. I found the balm to be greasy, and it did absorb the way that I like my lip balm to work. I had to apply many times in order to get some relief for my dry lips. This is a pass for me.
NIVEA Protect & Care Anti-perspirant/Deodorant
A little caveat:
This is the only anti-perspirant I will use and it is my normal brand. I love this. The scent is light, and the anti-perspirant works all day. It doesn’t stain my clothes and keeps me feeling dry and not sweaty. I use this for the gym, and it works great there as well. During my day job, it works all day and I go home feeling fresh and clean and no sweat stains. It doesn’t dry out my skin nor does it irritate my skin (especially after a shave). I would recommend this to anyone!
If you want to purchase these products, your local department store and/or drug store carries the Nivea brand!
Disclaimer: Although I received these products for free, all comments and reviews are my own opinion.
So a day in life! Going to do weekday because they are crazy
Get up at 6:15, shower get dressed, etc.
6:45 get the two girls up. get one ready for school, the other ready for daycare
7:10 – Get breakfast for the girls. While they are eating, I am getting lunches ready for me, and K1.
7:30 – Get the girls out the door. Drive to K2 to sitters, Drive K1 to school.
8:30 – Drive to work.
8:45 drink my coffee, and eat oatmeal
9:00 – start work. Be crazy busy all day
5:00pm – end work drive home
5:30 – eat supper with the family. (Thankfully the Husband gets off earlier than me, picks up the kids and cooks supper).
6-7:00 spend time with kids
7:00-7:45 put both kids to bed .
8:00 – prepare supper and lunches for the next day.
8:30 collapse on the couch.
But now that school and activities have started up I will be more busier, Wednesday nights is band for me. Thursday night is Sparks for K1, Friday night is performance group. Saturday is skating, Sunday is Church and swimming.
So yeah, my days are busy, my nights are chaotic but I am loving this season of life!
How are your days?
If I could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I want to go to India! I want to experience Bollywood and take some Bollywood dance lessons there (Before kids, I was in Bollywood lessons and was in a dance troupe). And the food, I love the food! Our local Indian Restaurant burned down and they are in the process of rebuilding and I am going through withdrawals!
Montreal, I have spent several summers there. It is such a beautiful city, vibrant, tons of stuff to do. There are so many activities for the whole family! Their public transit is great as well!
Where I live now. I live in a small city in Canada. (24,000 ppl) that is very community minded. The city is very family focused and has a a ton of neighbourhood activities. Our local sports complex has affordable memberships for the whole family and there are tons of walking trails and parks to enjoy. And it is one of the safest places in Canada. I can see myself living here forever. It is close to everything I need!
What about you!?
This weekend our Neighbourhood is doing something really cool!
It’s called the Curbside Giveway! This Saturday, we put items out on our curb that we don’t want and then someone else can take them for free! The only catch is that the items have to be in good condition! I am super excited about it. This is the first time this has been attempted in our city and I am excited to see what we can find.
We have several kids items that we are going to put out as well as some household items we no longer want or need.
This is a great way to destash our home of clutter and to find great new to us pieces!
If the items are not gone by 3:00pm we are encouraged to donate them to a local charity shop. For us, we will be giving whatever doesn’t go to the SPCA (they have a local thrift shop they run in order to fund thier programming).
I can’t wait to let you know what we find!
I love music. I play piano and brass and love acappella groups (Straight No Chaser being my fav.
So I could do a playlist for every season in my life.
But since summer is just finsihed, here are my favourite songs that remind me of summer!
Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
this one just makes me want to dance.
Suit and Tie – Justin Timberlake
Again a dancey song that makes me want to dance.
Life is a Highway – Tom Petty (or Rascal Flatts)
This is such a crusin’ song. Reminds me of days driving on the highway
I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys
I spent a summer in Montreal and we sang this song on the street. We make $30 !
NO Diggity – Blackstreet
Yep I am that old! Reminds me of summer days and singing at the top of my lungs.
Word Crimes -Werid Al
Way better than Blurred Lines! And I first heard it last summer and been signing it ever since.
Anything by Pit Bull
His music screams of hot days and hot nights and I love dancing to it!
What is your favourite tunes of summer?