Frilly Friday

It’s Friday again and so it’s Frilly Friday and this one feels great. I am happy that it’s Friday, who doesn’t love a Friday, it’s the first day of the weekend. But also one of a mother’s greatest nightmares has occurred to me this week, one child was ill and then everyone else got it the day after including myself so finally having the weekend to rest is so welcomed, I will get into the details of our illness next week and hopefully we have all recovered by then. But as I said that is a topic for next week because today is Frilly Friday. So today’s Frilly Friday wine suggestion comes from Michelle, she suggested Jackson-Triggs Cabernet Sauvignon, yes another red. This wine has a good price point and comes in 2 different sizes and therefore prices. 4000 ml, which is a box that lasts for 6 weeks and is sold for $42.95. It is also sold in a 1500 ml bottle for $17.95. It is found in both the LCBO and the wine rack so it is easily located. Which makes it easily accessed and therefore more appealing. It is a full bodied red, bold aromas of black currant with hints of vanilla and spice. Good with a tomato based pastas and beef. That being said that is the blurb on the box, I don’t always taste the fruits that wines claim are present in a wine and this one is no different. I keep tasting it to taste the black currants, the hint of vanilla and spice but while I taste the black currants, the vanilla and spice kind of elude me.  That being said this is a good wine. It is a well-balanced wine and the tannins are not so present in the back of the palate, it is dry and a rich red, heavy as a red can be, and truly a wine I would suggest to red wine lovers and occasional red wine drinkers alike. So in the end black currants with a hint of vanilla and spice is good. I tried it with the suggested beef, and the accents it created were alright in my opinion. However I tried it with a tomato based pasta and OMG it was fabulous. Truly it awakens the palate, it is wonderfully paired with a tomato based sauce and I would highly recommend it to all. So thank you Michelle for your contribution to Frilly Friday. Enjoy and get frilly. Just another day in 7th heaven, tomorrow is another day. Until next time. Be well.

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Smh @ Gwyneth

So it has been all over the news, Gwyneth Paltrow has made a comment that has mothers, women, and men all over the world up in arms, others not so much, some say she put her foot in it others don’t see what all the fuss is. So what did she say? Well….here it is:

“I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”

Personally I do not really “follow” what Gwyneth does, that being said I have now been made aware that her fan base is very marginalized, there are some that love her and some that hate her. She is known for being pretentious, judgemental, out of touch and that’s just a few of the attributes attributed to her. Until she made this comment Gwyneth wasn’t even on my radar but this comment has put her completely in my cipher and so my 2 cents on her comment….well here we go. Now first I will say that nothing happens in a vacuum and in Gwyneth’s world this comment makes full sense she is lost in a world many of us could only dream of and certainly cannot comprehend we are as out of touch with her world as she clearly is with ours. The difference may be that we are more sympathetic then she is but I digress…. Gwyneth didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth, no there were two spoons and they weren’t made of silver, no they were made of pure gold. She has no idea about the world of the mother with an office job, she has no idea about the life of the typical working mom. Granted we have to give it to Gwyneth by definition she is a working mom, she works and she is a mom but is she really…..a working…mom? No not at all. Gwyneth has the ability to choose to be a working mom she could just be a mom if she chooses and when Gwyneth works she only does so once a year. Gwyneth does one movie a year so her two weeks away from her children is the brunt of her absence and therein ends the difficulties that she faces as a working mother. In the world outside of Gwyneth’s bubble, you know what we call the real world, where the rest of us live we don’t get the options and opportunities that Gwyneth’s life affords her. And truly one thing that I do not like to do is compare motherhoods to motherhoods. I believe that as mothers we all have our experiences we each have our rises and falls, our hardships and triumphs and these occur regardless of the number of children we have or our economic statuses but Gwyneth has brought this to me. She is comparing her life to mine, to yours, to the life of the “regular” mother, the daily working mother, the single mother, the stay at home mother who doesn’t have Gwyneth’s bank account and lifestyle, the military mother, the ill mother, the mother dealing with her special needs child, the mother with multiples, the mother with fill in the blank and repeat and the difference is so vast that a comparison, a comment must be made here. Now Gwyneth is right in saying that the life of the working mother is routine, we all must have routines because without them chaos will occur and so we all have routines, and yes we do them in the mornings and then again in the evening? NO shit!? Because in between we aren’t on set for 2 weeks! We are at work, and have to remain there for the entire day until in the evening when we start our evening routine. It’s not like we do the morning routine and hang out in our million dollar house for the day and then start our evening routine. We don’t get to choose which million dollar movie we choose to do this year and work for a period of time and then not work, no we work daily Monday to Friday, 9-5 if we are lucky. Many of us working mothers have to work longer weeks and longer days not to mention the job of being a mother which is by definition a 25 hours a day 8 days a week job! We don’t have nannies, maids and rock star husbands to take the brunt of our lives. Gwyneth doesn’t need to worry about her two parent family not making ends meet, or now that she is “separated” from her husband being the single mom. She will never have to worry about getting a second job in order to make ends still not meet! How could her life compare to the life of the typical mother?! She works 14 hour days? Yes she does no doubt but she doesn’t do that 365, NO! She does it for a period of time, and she doesn’t have to! If she chooses to quit her job today she will never have to worry again! Many working mothers work 14 hour days, because they have to, and they do it 365! Not 14! They aren’t living in a world of choice, no they are living in a world of necessity and that makes it much more stressful and harder than Gwyneth’s situation. And she is right a typical mother isn’t like being on set, we do not have people catering to us at work, we don’t get to say I need and want a break and I am taking it I do not care about what you say, and be able to say that without worrying that our jobs would be in jeopardy and/or our pay for the day reduced. We aren’t at work considering that the bills need to be paid and while we are at work we aren’t really sure how it is all going to get done or being at work and wishing we could be home instead but work while we may enjoy it is a necessity, and I can list much more but in the end I am sure that the life of a working mother is nothing like being on set and its not because the life of a working mother is easier than that of the mother on set. Her comment of “of course there are challenges” sounded so condescending…..are you serious?! The issue is that she really doesn’t see how she offended mothers by her comment. “Of course there are challenges”? You call being a military mother and being away from your children for 9 months out of the year if you are lucky, simply a challenge? Being a single mother with a less than ideal job who doesn’t eat tonight because she would rather her children have the food simply a challenge? A working mother who has two jobs, starts her first job at 7 am ends it at 5pm comes home at 6pm spends an hour with her children so that she can get to her second job at 7pm and works until 12 midnight simply a challenge? Or the working mother who has a full time job and can afford the necessities but if any day became a rainy day she would be screwed simply a challenge? How about the mother who is making ends meet but in order to do so her 14 hour day keeps her from her children that is…..simply a challenge? Or the working mother who is making ends meet but can only do so because she has a good job and losing her job doesn’t mean she gets a hiatus but that she must quickly find another because her job is a necessity to maintaining her life not a choice again is that simply a challenge? And I am sure there are many other scenarios that can be questioned as simply a challenge. Gwyneth changed the definition of challenge in that sentence, she made it seem like a challenge is a walk in the park something to not be really concerned about because sure there are challenges but the life of the working mother is much easier than having a million dollar house, a rock star husband, nannies, maids, an optional job, a bank account that would take a true feat to bankrupt, and all of the other perks that come along with being Ms. Gwyneth Paltrow Martin. Has me wondering if one of my favourite songs by Cold Play, Fix You was a message/cry from Chris Martin for change. Just kidding….kinda. *smile* Now I still stand by my statement that mothers should not judge each other even though I have 7 I still look at other mothers and applaud them. I still see the plight of the mother with 1 or 2 or 3, or one of my greatest fears and mothers I bow to everyday multiples, we all have our own motherhood story and life to live and maintain but what Gwyneth has said here has laid her in the town square to be tarred and feathered and I have been reserved here because truly my first feeling was how dare you!? And a few other words that should not be mentioned here. *smile* I do not understand those who have defended her, one persons argument that she cannot go to the grocery store or walk down the street and my thought is really THAT is why her life is harder than the working mom? That makes her statement valid? I don’t see that being a valid defence because while that is true her life can in no way be compared to that of the typical mother there is more to working motherhood then being able to go to the grocery store and in the end Gwyneth’s only defense here is that she is truly clueless, she really does not understand what she has said here, why women, want, to tar and feather her for this, she is so out of touch with the world beyond her glass house (she really lives in one LOL) that she can’t see herself as the world sees her nor can she see the world as it is for others because she has never had such a perspective. Now please do not get me wrong, I am in no way defending Gwyneth here I am just ensuring that where she is coming from is understood, I believe that having money and privilege shouldn’t make you clueless, insensitive, lack empathy, or make stupid statements. She should fully understand that the world that she lives in is in no way the world that most people in this world live in but she really doesn’t and her ignorance of that is inexcusable. Truly Gwyneth could use a real cold dose of reality, it would do her well, bring her down a serious amount of notches because she needs it. We should all be sympathetic to the plight of others, we should always find a way to relate, understand, and empathize with others. We must not judge others and the way that they live or….truly anything for that matter. We have not walked in their shoes and we therefore have no right to judge them nor do we have the right to dictate how they must walk in those shoes. As I said earlier I did not understand why the world disliked Gwyneth, I didn’t pay enough attention to her to find out but if this statement is any indication of the shit that can spew out of her mouth then I fully understand now and understand why she has “fans” that are less than impressed by her that call her pretentious, insensitive, and out of touch. So! That is my Gwyneth rant and I apologize for the length if it is too long for some of you but sometimes I tend to get long winded LOL. Just another day in 7th heaven, tomorrow is another day. Until next time, be well.

Spring has sprung?

It finally is beginning to feel like spring is actually coming upon us, has me wondering is winter really over? Can I really take that deep breath? Leave the thoughts of -30 and -35 behind? I love spring, not just because it is the prelude to my favourite season, summer but because it is the season of promise, the season when everything is born for the first time or born again. After the long, dark, and cold winter, spring gives one the feeling of I made it, it’s the season where the sun begins to shine again and its presence just makes people happier, smile more, shedding the blahs that winter can create sometimes. It marks the beginning of patio season with the occasional day when we can sit on the patio and enjoy a meal or a drink, preparing us for the days of summer when every day is a patio day. The flowers finally can bloom bringing colour back into our world and with it the beautiful songs of the birds. For me it also means a shorter morning routine, first of all it will be brighter when I wake my children up so I will no longer have to explain why it only looks like night time it’s actually morning and it is time to wake up. And my most favourite thing about spring is that now I will be able to get my flowers, I love to receive fresh flowers and my sons knowing this bring me flowers all the time, they bring me singles, bouquets, as well as various varieties picked on their way to and from school. I teach them not to pick flowers from private homes so they pick the flowers that they can pick from and bring them for me just about every day. Truly it is a beautiful thing and thoughtful of them. The next best thing will be that no longer will I have to worry about getting snow pants on, gloves, hats, and scarves on and kept track of, and boots and heavy jackets on, now we can get rid of all of that in exchange for spring jackets and hats and that shortens my morning routine by a noticeable amount. Now after school we won’t be rushing home in the cold but can spend an hour at the park enjoying the beautiful afternoon. My children do love winter, they love making snow forts and having snow ball fights, (a luxury not allowed in the school yard, “snow stays on the ground” they are taught) they love making snow men and generally just having fun in the snow, oblivious to the cold on some days. The one thing that they miss is the park, I simply cannot do the park in the winter, sitting and freezing to almost death on a park bench is not my idea of enjoying the afternoon after school so they are generally confined to our backyard during the winter not necessarily a bad thing as they fully enjoy it but it’s not the park. So now the park is back into the rotation and I am sure they will be thoroughly happy for it. So after the beautiful weekend that we had, I pray that it is able to continue and that spring really has sprung and we can look forward to warmer days and the soon forthcoming lazy hazy days of summer, not just for the well anticipated warmth but also for the ceasing of the school routine, a break for the children but an oh so very anticipated one for parents as well. Just another day in 7th heaven, tomorrow is another day. Until Next time. Be well.

Tasty Tuesday

I would like to explain the reason for the title, I would like to feature a recipe each Tuesday. Sometimes an easy quick meal at others a little more complicated. And recipes for all occasions, so just like the wine suggestions, I would love for you to email me your recipe selections and meal ideas as well and I will feature them one by one on Tuesday. I know for me there are times when I simply don’t know what to cook, I want something new and different but I am not sure what to do so dinner ideas would be great so! I hope it will be of use to everyone. So here is the first recipe, I tried this recipe because I saw it and wondered how the slight variation in a dish I made up myself and make often for my children would change the flavour. When I first made it against my usual behaviours I followed it to the letter, now I alter it for the way that I cook, seasoning my chicken as I choose that enhance the flavours it presents, etc. I now use it more as a guideline then a rule and in the end it truly is a great recipe. Note however it only yields 2 servings clearly I have to alter it for my family size LOL and you will have to do the same. Also I do not make baked potatoes in the microwave so that too is an alteration that I make to this recipe and finally cooking chicken in the oven for 15 minutes I have never done and I alter this as well when preparing this recipe but beyond that and all in all with the alterations one may need to make for this recipe to work for them this recipe is a must try.

Easy Caramelised Chicken

Ingredients

1 teaspoon dried thyme

2 tablespoons ketchup

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

4 chicken legs

1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes or chili paste

4 large red onions, peeled and cut into wedges

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

10 cherry tomatoes on the vine

2 tablespoons dark soy sauce

4 large baking potatoes, to serve

Yield:   2 Servings

Directions                                                 Prep: 5 min Total

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Put all the marinade ingredients in a big plastic bag and add the chicken and the onion wedges. Shake around so that all the ingredients get well coated in the marinade.
  2. When you are ready to cook, put the chicken legs into a roasting dish with the marinade, onions, and tomatoes. Cook in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. The tomatoes should burst and the onions will go crispy around the edges. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in the microwave at 800W for 8 minutes — add to the oven with the chicken when they are done to crisp up the skins.
  3. To serve, put the potatoes on plates and add the chicken, roast tomatoes, and onion together with the marinade.

Monday…..

Today everything worked as it was supposed to, everyone where they need to be at the time they were supposed to, lunches made, afternoon run done, evening routine executed and now at the end of my evening, I am so tired. Almost too tired to go to sleep but too tired to do anything more. Not sure why I am feeling so tired on a Monday the beginning of the week, probably because it’s Monday and Monday’s aren’t always easy. Starting the week and leaving the weekend behind is not an easy thing. And for me, I am here on Monday already tired from the week because I have already planned out my entire week until Friday and that makes this week that has yet to even start really feel tiring and over. It’s crazy how life does that to a person. I promised in a past post that I would stop and live in the moment and not rush through the today that I took my time yesterday to plan but it is so very difficult to really do that in my every day. There are times when I can actually do that, when I spend time with my children, or when I play games with my children, or spend time with them watching their favourite shows, or when I spend time with my beautiful sunset, these are moments when I am present and in that moment enjoying and revelling in the now but the rest of my life I don’t do it enough. I am going to have to continue to put that idea into practice. It is an important part of life I believe as I have said before so at the end of yet another day I am taking in this moment and I’m going to enjoy it before I finally am able to go to sleep. And I am not going to worry about tomorrow and what needs to happen until tomorrow morning when I wake up and when those moments come to pass, except for those things that I am looking forward to of course, like the hugs I know I will get, the sunset I will get to see, the smiles and laughs we will share and all of the other beautiful moments. Because in the end I have already prepared everything that needs to happen tomorrow anyway so there is no need to stay in the moments of tomorrow when today’s moments have yet to pass. Just another day in 7th heaven, tomorrow is another day. Until Next time, be well

Frilly Friday

Alright now this one is for the ladies, the mothers saying TGIF, the children are in bed and we are all looking forward to TGIS.  So I have decided that Fridays will be Frilly Fridays, where we are going to get frilly after the children are in bed and to assist in our getting frilly process I would like to feature a new wine  every Friday.  I am a wine drinker, I don’t know very many mothers who aren’t *smile* so I would like to pay homage to it and I will feature a new wine every week for us all to try.  So email me your favourites and I will add them to the post and together we will all have a wine tasting from our own after children go to sleep happy places.  So this week I am going to feature a wine that I tried at the LCBO.  Was going to pick up a wine for a ladies night and they were sampling this wine and I was taken. The wine is Valpolicicella Ripasso Farina.  At only $17.95 for a 750 ml bottle,  it is set at a good price point.  It is an Italian red, for those red wine lovers and truly for those who aren’t as well. I think it is a red for both red wine drinkers and white wine drinkers that aren’t so very sure about reds.  It is smooth, not to tannin filled, 13.5% for those who care about that, it is not bold but sits on the palate nicely, great with a steak, a wine and cheese event, or a tomato based pasta.  It does have a cork ladies so you will need your cork screw for this one but it truly is a nice wine and I believe trying it is an asset to any Ladies night or if you just want to try something new for your Frilly Friday.  Try it and let me know what you think. Now I must note that it is not in every LCBO I found it at the LCBO downtown at Dundas and Yonge street’s in Toronto, but was unable to find it in my local LCBO  so hopefully finding it isn’t difficult but if you do I am telling you it is worth it.  I always pick it up when I go downtown just so I have it in my wine cellar and keep it on the roster for when I want it. So ladies that is my contribution to Frilly Friday, enjoy and get frilly. Just another day in 7th heaven, tomorrow is another day.  Until Next time, Be well.

Comeuppance

Today, I got some news about something, I found out that someone who did me and my family very wrong got their comeuppance of sorts.  And I feel so…..indifferent about it.  I am neither happy nor sad, not rejoicing or mourning, I do not know how I feel.  I guess one can say I’m….numb?  Feeling nothing really.  They say that when someone does you wrong you must forgive, that to forgive them frees you more than it does them.  But I am not sure that I did forgive, so why am I not feeling joyful at them getting their just desserts?  I am sure many may say hey when someone does you wrong and they get theirs it is a time for rejoicing as they say karma is a b*t#h right? But I am not feeling that, I am not feeling joy in their bad luck, joy in their sadness, joy in their sorrow.  I don’t really feel any joy in their unhappiness although many may say that I have all right to but I don’t…..I guess this is where the true test of a person comes, when people do you wrong can you forgive? Can you let it go? Can you let karma be the one who does the payback for you because to you it just simply doesn’t matter? All of us have had people who have done us wrong and we get angry, want revenge, some of us get revenge and when we do, do we feel better? Does it give us the satisfaction that we desire?  At other times someone
does us wrong and they see it and they apologize, does that provide solace?  Other times all we want is an apology, an acknowledgement that they did us wrong and we would let it go but if we don’t get it then what? Are we then forever consumed by that need?   For others they don’t get revenge and how do they feel?  Some of us become consumed by that desire for revenge and it does us more harm than the initial wrongdoing.   I was told once that I am passive aggressive, that gave me an interesting pause because when I desire to be aggressive I am far from passive, what that person should have realized was that anger and bullsh*t wasn’t required in that moment that the foolishness of anger wasn’t required in that moment that to me there was more at stake than the fact that I was livid and while I was angry, I was still seeking preservation,  trying to maintain a cool head in my
hotheadedness, not wishing to do something that we would both regret that we would get to a point of no return but unfortunately it was missed and anger and hotheadedness prevailed and the point of no return was reached and there we stood and will always remain.  And sometimes that is where a situation takes you but still can you forgive that? I believe so.  And other times a situation brings you somewhere where you can forgive but will you ever go back….nah….that ship has sailed so far that it is no longer on the horizon but that shouldn’t and doesn’t change one’s intention of forgiveness should it?
Personally, I believe that forgiveness when someone does you wrong is the best course of action, it allows you to free yourself from all of the negative feelings that go along with that wrongdoing.  Anger, hatred, the desire for revenge is not good for anyone, it truly doesn’t offer any benefit.  People hold on to wrongs done to them for years, it erodes relationships and most importantly it erodes the self, if one can find a way to forgive then they should truly do so.  Now don’t misunderstand me here, to forgive is to forgive it is far from being stupid.  I am not saying that one should forgive and return themselves to the whim of the one who has done you wrong.  Make the right decision in that, if someone has hurt you so badly that while you forgive you also see that it will be evitable, that you will have to forgive them again or if they have hurt you so very badly that revenge and extreme anger needs to be quelled with a true test of wills when images of that person comes to mind then maybe forgiving and going back to be abused or hurt again is not the best course of action. But I stand by my statement that forgiveness is the way, not return but forgiveness and again if not for them then for
you.  For me in my situation I must be honest…..as I said I am conflicted but his comeuppance doesn’t bring me joy but it does give me a peace,  but it also doesn’t because now he has peace now he gets to move on, absolved of what he has done to me but I am still living with what he has done to my life, the consequences of his behaviour is still being felt by me and my family as the saying goes in spades like the Ace you know……we are feeling it and we always will be, the ripples, the consequences of that one person’s behaviours has changed the course of so many lives in my life and so his just desserts, his comeuppance really does nothing for me because it doesn’t change how his behaviour has altered the course of my life, it hasn’t altered my life and as I consider it maybe that is why his comeuppance does nothing for me and proves why revengeand karma does nothing for the wronged because what the wrong doer has done always and forever remains done, the damage the wrong doer has performed remains damaged, in that there is no coming back.
Two wrongs don’t make a right, his being wronged now doesn’t make my wrong right in any way and I feel no relief, I was wronged and that can never be fixed, so I take a page from this, and I take heed I forgive all those who have done me wrong whether they see it or not and I feel for them because they will have to pay one day for what they have done to me but I also know that when they pay while it will be to atone for what they have done to me they alonewill feel it not me because while what they have done to me may be their cross to pay for it will always and forever be my cross to bear.  Just another day in 7th heaven, tomorrow is another day.  Until next time, be well

The sounds of silence

So I have a question…..are children deaf? Or are they just insanely loud without noticing.  Or is it just my children……my children are so loud and they aren’t yelling at each other in fits of anger or in the midst of an argument but in normal conversation or play, they are just loud.  I find myself constantly telling them to hush, that they shouldn’t be in the room down the hall and I am unable to hear the television in the room that I am in.  And it’s not just their voices I also have to remind them about the television as well but that is a small issue because once it is turned down its down.  But their voices are always turned up to loud or louder, I just don’t understand it.  They are always yelling! And it drives me crazy! Constantly having to tell them,” hush”, “keep your voices down you’re not in the playground”, “stop yelling”, why do you have to be so loud?”  I simply am perplexed by it. Mostly perplexed.  Well I can sort of understand it, there are many reasons for it, first being that they are just children when I pick up my children at school or daycare all the children are insanely loud.  The hum that rises as soon as the school bell rings after school is crazy and how as a parent I ignore it lends to the truth that one can truly block anything out if they try.  In that environment I can block out the sound and focus on what I am doing and when my children were younger I could block out the sound as well so much so my father used to always ask me are you not hearing that!? As I continued to have our conversation oblivious to the sounds my children made as they played. But as they have gotten older I can’t take it with the same grain of salt, the sound rises like a wave and eventually overtakes me and I become overwhelmed and lost in the sound of it all.  So in that regard it is also my fault, I didn’t reign it in when they were younger not believing that those little voices would ever rise to such a level as to drown out all other sounds in the house LOL.
Lately I have been seriously trying to reign it in, attempting to quiet their voices somewhat and so I am on them all the time to recognize that their voices are extremely loud and it is not necessary as they are right in front each other and none of them are deaf.  And slowly change is beginning to occur but the mean time is still frustrating as when they get really excited they fully forget and my house sounds like a playground.  It could be a bigger issue in my house as there are more children in my home so they have the opportunity to be louder but in the end I don’t see it like that cause this is my reality, the only reality that I know, so I see it as loud not that there are seven of them therefore loud must be acceptable, its not for me regardless.  But this lesson in their volume levels speaks to the fact that as a parent we really can change our children’s questionable behaviours by ensuring that we are diligent in our quest to be rid of them.  Surely we cannot change behaviours that are part of their core character but behaviours like simply speaking way too loud for their mother to take, those can be changed.  As I said in my home it is getting better and I am optimistically predicting that within the next 6 weeks I will have silence, well….not silence because children do get loud and that’s just how children are but they will learn that there is no need to be loud all the time.  And in that understanding I must add this little factor to my quest in quieting my home, sometimes parents do it to themselves.  Sometimes we contribute to the noise levels by buying loud and annoying toys for our children, that we look at and can’t wait for the batteries to die LOL.  I remember telling my son that Elmo was sleeping when its batteries finally died and recently I bought my children a vuvuzela, you know the horn that soccer fans love to blow as the game is being played.  Now, that thing is loud and when I bought it I considered that I would regret it and there are times when I do, but when I see how happy they are to play with it the regret quickly alleviates because in the end beyond all the noise and keep your voices down, stop yelling, and hush, sometimes the loud sounds are the sounds of the utter and sheer happiness and as their mother it brings me joy.  They are happy, happy to be in that moment of their lives and for that I am grateful because as parents all we really want is happy healthy children, now I cannot promise that the next time they raise their voices I will remember that little spin I just put on their noise levels but I can promise that I won’t always forget. *smile* Well that’s just another day in 7th heaven, tomorrow is another day.  Until next time, Be well.

The first day back

Today was the first day back, back to the morning routine, back to the morning run, back to the afternoon run, back to the evening routine.  And we made it through, made it where we had to go when we needed to be there and in the end, I am so happy for it.  Truly I wasn’t sure how it was really going to go,  if I could really get back into the routine I really got used to not having to do it, enjoyed the time off, I enjoyed it so much it almost felt normal, but when the time came I fell right back into real life and got it done.  The prep on Sunday got done, and this day ran as it should have.  So much so it felt normal in an instant my break from it almost already a distant memory.  But now that the day has finally wound itself down and the end is drawing near I am ready for “my time” and then bed.  I will tackle tomorrow tomorrow.  Have some planning to do as 2 has decided that she wants to take on a new nutritional plan and so now meal plans and grocery lists will have to be created to accommodate these changes.  It’s a good thing though, she is being conscious about health and those things that should be included in one’s diet to accommodate their special circumstances.  In the coming posts I will speak on that further and let you all know how the changes go.  One thing my children have no issue with is eating, every one of them have what one would call a healthy appetite, and they are all far from picky except for a few dietary restrictions and dislikes they will eat just about anything, so I am sure that they will accept the changes as long as they are still able to eat.  So I don’t anticipate any objection to the changes, I think the greatest issue will be the changed lists and meal plans and staying on track until it becomes the norm but I will see about that once it begins.  Well that’s just another day in 7th heaven, tomorrow is another day.  Until next time, Be well.

The end of March break…

It’s that last day of March break ….starting tomorrow I am back to the normal grind, laundry, lunch prep and everything else that is required to get ready for the school week and then come Monday it is back to the morning routine, the morning run, the afternoon run, the evening routine and then looking forward to Easter as a prelude to the real break, summer! I really enjoyed shedding the schedule for a few days and relaxing.  Now, yes March break did make way for days that had to be structured in a different way
but at least I did not have to wake up at 5am and actually get out of my bed I could sleep in a little. Cause we all know children have so many issues with getting up on time for school but on the weekends or holidays they have no issue at all with getting up on time.  But with a properly prepared night before with breakfast set out and ready, I was able to steal at least an extra hour every morning and I loved it! Many may ask isn’t it harder with your children home, having to plan activities, keep them amused, shuttle them from this activity to that activity, from this friend’s house to that friend’s house but no it actually isn’t. I love spending time with my children, indulging them in their activities and crafts, conversations and whims and truly I resent the time they spend at school (understanding it is required) as it takes up most of their lives.  Our children are children forsuch a short time in the span of life and school takes most of it.  I love to see the world through their eyes, I love to hear their opinion on things, to see how they mould the world when they have the freedom too.  So no, I don’t resent holidays, I love holidays I love when they are all home and I can spend time with them one on one, section by section, or as a group.  And during March break, I was almost like a kid at Christmas, sleeping in, no runs or routines, and spending quality wonderful time with my children, bliss. Truly I am going to miss them….. Just another day in 7th heaven, tomorrow is another day, until next time, be well.