Another fabulous Sunday with the family! Ever since we started setting aside Sundays to do something special with the family they’ve become awfully wonderful. And while it’s not always easy coming up with something we all want to do, AND that sticks within a small budget, it’s worth a little work finding things.
Today we headed down to the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market for some early afternoon treats. Baked goods, home made ice cream, and greenhouse produce – always a hit with our family. Then we hopped in the car and headed out to the Forestry Farm Park and Zoo for an outdoor adventure. Because, let’s face it… taking a four year old and a 17 year old to the zoo together is ALWAYS going to be an adventure. LMAO Especially with Damon and I along for the ride. 😉
We made a snowman (yes, at the zoo). Made a whole row of snow angels. Had an hour long snowball fight (it lasted nearly the entire time we were there). Found a huge branch on the ground buried under the snow and made a bunch of wands from it. We wrote in the snow. Cast spells on one another. And giggled at the baby lion cubs as they climbed on their mother.
That’s right. It’s true. I’m not embarrassed. I’ll own up to it. I totally Gleeked out tonight. Yep. My husband, daughter, and I sooo got our Gleek on.
We’ve got quite a few singing games for the Wii, but our favourites have to be the Karaoke Revolution Glee games. I grew up doing musical theatre, and it never really got out of my blood. If it hadn’t been for the fact that I got sick, my life would have taken a very different path. The stage was my first love, and I openly admit that it still holds sway over my heart today. So when I get the chance to sing with my baby and my baby daddy? I totally take it!
Go get yourself a mic, you can pick up a used one at places that sell pre-owned game equipment for super cheap, and get your bad self a copy of one of the Karaoke Revolution Glee games. Whether or not you watch the show, each game has a great mix of songs, and even if you can’t sing, it’s just fun to belt it out and laugh at yourself for a while.
I’ll admit… the reason I’ve had a really rough couple of days has been Ron. I’ve mentioned him before. He’s one of the two special needs gentlemen who live at my parents place. We affectionately refer to him as the “grumpy old man”, but the last couple of days there hasn’t been affection there. At ALL.
My parents left for Cuba on Sunday morning. They’ll be there for two weeks. It’s the first time they’ve ever taken a vacation like this… a trip just for them: not to visit family, not to work, not to take us kids somewhere, just for them. It’s something they sooo deserve. So this Summer, when they asked if I’d stay here for two weeks to take care of everyone I was more than happy to do so. And I still am. But Ron has been VERY difficult.
It’s not like I haven’t stayed here to watch everyone before. My mom has gone along with Dad on some of his band gigs before, and they always ask me to watch over the house, my two sisters who are still at home, the pets, and the guys. I stayed here for 10 days in the Summer, so this fourteen day stretch isn’t totally out of the ordinary. So Ron and I have a history of being together in this type of situation.
Ron is like family, he lives here, and is usually a sweet old guy. We call him “grumpy old man” because he’s got a crotchety streak. You’ll catch him muttering, mostly unintelligibly, under his breath. And then, amongst all the grumbles you’ll hear the curse words, clear as day. You can’t do anything but laugh.
“Groudms bumsle nurm hulmna SHIT bramt blurf laub ramb…”
I crack a grin every time I overhear him on one of his tangents, talking to no-one in particular, lost in a moment. We’re all awfully fond of the old guy. He’s easy to love, and is always so sincerely grateful for your praise, affection, and support. It’s something he hasn’t had in his life, and something he deserves. He really is one of this worlds forgotten seniors. It breaks my heart.
Ron has been absolutely miserable the last few days, and it has been very hard to live with him. He has been purposefully hurtful, nasty, and MEAN. It’s a side of him I’ve glimpsed very rarely. He has actually lashed out physically a couple of times, he hasn’t hurt anyone, but he’s made it clear he wants everyone to bugger off. So tonight? I was sooo happy to have our OLD Ron back. Whatever dark cloud was hovering over him has broken, and the sun is shining again. Ron gave me a big hug, with tears in his eyes, and I gratefully returned it.
Damon taught Ron and Steven (the other special needs fellow who lives here) how to bowl on the Wii tonight. It was the coolest thing. Ron and Steven bowled a ten frame game together, and Ron won! He was SOOO excited, so proud. He walked around telling everyone “I won! I won!” You’d think he’d just been awarded a huge gold trophy. It was wonderful. And I am SOOO glad to have our old man back. I’ve missed him the last few days.
So, my day has improved tremendously. And it has become easy to find the joy again. Then, to make things even better… we ended the day the best way possible.
My favourite thing in the whole world is when the wee girlie falls asleep as I read. This is only the second time it’s ever happened, and it makes me blissfully happy. There is something so special about sharing such an amazing moment, seeing my daughter so contented, feeling so safe, so cared for… drifting off sooo happily. It makes my heart sing.
Novels at bedtime are wonderful!
We are breezing through the Fairy Blossoms series by Suzanne Williams. One more chapter and we are done the second book. At this rate, we’ll finish the series before the end of January. They just read so easily, so smoothly. The stories are charming, and the characters are equally so. It might be tough to come up with something Lily-Ann devours like these books next.
Wishing you joy.
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So, mostly today I’m just exhausted.
What better time to have family by to play Just Dance on the Wii.
As tired as I may be, I’ll always find joy in getting together with people we love. 🙂
Here’s the wee girlie on her Pop Pop’s computer… playing on Mommy’s facebook account. She’s got a virtual pet on there named Sagee-gee (yes she named him herself). He’s a little piggie who changes colour most every day, changes outfits regularly, and loves decorating his four rooms. He loves battling his friends, but is too competitive to race (he doesn’t like to lose, or is it that the wee girlie gets mad when she loses a race… hmmmm….). If you and I are “friends” on FB, and you’d like to play with the wee girlie, let me know and I’ll send you a game invite. 😉
The wee girlie and I shared many adventures today. We went for a walk to the spray park near our house. We pretended to be acrobats, doctors, and soccer monsters. We crafted up a storm. But the picture I ended up choosing to share was of an entirely different adventure.
The things Lily-Ann remembers often astounds me. I’m not sure where she comes up with half the things she does – but obviously she heard or saw something at some point that made things come together in just the right way for her. LOL Today was one of those things. Obviously she got the idea from some place… but I have no idea where. LMAO
Our adventure goes something like this…
Lily-Ann is playing in her playhouse, when she leans out the window and says to me: “I’m going down to the river.”
Me: “Where’s the river?”
Girlie: (pointing) “Right over there.”
Me: “Okay. Should I draw a river on the sidewalk over there.”
Girlie: “Good idea mom!”
I set to work drawing waves with two different shades of blue sidewalk chalk, stopping from time to time to ask her if there are enough waves yet.
Girlie: “Good work momma! That looks great!”
Me: “Thank you Lily-Ann. I appreciate your good manners, and I’m so glad you like it”
Girlie: “Wanna go swimming?”
Me: “I was thinking I’d sit on the bank and do some fishing.”
With her approval, I go digging around the yard to find just the right “fishing pole”, and find a comfy spot beside the chunk of sidewalk that is now a river. While I’m pretending to fish, the girl decides to swim… but announces that she isn’t a girl any longer. She’s a fish – so I should try to catch her.
After a little while I catch my quarry. It appears I’m pretty good at fishing.
I get to talking with my little fish, and we decide that I couldn’t possibly cook her for dinner, seeing how we get along so well. 😉
The game then evolves a little, and Lily-Ann figures we should do some more drawing. She passes me a piece of chalk and asks me to draw some fish…
We draw cute fish, and scrawny fish, and tiny fish too. And then she draws a shark. Oh my! So what do you think happens next? Well, the wee girlie grabs a piece of pink chalk and begins to draw circles around all the fish we’ve drawn. LMAO The shark, it appears, was hungry.
The wee girlie then lays down on the river, announcing it’s safe to do so, even for a fish like her – because the shark is full now. LOL
Gotta love a shark-infested-sidewalk-chalk-river. 😉