Ok, I have to get out of this one post a week rut... just stating the obvious.
The Shire was blessed with four days of beautiful late fall weather earlier this week. Almost all the snow was gone (Ginny's snowman was just a little mound of snow on the front lawn), and then Friday happened. And Saturday. Another 20cm of snow. I know, I know... I live on the frozen flatland. What should I expect? And yet every year I am appalled at just how much snow we get and how soon we get it. If only I could find that wonder I felt as a kid when faced with a pristine expanse of snow.
This upcoming week starts a very busy two week stretch for me. I kind of feel like I'm on the starting line of a marathon. I've got a few more crafting projects that I have to finish up, including several things for Ginny's Candyland birthday party. I have the cooking and baking to do for her party, and of course all the usual housework. The party is on Saturday, then Sunday is the Grey Cup (the CFL equivalent of the Super Bowl... and the Roughriders made it in!!!! Yay!). After that comes a week of baking and my final Christmas preparations. In the midst of all that, there are check-ups for both wee-lings, an out of town work trip for my Beloved, and rearranging/reorganizing my pantry and cupboards in anticipation of our Santa's Choice delivery. And I have an obscene number of Doctor Who episodes on the DVR that I want to get through before the Day of the Doctor next weekend (not likely going to happen).
In other news, we have had a few major breakthrough moments with the wee-lings in the past week.
First up... Ginny has made some awesome progress on the potty training front. We had another disappointing round of potty training earlier this month, so I had planned on waiting until after her birthday at the end of the month to try again. On a whim, on Friday morning I put Ginny on the toilet (rather than her potty seat), and she actually went! All this time, she just needed to be on the 'big potty' and a little privacy (I have to leave the bathroom for her to go). So we started going to the bathroom every 10 minutes, and then every 15 minutes, then 20, and she did really well. On Friday she had three little accidents, but only one was really her fault (one I on the phone and not paying attention, and the other was when she was playing with some toys/dishes in a sink of warm water). No accidents yesterday in the time that she was wearing training pants (not during naptime or during an hour or so when we were out of the house). Today, there was only one accident (a poopy one... urgh). I think next week I'll buy a package of disposable training pants for her to wear when we leave the house.
|Ginny's new favourite thing to do... play in the sink, |
with Mummy's cooking utensils
Second... Pippin is showing some increasing awareness of communication. Early in the week, I asked him where his milk cup was, and he actually went over and picked it up (this has NEVER EVER happened before... he actually UNDERSTOOD what I said and RESPONDED!). He's been using a lot more non-verbal communication too, like making his squawking noise to get my attention, then looking pointedly at whatever he wants that's out of reach (like when he's in his high chair and he drops his cup on the floor). He did say 'Mumumum' directly at me a couple of weeks ago, too. He's been expressing more affection lately, like walking up to me with his goofy grin and hugging my legs, and wanting to cuddle (he's never been a cuddler). I'm hoping that this is a sign of good things to come. I'm still going to push hard for a hearing exam when we go see Dr. B for Pip's 18 month check up. Pip has also begun really trying to feed himself with utensils. He does better with a fork than a spoon, but he wants to be in control of his food now. And he's very proud of the fact that he has figured out how to climb up on the couch (also new this week).
|Enjoying some chicken fingers and fries at the mall.|
Ok, on to this week's chit chat. Here's what I'm...
Reading - Still reading Game of Thrones (which reminds me I need to renew it at the library). I have made a lot more progress in it, and am enjoying getting to know the characters in a deeper way. I truly do love Tyrion, even though he's such a self-serving little sh!t most of the time. Next on deck is a re-read of Hunger Games and Catching Fire.
Watching - My Beloved is watching a stand up comedy special. I'm recording my usual Sunday stuff (Once Upon A Time and Masterpiece Classic) plus the new sci-fi/police drama "Almost Human" (starring what's-his-name from LotR and the new Star Trek movies).
Listening To - the buckles on Pip's overalls bang around in the dryer.
Cooking/Baking - Tonight was a Dijon-brown sugar pork roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, and yorkies. Very yummy. I also need to make the marinade for the chicken that's on the menu for tomorrow... an Asian-inspired drumsticks with spicy peanut noodles and broccoli.
Happy I Accomplished This Week - Finished my Christmas shopping for the wee-lings. There was a great sale at that big toy store chain (you know the one) and I managed to save a boatload of money on their gifts. Also ordered our Christmas cards... for free, from Shutterfly. Awesome!
Looking Forward To Next Week - Lots of crafting, helping Ginny make more progress on potty training, Ginny's birthday party, the Grey Cup game.
Thankful For - a warm hobbit hole, and having no need to go outside for the next couple of days.
***Bonus Question*** Do you believe in good/bad luck or coincidences? I definitely don't believe in luck, good or bad. As for coincidence, I think there's something there, I just don't know how to define it. My faith has never included the concept of predestination, but because I believe in an omnipotent God, I do believe that he can use any situation or circumstance for his glory and in our finite minds that translates as coincidence sometimes. Does that make any sense?
This was posted as a part of Carla's Sunday Night Chit Chat. Click over and check out what others are chatting about tonight.