Happy advent – day number thirteen! Can you believe that there are less than two weeks until Christmas? I love this simple time of preparing.
Today, I have decided to focus on laughter, amidst the vomit (see tomorrow’s post!)
Sexy Neck has a wonderful sense of humour that produces great big belly laughs in our house.
Over the next few weeks leading to Christmas, I hope to:
– be in my body, not a mind with a body trying to follow it.
* I am going to use Sexy Neck to help me with the last one.
Here are a few ditty’s from my hubby to start us off:
“It’s official JC knows more French than me!” (JC is six and we live in a ‘bilingual’ country, French/English)
“I could see buying it if we had two more children to use it afterwards.”
” “You guys look great, but Ron couldn’t you at least comb your hair for the event? Jeesh! Not that I’m jealous you got Gramp’s hair gene or anything!” (To his brothers Christmas work party photo)
“I guess you can’t yell at a child lying in bed singing about Jesus!”
“Boys you need to behave.” says dad while wearing his school bear mascot head.
Besides being incredibly handsome, my man is handy!
For the past four years, we have lived in a house that we have been continually renovating – windows, roof, build a workshop, painting, garden, hedges, gates, these are just a few of the projects that we have done.
We are now renovating our new house BEFORE we move into it. In the four years that we lived in the 29th Crescent house, Sexy Neck NEVER got to unpack his workshop. The workshop was built last year, but due to continual renovations, he never took anything out of boxes.
This week, Sexy Neck unpacked his boxes for his workshop. You should have heard the excitement in his voice. It truly was like a kid at Christmas.
I am so proud of my husband for hiring someone to help with our renovations and now for taking the time to unpack his workshop. AWESOME. The three boys are going to love all the projects you can make together: bike stand, bird houses, planter boxes just to name a few that the boys want to do with you!
Sexy Neck’s workshop in the garage
I had to share another email from my great friend and wise woman, D! She has been surviving and thriving as her husband has started his new job in a new town.
If you didn’t catch her first hilarious email, here is the link: https://beenough.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/be-surviving-w…our-hubbs-away/
Before you read her email, I have to say how does she have time to write such witting things and be so self-reflective while being so busy! We are still house hunting, my husband is on holidays (thus home to help ALL day!) and I am barely keeping all four walls standing.
Here is D’s email:
well… 12 days and nights in now… here’s my tips for how to survive 3 children under 6 without a husband!!
1) practice regular desensitization to neck stiffness, headaches, and even skin pain caused from overtiredness (make sure car has carrots – the crunch can keep you awake while driving)
2) feed children toaster waffles and apple juice, not necessarily together (but each a great novelty when never or rarely before been seen!)
3) forget any intention to sweep/mop entire house and just aim for the occasional kitchen sweep
4) drop children at great friend’s place for dinner and go to yoga… the yoga high can carry you for days after!
5) don’t grocery shop. children really can survive on raisins, apples, cheese and the generous donations of friends
6) take your bike in for a tune up. just BEING in the bike shop and feeling your freshly tune ride is a high (even if you might not get a chance to ride until next month…)
7) SING. SING a lot. SING loundly. Same reverberations as screaming, but a lot more pleasant for the children.
8) it’s okay for your 15 month old to say “all done” 15 times in his highchair before you respond. this is particularly true if he woke up before 5, unless he is going to run off and play happily (this tactic can save your neck back and or legs from his 29 lb bug a lug clutches)
9) CHOCOLATE. enuf said.
10) when all goes sideways (meaning kids’ emotions and interactions going downhill), just say loudly “I THINK TODAY IS GOING TO BE AN AMAZING DAY!!” as genuinely as possible. Their shock and surprise will make them forget their lil troubles and move things forward!
and my last tip…
11) call your husband at 6 am. claim the baby wanted to talk to him. then take the opportunity (while baby enjoys pressing all the beeping buttons) to catch 40 more winks!!
Thanks for sharing again D! You are inspiring… and how you make me laugh.
D and I playing a game at her husband’s surprise party.
My man is a man! I mean truly a man. He is the leader of our family and I respect him immensely. He is an idea guy, an athlete, a play-by ear guitarist, a hardworker, an amazing father and a loving husband! I believe that he can do anything he sets his mind to! So often I help him set his mind to things. tee heee… The one thing that I always love him to do is to write on our entry chalkboard to honour our boys birthdays. Here are 2 of daddy chalkboard signs this year:
Thanks hon, for being a man!