Wow, what a week it has been!! Truthfully, what a month it has been, but who can remember back that far? LOL This week has been such a mixture of adventures and experiences, it’s kind of hard to believe that they all actually occurred. And so many new things that I’ve never done before!
Here is my HUGE bowl of potpourri for this past week:
A dinner and concert date with my sweet third-born, who was happy to help me deliver supplies to a friend on our way to gobble up some ribs. It was amazing to watch him take in the music, and then at the end of it find out that he enjoyed it way more than I expected he would. Love, love, love. <3
Daniel got to go on a two-day band field trip to a local university. He worked with clinicians, swam and was in awe that there was a whole Tim Hortons right inside the school. My heart danced at his excitement over this; I was secretly in awe that my university had a food court and a Timmies in it too. LOL
For the first time ever, I went for a pedicure with a friend. Unfortunately my original date couldn’t make it, but that meant that I got to catch up with another friend that I have not visited with in way too long. And my feet are officially ready for winter.
Monday also included learning more about kids (and all people, really) with the Circle of Security program, and I spent the evening sharing yummy tea and great conversation with a long-time friend and some of her other friends.
On Tuesday I was at the height of nasty withdrawal symptoms (my lesson and recommendation is do not give up a daily dose of sugar and caffeine all at once), so after my HEAT (high energy athletic training) class, I came home and sat on the couch with a blanket and hot pack doing my best to manage my horrible headache and nausea. My awesome hubby was off work for the day, so he worked hard to make my life easier on his study breaks. Claire and Andrew did amazing things at their climbing class; they each climbed to the top of the wall blindfolded, and Andrew attempted the hardest wall, also blindfolded. They amaze me.
Wednesday brought my beloved step class, and my first ever gel nails appointment! One of my nail tech friends is offering a smokin’ deal on gel nails to build up her portfolio and experience, and on top of that, she is donating money from every session to a Christmas charity until the end of November. I must say, the whole process of getting gel nails was fascinating to me. I love them so very much! I’ve always had weak, bendy, peely, short nails. Well, now I don’t! I just might have gel nails forever now. And so fun to get to visit uninterrupted with a friend for two hours straight. I wish I could just hang out with friends for a job. Hahaha
I was still feeling pretty horrible on Wednesday, and Jon took over dinner prep and ran Daniel to climbing, and for the first time ever, we all went to connection group IN ONE VEHICLE. The kids were very confused about what was going on!
I did my regular school office shift on Thursday morning, and it is always such a fulfilling time for me. I love being in an office environment. For the most part since school started, I’ve been working my way through school CUM file transfers and volunteer information, filing and phoning. Yesterday I got to add more tasks to my repertoire, and I feel so accomplished. The trust that the office and admin staff place in me is a huge boost and it makes me feel awesome. I love chatting with teachers and support staff that pop in and out of the office. I am looking forward to a career in this, and am getting antsy about refreshing my skills and taking the next huge step of reentering the working world.
I left my post at the school a little earlier than normal so I could pick Daniel up from his school. He was selected to act in a commercial and filming was yesterday. The commercial should air on Global, starting mid-November. I can’t wait to see!
After the filming, I dropped Daniel off at home and headed to have lunch with a friend. It was a wonderful time with wonderful conversation and I’m so thankful for the opportunity we had to sit and chat. I also am thankful for Daniel, that instead of sitting at home alone all afternoon, he went to the elementary school to see his siblings and their friends parade in their costumes, and he visited with an old teacher for a bit. He thoughtfully brought his camera with him and recorded the parade to show me when I got home (which was actually late enough due to a traffic accident that he also picked up all my kids for me and got them home safely and was feeding them hot chocolate when I walked in the door 15 minutes after the school bell rang). I’m so very proud of the young man he is.
The first events of the early evening included meeting three of Daniel’s teachers and discussing his school work up to this point. This was our first experience with junior high parent teacher interviews and I have to say there were some surprises. Some pleasant, some not so much, and when I recover from the shock a little, I am going to have to change some stuff. I am interested to see how the rest of this school year plays out.
After the interviews, the returning my extra child to her home, and the inhaling dinner that Jon and Andrew picked up on the way home from those interviews, we headed to the OTHER school for a family math mystery evening event. I’m always so impressed with the events the school staff puts on for families. I really enjoy the information they present and the way they present it, and it is great to have the chance to visit with the parents of my kids’ school friends, and the teachers.
And today is Halloween!! No school meant that we got to plan a playdate. We spent the morning hanging out with friends, and getting to know them better, and have spent the afternoon just chilling at home. Who knows what adventures this evening will bring…whatever it is, it will be another first for us, because that is what this year/week/month seems to be all about!
Happy Halloween, everyone!