Thursday, September 23, 2010
See you on the flip side of it all!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
#3 Guilty Indulgence
Before you spazz out, it doesn't go internal. But hot dang... this MISTER deserves high praise. He only needs about 15 seconds and I'm screaming for joy. Yes. I'm guilty... and I DO indulge. Frequently.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I didn't arrive there until 2 and by 2:15, I was hiking up the mountain. It was a very tough climb, uphill all the way... no flat spots to stop and catch your breath. It took me 1.75 hours of constant up, up, up. Legs burning, heavy breathing, butt flexing. I was dripping with sweat by the time I reached the summit. There was a sign that warned that it was a moderate to strenuous climb, but I didn't care. It felt like a Bucket List thing that I needed to go do and cross off. So on ward and upward I went.
After I looked like a drowned rat, but to be fair some of it was rain. LOL
I enjoyed the view immensely, even thought it wasn't the first time I'd been up there. I super love looking at mountains from the top of mountains. It's a totally humbling experience that completely fills you with awe. I don't want to seem self absorbed, but here are two photos of myself. The first one is how bad I looked when I got to the top, and the second one is how adorable I look in the mountains (once I dried out, LOL)!!
See how amazing they look on me? And to think... not ONE stranger hit on me. Hmmpph!!
After the hike, I went to Sanson's Peak (the neighbouring mountaintop) and then took the Gondola down. I went to the Banff Upper Hot Springs and soaked in them for 3/4 of an hour and then got a Quesadilla and took it down to Bow Falls for a picnic supper. Bow Falls is one of my very favorite places on God's green earth. I could go there and stay for hours and hours, just watching and listening to the Falls.
A day for me, about me, totally to fulfill my soul. A ME DAY. It was tops!!
Next time, though... somebody really should join me. ;)
Friday, September 17, 2010
Soooo... do you like my scarf and earrings? (Nothing like fishing for compliments on one's blog, is there?? LOL)
Now, on another note... I'm trying to decide whether I am going to Banff for the weekend or not. The weather's been rainy and chilly.. and I seem to have lost my waterproof jacket, and I'm sure it will rain while I'm there, so I'm not sure. On the other hand, I would super love to hike up to the summit of Mount whats-its-name (I sincerely can't remember the name of it) and then go relax in Banff Hot Springs. I just wish I had someone to do it all with. Does anyone want to meet me there Saturday afternoon and go hiking with me? LOL Even if you don't want to meet me, at least help me to decide whether to go or not!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I don't have baths all the time, sometimes I like a nice revitalizing cleansing shower as well. But on cold days, or days when I have sore muscles or a lot of stress, there's just nothing like unwinding in a steamy bubblicious bath. Above are the current products I'm using. The Vanilla Honey Fa foam bath is good, it gives a nice stretchy playful bubble that lasts for at least 30 minutes. It smells good... but ohhhhhhh... the Cocunut Scrub is delectable. OMG. If it wasn't soap I'd eat it every time I used it. I just wanna rub it all over me and never wash it off. And it really does leave the skin feeling soft and silky. I love it!! I'll definitely buy it again.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
OMG... I super love butter chicken, Indian style. It is fattening, made with cream and butter galore, and that's why I don't indulge very often, but it is seriously delicious. My favorite Indian dish, by far. So tonight, I went to Indian Flame in Red Deer and ordered me up a nice take out order of it. While I was there, I tapped my hands and feet to the awesome Hindi music that was playing and sat there beaming from ear to ear at the tasty treat that was to soon be M.I.N.E!!! I'm not even afraid to say on here that I licked the plate... well, I swept it with my finger and then licked my finger.. I didn't want to seem TOTALLY inappropriate.
I swear to God, the man who could (and would willingly) make this dish for me once in a while, would surely be the one I'd have to marry. LOL
Yum. Yum. Yummy!!
Crap. Certain dread shivers pulse through my body.
My kid's a good kid, isn't he?
Lately, I've been having a bit of a problem with back talk at home, and not following through on what I ask him to do. I just sort of figured this was normal for an almost 5 year old boy, so I've dealth with it as best as I can. But apparently now it's spilled over into his school behavior. Oh, and poking and punching. GREEEEAAAT.
My son's been in the hallway two days in a row now for misbehaving in class. Ms. B says she spends alot of time with him, trying to make him listen and follow the routine and rules, but from time to time, he needs to be removed from class. WTF, Son?!? Honestly? Do I have to be MORE of a disciplinarian with you at home so that you can realize how to follow rules at school? Makes sense now, why he's having a hard time wanting to go to school in the mornings if he's getting into trouble there. The kicker is that I discipline him more than they would....
People tell me that I should take him out of school, but frankly, I'm not cool with that. I want him there learning, making friends, having to be accountable for his actions. I want him to learn how to react and respond appropriately to other people, his age and adults. I've been home with him all his life, and I think he's too dependant on me now. Plus, honestly... I need the break from him in the mornings these days.
I hope this isn't going to be a year full of visits to the Principal's office. Now I have to go wrack my brains to think of an appropriate "rewards" system that will work for him when he has a good day at school.. aka "subtle bribery system". LOL
Wish me luck with this child of mine. I know he's really a good boy... really...
Monday, September 13, 2010
4. Days. Of. Rain.
I guess the good news is that none of those are snowflakes... yet. But what's up with that really black cloud on Thursday? Ewww.
Worse than the time he said "I don't love you, I want to go live with Daddy"
Worse than the times he's called me boring.
Today he said to me "Why should I be nice to you when all you ever do is treat me like DIRT?!?!"
I have never been so horrifically hurt in my life. The only thing you want your child to feel is loved by you.. It's what you strive for each and every second of parenthood. You live and breathe your children. They are the most important thing to you in the world, you want nothing but their happiness. Even after the worst tantrum, if he still comes back to you feeling remorseful and needing his Mommy's hugs, kisses and cuddles, you know everything's going to be okay between you.
But this... THIS... killed me this morning. All I ever do is treat him like dirt? Is this REALLY how he perceives our relationship???? They say that kids always say what's really on their mind cuz there's no point in lying, that they speak the truth cuz they're innocent minded.
The worst part is that he said this to me after I gently woke him up, sat on the bed with him, hugged and kissed him, spoke softly to tell him he needed to get ready for school, made him one of his favorite breakfasts.... I was golden. And all he could see was me treating him like dirt. I feel like a total and complete failure this morning. All I can do is cry, cry, cry. How could a not-quite-5-year-old even form a thought like that??? And to top it off, he never said sorry, he never came to me for those kisses and hugs after his time out.
So here's me. Totally. Devastated.
Jules :'( :'( :'(
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
My son's 3rd day of Kindergarten and he's so good at writing his name already! We did an exercise at home today for 30 minutes. We practiced each letter individually and then I had him go put it all into practice on the chalkboard. I am sooooo proud of my boy. He didn't need any help at all, and with each letter he printed, he said the letter name. I hope it all sticks in his memory, and that he actually does it at school. It's so beautiful!
I think we'll practice every day this week and then next week work diligently on numbers 1 to 10. But when I say diligently, I mean in the most FUN way of course! I found out today that I make an awfully good cheerleader, and I guess all those years of working with this mental age group in the school setting really did me some good for my teaching skills too! Still.... I'm not looking forward to high school mathematics.....
Monday, September 06, 2010
We went for an invigorating hike again... does it get any better than hiking in such beauty? Anyway, you all know my love of moss, so I thought I'd share this mossy photo with you. It's probably not even moss.. it's probably some strange fungal thing that will make me diseased, since I touched it. I thought it looked so cool though.
It was all a little bit spur of the moment (well, as spur of the moment as I can be given the job I have), but I'm glad it all worked out so that I could go.