Ali's Adventures

June 30, 2011

Not Getting it Done

Filed under: Plans — by Alison @ 1:19 pm

The last two weeks have not seen a lot of progress. I start on projects but then they stall.

The pictures are all framed, but still not hung. The vegetable patch is still a dirt box and I was hanging on to the blank daycare forms. I know why I’m procrastinating on the daycare front, I’m not really accepting that I have to return to work in September. If I get my son’s daycare arranged then it makes it more final and more real. My husband sees it differently, he’s worried the daycare will fill up. So with his prodding, the forms have been filled out, the immunization records copied and the package will be dropped off this afternoon. I also sent an email to work confirming my days of work and contacted my HR advisor.

On a happier note, I booked a hotel for our first night away from the kids. We have tickets to see U2 in Montreal next week. This is the rescheduled tour date from last summer. We’re staying downtown and will take the Metro to the Hippodrome.

I’ve also booked our hotel for a family weekend in Montreal, and need to book the hotel in Tremblant. All in all, the summer plans are coming along nicely.

The list:

  • Replace deck
  • Replace bathroom sink
  • New front door
  • Drapes for front windows and dining room
  • Fix family picture wall
  • Clean up vegetable patch
  • Plant something in vegetable patch
  • Create organized craft cupboard
  • Arrange child care for the fall  Need to bring in paperwork
  • Use restaurant gift certificates
  • Book hotel for U2 concert
  • Book hotel in Montreal
  • Book hotel in Tremblant

Check back next week to see if I’ve finished anything from the original list.

June 20, 2011

Listening and hearing my own words

Filed under: Monday Moments — by Alison @ 8:00 am

You wonder sometimes if the kids are hearing you. You try to recognize their strengths and encourage them when they doubt themselves. These are the messages I hope are getting through. Though I wonder if she hears those messages, there are other times I have no doubts she listens.

I ask her to brush her teeth and hair before we go to play. She responds “You are making this very difficult on me.”

We’re having a discussion with her friend in the car, trying to identify a character I can’t see. She decides “I’m going to have to go with A on this one, mommy”.

She’s making plans with my mom on the phone, “If that works for you.” ends the conversation.

We’re at breakfast talking about the upcoming day. “Okay, here’s the plan” before she outlines the ideal morning of play.

These are my phrases, my voice coming from her. I’m glad these are the ones that stick with her, and hope that she also hears me when I tell her how much I love her and how proud I am of her.

This post is part of Capital Mom’s Monday Moments. Join her every Monday by blogging about a moment from your life based on a theme she has provided. Your moment can be long or short. Recent or from the past. All it needs to be is a moment you experienced

June 16, 2011

Getting it Done – Stewed rhubarb and old folks

Filed under: Plans — by Alison @ 2:16 pm

Last week was a busy one for arranging things. The only problem is that I still can’t cross the items off my list. They’ve been scheduled but not completed, so I added them to the top of the list.

On a positive front, the vegetable patch has been tamed.

A lovely box of dirt.

 All the weeds have been removed and the rhubarb trimmed. The left half was overgrown with weeds, maybe flowers and the nicest grass in the backyard, and the right side was a very scary rhubarb patch.  I made stewed rhubarb with the edible pieces (not the leaves, they’re poisonous) and removed one rotten plant. It needs some fresh soil and possibly plants, but it still looks a lot better now.

In other big news, we’ve found childcare for the fall. There is a small daycare centre in the seniors residence near us, part of an intergenerational concept that I get a kick out of. The place is bright, the outdoor space is great, the staff seemed friendly and engaged and my son really enjoyed his visit. It meant that we had to arrange afterschool care for my daughter somewhere else. With the help of family, friends and the daycare provider across the street we’ve got it covered. I suppose if those arrangements fall through I can always start working 7-3.

The family picture wall project is coming along. I took the suggestion to visit IKEA and stocked up on frames. The old pictures have been taken down, and re-framed. Now we need to hang them. I have some layout ideas, but playoff hockey and a new video game derailed our plans yesterday.

The list:

  • Replace deck
  • Replace bathroom sink
  • New front door
  • Drapes for front windows and dining room
  • Fix family picture wall
  • Clean up vegetable patch
  • Plant something in vegetable patch
  • Create organized craft cupboard – Super Sara will help in July, she promised 😉
  • Arrange child care for the fall  Need to bring in paperwork
  • Use restaurant gift certificates

I think the list may actually have gotten longer, but I feel there’s been progress. How do you handle those tasks that drag on?

June 9, 2011

Getting it Done

Filed under: Plans — by Alison @ 2:22 pm

To follow-up on the lead from Lara and Sara, I’ve been trying to cross off some of those nagging tasks on my to-do list. They aren’t all that exciting, but I’m feeling a sense of accomplishment. So far this spring/summer I’ve finalized our wills, paid the lawyer (this took longer than it should have), ordered my bridesmaid dress and my daughter’s flower girl dress for my sister’s wedding, arranged to have our deck redone and to have the bushes removed, and sorted out replacing our broken sink. 

When we moved into our house three years ago, we created a list of home improvements that we wanted to do. The big ones (roof, furnace, bathrooms, laundry room) have been checked off. It’s the smaller ones that seem to be hanging around, some of it is for financial reasons but mostly it’s because they haven’t been made a priority. I’m changing that this summer. So here’s my revised and public to-do list.

  • New front door
  • Drapes for front windows and dining room
  • Fix family picture wall (hoping for help/advice on this one)
  • Clean up vegetable patch
  • Create organized craft cupboard
  • Arrange child care for the fall
  • Use restaurant gift certificates (I am notorious for forgetting gift cards)

I’ll update on this list weekly, and add to it as other things pop up.

What projects are you planning on tackling this summer? Can you help me out with any of mine 😉

 

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