7 hours ago
Happy Family Day fellow Canadians! How did you celebrate? Did you do anything fun?
Liam hasn’t been to preschool for a week and has been going stir crazy, so I knew we needed to do something... but all the community events were for older kids and didn’t really sound too appealing.
After sleeping in this morning and getting a late start to the day... I just followed a spur of the moment gut feeling which turned out to be a winner.
Liam’s Christmas wish (at preschool) had been to go snowboarding. This threw me for the biggest loop ever, because I had no idea he had ever HEARD of snowboarding, let alone seen it.
Turns out what he was referring to was SLEDDING - like “crazy carpet”, “flying saucer”, “toboggan” kind of sledding... err, snowboarding.
So, today I took him (and Ethan) and we bought a $10 “snowboard”. He was ecstatic! We then went to a park and went “snowboarding” for almost two hours!
Ethan was a champ too. Very obviously only along for the ride - and he knew it - but he played along showing maturity beyond his years. His first (ever) run he wiped out HARD and did a full barrel roll and landed face first in the snow. I thought the day would be over, but he brushed off the snow, grabbed the sled, trudged up the hill and tried again.
Family Day is tough for me... or any special day where the expectations are that we’re all together. First of all, Lisa works every single holiday. Family Day, Christmas Day, Easter, Thanksgiving... it doesn’t matter. So it always feels like just another ordinary day with me and the kids.
But then comes the decision as to who do I take out and what do we do based on strengths and abilities. Unfortunately, this means Madison gets left behind almost always.
However, I think that’s about to change as tomorrow morning our new life begins as we expand our “family” and welcome two Behavior Interventionists into our home for 30 hours a week. Part of what they will be doing is accompanying me to the park if we all want to go snowboarding.
FINALLY it won’t be one parent vs. three kids, it will be three vs. three and maybe then I’ll have more confidence doing fun things with all three kids along!