Then, this beauty popped up in my Facebook timeline, shared by Candace from Life in Pleasantville. It is sure to be a hit with the kids. Especially if you go for the giant cookie technique that Kelly shares!
I’m on my iThing with my husband right now*. (Yes. Really. Blogging in real time. What an innovator!)
I had a teeny feeling of panic because I couldn’t see my phone and went looking for it. I walked to the kitchen, where I had recently refilled my water bottle, and made it all the way back to my desk before the “Well, DOI!” struck.
Swear to God.
Technology is making me stupid.
It’s the modern day equivalent of searching for one’s glasses while one’s glasses are perched atop one’s head.
What is the silliest thing you have done lately?
Do you ever catch a glimpse of your own ridiculousness and simply have to laugh?
Please share an anecdote with me in the comments and help me to feel less alone with my ridiculousness.
*Well, it was a few minutes ago – now – if I’m being honest.
Everything in moderation, including moderation. ~Oscar Wilde
Saturdays are pretty casual at Chez Peady, but we have a few things we tend to do on any given Saturday when we are in town.
I have a regular Saturday morning Zumba class, which I would never (ever, ever, EVAR) miss, unless I was physically not present. I missed last weekend because I was away celebrating a very important birthday and though I missed baltering with my bestie, I am so glad I was able to be present to present the presents.*
The Things are not currently enrolled in any extracurricular activities on Saturdays, so they tend to have a fairly relaxing morning. They might read or have a bit of TV or CPU time for a little while and, after a while, typically the topic of cleaning will be brought up by Daddy-O and they vanish like, well – like clean in a kids room!
There are a million great reasons to tidy a Thing room. In that there are a million things that need to be picked up off that darn floor and put away, donated or tossed.
And yet, today just didn’t seem like the right day to push it.
Thing 2, clearly got wind of a forthcoming fumigation because she decided to sleep in. It was an avoidance tactic, obviously, but I know my kiddos and it was also a clear sign that she was feeling stressed about stuff. It’s funny, you know, stuff can really bog a person down. Even a teeny Thing-like person.
They are always so relieved and relaxed once the annual pre-Christmas purge happens, but there’s no need in stressing them to the max in order to create calm. It sort of defeats the whole purpose of the exercise.
Thing 1, was happy to hang out with Daddy-O and play some computer games while I went off to Zumba (which was awesome, by the way) to dance away my stresses. He has an interesting set of avoidance skills, himself, mind you. He can organize his books for hours, but the closet floor will remain carpeted with a week’s worth of clothes. It’s enough to make a mother consider a rather pricey investment in that caution tape the police use to keep people away from crime scenes.
No. Today was a day of doing as little as possible and doing it with enthusiasm.
Usually, Saturday’s lunch is left over pizza from Friday Family Fun Night, but last night’s was so yummy the Things ate the whole pie! It was a simple Pepperoni & Cheese pizza and they were hungry Things! So, leftover pizza was out.
It seemed the kind of day that a fun lunch was in order, so we came up with the following meal. Brace yourself. No really. I mean it. Go eat some kale and have some cucumber water to prepare yourself for the forthcoming information.
This is a Peanut Butter, Banana, and Nutella sandwich – on WHITE bread!
With BBQ chiptonite on the side.
The Things were thrilled.
I didn’t even know there was white bread in the kitchen. I never buy it. I suspect it was purchased by mistake. But seriously, if you were a kid who typically eats lots and lots of healthy meals (especially on school days, by the way, because it really is important) wouldn’t this make you happy?
BB looks like she might be saying, “Awe you sewious, wady?!”* (BB photobombs are the bomb, no?)
So, I guess what I am saying is …
*Is it any wonder ESL students get confused?
**This is the way BB has started speaking. We have no idea why she started speaking, at all, actually, but the voice – hoo boy. The Things do a voice and well, this is what she sounds like. It’s “adowabow” and extremely irritating at once. BB often gets up to shenanigans at Chez Peady, but her breakfast capers are what drive the parents the absolute most bananas on any given day. Especially if BB speaks prior to the coffee pot *beep*.
We have had a lot of event filled weekends this Fall and, as a result, have fallen out of our Friday Family Fun Night rituals.
Last weekend we were away from home (again!) and when we arrived home on Monday after an exhausting drive on a very foggy, driving snowy, blowing snowy, swirling snowy, rainy snowy, SNOWY snowy, Cobequid Pass, we decided that we would reinstate the Friday Family Fun Night tradition and have a weekend of very nearly zero obligations.
We are trying to keep it simple, remember?
In keeping with the manifesto, I made a very simple plan.
MYO Pizza – which everyone loves!
To make it even simpler, I made all the pizzas using ready made pizza crusts.
The Things shared this happy-making Pepperoni & Cheese pizza.
Daddy-O chose a more classic Pepperoni & Cheese with veggies (red pepper, red onion, mushroom).
I was very excited to try the Kinnikinnick ready made gluten free crusts that friends in the know suggested.
I am thrilled to report that the pizzas turned out great and that the crusts themselves are quite delicious.
It’s really nice to know that I have a viable option for those nights when I just need to keep it simple.
Doesn’t that look delightful?
Mine had the Kinnikinnick crust, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, red pepper, red onion, mushroom, pickled jalapeño slices, and gluten free turkey sausage.
It was glorious!
After everyone had full tummies it was time for us to settle in with the evening’s planned entertainment. We opted to skip a movie in lieu of the excellent Bullying Awareness schedule on the Family Channel.
The cast of “The Next Step” hosted the evening and introduced some of our favourite shows – “Austin & Ally”, “Girl Meets World”, and “The Next Step” – all of which were featuring bullying storylines tonight as a part of their Stand UP to Bullying campaign. All three shows led to much discussion about friendship and bullying and how important it is to stand up and speak up and to never, ever be a bystander.
We especially loved “Girl Meets World“. It is so well written and I love how they keep managing to tie “Boy Meets World” storylines and characters into the show. It’s just so well done!
The Popcorn Pix feature presentation was another trip into bullying territory, with “Contest”. It was very good, but pretty harsh in many ways, as well. Very serious subject matter, obviously, and they hinted at some very heavy elements of being the bullied one. Overall it was very good. Definitely not for the younger ones. Thing 2 is 8 and she was snuggled up pretty close the whole time. Still though it’s such an important topic and we really cannot talk about it enough. No one can. Keep talking!
So, how was your week?
Did you have a good one?
What will be on your agenda this weekend?
What about your plate?
Did you take in any Bullying Awareness Week programs or events?
Do you have an open dialogue with your kiddos and the young people in your life about bullying and mental health and how to get help if the need arises?