Friday, March 17, 2006

Success! Success!

Yes, my friends, it has been a good day all around, for three reasons:

Operation Underwear is a success with Keegs having his first full day accident-free! Yay!!!!

I finally got Keegan placed in a pre-school with home pick-up and drop-off!

I won a free coffee at Tim Horton's!

Okay, yes, I know, the last one isn't that important, but it rounded off my good day rather nicely, I thought. Oh, and hey, Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

That being said, I now must say that I think there is some bizarre time-stretching science-fiction thing going on that makes March break seem like it is 6 weeks long instead of just one. Phoenix has been so hyper that I wonder if he's been smoking crack behind my back or something. Jeez! Major cabin fever.

I thought I would make a break in the week by taking the kids to the local mall. There was a group there from LEGO and I thought they would enjoy that. It was actually pretty neat. They had a life-size LEGO-version of Darth Vader (if you correctly guess the number of LEGO pieces, you win a prize-Keegan guessed 721,463. Phoenix guessed 20. Something tells me Keegan is closer...apparently it took some guy in California 750 hours to assemble it.) There were also LEGO versions of Dora the Explorer and Boots, and Bob the Builder. There were two tents with tables in them with troughs of LEGO pieces for the kids to build stuff with. Since we skipped nap-time to go there, Keegs had had more than enough after about 45 minutes.

We took the bus home, and when we got off at our stop, Keegs had a melt-down of astronomical proportions. (Apparently he REALLY likes to ride the bus. Who knew?) "Goodbye, my bus! Goodbye!" he sobbed, and threw himself to the ground in sorrow. I literally had to drag him into the house, where he continued his bus-ride mourning. I quietly suggested that he go to bed. And lo and behold, he did! And slept for 2 1/2 hours. I had to wake him for dinner!

Moral of the story: don't skip naps. Or always have a bribery gift to whip out when you exit the bus to ward off conflict:)

Today I had my girlfriends over with their daughters, and we had a nice girls lunch. Tomorrow my brother Tommy and his family are coming out for dinner, which is great, since we haven't seen them since Christmas. And Sunday we are going to a birthday party for the daughter of once of our friends. So at least the latter half of March break has been busy enough.
I would also like to take this moment to just say, "I MISS MY MOM!" Whew. It's been a rough week or two, and there were many times I wished that I could just cry on her shoulder. I can't believe that she's been gone for almost 4 years. It still hurts like it was yesterday. She was my best friend in the whole world and the best mom ever, and if I can be only 1/100th as good at being a mom, then I will have done quite well. I love you Mommy! I miss you! I miss you...


Lori said...

Glad to hear about Keegan being placed. When does he start? I'm also glad to hear about toilet training. It will be very nice to say bye bye to pull ups. We finally got Rachel trained at night so no more bed wetting. That was our challenge.

I know you miss your mom. It breaks my heart because I honestly can't imagine what it must be like.You just have to take one day at a time and know she's looking down at you very proud for the wonderful job you are doing as a mom. We see you have your hands full and you seem to be coping very well. Good Job!

JuJuBee said...

I'm so sorry about you mom. I wish I had words for you.

LittleJuJu loves the bus too, thank god we are now a two car family and the bus days are over. He still wants to take the bus to the mall.

Susan Dore said...

Hi Shannon,

I see more and more of Carolyn in you every day, and more particularly since reading your blog....I guess it helps me know you better. For the record, I think you're a fantastic mom!