Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Ahhhhh the holidays...

Ahhhhh the holidays....

The holidays are coming upon us rather quickly.
Those of us in Canada had our Thanksgiving back in October. Then Halloween and now of course the focus is all on Christmas in our house.

I made a decision many years ago not to put up our tree until the day the kids get out of school for the holidays. I have had comments in the past about how I don't have my tree up....
However in our case with 3 kids on the spectrum it was just too much sensory, too much stimulation and too much Christmas for them.
C can handle Christmas for a few days before and until New Years and that is it! I don't even have the tree lights on too too much, when they are on they over stimulate him to the point where he either ends up crashing out asleep under the tree  or just what I call over done.
We keep the same routines every year as much as possible and keep it simple. No guests, Christmas morning is kept routine and as calm as possible with 6 kids :).
We do go to my parents Christmas Eve but the kids can escape to the basement and if C is in overload we can leave and get home quickly (we live around the corner).
Since my hubby started working away we did start going to my parents for dinner but that too is dinner and home usually for at least C and I. (My parents are great and really understand  the boys needs)
I have had the comments in the past about visitors and people taking it personally, but its just too much for C and things go so much better for him and he enjoys his holidays so much more without the extra people and stimulation.
He loves New Years and loves when I make a bit of a help yourself buffet for him and the kids, he always gives me a shopping list of things to buy. Always the same things but it's awesome that he makes a list!
Love the holidays with the kids and keeping it calm and as stress free as possible for the boys especially makes a great holiday for all of us.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The Kitchen

This has been a very neglected blog and I hopefully will do better... ha doubt it. It's too nuts around here!

This post is about well my delusions of grandeur and well my husband.

My husband as most of you know works far up in the north and is only home for short periods of time on "vacation". I say vacation in quotations because I think he does more work when he is home than when he is at work! Usually his plans turn out great but he makes me crazy in the process.

This time he started to rip apart the house, oh and when I say rip apart I mean he went NUTS! Overboard would probably be a more appropriate description. I think I freaked him out when I said we need a bigger house. Well now we have a bin in the driveway and we are purging, which would be awesome if we had done one room at a time instead of things pulled out of everywhere and now there is stuff everywhere! Ahhhh....HELP!
Well then we got to talking about the kitchen. Now there is a partial kitchen renovation taking place. It's making me crazy, and I know it's making the boys crazy. I was talking about doing the kitchen in the new year.'s being torn up, moved around and he went nuts. (all while in the middle of purge that is left partially completed!) Ummmm HELP!!
OH sure it will be awesome when it's done but I didn't want to do it now or spend the money now. Well its being done now!
C is insisting that we are building a restaurant in there... I said no C it's not a restaurant we are just redoing a few things. Nope it's a restaurant and that is that... oh and he let me know that if it's not good we have to call Gordon Ramsay...oh my!!!! 

So as per usual it's crazy around here!  Now hubby is going nuts because Charlie the beagle has his nose in his building and trying to eat saw dust ... tee hee.

Lets just hope and keep our fingers crossed that all these big plans get finished before he heads back up to work or I will be left in chaos and be left to fix it all by my lonesome!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

I need a morning do over...

Then again maybe not. I really doubt that I want to do all that again today.

Last night I was at the grocery store picking up a few things and did NOT buy bread. Why did I not buy bread...well I had bought two loafs the day before so no need. Well I should have bought bread.
Not because of the usual reason, the locusts have eaten it all....but because it was growing mold.
Of course I did not know this until 15 minutes before the first child's bus showed up. If I had been on the ball and made lunches last night I would have known this but nooooo I didn't so well....PANIC!!!
Well inward panic because of course if I had totally freaked out then C would have freaked out and B would have freaked out and then I would have had more interesting problems to deal with than just mouldy bread.
Soooo think what the hell was I going to do...well of course throw out two brand new loafs of bread (of course I should have returned them but remember I was in an inward panic!) Buses were going to show up!!
I threw leftovers together for B who's bus was arriving in 10 min.
Since hubby is home for the moment I thought AH HA! He can get C dressed and give him his med's (even though C insists that daddy can't give him his medication because he doesn't know how....daddy is an RN btw!)
I fly out of the house giving instructions as I go, scrape the ice off the car and race off to the store. I dash in grab two new loaves of bread (heaven forbid that C doesn't have the right sandwich!) and run to the check out like a crazy woman! Well then I cursed under my breath for a couple of minutes, one checkout lady WTF! Don't people know I am in a rush! I pay and run back to the car and race home.
I have 10 min to bus time by the time I get back to the house and C is still not dressed, no meds nothing! AHHHHHHHHH.... (to be fair to hubby he isn't here most of the time and C was being complicated but he did have breakfast so that was something) OK so don't panic....Throw the lunch together, find C's bag, get his cloths on and then meds.
Didn't that damn bus arrive 4 min ahead of schedule! Today of all days that bus was early!!
We got C on the bus and I gave him a high 5 for being awesome! How this is going to play out once he gets to school with his screwed up morning I guess I will find out! Phone calls to come I am sure of it.
Do over...ummmm no thanks once was enough.
I need a nap!