Something that makes me happy: A sunny springlike weekend. I’m so very done with winter like every other sane person.
Something I’m thinking: I need to get Maddie’s letter done, and then I can start working on fun summary posts from the cruise.
Something I’m hoping: I hope that Maddie’s tracking back into school this week goes smoothly.
Something happening around the house: Gabe and I went through every nook and cranny, closet, and drawer this weekend in our master bedroom and master bathroom. We purged a ton of stuff to give to friends, donate to charity, or just throw in the garbage. I’m not sure we’ll have the energy to do this during the week, but we’re going to try to go area by area.
Something I’m reading: I’m still reading the third book of The Demon Cycle.
Something Gabe is reading: He’s still reading Pandora’s Star.
Something I’m watching: We caught up on The Walking Dead and The Amazing Race, but we are behind on other shows.
Something I’m playing: Sadly, Candy Crush.
Something I’m creating: I’ve been working on finishing up Maddie’s letter. I started it a few days before our vacation, but I haven’t had much energy to work on it since then.
Something tasty: I’ve been eating just about anything I see this week. I haven’t gotten out of cruise eating mode, and I’ve been comfort eating.
Something about both kiddos: We had Maddie’s birthday party today, and both kids painted a big birthday cake on an art canvas. All of the paintings turned out cute, and I loved seeing all the different styles. Since getting back from the cruise, we’re doing a ticket system with the kids. We are rewarding good behaviors with tickets, especially areas that we’re trying to improve like dinner table manners and staying in their beds all night. They can turn in their tickets for device time. Maddie also proposed that she could get a new toy if she traded in 50 tickets. Considering that they have many opportunities to earn tickets during the day, this seems reasonable. The system is working really well for Maddie. I’m not sure it is working that great for Cullen, but we will see. He’s going to need some tickets if he wants to play that iPad!
Something Maddie is doing (6 years old): Maddie was a little nervous with the painting instruction at the party. I haven’t seen her do her usual art camp classes, so I don’t know if she always has a hard time getting started. I know she’s always afraid of doing something wrong or making a mistake, so she doesn’t dive right in. She did great, though, and she had ideas of how she wanted it to be. She’s not the best party host. Her friends seemed excited to see her, and she didn’t do much to greet them or tell them thank you for coming at the end. We’ll have to work on that. I know it is because she gets overwhelmed in those situations. It was even overwhelming for me towards the end of the party! I think Maddie had a great time, and of course she enjoyed opening all the presents when we got home. She’s less excited about working on the dreaded thank you notes, of course. Maddie had track out camp this week at the drama camp. They do a lot of art projects with making the sets and costumes, and then they perform a play at the end of the week. The camp has been pretty smart at giving Maddie only a few lines so far. We were proud of her, and I think she really enjoys it. We enjoyed seeing the play with other families. Maddie went to her first gymnastics class with Sophie, and she did so well! I was surprised at how well she participated at her first class, and she already wants to take gymnastics for a long time so that she can learn the uneven bars like the big girls. The place that we picked seems to focus on recreational gymnastics, which is what we wanted versus competitive gymnastics. Maddie’s first day back at school is tomorrow, and they will be celebrating Dr. Seuss this week with a different theme for each day (crazy socks, pajamas, wacky clothes, etc).
Something Cullen is doing (4 years old): We were glad to get Cullen back to his regular routine, though the week was a little out of routine due to more winter weather early in the week and sickness at the end. Cullen so desperately needs naps, but we cannot get him to take them at home. He stayed up too late last night (which was partially our fault), and then he woke up way too early for the daylight savings time change. We expected that they might sleep a little later after being up late, but he didn’t. He was up around 6am, and we were REALLY not ready to get up yet. Really? 6am? I mean that is like 5am before the time change, right? I don’t know. I can’t do time change math. Cullen was sent home early on Thursday due to a fever. His fever got pretty high on Thursday evening, and we took him to the doctor on Friday morning. He was diagnosed with strep. He was much better within 24 hours of the antibiotic. He’s been in another one of his sensitive moods. When he gets unhappy about something, he immediately starts to throw a fit. We’ll have to watch for times when he doesn’t react poorly and start rewarding those times with tickets. Maybe that will help?? His outbursts are loud and frustrating. I think a lot of his outbursts have to do with not having naps.
Something I am struggling with: Well, I’ve discovered that a lot of my dizziness, fatigue, and related symptoms two years ago was likely due to that cruise. I’m experiencing the same things again. It’s frustrating, and it means that I won’t likely be able to cruise again. When I found information on Mal de Debarquement Syndrome, I related to every bit of it (more information here). It’s been frustrating and depressing…and we’re all disappointed to never be able to cruise again. We had so much fun on the Disney cruise!
Something I learned: Unfortunately, all about Mal de Debarquement Syndrome.
Something I’m looking forward to: Maddie’s gymnastics place has a break this week, so we don’t have gymnastics this week. It will pick back up next week. Gabe has more fantasy drafts over the next couple of weeks. Most of them are online, at least. We have games night this weekend.
Something captured: The artists at Maddie’s party!