The past two days have been filled with accomplishments, I for one managed to tick off several items of my never-ending ‘to do’ list including arranging for a planner to visit our house to measure up and make plans for an extension.
For the past two years we have been hoping to extend our house. We want to build over the garage to create an extra bedroom and en suite for ourselves, then move J into our room and E into J’s room to provide both kids with a bigger and better bedroom, as well as a small study for homework purposes. Basically all of us will be room hopping and benefitting from more space. After years of discussing the many benefits of an extension, even drawing out our ideas on The Sims PC game just to see what it might look like, it finally seems like we may be on our way to making our hopes and dreams a reality!
J also accomplished his return to karate lessons last night following a few weeks break. J has been attending karate lessons twice a week since he was just under five years old, throughout this time he has gained a couple of belts (grades) and we have seen his confidence sore thanks to the patience and understanding ofhis amazing teacher Stuart, a twelfth dan kick boxing guru. Stuart recently had a rather harrowing health scare and so the lessons which J usually attended (for five to seven-year olds) were put on hold, thus the aforementioned break. The classes have now been merged into one large kids class for all ages and whilst this is a big change for J, it’s only a few weeks before he turns seven and so he would have changed class anyhow, it’s just sped up the process slightly.
Following last week when his Dad took him to the new lessons and J refused to take part, I took charge and decided to play my usual role of ‘bad cop’ as sometimes it pays off to be cruel in order to be kind. In other words he got the boot up the backside treatment which certainly seemed effective.
I was expecting tears, tantrums and quite possibly a melt down or two as our J dislikes change almost as much as I dislike sprouts. Whilst we had a few tears, a couple of pouts and some stamping of the feet, he managed it! After a short while he seemed to get back into the swing of things. From my observations, I would even go as far as to say that he enjoyed himself… That in itself is a massive accomplishment! We will certainly be returning next week and hopefully given time, J will have more belts to add to his collection.
E has also made huge accomplishments this week in regards to her potty training. Yesterday was officially the first day that I can honestly report that we had zero accidents and only wore one pair of knickers! I was so proud of my little Princess, especially given that she also succeeded in doing a ‘number two’ on the potty despite being scared initially, she managed to squeeze one out (sorry TMI) and was rewarded with a frozen chocolate lollipop, making it all seem worthwhile.
It feels like things are getting done, routines are clicking back into place and things are becoming more organised overall. As I’ve said previously in my ‘life lists post‘, I love ticking off the completed jobs as they each get done. Organisation is the all essential key to my personal success, it seems to be my little bit of ‘zen’ within the ‘crazy’ that is life.
Whilst this post may seem like an accomplishment parade (as titled) it is actually my way of celebrating our successes and making an effort to focus upon the positive aspects of life, because we all need those ‘YES moments’.