Forward Thinking

So, it’s November… two more months left in the year!? It hardly seems possible that we’re nearing the end of the year. But it’s also the time of year I look the most forward to so it seems fitting that it’s time for another forward thinking post! Here are some things I’m looking forward to in the next two months.

Going away this weekend with my friend, Tracey. We are leaving Friday morning and not coming back until Sunday and neither of us can wait! Whoot! I believe (though correct me if I am remembering incorrectly) this is the first time I’ve been away from all my boys for two nights since I went to Key West with my girlfriends when we turned 30 – that’s a long time. We have no big plans, sleeping in without being woken up by our children, going to see Footloose and exploring some cute northern Michigan towns. I’m hoping to get caught up on magazines and get at least one book off my Kindle. And I just love my husband for “letting” me go! I’m sure the boys will have lots of fun without me and if they don’t, at least I’ll be de-stressed and able to handle it when I get back!

The first snow of the season – I love winter (though I hate driving in the winter, every rose has its thorn) and I love the magical feeling of a first snow.

Conferences – Liam’s first school conference is next week and I can’t wait to hear what his teacher has to say – the good and even the bad. I enjoy other’s insights into my kids, especially the insights of those who are professionals because goodness knows I am most definitely a newbie in the parenting a 5-year-old arena.

Writing my thing(s) I’m thankful for at the Thanksgiving service at my parent’s church. This tradition has been going on as long as I can remember and everyone takes a paper leaf and writes their thankful thing and then a couple of families collect them and hang them on a tree at the front of church.

Also looking forward to Thanksgiving weekend in general… good food, good times with family and a long weekend!

Holiday parties – I love the festivities of Christmas and the added excuse to get together with groups of people to laugh and enjoy a plethora of good food.

Revisiting the real reason for Christmas with my boys – I love talking with them about baby Jesus and each year you can see it clicking more with Liam and that warms my little heart.

Christmas in Lansing with my family doing our normal traditional get togethers and late-Christmas in Australia with Simon’s family doing their traditional things – Simon’s sister’s been facebooking about making Christmas pudding and the recipe involves soaking fruit in Cointreau and rum for many days, I can only hope there will be some left for us!

Let the fun begin… but first, a nice, relaxing weekend to kick it off… that is just what the doctor ordered to offset all the tantrums that will need diffusing and the time-outs that will need to be enforced over the next two months because the one thing I do know about parenting is that fun times = inevitable meltdowns by the short set (and sometimes Simon).

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