Yesterday was a snow day! Instead of lounging around in our pajamas all day as we’ve done on many snow days in the past (a valid indulgement!), I packed up my kiddos and headed up to our local ski resort (15 minutes away). It was sort of just what we needed. We even ran into some friends there (and my husband met us there too!!!). The fun was sort of short-lived, as it was dumping snow on top of the mountain and we were being pelted in the faces. Not that we aren’t used to such ski weather, it’s just that Luke also had to go to the bathroom, he for whatever reason couldn’t stop his goggles from fogging up and Maddie suddenly decided she NEEDED to get home to get her homework done. Such are the days of our lives…
So, in some ways, I wished we had just stayed home and gotten the homework done because she freaked out about it when we arrived home and she only had an hour to do homework before gymnastics. Sigh, can’t win them all – can only try, right?
Watching Football and Reading About Teen/Tween Angst
Anyway once I got Maddie off to gymnastics and Kevin went to a town hall meeting, I finally was able to chill out and read my book and watch Thursday night football with Luke. My legs felt sore and I felt good we’d skied a bit and that Maddie had been able to crank out her homework before gymnastics after all.
The book I’m reading in the above pic is Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour, Ph.D. and yes it’s pretty good. Actually, it’s not what I expected. At times I’m surprised by some of her suggestions. I’ll have to write more about it soon.
Maddie isn’t a teenager yet but GOD she is a tween (DO NOT call her that to her face, though – yikes), and I wonder if it might not be worse (Maddie is one of the sweetest girls, in fact, if you know her and you are reading this you’re probably wondering what the heck I’m even talking about…but let me tell you that when our girl is cranky and she’s around Kevin and me the ‘tude is real). But Damour says there is something about 7th grade that really throws parents for a loop. So, I am reading up also in order to be somewhat prepared for that turn of events (we still have a couple years).
Anyhow, tomorrow (Saturday) I am going to post a literary-themed gift guide for the littlest of littles (babies and toddlers, in other words ;)). It is short and sweet but hopefully, you’ll find something you like in the mix.