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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

52 Weeks of Happiness - Week 51

As things
slowly start returning
back to normal,
here are a few things
that brought a smile to my face
and helped me get through the days.

The Boys

My 6-yr old is learning that women want flowers.

My new addiction

Is it tea? Is it chocolate?

Happiness is comfort.





























Monday, February 25, 2013

Future Ex-Husbands

I have not had the best few weeks 
recently.
I am, 
more than ever,
grateful for my wonderful husband
and amazing son.
They've been my rocks.
And chocolate suppliers.
But,
if I'm going to be honest,
I do need to thank some other people.
My Lusaka family
has been amazing.
And you know I could not
have done this without you.
And yet,
there are still 3 others
who've made
these last few weeks
bearable.

Thank you for keeping me company
while I sat on the couch
eating chocolate covered almonds.
You three make me smile.




You can eat crackers in my bed
anytime!!!!



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

52 Weeks of Happiness - Week 50

These past couple of weeks
have been a little rough.
I haven't blogged much in this time.
I haven't done much of anything.
But today,
well, today was a new day.
Today was Ethan's
first grade assembly.
His class has been learning about cycles.
He's been talking about this assembly for weeks.
Yesterday,
he was not feeling well
and was sent home from school early. 
He was very concerned
he could not go today
and would miss the assembly.
But, he was feeling much
better
and made it in.
AND
he was fantastic!
(And I'm not just saying that because I'm his mum.)






Happiness is being a proud mama. 



























Thursday, February 7, 2013

Writer's Workshop - The Name Game

Share how you came up with your kid's name.

I wish I had a fun,
cute, pleasant story to share.
Or even be able to tell you
that Ethan is named after some
semi-famous relative.
But no such luck.
If the truth be told,
Ethan was the first boy's name
that Scott and I agreed upon.
And since we agreed on one,
why make a list of more?

We had no problem with a list of girl's names.
We had no issues picking the one
favourite girl's names.
But boys' names?
Well that was another story. 

When Scott and I first got together,
I often joked about having three boys
so I could name them
James, Byron, Dean
respectively.

We knew James would be the middle name
but there was no way Scott was
going for Byron or Dean.
So cross those off my list.
Bryon
Dean

I always loved the name Noah.
But Scott didn't like the whole
alliteration thing.
Noah
Nicholas

He has a cousin named Adam.
Adam

Let us not even discuss the unisex names.
Jordan

And, don't bring up Buffy.
Xander

One evening,
as we were relaxing at home,
I was watching One Tree Hill
And there it was.
Lucas and Nathan Scott.
Scott's nephew is named Lucas.
If we had a Nathan,
 we could have the One Tree Hill family.
But since Nathan brings back the
whole alliteration thing.....
Nathan

But....
this time,
Scott didn't just veto my name choice,
he offered a compromise;
Ethan.

We knew no one named Ethan.
We loved Ethan from Survivor Africa.
So...
yes...
I like Ethan.

Hey, guess what?
We agree on a name!
It's settled!
Ethan James it is!!!!

Now,
I feel it very important to share,
Ethan was born in July 2006.
In May 2006
Mission Impossible came out.
So...
can I please clarify,
Ethan was not named
after or for
Tom Cruise's character Ethan!