Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Blog About Nothing?

Ok people, I haven't blogged in two weeks and I really have nothing to blog about now. Here's the thing: I have been back at work M-F now for a year (exactly a year on Wednesday). I thought as I got used to being a working mom my brain would "settle" a bit eventually and I'd make some mental space to be creative and do some writing. Evidently this is not the case.

By the time I get through all the necessities of the day, it's 8:30. At that point I want to sit on the couch or read a book. Not blog. Even if during the week I come up with some ideas to write about, I've forgotten about them by the weekend. I am now thinking more seriously than ever about just stopping this because I have no real content; however at the same time that just seems wrong.

So, what are your thoughts? Should I keep it going? And if so, what do you want me to write about?


Update Feb 3rd: Thanks to everyone who left nice comments on Facebook and even a few here. I appreciate it. Today my decision was made. An old friend messaged me this:

"I was at our dance studio (in Saskatoon) and a mom was there talking about her journey with CP and Down syndrome. Anyway, she then told this other mom about this inspirational blog "trousdell five".".

So I guess that seals the deal. If a mom in Saskatoon relates I've gotta keep going, right?

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hitting the Slopes

Big day for the Trousdell twins today. Big day. First of all, Asher killed it on the slopes for his first time sit skiing. It was amazing. Looking adorable for starters...

Asher had a great time and took to it right away. He had an adult behind him holding on, and then one in front of him giving him instructions about which way to lean (for steering). Everyone at the end of the day was pretty happy, and there's so much potential for how involved he can be when he grows and strengthens.

And then there's Nolan - blowing everyone away on his second snowboard lesson.

Yes, Jordan did speed that video up a titch, but regardless of the speed you can see his skill - which is really amazing to see, considering the relative difficulty he had skiing last year. That silly CP brain had a bit of trouble making his legs cooperate last season, but Jordan was sure that snowboarding would be much easier for Nolan. Cleary, it is.

I am so incredibly proud of these two (well, three truly, because Rio rocks the slopes too). But seeing those two boys out there is so good for the soul. Sure, involving Asher in some activities may be a bit of an extra challenge, but this is a perfect example that nothing needs to stop these two. The strength and persistence these two show every day inspires me.

Needless to say, some kids will sleep well tonight - in preparation for another day on the slopes tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Stuck in the Muck

Some days things suck. Case in point: Stepping in dog sh*t.

What happens when your child steps in it? You take off their shoe, wipe it off, barf a little in your mouth, and then move on. Right?

What happens when my child steps in it? Well for starters by "steps in it" I mean lets two wheels of his power chair fall off the sidewalk into it, and then get stuck. And then spin out for a significant period of time, making a giant sloppy mess of dog poop, mud, and grass.

When the spinning out of the tires finally stops and he is back on solid ground, then the poor van ramp gets covered in it this sticky brown concoction. Then we get home and I have a meltdown trying to figure out how to clean these wheels with more tread than car tires before letting my son's mode of transportation and independence - his "legs" so to speak - into the house.

Bit of a pity party, not gonna lie. One day, I will probably laugh at this scene. Not today. Today I hate wheelchairs and dog owners who don't pick up after their pets and what happens when the two have an unfortunate meet-up.

Pathetic, melodramatic rant over. Back about your business.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year (a little late)! I hope the end of 2015 was a good one, and 2016 brings us all on some new adventures!

In past years I have recapped the year previous by re-visiting the first blog post of each month. I have barely blogged over the past year so instead I thought I'd wrack my brain to revisit the most exciting thing that happened to us each month. So here goes:

January was a big one. The start of 2015 saw Nolan start skiing. Adorable!

It also saw the start of my new job, which was a huge change for our family after 5 years off with the kids. At the time I knew how lucky I was to be given the opportunity to work for such a great boss with really flexible hours, but now, almost a year later, I am even more thankful.

February included much press time for our family, as we were one of the feature families in the Variety Club Show of Hearts telethon. Several newspaper spots and a televised segment garnered the boys a whole lot of attention.

March took Jordan and me to a Canucks game - something we don't get to do as often as we like. The kids came with us and spent some quality time with their Vancouver Aunties and Uncle, and Jordan and I got to enjoy a great game.

April took us to Pender Island for our annual Easter trip. Lots of food, chocolate, and love - and some power tools for Nolan. Always a highlight.

In May Rio turned 9 and we celebrated with loads of ice cream and friends.

The end of May also took Rio to Comox for her first out of town soccer tournament with her academy team. Rio's gotten to be quite the little player and we've really enjoyed the rest of 2015 watching her grow, along with her team mates.

June brought the end of a successful school year, the boys' horseback riding show, and a trip to the Women's World Cup of soccer to see Canada play.

The highlight of July, and let's face it probably my entire year, was our trip to Vegas. No kids for the first time ever, and so much fun with 3 other couples - all of the women turning 40.

August took us to Portland, for what turned out to be our boys' final trip to Shriner's hospital. Excellent health and great care at home determined we do not need to go back. We will so miss that wonderful city - especially the food.

In September Jordan and I went away (without kids! again!) to celebrate my actual 40th for a lovely, stormy weekend on the West Coast of the island.

The kids also started grade 1 and grade 4, and Jordan officially started a Monday - Friday job (the first of his nursing career). A big change for our family to have a regular schedule, and a big advancement and opportunity for him.

In October, we spent a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend back on Pender Island. We also celebrated the boys' birthday with an "undead" Halloween party. We took it pretty seriously!

November saw our two handsome miracles turn 6! It also saw Asher transform into Clark Kent with some brand new glasses.

We spent December ringing in the season with parties, fun, family and food. Pretty much a dream Christmas season. I also got another reasonably clean bill of health on my thyroid (still questionable lumps, still too small to do anything about) so that sent us into the New Year feeling strong and healthy.

And there you have it. Another year done. Now the new year is here and we're heading back to school and work and a return to a more healthy lifestyle than we've spent over the past month.

We can only hope that 2016 brings us as much happiness and god fortune and wish the same for all of you!

What 2016 brings this much neglected blog....well that's still to be determined.