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Friday’s Feats and Fails

  
Easter weekend is upon us and I’m excited. I always look forward to Easter and all the fun extravaganza of the Easter bunny’s arrival and seeing my son’s excitement. It’s the only time I allow chocolate before breakfast or even candy for breakfast! Well let’s get to the good stuff have a wonderful Easter. πŸ˜ƒ

FEAT

I had a really relaxing weekend my husband let me sleep in Sunday and then I spent the morning beta reading. Then we switched off and he napped, while the kids played hockey in the backyard and I started a marathon of the Outlander on tv! Oh my gosh I’m so hooked on it I have to start reading the books!!! Oh be still my Celtic heart. ❀️ I was very fortunate to be a guest post on the http://thehappylifeaholic.wordpress.com

She’s an amazing and inspiring woman and I feel blessed that she gave me that honour. You can see my interview here: https://happylifeaholic.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/thl-interview-jeanine-lebsack/ 

And my blog post here:

https://happylifeaholic.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/thl-guest-post-jeanine-lebsack-my-pursuit-of-happiness/
 

  
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Due to my beta reading I got a little behind on my housework so I had to do a mad scramble before my Mad dog’s birthday party. It was ok though because overflowing laundry baskets can always be stuffed in a closet. πŸ˜‰ My husband helped me by vacuuming and I quickly tidied, organized toys, and bedrooms, and made up the goodie bags. It’s so wonderful when we work as a team, I feel less overwhelmed when I have his support. 

FEAT

My husband and I pulled off a great party for our little four year old. We weren’t sure how well things would go because four of the guests were sick and unable to attend. So the two other kids (brothers) showed up with their Mom. It was a wonderful day as the kids are close in age and my husband and I enjoyed getting to know their Mom. It was a blast while the kids played, snacked, and we had a yummy Thomas cake to dive in. 

 

Our birthday boy and his cake face. 😘❀️


 

This cake was so delicious. πŸ˜‹


FEAT

It’s been a short school week so I’ve got all the laundry baskets folded and put away except for two. I’ve been getting the kids to help me more so I feel better about that. My youngest enjoys helping me, while the oldest grumbles but if wants screen time certain chores have to be done. I was able to have a nice visit with my in-laws as they were just passing through and stayed the night. Once again my house is always at its cleanest an hour before company comes. So we had Chinese food, relaxed and had a few cocktails while the kids entertained us. I took my Captain out of school early and then took him to an appointment to meet the infant and adolescent psychiatrist. He took him for the first half of the visit and then we went in towards the end. My Captain really liked this therapist and said he’d love to go back to see him. He doesn’t think there’s a need for my oldest son to start medication and will write up a report for our paediatrician saying so. I left there feeling like I was on cloud nine finally someone that understood that not every issue in children needs to be medicated. I recognize it’s needed in some cases as well as therapy so I wasn’t completely opposed to it.  Im happy to say that we’ll continue doing what we’re doing with managing his anxiety and getting the school to fill out paperwork to help him with his sensory needs there. 

  
So that brings us to the  weekend of TGIF day so I send you Easter blessings  to you all. Hug your loved ones close, and remember the reason for the season. Thank you for stopping by now it’s time to link up with me and More Than Cheese and Beer and let us know how your week was. 😊🐰🌸🐣

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Friday Feats and FailsΒ 

Hello Friday where have you been? I’ve been searching for you since Monday and couldn’t find you. Whenever you show it up its so wonderful and when you leave I’m so sad. Let’s enjoy the time we have together before another twenty four hour day comes and whisks you away.

FEAT 

I had a great weekend wrap up to my Captain’s hockey season. On the Saturday it was the Dad’s versus the kids game. My husband was the goalie for the kids side. Every time one of them scored he skated to the blue line and high fived them. The Captain loved playing hockey with his Dad, and  I could see and feel his pride. *Sigh* how I love that man with all my heart. ❀️ On Sunday we had a wind up party at the pool. We swam, soaked, dived, played, and slid on the waterslide. It was an absolute blast, I even ran into an old work friend I hadn’t seen in ten years!!!  A great day shared with great company. I can’t wait till the next hockey season. Now onto to decide what the next sport will be. Soccer, baseball, golf, or lacrosse. The choices are endless in the big city!

FAIL

I had to deal with some confusion in regards to my youngest son’s health journey. I applied for finding through my province and received back a letter stating I didn’t have enough medical information. So I contacted my Paediatrician to ask her help. She got very ignorant with me and told me she couldn’t give me a diagnostic letter. I told her I wasn’t asking for that, I was asking for her to write up a letter stating that she made referrals to the children’s hospital. She said she put the referrals in and I needed to be patient and wait and get a diagnostic letter from the neuropsychologists. I responded I don’t want to wait I’m only going to be a case file till the end of May and I’ll have to apply again! She responded with more ignorance and said she could write me up a letter but it’s not covered by my insurance. I just need something that says she’s tested my child and the referrals are going through for more tests. So that will be $100 dollars for two letters ugh I’ve never wanted to throat punch someone so badly before! 😑

FEAT

Ive managed to keep my house fairly clean and get out and enjoy some beautiful spring weather. I also did a meet and greet in town where I didn’t know a soul. I even made some new friends and I went to geocaching three times this week. I love treasure hunting and finding little treasures its so much fun. My kids love it too, especially my youngest as he adds new treasures to his collection. 😊

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I managed to have ten clean laundry baskets throughout the week so yay me!!! I have four folded, three put away, and three to be folded. I’m totally owned by my bitch laundry. It’s just easier to light a match and walk away. Either that and walk around naked, I’d probably have to invent some creative excuse as to why I was. πŸ˜‰

I wish I had this sink , I’d spend a lot more time in my laundry room. πŸ˜‰πŸ·

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I was brave this week I stood up for my beliefs and didn’t allow the professionals to dictate to me what I was thinking or saying. I resisted the urge to throat punch bitches, and pushed back when I felt cornered. I crossed my hurdle and started seeing a therapist. I wrote from my heart even though it pained me. It was for the #1000 speak compassion movement called building from bullying. I verbally puked that story out of me as I wrote about my experience of being bullied for a year in high school. I’ve been so fortunate to have it published on the http://www.originalbunkerpunks.com. And my lovely friend bought me a t-shirt to celebrate. I made some new friends and connected with old ones. If you look up in the dictionary for the definition of brave you’ll find my picture. I’ve also been blessed to be nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award from the fabulous https://one mothertoanother.com.  I also guest blogged for https://happylifeaholic.com. My 1000 speak story can be read here 

http://wp.me/p46h5g-kO

My guest post can be read here

https://happylifeaholic.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/thl-guest-post-jeanine-lebsack-my-pursuit-of-happiness/

 

Rocking my new OBP t-shirt. πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ

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I’ve been fortunate to be co-host this segment Friday’s Feats and Fails recently with the lovely http://www.morethancheeseandbeer.com. And my big fail is not getting my link up in time and to share and promote within social media. I have no excuse but to say I got so busy with trying to complete a book review project, planning my Mad dog’s birthday party, and ran out of time and sleep doing all the above!!! I haven’t been a very good sister and I’ve needed to make apologies for that. I’ve judged a friend harshly for the decisions she’s made, and with zero patience left in my bucket I’ve yelled at my kids, husband, and anyone else who pissed me off.😣

FEAT

 I took a personal day on Wednesday and read all day. I of course parented and enjoyed myself immensely. I need to have more days like that. I was reading the sequel anthology to I just want to pee alone. Oh my sides still ache from laughing and my eyes are red and swollen from crying. Funny, touching, hilarious, and a much needed feel good book. You can read my reviews over at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Special thanks to the awesome http://www.tracyontherocks.com who’s featured in this fabulous book for this wonderful opportunity. Please check out her latest blog post that has the links to all of the lovely Jen Mann books. 😘❀️

 

I want to be in the next group with these amazing, funny, talented, group of writers! I’m fangirl crushing on all of them. ❀️


*Update*

My cousin and her family have been home from the hospital for a week tomorrow. Amazing Grace has been growing well, putting on weight, catching up on sleep, and doing so incredible. Thank you to everyone for sharing/contributing to the Go fund me. All the proceeds will go to providing whatever services, and baby supplies that Grace will needed. And thank you to everyone for all your prayers and support. My family is so grateful for all the kindness bestowed on their precious baby girl. πŸ’–

It’s link up time tell me how your week was. πŸ’ž

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Fridays Feats and Fails

It’s Friday one day closer to the weekend and wow what a week it’s been!!! I’m excited to share it with you. So let’s get to it shall we? I’m so happy and honoured to be co-hosting Friday’s Feats and Fails with the awesome Ash from http://www.morethancheeseandbeer. This is a new adventure for me so I feel giddy with excitement. πŸ˜ƒπŸŽ‰πŸ’ƒ

FEAT-Amazing Grace

My beautiful cousin brought her baby into the world and I haven’t stopped crying since! Amazing Grace was diagnosed in utero as having mosaic triploidy. According to Wikipedia.org research Triploid syndrome is an extremely rare chromosomal disorder. Individuals with triploid syndrome have three of every chromosome, i.e. a total of sixty-nine rather than the normal forty-six chromosomes. There are only sixty recorded cases across the world. Thanks to the research I found on http://www.mommiesofmiracles.com I’m understanding a lot more. These children are blessings, and although there genetically different abled, they are beautiful gifts to the world. 

A Mother’s Love πŸ’—

Amazing Grace was brought into the world on Tues, March. 10 th at 6:04 am she had a healthy delivery and Mom and baby have been doing well. Grace had a defect with her heart diagnosed in utero and no one has known how long she would be earth side. After receiving a heart scan yesterday my cousin was happy to report this morning, that there are NO signs of the defect!!! God is creating miracles for my family daily as Amazing Grace has been defeating the odds against her since her conception. Just yesterday she opened up her eyes for the first time her Uncle held her. Oh and what a beautiful moment that was!  There has been an amazing photographer that has been capturing Grace’s journey with her Mom and Dad. All images are by Love by Krista Evans Photography and she and my cousin have allowed me to share them with you today. πŸ’•

A Father’s Love ❀️

I read all the updates eagerly each moment that my cousin posts them. Today Grace will have a brain scan as she was also diagnosed with agenisus of corpus callosum. According to research from Wikipedia.org (ACC) is a rare birth defect (congenital disorder) in which there is a complete or partial absence of the corpus callosum. It occurs when the corpus callosum, the band of white matter connecting the two hemispheres in the brain, fails to develop normally, typically during pregnancy. 

Amazing Grace is being tested and evaluated in preparation to going home! She’s  classified as a strong baby, despite the disorders and her early arrival of eight days before her due date. The amount of love and prayers that are surrounding Grace and her parents is incredible! Thanks to Krista at Love by Krista Evans Photography 12,000 people have seen my family’s pictures. To me that means that 12,000 people are joining in prayer power! You can view Krista’s amazing body of work here:

https://www.facebook.com/lovebykristaevansphotography


The love, pride, and powerful energy emanating from this family fills my heart to the brim. πŸ’–

FAIL

I’ve been keeping as positive as I can considering how precious life really is. And my own son has to undergo genetic testing for Fragile X and ASD. According to Wikipedia.org Fragile X  is a genetic syndrome. Nearly half of all children with fragile X syndrome meet the criteria for a diagnosis of autism.[1] It is an inherited cause of intellectual disability especially among boys. It results in a spectrum of intellectual disabilities ranging from mild to severe as well as physical characteristics. I’ve had my moments when I’ve dissolved into tears, yelled, cursed, and locked myself away in my pity party of one.

My incredible family has shown me I can have those moments but I just can’t unpack and live there. So other than not cleaning since last weekend, not keeping up with folding my laundry as that relentless bitch is owning me. I’ve been enjoying the sunshine, adventuring with my kids, and counting my blessings. And really appreciating the miracles in life like Amazing Grace’s journey with her phenomenal parents. The strength they’ve shown has been remarkable. In my cousins words to prepare for a life half way through pregnancy, then a possible death, back to preparing for her baby’s life is an extraordinary blessing. I know God will continue to watch over and bless them as they are all miracles of the heart.  πŸ’ž

Amazing Grace.πŸ’–

FEAT

My Captain’s hockey play off round ended for him last Saturday. It was a disappointing loss with some questionable referee calls that ended in a 2-1 loss. It was an exciting game, but I’ll be honest and say this part of being a hockey Mom really sucks. It was so hard to see those disappointed expressions on those sweet children’s faces. They played a great game though and they still have their practices, parents against the kids game, and windup party to look forward too. It was Father son time the next day as my husband took our Captain to work. They both looked so handsome as they dressed up in a shirt and tie. I haven’t seen my son dressed up since his first communion last year. It struck me how fast he’s growing up! I’m so proud of his accomplishments on and off the ice. ❀️

I have so much pride for my Captain and his team. πŸ˜ƒ

We also had a major accomplishment as my little Mad dog and I attended the play group specifically for children with special needs. He loved it there as it was fun and manageable with a small group of kids. The most touching moment was when my son thanked me for his happy. I was in awe of him and his gift of understanding in the moment. After the group we attended the indoor playground and he did very well being around more children and some noise. We were both happy to nap when we got home. 😴

“Thank you for my happy Mommy.”

So here we are back to Friday and since our Netflix is M.I.A. due to Mad dog resetting all the information we’ll be watching movies. My wonderful husband picked up Night at the Museum for family movie night and Mocking Jay Part 1 for after they go to bed. Thank you for being here today and please check out everyone else’s post who links up today. πŸ’•

That’s my Friday’s Feats and Fails how’s your week been?

This is going to be an amazing weekend of watching the currents and the classics. πŸ˜ƒπŸŽ‰


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Friday Feats and Fails

Wow what a week it’s been, hard to believe it’s almost March! I for one am glad that spring is around the corner. February being the shortest amount of days on the calendar sure feels like the longest month of the year. My parents both passed away in this month. So there’s always that pull of my heart towards connecting with them again. I worked on something that I’m happy to share with you today. So let’s gets to the details and then the fun stuff after. 


FEAT

Hockey fills my weekends so I was able to attend both of my Captains games and they won! The first one was an 8-5 victory and the second was a come from behind win of 4-3. That game was so exciting, the score was tied 2-2 in the second period and then the opposing team scored in the beginning of the third. There was a breakaway and my son’s team mate scores  to tie it up. With some bad bounces it looked like the opposing team might just win, as our team was short handed with a player in the penalty box. With only 15 seconds left in the period our team scores to lead 4-3 with a win. Now it’s semi finals this weekend so I’ll be cheering and wearing my team jersey. Proud hockey Mom in the house!!!

FAIL

My husband went away on business so no one slept well in the household. Without enough sleep we’re like a bunch of toddlers being short tempered with one another. We had a particularly rough morning as my Captain slept in and refused to go to school. So I took him to a councillor to discuss his anger. I didn’t want to argue anymore so we went down to the office and was told they were booked. I said how is that possible you just opened? I didn’t receive a lot of help so I got very vocal and demanded I see someone that day. The worst thing is to turn away someone who’s struggling and tell them to come back the next day and still don’t offer any help. 

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I really didn’t want my kids to see me get upset but I compared my experience to a car who was running on empty without enough gas in their tank. They understood why I fought so hard for them. I’m always the squeaky wheel getting the grease, and my Dad always said I missed my calling to be a lawyer; on the account I like to argue. I did push to get seen and then an appointment opened up for later that afternoon. 

FAIL

Lack of sleep, is equal to lack of patience and zero desire to clean and organize my home. So the laundry piled up, as well as scrubbing and cleaning. My husband came home and the upstairs was clean minus bathrooms I need to sanitize. I pulled out the couch and discovered a multitude of sins hiding there. So I will be inspired to tackle the rest after hockey. 

FEAT

I’m so proud and happy that a story I wrote got published on the Original Bunker Punk site. As well as being chosen for the #1000 speak compassion movement!!! You can check out my story here. 

 http://originalbunkerpunks.wix.com/originalbunkerpunks#!A-Cup-of-Kindness-by-Jeanine-Lebsack/c1kod/15FA560B-DFDA-420F-AC08-901D7D8D502E

FAIL

I scheduled an appointment for both the Captain and I to talk with a therapist. I’m glad I took that step because we both have been locked in a power struggle and needed some intervention. Mad dog was enjoying playing with the toys and was quite upset to have to leave. He grabbed a box and ended up ripping it, and biting me. It really sucked as I had to pick him up screaming and leave the office. I handled it the best I could but it’s been a very long week and I cried as soon as I got home. While I was preparing dinner my kids went outside to look at the stars. It warmed my heart to know even with a rocky start to our day, we could end it on a positive note. 

FEAT 

I joined this blogging challenge group and I was able to stretch out of my comfort zones with my first assignment. It was a lot of fun and getting some positive feedback on it. You can check it out here. 

http://youtu.be/AA6Yf5SqlmM
I find the more new things I try the better I feel. I have people that ask me how I manage with little sleep, a lot of busy ness, and children who have some special needs. I just don’t think about it, I just do it. And little challenges that push me to see what I’m made of as a writer and entertainer feed my soul. 

FAIL

We had Dr’s appointments scheduled this week and there’s never a fun outing. The Captain had a physical to do and I had to talk him into going. I got chastised for bringing his little brother to the appointment. I told her I didn’t have people, my husband was away on business, and I didn’t have anywhere to take him. I only get respite once a week and it’s so I can have a break. She explained she just couldn’t do a consult with having my youngest there, I told her I understood but where was a supposed to put him on my roof? Professionals just don’t get it, even if they have children. I don’t have babysitters lined up to look after my children whenever I need them. Plus I need to find someone who’s qualified to deal with my Mad dog when he gets sensory overloaded. 

FEAT

I have managed to keep up with my blogging challenge group as well as my Writing 101-Poetry challenge. Emotionally I’ve been detached because I’ve needed to really focus mentally on not sinking into a self induced depression. Missing my parents and there influence in my life is something I have always struggled with. I just keep trying to build that new “normal” around my heart. I actually despise that word and I write some poetry and completed this blogging challenge assignment. You can check it out here. 

http://youtu.be/ZYAiSVZHZbA


And here we are at the end of the week going into the semi finals with hockey, Dr’s and therapists scheduled into the fabric of our lives. Now time to have some fun, prepare for adventures, and start jumping over those obstacles one at a time. Onward and upward my friends, until our next story needs to be written enjoy your weekend. Smooches. 😘

This has been my submission to Ash’s Friday’s Feats and Fails of http://www.morethancheeseandbeer.com. Check out her week and all the other talent that link up. 

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Friday’s Feats and Fails

Wahoo it’s Friday last week I was drinking beer with my husband this week I’m drinking wine with my sister and niece!!! I love when they come to visit it’s like the sun starts shining bright on my heart. πŸ’— So let’s do a roundup of how my week was. Cheers my dear readers. 🍷

FEAT

It was hockey weekend and we were off on a road trip. I was so excited to get out of town and do some socializing. I got everyone packed up and we were ready to go in record time. And SIRI even cooperated by giving us better directions when we figured it out in map quest, it was quicker to go around the city than through it! My sons were occupied and for once not driving each other to screaming fits.

FAIL

We were 40 kms from our destination and a bad snow storm blew in. That’s life in the Prairies. Everything’s so flat you can literally see it roll in. We saw some erratic driving as the roads turned to ice very quickly. People were passing us and landing in the ditch every five kms, it was so scary. My youngest was sleeping and my oldest was enthralled with his video game, none the wiser. I was so stressed by the time we arrived at the hotel my fingernails had embedded creases in the palms of my hands!!! I cracked open a beer and I was still shaking!

FEAT

It was a busy weekend and the Saturday morning game was at 8 am. It was very early but I had everyone organized to go the night before so it was a case of being motivated. My Captain played a great game and they won 4-3. They had a break and then we ate and played again at 11:30 am. My Mad dog was doing great he was playing and being entertained with his video game device. We even did some colouring as well. My Captain ended up winning the heart and hustle award for the game and I was so proud of him. He kept looking up in the stands while I snapped pictures. ❀️

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FAIL

We arrived back at our hotel very tired and hungry so it was a potluck in the lobby and I was starving. The team won their game 8-3 and spirits were high, and hockey in the hallway was being played. My Captain was hanging out with his friends, and Mad dog was running all over he was so would up that when I tried to get him from playing floor hockey to eat he just lost it. He was going up and down these steep stairs while I was getting us food. I went to take care of him and he was really upset by this time, and honestly so was I. So I grabbed him and carried him back to the room while balancing a plate of food. I was exhausted, embarrassed, and I literally wanted to crawl under the covers and cry. My husband said I shouldn’t worry we’re all parents and get it. When overtired, over stimulated, sensory, ASD behaviours rear it’s ugly head everyone gets caught in the crossfire.

FEAT

After a cooling off period we went for a swim at the local recreation centre. It was so fun to hang out and relax with my kids. I was very happy to find a hot tub and later meet up with a new friend that I’ve been corresponding with. It’s always a treat to find out you gel with someone in person as well as online. Classy from Classy with a touch of some is my sister from the vineyard. We had a lovely visit, enjoying so wine, laughter, and conversation, and she met my family. I know this isn’t always the norm to meet someone off of Facebook and really bond. I used caution as did my friend and we met in a public place. I trust my instincts and the vibes I get. God always leads me to good people, and good situations as long as I pay attention to my intuition. I have a wonderful friend as the result and we look forward to a much longer visit next time. πŸ˜ƒ
FAIL

We made it through the night with very little sleep but had a 10 am game. So breakfast was had at the hotel and off to the rink we went. The opposing team was very good and we ended up losing 7-3. It was heartbreaking to see as my son’s team was up 3-0 in the second period. We were tired and hungry so off for lunch we went. The next game wasn’t till 3:15 pm so that was a long wait. I was already high strung from having to be around a lot of people and keep Mad dog regulated. So I was just going to watch a movie and then wander in the for game. That didn’t go so great as we ended up running for a bathroom and my son had an accident. I cleaned him up and while I washing my hands he took off!!! I was able to catch him in the stands but I was really scared so we went back to the truck again. 😳

FEAT

My Captain’s played for fourth place and still made it into the medal standings. I was so proud of him and how hard he worked and that he kept out of the penalty box this game. We made it home to catch the last ten controversial minutes of the Super Bowl. All in all it was a fun weekend but four hockey games and all the activity was a lot for my sons to process. I will have a better game plan in mind for our next adventure. The next two days I was a sloth. I caught up on laundry and became a homebody for the week. So now we’re working through some potty training aggression so that’s disheartening. I have faith though we’re not giving up the dream of being diaper free, just postponing it, till we get back on track. It was fun to get away, and it’s always so rewarding to get back home. Till next time my friends enjoy your weekend making some wonderful memories. 😊

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This has been my submission to Ash’s Friday’s Feats and Fails. Check out how her week went and all the other talent who link up. Thank you. 😘

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Friday’s Feats and Fails

Well folks it’s that time again for another fabulous edition of Friday’s feats and fails! I get so excited every Friday for this week in review. Well tonight is the same thing every Friday laundry, wine, and Netflix so sit back grab a glass of cheer and read on!

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FEAT

I’ve had an interesting week, the back to school things always hard on me and my kids. My kids enjoyed late night movies, popcorn, and not being on a schedule . Now we’re back to struggling with the routine of getting to bed early up and motivated to start the day, when we’d rather be spending days in our pj’s. I’m already looking forward to the next pro-d-day when we can sleep in and be lazy. πŸ˜‰ That being said I’ve got my son to and from school on time. Dealing with my other sensory son to get out the door when everything hurts socks, boots, pants that’s a feat in itself.

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FAIL

I’ve been sleeping horribly since my kids have decided to play musical beds. My husband snores, I do too but that means I’m actually sleeping. Well my little Mad dog goes to sleep in his bed, wakes up and crawls into the Captain’s bed. Well the Restless legs syndrome takes over and my Captain is on the floor. So he crawls into my bed and I wake up by stretching and kicking him in the face! Then I’m sandwiched between him and his Dad listening to a mind numbing snore fest. This Mama needs her sleep without the 4-5 hours I get I’m a bitch on wheels. 😠

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FEAT

I started out the weekend on a great note by sending my family to hockey, and I cleaned the house. It’s so great to see everything shining and clean, and I stayed on top of the laundry. As of right now I have two loads to put away, one to fold and one in the dryer! I took a great tip from my friendly follower Ricco and I separate my kids laundry from mine and the hubs and fold it neatly and help them put it away. Nothing’s backwards, shoved in, tidy and put away!!!! For those that have read my struggles before with my evil nemesis should know this rocks my world. πŸ˜ƒ

FAIL

I still haven’t put my Christmas decorations away, and the tree gets taken down tomorrow. I keep it up till Jan.6 th to honour my Ukrainian heritage as it’s the beginning of Christmas there. I made perogies, cabbage rolls, and veggies and my husband brought home Minion cupcakes. They’re the gosh darn cutest things I’ve ever seen. The fail here was it remained junky with the Rubbermaid containers in the dining room, and I couldn’t stop eating cupcakes. 😳

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FEAT

I’ve had the honour of being featured on the http://www.originalbunkerpunks.com website and I’m so excited!!! I knew my submission was accepted 3 weeks ago but I was waiting for the website to launch. And launch it did, with fabulous writers at the helm and talented bloggers on the site, and I’m one of them!!! After I cried, screamed and danced around my house I shared it on social media and texted a few friends. I’m so proud to be Bunker punk and of the wonderful team that makes the magic happen.

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I had a Dr’s appointment for a physical so like usual I was rushing to get there. I ran out the door and proceeded to slide across the yard and slam into my gate! My husband had watered the skating rink and the water poured out and froze instantly. After I got up and rubbed my poor frozen arse I hurried down the stairs and went sprawling out into the road!!! So by the time I get up and slide on the ice to my truck I’m hurting. I arrive 5 minutes late for my physical, no worries I’m in the exam room right away. Now I haven’t told you the best part my Dr is HOT. πŸ”₯ So I’m sitting there in pain with a pulled hip muscles looking like the hot mess I am. That’s another blog in itself I’ll have to write. πŸ˜‰

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I woke with sore hips and bruises but I found out a story I wrote this week and submitted got accepted to an International magazine!!! It will featured in February and I’m so overjoyed!!!! πŸ˜ƒβ€οΈ I have an amazing blogger friend Kelli who encouraged me to submit my story based on a dream I had. So my husband and I went out to celebrate at a lovely Irish pub where I drank beer, ate appies, and toasted to my success. Our kids had a blast with the respite worker who came to look after them. Such a wonderful evening and Ive been on a high all week because of it.

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So here it is Friday and Im reflecting back and thinking life is sweet and it’s
just going to get better and better. Thanks for riding along on my journey. Sometimes it’s a bumpy ride but it’s never a boring one. πŸ˜‰ This is my submission to Ash’s Fridays Feats and Fails of http://www.morethancheeseandbeer.com please pop in and see her week and review and all the other talent that link up. And I’ll share a little secret Ash is almost at 3000 likes on her Facebook page. So hop on over there and humor on that like button. Tell her Jsack Mom sent you and that she’s awesome. ❀️

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Friday’s Feats and Fails

Well it’s that time of week again and what a way to welcome in the new year with the Feats and Fails bonanza. I’ve missed them and I’m so happy to incorporate them again. So onto the champion moments and challenges conquered.
FEAT

Last Friday was Dec. 26 th or in my world, Boxing Day. My family and I traveled to my husband’s aunt and uncles for feast and family visit. It was wonderful to be there as we hadn’t attended since 1996!!! It was especially meaningful as the family suffered a tragedy. And nothing brings healing than to have family together for love and solidarity. It felt amazing to feel the energy in the room, the love was palpable you could almost taste it. ❀️

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I felt stabby towards a family member as my son was getting yelled at and reprimanded by them. I held my tongue and retreated to the truck to gather a gift for my sweet boy to open. It kept him occupied yet I was questioned on my decision. It’s called the holidays sensory children get overwhelmed, it’s best to calm and regulate them quickly. And distraction is the key to doing just that!!! *Note* I didn’t stab anyone with a fork although I felt like it. πŸ˜‰

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I was determined to relax after the mad dash traveling and having my kids out of their comfort zones. We enjoyed our Christmas immensely, there was love, laughter, magic, and snow. But now was the time to relax and let my kids play with all their gifts, as loudly as they wanted. I dived into the new Marco Polo Netflix series, enjoyed some Xbox, reading, and napping.

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I folded laundry but didn’t put one stitch of clothing away! Yeah that’s me back to being my laundry’s bitch again. Sometimes I think it would be easier to burn it all then bitch and moan about it. πŸ˜‰

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We all got dressed and made it to our friends son’s birthday. It was fun to see the kids playing and the adult conversation was just what I needed to get out of my Christmas blue funk. The Olaf cupcakes were so cute and yummy too. 😊

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I have yet to mail my Christmas cards, I know pathetic right? They are officially Happy January cards. I was going to send them out with my annual Christmas letter, but then the kids and I got sick for 3 weeks and that screwed up everything. I also paid to have our mail redirected from our move, thinking it was 6 months when it was only 4. So everyone who did send a card to my old address had it returned. Oh well I’ll be more on the ball next year. πŸ˜•

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Everyone was healthy for Christmas and New Years and I enjoyed some lovely mulled wine that I made. I made some appies, salad, dessert and enjoyed family movie time. My husband had to work the next day so he was in bed by 10 pm. My Mad dog was wired all day with chocolates, cookies, and there was some healthy pasta somewhere in his diet. He finally crashed at 11 pm and the Captain and rang in the new year with Pitbull and his dance party crew. πŸ˜ŠπŸŽ‰

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I’ve spent three days in my pj’s and managed to get a hip injury. Mad dog was getting licked by our friends dog. A very sweet dog full of doggy kisses, so my son pulled back and we both fell on the floor. It hurt like a bitch, but I got us home and have laid on the couch with an ice pack ever since. 😳

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So this brings us to today where this week I had the honour to be nominated for the Inspiring blogger award and I guest blogged for the lovely http://Loorducation.com. I feel so honoured she wanted me to be there on her incredible, creative blog. She dedicates her life to early childhood education, learning, and helping children. I wish she could be my son’s Kindergarten teacher, she cares, loves her career path and lives her passion. I’m so happy that our paths have crossed I feel so blessed to have her friendship in my life.

My own blog reached 1000 likes and I want to thank the amazing Ash from http://www.morethancheeseandbeer.com for having me as part of her weekly linkups. A lot of my traffic came from her website. Thank you to all who have found me, stayed and have followed my journey. I appreciate your kindness, comments, and compliments. Smooches. 😘

This is my submission to Fridays Feats and Fails. Check out what Ash has to say and all the other talent that link up. Thank you. πŸ˜ƒ

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Fridays Feats and Fails

This Friday I’m writing this blog wrapped up in a cozy blanket with a hot chocolate while it snows outside. It’s cold people, -21 with a wind chill factor of -35!!! I’m Canadian and used to the cold but the wind chill factor is new to me. So I’ll be surgically wrapped up in my fleece blanket all weekend as this weather’s supposed to continue. So now on to my week in review!

FEAT

I managed to get all my laundry done and packed for the hockey road trip. I also enjoyed a family movie while joining in for an online tea party. I had my brand new green tropical tea in my sweet little owl mug, and settled down in my cozy Nike hoodie to write some stories from some prompts given by the Brain. Tea parties make me happy, laundry does not. Now for me to not to be bitching about laundry is a feat in itself! Evil bitch nemesis that she is. πŸ˜‰

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I didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before the road trip so I was one tired hockey Mama. I didn’t nap along the way either as I help out with navigating with me and my sister friend Siri. We didn’t even argue this time because it was a straight drive all the way to our destination. With only the turn off the highway to find the arena. I really didn’t eat very well the whole trip or exercise, so I felt sluggish after we got home.

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I cheered on my Captain on the ice to a 20-5 win and took a few pictures, and kept his brother entertained while lining up all the toys to watch the game. They had a great concession at the arena where you could watch the game while watching for your lunch to be cooked. After Mad dog couldn’t sit still and was getting bored, I took him to the playground across the street. We had a lot of fun playing in the snow and testing out every slide there. We were frozen by the time we got back to the arena, so it was so nice to warm up with hot tea before we headed off to our next destination. We arrived at our hotel and Mad dog and I immediately went swimming. It was so wonderful to soak in the hot tub and do a few laps and sing songs in the pool.

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With Mad dog’s sensory condition transitions can be very difficult so a new hotel, town, and traveling can be a lot for him to process. So after swimming I took him to McDonald’s. We sat down to eat as he asked to stay and we proceeded to have our meal. He was tired after the pool and was getting cranky so I was just going to eat and go. He didn’t want to eat he wanted his chocolate milk. I of course told him after he eats he can have it, and that turned into a full blown tantrum!!! I proceeded to pack up our dinner while feeling all eyes on us. I could care less what anyone there thought of me, but I care what they thought of him. So as his melt down escalated I announced “this is my son and he has SPD so take your pictures and stare all you want so you can remember him!” And then immediately left while packing him and our food across a slippery parking lot.

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After we got back to the hotel I finally got Mad dog calmed down and was able to eat dinner and watch some cartoons. I cuddled up with him while he told me he was so scared and I held him tight. I had to remind myself that he was having a hard time, not giving me a hard time. Hubby and the Captain returned and I had Mad dog ready for bed. I settled down to write a blog about how much I love my family. I wrote about my feelings from when my hubby and I were a couple, and how our children joined our lives and made us a loving family. I then set the kids up with a movie and went to hang out with the other hockey parents, and have some me time. Hubby was very encouraging about me being more social and he’d stay with our sons. ❀️

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I was up late that night and came back to the hotel and cleaned up, organized clothes, plugged in electronics, and set my phone alarm and finally went to bed. 7 am sure came early so I was very tired. I got to another hockey game with another win 6-3 for the Captain’s team. I just wanted to go home and go for a nap, but I took the kids to the dinosaur interpretive centre instead. I kept on thinking of their smiles and not about how cranky and exhausted I felt. It was better to think positive as I had a lot of fun, and I took a bunch of pictures and picked up some souvenirs.

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The rest of the week went well I got unpacked from the weekend, and had a 3 hour theatre practice to attend as soon as I got home. I’m actually feeling more comfortable there as I got a costume and a custom made wooden harp made for me. I still get called by my characters name instead my own, but I’m enjoying getting to know people better. I’m new to the party so they still don’t know what I’m capable of yet. So I’ll keep that ace up my sleeve till next year. My Captain has been doing really well at school, with being more social and got his midterm report card today. I’m very proud of his progress and his ability to overcome the bullying he’s incurred. My Mad dog is really growing up too, he’s able to use his words and tell me when he’s upset instead of hitting and biting. And I’ve accommodated him on the days when he just wants to be held and cuddled. I had the honour of being part of a guest blog on http://howmybrainworks.weebly.com. I was so proud that I was able to make my debut and wrote about being thankful as part of the Brain’s cherish the moments. Because really that’s what it’s all about, learning our life lessons and cherishing those precious moments. ❀️

This has been my submission to Ash’s Feats and Fails at http://morethancheeseandbeer.com. Check out her week and all the other bloggers who link up. Enjoy your weekend, and cherish those moments. 😘

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Friday’s Feats and Fails

Well onto to another addition of my week in review. I’m feeling like it’s a fabulous Friday, which is the topic on my Facebook page right now. I love sharing and interacting there, it’s so much fun to celebrate with people through their words and pictures. You
can check it out here if you wish.

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So onto my week, it’s almost December now so everything’s speeding by on the speed of light in my world. So let’s catch up shall we?

FEAT

Last Friday was an epic one as I attended the Fleetwood Mac concert, and crossed off my bucket list seeing them with Christine Mcvie. After a 16 year hiatus she joined them on your. She was fabulous, as was the amazing Stevie Nicks, phenomenal Lindsay Buckingham, and incredible John Mcvie, and rocking Mick Fleetwood. Wow, just wow can those seniors ever rock hard!!! Lindsay had a beautiful quote that he shared and it rang in my ears like bells of inspiration.
“We’re just a band who lived, loved, learned, and grown over the years. And that has made us more connected and prolific than ever. I wish I had videoed it but I was lost in the beauty of his words and spirit ❀️

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Well I was meeting my sister and her friend at the concert, as they were driving up after work. I got to the bank, got McD’s for the kids, (yes I know not the healthiest dinner but convenience and a texture sensitive child made it possible) My family was off to a hockey game so they were dropping me off at the subway. Which my anxious soul wasn’t happy about but I digress, we got lost trying to find the station!!! Do you know what you say to my husband when he’s lost?! Absolutely nothing, not a word, yes I must learn to remember that. 😳 So I quickly texted my friend who lived in the neighbourhood and we found our way. I get on the train, totally out of my empathic comfort zone so I breathe and blog and then I missed my stop!!!!

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Ahhhh the for the love of God and all that’s holy get me to this concert on time!!! Luckily I pray a lot and my plea was answered, and I made it to my destination. I danced, drank, and got lost in the awesomeness of the Fleetwood Mac vibe. I even got to a concert shirt that wasn’t black or white, but a beautiful blue. My hi light was seeing, hearing, and loving the beauty of Christine Mcvie singing Songbird. And then watching Stevie Nicks sing and dance to Landslide. I was in a puddle of tears as my emotions enveloped me.

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I haven’t been very connected to my husband as he’s been sick with tonsillitis and sleeping a lot. I miss him and it doesn’t matter if life is clicking along, if I don’t have my soft place to fall with him I’m incomplete. So after a few expletive exchanges due to my jealousy of him going out last night, and I had to drag our kids to an AGM. We’re due for some alone time, so tonight we have a date with Grim and Constantine and a bottle of wine. I really dislike that green eyed monster when he rears his ugly head. I must do more to keep him in check.

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Well I’m happy to say that my laundry nemesis was my bitch, instead of being hers!!! It feels so good to get all that accomplished before it’s road trip time. I’ve also written over 100 posts on my blog, so here I am doing a happy dance. πŸ’ƒThings are going well for my Captain at school. He’s been playing soccer after refusing to be the referee. He’s a very gifted player and these kids just didn’t want to be the ref. So being the kind of kid he is, he made peace and took the position to end the bickering. But he wasn’t having any fun because kids on a semi supervised playground, don’t always play by the rules. So picking up the Captain and hearing a positive interaction instead of a negative one is super awesome. πŸ˜ƒ And my Mad dog is back to using the potty after a brief hiatus. So now I’ll celebrate with swimming sensory fun, wine, and hot tub time. It’s time for a hockey road trip, making new friends, and getting to know the other hockey parents. I’ve been so lonely lately and interacting lots of social media. So it will be great to have that and some social activity in reality as well. Cheers to a fabulous Friday and a beautiful weekend ahead. 😘❀️

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This has been my submission to http://morethancheeseandbeer.com check out Ash’s week and all the other talent that link up. πŸ˜ƒ

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Friday’s Feats and Fails

It’s that time again when I have to recollect with my “Mommy dummy brain” what happened throughout my week. Well it was a blur my kids were sick, so I slept very little shuffling between their beds and the couch. But here we go, on with the show!

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I’m always so happy when the weekend comes it’s family movie nights and hockey time. I got to see my Captain’s first hockey game. I was so proud seeing him out there practicing all his skills. And even though his team didn’t win I got some great action shots of my little hockey player.

FAIL

The Captain is still very anxious so I’ll be taking him to see the Dr next week. Anything where he needs to do things himself (like get dressed for hockey) I do help him but he gets so angry and herds everyone out of the room. So I have to do my best to keep Mad dog away from him. I can’t handle the screaming matches that ensue between them so I feel like screaming myself. My hubby took him to hockey which is great because they can always have a chat about the Cap’s anger issues.

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I managed to look after my kids between them both being sick it made the weekend fly by. So while they were resting I managed to get more laundry folded, dishes done, and catch a nap myself. Even though being sick really sucks there’s always lots of popcorn, tea, movies, and cuddle time. I even got to sleep in my bed 2 nights out 5 so that was a big bonus.

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With the Captain being home from school we had lots of opportunities to talk. Mad dog got a bit jealous and didn’t understand I needed some one-on-one time with his big bro. So there was lots of jealous fits. He’s so used to having me to himself day in and day out. So it breaks my heart to see him hurting over sharing me. The Captain went back to school on Wednesday and they had outdoor day. So he came home even sicker which I wasn’t impressed about that. And the notice reminder I didn’t get from the teacher till he came home from school. He came out of school telling me got teased in gym class. With further investigation I found out he had also been hit by this kid that was picking on him. I saw red, and looked all over the playground for this brat! I know what this feels like, being bullied, and teased. I was that child and I’ll fight like hell for my sons to not have to endure what I went through…

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While the Captain was home from school for a few days he had a big science project to work on. It was to build a homemade musical instrument out of recycled materials. So we came up with a guitar and the local orchestra will be using the instruments in their next performance. It was really fun to work on this project with him. As we learned a lot about sound projection and volume control. I’ll let you enjoy our awesomeness here.

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I spent more time nodding off then being productive this week. So I was trying to get some work done, but time in front of the computer turned into a snooze fest. I’ll have to work extra hard tonight and tomorrow to catch up before my deadline. I work as a transcriptionist from home. It’s very fascinating work but being more of a “Mombie” than a Mom working I was an epic fail. I seriously can’t even make sense of my notes so that will have to be redone. Blah, blah, blah, this is where melodic violins start playing my pity party song. 🎢

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I had a situation happen where I was totally excluded from a group opportunity. I was so shocked and hurt I just left without a word to anyone. It was a great learning opportunity to show the Captain, that even adults act like mean kids.

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With the Captain being home from school we had lots of opportunities to talk. Mad dog got a bit jealous and didn’t understand I needed some one-on-one time with his big bro. So there was lots of jealous fits. He’s so used to having me to himself day in and day out. So it breaks my heart to see him hitting over sharing me. The Captain went back to school on Wednesday and they had outdoor day. So he came home even sicker which I wasn’t impressed about that. And the notice reminder I didn’t get from the teacher till he came home from school. He came out of school telling me got teased in gym class. With further investigation I found out he had also been hit by this kid that was picking on him. I saw red, and looked all over the playground for this brat! I know what this feels like, being bullied, and teased. I was that child and I’ll fight like hell for my sons to not have to endure what I went through…

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I got everyone’s costumes ready to go. So my hubby’s Fred Flinstone, I’m Bat girl (or as the Mad dog calls me Bat Mom), the Captain’s a soldier, and the Mad dog is a dinosaur. So this brings us to Halloween and I’m sitting here rocking my costume and waiting for trick or treaters. The kids are out with their Dad, and I had my first Halloweener at 3 pm!!! I’m going to playing a new drinking game too for every Elsa princess I see I drink. Try it I’m sure it’s going to be fun. Come on trick or treaters my wine dippy cup hasn’t even been touched. πŸ˜‰πŸ· Happy Halloween dear readers may you get to partake in festivities and even not get to have half of your kids candy. πŸ˜‰πŸ­πŸ¬πŸ«πŸ˜ƒπŸŽƒπŸ‘»

This has been my submission to Awesome Ash’s http://www.morethancheeseandbeer.com. Check out her Halloween costume and all the other talent that link up. Virtual chocolate bars for everyone who does. πŸ’›
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Me rocking it retro style.

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