Sunday, 24 March 2013

Great Expectations

So it has snowed for about three days straight here which is just crazy. This time last year it was all rainbows and sun beams...

Not this year, not right now...


Any Spring that may have sprung has been halted in it's progress...

BTW the following is what happens when I let the boys (I'm including hubby in this) make a snowman without my direct supervision. Is that not the scariest thing you ever did see?
I call him weirdo, he responds only to that name now...

Where was I?

Oh yes Spring not springing...

The only Spring going on around here is the plants that I excitedly and prematurely bought to put in my new front garden (which of course has not been dug yet). They are on my kitchen window sill, springing away like they have no idea...

Bless them...

Anyway I had an epiphany about all this. Some of you who have followed my blog for a while will know that in the winter I go absolutely crazy for snow. Like a child who never grew up I get overly excited when the those pretty flakes start to fall.

This weekend Tim wasn't playing Rugby, we had the whole weekend at home. The snow was deep enough for the usual snowy activities. If this was November I'd be making the hot chocolate and getting out the sledge. I'd be singing from the rooftop about my love for snow. Yet all I have done is moan about the weather.

The only difference between the flakes now and the flakes then is the expectation behind it. I expect it to snow in the winter and it seems magical when it does. Right now I expect it to be Spring and I am looking forward to all that  it brings so I am irritated at those beautiful defiant fat flakes falling to the ground.

The ONLY difference is my expectation.

I am making myself unhappy not the snow.

This is seriously an aha! moment people...

I wonder how many life situations there are in which that is the case? Where it is actually the expectation not the situation that is making me unhappy.

I feel like I need to make a formal apology to the snow...

So I resolved to embrace my old friend the snow like I normally do and enjoy everything it brings.

The moment I embraced the 'expectation' of a great Snow day it all went wrong again. Damn it Expectations! I can't help but feel I'm being tested...

Here's why...
Isaac has an ear infection. Poor boy he's so poorly...


Lucas not to be left out has an eye infection...
Although as you can see medicine is working quickly.

And me? Also not to be left out suddenly I have a throat infection. Grrr. 

No need for a picture of me here I don't want to scare you. But I will show you my drink of choice when I have a cold...
It consists of 


My brother always adds Whiskey but I don't have any. Plus I need to look after two little people not get intoxicated. I'm not sure of the health benefits of adding Whiskey but it always makes me feel less bad about being ill. You know? There's that lovely warm feeling that begins in your throat...

Anyway I digress...

Forget embracing a Snow day (sorry Snow), it's sick day now. And I'm not giving up that easily after my epiphany so we are going with it...

I made a healthy smoothie I found on Pinterest to entice a certain little man with a 
high temperature and no appetite to eat something (as well drinking lots of water).
I'm going to post my version of the recipe soon as it was sooo good...

It certainly did the trick for both of them...
Check out the new play area I made where our too big place where I dumped stuff dining table used to be. It needs refurbishing anyway and the boys are loving this space just for them.

Also I caught Lucas comforting his big brother without any prompting...


Oh hello heart melted all over the floor...

We ate healthy yummy mushroom soup...



And we watched some absolute classics...
Because isn't that the only good thing about being sick? Watching movies all day long...

And just to keep my old friend Snow happy I made sure we had a hot chocolate...

Happy Snow/Sick day everybody. May you enjoy all that it brings...

Or something like that...

10 comments:

  1. So sorry you're all poorly right now! Spring has not yet sprung in Boston either, but now in Oregon it's all around and such a nice change!

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    1. Thank you, were hanging in there x

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  2. Hope everyone gets better soon! Love the little space for your boys...so n ice to have a big window nearby!

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    1. I know I wish I had done it sooner!

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  3. Oh no! Poor boys, I hope they get well soon. But, it is pretty nice to get extra snuggle and movie time when they're not feeling well. I hope Spring comes to you soon!

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  4. Well, I'm sure its not going to make you feel less bad but your pictures are great! Take a cup full of chickpeas (hummus beans), soak them overnight. The next day, put them in a pot of water and bring that pot to a boil. Then let it simmer for an hour or two until the chickpeas are tender. Eat some chick peas first thing in the morning AND DRINK THE BROTH. That works wonders for the throat. Especially if its the first thing you have in the morning. My husband would be all over the whiskey as medicine xx

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    1. I will definitely do this thanks x

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  5. We had snow all weekend too. You are so right about how our expectations change things. This last snow was hard because the week before it was perfect spring weather, so we just expected it to stay nice. Spring always does that to me... aaah! Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for all your nice comments on my blog and I hope your little guy gets better soon.

    p.s. that snowman is hilarious!

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