We had a busy weekend. We ALWAYS have a busy weekend. But this one in particular was jam-packed full.
Thursday night, Sawyer had her first swimming lesson. I wasn't sure how she was going to be, since she has recently started being afraid of the water. That's why we wanted to get her into lessons, to nip the fear in the bud. It is parent/tot lessons, which means that one of us has to go in the water with her. Since Geoff is more afraid of the water than she is, that means it's me. Now, I am not thrilled about being in a bathing suit in a room full of university students, but I would do anything for my kids, including subjecting myself to a humiliating situation. It went pretty well. A lot of the kids cried at first, which freaked Sawyer out. They got over it quickly, she didn't. Eventually though, I got her walking and running in the water, going through a tunnel, and "jumping" in (she didn't really jump so much as lean her way in, but it's a start!). By the end, she was having fun, and so was I.
We left swimming, went to McD's for dinner (as is tradition) with my dad, who came to watch. He always watched Sebastian's lessons, so he was excited to see Sawyer do something. From there, we went and checked into Great Wolf Lodge. We had taken part in the charity fundraiser car wash they do in the summer- $100 car wash gets you a night stay and 4 passes to the water park. We had to use them by October 7th, so this was our last chance. Sebastian Geoff and I have been a couple of times now, but this was the first time Sawyer had been to the water park. When we checked in, we found out they had upgraded us to a Wolf Den room. I had no idea what that was, but was super excited to be "upgraded". I have never been upgraded before. I kinda liked it.
The Wolf Den turned out to be a super cool room, with a little fort-type area for the kids to sleep in. It had bunk beds, a TV in the corner, and a cool mural with wolves, humming birds and other cool things. Both kids loved it. We spent the first night at the arcade. Both kids got $20 in tokens, and Geoff and I walked them through the arcade, picking cool games and helping them play. Sebastian is funny. Because of his autism, he gets overloaded very easily in those types of environments. Instead of getting crazy, he goes the opposite way, and shuts down. I think it is a self-preservation mechanism. It helps him deal with the stimuli one at a time, when he tunes out everything else, including Geoff and I.
|Poppin' the corn.|
|Sawyer and the fire truck.|
We headed home, unpacked a bit, tidied up, and then got ready and headed out for Sawyer's gymnastic lesson. Now, before you think I am some crazy mother that puts her kids in everything, I don't. I think we have covered previously that I am inherently lazy, and i don't like commitment and organized sports. But I want the kids to have opportunities to experience different things, and have some fun, and with Sebastian, the programs are limited and few and far between, so I have to take what I can find, when I can find it. Right now, each of them are enrolled in two things- Bastian has his social skills group on Tuesdays, and he is starting gymnastics on Saturdays in October. Sawyer has swimming on Thursdays and gymnastics on Friday.
Gymnastics was good. Geoff was going to do it with her, since I have to do the swimming, but she freaked out and wanted me for some reason. So I got the pleasure of getting all sweaty, hauling her all over, boosting her onto balance beams etc. But I also got to see her freak out with joy when she finally got her turn on the tramp, and got to play boat, and get bounced all over hell's creation. So, it was a good time.
After that, the kids went to my mom and dad's to sleep over, and Geoff and I went out with friends to the Welland Food Festival. Good times. Had beers, watched people get humped (they would trip over the hump that hid all the cords and we would laugh hysterically, like we were 12 year olds). There was this band playing- no idea of the name- but it should have been called "Ipod Shuffle". They just played random shit, no rhyme or reason to it. Shakira, followed by Duran Duran, followed by Kanye. I did enjoy their unwitting tributes to Glee, and Kevin would get pissed each time I asked them to "Glee it up!!". They even had an awesome keyboard guitar. They were horrible and incredibly awesome at the same time.
We all bought flashing black bunny ears (I don't know why, but it seemed like a great idea at the time) and of course, everyone had to have their turn wearing them.
|Dirty, sexy bunnies.|
|Chelle and me.|
|Teresa and me|
|Kevin and I playing nice after our dance off. He mastered the side to side, I did the sprinkler.|
Wow. That was just Thursday and Friday. I will do Saturday and Sunday, later.
OK, Saturday. Got up, went and got my hair done. I had thought about doing white streaks with dark, but it would take too long to strip the colour out of my hair. So we went with copper highlights this time, and next time, we might sew in extensions. Unless of course I see something different that I want by then. :) I love changing my mind.
After that, came home- some drama. Not getting into it here. Took off later in the afternoon, did some scouting for photography, and went to the Food Festival- AGAIN. Took the kids. Sebastian got a gluten free sausage, I got ribs, Geoff got pulled pork, and Sawyer had baked potato soup. We went back to the car, and had a little picnic. It was actually really fun, and the kids had a blast. It was rainy and cold, but we almost always have a good time when we are together.
Today, we had an early morning appointment with the couple that we are shooting for their Halloween wedding. We went through our contract, and some of our ideas, and got to check out the venue. The meeting went well, and both Geoff and I walked away with a good feeling about it. It is a bit out of our comfort zone, since we will be primary photographers for the event, and that is a lot of pressure, to perform, to be creative, and to be a smart business person, make contacts and present a good product. Hope we can pull it off. After that, we had the yum, yum, yummiest brekkie at Cora's.
Once we headed home, I pulled out the Thanksgiving decorations and did it up a little bit. I have way more Halloween stuff, but that will come out next week. We tidied up a little bit, played with the kids, watched some TV, and just chilled inside, out of the rain. Once the rain broke, we headed to Welland, one last time. This time we got to try more stuff. I had a pulled pork crepe (AWESOME) and a chicken enchilada- really good. Sebastian shared the chicken with me and got more sausage. It can be really hard to find stuff for him to eat at these types of things, so chicken and fries are our usual go to. Geoff had some jerk chicken and fish and chips, which he enjoyed. Sawyer had roasted corn, which she DEVOURED. It was actually pretty hilarious.
|Sergeant Sawyer, reporting for duty.|