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Week in Review

Well, the sun finally came out. I’m sitting in Starbucks writing out this post and the sun is pouring through the huge front window and it’s gorgeous in here. When the sun shows up after being gone so long it seems to transform the way we see things. Like sure, we see the dusty shelves and cookie crumbs but the big booty that walked in looks luscious, not messy. The normally mousy brown hair hangs healthy and full; it swings around her shoulders like a dancer. The dull, dehydrated eyes from a night of drinking sparkles with the memories past and possibilities ahead. The moon may be magic, but the sun gives it life.

And that, my friends, is my introduction to this week’s Week in Review hosted by my gorgeous friend Meghan from Clean Eats Fast Feets.

I brought Jake to the oral surgeon on Monday morning at 8:30 for a consultation for his wisdom teeth. Callum taught the waiting room a lesson or two and by the end of the appointment I think we were all ready to suck back some pain medication.

I tried to get Callum’s hair cut last week but he lost his shit in there so we re-booked it for Tuesday morning before the store opened but by the time Tuesday rolled around, I just couldn’t do it to him. I could tell that he was already feeling a bit sensitive about things and it was just bad timing. So I ended up sitting with him on the bathroom counter and I gently trimmed around his ears and the nape of his neck and then he was happy to play in the bathtub once we were done. Not a perfect hair cut, but that morning in particular, peaceful was greater than perfect. Check it out!

I took Katie and Callum to see the movie “Sing” on Tuesday. I really thought Callum would have lasted longer than ten minutes. Nope.

I got to take Freddy to soccer on Wednesday without Callum, though! We played gangster rap and lived on the wild side, driving 35 minutes to his practice on an empty tank of gas. Quite exciting.

I had to do some errands at the mall and Callum steered us straight toward Purdy’s chocolates for ice cream.

My whole week was made when I checked the mail and found these mittens mailed to me by my friend Una! You can’t see it but inside each mitten is lined with fleece so that they’re extra warm and soft. I swear it’s the things like this that make life worth living. I gut it out day by day, hour by hour and sometimes I feel so alone. But then something like this will happen and I’m reminded just how much I’m not. We’re not.

When the sun finally came out on Friday, I packed Callum’s little backpack full of snacks and drinks and we pretty much went from park to park, trail to trail, spending as much time as we could in the great outside. At one of the parks there’s a thing that I use as a chin-up bar to test my strength (or lack thereof) and it was only about a year ago that I could even do ONE. And now I can do two!! I videoed it to show you guys but Callum stole my thunder. Toddlers keep us humble. I love how you can see my boots peeking out behind his grin!

I love that kid.

On Saturday Andrew took Callum to Kylah’s basketball tournament so I blissfully spent the morning running with Lora while Katie and Lora’s two boys hung out. Then I tore around town and got as many errands done that I could while I was toddler-free and then watched Freddy’s soccer game.

Look at those (blurry) mountains!

I’m not sure why he didn’t get called for this!

Sunday was spent with my little man. We walked the trails, said hi to the horse and the goat, threw sticks and pinecones into the river, grabbed some groceries and then came home to paint with watercolours and have a big ol’ bubble bath. Pretty much a toddler’s dream day.

My dad sent me this comic and I knew you guys would appreciate it:

Has the sun come out in your life lately, literally or figuratively? Do you feel like it gives a more hopeful slant on things?

Have you ever raced a downhill race?

Yep. Tuscon. Hated it.

Have you ever run out of gas?

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  • Meredith @ the cookie chrunicles January 23, 2017, 1:01 pm

    lol love that comic. So funny. And love callum’s haircut. You did a great job. The sun isn’t out today because there’s a bit of a storm but it’s not snow so I won’t complain!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 23, 2017, 2:18 pm

      Oh, anytime it’s not snowing is a good time. January and February are such tough winters months to get through. The sun is out all week this week and I could literally weep with emotional relief.

  • Amy Lauren January 23, 2017, 1:05 pm

    I haven’t raced a downhill race because… you need hills to have a downhill race ;). However, I do the Bridge Run each year which is straight up a bridge then straight down. I’m worried about this year since I messed up my IT band running that bridge in November and will be running the race in April, so I’m only training uphill on the treadmill right now. I don’t think non-runners (or even some runners who run but are not “racing”) realize how much damage you can do to your quads on a downhill course!

    You had a crazy busy week with the kids. I don’t know how you juggle it all and still manage to train so much!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 23, 2017, 2:17 pm

      It’s so funny to me to think that the only hills some people have in their city are bridges! That’s cool that they do a bridge race. And yes, downhill races are NOT COOL. I’d rather run uphill any day.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run January 23, 2017, 4:06 pm

    Your strength training is paying off! Callum is a stunner!!!!! 🙂 I have never run out of gas, I am terrified of it happening because it would be such a HUGE AVOIDABLE inconvenience. Weren’t you scared???

    It hasn’t been sunny here in sooooo long. This past week has just sucked balls for me. A lot of people have been freaking DYING at my school district. We need some good news. A teacher asked me when something happy was going to happen and I said, I think we are supposed to make our own happiness lol. I have been angry lately. The new president… I am trying to be engaged, but being engaged makes me ENRAGED. But I can’t hide my head in the sand. I think I need to run for office.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 23, 2017, 7:19 pm

      I don’t get scared of normal things like heights or dying or snakes. I love snakes and I love heights but maybe not dying. I have too much shit to do here first. I don’t blame you for being angry lately. Do you know what I learned in all my five zillion years of psychotherapy? That anger is a secondary emotion. It has to come FROM somewhere. First you might feel hurt, then angry. Or scared, then angry. Or hopeless, then angry. Anger is our spirit’s way of trying to control and make sense of the situation. It’s a fantastic tool if we use it correctly; it can act as a fire behind our butts! I think you’re disciplining your anger in exactly the right way: talking about it, acting against it (going to the march, contributing to fundraising that you support, doing all the things you CAN do that make you happy and promote forward movement) and getting it out (running, petting your cat, I dunno.. shit like that).

      I hope good news comes soon. Xo

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile January 23, 2017, 4:22 pm

    I love all your pics of Callum! And those gloves look amazing. I really hope the sun comes out around here soon- its been so gloomy for days, maybe even weeks? I cant remember at this point.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 23, 2017, 7:15 pm

      Oh I am so sorry to hear that! It puts SUCH a damper on our mood when the weather is gloomy. It feels like a real struggle to be positive sometimes. I absolutely love it when the sun comes out though after a long stretch of gloom. It actually feels euphoric. Emotional. I swear.

  • Gretchen January 23, 2017, 6:35 pm

    I can’t even get past your intro..you are such an amazing writer. You take my breath away!

    I’ve never done a downhill race, but lots of uphill races. I love to challenge myself 😉

    I personally have never run out of gas, but when Dan and I were in college and just starting to date his car ran out of gas and it freaked me out so much. I didn’t know what was going on and it sounded like a ghost got into his car. So weird! We had to walk about 2 miles both ways in the dark but I think it brought us closer together, because we both handled it really well instead of freaking out. Our first mini disaster together!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 23, 2017, 7:14 pm

      Aww you guys are survivors!! Ha ha! I ran out of gas once. I had to hitchhike. Having a ghost in the car is a great description. That’s what it feels like!

  • Aimie C January 23, 2017, 8:24 pm

    The sun has just recently “come out” again in the last few days for me (figuratively, not literally. It won’t stop raining here in nor Cal) I went back home to Canada for Christmas…with my 1 and 3 year old and husband. Not stressful at all traveling to rural Sask in winter, ha! My whole family was there, 2 brothers and their families, mom and step dad who is fighting cancer…so much to be thankful for but I handle stress so bad. It takes me so long to get through it, likes week after we are back I’m finally feeling some feelings..does that make sense? Oh, and whilst in canada, we all got an aggressive 12 HR stomache flu all on different days, then when we got home my 1 year got a bad cold, and then just last week my 3 year old came home from daycare with the runs and we all proceeded to get the poops and pukes last week….AWESOME! So my mood sucked bad…like really bad. BUT, I came out on the other end this past Friday, the girls all felt so good all weekend…got some good runs in again (also, I lost 4 lbs after having the poops so yay for that!!!) I just feel like the funk is lifting and I’m gonna ride this happy train and try hard to not let anyone pull me off.
    So that was a long answer but I jut feel so good after my near death experiences with the flus in 3 weeks that I am happy to fee normal and that feels good. And my girls sense the happy and are acting happier so there’s that.
    I almost run out of gas on a regular basis..my vehicle is on empty as we speak. My husband does this to his truck too. Maybe we are lazy? Who knows..just hate stopping for one more thing when I’m headed home or somewhere so I push it to the limit.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 24, 2017, 9:25 am

      There is nothing worse than sick kids. NOTHING. I feel so much for you having to go through sickness like that all while dealing with the emotional stress of traveling and family and all that stuff. I’m glad you’re starting to feel the sun peek through. Okay and usually there’s one person in a relationship that will drive the vehicle past empty and then the other person will fill it up as soon as it hits the halfway mark. Ha ha!!! Crazy kids!

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe January 24, 2017, 3:45 am

    You know I did Phoenix.
    I really hope my kid is as adorable as Callum. Troublemaker for sure, but just freaking awesome.
    You are my sunshine.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 24, 2017, 9:20 am

      Oh yes that’s right… Pheonix is downhill! I forgot about that!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets January 24, 2017, 12:00 pm

    I want to know what lessons Callum shared at the dentist.

    His haircut looks fabulous, and I’m sure he appreciated being spared the torture of clippers.

    10 minutes…and you paid full price for the tickets…that stinks.

    I love your mittens. They make your hair glow. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 24, 2017, 5:01 pm

      To not bring toddlers to the dentist.

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