The twins turned 8 on November 16th. We had originally planned to hold separate birthday parties, for the first time, on November 17 and 18. Then Boo brought home forms for Cub camp that weekend and we postponed his party until the following weekend.
Pretty decided she wanted a "spa" party this year with five of her bestest friends. We soaked feet, painted toe and finger nails, had mock "mimosas" and made homemade bath salts. The party was a hit and the girls asked if we could do it again.
The following weekend, Boo had his birthday party. He originally wanted a Pokemon themed party; but, since I don't know anything about Pokemon, I suggested he invite three friends and I would take them all to the movies to see "Rise of the Guardians". Boo loved this idea and so we went ahead with that. Unfortunately, only one of his friends was able to come; but, the boys had fun anyway. We started out at our place to have dinner and open gifts and then it was off to the theatre where the boys played in the arcade until it was time for our movie. The boys absolutely LOVED the movie, and I have to say I did too! Such a great story line. I would definitely recommend it for all ages!
Fast forward to the Bigh Change; I've gone back to work FULL time! After nine years at home raising the Twingles, it was time for me to get back into the workforce. The timing was actually perfect as Pickle goes to school in September and Mr. Twingle will be primarily working from home come January. We will only need to put her in daycare occasionally which will be a good transition for school in the fall.Mr. Twingle and I had talked about the idea of me going back to work with the thought that we would wait until January when he'd be home to start looking. All that changed when a posting for my dream job came up.
I'm proud to announce that I am now a Unit Administrator for Girl Guides of Canada! If you've followed my blog at all, you'll know that I am a volunteer with this wonderful organization. I have been a member since I was a girl and I love everything Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada stand for. Providing support to the volunteers in our organization was a logical step for me and even though I've only been in the position a week, I love it! I was made for this job, or maybe this job was made for me. Either way, I feel very blessed to have been the successful candidate for the position. There is something new every day that challenges me and gives me room to grow and build on existing skills...everything I would expect from an ideal job and Girl Guides.
It hasn't all been sunshine and roses though. We are going through some growing pains at home trying to figure it all out. With Mr. Twingle travelling, we've had to arrange daycare for Pickle and after school care for the twins, but so far it's all worked out. Pickle seems to be doing well. She's even taken to napping again. Yes, my child, who gave up her naps before the age of two! I don't know if she's exhausted from the mental strain of the adjustment or because her "fends" are napping too. The only negative I've seen so far is a couple of bathroom accidents which she doesn't normally have. I'm not sure if it's regression due to the changes or if she has an infection. If it continues this week, we'll be making a trip to the doctor to rule out any medical issues.
The twins think every day is a play date with their buddies from Guiding and Scouting, so they've been fine with it. In fact, the days they don't need after school care, they whine about not seeing their friends (insert eye rolling emoticon).
So yeah...it's been a little crazy around the Twingle household and with the holidays only two weeks away, I don't see the crazy settling down any time soon.
I'm just glad I found a job I enjoy and that the kids seem to be transitioning alright, for the most part. The week before I started, the mommy guilt was revving full-force. But now that I've seen the kids are okay with the change, I know I've made the right choice.