I’m back to normal now, but I went through a few really dark days recently. To cheer me up, my friend Mwako sent me two gift cards: one for Build-A-Bear and one for the LEGO store! You can imagine my delight. Not always does sudden depression ease from things like these, but because it had been brought on by a very specific event, it actually helped a lot.
This post is about the Build-A-Bear treat. I really wanted the new Winter Mouse, so I chose to get that with Mwako’s generous gift! It finally arrived today, just as we were putting up the Christmas lights…
I made a wish with the Bear Builder, but if I tell it, it won’t come true!
Here he is. His name is Dickens!
Thank you Mwako for such lovely surprises to get me out of the dumps. It helped a ton!
Yesterday and today I visited my mom. It was a better visit than usual for me, because I was able to talk to my mom about a lot of concern and stress I had regarding her welfare and the future. I’d been keeping it all bottled up for the better part of two years, to the point of having nightmares and it affecting my everyday life, especially recently (this is somewhat related to the “things I didn’t want to go into detail about” in previous posts: basically the stress made it much harder to deal with other normal, everyday stressors).
My mom really listened to me and made me feel like everything is not all on my shoulders and like we can work together to achieve the things we want as a family even if not immediately. For now, we were able to secure another year at her current apartment, if at a much higher rent, unfortunately. But, small victories matter.
I am still stressed but I feel like a weight has been lifted off my chest and I can breathe and focus on my goals again. 💕
Mwako had to leave today. 😔 But before he did, we got to have one nice little goodbye breakfast together! 🌻 Then I was able to catch up on some housework, and in the late afternoon, Christopher and I played with LEGO again. It’s a really nice date night activity, and our partner even joined in for a little while after his nap. 🥰
🌞 First Watch Breakfast 🌞
I had never been to First Watch before! I wish we knew of it sooner. We really miss Metro Diner (ours shut down to become a funeral home, of all things) and this seems to be practically the same restaurant. Very similar menu and atmosphere. I can’t wait to have a little morning date with Christopher here.
I had avocado toast and grapefruit juice. The servings weren’t too big and the meal wasn’t otherwordly or anything, but it was good. I want to come again.
Mwako happened to snap a photo of me getting ready to snap a photo… 😄
I saw my friend off right after breakfast. Then I caught up on my blog and on my chores.
🚉 Date Night 🚉
After that came date night, and more LEGO fun was had! We put together our brand new freight train. Christopher was happier all throughout than I have seen him in a long time.
If I’d known how much he would enjoy this and how we would bond over it, I would have made it a priority in our lives and entertainment budget ages ago. I feel a bit sad in that regard over the lost time, but at least we can make up for it now.
Excited for the first test run!! 🚅
It’s really powerful and fast! 🤯
Here our partner took the controller. The scream is him. That, my friends, is the soundtrack of our lives, every day (and neither my husband nor I could live without it).
After this, they opened a pack of glow sticks that Mwako got for me as a little surprise and began to have fun with them…
I had to admit it looked pretty neat!
All in all it was a really wonderful day. I’m looking forward to having more fun this weekend!
Today Mwako and I stayed home! It was a more relaxing sort of day. After I finished all my chores, we watched cartoons, colored, and made bead necklaces. I also played some Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX while Mwako took a short nap, and then he watched me play for a little while. Below are some photos I took!
🌈 Coloring ‘n Cartoons 🌈
Cartoons and coloring was our first activity! We watched Courage The Cowardly Dog, and Mwako colored giant Bluey coloring pages while I worked on (finally!) finishing my squirrel page:
All done! This page took me forever. Now I have to laminate it.
At this point Mwako laid down for his nap. I played Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, and when he woke up again, he watched me play for a while. Then I did more chores and brought down all we needed to make stuffie bead necklaces!
🌈 Making New Name Necklaces! 🌈
I was overdue to make necklaces for Totodile, Beta, Ludwig, Soufflé, my pyroraptor Fajita, and my incoming polar bear, Igloo. I didn’t manage to finish them all, but I finished a few.
We had juice boxes and watched Franklin while having our fun with beads. Franklin is one of my all-time favorite “kiddy time” shows. Nothing makes me feel so small as watching this cartoon. It is so very lovingly done, and watching it on out giant CRT is a huge treat.
I know this CRT is on the way out, having occasional issues, and I have to say that now that the game room is looking so nice and neat, I really don’t want that to happen. 😞 I feel like I’d rather invest a little to keep it going longer. It doesn’t have the best picture, but it has that special something, particularly in this room.
Here is Mwako’s puppy, Patch, with his awesome new necklace!
And here he is showing off the page that he helped Mwako color:
For dinner I made panko-crusted chicken breast which turned out really good. I’ve started to add a little milk in my egg mixture for breading and the result is amazing. I went to bed fairly caught up with my chores.
Mwako goes home tomorrow, but tomorrow is date night. So it’ll be a day of chores and then spending time with my partners. By Friday I’ll be back to commission work!
Today my friend Mwako and I went to the LEGO store! We got there very early and the store was empty except for this member of the armed forces completely engrossed in the “build your own” minifigs bin:
I guess we are all kids on the inside in the end. Warmed my heart. Maybe he was shopping for his kids but he was so utterly absorbed that I like to think it was for himself.
Christopher asked me to take photos of all the sets I thought he would like. Ultimately I took pics of those and also of sets we could both do together.
The freight train is the one we got!
This one was simply amazing, SUPER high on my list!
These are more up my alley than his. So adorable!
Loved the Christmas sets… I know I’d build the Home Alone one every year!
Here’s a fantastic Star Wars display!
We are VIP members now!
Then it was time to eat! Here are our stuffie friends waiting for lunch with us… 🌈😋🐊🐶
Thai milk tea is here!
Lunch was bao buns. Very delicious! 🥟✨
Now it is time for a nap and some chores. Hope everyone is having a lovely day!
My friend Mwako arrived today for his week-long visit! Today was a calm day, we had burgers for dinner and hung out, but first we went to take care of our friends’ dog and kitties, since they are traveling at this time. Mwako and Soufflé came along!
Here’s some pics of them: Louie, Tammy, and Sienna!
And a cautiously friendly stray in the neighborhood.
Back home, after dinner, we played giant UNO! Christopher thought it was extremely silly and complained a lot during shuffling. 😂
They were very unwieldy but we laughed a lot!
Afterwards, Mwako tried to stack the cards high!
A short moment of triumph before immediate disaster. RIP 💀
Now I am very tired and off to bed. Hoping we can go to the mall and the LEGO store tomorrow!