I celebrated the day I pumped my own gas.
We were heading home from hockey when the gas light came on. The station by our home had given up “full serve” and I’d found myself driving out of my way to pump my gas…wasting more than was needed but the thing was…I’d just never done it.
And for some reason, I was terrified to try.
The light “dinged” and Spiderman looked at me with his we’re-gonna-run-out-of-gas-on-the-side-of-the-road look…followed by “Come on Mom, we can do this!”
We pulled into the station and I followed the instructions while he encouraged me along…grabbing my cell phone to take a horribly fuzzy photo that for some reason, means the world to me.
Afterwards, we laughed at my ridiculous accomplishment. How, with the help of my children, I was doing all sorts of things that I’d never done before.
The next day, we purchased our very first BBQ and with a great amount of fear of propane and a lighter in my hand…I turned it on! We celebrated another accomplishment over the best barbecued steak I’ve ever enjoyed…along with awesome cheesecake for dessert…and a whole whack of pride!
Sounds silly but the things is, when your life changes and you’re facing discomfort, doing things you sometimes relied on someone else to do becomes a massive accomplishment…one step at a time.
Through the years, I’ve celebrated a great many “little things.” I’ve toasted over drinks with friends, dessert with my kids…and yes, I sat in the parking lot of a gas station with tears in my eyes…laughing my head off…as my son and I high-fived over pumping gas!
Life is about celebrations. Big ones and small. It’s about finding out who we are…while supported by the ones we love.
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A moment I like to celebrate is completing the Rick Hansen Relay, as a medal bearer! 🙂
A moment I like to celebrate is taking my daughter to the dentist for the first time and it going very good
I celebrate sending the kids off to school then sitting and relaxing enjoying a cup of coffee OPA!
I’d like to celebrate losing 110 pounds! OPA!
I like to celebrate my boys birthdays!!!
A moment I like to celebrate is buying my first home
Tickle fights with my kids!
Picking the kids up from school and having them excitedly talk NON-STOP about what they learned that day. OPA!
Small victories, like getting my zipper unstuck. OPA!
Holding a door for an older patron and getting a wonderful smile in return. OPA!
Fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning. OPA!
Impromptu hugs from my kids. OPA!
Find the shoes you’ve been coveting for months on sale AND in your size! OPA!
I like to celebrate sleeping in! YOPA OPA! 🙂
Singing in the rain — Literally! OPA!
Making a baby!
Being able to pay back my parents for my university cost. OPA!
I celebrate with a cup of cappuccino when I manage to get the kids out the door in the morning with no fights and everyone prepared for the day.
My niece’s birthday!
Laughing at my son’s knock knock jokes.
I like to celebrate visits with my granddaughter
Dancing like there’s no one watching!
Letting someone ahead of you in the checkout line.
Teaching my DD how to blow a bubble.
Making a stuffed omelet and having it NOT break when I flip it over.
There are lots of different moments but most recently that I have quit smoking
I’m looking forward to being with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving and October birthdays!!
I like to celebrate the fact that I tried a new food today!
I celebrate the successes of my kids – like when they pour milk without spilling it everywhere.
I enjoy celebrating trying new things in the kitchen. Today I made Maple Apple Muffins!
Watching my daughter grow up.
My Daughters birthday! It’s kind of a big deal!
Yay for your first ever time pumping gas. 🙂
I’d like to celebrate losing 20 pounds!
Coming home and having dinner made.
I’d like to celebrate being married for five years 🙂
I like to celebrate each year that I have been cancer free.
I like to celebrate each day the sun is shining and the weather is still warm this Fall.
I am celebrating cleaning up the kitchen!
Waking up next to the person I love.
Having a relaxing day on the couch with nothing to do!
Settling in for the night with hot cocoa and fuzzy slippers.
Having a good hair day!
My daughter clearing the table without being asked.
Going through my closet and finding a blouse I thought I’d lost ages ago!
Sharing an inside joke.
Finding $20 in an old pair of jeans.
Hearing a song on the radio that brings back a flood of great memories.
Savoring an ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich. Definitley a YOPA-OPA moment.
Getting a handwritten letter in the mail from a friend overseas. Beats email any day!
A long hot shower without anything knocking on the door.
Just enjoying the sunlight coming through the kitchen windows.
Eating Nutella right out of the jar.
My children playing nicely together.
Having a milk moustache… on purpose.
Playing peekaboo with my son!
Pushing myself to go an extra 5 min during my morning run.
My son coming home full of stories about what he learned at school. I love that he loves to learn!
Watching my kids grow and thrive every day.
My neighbour bringing over a huge portion of lasagna for us to enjoy. She’s the best!
Doing the dishes with DH. We talk about our days while the kids are upstairs.
My son being potty trained!
I like to celebrate my sons good grades in school 🙂
Taking an illicit catnap in the middle afternoon.
My toddler making fishy faces to our fish tank.
Not having morning sickness anymore!
Having my youngest potty trained. No more diapers, woo hoo!
I like to celebrate an event that happened in 2007.As a single parent, I packed 2 kids in the car (12, 7 year olds) , a GPS and took a road trip to Rochester NY (yes, a hockey trip!) . I had never drove that distance myself before, never drove the I-95 myself. Although the trip came with many trials and tribulations, that I could write an entire page about (but I’d rather share over a bottle of wine someday), I take great pride in the fact that I did it!