High of this week so far:
Did anyone else happen to notice that the This is Us Season 6 premiere came out on Tuesday night???? 😃😃
We watched Seasons 1-5 this past year and loved it, so I was very excited for this. This is probably the first time I have excitedly awaited a new episode of a show on “real” TV since like, American Idol 10 years ago. Hahaha. We just watch such little live TV anymore! (Not live, but you know what I mean- network shows, in real time). I also went through a stint ~5-6 years ago maybe where I watched The Bachelor for a couple seasons, mostly because my best work friend sucked me into it and wanted me to watch so we could compare notes about who would get kicked off.
There is something very fun though about waiting for a new episode! When it ended, I joked to Ivan, “Click next episode!!!! Come on!” Lol. Obviously couldn’t do that… We are so used to the instant gratification of “binge watching” things now that this honestly felt kind of funny, yet refreshing. It’s nice to slow things down sometimes.
Last night we finished the final episode of Atypical on Netflix. We blew through this (4 season) series in a remarkably short amount of time. I’m going to claim that it’s because the episodes are short- only ~28 minutes or so. But we also had some serious binge watching sessions over Christmas week. I think one day we watched like 5 episodes in one sitting! We both LOVED this show so much. Funny, yet touching and inspirational too. (But definitely plenty of adult humor/ kind of inappropriate type stuff too, just fyi. Not for kids.) I don’t know if they are making more?? I hope so. The characters are so great.
Low of the week:
I filled out a form yesterday to officially withdraw Asher from piano lessons. (CUE MASSIVE SOBBING FIT FROM ME.)
Yes, it’s true. After much, MUCH discussion as a family, with his teacher, and the music school director, we finally decided to pull the plug. (Or I should say, we finally agreed to let Asher pull the plug, as he has been begging to for months (maybe over a year?) now.)
I won’t get into all the details, but the gist of it is: He says he hates the piano. He doesn’t like practicing, he doesn’t like going to lessons, he doesn’t like his teacher…. 🙄, he doesn’t care if he gets better….
It has come to feel like a seriously losing battle, one that sort of emerged slowly over the last few years. He started private lessons right when he turned 5, so he has been doing this for quite a while! We went back and forth a million times- I feel like everyone knows an adult who “used to play piano, but quit, and now says, “I wish my parents hadn’t let me quit!!!””.
So we tried, and tried, to push him to continue. But it has just become too difficult for everyone. He just does not like it.
This is hard for me personally/ emotionally, because I LOVE the piano. Like, I LOVE LOVE LOVE to play the piano. Up there in my top 3 things to do with my spare time. It is soooooo fun. I love everything about it. So I can’t wrap my head around how he doesn’t?
But I have to accept the fact that he is not me. And, he is interested in many other things and activities, so it’s not like he is going to just sit around like a bump on a log. (He also plays percussion in the school band, so at least he’s still getting some musical instruction in somehow.)
It still is sad though. It’s hard to know if we’re making the right choice, but it was feeling like WAY too much of a struggle. It just didn’t feel…healthy anymore, almost. The idea is to learn and grow and flourish and enjoy it. It shouldn’t be a form of torture! So, we’re done. 😦 (Ivan told him that his one condition is that he still has to play sometimes. Just for “fun”. He can play whatever he wants, but he wants him to keep up the skills he does have. And who knows- maybe he’ll discover a love for it on his own, once the pressure/lessons are gone. ??)
(Also, the good news is- I think we’ve got Ethan in for the long haul. Score one for us.)
Gratitude Challenge Day 6:
Describe the last time you did something nice.
Eek, this was embarrassingly hard to think of!! I think I’d say though last week, when Asher was supposed to get picked up for swim practice in carpool. It was snowing a lot, and we live pretty out of the way from the mom who was driving that night. I realized I had to pick Ethan up from basketball practice anyway shortly before swim started (their school isn’t too far from the pool), so I texted her and said that I would just drop Asher off at the pool myself. (This added time to my night, plus driving extra in the snow, but it was less of an inconvenience for me than it would be for her.) Asher asked why I did that, if it was her turn to drive carpool! And I said, “Well, just to be nice! This helps her out, and anyway, it’s not that big of a deal.”