Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Super Woman


Tannis really doesn't get enough credit for the amazing stuff she's pulling off right now. This fall, she's had piles of work, which happens in the evenings and weekends. This in addition to guiding two busy (and strong-willed) girls through their first year of homelearning, never mind their gymnastics, skating, Girl Guides and their other informal activities. Oh yeah, and all of that with a demanding one-year-old in tow.

Inexplicably, she finds time for baking, canning and other projects around the house -- like in the past couple of weeks, she replaced our toilet and built the girls a huge dollhouse. And she plays hockey. Seriously, it shouldn't all be possible. And somehow we still get to be friends and lovers while trying to keep this crazy ship afloat. Marvelous!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, and we're pretty proud of her too. She also manages to keep in contact with her parents though distance separates us. Pretty amazing and have been wondering how she does it all. We know you are a huge part of making it possible too. Mama Pearl

Tannis said...

You guys are making me blush, thanks for the kind words.

I do have a lot of fun too. On tougher days I sometimes think about an alternate reality that would involve daycare and sitting behind a desk and it makes me shudder.

Anonymous said...

I think it is great that you have the time and the desire to be such a huge part of your children's lives. I think you both are a wonderful role model for your kids. Do you ever wonder what we did before our kids? Seems like a long time ago.

Kaili said...

She is a super woman! I love reading about your lives and occasionally running into you guys. You know what is truly important in life and live it that way. An inspiration to everyone who surrounds you!
Family is where it's at!
Now go take your wifey on a sweet date!

Anonymous said...

Hi!
Ifff I had half of your energy/ambition I'd feel pretty good. Both of you are such a great example: dedicated & FUN-LOVING parents!------your kids are mighty LUCKY. GOD bless your family!
Aunt Diana

Heather said...

I have half that workload, and somehow wonder why I can't get anything done around here except be mommy. I love being mommy, but it sure would be nice to get some baking done and perhaps something other than KD for supper once in awhile. I definately need some training.

Jeremy said...

I guess nobody was going to weigh in on this one and disagree with the main point of this post, but it's neat to see the support anyway -- thanks for dropping in and leaving kind words. Tannis does indeed have many fans. When this popped up on Facebook, our friend Barb's simple comment summed it up: "I love Tannis".

And Heather, I doubt your workload is only half -- just running the household and managing most of the food is more than a full-time job. To me it sounds like you also do great with the time you have. And not to toot my own horn (or slam your excellent husband), but it probably does make a difference that I work at home and stay very involved in what's happening around here.

I was going to disagree with what you said about training, but maybe some of this stuff does come with experience...Tannis has really become much better at the juggling act of motherhood, and I think she'd say that it was much, much harder the first time around. Not sure training would have helped either...you just figure it out along the way.

Heather said...

True, it is likely an experience thing. I know I am particularly hard on myself - especially when I read about or witness one of those "super moms" in action. I think I'm just having a week of feeling inadequate. Not so much with being a mom - I think I am a great mom - but I feel like all the rest has been put to the wayside... why am I venting? Not sure. I think it's time for bed!

Jeremy said...

Oh, I hear you. We feel the same way pretty regularly around here. Another thing I should have added -- the girls are amazing right now in their independent play and self-directed learning. Ezra takes up most of our time and energy right now, probably much like James does.

Elizabeth said...

You can almost see her cape in that photo.

Tannis said...

I had no idea this thread was still going...

Heather, did you see my facebook update this week regarding horns and a tail? It's not all good, all the time by any stretch of the imagination. I do have a pile of kids but the girls together are less than half the work of keeping Ez on track. It's a stage thing. Also I let the house degenerate into a complete sty so I can do some of the other things. Priorities.

Thanks Aunt Diana & Elizabeth! That cape gets worn mighty thin some days.

Kaili, we had a fantastic brunch date this week at the Cellar Door Bistro.

Heather said...

Tan - Your comment about letting your house "degenerate into a complete sty so I can do some of the other things" has me absolutely laughing out loud! :) Thanks for making me feel more normal. I actually did do some Christmas baking this week (pre-prepped the dough, and did the baking while James napped). It worked like a charm, and made me feel better.