Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Days 13-16: Thankful for

Day 13-16. On these cold weather, less-motivated days I'm thankful for...
13.  I'm thankful for $7 mascara that is every bit as good as the dept store brand I'd been hooked on for years. This one is a winner too & only $5.
14.  I'm thankful for a sweater or coat that makes an instant outfit. 

15. I'm thankful for dry shampoo & cute hats.
16. I'm thankful visiting family means grandparents making up for lost time with my kids from the moment they wake up.  And I get to sleep in. Past 8. Once to 11! Ahhhh...mazing! (and a bit embarrassing). Pin It

Friday, November 12, 2010

Day 12: thankful for...

I'm thankful
that staying at my mom's house
is like a plate of comfort food
without the calories
(well except when I indulge in the unmatched food of the area)

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 11: thankful for...

I'm thankful my daughter prefers her daddy

I always envied my daddy's girl friends growing up & hoped one day I'd experience it from a different perspective with a daughter.
Her case is a bit more extreme than I imagined
Let's face it: it's a hit to my mommy-ego when I pick her up to console her because she's hurt and she reaches for daddy.
And I feel bad for my husband sometimes, like say an 8 hour plane ride & she'll only sit with climb/jump on daddy.
In the end, I'll take the hit to my ego and his bruised lap eventually heals.
I love it. He loves it. And she's in love.

I figure after the next 18-25 years in daddy's arms, looking up at him like he hung the moon she'll be much less likely to fall for some quack. 
(Speaking of, did you guys catch the "chirps" episode of Modern Family? Cracked me up. See it here.)

PS: She stopped me in the middle of unpacking, holding my camera, asking "picture me, mama?" when she proceeded immediately to sit on the ottoman & pose, how could I resist? Pin It

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day 10: thankful for...

I'm thankful that my son
loves art projects, cooking, & music,
is always up for traveling,
dancing & belly laughing, &

because when I found out I was pregnant with a boy 5 years ago
I wasn't even sure I was cut out to be a mom
and a "boy mom", forget it.
what on earth will i have in common with him?
turns out just about everything. 
(besides yoda, comic books, and bugs)

he's one of my favorite people to be with.
good thing, cause it's 24/7.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 9: Thankful for...

I'm thankful...
that my husband makes such a good pot of coffee
every morning

I became especially thankful for this one morning 
walking into a bible study with a couple of older women. 
I yawned & re-adjusted my slipping purse strap. one lady commented, "tired?"
I explained I hadn't had my morning coffee because my husband had to leave early 
& didn't make a pot like he does every day.
She looked at me and said, 
"I miss that too. He used to make the coffee every morning."
She was referring to her late husband. 
I had no idea.
And became instantly more grateful for my daily cup.
And living husband.
(Not in that order.)

image: weheartit.com
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Day 8: thankful for...

I'm thankful for...
frozen food
especially when the moving truck comes days after you've arrived at your new place
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

7 thankfuls from under the boxes & bubble wrap

Somewhere under all the boxes and bubble wrap is a girl working toward normal but, secretly loving the spontaneity of the in between. 
A week ago we made the three day drive from the South-West to the mid-Atlantic with a 2 year old that could care less about TV sitting next to the 4 year old in endless screen-time heaven! The 80lb lab kept the luggage company in the back and made quite an impression as we traipsed into hotels after dark.

We're making this friendly American city our home day by day with more giggling than melt-downs. For this I am grateful.
Speaking of, here's my list of thankfuls from the first week of November.
I'm hoping to get you 1 each day til Thanksgiving.
And I'm hoping you'll give me grace if I have to compile again.

I'm thankful for...
1. iPhone
how on earth did people find the hotel, good coffee, or keep kids occupied without them?
we fully relied on that little magical device.
2.  Redbox
Does anyone know if it was invented by a road-tripping family? 
Rent one; watch it & get a new one at the next stop. The app makes it easy to find one nearby.
3. Starwood hotels
dog-friendly without fee. comfy beds & good water pressure.
4. Craigslist
sell your house in the place that no longer fits you. 
rent a cozy new one around the corner from everything in the city you hope fits for much longer.
5. Imaginative play & memorable meals on the floor as result of no cable/internet/phone & moving truck coming late.
6. Moving truck arriving. cable/internet/phone installed.
(let's face it #5 crosses from fun to frightening after so long.)
7. Friends that you left behind still just a text away.
you know who you are. i can't thank you enough.
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