Nov 18, 2012

30 days of gratitude--twelve days worth

  1. Krispy Kreme.  I am not ashamed to admit that PJ and I just spent at least 35 minutes in a drive through line waiting on some of the most heavenly donuts ever made.  Thank you, Krispy Kreme, for bringing your HOT NOW sign to RH.
  2. Thank you, PJ, for lowering the crib mattress just. in. time.  When I went to get Colin out of bed Saturday morning, he had pulled up to his knees in his crib, and my sweet husband immediately took that whole dang crib apart (of course, there's no easy way) to drop the mattress.  Colin was standing up by nap time.
  3. And also, YAY for pulling up!  Go, Colin!
  4. I'm so thankful to work in a place where people care for others.  I'm offering up a custom version of this dress in a silent auction at my school tomorrow; the proceeds will go towards providing Christmas for needy students.
  5. Scarves.  Because I'm not really a fan of sweaters or boots or cold weather in general.  
  6. Thank you to my awesome friend who recommended that I read The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O'Farrell.  I couldn't put it down, and I couldn't stop thinking about it after I finished.
  7. My dad also deserves a big THANKS for babysitting on Friday night so that PJ and I could go on a date.  We had pumpkin beer and fried black eyed peas for dinner (fried black eyed peas?  who knew?) and went to see...
  8. BREAKING DAWN PART II!!!  I am a Twilight nerd.  I have seen all the movies and read all the books (and I might also own them...all of them...), but I am really thankful that the screenwriters broke away from the plot of the book a bit.  It made the movie so much more exciting and suspenseful.
  9. I am very thankful that I caught a 40% off sale at my local fabric store today because I scored some Tinkerbell and Rapunzel flannel that will make perfect nightgowns for a sweet fairy-and-princess-loving three-year-old.
  10. Speaking of a certain three-year-old, I am really thankful for the songs and stories she makes up on the way to school every morning.  Nothing like a jazzed up Cara version of "Deep and Wide" to put me in a good mood for work. 
  11. I am really looking forward to the upcoming breaks from school.  I am expecting a relaxing, low-key Thanksgiving with extra naps and snuggles.
  12. I am so very thankful for my brother and his service to our country.  I am also really looking forward to him being home very, very soon! :-)

Nov 6, 2012

30 days of gratitude--a day off

I know I should probably say that I'm thankful for the opportunity to vote today, and I most definitely am, but in the short term, I'm really just thankful that I had today off.  Taking care of my little sickie has put me way behind at work, so I'm spending my free time grading today.  It's amazing how much work piles up when I take a day off, and the piles really stress me out.  Watching those piles disappear, however slowly, is quite rewarding.

Day 6:  I'm thankful for democracy and time off.

Nov 5, 2012

30 days of gratitude--the one in which I talk about my boobs

One of the things I have really enjoyed about having little babies, besides the obvious heart-overflowing love and cuteness, is breastfeeding.  There is something so special about the bond created there, and I am so very thankful that I was able to easily nurse both of my little ones.  It's like liquid love, an instant stop-the-crying miracle, a rare moment of peace and calm.  It made taking care of my newborns a little easier, and maybe even a little cheaper.

That's not to say that nursing is without its challenges.  It can be a bit painful, especially right at the beginning (but I'm also very thankful that the uncomfortable part only lasted for a day or two for me), and I'm sure that one of the reasons it took Colin almost seven months to sleep through the night is that I nursed him every time he woke up.  And that whole pumping business?  Not the most fun way to spend a lunch break.  But I'm so glad I was able to work all it all out.  When I went back to work full time, it was nice to think that I was able to "take care of my baby" even though I wasn't with him.

However, (I feel like I'm not supposed to say this out loud, but...) I'm really thankful to be almost done with breastfeeding.  I thought I would be sad to see it go, and honestly, it takes very little to make me feel all sappy and sentimental about my babies, but I realized that Colin still likes to cuddle with me even when we're not nursing.  And he's totally okay with formula.  And he's got two little teeth now, and those little teeth are NO JOKE.

We're taking it slowly, so I don't think we'll be completely done for another month or so.  I have to admit that I'm really excited to have my body to myself soon.  I'm looking forward to adding some regular exercise to my almost-full-night-of-sleep so that I can start to feel like me again.  But what I'm really excited about are those new bras I am most definitely getting fitted for. :-)

Nov 4, 2012

30 days of gratitude--an extra hour

Colin has been under the weather this weekend, poor baby.  He had a fever when I picked him up from daycare on Friday, and he's been running at least a low grade fever ever since.  Last night, his fever felt like it spiked pretty high, and he was obviously so miserable.  PJ and I took turns snuggling him, rocking him, and walking him up and down the hallway for a few hours until his fever broke and was able to fall asleep.  He's still not 100%, but he's definitely on the mend today.  I'm so thankful that he seems to be getting better, and I'm especially thankful for that extra hour last night.

Nov 2, 2012

30 days of gratitude--sweet friends

Cara has formed a very sweet friendship with one of our neighbors.  This neighbor is a single lady of retirement age, but Cara thinks she's one of the coolest friends she could ever have.  A few weeks ago, I got suckered into buying a box of frozen cookie dough from a student (yay, fundraisers!), and when I told Cara about my box of cookie dough, her first thought was "we will make cookies for our neighbor and take them over on a pink plate!"  And so we did.

Our sweet neighbor was overjoyed to have a little visitor, and I was overjoyed too.  It warms my heart in the best way to see Cara develop a caring, generous little spirit.  Of course, our neighbor left Cara a thank-you card the next day.  And the day after that, she happened to be in the yard raking leaves when we pulled in the driveway, and I couldn't get Cara unbuckled fast enough.  "I have to go visit!!!!"  Seriously, it's adorable.

The weekend before Halloween, we came home from a birthday party to find a very special gift on the steps.  

It's a little Halloween house with trick-or-treaters and a note.  Cara was thrilled, especially because it was her turn to write and deliver a thank-you note.

Day 3:  I am thankful for sweet friends who love on my children.

These folks are thankful too:

Nov 1, 2012

30 days of gratitude--making memories

Before I had children, I really didn't get into holidays like Halloween.  Dressing up and begging for candy from strangers is not really my thing, and there doesn't seem to be anything really to celebrate about Halloween.  Having children changed my perspective a bit though.  Cara is at an age where she thinks dressing up is fun, no matter what it is.  She also got into the spooky part of Halloween this year, and I almost died every time she told me a scary story.  I promise, they were more creative than any scary story I can come up with.  When you see a child that excited, it's hard not to join in and have fun.  So, I am thankful for ridiculous holidays like Halloween because they are a really good excuse to be silly and make fun family memories.

There goes my little bat!

Someone please tell my seven-month-old to sit down.

30 days of gratitude--here we go again!

I am in the middle of the most amazing Bible study--a marriage study, actually--but for me, it's going beyond my marriage to my heart on a day to day basis.  One of the early topics in the study (from this book) was nagging and complaining, specifically about your husband, and don't you know that I got on my high horse and said to myself, "well, this chapter isn't talking about me because I don't complain about my husband."  PJ even said that "nagging isn't my spiritual gift," which I took in the most positive way possible, obviously.  But then, I put on my GRIPES BE GONE bracelet and was promptly hit by a truck.  A whining, negative, complaining truck.  It might be true that I do not often complain about my husband (because really, he's pretty freaking awesome), but I very often complain about EVERYTHING ELSE.  You name it, I whine about it.

I really don't want to be a negative person.  Negativity seems to breed more of itself, and that's the last thing I want to promote.  There's plenty of that stuff in the world without my adding to it.  I would like to be a positive person, the one others go to for a good pick-me-up.  An encouragement.  I went back and read some of the posts I wrote in my original 30 days of gratitude series, and it felt good, so good, to remember the uplifting things, even if they were simple.  And so here I am, back with 30 days of gratitude again.  I can always use a little extra gratitude in my life, but it feels especially important this year.

Day 1:  I am thankful for a little purple bracelet that holds me accountable for keeping a positive attitude.  I need it so badly.  

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