I'm glad to be home this weekend. I'll be able to do this blog hop the way it should be done!
On to the list...
1. I am thankful for car pools. Phoenix has begun high school soccer practices at the high school, which is 30 minutes away if I don't hit too much traffic, so I called a friend to see if she wanted to carpool. Fortunately for me, she had already made plans to be at the high school to meet her oldest daughter and exchange grandkids most days, so I only had to drive out there twice all week.
2. I am thankful for Giant. While all my kids are very good at helping out around the house if I ask them point-blank, Giant is the only one who is really good about jumping in without being asked. I have been doing a lot of driving kids around this week, plus quite a bit of canning. That boy emptied the dishwasher without being asked at least three times. He peeled potatoes. He did the hot water/cold water thing to the tomatoes to get them done faster. Every time I turned around, there he was, helping out. He made the week so much easier.
3. I am thankful for hand-me-downs. We went through the box of uniforms in preparation for school starting. Between the clothes worn by older siblings and clothes given to us by other families, I will have to purchase a grand total of 0 shirts, 0 shorts, and 6 pairs of pants. (Boys and pants do not do well together. I rarely get to hand those down until they are older and don't go to recess. I swear, they play harder and more recklessly in pants than shorts. Their pants come home all torn to shreds, yet when they wear shorts, their knees are just fine.)
4. I am thankful for friends who like tomatoes. I don't know why, but COW planted cherry tomato plants again. He is the only person in the house who eats cherry tomatoes, so we are buried in them. I hate to waste food, so the other day, I packed a bunch up in baggies and took them to soccer practice. They were gone in seconds.
5. I am thankful for Facebook. Ugh. Can't believe I'm saying it. My dad is probably yelling at the screen right now, "I told you you'd like it!" I have enjoyed the messaging thing so I can talk to people a bit more personally, and it is great for keeping in touch with my friends who've been transferred overseas. Plus, I'm having fun reading other people's posts. There are some funny people out there!
6. I am thankful for our new kitchen. (If you're fairly new here, I might have mentioned the kitchen once or twice back in November and December and the big reveal in January) This new kitchen has made canning sooooo much easier. The process doesn't take up the entire kitchen, so the kids can be in there with me. Even making lunch while I work. Sure, it still took me four hours to get all the potatoes done, but it was a much more pleasant experience.
7. I am thankful for the end of construction. The county decided to put a roundabout in at the intersection where the soccer fields are. For months, we haven't been able to get around from one side to the other without driving many minutes out of the way. That was bad enough. But add in the fact that my car pool from #1 also lives on the other side of that construction, and that construction becomes a downright hindrance.
Yesterday, as I was dropping one kid off at practice, I noticed they took down one of the signs blocking the road. When I went to pick him up, I saw they were about to take them all down. Instead of doing the usual drive around to go get Phoenix, I sat and waited. I called home to tell Buttercup that I was going to be the very first person to use the roundabout. As she was saying, "Are you actually sitting there waiting?" some jerk came around me and the work trucks to be the first person on the roundabout. I had to be happy with runner up.
Happy I am. Construction is done and my drive time can be cut in 1/300th.
8. I am thankful for Legos. For some reason, Buttercup brought the Legos up from the basement earlier this week. It's odd, seeing as how she has never, ever played with Legos. None of my kids have ever been big Lego fans. (Doesn't mean they haven't been given many over the years.) For three days straight, Star, Buttercup, Turken, and Cuckoo have been building things with them. Elaborate things. The houses are incredible pieces of work. Bathrooms with toilets. Bedrooms with beds and bedside lamps. Buttercup even went so far as to put vents in the floors of every room. My photos won't do them justice, and taking them at night doesn't help, but I don't want to catch heck for not putting photographic evidence.
|She's been to the public pool. This one's private.
9. I am thankful for friends with gardens. There is a family at school with 7 kids. The mom is a superhero as far as I'm concerned. (Want an example? Her father passed away last year, and her mom doesn't like being at home by herself at night. Each and every night, this mom takes one of her kids over to spend the night with Grandma. The child sets an alarm, gets up and eats, gets dressed, and is ready for his mom to pick him up for school at 7:00. They have been doing this for a year!!!)
Anyway, this friend called me and said, "I know your green beans didn't do so well this year. Would you like some?" (Besides learning how to be a better person, she has also taught me many, many things about being a gardener.) Turns out, her beans did beyond well. She has already canned 100 quarts of green beans, and has 5 1-gallon buckets full of them sitting in her fridge. Three rows are just now getting ready to harvest. Guess what I'll be doing Monday?
10. I am thankful for fun kids' music. While I do appreciate (very much so) the music Lizzi put together for me, I can't take it with me everywhere I go. Thankfully, kids' music isn't all Barney and Disney. This is one song I crank up and sing/scream every time it comes on. Educational and catchy.
Now, it is your turn. Tell us what you are thankful for this week.
(For newbies: You will notice the comments on these posts will not be normal. It's more conversation than comment hit and run. All weekend long, co-hosts and contributors keep going back, commenting on other comments and adding to it all. Don't be alarmed. Don't be afraid. Just jump in and have some fun. If you need help translating Clark's, just ask for help. We've all been there.)
Have a lovely day!
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