Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.
-- Eileen Caddy
-- Eileen Caddy
There has been lots of joy and laughter this week, so my entire list will be about things that made me laugh. I am thankful for all of these small moments.
1. The shoes Dyanne found for me.
2. Turken's observation that "Our daddy is the only daddy we know who doesn't have hair." It's because your parents are the oldest amongst your classmates', Dear. One day soon you will have to say, "No, they aren't my grandparents."
3. Giant's costume of choice for this year's Halloween Night at soccer practice.
For those of you who don't live in the US and have never seen the commercial (or you live in the US, but don't watch TV), go here. (It is a commercial that makes COW giggle every single time he sees it, and he's seen it at least 100 times.)
4. The soccer dads who stood around the field and harassed Giant the entire practice. It seems all dads find this commercial to by hysterical, as these guys loved the costume. Every time Giant would run past, one of the dads would yell something out. Perhaps it was, "Jake! What are you wearing?" Giant responded without breaking stride, "Khakis". And when someone yelled, "Jake! You sound hideous!" Giant would yell back, "Yeah, I'm a guy!" I was laughing the entire hour of practice.
5. Cuckoo, who wanted to dress up just like Giant.
|His version. Red shirt, name tag, phone, ball under the shirt to make a beer belly, and boots (because he doesn't own dress shoes).|
They went around dressed like this for an hour before practice. The entire time, no one referred to either of them as anything but Jake, Jake from State Farm.
|His belly was so big, he had trouble seeing the stairs as he walked down them.|
|To quote Giant... "We sound hideous."|
6. Buttercup's school conference. Parent-Teacher conferences at the kids' school are student-led meetings. The child comes prepared to tell us his/her strengths, challenges, goals, plan to overcome challenges, and things parents and teachers can do to help him/her. Buttercup (well, all the kids, really) did a great job coming up with insightful thoughts, until the last bit. When she got to what COW and I could do to help her achieve her goal of higher grades (She currently is sitting on the high honor roll, which means a grade average of 95% or higher) is to get her a desk. She could hardly say it with a straight face. She's been half-heartedly bugging us about getting her one ever since we set on up for Phoenix. The only child with her own room is wanting a place of her own to do her homework, and if she tells her teacher it's what she needs, then we must get it for her. That girl is a sneaky one.
7. The most epic end to a game of War I've ever seen. Cuckoo and I were playing (because it's his favorite game), and he was beating me quite handily. (He had all the jokers and aces.) I had a small handful of cards left when we came up with a war. Three cards down, one up, ended in another war. Three cards down, one up, and we had another war. And then a third war. Which led to a fourth war! I was down to three cards, so we put two down, one up and got A FOURTH WAR!! But since I was out of cards, I couldn't continue. He won only because I had to forfeit. All my cards were taken in one massive round.
8. Introducing Lizzi to Paula Dean and the US's love affair with butter and fried foods. It seems we in the states are the only ones who have state fairs with fried Oreos, Twinkies, candy bars, soda pop, and butter. I think the fried butter put her over the edge. Or perhaps it was the elephant ear.
9. After coming in from getting the mail, having Phoenix see me carrying the new phone book and yell, "The new phone book's here? I'm somebody now!" The boy has never seen the movie, "The Jerk", yet he is able to quote lines from it like a pro. Either it's in his blood, or I quote that movie way too often.
10. Watching the kids playing in the leaves. It is fall, so that means we are back at raking Mrs. G's leaves. While that doesn't make me laugh, the kids can.
Your turn! What joy and laughter have you had this week?
Have a lovely day!
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