If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.
-- Rabbi Harold Kushner
-- Rabbi Harold Kushner
1. I am thankful for the time and weather which allows me to get outside with the boys to burn some energy (theirs) and burn some calories (mine). Two of the kids have had after-school activities, which leaves us waiting for 30 minutes or more after picking up Giant. On the rainy Wednesday, there was a pocket of no rain at the time we could use it, and yesterday it was cold but bright and sunny after school. Perfect.
2. I am thankful for the unpredictable thoughts of/conversations with 4 year old Cuckoo. I'm just going to give you a list of some of the gems he's dealt me this week.
Standing next to one of the big kids: "Who is taller, him or me? Heads don't count."
"I want to be Spiderman, so I drew on my arm."
As the kids got situated in the van in order to leave the house, I intentionally hit the gas to make Star stumble and fall onto Phoenix. As the kids and I laughed, Cuckoo calmly inquired: "Did you run over Hershey?" (Hershey is Cuckoo's favorite dog.)
After a looooong conversation over several days about animals that eat people, (in which I actually said, "Most lions have never tasted a person.") Cuckoo said, "A giraffe doesn't eat people. Know how I know? They don't have big mouths. (Make sure you pronounce that "th" in mouth like it's a "v".)
Four times in one hour in the middle of the night he called to us from his room. The first time, I expected him to tell us he had a nightmare, thanks to all the people-eating he's been obsessed with lately. But no, seems he's moved on to a new neurosis: "THERE IS A LADY BUG IN MY ROOM!!" Four times. No big, scary lady bug to be found.
|"Mommy, look at all these beautiful purple leaves! Can I take one home?"|
The boy keeps life interesting, that is for darn sure.
3. I am thankful for quick, easy, kid-friendly meals posted by blogger friends. My pal Julia posted an idea for chicken cordon bleu wraps, knowing my kids love chicken cordon bleu. I don't know if you've ever tried to make chicken cordon bleu (I really hope you are pronouncing that in your head with an exaggerated, botched French accent), but it is a bit of a hassle. She has rocked my world, making wraps that have the taste the kids want without the hassle of making them. All six kids and COW gave it a thumbs-up. (Minor change: She used chicken fingers, I used chicken off of a whole chicken I had cooked earlier in the day.)
4. I am thankful for the two CDs Lizzi took the time to put together and mail to us. For some reason, I had gotten out of the habit of playing music at home. We listen to music constantly in the car, and we used to at home, but with the big kids listening to their iPods, I just didn't think about turning it on. With these two CDs, music has once again entered our home. The little boys and I have been rocking it out, and I realize how much I missed it.
5. Speaking of music, I am thankful for grocery store owners doing their in-depth research to come up with music to play depending on the folks who are in the store at any given time. (Did you know stores did that? It's true.) The other day, this song was playing:
Besides the fact it is hysterical that they are playing "I Will Survive" during a time when the only people in the store are moms trying to shop with kids and old people, how can a person not be happy when listening to this song? Sure, I may throw an extra item or two in my cart, just because I'm so happy, but it's worth it. Those sneaky, brilliant grocery store owners...
6. I am thankful for grandma-types who appreciate happy people. I may have broken out into a wee bit of a dance while pushing the Cuckoo-carrying grocery cart through the aisles. At one point I passed an older couple. The woman gave me a funny look and said, "All I have to say is Get down!" Back atcha Grandma!
7. I am thankful for lovely people who give me chocolate. As I waited in the school pick-up line, the PE teacher came to our van with a big bowl of our family's favorite dessert in all the world. PE Teacher owns a catering business, and we've used her many times for a variety of events. Well, a friend of ours had been to her house to fix a piece of siding, so she made him a dessert. While at it, she thought, I bet (the coop boys) are wanting some, too. How wonderfully thoughtful is that? Sure, she said it was for the boys, but she totally meant to include me. (Buttercup doesn't seem to get nearly as excited about it as the rest of us.)
|There's brownies mixed in that there bowl of heaven.|
8. I am thankful for my Bible study group. While we haven't actually studied the Bible in a while, we have become a lovely group of friends. The best part is our kids are all the best of buds and play gloriously while we laugh and chat and simply enjoy each others' company. With so many of my friends having older children (the ages of my big kids) and leaving our elementary/middle school, I needed some friends who have children the ages of Turken and Cuckoo. Sure, these ladies are the age of babies compared to me, but they are wonderful women who make me laugh and think and feel good.
9. I am thankful for our big van. Because of it, I am able to take a variety of kids home when their parents need some logistical help. We have become somewhat of a bus this week, making our varied pick-ups and drop-offs, but I am happy to do it. So many people help me out at the drop of a hat, I'm thrilled to be able to do the same for others.
10. I am so, so thankful for Turken's fabulous outlook on life. Two examples from this week:
(1)I told Turken that the next day's agenda included his dentist appointment and some leaf raking. He responded, "That is going to be the bestest day ever!" Befuddled, I asked why he was looking forward to those things.
"At the dentist, I get a new toothbrush, and at Mrs. G's I get to jump in leaves."
(2) In PE this week, the kids are learning how to juggle. After school I asked Turken if he now knows how to do it.
"I know how to juggle, I just don't know how to catch."
Turken's theme song...
Aaaaaaand that's a wrap.
What good have you found this week?
Have a lovely day!
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