“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
1. I am thankful Cuckoo's injury wasn't worse. When a heavy, metal stool fell on his itty, bitty toes, I thought for sure the bones would be shattered. After a trip to OrthoIndy for some x-rays, I was happy to hear that no shattering took place. As it was explained to me, there was no clear proof anything was broken. However, his 4 year old bones are still so young, they can't know for sure. They fitted him with a boot and sent us on our way. If he isn't healed in 2 weeks, we have to go back.
|The only benefit of a foot injury: wheelies in a wheelchair.|
|He wasn't keen on me taking a photo of him in the boot. This is all I was allowed.|
3. I am thankful for the new friends Phoenix is making in high school. One came over to work on a project and got snowed in. I had never met him or his parents before, so there's always some fear of who will be showing up. This kid was so polite, not rambunctious, put his dishes away, and pushed his chair in when he left the table! He made eye contact when I spoke with him, and actually seemed comfortable doing so. And, it was no Eddie Haskel kind of talking, either. Oh, AND, the boys were all asleep (there was a third boy here that we've known for years and years) by 11:10.
4. I am thankful for our safety. We had some nasty weather blow through from Thursday afternoon through Friday night. The roads were snow and ice covered, and there were lots of accidents and slide-offs around town. We managed to make it to and home from school and work both days safe and sound.
5. I am thankful we didn't get stuck in our driveway. Seven inches of snow has been known to give COW fits. By positioning our cars properly in the drive before the really bad snow started, we were able to get out without a hitch. No digging out of snow banks this storm!
6. I am thankful affordable clothes. COW's firm has a black-tie optional Christmas party every year. This will be our 9th one. I have rotated the same three dresses through these parties and various weddings of people in the firm. It was time for a new one. I managed to find one for a good price in less than an hour. Now all I need is shoes... Buttercup needed a dress as well for her Christmas program. (I do look forward to the day when the kids stop growing and it isn't such an emergency to find clothes that fit each year.) After school one day, we headed to the mall, where we found a cute dress for $20. I even let her get an accessory since she found one on such a good sale.
7. I am thankful for the boys who suffered through the dress shopping with no fuss at all. I had them each bring a book to read, so while Buttercup looked and tried on dresses, they sat in couches or against a wall on the floor, depending on where we were, to read. I couldn't believe how well they did. All but Phoenix was with me, and not one bickering match, not one wrestling match, not one display destruction occurred.
8. I am thankful for DQ mini blizzards. Since they all did so well shopping, I surprised them with some mini Blizzards. A little treat that didn't break the bank.
9. I am thankful for family stories that help explain current behaviors. I was talking with my mom today about the Nerf cannons (she read yesterday's blog post) and somehow the conversation turned to the fact I always get along with old people. We laughed about the time I asked to take basket-weaving classes. It was me and 10 old ladies in a classroom one night a week, weaving baskets. I remember the classes, and remember enjoying them, but my mom said I would come home to tell her all about the fun I had and the stories the women had told me. She also said I always got along well with the elderly, then told me a story of which I had no recollection. When I was 10 years old or so, she was going to a nursing home to help residents write Christmas cards. I was the only kid who agreed to go with her. Apparently, I was quite comfortable at the nursing home, chatting everyone up. I even helped one woman write a letter. Here's the thing: Buttercup has a special way with the elderly. I have always said she would do well to work in a nursing home. When COW's grandpa was alive, Buttercup would sit by his side for hours. She goes to work with COW's mom any chance she gets. (His mom is a physical therapy assistant in a nursing home.) I have the same thoughts about my daughter that my mom had about me.
10. I am thankful for sunshine. After so many days of cloudy and foggy and snowy and icy, I am thrilled to have a bright, sunshiny day today. Icicles are drooping off of roofs. The ice and snow on the roads is melting. The van is warm without even turning the heat on. And best of all, as Cuckoo said, "I can see all the sparkles in the snow!"
11. I am thankful for COW's not only willingness, but initiative, to do things with the kids. This morning, he took Buttercup and a friend to a fancy gingerbread decorating event downtown. He heard about it, he made it happen, and he invited Buttercup's two best friends to go along. She had an absolute ball. And she got to wear her new dress.
|Nice hat, no?|
|Giant is way in the back in orange. You can see Cuckoo running on the cement. That is Phoenix in the foreground, but he could only help for about half an hour.|
Your turn. What are you thankful for his week?
Have a lovely day!
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