1. I am thankful for friends who make me laugh, even if it is in the middle of the grocery store where people can see me and stare. It all started with this text, which I read while Cuckoo was riding the horse that only costs a penny at Meijer:
My friend, Jen, sent it to me, and as horrified as I was by the haircut her daughter gave herself, I could not stop laughing. I even shed a few tears. With every text she sent, I was thrown into another round of laughter. And I laughed again when she write a post about it. And when I told my kids about it, and Giant got confused, thinking the little girl had cut her mom's hair. I felt kind of bad with all of the laughing, seeing as how her daughter didn't mean to cut her hair, but was simply trying to get a loose bow out. Of course, I still laughed, since her daughter couldn't actually hear me.
2. I am thankful that to balance my grouchiness, Cuckoo was in one of the best moods of his life this week. We cuddled a bunch, he quickly put his shoes and coat on each and every time I asked, he didn't once whine and wonder when we were going back to Monkey Joe's. (They gave him a free pass for another visit, because, as Cuckoo says, "Monkey Joe likes me and wants me to come back.") He's been an absolute peach.
3. I am a strict mom, and I don't allow plenty of things that other parents do. Lately, both Buttercup and Star have been banned from doing certain things their friends are doing, (sleepovers for Buttercup and watching How I Met Your Mother for Star) and they have both been surprisingly OK with it. Hardly a complaint out of them. I am thankful for teens who accept limits without making our lives miserable.
4. I am thankful for parents who are like-minded and back me up on my strictness.
5. I am thankful for everyone who reads the blog. Quite a few people have felt inclined to push the "follow" buttons recently (Welcome new people!), which always makes a person feel good. When one spends so much time and effort writing, it's nice to see people enjoying it.
6. I am thankful for Lent. Funny how we need something to motivate us to make changes. I have known for a while now that I needed to do a few things. It took a looming Lent to get me to finally do them. I haven't eaten a single M&M in over a month, and I have started getting back in the habit of dedicating a part of my morning to praying/reading the Bible/reading "be a better person" books/saying the rosary. It's a good thing.
7. I am thankful for Clark and his Wakefield Doctrine. Phoenix is a child very different from me. Lately, it has become blindingly clear how different. While at times it can be frustrating and baffling, it would be a whole lot worse if I had never read about different personalities and the different ways which these personalities "work".
8. I am thankful for our church/school. There are huge benefits to attending a church with it's own school. We went to the fish fry at our school last night. I sat at a table with one couple we've known since Buttercup was in preschool. As the night progressed, more and more couples joined us, all of whom we've known for a decade or more. Not only do they make me laugh every time I see any of them, I would trust my kids in any emergency with any of the people sitting at that table. Since we live quite a distance from any relative, this church/school family is a gift I treasure.
9. While I have been known to complain about driving my kids all over God's green earth to their various activities, I am thankful for their healthy bodies and minds which allows them to play sports and participate in academic pursuits. Star hit his goal of getting a trophy for his science fair project in the CYO Science Fair. All of the kids have been playing soccer this week, and Phoenix has had a blast learning how to play volleyball. He has a volleyball tournament today, and I can't wait to watch it.
10. Lastly, I am so, so thankful for the gorgeous weather we had yesterday and our ability to get out and enjoy it with friends. We had a ball visiting the zoo and soaking up some sunshine.
Not many animals were out, but the ones that were seemed to be enjoying the weather just as much as we were.
|Yes, there is still snow to be found, but it's melting. Meeeeelllllting. (Sorry, the kids are doing the production of Wizard of Oz this year, so we're kind of in that mode.)|
was very different than the view from the other side. Both the female and the male were up and about and roaring their full heads off.
The gibbons were squawking, the tiger was roaming, the penguins were molting, a guinea hen was eating a mouse it had caught, a dolphin was playing with us,
and the construction workers were busy building the new orangutan area.
We watched the construction for quite a while. They had cherry pickers waaaaaay up in the air working on the sky line.
I hate to call this an orangutan exhibit. It is going to be so much more than that, and we are so excited for it to open in May. (You can read more about it here if you are so inclined.(That was a lot of "so"s for one bullet point. So sorry.))
Okay, you know the drill. Unless you are a new reader!! For you, I shall explain. If you don't have a blog (or can't link up), I'd love for you to tell me about the things which made you smile this week. If you do have a blog and want to link up, I promise lots of cheer and visits.
Either way, have a lovely day!
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, Mother of Imperfection, Rewritten, Thankful Me, The Meaning of Me, The Wakefield Doctrine