Ya'll, this is nuts. Fun, but nuts.
And I apologize now for turning this into a travel blog. When 2014 started, it most certainly wasn't my intention to simply take lots of trips and catalog them here. I have never, ever traveled this much in one year!
Enough of that. On to the thankfuls...
1. I am so glad I got to meet Jen and her wonderful family. Surprisingly, it wasn't the least bit awkward to stay for four nights with a family we had never laid eyes on. (I wrote about the trip Cuckoo and I took here.)
2. I got to take Cuckoo trick-or-treating in Florida. It was a beautiful night and warm enough for me to wear shorts. According to Bryan, trick-or-treating in Indiana was miserable. "It's slushing. Not raining. Not snowing. Slushing. Which wouldn't be so bad if the wind wasn't blowing hard enough to blow the slush horizontal, thus making umbrellas useless." I'm thinking we should spend every Halloween in Florida from now on.
3. While we were gone, Bryan and the kids didn't have much at all on the calendar. I had mentioned to Bryan that Saturday would be a great day to have the kids get some cleaning done. He took the hint, and Hot Dog did they deliver!
Photographic evidence sent to me by Bryan:
|In case you're new here, this is a joke. He has never, ever yelled at anyone for having a messy room.|
4. Most of my boys have a hard time pronouncing the letter R. Star had a bit of speech therapy in 5th grade to correct it. The speech therapist who comes to our school each week is fantastic. Good thing, because Turken is going to be seeing her. Not only does he have trouble with his R sound, but he has a (for lack of a better word) lazy way of talking. The therapist will chat with him to see what is going on, then let me know what she recommends.
5. While I was gone, Bryan managed to get the chicken fence fixed. But of course the chickens were too afraid to step one foot outside. Today the boys and I managed to get all 25 out into the yard, then locked them out for an hour. Hopefully when we open the door tomorrow, they will be more willing to go outside and find some goodies to eat.
6. I am thrilled to bits to see the choices my kids are making in regards to their friends. This week, Giant's friends were really on top of things. A boy in their grade was having a really hard day, and when Giant and his friends found out about it during lunch, two of the boys shared their snacks with him to help him feel better. This was all the encouragement Giant needed to take things one step further. The next day, even the teachers were crying when they saw what Giant had done to help this boy. It is overwhelming to see a group of children show such compassion and kindness. There are a whole bunch of wonderful teens and preteens in this world, and we must remember that when we hear about the awful things a few teens do.
7. For some reason, raspberries were on sale for 50 cents/container. Only two of my kids like raspberries, but they really, really like them. These berries are normally about $3/container, so I bought several.
8. Buttercup had me laughing this week. Let's just say Buttercup is coming into her own, is enjoying high school immensely, and is way more street smart than anyone gives her credit for.
9. Star started a load of laundry before school one day. All on his own. Without anyone telling him to do so. Because he needed school clothes for the next day. Finally!! He has been paying attention these last 13 years!
10. We will finally have time tomorrow (Saturday) to rake Mrs. G's yard. We haven't been out there once yet this year thanks to all my trips to Ohio and Florida. I know she will be happy to see us out there.
Alright People, it's your turn. What happened this week for which you should say "Thanks!"
Have a lovely day!
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, Mother of Imperfection, Rewritten, Thankful Me, The Wakefield Doctrine
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