And in a much better state of mind.
Thankfulness oozing out of every pore.
Ready to hit the ground running.
As soon as I recover from all that blasted driving.
And read everyone's posts.
And comment and reply.
And generally procrastinate all the things I should be doing.
Then I'll be on the ground and running.
On to the thankful...
1. I am thankful for those soccer friends I mentioned yesterday. All weekend long we have been getting texts, emails, calls, and stops in the parking lot from people showing their support and voicing their outrage over Thursday's turn of events. Even if it doesn't change the situation, we are grateful that so many people care about and respect Phoenix.
2. I am thankful for the map app on my phone. Even after 23 years living away from home and having to make that 6 hour drive, I can still miss my turn-off and not realize it until 10 miles later. When I couldn't get ahold of my dad to give me alternative directions, I quickly typed "Canton" into my phone. It took a bit longer, but I finally did get there.
3. I am thankful for new coloring books and crayons. The little boys were occupied for hours, and I got to drive in peace.
4. I am thankful for Coke and the 80's station. Six (which I managed to make into 8) hours in the car is a long time when you didn't get much sleep the night before. Caffeine keeps me alert, while Prince, Huey Lewis and the News, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and friends keep me company. Can't get sleepy when you're singing Karma Chameleon at the top of your voice. (Doesn't matter in the least that I don't know many more words than "red, gold, and green".)
5. I am thankful for my dad and step-mom being willing to throw our 4th of July party. It is not easy to feed all those people, but it's even harder to have them tramping all over and messing up your yard and house. The party is always so much fun, and I appreciate their willingness to put in so much work to make it happen. (Especially when it's a month later than it's supposed to be.)
|Muuuuuch better than that sad, sad photo of my dad's selfie on the actual 4th. Dad's the happy guy in the blue shirt smack, dab in the middle. His mom/my grandma is the short lady next to him.|
6. I am thankful for the longevity of my extended family. My grandma is 88 years old, and all but one of her siblings is still alive. She, two of her sisters and a brother are in the photo above. They are all healthy, living in their own houses, fun and fully a part of the festivities. I am so grateful to still have them around. I'm grateful that my kids get to know them. One of these great-aunts is my Scrabble buddy. Every chance I get, I head to her house, she makes me breakfast or lunch, and the two of us play some good games of Scrabble.
7. I am thankful for my brothers and their sense of humor. I get along with my brothers very, very well. They are both hilarious people and always enjoy a good prank. At one point, I saw one brother filling up a water gun with water out of the cooler (freezing cold, melted ice). It only took one look and we had a plan. I grabbed my phone, told Phoenix and my cousin who is 10 days younger than Phoenix (They are great friends.) to get together so I could take their photo. As they stood there smiling for me, my brothers came from the sides.
One with a distracting water balloon...
and the other with the ice cold water.
Operation Initiation into High School has begun.
8. I am thankful for my mother-in-law's graciousness. With everyone coming into town, my grandma's and my dad's houses were filled to the brim. That meant we needed to stay with COW's mom. I was way rude and didn't call her until 10:00 on Thursday night to let her know we'd be there by 5:30 on Friday. Not only was she happy to have us, dinner was on the table when we arrived (after missing the turn, etc, etc,) late, at 6:45.
9. I am thankful that all of my family is back home together again. While I was in Ohio, COW had Buttercup, Star, and Giant in Kentucky for a soccer tournament. It was a lovely reunion, with everyone sharing stories, sometimes talking all over each other.
10. I am thankful for the great fun all my kids had this weekend. I knew the ones going to Ohio would have a blast, but I was a bit worried about the soccer players. They all have drastically different teams than they had last year. During all the stories I heard, there were a few downers, but I also heard all about fun and inclusion and friends. All in all, it was a good start to the season.
I feel much better now. Glad I could get this in before the link closed. I hate leaving the weekend on a not-so-happy, could-there-be-any-more-sarcasm? post.
Have a lovely day! (or night. You know who you are...)
Oooh, will I win the prize for last poster this week?
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Considerings, Finding Ninee, I can say mama, Steps into Parenthood, Thankful Me, The Wakefield Doctrine