COW is not one to take a day off of work to just be at home. In fact, in almost 20 years of marriage, he has NEVER taken a day off of work to just be at home. He saves his days off for times when we can or have to go somewhere.
This week, especially with New Years being on a Wednesday, we get to see him more. The office was closed Wednesday, and he surprised us by coming home early Thursday and Friday. Apparently, no one else was at work, so he couldn't get a whole lot done.
So, it's been a great week. My thankful list this week is easy.
1. I am thankful that when people see funny things, they think of me. Whether it is by posting it on my facebook page or sending me a note or sending me the actual funny thing, I'm so glad to get the surprise laughs every now and again. This week, I received a birthday/Christmas present from my friend in Japan. I actually got to talk with her, too, and she explained the inclusion of these...
She said that when she saw them, she had to buy them for someone. I was the first person who came to mind. I haven't tried them on yet, but I am looking forward to wearing them on cold, cold days when I have to go watch a soccer game.
I will be wearing them under my long pants, so don't get too excited to see a photo of me wearing them. Ain't gonna happen.
Probably. This is a blog about our ridiculousness after all. :)
2. I am thankful for Buttercup. This time last year, I would not have said that. She was a pain in everyone's rear end. We'll leave the story at that for now.
These days, she is happy and back to normal. She is pleasant almost all the time. (She is a teenage girl after all.) She is very willing to help out. She even understands and doesn't pitch a fit when I won't let her do certain things with her friends.
This week in particular, she has been wonderful. On the two hour drive to and from our game day in Kentucky, she read books and chatted with the little boys until they fell asleep. She made cookies with Cuckoo. She asked Turken to play cards with her when she saw he was getting bored.
The girl is a peach.
3. I am thankful for Starbuck's gift cards. 95% of all gift cards given to teachers are Starbuck's gift cards. (I totally made up that statistic, but based on what I've received, it's probably true.) I only work 2 hours each week, and I still received $30 in gift cards from our generous parents. Normally, I give them to people I know who actually drink coffee. This time, Giant and I had some time to kill, and I was freezing cold, so we went to Starbucks for some hot chocolate. There was a stack of games on a shelf, so the two of us had a 45 minute date, drinking hot chocolate and playing Battleship. It was lovely. I still have plenty more on the cards, so I'm thinking I'll be taking other kids on these special, free dates.
4. I am thankful I live when I do. We have already had lots of snow this winter, but the worst is yet to come. We are supposed to get up to 12 inches of snow in the next 36 hours. And then, the temps will drop to -12. With a wind chill of -30. We are set to live through the coldest temperatures ever recorded.
I'm so glad I don't live in a time where people had to use the outhouse, relied on fires for heat, and rode horses to get places.
5. I am thankful for my children's desire for me to feel good about myself. I had on my new fuzzy pink slippers (Thanks COW!) but not my robe, as I had been outside and taken it off. Cuckoo noticed and said, "If you put your robe on with your slippers, you'd be beautiful." There are so many things I could retort, but we'll just leave it at that and be thankful.
6. I am thankful that Turken is on the fast road to being a full-on reader. I love how reading just clicks with kids. Each kid has that moment, which is different for each child, but when it happens, it's awesome. Turken received a bookstore gift card for Christmas and picked out four "level 2" books yesterday. This was breakfast time this morning:
Yes, it's even better when they choose to read to a younger sibling.
7. I am thankful that COW used his extra time off to go out and buy a snowblower yesterday. We already have 6 inches of snow sitting on our driveway causing problems. With another 12, we'd be stuck but good! We don't have a vehicle on which we can attach a plow, and shoveling a 1/3 of a mile drive is ridiculous. This morning, the kids were excited to see Daddy's new toy in action...
from inside the house.
OK, I'm in a hurry to go, so I'm ending here. Relying on secret rule #*mumble mumble*, I'm saying there were at least 3 more thankfuls in the intro paragraph.
Have a wonderful day!
If you are in the line of the big storm and cold weather, I'm praying for you!
Now, what are you thankful for this week?
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