I am thankful...
1. that I get to be a stay-at-home mom and can simply take off on an adventure with the kids.
2. for my husband, who doesn't begrudge us the fun and adventures we take while he stays home and goes to work.
3. that my mom is healthy enough and crazy enough to join us.
4. for the opportunities my kids have to grow and be brave. Three days after school starts back up, my little 6 year old Turken will be reading the introduction to the all-school Mass. There will be at least 600 people in the congregation, and all eyes and ears will be on him.
5. that I am able to help a friend with the care of her ill mother.
6. for good books. I have read a whole bunch of good books lately. I most recently finished Yvonne's book, Drawings in Sand. The main character and I have basically nothing in common, but she has plenty in common with someone I know. I often felt like I was in my friend's head as I read, and many of the things the character said are things my friend has said. It was almost eerie sometimes. Nice work, Yvonne!
7. that my name was pulled out of the hat to win an iPad mini at our school's fundraiser. The kids were hoping it would become their iPad, but um...no.
8. for our kids' love of game-playing. For months, Cuckoo has been watching the rest of us play Settlers of Catan. This week, he told us he had watched long enough. He wanted to play. Not only did he play, he beat us all. Turken received Ticket to Ride (USA version) for his birthday, so between the two games, we've been having lots of family together time.
9. for all of my nieces and nephews. I have lots of them, and I enjoy seeing them every chance I get. (I will this weekend, when we all get together to celebrate all of the March birthdays.)
10. for my smartphone. It will make keeping in touch with Bryan and all the other people who want to keep track of our no-plans spring break trip easy. And fun. I'll be taking all sorts of photos and putting them on Instagram so my dad doesn't worry about us too much. (I'm "inthecoop" if you want to follow along, too.)
That's it for me. I have to put the finishing touches on the packing of the stuff. You cannot even believe the organizational system I have going on here in my living room.
Something new I learned...when kids gather laundry from the dirty clothes baskets, they just grab the easy, large articles of clothing. The small things, like socks and underwear, get shaken to the bottom of the hamper. While this fact makes packing for a trip very difficult (as no one has clean underwear or socks, even after two days of non-stop washing and drying and folding), it completely explains the putrid feet odor forever hovering in their bathroom and bedroom. I do appreciate an easy fix to a putrid feet odor.
Your turn. What is making you want to yell, "Thank you!" for all to hear?
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