And for any readers who do live in Minnesota or Denver...sorry. I don't know what you could possibly be thankful for this week. If I were you, I'd be huddled in my blanket fort, whining and wailing about the unfairness of life.
So, even though I am living in a place that has a dusting of snow on the ground and temperatures which refuse to go above the freezing mark, I can find some things for which to be thankful. I don't have it as bad as those schmuks in the north or in the mountains.
3. We did have one gorgeous day on Monday. We took advantage and played/worked outside as much as possible.
4. Mrs. G is thrilled to bits about us getting her yard raked. We're not done yet, but we've made a significant dent in the work. Last night I was approached by a woman who asked me, "Are you the guardian angel who takes care of Mrs. G's yard? She calls you "my girl". She appreciates you and your family so much." Apparently Mrs. G talks about us a lot. I've heard the same thing from her hairdresser. I'm so glad we were paired with her 4 years ago, and that my kids are so willing to help her out each year.
5. I'm very grateful for our working furnace. While our house is never toasty warm, it is above the freezing. With a few layers, I can be warmish.
6. Giant and Star's coach has been bringing them home after most practices. It has been a huge help.
7. Making the move to high school is a big deal, for both the kids and the parents. When they are in elementary and middle school, they are in a bubble. A bubble full of people we know. When they move on to high school, they move into an environment full of strangers. They talk about people I have never heard of or met. It's quite an adjustment. This week, the high school has it's musical, and we had 4 tickets. All of our older boys had practice, so I took Buttercup and two of her friends. It was nice to spend time with them and get to know the people she talks so much about.
8. I have officially used my washer and dryer for the last time. New ones are being installed this weekend. It's been two years in the making, and I cannot be more excited. Don't expect much out of me next week. I'll be washing all the things! Stuffed animals! Blankets! Curtains! Clean, clean, clean!!!
9. As happens every year, with the harvest ending and the cold temperatures moving in, field mice descended on our house. For a few days, the kids were forever telling me, "I just saw a mouse". Every time I went in the basement, I caught a glimpse of one running off to hide. Bryan was out of town, and I can't stand mice, so I needed backup. I told Phoenix that it was time for him to learn a new skill he would need when he moved out on his own. He helped me set the 12 snap traps I purchased, and when we caught one, he disposed of it for me. We caught several more since then, and it's been at least 3 days since I saw any sign of a live mouse running around. Hopefully we're at the end of the infestation.
10. With the cold weather, I was forced to do inside chores. For some reason, I tackled all of the grossest ones first. Not only did I clean out the drains, but the worst was changing the toilet lids in the two bathrooms the kids use. You know that phrase, "where the sun doesn't shine"? I have discovered that there isn't a single place where the pee doesn't "shine". I won't get any more graphic than that, just in case you are eating while you read.
While I am thankful to have the new, clean seats, it is the kids' reactions that I'm really thankful for.
We had to discuss the new lids many times that first day, since each time a child came out of a bathroom he exclaimed, "Hey, you got a new toilet!"
Cuckoo made me cringe and laugh at the same time when he said, "The lid doesn't make a sound no matter how hard I try to close it!" (I bought the slow-close lids.)
Who knew that a bunch of kids could be so excited about new toilet lids? I guess my strategy of not buying them anything, ever, is paying off. :)
This week in my never-ending travels I am off to Kentucky for my annual shopping excursion with my mom and sister. I am always grateful for the time I get to spend with them, almost as grateful as I am to get a few clothes for myself without having little kids in the dressing room with me.
What's shining moments have you had this week?
Have a lovely day!
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