Thursday, November 28, 2013
The last day of "thankful" posts as today is Thanksgiving. Today was a bit of a mixed bag. Miranda and I watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade for the first time together! I got some exercise in (I wanted to negate some of those calories I expected to be getting at the Feast later), and then dinner with Justin's family. It was a good day. I'm thankful for family, friends, good food and conversation, but I'm mostly thankful for my two little sweethearts.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Justin and I are "enjoying" another stupid movie together. As awful as it is we chuckle and add our own dialogue. Inventing stupid dialogue is pretty easy. But it's something silly that makes us laugh and have some adult time together without the kiddies. So, as painful as it is to watch, I'm thankful for the stupid movies that bring us a little closer together.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I am thankful for snuggles every day. I guess one of these days my littles won't want to hug on their mom anymore, so I get in as many hugs and kisses as I can now. Today I got all perturbed about some comments left on an article on Yahoo. I shouldn't read the comments section, because that's where the trolls come out and try to make people mad. I didn't say anything on there, but I was out of sorts for a bit. I played my flute, had a little wine, and then got Duncan ready for bed. We read a couple of books all snuggled up together. And then shared some hugs and kisses at bedtime. It was sweet and wonderful, and took my mind to a better place.
Monday, November 25, 2013
I'm thankful today for the curiosity of my children. They (you know, "them") say that children's minds are like sponges. I totally believe it. My kids ask questions all the time. All.The.Time. Duncan gets a little fixated on certain subjects and asks questions relating to that subject for weeks or months. The nuclear power plant phase was pretty long. The chicken phase, thankfully, didn't last. But he still asks every once in a while what I would do if I found a chicken (or sometimes it's a cat) on my head. I answer, "I'd probably freak out." Or sometimes, "I'd lift it off my head and place it on the ground." The cat would get a snuggle. Duncan has been asking how many of (fill in the blank with an animal of your choice) would measure a house/person/car/etc. Before bed he asked how many wolves would it take to be my height. I said I didn't know but could look it up. I kissed him goodnight, and Googled it. The gray wolf, which is the largest of the wolves, can reach from 4.5-6 feet long from the tip of the tail to the nose. I had no idea wolves could be that huge! And up to 175 pounds! That's massive! I went up and shared that info, and naturally, he wanted to know about smaller ones since the gray wolf is the largest. I'll look that up later, I suppose. I guess that old adage "You learn something new every day" is true. Especially with little curious kids in the house!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Today we marked the 7th anniversary of Evan's death. It's hard to believe it's been that long. He would have been 9 years old...10 come February! Today could have been a day where I wallowed in self pity. It could have been a day of difficult memories. But it wasn't. I went to church this morning and after getting situated, I took a look at the flowers that I'd ordered to remember Evan. With the memory of the all white debacle last year, I had noted "colorful" next to my order. I didn't say what colors. When I finally looked I saw all of the red. Evan's favorite color! They were beautiful. So much red and orange. A very autumnal color combination. Just lovely. And even prettier up close. Later, we went to Moe's for lunch (one of Evan's favorite restaurants.) We had cookies in the afternoon, and then released colorful balloons with notes and drawings addressed to Evan. And all day long my friends on Facebook were writing nice little notes on my wall. It was a good day, and for that I'm thankful.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
I've been looking up Advent calendar ideas on Pinterest lately. I feel like I try to do something new every year, because whatever we tried the previous year was a dud. We've had wooden things with doors and chocolate cardboard calendars. The kids never seem as excited about them as I was when I was little. When Evan was about to have his second Christmas (he was about two months shy of his 2nd birthday), I decided to find a special Advent truck calendar. He was all boy and loved trucks and trains. We looked on ebay and Amazon, and finally found something cute. It came in the mail and before too long it was time to stuff it with treats. I purchased a bag of Hershey's kisses. I put a kiss behind each door on the little wooden truck and presented it to Evan. He opened the first door with glee, and ate the kiss, foil and all (he did spit the foil out!) Then he started to open the other little doors, looking for more chocolate. I tried to explain the whole idea of having a chocolate for each day leading up to Christmas. I put the truck away. But Evan, being a little smarty-pants, found it and helped himself to some more chocolate. Needless to say, we ran out well before Christmas!