11.23.2017

Gratitude day 23...

Evening...

I choose mornings over evenings but evenings do have their place.

*Evenings are nice for snuggling up with Blake for a long over due movie that we have been waiting to be released at Redbox.
*Evenings are quiet ONCE the kids are in bed,
*Evenings are full of ice cream and brownies and hot cookies.
*Evenings are ideal for board game playing.
*Evenings are glorious when I finally crawl into bed.



11.22.2017

Gratitude day 22...

Words:

There are no words to properly express my appreciation for the existence of words.


11.21.2017

Gratitude day 21...

Nature:

Give me trees and mountains. Give me rivers and boulder fields. Give me green grass and blue skies. Give me fresh air and sun-warmed skin. Give me the vastness of the ocean and the fragileness of a freshly-hatched baby chick. Give me the stars and the moon and the song of crickets. Give me a place where the world feels bigger than just four walls.

Give me the great outdoors - it is where I feel home. I am happier when I am outside. I had a sacred experience this past year that involved pondering on my Heavenly Mother and that she did play a role in making this world beautiful.

I believe in Mother Nature. When I am surrounded by this big beautiful world - I feel connected to her.


The kids...

Paisley:

-Way into slime. But not into actually following a recipe to make decent playable slime - more like throwing 10 different ingredients into a bowl in hopes that it will come out looking/feeling awesome.
-Finally got her basketball hoop that we "gave" her for her birthday back in May. She begs Blake hourly to go play with her.
-Is so so so excited for the family get-together for Thanksgiving. Although she is slightly disappointed that ONLY twenty-four people will be here.
-Has been a running fool at school. 
-Is doing awesome with her piano and loves the Christmas songs she now gets to play.

Cosette:

-Has had to endure a bit too much family togetherness lately - this holiday season might just do her in. She loves school and does not do well without it.
-Is doing great in dance. Her friend quit so I worried that she wouldn't like it as much but she is still loving it and is excited for her Christmas recital.
-Is devouring books - I can't keep enough in the house.
-Hates bathing/showering and always slides under mom's radar in that department.
-Has had some insomnia lately and doesn't fall asleep until 11pm.

Fielding:

-Was so proud to be student of the month for his class in November.
-Takes his coat to school but doesn't always wear it - tried to wear shorts the other day also - what is with boys not dressing appropriately for cold weather?
-Has the worst cough in the history of mankind... still.
-Has gotten long and lanky lately.
-Is doing great in the reading and writing department - I'm so happy!

Perry:

-Has slept until 7:30/8 for the last two nights - it's a miracle!
-Asks for a treat every 2.5 minutes.
-Loves his preschool!
-Is bored with all our toys - Mom is looking forward to Christmas for some new activities for him.
-Is the worst cleaner we have - asking him to pick-up toys is like asking him to pour hot gravy on his face.

Luna:

-Loves to play fetch. She thinks she is a baby dog/kitty/elephant daily.
-Dresses up all the time - I love it!
-Currently goes to bed great but is crying out 2/3 times a night - ugh.
-Has a brown spot in her left eye - just like her mom!
-Makes everything better in our house - everybody loves her the most!

11.20.2017

Gratitude day 20...

Challenge:

Ohhh - I love a good challenge.

A hard board game against fierce competition.
A crappy piece of furniture that I can make look like a million bucks.
1000 piece puzzles (more if I didn't have so many kids helping which means wrecking it almost as fast as I can build it).
A hike up a mountain with a kid on my back.
A 26.2 mile run.
Salsa canning parties.
5 pair of matching Christmas jammies from various thrift stores all for under $20 total.
Body pump - although my new gym doesn't offer the class so I have to make up my own version with the free weights.
An unruly writing prompt or assignment that has me keep trying.
Potty training a stubborn child... Just kidding - that is the worst. No gratitude in that one.


11.19.2017

Gratitude day 19...

Liquid:

I am grateful for water. For drinking it... for playing in it... for cleaning up with it.


11.18.2017

Some Saturdays...

It's been awhile since we had a just stay at home Saturday - so today I decided to go for it. I made it until 10am before I texted a friend, "Wanna kid-swap?" Even with the distraction of friends for the last two hours and the promise to go play at their house after - I'm pretty sure I have been told, "I'm bored" at least 40 times today. I really don't get what is going on. 

Every room in the house has been cleaned, destroyed, and cleaned again at least once today. We've played Legos, playdoh, baby dolls, half a dozen arts and crafts, and outside. We baked banana bread. We had a dance party. We did chores. And we did half a dozen more arts and crafts. It's only 3pm and I feel like we have been in this endless loop for days - I 'm over it.

I'm so happy for a friend swap - Blake is home from camping and we are getting out of these four walls... because if I have to vacuum up melty beads one more time today I am going to pull out all my hair.