Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thanks for the laugh Fran!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Now if only I had a short week on the mom-student front.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Oh come on, admit it...somewhere tucked away in all your stuff is a
Glamour Shot picture from the early '90s.
You know you've got one...why not share it?
This morning....I'm thankful that I can look back at my younger self and laugh...
And perhaps I have given you a reason to laugh as well this morning..
Yep, I'm thankful for my ability to make others laugh...even when it occurs at my expense...
Sunday, November 22, 2009
And while I have no brothers to compare the truth of this statement against, I can certainly identify with the observations she has made.
For growing up, there was indeed a "healthy" amount of competition between us. Plenty of arguments and fighting. But as adults, Laura and I enjoy a relationship that is stronger than any other adult relationship I have (short of good old Hubby: he's in it the long haul as well).
I am so very thankful to have Laura in my life: we share so many past experiences, times spent in celebration and times spent in sorrow. And what a blessing it is to have this one person in my life who knew me when...and continues to be there for me!
So watch out you Old Farts in Sun City, "the girls" are coming to town for the New Year...and a good time will be had by all I"m sure!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
And while I"m always thankful for a good night's sleep, I'm equally thankful for boys that listened to me, respected my request of "lights out 10 p.m." and they actually went to sleep.
As a result, "the day after" hasn't been nearly as rough as on past sleep over attempts.
We've been happy and productive!
Friday, November 20, 2009
She's the quiet one (or at least plays that role perfectly? Her family might tell us otherwise).
Rarely does she take center stage in a group conversation (we put her in the center stage, especially after she's been home to NY to visit her parents and their neighbor, Thom Filicia.)
She listens. No, I mean, she really listens. No matter what we're whining about, she's patiently listening. And then ever so softly, she will offer up a perspective that no one else has really thought about. This quiet wisdom has saved the day on problems from getting Things to take better care of their teeth to saving face with a parent-teacher conflict.
Everyone needs a Jacqui in their life and I'm so thankful to call her my friend!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
If only the rest of life's problems were as easy to fix as a quick trip into Radio Shack.
But, it is also a reminder to be to be thankful for those times when there is a quick and easy solution to a problem.
Today, I am trying not to focus on all the bigger problems and worries that are being tossed our way. Instead, I am going to be thankful that yes, we now have a power cord to run the much loved portable dvd player. And you know what, with the right attitude, I'm guessing that tomorrow even those bigger worries won't seem so huge either...
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
What a beautiful sight...most mornings here in CO, the sun rises and shines brightly.
Even on the coldest winter-like days, that sun is working her magic: melting snow, warming our homes and lifting our spirits.
And since today I have a "hot date" with my nursing textbooks, I'm thankful for that sun that is flooding through my basement window. It is making the task of "refreshing my nursing knowledge" seem a little less dreary!
Monday, November 16, 2009
"Mom, if you think math is funny, then you need a doctor, because there
is nothing funny about this stuff!" states Thing One
Yep, I sure am thankful that child makes me laugh...because if he didn't there is no way we could survive the homework of a 6th grader.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
But this morning, as I'm sitting here in the silence of the morning (for some bizarre reason they are sleeping in. That like NEVER happens on a weekend), I'm reflecting on Thing Two and how his arrival some 10 yrs ago, completed our family in ways I never would have imagined.
And as hard as this was to process, we didn't have much time to dwell on what all this meant as I was about to deliver Thing Two.
I am not an overly religious person, but I am a woman of faith. I know without a doubt, that when Thing Two joined this family, it was no accident. From the timing of his birth (because trust me, we weren't thinking he'd be conceived as quickly as he was) to the ways of his personality (which aren't perfect. I'm convinced he's going to go into Law: where he will get paid to over-think, and argue/debate every little angle he can think of).
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Hey? That would be me, right?
There was really nothing very patriotic about my choosing to serve our nation.
It was practical solution to a problem...an attribute I've always been proud of possessing.
But by the time I hung up my uniform for good (Summer 1994), I had gained so much more than "paying for college". I worked with some extremely dedicated health care professionals. We took care of our military community when they were sick, dying or injured. The friends I made in the service are those that you consider your "forever" friends. Oh the stories they can tell (but thankfully, don't!). The leadership experience I was given surpassed anything I would have gained through working in some random hospital, doing random nursing jobs. The training I received was unsurpassed in quality and expertise. It would forever change the course of my career.
I owe so much of who I am today to what I gained while serving in the military!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Happy Birthday, Marines!
and Thank-you Laura for the yummy apples that I used to make this home-made pie. I fear this was the last of the apples that came fresh from the orchards of MI!
Monday, November 09, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
You see, his wife, had a very serious stroke on Labor Day weekend and sadly lost her battle to recover on October 27th. She was only in her late 50s.
Today, I'm thankful for having had the opportunity to meet Aunt Seen Che (Cindy)....I will always remember the warm embrace she had for me when she met me...and the lovely chat we enjoyed while dining at Uncle Andy's restaurant. She welcomed me as family......and I am forever grateful for that visit where I knew I was accepted as part of "the family".
Acceptance....indeed a gift worth being thankful for!
Saturday, November 07, 2009
For without it, I hate to think how long it would have taken me to help Thing One with his book report.
And double gratitude that the book was a Newberry Award winner (Maniac Magee for those at are curious) and is well liked by teachers all over the country. Loads of good ideas all within a click of the mouse.
Now, to make it look like he did some of the work...I guess that leaves out using the cricut, eh?
Friday, November 06, 2009
(hey, I never said each and every day was going to be this deeply thought out gratitude essay)
But HEY, did you hear, it is FRIDAY...so no homework will need to be supervised this afternoon, we can hang out with friends and extend the bedtime just a tad, and if I get my rear in gear and finish up my studies today...I might just make it to the craft table to PLAY this weekend.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Hmmm...I like the way he thinks.
So, off I went to the local grocery store and was soon home with a dozen fresh bakery treats.
Yep, I'm thankful that the grocery store is so close that I can fulfill an impromptu request from my son.
The smile on his face was indeed priceless...as was the one on the carpool buddy's face when we had extras to share!
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
And while tempting as it is to say "not this year, I don't have time".....I don't think that is the "right" answer for me. Seeing "Christmas" being marketed so heavily already, I feel that if I take November to focus on being thankful, I can hopefully savor the holiday that happens BEFORE Santa shows up next month.
So, November 1st came and went...I was thankful for a large capacity washer and dryer. I tackled Mt. Laundry and made a big dent in the never ending pile of dirty duds. Can you even imagine what it was like before such modern conveniences were available? Yeah...me neither...
Today, November 2nd, I'm thankful for a car that takes me where I need to go. I had a bunch of errands to run and am very thankful to have been able to accomplish them in the comforts of my van, as old and tired as she may be getting.
Join in...if you dare...a month of being thankful...