Wednesday, November 21, 2012

30 Days of Thankful...in one Bite Sized morsel

It seems like everyone on Facebook is doing the "30 Days of Thankful".  I haven't done it.  First, because whenever "Facebook" challenges me to do something, I feel compelled to resist.  Second, because I would end up having to post three or four things at once because I would forget.  And third, I'd rather post statuses that aren't so....themed.

Plus, I've got this blog!  So if you want to read, great, if not, it's a lot easier to stop reading now than to scroll past me every day in November!  My 30 things are all going to be mommy related.  Sure, I'm thankful for other things too.  But this will keep me focused.

1) I'm thankful for naptime.  I'm thankful both girls still take an afternoon nap and usually at the same time.  I have no idea how I'd ever clean, blog, and get dinner ready without it.

Madison at about one week old.  Awww....


2) I'm thankful for pacifiers.  Seriously.  When Madison is resisting her nap, I offer her the blue pacifier that lives in her crib (and only in her crib...it's not allowed out), and suddenly she's much more willing to go upstairs.

3) I'm thankful that both girls have their health.  There was a time not long ago where that wasn't a given.  I will never take health for granted.

4) I'm thankful my girls have four grandparents who love them.

5) I'm thankful for Clorox wipes, handiwipes, and baby wipes.  Pretty much any kind of wipe. 



6) I'm thankful for the ability to stay home and raise my girls full time. 

7) I'm thankful for a working washer and dryer.  Never appreciated that as much as I should have.

8) I'm thankful for Disney Jr and the face that DirecTV added it to their programming.  We've already watched Sofia the First six times, and it's a perfect distraction when I need a moment, or when I need someone to sit still so I can change a diaper or get dinner on the table.

Seriously.  Thank goodness.  Doc, Little Einsteins, Sofia, Mickey...they've got it all.


9) I'm thankful for a husband who insists that I take time for myself weekly to recharge.

10) I'm thankful for the internet, and the ability to research things like "8 month old liquid strike" or "weird colored toddler poop".  I don't know WHAT other generations did when their kids did wacky things that aren't covered in the baby books.

11) I'm thankful for DumDum lollipops, and how their small size and the mere promise of one in the car can stop a tantrum before it starts in public (mostly).



12) I'm thankful for my bathtub, bubble bath and my ability to wind down nightly.  Even when the girls were tiny, I manage to take that for myself every day.  It keeps me calm and sane.

13) I'm thankful for my online mom community.

14) I'm thankful for my "in person" mom community.

15) I'm thankful for coupons.  The ability to save our family money (in a non crazy way of course) makes me feel much more confident about not bringing home income.

16) I'm thankful for fruit snacks.  We now have no tears when I do Madison's hair.

17) I'm thankful that my girls are sized just right where they can share clothes.  Reagan needs the occasional supplement, but I don't need to buy two new wardrobes for each new size or season, as I feared when I realized their birthdays might not line up with the seasons. 

18) I'm thankful my girls have a father who changes diapers, puts tights onto squirmy legs, cuts up chicken, and allows himself to be used as a jungle gym every day.

They both love riding on Daddy's shoulders.


19) I'm thankful to have a best friend I can call multiple times a day to share completely inane things.  I know she's never judging me, and I can just vent away...and she can do the same.

20) I'm thankful to have this blog so I can let her live her own life every once in a while.

21) I'm thankful to have the opportunity for my girls to try activities like art, dance and Gymboree.

22) I'm thankful to have a two year old who is incredibly smart, verbal, and FUNNY.  Madison makes me giggle daily, and I'm constantly impressed by what she knows and can do.  I try not to go overboard with mommy bragging, but I'm bragging to myself daily.

23) I'm thankful to have sisters who adore each other...most of the time.  They make each other laugh, and play together.  It's amazing to watch.  They also got their first cousin this year, and both of them just adore her already.

24) I'm thankful for coffee.  And flavored creamer.  And a husband who brews it for me daily.

25) I'm thankful for DVR. 

26) I'm thankful that I have two little girls who sleep all night.  Even if night ends for them at 6:00 am, I'll take it!  Especially when it starts at 7:00 pm!

27) I'm thankful for Pinterest to give me ideas about things to do.  Yup.  Even though I don't DO 95% of what I pin, just looking online has inspired me to be organized, crafty, and creative.

28) I'm thankful for every piece of baby gear and/or toy that we could possibly need.  Yes, we'd certainly survive without the Jumperoo or a mini kitchen.  But I'm so thankful we have them.  By the way, I've had a few people ask me to share my favorites on here.  If that's something you're interested in, let me know!

29) I'm thankful that over the past few months, I've actually had a bit of success with this blog!  I write just so I can ramble of course, but I feel all warm and fuzzy when people actually read it!  I'm a Top 25 Home Management blog, I'm up for a Top 25 Family Blog, and I've done two (legit) book reviews, one of which got me a shout out on a really popular blog.  Crazy.

30) I'm thankful for my life just as it is right now.  I'm not a perfect mom.  I don't have a perfect house.  I don't have a perfect husband.  I get cranky.  But I wouldn't trade my life right now for anything in the world.

Yes, I am still in the running for a Top 25 Family Blog on Circle of Moms.  And much to my shock, I'm actually competitive.  As of this moment, I'm #27.  And now that I'm close, I'm starting to feel my competitive drive kick in.  PLEASE head on over and vote for me...daily if you want!  You don't need to register or anything...just click "vote" once a day!  Voting ends November 29.  Thanks!

 

2 comments:

Malama Boo said...

Great Post!!! Thank you for sharing what you are thankful for, and thank you for being a big contributor in the mom community!

Meredith said...

Thanks!

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