Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November 21

Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.

I am thankful for Annabelle. I told my families that I would be ending my 'career' as a stay-at-home mom/childcare provider in June. Annabelle has gotten wind of this and it has put all of our interactions in a new light for her. Today, she was invited to go to her friend's (Maggie) for the afternoon and she really wrestled with whether or not to spend the day with me because our days are numbered or to go to her friends. Bless her sweet heart. I am more than grateful for my time with Annabelle (and her brothers) and I know that we will continue to make time in our schedules for special girl dates. I love her sweet nature and kind heart. I will forever be grateful that I had a hand in influencing her future.

Christopher is thankful for

Harrison is thankful for getting to see the movie Wonder. It was such a good movie and I really enjoyed it.

Bennett is thankful for getting to go to SkyZone with Parker and Miles.

Monday, November 20, 2017

November 20

Be grateful for all you have, but never settle for less than you can be

I am thankful for the dish washer. I spend a lot of my day doing dishes because I use so many more than once a day for the littles. I try to use the dishwasher at the right time so that I have the clean dishes when I need them. That often seems like more work than it is worth. But, when I do remember, it is so so nice to just put them in there and voila, they are clean. For me this is a luxury and one I do not take for granted.

Christopher is thankful for

Harrison is thankful for the nations National Parks. They are beautiful and I love that our country protects them and the animals that live in them.

Bennett is thankful for his buddy Sam. We got to go to a movie, Justice League and then play together this afternoon. It was fun.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cardinal and Gold

We think we have to do something to be grateful or something has to be done in order for us to be grateful, when gratitude is a state of being. ~ Iyanla Vanzant

I am thankful for our long awaited trip to the Des Moines Art Center.  There is a new, interactive exhibit and it was worth the wait. (I didn't want to fight the crowds when it first opened) The exhibit is called Drawing in Space and two artists and one artist collective came in to the center and created art using tape. The boys favorite is pictured above. The piece is created using packing tape and is really quite amazing. Check it out before it is gone on January 21.

Christopher is thankful for a one day work week.

Harrison is thankful that he got to see Georges Niang tonight. (Niang, former ISU player, plays for the Warriors G League, the Santa Cruz Warriors and they were in town to play our Iowa Wolves. It was ISU Alumni night and we had a great time.)

Bennett is thankful to go to the Iowa Wolves game.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 18

You gotta look for the good in the bad, the happy in your sad, the gain in your pain, and what makes you grateful not hateful. ~ Karen Salmansohn

I am thankful for the Fall Farmer's Market. The boys and I sampled many good treats and I got three people checked off of my Christmas list! Thank goodness for 'buy local!'

Christopher is thankful for pain meds. They help me to walk.

Harrison is thankful for caramel apples. They are delicious.

Bennett is thankful for getting to go to the farmer's market. I got a dutch letter and they are awesome.

Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17

I am grateful for what I am and have. My Thanksgiving is perpetual. ~ Henry David Thoreau

I am thankful for pie pumpkins from my mom. I'm getting them roasted and in the freezer for use in pumpkin bread all winter long.

Christopher is thankful that it is less than a week away from Thanksgiving.

Harrison is thankful for the end of the school week. Welcome to the weekend and ready for a break.

Bennett is thankful for seeing my friends at school today. They are nice.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want into your life. Be grateful for what you already have and you will attract more good things.  ~ The Secret

The kids are struggling a bit with the thankfulness. We are getting some repeats and some answers are giving with no real thought behind them because they have more important things to do than take a couple minutes to think about what they are grateful for. Also, sometimes they are searching for just the right answer and then they get frustrated. That's not what this exercise is supposed to be about, obviously. So starting today, I am going to give them a prompt question. They can choose to answer that question or choose something else they would like. We will see how this works!

Prompt: What smell are you grateful for?

I am thankful for chai tea latte. I have recently been making them at home and they are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up yet they are also make me feel cozy and warm.

Christopher is thankful that college basketball started last week.

Harrison is thankful for the smell of fallen leaves because it make me think of autumn.

Bennett is thankful for the smell of flowers. They smell good.

Emma is grateful for the smell of cinnamon. It is my favorite smell!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November 15

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful thorns have roses. ~ Alphonse Karr

I am thankful for sunny days spent at the skate park. In reality, I am trying very hard to be thankful for sunny days at the skate park. I don't like skateboarding... I rearranged a couple of things so that I could take Bennett, Miles, Drew and Jake to the skate park this afternoon. They love it and I think they could be there forever. They work so hard at trying out new things/tricks and I admire their commitment. And it was cute watching them when another, older skater came over. They are not obnoxious but they do hover a little and eventually got to know him and asked him some questions about 'how he did that'. I love their gumption and courage. So I guess I don't have to work that hard on being thankful for skateparks. :)

Christopher is thankful that the work week is half over.

Harrison is thankful for no clubs this afternoon. I am sad Mock Trial is over, but it is nice to have a free afternoon.

Bennett is thankful for early outs. We got to go to the skatepark.

Miles is thankful that we went to the skatepark today. I wanted to work on my skateboarding moves.

Annabelle is thankful for her culminating event. I am glad that it went well.

Rocco is thankful for seeing Rocky. I like that we are friends.

Rocky (with prompting from Rocco) I am thankful that Rocco is my best friend. I love playing with him.

Felix is thankful for going downstairs. I love to go downstairs to play Legos with Rocco and my best friend Rocky.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November 14

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. Marcus Aurelius  

I am thankful for Christmas decorations. It's so silly. I love Thanksgiving time. The thoughtfulness, the food, the getting together of family. But this year, I have just been so any to get out my Christmas decorations. I haven't, yet, but I didn't buy a new banner at a cart fair last week and I bought a new Christmas pillow and cute little bird with a red plaid hat yesterday at TJ Maxx. And I have all of those things displayed already. Just a sneak peak into the joy and warmth of the season. Now maybe some snow ❄️ ⛄️?

Christopher is thankful that Beth made more turkey meatballs.

Harrison is thankful for math. You can't go wrong with math.

Bennett is thankful for school. I learn in school and learning is fun.

Miles is thankful for piano. I am so ready for my recital.

Annabelle is thankful for piano. I memorized my song and I feel that I am prepared for my recital.

Rocco is thankful to be going to piano. I can show Mrs. H how good I have been doing.

Felix is thankful for his bear gloves and his library books. Grrrrrrr.

Monday, November 13, 2017


Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust

I am thankful for Rocco Nash. There are way too many great things to say about this sweet boy, but it really all comes down to one word - kind. Today was a prime example of this. In the van on the way home from school, Brave by Sara Bareilles came on the radio.  Rocco listened to the song and then told us all how he has a shy friend in his class that has trouble when it comes time for her to share. "This song would be perfect for her. She just needs to be BRAVE!" I love his kind, little heart and am so grateful that I get to be part of his life.

Christopher is thankful that Bennett was able to get in to see Dr. Plew for a follow up on his toe.

Harrison is thankful for Fact Trackers in Battle of the Books. They are very useful for remembering facts and since I had all of mine up to date got me a candy at club today!

Bennett is thankful for water. It tastes good and keeps me healthy.

Miles is thankful that he won his basketball game this weekend. Now we have a winning record!

Annabelle is thankful that they practiced for presentations. I feel very prepared for Wednesday and that feels good.

Rocco is thankful for cleaning. Cleaning is fun and I like to do it.

Emma is thankful for music. I love all different types!

Rocky is thankful for food. I loved our turkey meatballs for lunch today.

Felix is thankful for his dad. My dad is the best and I love him. He plays with me.

Happy Birthday to my Father-in-law, Greg. I've never seen 71 look so good!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 12

I am grateful for the challenges that helped me grow into the person I am today.

I am thankful for for relearning how to knit. Jamie Seitz had a Knit-o-rama party today and it was really fun getting together and I am now started on a Christmas gift!

Christopher is thankful for for soup season.

Harrison is thankful for the air that we breath. Oxygen is important for my survival.

Bennett is thankful that Drew invited me to the skate park today. We went to one that we haven't been  to before and it was fun. Miles came too!