Tuesday, November 12, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 11

Monday, I made it.  We have two extra ten year old boys after school.  I was so grateful when they finally slowed down to eat and both said that my chili was "delicious".  I'm even more grateful that all my kids were in the room to hear these two boys say that.  I'm grateful for goals and hard work.  I need to do more of it.  I'm grateful for peaceful sleep and cute kids.  I'm grateful for November.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 10

Today I am thankful for the calm before the storm and my sweet family.  I will also be very thankful if the bathtub goo, that's Dallin's friend gave him, drains properly from my tub. 
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Saturday, November 9, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 9

Tonight I am grateful for a long overdue date with my husband.  We went here for dinner.  I had Mahi Mahi over Jasmine Rice.  We went here for dessert.  I had a sugar-free peppermint milk steamer.  A great way to relax with my hub after a long day.

Friday, November 8, 2013

30 Days of Gratutude - Day 8

Today was beautiful.   Fall and sunshine are a perfect match.  Once again I enjoyed the 5:00 hour this morning with friends.  I know I've said it before but it is a lovely time of day.  Still.  Dark.  Quiet.  It was 40 degrees this morning, which was perfect running weather.  Not too cold yet.  Warm enough to make you get toasty after you start to sweat.  I was able to attend the Veteran's Day assembly at the middle school today.  Alec's band performed "The Star Spangled Banner" and a march.  Alec and Olivia both performed with the school's swing team.  It was their first performance and they looked great!  I'm grateful for a dear friend who came and helped me with a large order of bookmarks that I'm working on.  Most of all we visited and let her baby entertain Dallin and his two friends, that I was watching while their momma is in the hospital with a new baby.  I was grateful for a fun, new movie, Turbo, that came in the mail.  Dallin got to watch that this afternoon while I stamped.  The kids have been busy playing with friends all afternoon and evening.  I love it!  I'm grateful that Costco saved me with snacks for visiting kids and Jace's basketball team tomorrow.  No emergency trip to the grocery store makes me happy.  It is the weekend.  Boy, am I grateful for Friday, these days.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 7

Today I am grateful for clean carpets.  Eleven finished bookmarks.  That I know when to walk away.  Rain.  Evenings at home. Safety as Greg travels.  Running.  Sore legs.  Orange Shoes.  A sewing machine.  Beets.  Kids.  Teenagers (ok maybe not grateful but I keep telling myself...they are pretty entertaining, anyway).  Talking to my mom.  Chubby babies.  Good night.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 6

Today I am thankful for the stillness of the 5:00 hour.  I think I've said that before.  I'm thankful for a huge order today, 85 bookmarks.  I'm thankful for another quick freezer meal.  Eventually I'll run out of them and have to cook!  I'm grateful that Greg and the kids kept making the "bottom" joke from "Despicable Me 2" while eating the rolls at dinner tonight.  I'm grateful for new days and forgiveness.  I'm grateful for lessons learned and re-learned.  Want to hear a really cool story?  Listen to this.  It is amazing.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 5

Oh, wow.  I'm trying to get in gear for my holiday boutiques.  I will be participating in four local ones this year. I'm excited to try a few new ones.  This means my busy season is now underway and things will be crazy until about December 22nd.  Gotta love it!
Today I am grateful for:
Hot yoga that was extra hot and friends to join me.
A dinner that I remembered was in the freezer.  Quick and yummy.
An organized inventory.  My first task of the day. 
A husband who calms me and helps me realize that I can do hard things and that really, they aren't that hard.
Opportunities to step away and help others.
Cozy pajamas.
A daughter.
Vanilla Greek yogurt and home made, sugar free, applesauce.  Better than apple pie a la mode.  Ok, maybe not but certainly less guilt.

Good night.

Monday, November 4, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude - Days 3 and 4

Day 3: I'm always grateful for Sundays.  Especially the first Sunday of each month when we take time to fast.  This gives such a renewal of body and spirit for me.  I love to sit in sacrament meeting and hear testimonies being born and feel the spirit that comes when people share tender feeling about Jesus Christ.  I love to be in Primary and hear the children sing.  We are learning one of my favorite Christmas songs, "Could I hold the Baby".  Here the song here.  I love Sundays, too, because we get to be home as a family.  Sometimes we enjoy dessert with friends, which we did last night.  Yesterday, I was also grateful for our first snow, an early morning skiff.

Day 4: Today I am grateful for empty piles and replenishing.  I'm grateful for lessons learned from others.  I'm grateful for a still 5:30 am run and good women, who I love and admire dearly,  to share it with.  I'm grateful that Dallin helped me brave the grocery store, and encouraged us to park at Home Depot and walk to WinCo.  That meant carrying groceries back across two parking lots.  I'm grateful that my wall paper is down and paint samples are drying.  I'm grateful for Greg and my kids.  I'm grateful for a warm house on a freezing day. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 2

Today was a great rainy Saturday.  I went to my kickboxing class, first thing.  I'm grateful for a healthy body that can do what I ask of it.  Afterwards, I ran home to grab Alec and take him to the church for his merit badge pow-wow.  He's getting close to being ready to work on his Eagle and I'm grateful that he is excited and doing it while he is young.  After dropping Alec, Dallin and I ran to the grocery store for milk and a few things.  Dallin was still in his pj's so I carried him in.  He clung to me like a little monkey and nuzzled my cheek and neck.  I'm grateful for that.  I took down the wall paper border in my bathroom this morning and cleaned it.  I'm really grateful to have it gone.  We went as a family to help clean up a yard for a service project with our ward.  I'm grateful to give my kids the opportunity to work hard and serve others.  I'm also grateful that we were able to pick the grapes from the back yard and juice them this afternoon.  I'm grateful for pizza for dinner so I didn't have to juice and cook.  I'm grateful for a wedding reception tonight so Greg and I could get out alone and have a date.  It was fun to visit with friends and eat a fabulous dessert.  All in all, a wonderful day.  Good night.

Friday, November 1, 2013

30 Days of Gritutude - Day 1

Greg was home sick with the flu today.  Today I am grateful for a husband who (almost) never gets sick and works hard to support our family in many ways. 
A few of my usual holiday bazaars have fallen through for this year so I was expecting lower sales, and thus lower income for the holiday season this year.  Over the last week I've been contacted by two local Holiday Boutiques, that I wasn't aware of, asking for my participation at their event this year.  I was feeling like I needed to shake it up this year instead of doing the same boutiques, to increase sales.  I'm grateful for a little divine intervention with being introduced to new opportunities.
I'm also grateful for my yoga and running this morning and for good friends who both go with me and watch my little boy so I can go.
I'm grateful for Fall soup and rolls for dinner and the best green beans.
I'm grateful that I live in a neighborhood where my kids have endless amounts of good friends to play with.