Tuesday, October 11, 2011

40 Days of Thankfulness Challenge


Day 1: I am thankful for family--my children and the purpose they bring to my life, and my husband who works to provide for all of us.

Day 2: I am thankful we have a roof over our heads, and for my parents and in-laws helping us while we are struggling to keep it there. I'm also thankful for all the things in it that we take for granted.

Day 3: I am thankful for being mostly healthy--and that what I do have can be easily taken care of with medicine. There are so many people out there with illness that have no cure.

Day 4: I am thankful that somehow, things always seem to work out okay in the end. When things are really bad, something unexpected comes along and makes it seem okay.

Day 5: I am thankful for mine and Corey's godsons, Baby Miles & Baby Vinnie. And honored that we were asked to be their godparents, in the same week.

Day 6: I am thankful we have a dependable vehicle with a/c (knock on wood!) and for my very generous in-law's for buying it.

Day 7: I am thankful to be spending the weekend with 4 of my 13 brother/sister-in laws.

Day 8: I am thankful for coffee. Hot, cold, whatever.

Day 9: I am thankful for cloth diapers.  Jhett has never had a single diaper rash. And most importantly, they have saved us thousands of dollars.

Day 10: I am thankful for my husband balancing me out. I am too responsible and he is too fun. Sometimes he reminds me to do something crazy like buy something I really want even if we can't afford it. It's nice to do that every once in a while. It keeps me sane!

Day 11: I am thankful for my baby's smile. It helps me remember what's really important.

Day 12: I am thankful for homemade buttercream. I will never go back to that stuff in the can!

Day 13: I am thankful for the weekends when Anniston is home and our whole family is together. There are usually 2 kids laughing and 1 kid crying, clothes and toys everywhere, but it feels right. Such a big difference from all the days where it's just Jhett and Mommy here at home, Anniston is at her other house, Eli is at school and Daddy is at work.

Day 14: I am thankful for coupons!

Day 15: I am thankful for the good people. Just this morning I sold some clothes on facebook, and I knew the girl who was buying them so I shoved some extra stuff in the bag. Well she showed up and handed me a few extra dollars, before I even told her about the extra stuff :) Why can't we all be that nice to each other? Everybody walks away happy.

Day 16: I'm thankful for naptime!

Day 17: I am thankful for the lovely moms online who have been buying our outgrown clothes and shoes, and for the new jogging stroller than we bought with the money.

Day18: I'm thankful for The Wonderpets. What a lifesaver! (Jhett's fave tv show)

Day 19: I'm thankful for my hubby's new job and the first paycheck he got today :)

Day 20: I'm thankful for photos that remind us of good times!

Day 21: I'm thankful for my t-shirt quilt!

Day 22: I'm thankful Eli's school and teacher. I was nervous about him being away from home for the first time, but things are going very well and I'm really grateful and feel like we chose the right school and were blessed with such a sweet teacher.

Day 23: I am thankful for Netflix.

Day 24: I'm thankful for this cooler weather, so we can finally get a little break on our electricity bill.

Day 25: I'm thankful for consignment stores, clearance sales, Swagbucks, and all the other ways I've found to help save us money.

Day 26: I'm thankful that I got a full night's sleep. It was much needed! I miss my babies but I know they are having fun.

Day 27: I am thankful Eli's bus driver. Even though she has shown us her grouchy side, she has gotten Eli to school and back home every day, safely.

Day 28: I'm thankful for bisquick. It makes things so much faster.

Day 29: I'm thankful for the ear thermometer. So much faster than under the arm of a cranky baby in the middle of the night!

Day 30: Coke..it does a body good. Yes, I know, that's supposed to be milk. But milk just doesn't have quite that same effect on me. I always feel better after a coke. Especially when I haven't had one in days.

Day 31: I'm thankful that we had a nice family night--even with sick kids, we had fun watching Gnomeo and Juliet. I was so happy that Corey agreed to watch it b/c he normally doesn't let me pick the movies lol.

Day 32: I'm thankful for our pediatrician, who was able to squeeze us in at the last minute so that my baby boy could get some antibiotics and start feeling better.

Day 33: Today is my anniversary, so I am thankful for the past 5 years that I've shared with my husband and for the family we were blessed with :)

Day 34: I am thankful to have spent the day with my 3 boys, and that we were able to get most of the kiddie shopping done for Christmas. Corey and I made a great team, we had two carts and each took a kid. He got ideas from Eli and snuck the toys into my cart. I distracted Eli while he paid and took things to the truck, and he distracted Eli while I put things on layaway.

Day 35: I had a hot date this morning who took me to breakfast at Shoney's. He colored me a picture, I won him a bear out of the claw machine, and we held hands :) And then he got a haircut, some moonsand, a Don't Spill the Beans game, AND candy! I guess I am his sugarmomma! I'm thankful for getting to spend some time with him--just the two of us.

Day 36: I'm thankful that we live in a quiet neighborhood with nice neighbors.

Day 37: I'm thankful for Bluebell Homemade Vanilla milk shakes. I made a pitcher for all the sore throats in this house.

Day 38: I am thankful for my temper pedic pillow. I sleep so much better with it! And thanks to my parents who gave it to me!

Day 39: Thankful for Netflix and Sidereel...much cheaper than cable!

Day 40: It's the last day, so I have to go out with a bang. I'm thankful for my life, and all the events that have gotten me to where I am today. Even through the times where I thought it was the end of the world...when I didn't understand why things had to happen the way they did. If not for those things, I wouldn't be here now. I wouldn't trade my husband and kids or our life together for anyone or anything else.

Friday, October 7, 2011

More experimenting with coffee

Ran out of espresso...but I had a brand new jar of NESCAFÉ, so I decided to try it out. I heated 1/2 cup of water and put about 3 tbsp of granules in...ninja'd it with hershey's syrup, a little sugar, crushed ice, and skim milk. Pretty good :) I read that you can just add the granules to the blender without dissolving them in water first. Next time I'll see how big of a difference that makes. And nope, no Guinness in the glasses LOL.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Just me and my little man

Since Eli is in school now, Jhett gets more mommy time. Today we walked (well, I walked. He ride on his stroller) about 2 miles, and stopped at the playground for a bit. We had so much fun :)

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