Friday, November 30, 2012

Gratitude: Day 30

Why having a 2.5 yr old is fun:

Juliet: "exercise today?" (Referring to stoller strides) 
Me: "Not today. We are going somewhere really special with Daddy."
Juliet: "On a spaceship to the moon! Yay! Yay! To get my purple balloon that went to the moon! Yay!"

Friday, November 9, 2012

Gratitude, Day 9

The cool air of fall has finally arrived. I love summer but it was time for a change of seasons, however mild our seasons might be here. I'm bundled up in a sweater for the first time in months and it feels really good. I am grateful for the changing seasons that keep the rhythm of our life. The sun goes down early now, which is a hard adjustment for me, but it also reminds me that this is the season to slow down, to enjoy a quiet evening at home with my children instead of rushing around outside. This is the time to hibernate a bit.

Gratitude, Day 8

My marriage. Happy 4th anniversary to my husband, my partner, my love.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Gratitude, Day 5

Bath time. Filled with laughter between my daughters.

Running through the hallway with glee in the outfit of choice, post-bath.

For this I am grateful.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Gratitude, Day 4

The quiet after the children are in bed.

Lying on the couch, watching my growing belly rise and fall with each breath.

Feeling our son wiggle and move inside, enjoying a little sugar rush from the leftover Halloween candy.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,

Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

Gratitude, Day 3

I am grateful for the days that I get to sleep in. (All the way to 8:00, thank you Gary!)

Gratitude, Day 2

Gary took a couple days off work on a whim to spend with the family. We went to the Santa Ana zoo with the kids for the morning, and had a lovely time. Juliet had so much fun watching the monkeys swing from their tails, and Gary rode the carousel with the girls and we all rode the train. And Gary spoiled the girls with a couple treats from the gift shop on the way out, something that mommy never does!

I am grateful that I have a husband who chooses to spend time with his family and prioritizes us.

A month of gratitude, Day 1

Like many others, I'm going to use this month of Thanksgiving as a way to remember a daily Gratitude. I am belated in posting the first few days but hoping to stay on track!

Day 1 (November 1): Juliet had an amazing day at preschool. Gary took the day off work on a whim and was able to drop her off with me, so he got the chance to see where Juliet goes to school. She happily sat down at the art table and gave Gary a hug. This was the second week in a row with no tears at drop-off, such a blessing for a mama!

I am grateful that my daughter is able to attend a great preschool and that she is thriving there, learning and growing.