Wednesday, November 25, 2009
1. I'm thankful we'll be in Chicago next week when the official War is Peace speech/advertisement is supposed to happen. Glad I'll be somewhere where I can find people gathering together to speak out, even though I'm pretty sure the decider types don't listen.
2. I'm thankful to be spending today and tomorrow baking & cooking with Matt & Ri & Maya & Seth.
3. I'm thankful that for the last several years we've been leaving behind old holiday traditions that were stressing everyone out and creating our own happier traditions.
4. I'm thankful that things like Farm Sanctuary exist and that "our" adopted turkey gets to live there.
5. I'm thankful for the shift in mood that a little gratitude brings. Thank you, Clint, for the idea and Clint, Frank, Sandra, Lisa, and everyone else who has played along. Loved reading all of your posts each week!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Seth's new joy: saying, "Mom, come take a picture!" Then running away just before I snap the picture.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
1. All of the new things we've gotten to see and do and learn about this week in Baltimore and D.C. -- the museums, the aquarium, the metro, the harbor, the parks. And I'm thankful that we get to do those kinds of things when there aren't big crowds.
2. I'm not usually thankful for my Kentucky accent, but this week we got to meet and chat with several people because of it -- must have really stood out here! One was surprised that we live in KY but don't own any horses. Another was surprised that our grass is not really blue. If anyone was surprised that we were wearing shoes, they were too nice to say so! ;-)
3. For learning that sounds like "Oooooh, look at this!" or "Hey, check this out!"
4. For candy -- because of general yummy goodness & because something so simple can make such a huge difference on a mile-long walk with tired kids at the end of the day.
5. For some upcoming down time with no plans.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
We went to the library tonight to see children's nonfiction author Kelly Milner Halls.
Riley had read a cryptozoology book of hers and was excited to hear about another one she has coming out in a couple of years that is specifically about research related to Sasquatch. He also loved hearing about her research, including going on a fossil dig, for her book about dinosaurs.
Maya's been working on writing her own books the last few days: one about our dog, Pablo, and the other about dragons, inspired by all the dragon-themed play with her friend Hayes over the last few days.
2. For everyone anywhere who dedicates themselves to making someone else's life more joyful, free, and light.
3. For the woods -- where there is openness and balance and amazing beauty and just aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh.
4. For all of the people who see things differently than I did in the past and different still than how I see things right now today. And for the learning and growth that comes with that.
5. For the occasional person who shares my view on something -- so that at least when I'm feeling like I woke up in some kind of bizarro world or Twilight Zone I know I'm not alone!!!!!!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
1. Restaurants. I really want to like to cook, and it's enjoyable enough when I can cook something everyone likes. But we all have such hugely diverse taste preferences, and a restaurant with a diverse menu is just awesome!
2. My camera. I forgot to bring it with us on this trip. The cell phone camera just doesn't compare. I *love* having lots of good pictures around.
3. Getting to be there and be a part of so many of the times my kids make some new connection or discover a new interest. It is a very cool life we've got going on here!
4. Time outside in the sunshine, even if it's a bit cold. We're in Chicago this week and on the eastern edge of the central time zone. The sun sets well before most people get off work.
5. That Matt will do things like bring Riley along on his corporate dinner last night because Riley just wanted to be with him. And that he will enjoy taking him and Seth up in the Sears Tower sky deck today because I would really rather not go. I love heights on a big roller coaster. Standing on something like the sky deck looking down is too dizzying for me!