Giving Thanks Everyday

This is where you can find my daily list of thankfuls! Look for weekly posts, Thursday Thankful Round-Ups, for a compilation of each week's list of things I'm giving thanks for. And I'd always love to hear about what you're thankful for, so leave me a comment here or on my Facebook page!

Thursday, June 9, 2011
  • The weather has cooled down and it's not going to be sweltering hot at my friend's wedding tomorrow. 
  • It did not rain this afternoon, as it was supposed to, so Connor's class got to go on their field trip (they were walking to the bowling alley).
  • Dinner at Chris's dad's house tonight. Yay for not cooking, especially when I'm already losing my mind!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
  • The wedding rehearsal for my friend's wedding went well & Lucy did great.
  • The priest said there will be someone at the wedding guiding us along which is great because none of us know what we're doing.
  • We had a very nice dinner after the rehearsal at church.
  • My mother-in-law has been so helpful and babysitting a bunch.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
  • I turned over my preschool secretary binder to the new secretary. While it was a fun year being on the board, I'm glad to have a reprieve.
  • Yummy ice cream and a nice chat with my successor.
  • Watermelon on a hot day

Monday, June 6, 2011
  • I found a pair of shoes for Lucy to wear to the wedding we're standing up in on Friday at the first store we went to at the mall this morning (and a pair for me). Yes leave it to me to wait until the last minute for these kinds of things.
  • Lucy's flower girl dress still fit her when I tried it on her this morning. It had been a couple months since she tried it on, and she's been growing so much I thought I'd better make sure before the wedding day. 
  • The aforementioned dress washed up quite nicely (after I realized it had a few spots on it when she tried it on today...). So glad I didn't have to go last minute dress shopping! 
  • My dog is so gentle and sweet that she co-exists perfectly fine with the bunnies in our backyard. I don't think those bunnies even flinch when Cleo comes outside.
  • I got an email about a giveaway I'll soon have the pleasure of hosting here on the blog.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
  • I got to sleep in this morning
  • Spent this lovely afternoon at the G.P. Shores park and pool
  • The pool was the perfect temperature (important because I'm a huge wimp when it comes to cold pools)
  • Walked to and from the park - yay for exercise! Doesn't happen often enough lately...
  • My mother-in-law's homemade cheesecake - delicious!
  • 5 more days of school!!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011
  • Central air
  • My friend Angela picked Connor up for a few hours so he could hang out with boys for awhile and escape from Girl World
  • The kids finished the brownies...good thing or I would have!!
  • All four kids staying overnight at Chris's moms, Chris went out with a friend and I got to have the house to myself for once
  • Texting...I love the simplification of phone conversations
  • Mexican at Pacos in Mt. Clemens tonight
  • Pandora radio

Friday, June 3, 2011
  • The brownies I made from scratch turned out reeeeaaaaallllly good
  • A phone call from my friend Pauline inviting me out today - although I already had plans, it was nice to be invited!
  • Visiting with my friend Shelly, and the fact that I've been seeing a lot of her because I love her!
  • Lucy & Mathilda behaved themselves at Shelly's house
  • Shelly is recovering (slowly but surely...) from her surgery
  • It was nice out today so we got to hang out outside
  • Our teenage neighbor must have been bored today because she hung out with my kids all afternoon/evening and they love her
  • A fun night out with my friend Hilary
  • All of my wonderful friends!
  • Chris's band got some possibly very exciting news, as soon as it's definite I'll share... 

Thursday, June 2, 2011
  • Bethany's love of 80's fashions
  • Homemade pizza and bread sticks for dinner tonight turned out great 
  • When I left for my walk at almost 10 p.m. it was still not totally dark out
  • Living in a neighborhood where I feel safe walking by myself at night
  • Goody bags from my mother-in-law with all kinds of lovely hand-me-downs
  • 6 more days of school!!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
  • I bought our annual park passes for our city parks today
  • A little picnic and a little playing at the park with Lucy & Mattie
  • The fact that our city has nicely kept parks for us to use and enjoy
  • That carrot cake I made is gone and I'm not the one who finished it
  • The painting hanging in my dining room that we got in Captiva Island, FL, which makes me think of Captiva every time I look at it
  • Mattie has been going to sleep really easily lately
  • Only 7 more days of school!
  • Bethany & Connor both wanting to stay up and read in bed after I tuck them in
  • Lucy telling Chris and I that she is going to live with us forever
  • Mattie throwing me hugs from across the room
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
  • Chris got the a/c working in the van
  • We got to speech a little early today, so Lucy and Mattie were able to play on the playground for a few
  • Breakfast with one of my best friends this morning
  • Kids behaved at breakfast
  • Pee pee on the potty! (not me...Mattie) 
  • Hand me down clothes from Julie (for me!) and leftover Pull-Ups from her youngest
  • I actually made a good dinner utilizing all of our leftover chicken from last night
  • Late night text chatting with my friend Hilary

Monday, May 30, 2011
  • Lovely weather for Memorial Day
  • A nice dinner with Chris's mom and step-dad
  • My first ever made-from-scratch carrot cake came out great!
  • All my kiddies are finally home
  • Watching Chris play Just Dance with the kids

Sunday, May 29, 2011
  • Enjoying Mathilda alone for the weekend
  • Not turning the television on once all day
  • Warmth - let's hope that furnace doesn't have to come back on until at least October!
  • Free literature classics for e-readers
  • Finally getting to wash my hair after getting highlights the other day
  • Hearing Mathilda say "sorry" (after deliberately dropping a DVD behind the couch, that stinker!!) 

Saturday, May 28, 2011
  • Having a friend I've known since the 4th grade
  • Graham crackers with strawberry cream cheese...yummy!
  • Fitting into my skinny jeans...couldn't breathe much but they zipped so I can live with reduced oxygen supply for a few hours
  • A fun night out with one of my best friends and all her crazy friends  

Friday, May 27, 2011
  • I realized that Connor left his lunch at home this morning before Chris left for work, so I didn't have to load up the girls when I took it to school
  • My kids have grandparents who are brave enough to take them (3 of them at least) up north for the weekend
  • Lots of alone time with Mathilda while the rest of the kids are gone
  • Placing holds on library books...I love that I can go online, choose what I want, they find them and email me when they're ready for pick-up. Any library in the county will deliver to my library for pick-up too - how awesome is that?!
  • I have a nice little stack of 7 books I'm looking forward to reading...1 freebie on my e-reader, 1 to review, 1 from the library, and 4 borrowed = no money spent!

Thursday, May 26, 2011
  • Even though we never made it to Lucy's class picnic this morning (because sometimes we are just that unorganized), we still did something fun - I took Lucy and Mattie to the Detroit Zoo.
  • An unhurried, uncrowded zoo visit
  • We got to see the sloth up close. For some reason that just thrills me.
  • I remembered to take rain boots to the zoo for the girls, so Lucy got to splash in the puddles in the pouring rain while singing It's Raining Men. You just can't make this stuff up.
  • Ben & Jerry's...and so what if I've already mentioned that this week?
  • I got highlights in my hair...finally! It's been like years!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
  • Lucy's adorable preschool graduation program
  • The way Mathilda says "hug?" whenever she knows I'm severely irritated with her
  • Spending a couple hours at the library with my kids today, and that they all love it there
  • That the rain stopped before our basement really flooded
  • Reading a book to my kids that I enjoyed as a kid (Harriet the Spy)
  • Cooking on the grill
  Tuesday, May 24, 2011

  • Living on a quiet, peaceful, low-traffic cul de sac
  • I'm getting caught up with laundry...almost there!
  • Pink
  • Matching dresses for sisters
  • My little girls love to wear dresses
  • Vintage Polly Flinders dresses (sadly, however, no matching sets)
  • Eating lunch on the porch with my little girls this afternoon, and watching them draw with sidewalk chalk
  • Only 13 days left of school!
  • I got the okay from Bethany & Connor's teachers for them to miss school tomorrow so they can attend Lucy's Preschool Graduation
  • The ease of communicating with teachers via email
 Monday, May 23, 2011

  • I tried on the bridesmaid dress I'm wearing in a wedding in a couple fit...and I could breathe...and it doesn't have to be shortened like I thought it would need to be
  • Leftover cake from Mathilda's birthday
  • Sweet tea
  • Another peaceful, nighttime walk
  • I got a lot of reading done of the next book I'll be reviewing at Luxury Reading 
  • Spending some relaxing time in the hot tub with Chris after the kids went to bed
  • My chaise sofa, which is the most perfectly comfortable place to stretch out and read
  • Pizza night 
  • Paper plates
Sunday, May 22, 2011
  • A birthday cuddle with Mathilda first thing in the morning, along with Bethany, Connor, and Lucy
  • That Chris and I decided last year to start having small birthday dinners for the kids instead of huge parties
  • Mathilda calling her blueberries "baby grapes"
  • Heavy whipping cream, especially with fresh berries
  • My immersion blender
  • An absolutely gorgeous day, which beckoned to my children to play outside for hours
  • Mathilda's love of dresses, and that she said "my cute dress" when I got her dressed today
  • A husband who is not afraid to tell off a complete stranger in Toys R Us for berating and threatening her young child because he had the audacity to cry when he fell down in the store and hurt himself
  • Children old enough to help get the house cleaned up for company
  • The asparagus roll-up recipe I got from one of Lucy's preschool teachers
  • A lovely birthday celebration for my dear little Mathilda
  • My mother-in-law's offer to keep Lucy overnight tonight, and take her to and from preschool tomorrow
  • The walk I had by myself tonight, in the quiet and peaceful, perfectly warm-but-not-too-warm and with a refreshing light breeze
Saturday, May 21, 2011
  • warm Spring sunshine
  • the walk I took today, all by myself
  • the opportunities I've been getting to review books and's fun to get free stuff AND to have the chance to write about it
  • the awesome chiropractic care I've been getting 
  • Ben & Jerry's Half Baked ice cream
  • Bethany taking it upon herself to organize the upstairs hall closet this afternoon
  • the appointment I finally made to have my hair highlighted this coming Thursday
  • the yummy berry smoothie I made myself a little while ago
  • Mathilda wanting to hug me all the time, sometimes she just sits by me and hugs my arm or my hand
  • Lucy, Bethany, & Connor all agreed on a movie to watch together this evening, with no arguments whatsoever (you cannot begin to imagine what an accomplishment this is...or maybe you can, in which case I feel for you)
  • Clicking "spell check" and coming back with no errors