Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Twenty-Four

Why can’t we have more four-day weekends? I can get a lot more things done if given four days off every week.

Of course, when I mean “get things done,” it really means “do fun things” like go to the movies. And start Christmas shopping. And knit.

Oh, and clear out the DVR which has been almost at max capacity for the past couple of weeks. Thank God for holiday breaks in TV programming.

But that’s not what I’m thankful for today. What I’m thankful for is the time spent with Hubby doing all these things this weekend.

Except the knitting part. Because he don’t knit. 🙂

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Twenty-Three

I have two kids at home. They rely on me to feed them and keep them warm and love them unconditionally.

So what if they have fur and walk on all fours?

Yep, my kiddos are my dog and my cat. Two adorable pets that we adopted. One beagle-shepherd mix (Kozzy) who’s absolutely adorable, but not necessarily the sharpest tool in the shed. And one black cat (Yami) who likes to think she’s the brightest crayon in the box.

The two of them, though not the kind of kids I thought I’d have, are my children.

I’m so thankful to have them in my life.

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I’d be remiss if I didn’t include my third furbaby, Rain. Especially since it was Thanksgiving weekend when we had to let her go. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her …

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Twenty-Two

Kairi and Tyler, sitting on my lap!

Today is the ultimate day of thanks … at least here in the U.S. Nothing like watching “America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” in Detroit and then heading down to Ford Field to watch the Lions play the Houston Texans (we were robbed of that game!) to make it a Detroit-type of Thanksgiving Day. Top it off with a Turkey dinner at the In-Laws, it’s just been a wonderful type of day.

So what am I thankful for today? Family, for one. I just wish I could spend it with everyone in my family. It’s always hard during the holidays trying to find a way to split time between two families.

Friends are also another thing that I’m thankful for. I may not always be in touch with them, but knowing they’re out there makes life less lonely.

And of course, there’s the everlasting love and devotion that I get from Hubby. That is something that I never take for granted and am so thankful that I’m blessed with having such a best friend and soulmate for my husband.

So there you have it … three things I’m absolutely thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Twenty-One

Short, but sweet today. I am very thankful for the long holiday weekend.

So what if I’m on call?

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Twenty

Spent part of my day outside today. That is, after spending most of it indoors at work. But at least I got to leave in the early afternoon.

My Mom and I went to place a grave blanket on my Dad’s grave this afternoon. We bought a bare blanket and spent some time decorating it with ribbons and bows. This is the first time we decided to decorate it ourselves and we actually had a fun time doing it. We did a fine job, if I do say so myself!

Afterwards, we went out for an early dinner and had some nice conversation. Overall, it was a great afternoon.

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So I’m thinking that Mom & I should make it an annual thing … something we can do together. Because there’s not much we do together.

It’s not that we don’t get along … it’s just that we don’t share a lot of the same interests or find a lot of things in common.

I wish we could … find things more in common. Which is strange to say, since she is my mother. We should have tons of things in common. But we don’t.

It’s one of those things that I shouldn’t do … but I blame part of it on the fact that I don’t have children.

(Yes, I’m bringing out the “Infertility Card.”)

We’ve never really had much in common, even growing up. But I always thought that once I had a baby, I’d be able to turn to my Mom for some “I don’t know what the h*ll I’m doing”-bonding.

And even if we didn’t always see eye to eye, I would put our differences aside if my kids wanted to spend time with their “Lola.”

But since the kids/grandkids thing isn’t going to happen, I want to find some way to bond with my Mom; to connect with her.

So maybe it won’t be bonding over what latest funny thing “Johnny” just did. Maybe it’ll have to be bonding over what we’ve lost together … her, a husband; me, a dad.

What am I grateful for today? The time spent with Mom, bonding over my Dad.

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Nineteen

Long work day today.

Early work day tomorrow.

Tonight, I’m grateful for the warm, soft cozy bed I get to crawl into.

Nighty night, world!

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Eighteen

The sports nut in me was in full swing today. That’s because we were downtown Detroit today at Ford Field watching our beloved Lions take on the Green Bay Packers. And although we lost the game, it was a good game to watch.

Hubby & I are lucky to live in a sports town, being the sports fans we are. We’ve got great college football and basketball teams to follow (although I will always be a True Blue Michigan Wolverine). And we’ve got great professional sports teams to root for.

So today, I’m thankful that we’ve gotten the opportunity to watch many of our beloved sports teams live in action.

Now, if we can only do something about the NHL lockout …

Thirty Day of Thanks, Day Seventeen

You know what I like? Going to the movies. So today Hubby & I took the afternoon off to catch a film.

Originally, we were supposed to see Lincoln, but was surprised to find out it was all sold out. So instead, we went to see Breaking Dawn. 

Yes, I know … but what can I say? I enjoyed reading the Twilight books, so I had to see the movies. And since this was the last movie of the series, I just had to wrap it up. That, and see Taylor Lautner’s abs for one last time.

But I digress.

What I’m thankful for today is that Hubby & I get the opportunity to watch movies when we want to. That’s one thing I know that most families with kids can’t typically do on a whim.

Guess that’s another bonus for living child-free.

Thirty Days of Thanks, Day Sixteen

Kairi loves Nerds … just like Auntie Em

This evening was spent at my MIL’s house awaiting the arrival of some relatives from out of town that unfortunately never made it. But regardless we had fun with Kairi, who is now a sassy-sassafrass four-year old.

I KNOW! Where did the time go? She was just a baby when we had left for Chicago … you know, back when I was in the midst of my infertility identity crisis? (“If I can’t bear children, then what am I?”)

And now she’s four and an absolute ham. I can’t imagine not having her in my life anymore.

Tonight, we laughed and danced and teased one another and it couldn’t have been a more enjoyable evening. So tonight, I am thankful that despite all that has happened in my life, I can still enjoy being “Auntie Em.”

 

Thirty Day of Thanks, Day Fifteen

I love watching TV. Except there’s too many good shows out there to watch TV 24/7. Especially since I don’t have the time to watch TV 24/7.

That’s why I’m grateful for having a DVR so I can watch the shows when I have the time. But more importantly, I’m grateful for being able to spend the time with Hubby so we can watch the shows we love together.

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