I Am Thankful

November: 30 Days of Thanks, week 3

November 15th: When I was pregnant with my second boy, male friends would say "That's so cool! wait until they're older & they start giving each other bloody noses. Two boys are awesome." They meant it sincerely. & now my boys are getting older, & I think I'm starting to discover what they meant. So far, the only bloody noses have been accidents, but I wouldn't be surprised if that changes in the near future. & just as quickly as they're physical, they're also the best of friends. Two boys are awesome, & I'm so grateful for these guys.

November 16th: "Look, I just found Moxie's leash frozen in the driveway!" a couple years ago, we got a hypoallergenic dog. She needed to be rehomed, & since our oldest has multiple allergies, we had to be cautious about bringing an animal into our home. She's incredibly obnoxious, & incredibly sweet, & brings so much joy to these kids. I am grateful she is part of our family.

November 17th: He asked to try on the Santa suit, & proceeded to run around the house, trying to make everyone laugh. As a baby, he started smiling at a few days old, & has been trying to get others to smile & laugh ever since. I am grateful for his humor.

November 18th: It was 25 degrees today. Frosty crystals covered the ground, & recycles piled up, so we had a fire in attempt to enjoy the sunny weather. It felt good. Fires in the front yard are one of my favorite activities. I am grateful for them.

November 19th: Nutcracker dance rehearsals started today. After hanging at the auditorium for a few hours, we headed home. Somehow in those few minutes of leaving, she got lost. & then it felt like a good thirty minutes of trying to locate her, when it was probably only five minutes. She went out a door ahead of me, not the door that led outside, & I didn't notice. The door was locked, so she couldn't get back in. A good friend found her, standing in the dark. I am grateful for friends, who help with little and big things. I am grateful we're all in this mom thing together.

November 20th: Lights don't go off without cries "for just one more book!" Each night the kids read to us, & us to them. It's been a bit more challenging for my oldest, but this past week, he has excitedly powered through a chapter book, & eagerly followed it with another one. & being read to? He'll take that for hours, by us or by audio. I am grateful for all three's love of reading. I am grateful, that regardless of their different learning styles, they are all still learning the power & wealth of reading.

November 21st: Sonicares make dental hygiene much easier for my trio. They love everything about them, & I love they actually clean their teeth, rather than the results we get with our standard toothbrush. These three have their share of dental appointments, & anything to make it a bit easier. I am grateful for those buzzing two minutes morning & night.

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November: 30 Days of Thanks, week 2

November 8th: I took my kids with me to vote that morning because I wanted to experience history as a family. When I pulled out the ballot, & saw Clinton-Kaine on there, a rush of unexpected emotions passed over me. I turned to the kids, & whispered, all choked up, we're voting for our first woman President. I believed, wholeheartedly, that's what we were doing. I cast that ballot for the strong daughter (& sons) I am raising, the strong woman (& man) who raised me, the strong women (& men) who have been a part of my life since the beginning, & the strong women (& men) who came before me & are no longer here. As we now know, American didn't elect their first woman President, but I know we are stronger together and I know we will rise up. I am grateful for my freedoms and I am grateful for the fire this election has lit inside so many. I am grateful we will be the change.

November 9th: Boxes turned into superhero fish creatures. Today, I needed all the comic relief I could get, trying to laugh through tears. I am grateful for their imaginations and their creativity.

November 10th: After school pick-up. She keeps it entertaining, always. I am grateful I am able to pick up the kids, even with the boys constant cries of "why can't we ride the bus?!" I am grateful even when it feels like a monotonous routine.

November 11th: Happy Veterans Day. I am grateful for my Grandfather's. I am grateful for the countless others that have served and are currently serving. I am grateful for the men and women who protect our freedoms.

November 12th: B Happy. Words of encouragement in a time of need. I am grateful for the little things in a moment when everything looms so large.

November 13th: Bedtime. It's always a tricky thing to navigate. Lots of surges of energy, one last rally before the day is officially done. And once it's done, it's quiet, albeit briefly. I am grateful for this quiet. This tiny pocket of peace before we begin again.

November 14th: The days are getting dark, earlier and earlier. It leaves little time, in between school, snacks, homework and hockey, to get outside and burn off energy. We try, but not always successfully. Which means lots of burning indoors, roller blades have been on daily, balls flying every which way. Chaos. & I'm grateful for it.

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Home

Ella has started standing, as well as pulling herself up. Today, she walked by pushing their small rocking chair forward. I ran outside to get a picture of her at the bead table. It was gorgeous out, but freezing. Standing there, in that cold, made me want back inside- quick. It also made me realize I haven't posted about my house- it's warmth, it's space, it's noise- it's our home. Mike built it, along with help from my dad & another friend. For our home, I am thankful.

Be Thankful

This month I have been working on a personal photography project called "I Am Thankful," each day I post images, along with some words. Our GHC blog theme this month is "Be Thankful." Going through images from the past 25 days, it's easy to see where my thankfulness begins- my family. That one little word is huge- & I am so thankful for the family I have, for everything we have together, for everything I have because of them.

Now head on over to view Michele's Be Thankful post.

Good Food

Today's lunch consisted of Thanksgiving leftovers, again. After thirty years, I've come to the realization that this is one of my favorite meals. Everything just taste better a day or two later. I told the boys we should eat Thanksgiving dinner every day. They told me "NO!" oh well...either way, we still eat good food, our bellies are full & we are content. For this, I am very, very thankful.

The Weather

Kodiak's weather is often unpredictable; honestly, it's a good source of complaint. A common phrase around here- "We don't live here for the weather." But when it's nice? It is so, so gorgeous, whether it's summer or winter. Today we enjoyed our winter wonderland. We took the kids sledding at the golf course, then Mike & Ry built snowmen back home. It was a refreshing, fun afternoon. It's good to be reminded that we really do live in an amazing place. For this, I am thankful. 

 

Technology

I recently upgraded from the iPhone 3 to the 5. The new camera is awesome. I use it daily to capture all these little moments I wouldn't otherwise be photographing- Mike building our storage shed; Ella's first backpack adventure; Ry's first violin lesson; the week Covey wore his ninja suit everywhere (who am I kidding, we're still in that week, perhaps it'll be a month? a year?); our first 'real' snowfall; Ella's first raspberries (by blowing her lips, not actual berries); Ella's first time standing, while holding on to the dishwasher; Ry's first snowangel of the season; our salt dough ornament adventure; & more. There's a lot of firsts in that list & these are just from the past week....Without this camera, I wouldn't have nearly the photographs documenting these moments. Plus, my sister & dad are both out of town right now & the kids are able to Facetime with them- pretty amazing! For the abilities of technology, I am thankful. p.s. to follow me on instagram, I'm under @breapeterson & my favorite apps are VSCO & squaready :)

Seeing

Watching my kids see their world, helps me gain a new perspective. This time of year it is especially refreshing- the joy, the excitement, the anticipation, the magic. Their faces light up watching the snow fall; they cannot wait for their Thanksgiving feast; & Covey asks about Santa daily. They bring some extra magic to the holiday season. To see the holidays & their world through their eyes, I am thankful.

Let it Snow!

Yesterday we were on blizzard warnings, then down to advisory, back up to warnings. As a result, we woke to a fair amount of snow. While I thought the wind would keep us inside, thankfully it died down this morning & the boys' got to play. They made snow angels & had a snow feast; they attempted a walk in their snowshoes & ate some more snow. Their excitement was contagious & refreshing. For our first snowfall, I am thankful.