[photopress:100_5433.jpg,full,centered]My family has this tradition, although I may be the only one who carries it on. Every year when I was a kid, my Mom would make a Thankful Turkey out of a milk carton. It was always a work of art. The idea is that throughout the month of November, you write things you’re thankful for and put them in the turkey. On Thanksgiving, we would “carve” our turkey and read all the things we were thankful for. This normally meant that everyone was frantically writing 1/2 hour before Thanksgiving dinner, so there was actually something to read. Since some of my family is not here, I have decided that we need a virtual thankful turkey. So, here are a few things that I am thankful for. I am thankful for . . .Cold fronts just in time for Thanksgiving, so it actually FEELS like the holidays.My husband who serves diligently and does what he’s supposed to.My kids who love their little sister Kelsey, and take care of her.Air conditioning (This is on every list every year – we’re Vans after all!)Friends who care enough to take time to think of you on your birthday.My “beans” – (this is actually my bag of deer corn that I heat up in the microwave. I LOVE it!)The kids school – I love having them home, but they have so much more fun when they’re there.The church – Wow, we belong to the best church! My family – even the weird ones (you know who you are)The best in-laws in the entire world.A brother diligently and faithfully serving a mission in Michigan who is such a great example to me and my kids.My Savior.The Thanksgiving and Christmas season – it just makes me happy.Chocolate. The Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys for giving me something to root for,Okay, that’s enough! I could probably go on for a while, but I’ll stop for now. Feel free to add what you are thankful for in the comments! Happy Thanksgiving!
Tonight, I was watching TV while the kids played in the gameroom. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I was watching “Dancing With the Stars.” (Sidenote: I started watching it because Mark Cuban was on. Since we’re such huge Mavs fans, and he’s the owner of the Mavs, I felt it was my duty to support him. Then I got sucked in, and now Jon mocks me for watching it. But it’s a little addictive. I’m not sure they make Dancing with the Stars 12 step programs. Oh well!) Anyway, one of the female stars was wearing a not very modest outfit. It was basically a bikini with a cape. We’ve been talking to Emily a lot about not showing off her parts, and how she needs to be modest. She watched for a minute, and this was the conversation that followed:EMILY: Mom, she’s showing her parts!MOM: Yes, she is. That’s not very modest, is it?EMILY: No! She needs to put on a shirt.MOM: Yes, she does.EMILY: And some pants.MOM: I think that would be a very good idea.It was so funny! Most people in the world would think the outfit was pretty. Emily just thought she needed a shirt and pants. She makes me laugh! But maybe she won’t be one of those girls at the mall that make Jon and I say “Our daughter will NEVER dress like that!”
I have a new perspective on life. I had something that I had to do all day today. I had to leave really early, so I had to get everything ready last night. I packed food for Kelsey. I wrote notes to the kids teachers. I got up at 5:45, just to get myself and everyone else ready. I left home at 7:00 a.m., even before Robbie and Emmy left with Jon for school. I dropped off the two littlest ones at Mom’s. Then I was gone until almost 5:00. A friend had to pick up Robbie and Emmy from school and watch them until Jon picked them up after work. (Thanks Maria!) I picked up the kids from Mom’s (Thanks Mom!), and drove home in rush hour traffic. Jon had started dinner. We finished up, ate, did homework, and put the kids to bed. I didn’t have time to change, or wind down or anything. I didn’t have time to do any dishes or make any beds. None of my errands got done. I am exhausted. And I’m crabby. And I missed my kids.Is this what it’s like to be a working mom? Phew, I can’t even imagine. I suddenly have great respect for all those women who go to work every day and still find time to be a mom, and a happy mom at that. Wait, is this what it’s like for the guys who go to work every day? I am suddenly very grateful that I get to stay home with my kids. I am grateful that Jon goes to work every day, and still comes home and helps out, when all he probably wants to do is crash. I guess what I’ve learned is that my life isn’t so bad. I think I should be a little more grateful for that. I think I should complain less when I have a hard day. And I will. Tomorrow. After I’ve had some sleep. Good night!
Here’s Halloween in a handy list:1. We live in the BEST neighborhood for trick or treating. Seriously. Once around the block, and the candy buckets are full.2. Adam decided to be grumpy for most of the ward trunk or treat. He spent most of the night in the van. So, I don’t really have a good picture of his whole costume.[photopress:100_5424.jpg,full,centered]3. Jon spent most of the ward trunk or treat in the church helping people, and he had Kelsey, so I only took one picture of her. And yes, she’s a Dallas Mavericks cheerleader. We’re a little addicted! Oh, and Jon in the background dressed up as a snowmobiler. Wishful thinking, I’m sure, since it was about 80 degrees. He was only a LITTLE warm.[photopress:100_5414.jpg,full,centered]4. We HATE Robbie’s costume. Because it’s purple. And skin tight. But it’s what he wanted to be. In case you have no idea (and seriously, who does?), he’s the main guy from Yu-Gi-Oh, which still probably doesn’t help. It’s one of those kid card games, where the kids collect all the cards and trade and battle and stuff. And that’s the extent of my Yu-Gi-Oh knowledge. [photopress:100_5423.jpg,full,centered]5. Emily has pretty much cycled through all the Disney princesses. Next year, I think we’re left with Jasmine from Aladdin, and Ariel. But Emmy looks cute in whatever she wears! And I think she makes a good Belle. [photopress:100_5417.jpg,full,centered]6. Carving pumpkins is not a great idea for Family Home Evening when you have little kids. It basically meant that Jon and I had to carve 3 pumpkins between us while the kids ran around crazy. But they turned out cute![photopress:100_5419.jpg,full,centered]7. Candy does NOT make a good breakfast. I’ll have to not do that tomorrow. Happy Halloween!