Today I am grateful for…
- Big boy beds – Big changes around here. The little guy crawled out of his crib and once he figured out he could do it there was no stopping him. So the transition has been made. Big boy bed time. However… see #3
- Green heads – The little guy seems to have a bit of an artistic streak in him. Picked him up from daycare this week after a long day at work and his head was green. Bright green. He colored it in with marker. Daycare tried to scrub it out and it resulted in green hair and a more equally distributed shade of green. Excellent! (Only regret not getting a picture.)
- Piles of blankets on the floor next to the bed – Soooo grateful for the pile of blankets that nests on the floor next to the big boy bed since the small human seems completely uninterested in staying in his bed for the whole night. That pile of blankets keeps him warm and provides a pad when he rolls out of his bed onto the floor. Thump.
- Shampoo and bath time – Green heads eventually need to be washed. I know, I know… such a “mom” thing to do. But it had to be done. And bath time with faintly green bubbles floating around is just kind of fun.
- Thai food – Praise to single moms or moms who have partners that travel a lot. Praise to working moms who pick up their kiddos and figure out how to get food on the table every night, especially homemade food. Some nights you just give up and order Thai food. And the bonus is the small human loves to eat Thai veggies… so I feel less guilty about getting take out!
- Potty training – Not officially potty training yet, but love the idea of no diapers at some point in the future. The little guy spent about 24 hours last week where he only wanted to go #2 in the potty and #1 in his diaper. So very very grateful for the opportunity to try to explain to an irrational, over-tired, crying two-year old why he is probably going to always go a little bit of #1 when he goes #2. Complete meltdown over the fact that he could not do #2 without a little bit of #1. Have you ever tried to explain this to someone, two-year old or otherwise?? (For those who do not have kiddos I am trying to keep this relatively clean and promise I will not turn this into a potty blog.)
- Change… and change… and change… – And this is what I am most grateful for today. Even though all those changes hit about the same time and it was a moderately rough week I am so thankful that these changes are happening. It means growth. It means maturing. It means living.
So if you are in a place in your life right now where changes just keep happening. And maybe the pace feels too fast or the changes are too big and too overwhelming just take a deep breath. Pause. And realize change is ultimately a good thing. It means we are alive. We are growing. We are embracing this thing we call life.
A couple nights ago I was reading a blog post and I really liked it. I liked it so much I decided to write a comment. And that comment required me to log in to my own blog account. Huh.
I have a blog?!?! I didn’t exactly forget I had a blog. I just neglected to remember for the past few months. Huh.
How could you forget your own blog, you might be asking? Well, life just gets busy. And then it finally gets a little less busy and I find myself reading other people’s blogs. And then something reminds me – “hey, you have a blog too.” And it is neglected and lonely and would love for someone to pay it a little attention. Huh.
So here we are today! And today, if I were my own best friend I would remind myself to be grateful! Because honestly, after waking up at 5am with a cranky 2 year old who battled for every single decision of the morning, socks, shoes, toast, milk, to wear clothes or not, to stand up or not, to go completely spineless and boneless (how do they do that?!?!) when I pick him up…. well, suffice to say I was not feeling very grateful.
But that is the beauty of trying to be my own best friend, right?
So today I am grateful for:
- Time – to reflect and remember I am grateful (even if my two year old left the house wearing nothing but socks and a diaper – at least the diaper was a win! Just kidding, I also managed to get one shoe on him too!)
- Space – at this moment I have the time and space to write and draw and that is a beautiful gift!
- Warm tea (‘nough said on that one, maybe you are grateful for coffee? Or maybe your morning was rougher than mine and you are grateful for tequila? To each their own, right?)
- Endings and beginnings – they seem to go together! (And honestly the end of the Battle Royale over toast is the beginning of a peaceful truce in the home! Aah. Momentary mouthful-of-peanut-butter-toast-quiet.)
- 6 cubic yards of barkdust – Seems kind of random right?!?! But there is something rejuvenating about the physical labor of spreading 6 yards of bark around your home and feeling sore muscles three days later to remind you of it.
So, serenity now. Time, space, warm tea, endings & beginnings, and bark. I wish you all a happy and grateful type of day. And I hope you all make it out of the house wearing more than a diaper, two socks, and a shoe.
If I were my own best friend I would remind myself to be thankful for…
- elastic waist bands
- extra pillows
- luke warm baths
- cat naps.
***With Mother’s Day on May 13th, this one is for anyone who has ever been pregnant, taken care of someone who is pregnant, lived with someone who is pregnant, loved someone who is pregnant…
Pregnancy often results in motherhood. This is about the ninth month of pregnancy and the things that make it bearable. Thank you to everyone who is a mother, is in the process of becoming a mother, or loves or supports a mother.
Happy (early) Mothers Day!
If I were my own best friend I would remind myself to be thankful for…
***Outside my home stands a row of cherry trees. Up until a week or so ago they all looked the same – grey-brown-black bark, no leaves, no blooms, no hint of anything different between them. Then one lone tree sprouted tiny little green buds. Days later it exploded into pink and cream blossoms.
This one tree stands out amongst all the others, a bright eruption of color and scent. The rest remain dark and drab. I look at this one tree in full bloom and I think of the people out there who are moving ahead of the curve. The innovators.
These people look at the world around them, the row of black trees without buds, and they decide, why not bloom now? They step out of line and do it their own way, snow, sleet, rain and freezing weather be damned! They know they might lose, but then again, they also might win (big). And if you never take the chance and try something new or different, you will never know what could be…
So, today I would like to say “thank you” to all those people I know (and don’t know) who have decided to bloom “early”, to go against the grain, and to make a difference. In the same way this lone cherry tree brings me joy everyday, so do those of you who are pushing the envelope. Thanks.
If I were my own best friend I would remind myself…
Happiness might be a refrigerator with homemade jam in it.
***It really can be that simple. Bad day. Cold weather. Feeling crummy. Just need a bright color. Maybe you are even hungry! Open fridge. Find homemade delicious fruity puts a smile on my face jam. Make toast. Slather in butter and jam. Eat and enjoy.
Thank you to all the wonderful friends and family members in my life that make homemade jam. I cannot tell you how much joy it brings me to open the refrigerator and know someone took the time to make something that delicious!! Someday I might learn how to make jam myself, but until then… Keep on jamming – it is much appreciated!
If I were my own best friend I would remind myself to be grateful for…
- snow days
- snow plows
- warm and toasty drinks
***All of these things make me feel like a kid. Sometimes it is nice to have a day that reminds you to be grateful for the child that still lives in all of us. Making snowmen. Catching snowflakes on your tongue. Having the day off because of snow. Watching snow plows drive by (they have always reminded me of some sort of cross between a rhinoceros and a robot, don’t know why…). And finally, warming up with a steaming hot drink when you come back inside.
Do you like the snow? Do you feel like a big kid when it snows? Or do you get cranky? When is the last time you got to throw a snowball at someone? How about making a snow angel? I love snow!
If I were my own best friend I would say…
“THANK YOU and Happy Holidays!” to all the wonderful people who have supported this fledgling blog.
***Thank you to every one of you who has subscribed or stops by on a regular basis to see what I am up to. I appreciate you so very much. This blog started in May as an experiment and it has brought me great joy each day to sit down and draw a little, write a little, and receive and respond to your fabulous comments a little. I hope you have found something in these posts that has made you smile, or think, or find a moment of happiness in your day.
I wish each of you a very happy holiday season, regardless of how or what you celebrate. If I could wrap up peace, hope, and good health in a box or bag I would do just that and send it your way.
Some of you may have noticed the slightly sporadic posting over the last few weeks. Life is getting very busy right now, with some major changes on the horizon and because of that I am going to take a short “posting-break” until the new year.
I will be back in January with new drawings, new thoughts and new advice for myself (and anyone else who wants to tune-in). I also have a couple of fun giveaways in the works, so I do hope you will stick around! Again, THANK YOU for being a part of this blog. It means so much to me. And finally, wishing you a very happy holiday season. Cheers!