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Let It Snow

6 Dec

Today was a great day.  It didn’t start off feeling like a great day, but it was.  Grace and I got up, ate blueberry waffles, and watched some Madeline.  Then we wandered off to A+ (school daycare).  To my immense displeasure, I discovered that I was supposed to have dropped G off by 9:00.  It was almost 10 when I got there.  I somehow missed the part about there being a field trip today.  Needless to say, Grace was disappointed.  And so was I.  After a grueling six day work week, I was looking forward to a day off, spent entirely in my pajamas.  Well, we drove home, tossing out possibilities for the day.  We settled on Grace playing outside with Adele when we got home.  Which she did, for an hour.  I made lunch and she finished her homework.  We both took naps, which I desperately needed, I haven’t been feeling good.  Then we baked cookies, making a huge mess and giggling the entire time.  Grace got quiet and dropped a sweet little bomb, “You know what mama?  I’m glad I didn’t go to A+ today.  I always have the best days with you.”  I may have teared up a bit.  Chris came home from work while we destroyed the kitchen with frosting and sprinkles.

The good day didn’t end there!  Next up, daddy and G made a gingerbread house.  If I thought the cookies were messy, they were nothing compared to the house.  I loved watching my husband with a decorating bag in hand!  We will be sweeping up sprinkles for weeks.  Grace put cookies in a bag and wrote a letter to Ella Snowflake, her little shelf elf.  She wanted to make sure she was sending enough cookies to Santa.  Best.  Day.  Ever.  Because it was unexpected, and simple, and exactly what we needed without knowing it.  We didn’t spend money, or go someplace cool.  We stayed home and just spent time together.  Baking, laughing, and making a huge mess.  I love days like this.  It’s one I’ll be thinking of and cherishing for a very long time.

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A Special Thank You

24 Nov

Tomorrow, as we all know, is Thanksgiving. So, I want to share with you what I am most thankful for. That just so happens to be our parents. I am lucky to have the best parents and in-laws a person could ever ask for. Everything we have, we owe to them. They have supported, motivated, held us accountable, pushed, and loved us, whatever we needed, whatever was necessary. Because of our parents, we got Chris through college, paid off bills, and last year, we bought a house. We have built an amazing life for our daughter, because of our parents. We have become people we can be proud of. Not just as individuals, but as a couple, and most importantly, as parents.

Their strength and love have seen us through our darkest days. Though we have weathered the storm, our parents are still right beside us, ready and willing to help. We can never say thank you enough. I hope they know how much they mean to us. So, to my parents, Shawn and Kelly, and my in-laws, John and Mary, we love, respect and appreciate you so very, very much.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Don’t be ashamed to pop the button on your pants if you eat too much!!!