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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thankful Thursday #2

I'm so excited! Last week, I mentioned that I wanted to start a new thread, called "Thankful Thursdays," and since then I came across two link-ups that are perfectly relevant, "Ten Things of Thankful" and "The Little Things Thursday" (which, might I add, the host of The Little Things Thursday has impeccable taste when it comes to creating a title for her blog.  Just sayin'). If you don't blog then you probably aren't familiar with the term link-up. It's okay, because even though I've been blogging for years I have only recently been focusing on promoting my blog, and I only learned what a link-up was about a week ago.  But now that I know what it is, I can tell you that link-ups are the best thing since sliced apple pie.... or sliced bread, for you more traditional readers.

I'm going to leave the term link-up a mystery for ya'll, for now.  If you want to learn more about it, you can google it and find way more information there than what I could tell you.  Right now, I am writing on borrowed time -- the baby is napping, the toddler is watching Frozen (more like reciting it word-for-word), and the big bro is doing his math.   Let's do this!

1. I'm thankful for photos.

I'm such a picture freak (if we're friends on Facebook, you know this to be true).  I am constantly snapping photos of my children.  Bubba is now getting old enough to where he doesn't want his picture taken very often, but every once in a while I'm able to sneak him into a shot or two..

In fact, just because I want to and I can (because this is my blog, so ha!), I'm going to post a photo of my children under each thing that I'm thankful for. So there.



Sissy, swinging on the new playground that Santa brought for her.



2. I'm thankful for pamper days.

Technically, I only started having a pamper day for myself last week.  I had not pampered myself in a looooooong time since before then.  I was too busy spitting out children, I guess.  But the hubs insisted I take a day for myself, last week.  I got my hair and nails done, professionally.  I didn't realize how much I needed that alone time until the day it happened.  Now that it has come and gone, I've committed to giving myself a pamper day at least once a month.  I'm blessed to have a husband who is supportive of it, emotionally and financially (I never spend money on myself -- I always feel guilty doing so, since my family is my priority. My hubby has to encourage me to buy myself new clothes, shoes, and anything else that I would consider a luxury).

My favorite photo from the set that I took for our Christmas cards, which never got mailed out ... because, you know, I was busy giving birth to their little brother the day after I took these pictures.


3. I'm thankful for my husband.

It only seemed fitting to give thanks for him after listing #2.  My hubby is truly the best.  He works around the clock.  No, seriously.  Seven days a week.  He has only had one day off from work since Christmas, and that was when I had my pamper day.  In other words, his one day off in weeks was voluntarily spent at home alone with our crazy children, while I spent a day spoiling myself. Can you say, "awwwwww"??

Handsome Mr. Fuzz Ball, looks just like his daddy (except, his daddy isn't a fuzz ball).


4. I'm thankful my husband has tomorrow off.

Yep, his second day off since Christmas is tomorrow.... unless, of course, someone calls and books a charter with him.  I'm realllllly praying they don't.  He needs to give himself a break, and we need a family day. Badly.

Since I wrote this post, a charter was booked for tomorrow.  So no more full day off; just the morning, unless that gets booked, too.  We're trying to earn extra money for our trip to Ireland over the summer, so I guess I understand.  But I'm revoking this part of my thankful list.

Awwwwwww


5. I'm thankful for the movie Frozen.

This is something I never thought I'd hear myself say.  However, it is the only thing on the TV screen that captivates my daughter's attention.  I wasn't a believer in using TV to pacify our children, and truthfully, I still am not.  But sometimes momma just needs a break--from Sis, especially.  I love that girl, she has her momma's energy (I wish she'd give it back!) and her momma's spunk, and then some! But I can't keep up with that girl.  She, alone, is literally a FT job for me anyone.  I could never get anything done if it weren't for Olaf, Anna, and Elsa.  Admittedly, ever since we bought her the movie for Christmas I have found myself singing and dancing around the house to the songs.  My favorite song is First Time In Forever.  Okay, I'm going to shut up now.

This is how I found Fuzz Ball one day, while his sister was prancing around our house in her princess dress, singing Let It Go into her microphone as loudly as she could. Coincidence or no?


6. I'm thankful for my kitchen.

It isn't the largest kitchen.  In fact, it's pretty small.  I love the set up of our house but I wish they would have increased the square footage in our kitchen just a tad bit more.  BUT! Even though it is only about 2 feet larger than the kitchen I had in my apartment, it is my kitchen.  And I love it.  I spend most of my day in that kitchen and, aside from my computer and blog, the kitchen is my office.  I love having the opportunity to cook for my family.  I don't always get the chance to make my favorite meals as often as I'd like to, but when I do have the time I love trying new recipes (hint: send me your favorite family recipes so I can try them on my family, and review them for you)!


Handsome Bubba, after the first hair cut I ever attempted giving him on my own.


7. I'm thankful for green smoothies.

I have always tried to drink my smoothies every day, but when I got pregnant with Mr. Fuzz Ball the taste of them suddenly became yucky.  I never had that problem before, but thankfully my taste buds have returned to normal and I'm back to drinking them daily! Talk about a natural, healthy way to spike your energy for the day! Coffee doesn't hold a candle to my smoothies, but that's not to say I don't still enjoy my cup of joe on some mornings; especially this time of the year.  Some days I make my smoothies for breakfast, and on those days I will skip the coffee.  Other days, I don't get around to making my smoothie until lunch time.  On those days, I usually have to drink at least one good cup of coffee to get my day stimulated.  My goal is to eventually cut out the coffee, altogether.  Ha.ha.ha.

Keep your eyes peeled for my personal favorite smoothie recipe!!!

The kids' first sibling photo, together. Bubba insisted on wearing a matching hat to his baby brother -- I did not force him to wear that hat. (:

8. I'm thankful that Sissy is potty trained!

As soon as I learned I was pregnant with Fuzzy Fuzzerton, I knew I didn't want to be changing two sets of diapers every day.  So, I set out on a mission to potty train my then 1-year-old daughter.  She picked up on it very quickly, and has always done so well.  We still wear pull-ups when we leave the house, and she isn't perfect at remembering to tell me she has to potty when we're away from home.  But at home, she is 100% potty trained.  I'll take it!

My little model, with lipstick that she applied to her face all on her own!


9. I'm thankful that Fuzz Ball has started sleeping through the night!

He developed a routine last week.  Yay! He is great for me throughout the day, and becoming so much more alert (I love the cross-eyed looks.  I am going to miss this phase in another month or two).  But almost every evening, starting around 6pm (i.e. dinner time for the rest of the family) he goes through about 3-4 hours of being colicky.  All he wants to do is eat, burp, spit up, and cry.  It is a bit challenging to prepare dinner and take care of him like that, but we've all learned to form a system together, and both Stud and Bubba have been wonderful to chip in and help.  A lot of times, I'll prep dinner ahead of time so that even if I can't do all of the cooking, myself, Stud and Bubba can help out by finishing the cooking.  Crock pot recipes are a life-saver.  Don't worry, I'll post some recipes for all of you other busy momma's.

Stud and Bubba are also both pretty awesome about taking the baby for me, on nights when they prefer that I do all the cooking.  Sometimes, Stud will let me eat while he holds the fussy baby, before he eats, but usually I insist that he eats first since he's been working in the heat all day and needs a wholesome meal (awww, isn't it cute how we argue over who should have to eat first?!).

Finally, around 10pm Fuzz Ball will settle down after one last feeding, and sleep until 6:30 am-ish.  It's awesome.  I either go straight to bed with him and my hubby, or I catch up on some writing, laundry, reading, showering, etc.  It's usually the latter.  Very rarely am I able to go to bed at 10:00, as much as I try to push myself to keep that schedule.  But I'm just happy to have a couple of hours at night, to myself.  It's quiet, peaceful, and I can get stuff done without being interrupted (like going potty!).

My cheap attempt at the bible verse, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14  -- This photo is what made me realize I need a professional camera so that I can stop using my phone to take pictures for my blog.


10. I'm thankful that I already lost 30 lbs!!!!!!

Yep, since the night I went into labor, 6 weeks ago, I lost 30 pounds. Okay, so some of it was from having the baby and all of that other junk in my body, which added up to about 10-12 lbs.  But that's still about 20 lbs of my own weight which I lost.  I'll admit, I was already gaining weight before I got pregnant.  Last year was such a busy and crazy year for us, and because of the stress I didn't make eating healthy one of my top priorities (as I usually try to do).  Needless to say, as I was pregnant I continued to follow my cravings and gain weight on top of the natural baby weight gain.  I am 10 pounds away from my starting pregnancy weight, and 40 lbs from where I want to be.  But I lost 30 lbs, already, people.  Within a month and a half. I feel pretty good about that!  Let me enjoy the moment.

Sissy's first time holding her baby brother, in the hospital.

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So there are my 10 Things of Thankful for this week.  By the time we reach Thursday, amongst all the stress sometimes it's good to remind ourselves that there are still things in life to be thankful for. I would love to hear from my readers! What are some things you're thankful for today? Don't worry, I won't make you list ten things.

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