Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 30: My Life

Today I am very thankful for my life! I have some awesome parents, a wonderful husband, two kids that I adore and love so much, a house full of some cool pets, and I have some great friends and family. I really do feel lucky to have such a great life! I am beyond thankful for it!

Thank you to anyone who followed this blog series :)

Big Bubs is thankful for, "The cats."


Day 29: Alejandra

Today I am thankful for Alejandra! She is our house cleaner and I am super thankful for her and her husband. They both come every three weeks to clean our house and I love it when they do. I don't have the time or energy to keep the house super clean the way that they do it. I am always amazed at how clean she can get our sink and I've tried and tried, but I can never get it as clean as she does. The house looks so great after they have cleaned it. They are both really friendly and Big Bubs loves to hang around them. I know that they would probably like it if he would leave them alone, but they are very polite about him always being in the way. I'm going to try and keep the house clean, but it never happens and within a week our house (mostly the kitchen) looks like it needs a good cleaning again :(

BB is thankful for, "Balls." I asked him when we were cleaning up all of the balls :)

Day 28: My Time with Little Bubs

Today I am thankful for my time alone with Little Bubs. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Big Bubs goes to preschool and I get the majority of the day to spend with Little Bubs. I really treasure this time because I can actually play with LB and let him play with anything he wants without the fear of BB beating up on him or causing havoc. It is really nice to not have to be mediator and LB really enjoys his time of being able to free play without the mean older brother around. LB also takes two naps and during this time I can get some stuff that I really need to get done or I can waste my time on Pinterest, Facebook, or on the Internet :) This time with LB is especially fun right because he started walking and he is really into climbing onto everything, which is fun to watch him try to figure out.

BB is thankful for, "Dad." BB was pissed off at me today and just wanted his dad, so I figured that he would be thankful for dad :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 27: Lazy Days

I am very thankful for lazy days. It is really nice not having anything to do on a weekend day. Even though we had nothing to do we managed to keep the day pretty full. We even went for a two mile run and I have discovered that I am really out of shape! I have decided that I will definitely be stepping up my running and exercising because my clothes are getting a little tight and all of this eating is a bit much! I am also thankful that I was able to catch up in this blog because of this lazy day! I had a lot of days to write about because of the holidays and I am glad that I got this extra time. I don't think that I will get one of these days for awhile because our calendar for December is pretty packed!

Big Bubs is thankful for, "Driving my car." He has a red cozy coupe that he LOVES! It is his favorite toy and he is in there all of the time. When I had asked him what he was thankful for he was in the car. I have never seen another kid that likes this car as much as him!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 26: No Traffic

Today I am thankful for no or light traffic on the freeways. We made our trek back home from Sacramento and it wasn't a pleasant trip. The first part it was going well because both of the boys were asleep and traffic wasn't too bad. Then we stopped a little past the halfway point and it was all downhill from there :( Traffic started to get backed up because of some accidents that were on the other side of the road and there was just the extra holiday traffic. I think that close to an hour was added to our drive because of the traffic. The second half of the trip the boys didn't sleep and Little Bubs was screaming for a lot of the time, which then would make Big Bubs start to cry. Being in this situation it just made me really thankful for when there is no traffic on long car rides! Hopefully, when we do our next long ride it won't be so bad!

BB is thankful for, "Dad putting him to sleep." It is funny because I actually ended up putting him to bed :)

Day 25: Leftovers

Today I am thankful for leftovers :) Okay, so I guess that I have this 4,000 calorie meal twice a year because I got to have the leftovers for lunch and it was every bit as delicious! Just thinking about the food is getting me hungry, so I should end it here!

Big Bubs is thankful for, "(Babbling once again)."

Day 24: Family & Thanksgiving Day Food

Today I am thankful for the family that I have! Every other year (since we seem to be sick every other year) we travel up to Sacramento to spend Thanksgiving with my Mom's side of the family. Her family is BIG! She has eight brothers and two sisters, so you can imagine how many people there are at Thanksgiving. My Grandma also lives on a huge property with lots of goats and chickens and BB has a blast when he is there. It was kind of funny because usually BB is shy around people, but he was not shy at all there. He was running around like crazy and having a great time. My relatives couldn't believe that he is usually shy. It was nice seeing everyone and I am very thankful that I got to travel up there this year.

I am also super thankful for Thanksgiving food! I think that it is my most favorite food! I LOVE stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, pie, green-bean casserole, and everything during Thanksgiving. It is a good thing that I eat this huge meal once a year because I heard somewhere that the average American consumes over 4,000 calories during Thanksgiving! I sure believe it, but all of that food was DELICIOUS!

BB is thankful for "Nuffing (Nothing)." He says "nuffing" all of the time when I ask him, but after some prodding or bribing he usually will come up with something else. He didn't today, which happens to be the day that you are supposed to be the most thankful on, go figure!

Day 23: I'm Capable...

Today I am thankful that I am capable of helping out other families in need during this holiday season. I belong to the MOMS Club and this year for Thanksgiving and Christmas we "adopted" a family to help out. The family that we adopted is a 25 year old mother with her two children that are five and four. This family was recently homeless and are now just getting back on their feet. I am really thankful that my husband has a job and that we can afford for me to stay home with the boys and even have a little extra to help out this family. Another member and myself went to drop off the Thanksgiving meal to the mom, along with some gift cards, and she was really grateful for everything. At one point it looked like she was about to cry, which was really touching to see. Being a part of this MOMS Club I have really done a lot in helping out families in need and it is a really great thing to do and I wish that I had done it sooner. At least I am starting now!

BB is thankful for, "Dad." I think that BB needs to spend more time with Dad so that he can be thankful for me :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 22: Books

Today I am thankful for books! I LOVE reading so much! I have loved reading ever since I was a little kid. I especially love it when I am reading a good book. Every year, since I have been keeping track, I try and read at least 24 books (this does not include the tons and tons of kids books that I read). Reading is one of my passions and I really hope that my kids get this same passion too. Recently a friend posted on Facebook that, "Annually, the average American will watch four hours of TV a day (that's 60 full days a year!), but 1/3 of them won't read a single book. Of those who will read, the average is between 1 and 4 books a year." It is frightening that this is true, but I am just really glad that I am not in that statistic!

BB is thankful for, "(Babbling and nonsensical words)."

Day 21: Old Friends

Today I am thankful for "old" friends. By old, I don't mean that they are old in age, but that they have been friends of mine for awhile. Today I happened to call one of those friends up because I was in her neighborhood and I thought that I would drop by to say, "hi." I haven't seen this friend in awhile and I thought that I should just take a chance at seeing if she was around. Luckily, she was home so we got to chat for a bit before we went our ways. I am so glad that I did because it was really nice seeing her and getting some adult time in. The thing that I love about having "old" friends is that you go without talking to them for a long time and then you can have a conversation with them and it is like no time has passed at all and you pick up just where you left off. I have a lot of really good friends like these. All of these friends make me really happy too and I guess that is why I still stay in contact with them, even if it is months that go by without me talking to them.

Big Bubs is thankful for, "Cats." He seems to be on an animal kick now!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 20: Great Days

Today I am thankful for great days! By a great day, I mean that from beginning to end the day was really great! This doesn't happen all of the time, so when it does it is really nice!!! I think what makes a day really great is when Big Bubs is behaving and not tormenting his brother. I think that keeping BB occupied helps with that. In the morning BB got to make waffles with dad! The waffles were delicious! After breakfast Little Bubs and I did the grocery shopping trip together. BB didn't want to come, so I got to bring LB. Usually LB isn't into the shopping, but today he did really well and we had a nice time out together. Then in the afternoon BB and I made some Oobleck and we had a lot of fun playing with that! I definitely recommend playing with it (google it to see some videos). After playing with the Oobleck my husband took BB and the dog on a long walk in the rain! Yes, it was raining and it made the day better for me. I really enjoy a rainy day here and there (as you might already know!). BB LOVES to play in the rain and stomp around in puddles, so this was pure excitement for him. If you have a kid that likes to play in puddles and the rain, I definitely recommend getting The Tuffo Muddy Buddy Overalls. They are fantastic for playing around when it is wet outside. After playing outside BB and I made some cookies. We made some sugar cookies out of a box and they were a bit of a failure (I didn't let the butter melt enough and then added some water and they were way too sticky). The cookies still tasted great though! We then went and had dinner with some of our closest friends to celebrate a birthday. BB wasn't on his best behavior at the restaurant, but it was still nice to get out and I had this delicious taco! It had steak, mashed potatoes, sour cream, bacon, and chives! After dinner I went out with our friends (my husband stayed home with the boys) and went and saw David Sedaris talk. He is soooo funny! I was laughing a ton and had a great time! When I came home I read some and then went to bed. It really was a GREAT day!

BB is thankful for, "Duck." I think that he just said the first word that popped into his head. He then elaborated and said that he was thankful for only one duck and not two or three ducks! He is so silly sometimes!

I am also thankful that I got to see Little Bubs take five steps without holding onto anything!!! The most he had been doing was two steps, but this was a lot more. I think that the kid will be walking soon!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Day 19: Alone Time with the Big Bubs

Today I am thankful for time alone that I get with Big Bubs. There isn't a lot of time where I am just with Big Bubs. The times that we are alone are when I am putting him to bed, when Little Bubs is taking a nap, and when we do our weekly Trader Joe's shopping trip. The times that we are alone are usually very short and we aren't doing anything really fun. Yesterday we were invited to a birthday party. I decided to leave LB at home with my husband so that they could get some bonding time and so that I could have some alone time with BB. It was so much fun! BB was shy at first and wanted me right by his side, but then after awhile he warmed up and was running around like crazy and participating in the games that they were doing. It was a lot of fun hanging out with him. He was in a GREAT mood all of the time, which is rare when LB is around. I realize that he probably needs more alone time with just one of us because he does have a hard time dealing with LB. I think that we will have to try and plan more outings together because it was a lot of fun!

BB is thankful for, "the bus." I'm not sure where this one came from because I don't remember him seeing a bus, but he must have seen one somewhere and had that on his mind!

Day 18: Preschool and Teachers

Today I am thankful for Big Bubs preschool and his teachers! Every day that it is a preschool day it is really hard to get him to go because he wants to stay home, but when I go and pick him up all he wants to do is stay there and play! I am thankful for the place because it allows BB to run around a lot outside. We don't have much of a backyard, so he misses out on running around a lot. At preschool he also gets to do arts and crafts projects every day that he is there. At home I always have good intentions to do A&C projects, but it gets kind of hard trying to organize something when there is also LB to take care of. At school he gets to play with kids his age! BB is not a very social kid, but I think that it is really good that he has some time to play with kids that are around his age. The Director of the school said that BB is even becoming a lot more social and hanging out with the kids and playing with them. She said that he laughs so much now, which is an awesome thing to hear! The teachers there are so incredibly nice and I definitely recognize that they do a job that I feel I could not do. Having the patience to deal with the personalities of 2-4 year olds can be very tough! I am also thankful that when BB is at school I get some alone time with Little Bubs and that time is really treasured by me!

BB is thankful for, "Dad taking me to school." He seems to be on a Dad kick again :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Day 17: Kleenex

Today I am thankful for Kleenex (well actually facial tissue from Costco!). The boys and I have been sick with a cold for the past week (I think Anderson has a cold on top of the Roseola). For the past few days we have all had so much snot coming out of our nose. I feel like I am blowing my nose constantly! My nose is very thankful that there is soft Kleenex because sometimes I am in the bathroom and I have to use toilet paper, since it is right there, and it hurts my nose! I can't believe how much Kleenex we go through! I just hope that this cold goes away and our snot clears up!

BB is thankful for, "(babbling here)." He really was not interested in giving me anything today. I asked him many times throughout the day and every time all he did was talk gibberish :(

Day 16: Friendly Stray Dogs

Today I am thankful for friendly stray dogs. Today I was sitting on the couch and I see this flash of brown walk by my sliding glass door and I thought, "Did I leave Lucy (my dog) outside all this time?" I went and opened the door and it wasn't Lucy! It was another dog that was her height and very similar to her coloring. I was very confused on how this stray dog got in my backyard because my side gates are closed. The only thing I could think of was that the dog got into the neighbor's yard (the one behind me) and then either fell or jumped down from their yard into mine. The dog looked very scraggly and had a collar on, but no tag. She (we determined it was a she) seemed friendly, but I didn't want to take a chance and get too close. I brought her out some food and water and it was really happy about that. She would come to the back door a lot and just look in :( My sister in-law, who is a dog lover, came over and she befriended the dog and got the dog to come by her and then the dog just laid down right by where she was sitting. It was so cute. The dog just seemed like she wanted and needed some love and attention. The dog was super stinky and it looked like it might have had mange because it was missing a lot of hair around her legs and bottom and was scratching a lot. The dog never barked or growled and just seemed like a sweet dog. She would come and sit or lie by our back door and just wait for us to come by it. I had called animal control earlier in the day because there was nothing that I could do with this dog. Plus, I wasn't sure if the dog had mange and I didn't want to touch it. Animal Services came and the lady was so nice! She was very friendly to the dog and gentle. The dog was a little hard to catch because she kept running away, but the lady finally got her. When she did, the lady was surprised at how easily the dog went into the van and commented on how well behaved this dog is. We did find out that the dog tested negative for mange, which was great, but she has to have something else going on. I hope that whatever she has is treatable and that someone will adopt her, but I doubt that will happen :( I am very thankful that this stray that ended up in our backyard was so friendly! I couldn't imagine if we had some angry and viscous dog back there. I also feel as though the dog was very thankful for the food, water, treats, and attention she got when she was in our backyard because I am sure she hasn't had that in a long time!

Big Bubs is thankful for, "dad." Then I asked him why he was thankful for Dad and he said, "because I love dad." Very sweet!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 15: Book Club

Today I am thankful for my book club! I really enjoy going to book club a lot and it is one of the few times that I get to go out without the boys! My husband is a good sport and stays home with them, but it is only fair since he rarely reads the books :). The conversations at book club almost always take a turn for the funny and I laugh a lot, which makes me feel good. Plus, there is some good food and often dessert! Last night we had some cupcakes made from the place that won Cupcake Wars and they were delicious! I am extra thankful for book club because that is where I met my husband around this time in 2003 (wow, I can't believe it's been eight years since I've been in this book club and have known my husband!). Plus, I have gotten some really great friendships out of book club! If you would like to check out our book club blog to see what we are reading and how our meetings go, you should :)

I forgot to ask Big Bubs what he was thankful for today :( He did wake-up around 10:30pm and as I was putting him back to bed I remembered then and tried to ask him, but he was already asleep. I am going to assume that he was thankful for the awesome day we had today (I am super thankful for that too!).

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 14: Perfect Weather

Today I am thankful for the perfect weather that we had! It was so gorgeous today! It was in the low 70s and felt so nice! I went out on a walk with the LB and the dogs and I just kept thinking about how this weather would be such perfect weather to go running in. Too bad I am sick and not feeling that great. I wouldn't mind if most of the days were like how it was today in the middle of the day! It does appear that this whole week it should be looking nice and I am looking forward to that!

BB is thankful for, "Mom!" What? I can't believe that he actually said this! I guess having dad back makes him more thankful for me :) I was super happy that he said this and very thankful too :)

Day 13: No Fevers!

I can't even tell you how thankful I am that Little Bubs finally broke his fever this evening (Sunday evening, even though I am writing this on Monday)! When my kids have a fever I am super freaked out, like previously mentioned (if you would like to know why click here). LB's temp got up to 104.6! Temperatures that high are no joke. I know that his body was working to get rid of what he had, but it was scaring the crap out of me! I wasn't sleeping well and all I wanted to do was take LB's temperature. When I took his temp on Sunday night it was back to 98 degrees! Then in the morning it was at a low 99. Throughout the whole day it stayed at 98 and I was so happy! Then when I went to give him a bath in the evening I noticed that he had a rash all over his back and stomach! Once I saw that I immediately knew what he had. He had roseola. Nathan had this before and once I saw the rash it explained everything. The symptoms made perfect sense and I feel a big sense of relief that I know what it was that was causing him to be sick. I don't know how my kids got the herpes virus already and who they got it from, but hopefully that since they got it they are now going to be immune and not ever have it again!

BB is thankful for, "Dad fixing my bike." We got BB a balance bike because we felt it was time. We were going to get it for Christmas, but decided to not wait and just get it now. We also didn't want to have to travel around with the big bike during the holidays. BB really likes the bike and he was happy that his dad put it together.

Day 12: Trader Joe's

Today I am thankful for Trader Joe's! It is my favorite grocery store and I am so thankful that I have one that is very close to me. They have great food that is healthy and their prices are very reasonable, even a little on the cheap side. Nathan and I usually do a big grocery shopping trip there on Sunday mornings at 8am when the store first opens. We are one of the few people there and it is so nice having the whole store to ourselves. I had to go there today because we were running out of food and I needed to get some stuff for my sister in-law and niece for their plane ride the next day. It was a bit busier, but I still didn't mind! Right now I am loving the store because they have in all of their Thanksgiving food and that is my favorite food!

Big Bubs is thankful for, "Aunt Karen coming to visit." He is definitely right about that! It is really nice having her here. Whenever she comes I always get to go and have a pedicure, so my toenails are looking all snazzy right now! Plus, she is very good at entertaining the boys. Our niece came too, but unfortunately she got sick :(

Day 11: Having My Husband Home

Sorry that I am a few days behind on this blog, but we have been sick and have had house guests.

On this day I was very thankful that my husband was back from his work trip. He had been gone for six days and it was nice having him back home! Taking care of both boys by myself was manageable, but it is so much easier when there are two of us! Also, Little Bubs was just at the beginning of his fevers and it was nice having someone else to help take care of him during the middle of the night when he would wake-up. My husband also told me that his work requested that he go to Tokyo from where he was at, but he declined. For this I am really thankful because having him gone for two weeks would have been even harder!

I am also thankful for the Veterans and having a very cool 11/11/11 day!

Big Bubs is thankful for, "(babbling here)." When I would ask him he would just babble and I couldn't get anything out of him.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 10: Medicine

Today I am thankful for medicine, particularly Ibuprofen. Big and Little Bubs have had colds (which they got from BB's school) and they were just that at first. Little Bubs seemed a bit out of sorts for the day and not feeling as well. I checked his temperature throughout the day and he was running a very low-grade fever. Once it reached 101 I gave him some Motrin (Ibuprofen) for the first time and it took the fever down and he was acting fine. Then this morning at 4am he woke up crying and I went into his room and he was burning up. I took his temperature and it was 103! This freaked me out because of my last experience with a really high fever. I got LB, undressed him, gave him some Ibuprofen and gave him some liquids. He was acting fine, which made me feel better because with BB he was not himself when he had his high fever. After a half hour I checked his temperature and it was already down to 101. By an hour it was down to 100 and LB was ready to go to sleep! I am hoping that when he wakes up this morning that he will be done with the fever. I am REALLY thankful for Ibuprofen. It is the one medicine that makes fevers go down fast and it gives me a piece of mind! I do have the urge to go in and take LB's temperature every half hour, but I want the kid to sleep and I know that the Motrin does last awhile. Unfortunately, Big Bubs woke-up because of all of the commotion and has been up since 4 (it is now 5:45). I hope that he can go back to sleep, but I am doubting that :(

Big Bubs is thankful for, "you giving me a cereal bar today." Before we went out on a walk with some friends I gave him a cereal bar from Trader Joe's (one of our favorite stores). Both the boys love food, so it wasn't a surprise that he was thankful for some food :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 9: Skype

Today I am thankful for Skype! It is really incredible that I can talk to people (while seeing them) halfway across the world on my computer for free! The boys have been "talking" to their dad constantly on Skype since they were little. My parents live about an eight hour drive away from us, but they still get to see the boys frequently because of Skype. It is really so cool and I am very thankful that we have it. Big Bubs knows how Skype works and he likes calling and hanging up on people. He also likes using the emoticons and sometimes gets carried away with using those and not paying attention to the person on Skype :)

Big Bubs is thankful for, "helping Natalie clean-up." This was a surprise that he said that! My niece is here and I had asked him to clean-up and I told him that Natalie could help him. After I put Little Bubs to sleep I came out and all of the toys were picked up. I asked Natalie if BB helped out and she said that he did a little bit, but not very much :( He doesn't like to clean-up and it is like pulling teeth and there is usually some bribing or threatening of taking away toys to get him to do it. That is why I was surprised that he was thankful for helping clean-up!

Day 8: Cameras

I am really thankful for cameras! The previous evening I had had some vivid dreams with a lot of people that I went to high school with (not sure why I was thinking of high school) and this morning it was on my mind, so I got out my picture album and was looking at pictures of my senior year. Then that afternoon the boys and I went to this really cool exhibit called, Noah's Ark, with some friends. Nathan was really enjoying it and I got some great pictures of him that I was able to email to my husband so that he could see what the boys were up to. I am so thankful for cameras! They let us capture so many moments and keep the moments preserved in the pictures. Without the pictures my memory of events wouldn't be as strong or as accurate. I LOVE pictures! I just need to become a better user of my camera so that I can take some better pictures :)

Big Bubs was thankful for, "Dad." He was missing his dad :(

Little Bubs playing on the crates in front of Noah's Ark

Big Bubs climbing a rope ladder in Noah's Ark

Day 7: Friends Who Babysit

First, I have to say that I am behind in this because my husband was out of town, so I had to take care of the boys on my own. For bedtime I have to lie down with the Big Bubs and I usually fall asleep when he does and I don't wake up until around midnight and by then I figure that I should just continue to sleep. Since I have been doing this I have been getting some awesome sleep! I am very thankful for that! I also have not had free-time to do this blog.

On this day I was very thankful for my friend Stephanie who babysat Little Bubs for me while I could go attend a non-profit summit in my district. It is really nice to have a group of friends, all moms, that are available most days to babysit my kids and they usually do it for free, which is an added bonus! It is so nice having this support system and I feel like if they ever needed me to watch their kid I would be more than happy to do so! This was LB's first time being babysat at someone else's house and he did awesome! When I came to get him he was at the back sliding glass door looking at the dog saying, "woof, woof!"

I can't remember what Big Bubs was thankful for today :( This is why I need to keep up on the blog on a daily basis or at least write it down!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 6: The Rain

Today I am thankful for the rain! It was raining today (well yesterday since I am a day late in writing this) and I really do love the rain. I had to do some errands today and the rain made it a little bit more difficult, but that didn't stop me from being thankful of the rain. Whenever it is raining it feels great to be bundled up indoors. It also leaves huge puddles outside that my oldest gets to stomp around in and watching him have so much fun makes me happy. I REALLY want to make some rain barrels so that we can catch the rain and then use it to water our plants! That would be awesome to do and then I would be even more thankful for the rain!

Big Bubs is thankful for, "the Cars movie." The kids don't get to watch any TV or movies in our house unless, they are sick, we are traveling for a really long time (like an overseas airplane ride), or if mom (or dad) just needs a break. Yesterday BB was having a hard day and I finally gave in and put the movie Cars on. He sat quietly through the movie and when it was all done his body was reset and it was like he was a new kid. Of course, today when he woke-up that is all that he wanted to do! "Can we watch Cars?"

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 5: Nice Customer Service Reps

Today I am thankful for Alana! She was the nicest customer service rep that I have ever had to deal with. I am not a very big "talker" and I would much prefer to do communication via email than over the phone, but I needed to make a few phone calls today. I've had on my to do list for quite some time to cancel some credit cards that I haven't used in awhile and some that needed to be canceled before I got the annual fee charged. Today I decided was the day that I would cancel them and I wasn't looking forward to the calls. Usually when I call to cancel a card they try anything and everything to get me to keep the credit card. It is like they don't take "no" for an answer and I wish that they did. The first credit card that I was calling to cancel I ended up not canceling it, but plan on trying again soon :) The next card that I wanted to cancel I called and got this lovely lady named Alana. I told her that I wanted to cancel my card and she asked, "why," but in a very friendly and curious manner. Once I told her she said, "okay, well I just want to check your account to see if you have any points that we can cash out for you." I told her that there probably wasn't going to be anything because the last time I used the card was in 2008 and I don't remember using that card very much. It turns out there were points that added up to $20! Alana told me that she was going to send me a check for $20 and then told me that my credit card was closed. She then asked me if I wanted a letter stating that my account was closed. "Yes please!" She then thanked me for my business and said that if I ever wanted to get a credit card with them again that they would be happy about that. That was it! No begging me to stay, no telling me they will do this and that and I get $20 out of it. It was so easy and no hassle! Of course, this was wonderful to me! When Alana was done speaking I told her that she was the nicest customer service rep that I have ever talked to. She was very thankful and a little surprised that I was saying this, which she shouldn't be because she was so nice and friendly. She said that it made her day to hear that. Being in customer service myself, it is really nice hearing when you are doing a great job!

Big Bubs is thankful for, "this room I'm in." He was playing in mom and dad's bedroom with his brother and dad and he was having a great time. He was jumping on the bed, running around like crazy, and just being a goof! He was probably in my room for an hour having a blast!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 4: Sleeping Children

Today I am super thankful for when my boys sleep well. Little Bubs hasn't been sleeping that great lately and I think that it may be because he has a molar coming in. When I don't sleep well I feel super grumpy because I LOVE my sleep! Our schedules have also been a little busy, so his naps haven't been the best. Last night he slept the whole night and woke up at 7!!!! This was huge because he has been waking up at 6, which is too early for me! Then he took two really good naps. I hope that tomorrow when I wake up I will be thankful that he slept through the night again...But I am sure that I jinxed it by writing about it!

Big Bubs is thankful for, "the toy helicopter." I had bought this remote control helicopter the other day from Costco for my husband (he previously bought one that broke) and I thought that it would be a good Christmas gift. Then I was doubting the purchase and wanted to return it, so I brought it out today to show it to my husband to see if he did want it. Once BB saw it, he wanted to play with it. We kept telling him that we would get to play with it once we were at Nana and Papa's house and he kept asking to go there :) It was funny because I asked him a couple times during the day what he was thankful for, to see if his answer would change, and it was always "for the toy helicopter."

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 3: Playdates

First, I would like to make the disclaimer that I am beyond thankful for my kids, family, friends, health, and overall general life. I could write about each of those and fill up the 30 days, but I wanted to write about some more random things I am thankful for :)

Today I am thankful for playdates! I LOVE playdates!...Mostly playdates for the kids :) When we have playdates it makes my day go by so much quicker. Also, BB is a really shy kid, so when we are out and about he is extra well behaved and I don't have to reprimand him at all for being mean to his brother. It is really relaxing. It is also so nice to get out and get to do something different than staying at home. The added bonus for me is that I get to hang out with other adults and that is such a nice thing to do!!!

BB is thankful for, "the train I got today." We went to a birthday party at a train museum and all of the kids got a toy train for their party favor. I think that BB is really getting this whole "thankful" thing!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 2: The Blanket Lizard

I am thankful for the blanket lizard. What is a blanket lizard you may be asking yourself? It is a blanket that is blue with white polka dots on one side and white with blue polka dots on the other side. I got it as one of my baby shower gifts for Big Bubs (BB) almost four years ago. I started putting that blanket in his crib after he turned a year old and he just grew really attached to it. Probably around 2 1/2 he started saying that his blanket was a lizard and then it became the blanket lizard. He sleeps with this blanket every night and likes to carry it around with him everywhere. It is his main comfort. Well, today he took the blanket lizard to school and I didn't realize it, so when I went to get him I didn't get the blanket lizard! When it was bedtime and he was looking for his blanket lizard and we realized it was at school, it was horrible :( A huge meltdown ensued and it was then that I realized that I was really thankful for that blanket lizard because it makes bedtime go so much smoother!

Here's a picture of the blanket lizard (I would love to buy another one to have on hand, but they are no where to be found!)

BB is thankful, "for Dad." I see some sort of trend going on here with BB :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Challenge #4: Feeling Thankful (Day 1 too)

I decided that this next challenge for me would be to blog about something that I am thankful for every day for 30 days. I need an easy challenge to do because I have been so busy lately and I don't want to set myself up for failure. I figured that this would be the perfect challenge considering that it is Thanksgiving this month. Every day I will write what I am thankful for. I will also be asking my Big Bubs what he is thankful for. I will then post what we came up with :)

Day 1:

I am very thankful for this new incredibly awesome way of shucking corn! My friend Lauren posted a link to this in her blog and I thought that it was pretty awesome, but it wasn't until tonight when we tried it out. It works just like the video and was so easy to do! Makes me want to get some corn more often!

Big Bubs was thankful that, "Dad came home from work!" I'm pretty thankful about that too!