1. I mentioned this in last week’s list, but I’m thankful that I had Monday off. It was great to have three days to sleep in, plus I had time to do some other fun and useful things as evidenced below.
I’ll try not to think about how the next paid holiday isn’t until May.
2. I’m thankful that I had a cake mix and frosting in the pantry. Philip had been using his iPad to ask for cake during the previous week. When I told him there was no cake to give him, he took me by the hand to the pantry and grabbed the unopened can of frosting from the shelf. Since he usually did this in the evening, I told him he could not have frosting before bed. Finally, on Sunday afternoon, I baked a cake. Philip had fun watching me mix the cake and totally didn’t mind that it came out lopsided.
He only ate the frosting.
3. I’m thankful that the weather was warm enough on Sunday that, while the cake was baking, Philip and I could stand outside and watch Canadian geese fly overhead. I’m also thankful that we live far enough away from the lake where they gather when not in flight that the almost constant honking doesn’t keep me awake at night.
I could do without the things that do keep me awake at night.
4. I’m thankful that my boss recommended a market about thirty miles west of us. We drove to the Mennonite-run store with a huge deli and everything you would ever want to buy in bulk on Monday. We bought roast beef and Swiss cheese, but I was most excited about the dried blueberries. Walmart has stopped carrying Philip’s favorite dried fruit them except in the mixed berry packs. Philip picks out all of the blueberries from the mix; he sometimes eats the cranberries. Now, he can have all the blueberries that he desires.
Until we run out. And then we’ll take another road trip!
5. I heart libraries. I think I mentioned that last week, too. But did I add that I love the way you can do some much online nowadays? I’m thankful the library lets me renew items and place holds online.
You know, if I did forget to renew something online or in person, I don’t mind paying late fees to the library. I can’t say the same for any other establishment.
6. I’m thankful that I can make Philip smile by singing along with his DVDs. I think he is amazed that I know the words. He is especially amused by my renditions of “Dem Bones” and “Froggy Went A Courtin'” as featured on one of his Scholastic Storybook Treasure DVDs.
No, there is no video proof.
7. I’m thankful that our master bathroom has a garden tub big enough for two. No, nothing romantic is implied. I’m thankful because Peter and Philip can now take baths together. We’re hoping Philip will start picking up on how to wash himself by having a role model in the tub with him.
Plus, less work for Mommy!
8. I’m thankful that Philip has homework. Sure, I’ll start complaining about this when I have to figure out how to do math the new way (what is up with that?). For now, I love having insight into what Philip is learning at school since he doesn’t tell us.
Note to self: make sure you read the directions. You are making more mistakes than Philip.
9. I’m thankful that Peter found the glove that I thought I had lost. Heck, my hands were cold wearing gloves today. Sure, I have two pairs, but I like having one set for each coat. Plus, the glove that I misplaced is from my favorite pair.
Don’t you have a favorite pair of gloves?
10. I’m thankful for this.
Need I say more?