A Time to Be Thankful
I cannot believe Thanksgiving has come and gone! Time really does fly; that is why I try to make time and take time to be thankful for all of the things in my life! The people/things that make me thankful are actually the things/people that make me happy!
I am thankful for my two children, Brooke (15 and driving) and Brady (19 and away at college), and all the love and fun they bring to my life. I am thankful for Kevin, my husband of almost 24 years, who has learned how to be a teacher's husband since day one (lots and lots of big ideas that he ALWAYS gets dragged into)! I lost my dad this fall, and I am thankful I was able to be with him daily for the last six weeks of his life; of course, it made me wish I had spent even more time with him over the past several years. I am thankful for my mom, my sister, and my entire extended family (I actually organized an extended family get together so that we see one another during happy times, and not just the necessary times). I am thankful that my family is happy and healthy.
I am thankful for this rewarding "job", my colleagues...my friends, and all of the incredible parents and students I get to know and interact with each and every day. I am thankful to hear so many cute and humorous remarks each day (working in a school keeps you young at heart). I am thankful for my friends...they know me well and accept who I am. I am thankful for the great outdoors – biking, hiking, running, boating, rock climbing, etc... I am thankful for National Parks, State Parks and pristine wilderness. I love to be outside, realizing just how small I am on this big Planet Earth! I am really thankful when we travel somewhere so remote that our phones and devices don't work! I am also very thankful when I can really see the stars! I enjoy planning trips probably more than actually taking them!
I am still...and always will be...thankful for homemade mashed potatoes (thanks mom), chocolate pie, really good scallops (Grand Street Café), Cane's chicken, really sweet tea, chick fil a sauce (because it is free), an ice cold Coca-Cola (in a glass bottle), and a Venti Starbucks decaf mocha with extra whip! I am thankful that I don't have to grocery shop (Kevin is our chef and shopper), and I am thankful for the incredible lunches I enjoy here at school each and every day (love those Brussel sprouts).
I am thankful for great movies in theaters with reclining seats and reserved seating (the Grinch movie made my heart grow), funny and family-friendly TV shows (The Goldberg's), and football (Thursday night, Saturday, Sunday night and Monday night). I am thankful that I got to see Brady over Thanksgiving (he drove 7 hours from Dallas to meet me in Branson)! I am thankful (scared sometimes) that Brooke is now driving (it keeps me from always being late to pick her up). I am thankful for traditions (preparing to cut the Christmas tree so we can hang the sentimental ornaments that are getting older and more fragile each year)!
I am thankful for Silver Dollar City over the Holidays (the lights, the skillets (yum), the roller coasters). I am thankful for a snow day or two each year (I can't wait for a RED SNOW DAY – Go Chiefs)! I am thankful I get to sleep in every once in a while – not waking up to an alarm! I am thankful for my cat (Smoky)! I am thankful that my dog, Princess, gave us so many years of happiness and losing her this summer has motivated me to search for another dog to bring into our family. I am thankful for the seasons (especially when it is 75 and sunny), the stars, the beach, waterfalls, Redwood Trees, and the mountains! I am thankful that my family loves to travel, to explore, and to try new adventures. I am thankful for fond memories and future dreams.
As I write, I find myself thankful for so much...the little things, the big things, and the simple things! These things truly make me happy!
I wish you a wonderful Holiday season...be thankful each and every day.