Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Just another day

Monday was our 8th anniversary, and to celebrate we ...well, nothing actually. It was just another day in the life of being parents of 5 kids, and one working his full time job as usual. But, to make things even better, Sean had to work from home that evening, and ended up staying up all night to get the stuff done. What a way to celebrate, huh? I hate to sound like a complainer though, because it really didn't bother me, and I actually find it kind of funny that's how our day ended up. Maybe someday we can find a way to truly celebrate on our anniversary. We both have high hopes for our 10th!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 23

Today I am thankful for Sean's family. I'm sure they don't always get me or understand why I am the way I am, or do the things I do, but they love our family regardless, and I love them too. :)

Day 22

Today I am thankful for rainy days that make for extra long nap times. 4 hour naps from both of my napping kids rocks!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 21

Today I am thankful for Thanksgiving being this week. I cannot wait to eat a TON of yummy food made by my mom!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Day 20

Today I am thankful for the time spent with family this time of year. I know we don't see everyone we want to as often as we'd like, but it's great when we can spend time with our families, even if it's a short visit. :)

Day 19

Today I am thankful our kids have such an amazing father. He is such an involved, loving, and patient father, and I know how lucky we are to have him.

Day 18

Today I am thankful that we are nearing the end of the baby days in our house. I love babies, and have enjoyed the blessing of having 5, but I am ready to move out of the baby phase and onto the next chapter of life.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 17

Today I am thankful to have my car back. I was without it for 2 days while it was in the shop getting something repaired that really only caused it to fail the emissions test, and didn't affect the driving ability of the car, but whatev, I have my car back, YAY!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 16

Today I am thankful for online bill pay. I would be lost if I had to pay bills the regular way and mail them out. In fact, we probably would have no lights or water if I had to mail a check in, because I would never remember to do it on time.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day 15

Today I am thankful for sleep. Brooklyn has finally started having some nights she actually doesn't wake up, and I feel so rested the nest day, even if I only got 4-5 hours of sleep.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 14

Today I am thankful for the internet. How else would I know what a Navajo Hogan house is supposed to look like?

Day 13

Today I am thankful for weekend time as a family. They go by too fast, but I love when we get to spend some time together as a family of 7 without work, school, or other activities to interrupt.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Day 12

I'm a day late on this, but today I am thankful for all our armed forces, current and past, for all the sacrifices they and their families have made to protect our country.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 11

Today I am thankful for my kids' grandparents. Our kids are lucky enough to have 5 amazing grandparents who love them bunches. :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 10

Today I am thankful for my friends. I have some amazing people in my life that I am lucky enough to call friends. Some of you I have known for MANY years, and some of you are people I have only met recently, but you are all important to my and I'm glad to have you in my life. :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 9

Today I am thankful for coffee. Some mornings that's the only way anybody gets where they are supposed to be.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 8

Today I am thankful for our home. It may not be our dream house, but it is a warm, and comforting place for our family to be together and share the love we have for each other.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 7

Today I am thankful for my extended family. I am incredibly lucky to be part of a very large, very amazing family. Our family is one I can always count on to be there when I need them, even if that need came in the middle of the night. My family is priceless!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 6

Today I am thankful for my family's health. We are truly blessed to have 5 perfectly healthy children, and for Sean and I to be healthy enough to keep up with them. They are a rambunctious crew for sure!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 5

Today I am thankful for Sean's job. It may not always make me happy, but it provides for our family. Watching others struggle recently, it is not lost on me how lucky we are that Sean has a great job that not only provides for our family, but allows me to stay home with the kids.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 4

Today I am thankful for my husband. He has put up with me and my craziness for a long time, given me 5 amazing kiddos, and supported me through some of the greatest and some of the worst times of my life. I am so grateful he chose to spend the rest of his life with me. I am one lucky lady.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

day 3

Today I am thankful for my mom. She has taught me you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Her strength and courage even when life gets REALLY hard is amazing to see. She is alwyas there for my family and I don't know what we would do without her.

18 years

Today is hitting me extra hard this year. It was hitting me hard yesterday too in fact. I got on facebook yesterday, and one of the first things I saw was this picture my cousin had uploaded.
I instantly teared up thinking about those two amazing men that left our family much too soon. The one on the right is my dad, and the other is my uncle, my dad's brother, who was the closest thing I had to a dad after my father passed away. My uncle died in 2007 just 3 days after Megan was born. He never even got to meet her. The day he was planning to come visit us and meet her was the day he passed away of a sudden heart attack. His daughter, the cousin that posted the picture, and I have always been close. Somehow she knew I needed a little pick me up already, and a reminder that they are always with us.
The past few years this anniversary has made me sad, but not really affected me the way it is this year. I have no idea why I am having such a hard time this year. I feel like I need to walk around with a warning label on my forehead that I could burst into tears at any moment. It's a little ridiculous, and it makes me feel stupid. I wish I could talk to Sean about how I am feeling, but I just don't think he can relate, and he definitely doesn't know what to say to be comforting. I can't really blame him though. How on earth would he know what to say or do to help when a) he's never lost a parent, and b) he's not an emotionally connected person.
Any suggestions on how to handle feeling like this? I don't want to upset my kids because I'm upset. Also, any suggestions on broaching the topic with Sean? I want to be able to talk to him about this, but don't really know how to approach it, and I don't know what to tell him I need from him to help me. Granted, sometimes all I need is a hug, but I'm sure he could use some helpful tips on other ideas when I'm having a rough day.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 2

Today I am thankful for my amazing kids. They can frustrate me like nothing else, and bring a smile to my face like nothing else, and sometimes do both at the same time. They truly are amazing gifts I have been given.

day 1

I decided this year I wanted to do the 24 days of thanksgiving, and then forgot to post day 1about yesterday. Oops, lol! So here is day 1; I am thankful for a God who is always loving and willing to forgive, no matter how many times I stumble in trying to walk His path in life.