Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 17: Leftovers :)

One of the best things about Thanksgiving is..........yes, you guessed it--LeFtOvErS:) Just when you think you can't eat another bite......and you begin to store each and every item in those various sized storage containers once reserved for the pricey brand name of Tupperware......yet now those containers might say anything from "I can't believe it's not butter" to.....oh, say......cottage cheese???? And it is at precisely that point in time when you realize that you are going to be eating a combination of everything on your plate ....over the course of the next few some form or fashion (turkey soup anyone?)
We should praise God in all of it--because if we have leftovers........that pretty well declares .......that "our cup runneth over".........and we can be extra thankful that we not only had a delicious, bountiful meal.........but that we will continue to reap its benefits........for days to come.......and for that my dear blog readers.........we can be.....ThankFULL :>

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Day 16: Number Crunching

So everybody gets those chain letter emails right??  All about how IF you blah blah blah......then all these wonderful things will happen to you......blah blah blah.  Well, I'm not a fan and so I usually delete them at best or skim over them at worst.   In the rare event that I actually discover that I LIKE what I read......I will sometimes choose to send them on but I NEVER include the forward request.  I always delete that and just choose to share a good message instead.  Spreading goodness is important to me.  Threatening ill if people don't-not so much.  Soooooo......anyway, I love numbers-Math-go ahead call me a geek but I love when there are patterns and we can plug in formulas and crunch out cool results. 
You're thinking.....where is she going with this??  How do these two topic relate?  Well I''m about to explain.

In the year 2011-there is a lot of cool dates centered around the digits 11.  Chinese Numerology says this brings good luck (in my best Chinese accent "you have good for-chune")  :)  Well, I received an email FW that had a cool number pattern.  Try it- 
  • take the last 2 digits of the year you were born
  • add the age that you are this year
  • It will =111 (or if you are very  young.....and born later than will =11)
Cool huh??? 
Worthy of sharing---still not worthy of threatening bad luck if you don't!  #SpreadingFun

Day 15: Random Acts of Kindness

Tis the Season-- Lately everyone on facebook has been posting what they're thankful for.....and while I love that idea ......I also love the idea of paying it forward and doing random acts of kindness.  So as I was driving the other day......listening to Christmas music (yes, it's playing already and I <3 it!)  it occurred to me.....that the spirit of the season is truly about giving.  Not just the gift giving type....but the other type of giving.  Giving kindness.  So, I challenged my fb friends to join me in sharing our random acts of kindness during this beloved holiday season!  What have you done for others lately?? 

I paid for the person's order who was behind me in the drive thru's at Starbucks!  It felt great!  I can't begin to tell you how good it made me feel--not just at the time but ALL DAY I was in the best mood.  I really think that's the magical twist in doing random acts of good it will make YOU feel! Who's with me?

Day 14: ♬ ♫ ♪ The Sound of More Music ♬ ♫ ♪

Well the day finally arrived......the day we had been counting down to and waiting for since Easter!  The Taylor Swift Concert with my girls!  Of course we had to make it a GNO and enjoyed some good food, a little shopping and then--Miss T-Swizzle!

She had a cold that night so her voice was a little under the weather but she said she did not want to cancel and well.....the 16,000 fans kind of helped her out with the lyrics as we all sang along.  I really love her songwriting and a couple of my motherly favorites are Never Grow Up and The Best Day.  Those 2 songs in particular are special to me because they remind me of my journey in motherhood with my children.  They reflect back on all those childhood days when things are going by so fast but you have these wonderfully-long accounts and memories of some of the most ordinary events......getting ready for school.....tub baths with the lotion song....Saturday morning pancakes and staying in pajamas til 10......playing dolls, cars, and building forts.  All the great stuff that makes life so amazing and just the pure joy that children are!  I have posted before about Taylor Swift music......but she really did put on a great show.  So refreshing to hear music and nothing had to be bleeped* or omitted.  Then there were the fans-wow!  We joked about never seeing so many cowboy boots in one room.  And there were so many little girls....toddlers even.  Fun times.  An arena filled with mostly mommies and daughters sharing a night of good music and fun. 

Day 13: ♬ ♫ ♪ The Sound of Music ♬ ♫ ♪

My sweet daughter had her piano recital this fall......and I've been meaning to post about it.  She's just 
beginning but she's a fast learner and her progress has been amazing to see (and hear:).  We so enjoy the sound of her playing around the house.  So peaceful-so beautiful-

Day 12: Halloween again--this means I've been blogging a whole year!

So I realize the gratitude project is taking a little longer than one might have imagined!! It's been a year now since I started blogging.  Wow-time flies! It's not that I don't have an abundance of blessings or things I could post about's that I don't have enough time to post  as often as I'd like on all the wonderful blessings for which I am thankful!
As I wrote when I first began this may take a while but it'll be worth it!  I'm just a little busy as we all are....... (Really?--hey I said I do have a life outside of blogging ya' know)  ........(*wink*)  A life that involves facebook and twitter #sarcasm (enough said!)  Oh and I do have  3 precious kids.....AND a husband, cat and dog and....yes, a job.
But I'm back on for an update and hopefully a couple more gratitude acknowledgements!!

This fall has been gorgeous!!  The colors, the weather, you name it and it's pretty much been an all around perfect fall.  When the seasons give us so much to enjoy--that's a blessing in itself--to have that beautiful canvas as a backdrop for all the enjoyment going on in our lives.  Fall is busy with back to school and all those day-to-day activities with the kids and of course it means FOOTBALL!  (that was for hubby :)
But fall means something else too......because our girls received tickets to go see Taylor Swift in their Easter baskets (wow that seems so long about patience!)  and the concert is this month so we are all getting super psyched for a GNO!!!  We can actually have a countdown on the whiteboard that hangs on the side of our frig.......because we are within single digit days now.......

I'll try and post again soon with a concert pic--we're T-party hopefuls!!