5 Things I’m Grateful For (June 2021)

So much to be grateful for.

  1. Our camping weekend in Assoteague! We had such a great time camping at the beach. We saw wild ponies, we semi-successfully slept in our tent for two nights, and we frolicked on the beach. Edgar was really excited at high tide, when a little river was formed up on the shore that he could “swim” in. Jonas literally squealed when he saw the ocean and did not stop moving for one second – running into the waves, running back out, over and over and over.
  2. Our camping weekend at Genesee Valley, the place where Tamara and I met. So fun to be there and to be with friends.
  3. Reading Dragon Masters with Edgar. We’ve been reading chapter books for a little while, and I’ve really enjoyed that. This new series – the Dragon Masters books by Tracey West – has been the best so far. I think they’re the best because a) Edgar has been really into dragons and dinosaurs lately, and b) there are illustrations on every page of the book. When we’ve read the Magic Treehouse books, Edgar starts to try to turn the page to the next illustration – in that series, there are pictures every 2-3 pages.
  4. The books of Ann Patchett and Kristin Hannah. Loving every single one I’ve read recently.
  5. SUMMERTIME! Oh, my goodness, am I glad it’s summertime!

Happy June!

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5 Things I’m Grateful For (May 2021)

So much to be grateful for.

  1. So many good books! Among my faves recently: The Four Winds, The Dutch House, The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, and The Girls Are All So Nice Here. Currently, I’m reading How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue (author of Behold The Dreamers, which was a wonderful read), and it is incredible.
  2. Early morning coffee and reading. I love waking up early, reading my book, and sipping my coffee. I love knowing that one of the boys will soon wake up, wander out of his room, and crawl up in my lap.
  3. Our Friday pizza-and-movie night! A few months ago, we decided it was time to scale back our COVID era screen time habits. While I was working from home with the boys afoot, they watched a lot of TV shows and movies while I was in meetings, and while it was necessary at the time, it was more screen time than we’d like to continue now that things are returning to semi-normal circumstances. We decided a movie after dinner would only be an option on Friday nights, and that Fridays would be pizza-and-move nights every week. I love it; at the end of a work week, it feels so nice to a) not have to decide, once again, what we’re having for dinner, and b) know that we’ll be able to either clean/tidy while the boys watch, watch the movie with them, or (my fave) sit with them but secretly read our books while they watch.
  4. The boys’ obsession with water play. Edgar started asking for our inflatable pool on the first day when it was 65 degrees. Now that it’s been in the 70s and 80s, we’ve had quite a few afternoons of splashing and playing in the backyard; they both will play happily for hours. So excited to get these boys to the pool club this summer.

Happy (almost or actual) summer, everyone!

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5 Things I’m Grateful For (April 2021)

So much to be grateful for.

  1. A wonderful spring break – ten days full of family, the outdoors, and spring/Easter celebration. Just delightful.
  2. Edgar’s giggles – he has been in a wonderfully giggly mood lately. We’ll tell a silly story together, and then he’ll have trouble catching his breath, saying, “I can’t stop laughing!” So freaking cute.
  3. Jonas pretending he’s invisible. Jonas, who is 2 years old, seems to think that if he walks through a room with his head tucked down against his chest and his hands being his back, then no one can see him. He tries this out often, frequently when he’s supposed to be in his room having quiet time. HILARIOUS.
  4. THE SUNSHINE. This winter was hard, y’all. I’m going to be grateful for sunny days for the next six months, for sure.
  5. The return of motivation. It has been so fun writing all my GTDI2021 posts and feeling inspired again!

Happy April, happy spring, happy happy everything!

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5 Things I’m Grateful For (March 2021)

So much to be grateful for.

  1. Tamara getting vaccinated! So amazing.
  2. Jonas starting pre-school in the fall! He’ll be three in September, and he’ll go to the nature pre-school Edgar’s been attending this year. This school has been one of the greatest gifts of the pandemic for us. We had not planned on sending Edgar there, but we opted for an outdoor pre-school because it felt safer during COVID times. Now, we love the school so much, and we’re SO excited for Jonas to attend there next year. The reason why I’m grateful THIS month is that we just found out he got a spot after being on the wait list. YAY!
  3. SPRING. Y’all, January and February were ROUGH. The glimpses of warm weather and sunshine this month have been the best mood lifters ever.
  4. Planning for our summer trip. We’re doing a camping road trip this summer, and we’ve finally mapped it all out, largely thanks to TTODD. So excited to get away and to teach these boys how to camp.
  5. Being on the wait list for Baby # 3! I’m sure this will be a roller coaster ride of emotions as we wait, but for now, I’m grateful that all the paperwork and home study tasks are done and we are officially waiting for our third baby. Get here quick, Baby! We’re pumped to meet you.

It is SPRING, and I am ready for all the loveliness – warm weather, outdoor gatherings, bare feet, and NO winter coats. Happy March!

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5 Things I’m Grateful For (January 2021)

The winter cold has been really getting to me, and my creativity and my energy are pretty low lately.

And yet, I continue to be incredibly grateful for my blessings, humongous and tiny.

  1. Our evening gratitude practice. Every night at dinner, we go around the table and share something we’re thankful for. I often forget, but Edgar rarely does. It’s a sweet and lovely ritual, and the answers are amazing. Jonas often says either “baby lighthouses” (I do not know) or “berries.” One night, I was grateful for cheese, Jonas for chips, Tamara for ripe avocadoes, and Edgar for nachos. Many times, one or more of us has expressed gratitude for Edgar’s pre-school program at Irvine Nature Center. The teachers are wonderful, the outdoor classroom is incredible, and Edgar just loves it; it’s been so great for him to get some time to connect with others and learn after so many months at home. Jonas also loves it because there’s a big taxidermy bear wearing a mask right by the entrance to the bathroom. So, blessings for everyone. And I love that our gratitude practice helps us remember these things.
  2. My birthday gift from Tamara – a Nespresso machine! My sister has had one for years, and I’m so grateful for this present. It’s actually, ironically, helping me to drink less caffeine and to enjoy my morning coffee more.
  3. SO MANY GOOD BOOKS. This month, I read the YA mystery trilogy Truly Devious, the novel A Good Neighborhood, and The Midnight Library – all great reads.
  4. Telling Edgar “once upon a time” stories – basically, stories that we make up, either just Mommy or Edgar and Mommy together. Often we do this at bedtime and the story will include little details from our day. It is sweet and wonderful.
  5. Jonas’s super strong hugs. Jo Jo has been frustrating us a little at bedtime – taking a long time to wind down, coming out of his room over and over. Luckily, one part of his bedtime routine is asking to give me a hug and then pulling me down, practically on top of him, and hugging me super-tightly around my neck. It seems to help him relax and settle a little, and it is an A+ hug.

Happy January, everyone! Edgar chose the photo for this post. Enjoy!

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