I am nearly caught up on the blog, but I wanted to take a quick time out to take advantage of the season we are currently celebrating. November is when as Americans we stop to reflect on things we are thankful for. I love this holiday…especially since we all have SO much we should be thankful for, but sometimes we get too busy to stop and reflect on what those things are. So…I wanted to post something I’m thankful for for each day of November. Here are my first 15 things…some big, some small…but I am still thankful for them all. In no particular order:
1. My kiddos in their new, matching sweat pants. Portuguese winters are BRUTAL and I tend to get seasonally depressed, so I have to take pleasure in little things to give me joy. I am thankful that we can purchase warm clothes for our kids and I am thankful that they look so cute when they wear cozy clothes.
2. This little guys new haircut. He wanted to look like some of his favorite futebol stars (he has a few man crushes) and I love seeing peoples’ reaction to his new do. They love it. They all have to touch it (which makes him a little touchy…he really doesn’t want anyone to mess it up…man, he is just like a Portuguese futebol player :) )
4. Watching Henry play basketball. He has gotten really good and it is just fun to see him and his team grow…they are pre-teens now, not little boys, and I think that makes them all the more entertaining to watch.
5. That our kids are not only troopers but they even get excited about doing 5-K’s together as a family. Plus…I just like this picture, it makes me happy. And…we got a funny t-shirt out of the deal. I appreciate that it has a student running in their cape. (the run was back at the end of September, when it was warmer, thus the shorts).
6. That thanks to pinterest, I can find a recipe for almost anything. Here is the day I made a carrot cake from scratch. It was delicious. Also…I have a cute monkey peeler and the great state of Texas cutting board. It’s truly the little things that delight me.
7. That we can afford to splurge on something fun every once in a while. Two of Lily’s best friends had birthdays recently and I wanted to give them something “different”. So…we bought them tickets to see the Nutcracker in December. I can’t wait for my date with three precious little girls. (Also…I’m excited because somehow, I have never seen the nutcracker and have always wanted to!)
8. I love when our grocery store surprises me and has adorable things that look as if they could’ve come from Target. I love these new blankets and know they will get good use this winter as we snuggle up on the couch to watch t.v. or read books together.
9. I love finding random things on my phone that prove my kids have been using it. I found out Lily made the collage below with the help of her brother (for spelling). It cracked me up. The picture on the top left is from my friend Ana’s concert. It is a group of 7 women that sing traditional Portuguese music, but apparently Lily thinks we went to watch some karate :)
11. I actually love the fact that our last name starts with the letter G. I like all the little g’s around my house…it’s a fun letter.
12. I love that this is my second language. I still have so far to go to get to the level I want in the language, but have also come so far. The fact that I am comfortable in this language, that it makes sense to me now, just makes me glad.
13. My new sauce/dip of choice…homemade guacamole! I’ve spent too many years of my life having missed out on the goodness of guac (hard to believe growing up in Texas), but I’ve done my kids a favor and introduced them to it much sooner and they are all fans!
14. I love this little section of our kitchen counter. These are three things that wouldn’t be here if it was just me, but they are reminders of the wonderful person I share my life and home with. My husband loves his espresso and tea and….eggs :) (Disclaimer…obviously I would keep eggs in the home for baking, but not readily available on the counter for regular use.)
15. This picture was taken a year ago. This was one of the first times we had our neighbor Mariazinha in our home and over the past year, we’ve had a blast getting to know this feisty 84 year old better and are thankful that she is in our home regularly now for Bible study.