I would imagine most of us are thankful for this today. Whether you’re all together at the same table loving every minute or you got stuck sitting next to your Aunts new creepy boyfriend and are trying not to stab him in the hand with your fork, or, maybe your alone today. Regardless, the holidays mean family to me. Family is a very large umbrella, like, a golf umbrella, where your actual family and your created family all reside. Even if the thought of them all being in the same room makes you hit the sauce and feel like your universes are about to collide. Anyway..
Today we are in Tampa at my Dad’s dining table with my s-Mom Sue and the three of us. I’ve been looking forward to this trip for a few months since I haven’t seen Dad since last Thanksgiving which means that Nate is a whole new kid since our last visit. I am thankful that we are able to travel, that my Dad has a home that can accommodate us and that I have such a wonderful relationship with him. No matter how much time has passed when we are together it’s as if it has only been a week. I am thankful for the few days we will have to spend here and that I can watch my Dad and my boy at Sea World and witness my Dad in his role of Grandpa, a hat he wears quite well.
Another reason I’ve been so looking forward to this trip is to tell my family in person, that in July, we will be welcoming another member. We’re pregnant. Today I am thankful for family!
Can I tell you that I’ve been dying to decorate for Christmas for about two weeks already? I have. Normally I’m a little scroogy and don’t like to speak of such things until the week of Thanksgiving but this year, it has hit me early, and, hard. I can’t wait. I truly think it’s all because of Nate.
We have “backyard neighbors” (neither of us have a fence so we sort of share a yard) and they have a pine tree right on the border of our properties, they lit it up last night and I had to have every curtain and bind pulled because Nate HAD to see it from every room in the house. We go to Target (which he now requests;”Go buy-buy? Go to Target!) and they have decorations hanging from the ceiling and he flips out, I take him to the back corner to see the “TREES! Kismass tree LIGHTS!” just for fun. I cannot wait for this Christmas. It is going to rule.
But, before Christmas comes Thanksgiving! Whoo! Excited for it, too. We are headed to Tampa again this year to be with my dad and s-mom. I can’t wait to get there. It’s an interesting thing to visit a parent and feel at home and on vacation at the same time. That is a combo I am ready for! I just want to be there in the sunshine with my Dad and my son in the same room and Sue and I in the kitchen smelling the turkey. I can’t wait!
What are you doing this week? I hope you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by people you love and who know how to cook a mean bird!
Today has been a lovely Saturday, one that couldn’t take place without support.
The alarm woke me at 8 to shower for my day, Mike and the tot already up. I showered in peace, was greeted a short time later by said tot in his “supr’ pup peejey’s” and was out the door by 9.
Carrie and I drove thru Starbucks, went to Tiny Canary where we purchased some amazing hand-made goodies, had lunch downtown and then went to a fabric shop that nearly killed me (hello, inspiration) and to a children’s boutique. Just when I thought the day was as good as it could get I came home to find Nate napping. Then, I took a nap, too.
I know that having one kid and keeping a house isn’t the hardest job out there, quite the opposite actually. That being said, for me, it’s hard at times (like when he’s awake)(I kid) as much as I adore my son and my husband it is absolutely essential that I have time away and to do things that bring me back to who I am. Without the support of Mike these days couldn’t happen. He encourages me to get out and take a breath. Today I am thankful for him allowing me to do just that.
Today I am grateful for peace and quite and a little break to take a breath, eat my lunch and rest a little.
Naptime serves many purposes for both of us. His reasons are obvious, he needs to sleep to grow, he needs to gear up for the afternoon of madness that is being a 2 year old boy. Mama needs it for many other reasons.
Naptime is my PTO. I get everything or nothing done during naptime. I get the one meal of the day were dimpled hands are not grabbing at my food or my chin asking me to “aaaa” wanting to look at my chewed up food. It’s when I get to read a magazine, watch tv, clean up, take a shower and sometimes, take a nap too.
Oh, naps! I’m a sleeper, always have been. I know you will shake your head but I need 9 hours of sleep per night to survive. I’m not much for sleeping in though, I make it to bed around 10 so I get my sleep by the time Nate wakes up around 7:30. So I get a lot of sleep and sometimes I curl up on the couch and take a nap in the middle of the day. Sometimes I even go to bed.
Ahhh, it’s good! Naptime, please stick around until pre-school. Please?
Mike and I worked hard to get where we are today. Hard. The past two years have turned my life upside down; simultaneously having a baby and leaving the workforce. Mike’s life has changed a lot, too. In one instant he became a Father and the bread winner.
When we got pregnant with Nate we figured I could stay home for one year and we would reassess. Two years later it’s still working out. We are afloat but more importantly, happy.
This is working for us. Me staying home with the boy, Mike working ( HARD and A LOT) and maintaining a really healthy quality of life. I love what I am doing, I love it. Cleaning a toilet is a dream compared to month end at my old job. Shoot, an overnight barfing baby was better than month end!
I know I am lucky to live this life, to be in a situation where I have a choice. I know I am lucky and I am so thankful to Mike for choosing a path that allowed us this choice.
This morning we said goodbye to Grandma and Grandpa after a wonderful long weekend together. We were able to cram a lot into 3 days and still have plenty of time to relax.
Today I am grateful for my In Laws. They come to visit us often despite the distance. They come ready to love and play with their grandson, ready to cook us dinner and let us sit down. They are a gift.
My adult life isn’t what I imagined in terms of active family members. Having Mikes family has helped me in so many ways. I know this often, I seldom say so. Today I want it known. Today I say out loud that I love them all.
I’m going to post a lot of this during the month of November. Please play along in the comments if you’d like to share what you’re thankful for today.
Wow! That is hideous! I bet you didnt realize that my handwriting is so bad. I dont use capitals and apparently I prefer a dash to a period. I’d love to see yours. If you post it let me know.
Halloween #2 was awesome! We had a blast handing out candy with Nate and visiting a few neighbors with him. He couldnt get enough, until a full-blown man (seriously, I bet he was my age) came up in a gorilla suit. One look at him and Nate ran in the house as fast as he could. That wasnt our only drama with the kid. He was not a fan of his costume.
It started out great he was in his clothes that go under it.
Then it took a turn for the worse.
After about an hour of seeing the kids dressed up he let me put it on. Then it was a par-tay!
I swear to you, life is so great with this kid that I can’t wait for tomorrow*, the day after, Thanksgiving,kindergarten, all of it. I just can’t get enough of this.
*unless he doesnt nap because OMG y’all, its been weeks since this kid has taken a nap. Sleep regression not included in the above “life is good” statement.