Thankful in November

At the beginning of November, I noticed many of my friends posting that they were going to put up a status everyday stating something they are thankful for.  There were also people claiming they were not going to shave all month and that they were going to do a blog post everyday.

Well, I think my husband would kind of object to the whole “no shaving thing.”  My legs.  Not my face.  God, people.

And yeah, a blog post a day sounds nice and all, but I’m the first to admit my life just is not that interesting.  I mean, as I type this I’m sitting at home on a Saturday night watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on ABC Family.  Didn’t you just die of the excitement in that sentence?  I know I did.

But something I’m thankful for everyday?  I could probably swing that.  And so I did.  It became a committment, something I made sure I never skipped. 

It also became a really cool time to be introspective, because honestly there were grumpy/tired/rotten days when I was on Facebook at 11:00pm muttering “I’m thankful for friggin’ NUTHIN” under my breath.  But then I always thought of something, and it really helped me focus on the positive, even if it was something teeny-weeny!

So of COURSE I saved all my posts so I could look at the whole month’s worth!  It’s actually pretty cool (well, I think so, anyways).  So, here it is: my month of thankfulness.  With comments, of course!  In parentheses!! because I forgot to mention it in November, but I am so awesomely amazingly thankful for parentheses because HOORAY PARENTHESES!!!

November 1

Today I’m thankful for the sunny weather that let me take the girls outside while I cleaned out the garden.

(Ripping it all up was actually rather gratifying.  Plus I love any reason to utilize hedge clippers.)

 November 2

Thankful today for: being a good resource for my fellow staff members at Watson. I really appreciate that they are comfortable coming to me when they have questions or need some help! 🙂

( I had just run my first staff meeting!)

 November 3

Thankful today for little things today: the joy on my daughters’ faces when they showed everyone their fancy painted fingernails.

 (Took them to the salon since Corinne had stopped biting.  Oh, have I mentioned that I was an EPIC FAIL on the not biting?  Indeed.)

November 4
Today I am thankful for all the family that stopped by to wish my hubby a happy birthday. It was nice to see you all!
(Shhhhh, I’m also thankful he’s thirty and I’m not.  Yet.)

 November 5
Thankful today for layaway. It gives us a much better structured way to finance Christmas for our family! Thanks to Deanne for cluing us in to the fact that Toys’R’Us now has layaway! We got Christmas AND Corinne’s birthday finished!!
 (Also?  Kmart layaway.  It’s the best.)

November 6

Thankful today for Aldi’s! That place knocks some serious money off the grocery bill! 🙂

November 7
Following in the theme of the day, I am so thankful for my friends. Great friends are very rare, but I’m happy there are several on my list. You know who you are!
(Everyone seemed to be thankful for friends on this day.  So I was a copy cat.  This is also when people started disappearing from the “Thankful in November” posts.)

November 8
I am thankful for every.single.person that is or has voted NO on issue 2 today.

November 9
Thankful for my parents. Who’ve been married 32 years and still tease each other and  laugh together.
(I wanna be like them when I grow up.)

 November 10
Today I am thankful for authors whose hard work and creativity produce great books.
(Anne McCaffrey, Brian Jacques, Suzanne Collins, J.K Rowling, Dean Koontz, I could go on and on and on…)

November 11
Thankful for our veterans today and remembering my Grandpa Mauger.
(Miss you Grandpa..I know you’re watching over my girlies from Heaven!)

November 12
Thankful today for my Keurig.

November 13
OMG-Today I am SO thankful for my Bissel Proheat Carpet Scrubber. My living room carpet looks BRAND new…definitely some money well spent!!

(Within two days of this post, the dog chewed a red marker up on the carpet, Ashlynn dumped an entire bowl of chili on it, and at least three drinks were spilled.  Sigh.  It was like an invitation, you guys.  Like it was a challenge or something.  Oh well, I’ll scrub again before Christmas!)

November 14
As shallow as this may seem, today I am totally thankful for my DVR.

 November 15
Today I am thankful for my amazing husband. I could rave on and on, but let’s just say he does anything and everything for our family. If there’s a man lottery, I 100% hit the jackpot. Love you, sweetie!!
(I am posting this on December 3rd, the 12th anniversary of our first date.  Still remember it like yesterday.  And I love that man more than I ever dreamed!)

November 16
Thankful today for laughter and sarcasm (for me, sarcasm  usually=laughter.)
This is where I was down to like, me and two other friends doing these posts.  Everyone else copped out.  Go perseverance!

November 17
Today I am thankful for my job. Not only for just HAVING a job in this economy, but for having one that I love. Seriously-it’s like it’s not even work.
(And I get 16 days off this year for Christmas this year!  The vacations aren’t why I teach…but they’re a rockin’ fringe benefit.)

November 18
Corinne singing
NO clue if this video will post.  Sorry.  But it’s Corinne singing “You Are My Sunshine.”

November 19
I am thankful today for my extended family. I enjoyed seeing Grandma, Jeremy, Kelly, Becky, Cathy, Dan, Brock, Grandma, Sally and Kirk tonight!!
(Yeah, there were a lot more people there.  Apparently Facebook kind of freaks out if your try to tag 15 people in one status.  And I deleted last names for privacy.)

November 20
Thankful today for my organizational skills. Between my parents and teachers, you have taught me well!!
(I have no idea why I posted this.  Maybe I cleaned the house or something?)

November 21
Thankful today for the health of my children. No feeling beats the feeling of the pediatrician telling you they miss your kids since they only see them once a year at well visit time.
(Sorry all you Facebook friends that were talking about sick children…you definitely inspired this one.  Hope your little ones all felt better quickly!)

November 22
Today I am thankful for craftiness, art supplies, and the ability to sit around on a cold rainy day and make “awesome stuff” with my kids.

November 23
Today I am thankful for my home. It may not be the biggest house on the block, but we love it and I’ve never once second thought our choice. Home is where the heart is!!

November 24
Today I am thankful for family and good food.
(I was too full of good food to think of anything better on Thanksgiving, apparently.)

November 25
Today I am thankful for the Christmas spirit that is pervasive in my house. The holidays are always wonderful, but having children makes them truly special and magical!!
( I am pee my pants excited about Christmas.  In case you didn’t notice.)

November 26
I am thankful today for this gorgeous weather. We played outside for two hours AND got all the outdoor stuff stowed away for winter.
(Which means it will be winter here until May.  Sigh. Enjoyed it now, though!)

November 27
Today I am thankful for the sweet laughter of my daughters and their amazing sense of humor.

November 28
Today I’m thankful for Disney Junior and Nick Jr. Most of their shows are fun and educational, and my girls adore them.
(But NOT Yo Gabba Gabba.  God.  Who was tripping on LSD when they made that show?  And that one guy looks like a bumpy orange penis.  Gross.)

November 29
Today I’m thankful for Facebook. It’s a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family and I love seeing all the wedding, baby and etc pictures!!
(And to waste hours worth of time.)

 November 30
Today I am thankful that I have so many things to be thankful for! I am truly blessed and taking this “30 Days of Thankful” challenge has made me more aware of that!
Annnndddd…the end.  I hope everyone had as much of a blessed November as I did.  Coming up next…November Fan-Dom.  (I promise by the end of this coming week.)

(I had to end with parentheses!)


(((Bye Bye Now!)))


So what if it’s only November 27?

Happy Thanksgiving!

I like that holiday and all.  I mean, huge spreads of food are never bad, am I right?

You pilgrims shut up or I will let Santa run over you with his sleigh

But seriously, it’s all part of Amy’s Giant Count Down To Sqeeee Christmas Is Almost Here Yay!!

I know that’s is still November.  Yeah, whatever.  Less than 30 days til Christmas!!!

Here are some Christmas tidbits we have had so far:

—Our Elf on the Shelf is named Mr. Strawberry.  He’s pretty damn awesome.  A conversation about Mr. Strawberry:

Ashlynn: Can I tooouuucchhh him?

Me: No.  Remember?  If you touch him, he loses his magic!

Ashlynn: Oh. Can I touch him ANYWAYS?!

Also?  Corinne has already informed Mr. Strawberry that Mommy is mean and shouldn’t get any presents.  On multiple occasions.

—The other day the girls put money in a Salvation Army red bucket.  The bellringer apologized that he was out of candy canes.  Corinne replied: “That’s ok, I don’t need anything back!” (I about exploded with pride!)

—Today I walked out of the bathroom to find Ashlynn wearing only one sock.  I asked her where her sock went.  Her reply?  “The dog took it off.”  I had a hard time believing that.  So I moved on to “Well, where is it now?”  Her answer: “In the Christmas tree.”  And sure enough, crammed deep in the recesses of our tree was a tiny pink sock. 

A few minutes later my doubts about the dog were put to rest when I watched him open our swinging baby gate with his teeth.  So, he probably did steal that sock.  And now I know I can train him to do the dishes or something if he’s that smart, right?

—Yesterday we went to Walmart to look for a Christmas tree.  (I KNOW, right?!  Our pre-lit tree decided to only light 2/3 of the way this year!  WTH?!  And why are decent Christmas trees like $200+?  It is Christmas time people-I do not have that kind of extra muh-nee) 

While we were there, we walked past Santa and of course Corinne wanted to sit on his lap.  Ashlynn was willing to look, but not get within 3 feet.  So I picked her up and put him on his bench…leading to perhaps the world’s most awesome Santa picture ever:

Check out that two-year-old Atti-TUDE

And then we got home and I told Corinne to tell Daddy who we saw at the store.  Her reponse?

“Some guy dressed up like Santa Claus.”