Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cozy and Thankful!

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Today was a beautiful day. We were cozy inside, and just enjoyed being together, being mellow. We were going to go to the Aquarium but we didn't feel like fighting any holiday traffic. Because we would have had to get on the 405, and goodness knows there ain't nothin' like traffic on the 405 the day before Thanksgiving!

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We did fun stuff like play outside, draw pictures, and read lots of books.

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The girls are very into reading books by the Christmas tree. Devon gave me the idea to read a Christmas book to the girls every day during the month of December. We didn't have enough Christmas books to do that, so I won a lot of 25 used Christmas books off of Ebay ($19 for 25 books, not too shabby!)

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Tomorrow (well, I guess technically today) is Thanksgiving. There are many many things I am grateful and thankful for...and I give thanks for them every day. Truly.

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I give thanks for the obvious things. Our family and friends. The wonderful blessings of our children. The time we get to spend with them.

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I am grateful for beautiful, warm California sunshine on a late November day. Having a yard to get lost in and imagine away the day. A year ago we didn't have a yard, just sayin'!

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Simple things, too. Like getting to make pancakes together for breakfast.

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Or teaching Paprika to fix the computer (nevermind that it's broken!)

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Even tonight as I was scrubbing the toilet, I thought to myself, "I am so grateful to have a toilet to scrub." You know, not everyone can say that they have a toilet.

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Every night when I put Paprika to bed, I ask her what her favorite part of the day was. Sometimes I get a funny answer, or something I never would expect. Tonight when I tucked her in, she said, "When I picked the flowers from the garden for you, mama."

And that was my favorite part of the day, too. She picked me four purple roses from our yard, and to me they were so symbolic. Symbolic of our four children. One in full bloom, one just starting to blossom, and two who will forever be tiny rosebuds. And for them, all of them, I am thankful.

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6 comments:

becca said...

Erika, I just wanted you to know, because of your blog, I find myself appreciating things more, the tiny things - I am noticing and remembering and writing down so I never forget. Thank you. Happy thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family - all 6 of you!

ferfischer said...

I love the flowers - they're gorgeous. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Devon said...

those roses are beautiful!!!!

and of course you found books on ebay! can you find me some too?!

love you. happy thanksgiving.

mum2abby said...

Happy Thanksgiving. Yes, lots to be thankful for!! I love, love, love that idea about Christmas books! I am going to have to be on the hunt for next year. Have you heard of the Elf on the Shelf? I think we're doing that this year;)

FourJedis said...

What a beautiful post. It's so nice to stop and reflect and be thankful for even the small things. I don't do that enough, that is for sure.

Lauren said...

Her favorite part of the day is so sweet! Sometimes I think about the random things that I am thankful for too - like you with the toilet. I thought that the other morning when I got into my warm shower. It's so easy to take those things for granted. We really are blessed, aren't we?