Thursday, November 20, 2008

Day 6

Giving thanks...

The sound of the Idaho wind. I'll admit it has been my #1 annoyance since moving here. A lot of times it is so windy the kids can't play outside, you nearly get knocked over walking from car to store, not to mention what it can do to a perfectly good hairdo Sunday morning. But last night as I lay in bed the brisk powerful winds whipped around my house, and it is a sound and force to be reckoned with. It reminded me of the thunderstorms from back home in Seattle that I loved to be lulled to sleep with.

The warmer weather we have been having. Last year this time we surely had snow on the ground and freezing temperatures. I am so thankful for the beautiful sunshine and calmer windless days so the kids can still go and enjoy our backyard for a little bit longer.

Theme days at the elementary school. Today was 80's day for Bailey, and Bear day for Jacob. They were both so elated to do things pertaining to their 'theme.' Bailey went decked out in her 80's outfit, and I still chuckle when I think back to her comments while I donned a side ponytail on her head. "Mom, are you sure this is how they dressed in the olden' days?" I then of course had to clarify that 80's were definitely not the olden days, and had to show her pictures of me at her age with a side ponytail in my RAD outfit and that I was actually going to school like that for reals not just for fun. And Jacob ransacked the stuff animal buckets in search of the perfect bear to bring to school on Bear day. He smugly trudged out with our humongous stuffed bear that sits next to his bed, which is by the way as big as he is and said "Mom, I think I am gonna take this one to school!" He of course is always looking for the opportunity to get a laugh. What a comedian.

For great teachers. I am so thankful for wonderful teachers out there who actually love their jobs and do so well at them. It gives me so much peace of mind to know that my children are in good hands as they now spend the majority of their time away from home and away from my loving arms. It is hard to let them go, but I find so much comfort in knowing they love school and they love their teachers. I know this is because they feel the love their teachers have for them. That is amazing to me and speaks volumes about the special gifts and talents of teachers out there. It amazes me that they are able to make the one feel as special as the group as a whole.

Magic cookie bars. You are good every time.


Shelby said...

I can't even tell you how thankful I am for Magic Cookie Bars!

The cupcakes from yesterday were so delicious--thanks for thinking of me!

tricki_nicki said...

Your description of Jacob and his bear had me laughing out loud! That kid is going to be a hilarious teenager.

And Bailey and "the olden days". That is PRICELESS!

Muriel said...

I really, really, really strongly dislike the Idaho wind (we're not allowed to say "hate" in our house). But I'm glad to know it brings you joy and it's not just stuck around my house.

Magic cookie bars?!? That sounds like a recipe that needs to be shared. :)

apyknowzitall said...

I never liked the wind in Idaho because if it was blowing from a certain way all you could smell were the dairy farms.

Muriel- Joseph said "I hate you" to me today (I wouldn't let him use a sharpie to decorate my med surg book) then he stopped, ran up to me and said "Just kidding!"

Jenny I hope you're doing good. Just wanted to check in and let you know you were thought of when we did our go-around-the-table-and-say-what-we're-thankful-for on T-day. Keep us posted;)