Thankful Day 5 and 6

Hi there!  You know you’re an adult when you rise and shine early despite it being the weekend.  Ha!  I’m super mature then.  The Mr….no surprise there!  He’s a year younger than me, and he’s still snoozing along with the baby boy.  We had a very busy Saturday, but it was also a lot of fun.  First of, I went to my eye doctor’s appointment, and my vision becomes  just a bit better with every yearly visit.  Now, I’m hardly in need of glasses/contacts!  Say what!  I’ve been wearing glasses since 6th grade {what a way to begin middle school} and contacts since 8th grade.  It is hard to believe that my eyes are getting more “normal.”  The doctor asked me what I was doing yoga, drinking lots of water???  Ha!  None of the above.  If you know me, you know I could go without water for days, but I do force myself to drink it.  I haven’t completed any yoga practice for over a month.  Boo to yoga.  Probably explains why I’m a little stiff and sore this morning.

In other news, I did birthday duty number uno with the Mr. doing number dos.  Here’s Holden playing at a fellow preschooler’s house…

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He was most upset to leave.  We had to leave early, so he could get to party number two.  Way, way, way more going on in his social life than me.  Then, he went to a fun party at the Virginia Beach Field House and proceeded to eat two cupcakes.  Which the Mr. allowed…hmmm, that was a tad bit not mom-approved.  He took a funny picture of Holden still eating his cupcakes at the party table with all the other kids missing.  Just chowing down.  Yes, my child would eat himself into a food coma.  He packs it away in his legs I think.

While they were partying it up, I worked on my essays (!) for Teacher of the Year.  Oh yes, my friends.  When you are teacher of the year, you get MORE paperwork to do.  Hardly seems fair.  I also visited the mall and debated about some tops from the Limited which were 40% off.  In the end, I didn’t get anything, but it was nice to peruse for a bit without H’s helpful hands.  A trip to the gym rounded out my afternoon.

Yesterday evening, Holden’s C-PA and Meme came over for dinner which was so not prepared by me…unless you count the take and bake bread and a salad.  🙂  We had venison pot pie by the Mr. and went to see the Town Center Illumination.  We went last year, just the three of us.  It made me reflect on just everything that has changed since last year this time.  Good gracious.

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Before and After of the Town Center Tree – The parade was nice too.  I didn’t get a picture, but Holden got 2 hugs from Elmo and absolutely loved the fire trucks.

We went to The Royal Chocolate afterwards for hot chocolate and treats.

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How about that turkey for Thanksgiving!  I thought H’s chocolate covered Oreo was super cute, but he wouldn’t eat it all due to the fact that silly Mommy picked out white instead of milk chocolate.  #highmaintenance

The night finished with our first fire {thank you easy peasy gas logs}.

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I am thankful for such a wonderful day, time to myself and time with family, special holiday memories, and the feelings of anticipation that come with each holiday season.

Even though we’re a week and a half away from Thanksgiving, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. ~W.J. Cameron

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. ~Cicero

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”
― Oscar WildeA Woman of No Importance

“Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.”
― Todd Stocker

Natalie

Thankful Day 4

Oh, Friday before Thanksgiving!  You are so sweet!  I’m so excited about so many things, but most of all, I’m excited about being at home with the Mr. and Holden.  This season requires {by our choice} so much travel.  I absolutely love waking up in my own house with all house members present {aka all the menfolk}.  On our agenda for this weekend…

Eye Doctor Appointment for Me 

Two Birthday Parties in One Day – oh.my.goodness.

a Visit from C-Pa and Meme

Town Center Christmas Parade and Tree Illumination

Church + a Soup and Homemade Bread Sale {can’t forget that part!}

Christmas Decor Getting Dusted Off and Put to Good Use! {minus the tree}

Plus, we’ve got some cleaning, cooking, packing, and We’re-So-Thankful-For-You gifts to assemble for Holden’s daycare and preschool ladies.  In the midst of all this craziness, I want to remain focused on the feeling of being thankful.  Here are my four for today…

1.  my grandparents – They passed away several years ago, but I catch myself wondering what they would say about all the present day going-ons.  They were such a big part of my life, and I wish I had been as thankful for them then as I am now.

2.  iPod – making cardio easier for me since 2005

3.  laughing with kids – A student was reading about schools in Afghanistan today in my reading group.  He was trying to say the language that is spoken there is “Dari.”  Instead, he said “diarrhea.”  Belly laughs all around!

4.  winter squash – with cinnamon and a smidge of butter or oil, it can masquerade as dessert = excellence

Hope you had a great day!  ‘Tis the season for to-dos!

Natalie

Thankful Day 3

Good Morning!  Here we are just a week away from Thanksgiving.  I’m starting to feel the packing pressure!  It is shaping up to be a very busy weekend for us with some cleaning, 2 birthdays, a doctor’s appointment, a Christmas parade, and some decorating I *hope* to get to.

Here’s what’s on my {thankful} mind today…

I am thankful for…

1.  my siblings – Only my brother and sister can know the true going-ons at the Lewis household from years past!  Ha!  They never make for a dull discussion.  Come to think of it, it is never a dull time with my family.  We must be a lively lot.  😉

2.  Being able to cook!  I am so thankful that I discovered a love for cooking {even weird, healthy stuff that freaks everyone else out!}

3.  Chocolate! – My frenemy!  I need to quit you, but you are oh-so-good!

4.  my church – I spent quite a few Sundays visiting local churches, and I came back to my now-church.  So thankful for a church that is a good fit for me and {I think} everyone else.

Have a great Thursday!

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Photos of our afternoon – I wore that ridiculously puffy red coat while teaching yesterday.  I was that cold.

Natalie

Thankful Day 2

Whoa!  This cold weather is car-zay!  I went on a field trip with students yesterday to a barge in the Elizabeth River.  This barge provided information {and allowed the kids to be “scientists” and work with various tools} about the river and how pollution is affecting it.  A good lesson on the environment with real life application thrown in.  HOWEVER, it was SO SO SO cold.  I was pretty much frozen in the first five minutes.  I’m sure the kids were as well.  It made it pretty difficult to pay attention especially when one station was in the shade.  I felt like a snake seeking sunlight!  It goes without saying that one thing I’m thankful for today is HEAT and warm clothes to bundle up in as temps seem to be stuck in the low 40s for today.

I’m thankful for…

1.  Holden…and all his questions, thoughts, etc. that he likes to share these days.

2.  the ability to be strong enough to hold my 30+ pound child and have a dance party for about 10 minutes{!}  It was a workout.

3. paid vacations!

4.  heat!

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Beautiful but chilly view!

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Doing a little nature time of our own.

Stay warm!

Natalie

Do I really have to teach this Tuesday!?!?!

A week and a day away from Turkey Vacation!  This is the first full week in 2 weeks.  We had off for Election Day {technically it was an Inservice Day}, and we had off last Tuesday for Veterans Day.   Bottom line, give a teacher a day off a week, and we will most likely want another {Reminds me of that book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie}  I. Can’t. Wait. To. Thanksgiving. Break!  I’m so looking forward to a little time off with family.  Although I haven’t fought Ebola, lost my job, or developed a terrible illness, I confess 2014 is my least favorite year in years.  Through many ups and downs, I try to remain thankful.  Some days, it is easier than others.  Some days, it is easier said than done.  I’m going to share what/who I’m thankful for up until Thanksgiving in these areas…

1.  my family

2.  my health

3. my job

4.  material things

Let’s start today!

1.  my loving husband who admittedly loves even the weird things about me

2.  the ability to run {even at a relatively quick pace!}

3.  being able to greet the students each day with a “good morning” and actually having a few {morning people!} respond with a “good morning”

4.  this one has to be coffee, tea, or any hot beverage.  especially as I prepare to shiver on a field trip today.

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All Images Taken fro Pinterest.

A few things to share…

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I made these yummy brownies when my mom and sister visited last weekend.  I did *try* to make them a little more healthy by substituting one egg for a “flax egg” {1 tbsp. flax seed + 2 tbsp. tap water) and adding cinnamon {health benefits of cinnamon – Daddy read the first.}.

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1.  Victory!  We put shoes out of the walkway.  2.  Gross food fact.  3.  Birds on a wire after my gym workout last Tuesday.  4.  My favorite breakfast = The Mr.’s least  5.  Decor at Hobby Lobby – No, thank you.  6.  My joy.

Have a great Tuesday!

Natalie

Seeing Old St. Nick

It really feels like Christmas season is upon us.  There are Christmas trees all over Facebook.  The mall was insane this evening, AND it was absolutely chilly this weekend.  We started off the season with a trip to visit Santa at the Founder’s Inn in Virginia Beach.  It was a fundraising event for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.  We enjoyed French toast, eggs, breakfast breads, fruit, sausage, and even a hot chocolate bar!  Everything was decorated beautifully!  Holden loved the model train with his favorite characters from Thomas the Train.  The only cray cray part was the line to see Santa.  The event staff had a text message plan set up that quickly fell by the wayside as it be came a free-for-all to get in line and see Santa.  Unfortunately, we didn’t make the whole magical thing without a slight bathroom meltdown due to the automatic flushing toilets.  They are way, way, way scary by the way {to a 2.5 year old!}.  We did disengage from the toilet bowl in time to get up there with Old St. Nick.  He was wonderfully authentic, and I must confess the whole thing made me wish I was a little girl running around there.

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It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.

Happy {almost} Holidays!

Natalie

A Monday and A Friday in One

Today was both a fresh start to the week and also a Friday since schools are closed for Veterans Day tomorrow.  I’m so looking forward to a week day off!  Saturday night was less than relaxing as the Mr. was working until 11:00 on meat processing.

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Yes, that is a lot of deer.

I decided to skip church {always a mistake} to help get ready for our lunch guests.  I did manage to get all the Secret Santa letters sent out.

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Sunday ended up being a bit of a bust as the result of poor planning aka too much rich food in the middle of the day.  I don’t know about you, but I absolutely must sit down and digest after a big meal.  In this case, I absolutely had to lay down.

Holden enjoyed his extra play time on Sunday morning and made all his trucks “pop wheelies!”

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I missed out on my gym workout which was a bummer.  I’m so looking forward to a good gym time tomorrow morning.  Yes, I will still be going to the gym before the sun is up on my day off.  Gotta get it in, so I can enjoy the day with Holden.  Even with a 40% chance of morning rain, we are going to seize the day and have some Mommy and Holden fun.  Thankfully, the kitchen is clean and no longer looks like this hot mess.

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In fact, most of the house is reasonable clean thanks to the Mr.’s efforts with a vacuum cleaner.  🙂

Look at my sweet guys…

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I think I see a halo on H’s head.  It must have slipped off when he had his little temper tantrum in the tub tonight 😉

but it is certainly back in this picture.

A big thank you to all veterans, tomorrow and each day!

Natalie