This time of year we're often forced to look at the bright side with canned food drives, daily thankful posts on Facebook, all the junk emails I get and even conversations at parties. It's a good thing. I got into a deep convo last night, out of the blue. A friend was complimenting me and the kids and it got us talking about how incredibly thankful we are. That thought really does keep me up at night. Does it ever run out? I am just so incredibly blessed. Does this mean the kids teenage years are going to get me? I have no answers for this, but it sure makes me want to pull up my rosary app on my phone again for another thank you. Really. Just look at these kids, how can you not smile when seeing this pic?
This was Veterans week so we started out with a special flag raising with my dad. It was so special to have him there! Watching the kids get so excited that Papa was there! It made me think about how I would have loved that as a kid, especially when he was deployed. MOPS was an emotionally charged meeting- a panel of mother-in-laws! Jess did a great recap here. That night we had book club to discuss The Ice Twins. Pretty spooky! Great timing! I listened to half of it and read the other half, so that was interesting. I brought a friend dinner, my latest crock pot chicken stroganoff then did a PH with Tracy. Phil and Ellie were off for Veterans Day on Wed so we did a family day at the beach. I think I crammed too much in that evening- kids night at TCC then I dashed out to make it to hear a speaker for another Re-threaded girls night but I was late (again). You know I stayed for a night cap, though. I brought dinner for another friend on Thursday then after ballet we did a work out play date with the Stevensons. (I'm trying). Friday we did another ballet class then our standing park play date. That evening was the Riverkeeper Oyster Roast. My kina party! The weather is finally getting cooler, fire pits, lots of oysters and lots of drinks. I loved it! Saturday we got up early and Phil and I went to help put together packets of beans and rice for the homeless. Then, we went on a rare breakfast date to Maple Street. We got the kids from the babysitter then went to the Willowbranch library for their grand re-opening then down the street to a park for a picnic fundraiser. Then we went to Ella's Birthday party. A busy day! Today was much more quiet. Phil had a morning tennis match. I went for a long run. We did the evening mass. It was nice to take a break. It was a good week!