Monday, May 11, 2015

I love Mondays

Thankful for pineapple. Man ~ this fruit just screams Hawaii and Summer! It's been our go to dessert & although I majorly dislike chopping it - the mess- the juice- the spikes- it is oh so worth it :)
**Pineapple is a source of important vitamins and minerals such as thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese and potassium and antioxidants and polyphenols, such as beta-carotene.
Fresh pineapple is the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which has been used in studies to determine it's effectiveness in alleviating joint pain, arthritis, reduce inflammation, inhibit tumor growth and shorten recovery time following plastic surgery(Haha, glad to know!!).**
Thankful to have gotten the 1st week of long term subbing under my belt. It was an intense week. SO. VERY. DIFFERENT. than anything I've done... reminded me of Michelle Pfieffer in Dangerous Minds. Seriously.

Thankful for weekends. Wow I love my family. I love the normal stuff. Even the squabbles and arguing seemed like peace after my work days were over.

Thankful for Miss Maggie who is patient, Hannah literally recaps every word & action she does, and for the endless pictures she sends. Makes me have happy mom thoughts all day, and then helps me reflect on how these kiddo's home lives are so dysfunctional and maybe, just maybe I can be that one ray of sunshine during their 5th grade storms. {So easy to over look that and just bring on the "teacher voice"... but I do know God's purpose is to let His light shine through me...deep breath... many prayers... smile... repeat :)}
Being "walruses" @ Maggies :)
Puzzles & cartoons, beat those rainy day blues

Thankful for Mondays & the newness they bring. One of my little "lovelies" arrived this morning- gave me a huge hug and said "man I missed you". YOU DID!?! REALLY!?!?!? Cant say the same....yet...;)
 Hopefully we are on a happier, smoother, calmer, road to June 12 :) :) :)

Thankful for my mom. Her patience has truly grown over the years, and I am very thankful. Her house has some kid stuff scattered throughout basically 24/7... some cleat mud tracked in... toilets unflushed...handprints on every single Hudson level area.... even with decent clean up skills in order... never a complaint... truly grateful for our bonding time over the past months.

Thankful for a new caffeine find

Thankful that God has blessed my big bro with a special lady. Seeing the rock yesterday really solidified it & made me smile & thankful to HIM for all HIS blessings. We all know that NONE of this would be possible without salvation, grace, forgiveness, mercy & love. Kamilla Hill... has a cool rhyming ring to it :) :) :)

Mother's Day reflections:

Thankful for our 1st born. Still remember everything about his arrival. Such a joyous time in Glendale Arizona! Harrison was such an easy baby and is still such an easy going boy. Still remember that adorable black & white childrens place romper he wore on his 1st Sunday, hair spiked, 3 days old. *sigh....time...slow...down*
Thankful that Harrison loves all things sporty, all things creative & all things active. The sweatier he gets, the happier he is. I love that he cares about his 6 pack- which he has ladies and gentlemen!! Seriously not from my gene pool ;) Thankful that he is a team player & an encourager. We are thankful for that big heart of his. We pray that he never loses that and that he gives that beautiful, huge heart to the Lord.
**Proverbs 23:26**
Thankful that Harrison's team pulled together and won on Saturday, a whopping 10-20 victory! They had been on a 2 game losing streak, and they needed to get back on top. They worked together, laughing & joking even during strikeouts, they were always encouraging each other & I loved watching big H catch 2 pop flies, and hit each time he was up! *Except for that one time... when the ball hit him... serious ouch... funny bone injuries aren't that funny*

 School gifts are always my fave... :) :) :)

Thankful for Hannah's love of celebrations. Thankful for her love of color. Thankful for her love, period. She is a hugger. Her love language is most def "physical touch". She loves hugging and kissing and dancing and being as close to her family as possible. Hudson gets to experience her love all day while they play at Miss Maggies, and he loves his big sis, SO much. I love that Hannah gives us a run for our money. She has an inquisitive mind that never stops...until she hits that pillow each night. She will be the best haggler at yard sales this spring... Miss Negotiator at everything! She has a hard time hearing no, but has worked so hard to have self control and obey. She says preschool is "boring" because she already "knows my ABCS and can count to 24". She loves numbers & I wonder if she will be our mathematician. She commented today how its funny "my cracker has 4 sides, the box has four sides, and I am 4 years old". at 7 am? {yes cheezeits are a great snack for breakfast - haha!}Her love for shoes, markers and makeup make my heart swell. She is SO my little princess!!

Thankful for Hudson's love of life. He seriously makes all our hearts so full & makes us laugh! Yesterday he was eating cake, then it was done, so he scooped up salsa. Ate it. face turned in a million grimaces, we all laugh, he looks up, laughs with us - with his adorable nose all scrunched, then repeats over and over. He is a charmer yet he is shy & covers his face with his arm if you are new, or if he is scared, he is a goof & loves tackling his siblings, he is ALL boy & loves the mud and all things on wheels, he is a clown & a book worm. The book worm part makes my teacher heart VERY happy. There is just one special truck book he loves & will sit and look at over and over and over again with much excitement & comments.
We are so blessed by our happy, tender hearted 2 year old.


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