We’re using Five Fact Fridays in the month of November to focus on things we’re thankful for.
Feel free to join in and spread the love!
1. A husband who makes me laugh. Michael does this bit where if he’s been outside or in a different room with the kids, as soon as I walk in or they walk back into the room I’m in, Michael will say “…and that’s how ____” or “…and that’s why _____” as though he’s explaining the mysteries of the universe to our kids.
Think “….and that’s why skunks have a white stripe” or
“…and that’s string theory” or
“…and that’s why we use the electoral college.”
It cracks me up EVERY TIME.
2. Dance party songs. I’ve found that over the last several years, I don’t have space in my life or my head for any added negative or depressing things. I’m reeeeally careful about what I make space for. I don’t watch anything too depressing, listen to music that puts me into a gloomy mood, or read anything that’ll put me in a bad place. That doesn’t mean that I’m avoiding reality–hard things happen now and in the past–but I love using that precious open space for goodness. This week, I’m grateful for music videos that are perfect for dance parties in the living room on days we’re about to tear our hair out.
Current faves: Mat Kearney’s Heartbeat, OkGo’s I Won’t Let You Down (we love everything they’ve done), anything by Sara Bareilles, and (hate me if you must) Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off. Milo gets his groove thang on big time to Taylor Swift. Oh man.
3. A boy who goes 100%. Sometimes it’s completely and utterly exhausting, but I’m grateful for a boy whose body and mind want to give 100% of his energy to everything. He runs full speed, talks full voice, and sleeps hard when he sleeps.
4. Hot Chocolate. Silly Cow brand is gluten and dairy free. We love it–Chocolate Moo-ouse, Peppermint Twist, Marshmallow Swirl, and Chocolate Maple… all delicious. And gluten/dairy free. Sophie has been too temperature/texture resistant in the past to try it, but she’s warmed up to hot “chwok-wat” this year and it is magical to me. I love when she counts out “one-two-fwee marffmawwows, mama.”
p.s. We find the hot chocolate at Sprouts, World Market, etc.
5. Good food to eat. We are so fortunate to be able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. I’m grateful not to wonder where my next meal will come from and what I can possibly feed my children. Even when things have been at their tightest, we’ve never had to go to bed hungry. Every time I donate to a food drive, I’m reminded how blessed I am to be able to eat three meals every day. We are so blessed.
Happy weekend, dear reader! Wishing you every good thing.
p.s. In case you missed it, I posted a super-simple tutorial for gluten free vegan pie crust. It’s super simple and great if you’re making something for a gluten free family member or friend this Thanksgiving.