1. I am thankful for this week’s CYT Showcase. My 12yo took a costume design class during the previous session of CYT (and if you’ve never heard of CYT, I HIGHLY encourage that you look it up. In fact, I will include a link to it HERE.) And while the showcase was enjoyable and I enjoyed seeing the kiddos perform, and listening to my son and his class describe what they had learned about costume design, I am mostly thankful that this means that CYT is finished for a few weeks (he may take a class beginning at the end of November, depending on when his basketball team practices…we are still waiting for that info…but I digress.)
2. I am thankful for a night this week when we were all at home with nowhere to be…and nothing that HAD to be done. After soccer season and CYT, it has come as a welcome change.
3. Wait! I forgot! Make that TWO night as listed above. TWO. During the week, no less. That’s the next item of thankfulness.
4. I am thankful for Halloween being postponed. At first, I was not happy because I just wanted to check it off the list. And I was kind of irritated that the horrible storms the weather forecasters had predicted (which totally shocked me because the forecasters are NEVER wrong!) didn’t arrive until 9:45 that evening, which would have easily allowed for trick-or-treaters to go out and safely be at home before the storm put a damper on things. But, I will confess, holding off until Friday made the weather slightly cooler but no breeze and clear skies. And no threat of a storm, which would make for a more relaxed evening.
5. I am thankful that we all made it home form trick-or-treating, including Indy. He was the Headless Horseman's trusty steed. Doesn't he look trusty?
6. Plus, I am also thankful that being at home on Halloween night afforded us the opportunity to introduce our children to such delights as “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “Ghostbusters”. Yes, I said “Ghostbusters”. If you haven’t watched it for a while, I recommend you revisit it. Much funnier than I remembered. AND very 80’s cheesy. And MOSTLY family-friendly.
7. I am thankful for roasted pumpkin seeds. This needs no explanation, does it? I have included the before and after photos for your enjoyment. They were DIVINE. And BTW this haul of seeds came from just one pumpkin…we are to the point where one is sufficient for us. None of us are too much into the carving…we’re just after the seeds. Don’t judge.
8. I am thankful for a recent discussion on cursive writing, and the fact that I held my tongue…at least for a while. I was mostly a witness to the conversation, but it was one in which the others present were discussing the importance of cursive writing, and how horrible it is that schools aren’t teaching it anymore, and (this was THE BEST comment) what would we do if all of a sudden every computer in the world crashed?!? Mr. Always Random wisely pointed out that reading and writing in cursive would be the LEAST of our concerns if every computer in the world crashed. Then the same individual who commented about the world’s computers THEN continued (because one ridiculous comment wasn’t enough?) and said, “Well, I’m glad these boys know how to write in cursive.” I was thankful I had held my tongue up to that point, because then I could see the look on her face when I informed her that no, my 10yo only knows how to sign his name; I didn’t teach him to write in cursive. Her jaw dropped. And maybe that was slightly mean of me, but I kind of enjoyed it. And yes…you might want to stand back, lest the lightning strike me.
9. I am thankful for Home Ec on Fridays at the PBA. Now, I don’t officially call it that, but that is officially what it is. We strip beds, wash sheets and remake the beds; we gather, wash and rehang the bathtowels; we wash and fold all clothing which needs it; we vacuum, dust, clean kitchen counters, steam mop, scrub bathrooms, empty and reload the dishwasher; set the table for meals; clear the table; make salads…anything that needs to be done. The PBA do these things, people. And really, not just on Fridays…most days in fact. Again…this is the PBA I’m talking about. And if they were not homeschooled, I would be doing these things all by my lonesome. And they wouldn’t know how to do these things either. And their wives would not be very happy with me. I’m all about making those DILs happy…specifically with me.
10. I am thankful for the opportunity to attend a 40th Birthday party for one sweet friend…which was turned out to also a surprise marriage vow renewal ceremony for the birthday girl and her hubby of 20 years. What a blessing to be there with them for that. And if that were not enough, after that party, I got to go out to coffee for another friend’s birthday. All kinds of opportunities to celebrate my lovely friends!
What are you thankful for today?