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30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 15

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Day 15: Experience

What experience am I thankful for? All of the ones I actually learned something from were painful.

I guess I would have to say I am most thankful for experiencing giving birth to my Dragon at home in water. I learned that I could think through my pain and that childbirth could be peaceful. I also fully experienced the whole range of the pain scale and am now able to understand it.


30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 14

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Day 14: Something New

Just as I was thankful for old friends, I am also thankful for the new people in my life. My children in particular. Those four little monsters have taught me a lot about patience, love, and to embrace the goofiness. I am also thankful for my new friends. I believe there is something to learn from every new relationship. And I treasure that.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 13

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Day 13: Something Old

Hmmm. Something old? I have moved so much that I have very little in my life that is old. Maybe old friends? I have known Abigail for somewhere around 25 years and Mandy for around 35 years. I am thankful for both of them. We’ve had some fun shenanigans together. And some not so fun ones. But over all these years, we may have lost contact, but we managed to find each other again.

Then there is my husband. We have been together for 23 years and married for 18 of those years. He has put up with my weirdness and he helps to keep me grounded and mostly out of trouble. I love ya, Babe.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 12

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Day 12: Gadget

Hmmm. I am so thankful for so many gadgets. My microwave is currently broken and I really do miss having that convenience, although I am working around it pretty easily. I do love my dishwasher, but I know I can survive without it in a heartbeat.

I think I am most thankful for my heater. It went out a few years ago and that was miserable. I was so worried about the kids being warm enough that I had trouble sleeping. First thing in the morning, I would start a fire in the fireplace in an attempt to get some warmth. I was baking and baking and baking, trying to add more warmth. I was finding excuses to go to different places so I wouldn’t have to use the stone cold toilet. We tried to use small space heaters, but had to be so careful that it was almost worse than worrying about the cold. I worried about them catching fire and I worried about them tripping the breakers (which did happen). So yes, I really love having a whole house heater that I do not have to worry about, at least when it is working.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 11

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Day 11: Tradition

My current favorite tradition is my annual Witches’ Tea Party. I have held it for three years. I almost canceled it this year due to how sick I had been, but I decided it was something I really needed to do.

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The Fruit Owls created by my amazing mother-in-law.

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A few of the “witches” who came. My party has an average of 30 people every year.

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A few more witches. It was so nice this year that we moved a portion of the party to the outside.

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The full fruit display created by my mother-in-law.

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Some spooky items on the fruit display.

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The centerpiece: The owl pumpkin. It was amazingly gorgeous.

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People bring a bit of food every year. I create butterbeer and butterbeer mini cupcakes along with a selection of teas. We had six teas this year.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 9

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Day 9: Blog/Website

Huh. I don’t think I have any big attachments to any particular website. I guess I would have to be thankful for the now defunct MSN Groups. I met a lot of internet friends through those groups that I still keep in contact with and have met a few of them in person.

I suppose I could put Pinterest on here too. It has saved many dinner dilemmas.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 8

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Day 8: Restaurant

Ugh. y’all are going to judge me so hard for this one. I am thankful for McDonald’s. That one McDonald’s nearish my house in particular. The one that redid their play area about 2 years ago. That play area has saved my sanity the past few winters. I’m not keen on their food, but I love those indoor play places. I do, however, really like their regular coffee and iced tea. It’s a little sad that a fast food restaurant has the best iced tea in town.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 7

Oops got a little behind on this.

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Day 7: Scent

Scent? I suppose baby head. Sounds weird, I know. Looks weird seeing it written down. But seriously, I love to sniff my babies’ heads. It doesn’t smell so good once they get older and active, but there is something about a baby’s smell that is really kind of intoxicating.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 6

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Day 6: Pair of Shoes

Huh. I do love shoes. Which pair am I most thankful for? I guess my faux-fur lined Crocs. Yes. I wrote down Crocs. Don’t judge me. Or at least don’t judge me too quickly.

The Crocs were a gift from my mother-in-law when I was pregnant last year. I had gotten to the point where putting on socks was impossible, let alone trying to tie or fasten shoes. So, she found a pair of Crocs that are lined with warm furry material. They are easy to slip on and kept my tootsies nice and toasty.

Now you can judge me. Because I am wearing them again this winter. Without shame.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 5

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Day 5: Place

I am thankful for St. Augustine, FL. I love that place. It is the perfect mix of crazy and elegant. And I have the best memories that stem from visiting St. Aug. I love the food. I love the shopping. I love the historic sites. I was basically a resident, but I still loved to take the trolley tours.

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