Isn't this just the BEST time of year?! I want to have gratitude; always. In honor of Thanksgiving, I want to reflect on some of what I am grateful for. I would like to think that the list could go on, and on, but I am gonna stick with 100. I challenge you do to this too...
1. A loving Heavenly Father 2. His Son Jesus Christ 3. The gospel 4. My perfect husband 5. Sweet Carson 6. Spunky Drake 7. Innocent Brooks 8. Contacts and glasses 9. My home 10. My mini-van (NEVER thought I would say that...EVER) 11. My Vacuum 12. My bed 13. Hot showers 14. Food & feeding my family healthy things (grateful for the knowledge) 15. Trials 16. Sacrifice - I'm learning this one...thank you, children 17. Chapstick 18. Date night with my hubby 19. A good pair of walking shoes 20. Some wicked-awesome tenacity 21. My height 22. Good friends - I have had a few near and dear friends come into my life. Makes me realize I was really missing out when I didn't put the effort in to be a good friend to those when I was younger. 23. My sewing machine 24. My strollers 25. Food storage 26. Tupperware 27. Blogging - I love to express my feelings 28. Good conversations 29. Everyone who is smarter than I. I love learning from others 30. A good feather pillow 31. My cell phone...aka lifeline to my family 32. A garage to park in 33. Generous people 34. The ability to bear and rear children 35. Hairbands - big time 36. A good book 37. Humor - I LOVE to laugh 38. Beautiful music 39. Music that makes you want to dance 40. My family - all of them 41. My bathrobe. It's pink 42. Make-up. I am not addicted to it, but I really do need mascara. 43. Q-tips 44. New York & Company - FINALLY a store I KNOW I can by pants in that will be long enough and won't break the bank 45. My razor 46. My toothbrush 47. Fun Games - my favorite two being Pinochle and Guesstures. If you EVER want to play PLEEEEASE call me! 48. The YW in my ward - my current calling is with them 49. Visiting Teaching - I know, I am a dork 50. The nice animal control people 51. The shopping carts and wal-mart...you know, the ones made to hold like 6 kids 52. My grandparents (I know this goes along with family, but they deserve an extra big shout-out) 53. Thermal curtains 54. Working air conditioning and heating 55. Those of you who read my blog - again, dorky, I know. It SERIOUSLY makes my day when I find out someone reads it though whom I didn't expect. I also love my "regulars". Writing for myself, but giving others insights into our lives is truly the best combination in my mind. 56. Grass - ours is currently being groomed. We seeded a couple of months ago. Can't wait to lay on it with the kiddos and look at the clouds. 57. Volleyball 58. My piano...one of my best friends 59. A musical husband - we love to "jam" 60. Hand sanitizer 61. Icecream - it's my go-to. Everything else I can pass up. 62. A strong body 63. My education 64. The shows Dave and I watch together (Bones, Mentalist, Leverage) it's really fun to hunker down and decompress with him after a long day. 65. POPCORN!!!! 66. Braces 65. Dove soap 66. Dave's "Astros" sweatshirt. I wear it ALLLLLL the time 67. Refrigerators 68. Rain 69. Holidays 70. Musicals - we are going to see the Lion King tonight! 71. Lilac bushes 72. Daylight/Sunlight - isn't it ironic that my birthday fall on the longest day of the year?? (as far as sunlight is concerned) 73. Clear night skies - on occasion, Dave and I will sneak out our bedroom window and lay on the roof that is over the garage and just gaze up into the sky... 74. periods. I do this....way...too...much...and...I...know...it...but...I...don't...care... 75. Love letters 76. BACK SCRATCHES!!!! - NOT back rubs 77. Toilet paper...and toilets for that matter 78. My scale - strange, I know 79. My teeth 80. Green eyes - not many people have them; it's kinda fun 81. My scriptures 82. All the parks around here 83. Water - clean water at my disposal - wow 84. Dave's job 85. My job - tiny as it is, I am grateful for it (I work for my mom like 3 hours a week) 86. My computer 87. Fingernail clippers 88. Opportunities to serve 89. Good memories - I have SOOOOOOO many stories to share 90. My wedding ring. I love it 91. Deodorant - I have the ability to be one STINKY girl 92. Trampolines 93. Sunglasses 94. Duct tape 95. Plastic wrap and aluminum foil 96. Garlic and onions - hhhhhhi! hhhhhhhhhhhow are yooooooooou? 97. Scrapbooks (my blog is included in this) 98. External hard drives 99. Sleeping babies - they are so beautiful and peaceful 100. The temple
DOGS I want to give a big shout out to those who helped give me ideas on my canine conquests. Here is what I have come up with: 1. I now walk a different route on my walk. I leave my street and cut across a nearby field over to the business area by by neighborhood. I feel substantially safer. There are a lot less cars too. 2. I will be carrying wasp spray. I have received that recommendation a couple of times now. It has the same effect as the mace spray but shoots a lot farther. 3. I am seriously contemplating carrying a "walking stick" aka golf club.
SCAMMER Shortly after returning back from Trick-or-Treating on Halloween we got a call from Geico. Thinking it was yet another sales call (we get like 5 a day), I didn't answer. They proceeded to leave a message, "Hello this is ??? from Geico. I am calling regarding such and such claim involving an unoccupied vehicle..." "Hello! Hello!" I quickly picked up the phone. The nice lady and I had a long conversation about the "incident". Turns out the accuser did in fact write down my license plate number. I explained to her what had (or had not) happened. She gave her two cents saying it was odd the claim hadn't been called in until that day. And after much deliberation the claim was flagged and to be further investigated. That night and the next day I made a gazillion phone calls to various insurance workers both with Geico and my own. Some people were helpful, some were not. I learned that Geico has filed a claim, and my own insurance has to file a separate one. I have kept my agent abreast of the situation and hope he is taking care of it (he already has the note left and a document I typed up immediately after the occurrence with every single objective thing I can remember). Regardless, I now sit and wait.
This is not a preview for the new Avengers movie coming out. Carson enjoyed dressing up the most, and was very energetic about trick or treating. Drake was tired and could barely lift his pumpkin. Everybody had a lot of fun.