Thankful Thursday

I can’t tell you how happy it makes my heart that Sky has a dog buddy again!

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Watching Benji together.

We went without a dog for so long that I got used to how easy life was without a dog. I mean dogs take training and work, and arrangements. I was ok with the idea, but not totally jazzed with the real life of having a dog again. Let me tell you I’m so thankful I got on board with the whole dog thing. And, super thankful Mark did so much leg work to make sure we got the dog that was right for us.

Yes, a few things have been chewed, and she needs some leash training to get her where we want her to be, and there is poop to scoop….but she’s a great dog, and it’s all totally worth it to hear Sky’s giggles when they are playing together.

She has a little buddy again!

Ice Cream Monster

Do not get between Sky and her ice cream! Pretty much any time we have reason to celebrate a job well done, or a special event, and you ask Sky how she want’s to celebrate she’s going to say Ice Cream!

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Get in my belly!

This celebration took us to Cold Stone, mostly because I begged. Their ice cream is pretty much the only ice cream I eat. They may not have 31 flavors like the other place Mark and Sky like to go, but you can mix in some yummy stuff! Hello Oreo Cookie filling with chocolate chip cookie dough…I mean I wanted to roll in it.

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Going in for the yummy!

Sky looked like she did roll in her ice cream! Girl enjoys her treats!

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Happy Girl!

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for a job that not only allows me the same time off Sky has from school, but let’s me sneak away for important things like her participation in a school-wide assembly.

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I’m so proud of this kiddo, volunteering to read to the school & parents about the first steam engine automobile. She said she was nervous, but volunteered to read the paragraph anyway because it’s good practice. I love how brave she is, and I love that she made sure she knew where Mommy and Daddy were so she could glance over every now and then.

So thankful I don’t miss out on these “little” events in her life. Thank you to my co-workers who covered the health room while I was at the assembly!

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for backyard campfires and smores with friends!

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Guys I’m so ready for camping season! I know, I know…we have a trailer we can camp any time. And, while that is true have you ever been cooped up in a camp trailer for multiple days with a dog and 6 year old?! If you have then you would most likely wait for nicer weather to camp in. Part of camping for us is having fun outside, not sitting around inside our trailer!

It was so nice to get a campfire fix to hold us over, and the company, well it was just the best! Plus, wine just taste better around a campfire!

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So thankful it’s finally Spring and camping is only 8 days away!!!!!!!

What are you thankful for?

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for the sun, time at the park, and my in-laws!

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The last two days have been early dismissal for conferences, and while Sky loves having half days at school, I do not get half days. I’m super thankful that Sky’s Grammy and Grampy are willing and able to pick her up early and spend time with her until I’m out for the day.

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I’m extra thankful that today was a sunny day and they decided to take her to the park. It was so nice to get off work and meet them at the park. It gave me time to decompress before heading home and getting things done.

The sun is such a pick-me-up, going to enjoy every second of it that I can!

What are you thankful for today?

Be Willing to Be Uncomfortable

I have found being uncomfortable to be one of the greatest teachers in life.

When I was a teenager I read a book about Ryan White – Ryan White My Own Story. He was a teenager, who had hemophilia and contracted HIV/AIDS via a transfusion. This was back in the earlier stages of awareness/knowledge about HIV/AIDS and there were still a lot of biases, assumptions, and stigma surrounding it.

It struck me while reading his story that had he gone to my school we would have likely had some classes together. It also struck me that while I was horrified by how poorly he was treated by classmates, teachers, and his community in general that I don’t know if I would have treated him much better. Would I have been actively violent or mean towards him…no I wouldn’t have, that’s just not me. But, would I have been willing to sit next to him at lunch, would I have asked to borrow one of his pencils if I needed one, would I have even been willing to shake hands with him…back then…no I wouldn’t have been comfortable with any of that.

That was one of the hardest books I’ve ever read, because I was forced to realize some things about myself that I did not like. I had to talk myself into continue to read the book every day (man the tears I cried reading that book!).  I’m glad I did though, because to this day the feeling that book made me feel about myself and my own judgments and thoughts regarding certain types of people, beliefs, and life decisions has really helped me to take  a step back before judging. Or, when I have passed judgment it helps me evaluate myself and why I feel or think what I do, and determine if I’m the one that needs to make an adjustment. “Remember Ryan White” is something that runs through my mind to this day as a reminder to check my behavior, thoughts, and opinions.

I haven’t read another book that stuck me that forcefully until this last week. I just finished reading Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things, and it took me back to those old feelings. Small Great Things is a really good book in a really hard, harsh way. It’s honest and unflinching telling of two sides to a tragic story made me angry, and sad, and sick…really sick to my stomach. There were times I had to take a deep breath to even pick it up and continue reading it. Makes you want to read it right? But, I think you should (it’s based on a true event)!

Once again I was forced to acknowledge some things that were uncomfortable about life in general, and my roll (even if unintentional) in some of the inequalities experienced by others. There are a lot of issues covered in this book…issues that a lot of people have either never had to think about, or on the flip side have very strong opinions about. It was uncomfortable how eye opening the story was. It is uncomfortable to realize that at birth I was born into a more or less privileged situation than others, and that fact alone contributes to a never ending cycle that I don’t support but am part of non-the-less.

This book got me to thinking about all the heated debates that take place these days about different issues. There is very little agreement anymore it seems. Maybe if more people were willing to take an uncomfortable look at the other side, and try to see things from the uncomfortable other side of the argument then maybe steps towards a middle ground could be reached. It’s really uncomfortable to realize that even if we aren’t wrong that doesn’t mean we are totally right either.

Be willing to be uncomfortable with yourself and your views and beliefs. It doesn’t necessarily mean you will change your mind or do things any differently…it may mean that you are even more confident and secure in what you believe and how you live you life. That’s not a bad thing.  There is so much to learn from being uncomfortable.

Oh Sky

When you ask a 6 year old to get the dry clothes from the dryer and after a few minutes you realize it’s very quiet…

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…this is what you find.

Maybe once the tree house is done she won’t feel the need to hang out in the dryer.

Every day is an adventure with this one!

P.S. I did have a talk with her about how unsafe this is, but I couldn’t  pass up the pic!