Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for all the moments that don’t have a picture to go with them.

Sometimes it’s ok to just be, in the moment, enjoying things, and not have a picture to prove it.

The quick hug and I love you as Sky walks past, Sky reading on the couch, resting her feet on Mark’s arms as he’s working on his laptop and I’m sitting on the other couch doing sudoku…a “nothing exciting” family moment. Except it is exciting to be there in that moment with the two people I love most in the world.

I’m thankful for the thousands of little moments that I get to live with my babe and baby…the moments that go undocumented, but when added up over time…there kinda what it’s all about.

What are you thankful for today?

 

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for teachers who have faith in what our kiddos can accomplish when we as parents might not.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe Sky can do whatever she wants. Olympic Swimmer…yes! Win Chopped Jr…heck yeah! Be on Naked and Afraid…but of  course. However, when she came home from school on a Thursday saying she was going to sew a dress for her doll so it could be in the 2nd grade art show on Tuesday I had big doubts.

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She informed me her teacher got her fabric, needle and thread and now she needed me to teach her how to use said needle and thread to sew a dress…umm I don’t sew. I mean basic needle and thread skills to sew on a button sure, but make a dress…not so much. To be clear Sky does not know how to sew either, or cut a pattern, or any of it really. Who decides to sew a dress when they don’t know how to sew and have it ready in four days…my kid that’s who! Lesson learned, it’s ok not to play it safe all the time.

Her latest kick is to be a fashion designer and I’m fine with that, but I was a little panicked thinking this dress wasn’t going to happen and if it did it would be a hot mess. Inside my head I was trying to think of a supportive way to redirect the project like do a mock-up or idea board with fabric and embellishment samples etc. But, Sky wasn’t having it, she wanted to sew a dress. So I teach her how to do a basic stitch and off she goes to school.

Turns out her classroom and art teacher had a plan, because her doll ended up fully clothed in a dress complete with sparkly glitter. Granted it’s held together with a lot of hot glue and fabric ties, but they heard her dream and found a way to make it happen.

I’d like to think I can give her all the support and encouragement she’ll ever need, but  that’s not reality. I’m always going to land on the side of practicality, and being realistic, I try to tamp it down and support her dreams, but sometimes I need help with that.

Sky loves her teacher this year and she has been so supportive of all Sky’s goals and ideas. We have been lucky to have the same art teacher for three years now and Sky truly has a heart for art. I’m so thankful she has these two amazing ladies in her life this year to support her and find ways to make things happen when I’m stuck in the reality of it all.

Thankful for awesome teacher and lessons learned from my kiddo.

What are you thankful for?

 

 

 

 

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for fun in the snow! Old Man Winter decided to visit us and give us more snow than we’ve seen in ages! I stopped measuring at 10 inches, I don’t think we got much more than that at our house, but that’s more than enough!

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Sled Races!

I know snow is a pain for most people, and I don’t love that we now have extra days to make up in the summer, but I have to say I enjoyed it as much as a person can. It was so nice to be cozy at home watching it through the windows, and only venturing out when we really wanted to.

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Dashing through the snow in a Subaru…love my car. No snow is going to stop us!

There was an ambush Team Yeatman snowball fight (I lost since Mark and Sky were a team and I was only in pj’s!), lot’s of sledding, snow furniture making (Sky created a recliner to lay back and relax in…sounds too cold to me) and fun with the dog. Who knew that our little Texas rescue dog, who doesn’t like the cold rain at all, would love the snow. She’s a snow dog, and wanted to be outside playing in it as much as possible. Sky spent a lot of time throwing snowballs for her to catch.

It was fun while it lasted, now it’s back to real life, and I’m thankful for that as well.

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So hard to get a photo of how big the flakes were, but they were epic!

What are you thankful for today?

 

 

 

 

Thankful Thursday

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Today I’m thankful for the beautiful place we call home. I love that we are only a few hours from the ocean or mountain depending on which way we feel like driving. The PNW is beautiful (even with gray sky’s and rain now and then).

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I’m super thankful that our house is located close to several parks and some amazing views, and that we have easy access to green spaces and outdoor activities. My heart is happiest when enjoying the outdoors, and I’m thankful it’s easy for me to do so weekly!

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Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for a Team Yeatman Fall adventure.

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We took Sky to her first corn maze! It was my first non-scary one, and let me tell you I enjoy the kid friendly corn maze much more than the scary one with clowns and chain saws jumping out at you!

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There were 8 trivia questions to answer and let me tell you it was a challenge navigating all the circular paths and dead ends to find all 8. But, Team Yeatman worked together and made it out!

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I don’t know why we waited 7 years to do a corn maze with Sky, but we had a blast. New Fall tradition!

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I’m always so thankful when we can do stuff just the 3 of us and have fun. Having friends join in is great as well, I’m just happy we enjoy being Team Yeatman, and can just be us and still have so much fun.

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What are you thankful for?

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for a seriously fun weekend with friends!

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Fall colors…so pretty down in the valley. Not a bad camp view at all!

Last weekend Michelle and I headed to White River Amphitheater for the Luke Bryan concert, and it was so perfect! The weather, the hamburgers we ate while tailgating, the wine, the trucker hat I got, our seats (reserved lawn seating is so worth the $, as would be reserved parking…next time I’ll get the parking as well!), and the concert.

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From concert to camping!

Loved everything about Luke’s show! So much fun! Last time he was here Sky was a baby and I was newly out of a job so I’ve been waiting a very long time to catch him and am thankful I got to see him this time around.

From the concert we headed to our friends camping property. The guys took the trailers, dogs, and kids up ahead of Michelle and I, and since the amphitheater is already about half way to the property we figured it would be a pretty easy drive after the concert to camp. Sadly we were not prepared for a two hour wait just to get out of the lot, and then to be detoured the opposite direction we needed to be driving. Made for a very late night arrival to camp. But it was worth it for a weekend of camping!

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Using the winch on the truck to do the hard work.

Seriously can’t believe how perfect the weather was for mid October! Bonus, the burn ban was lifted so we were able to burn through a huge pile of branches and limbs. The girls had a blast on the zip line and building up their fort in the woods. Bonus, was the harvest fest at Suncadia. The kiddos had fun and the adults enjoyed drinks and corn hole (girls won!).

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Burn baby burn!

I’m just so thankful to have good friends to have good times with. Last weekend felt like a mini vacation! And, the sun has stuck around, this week has been lovely!

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Re-hydrating their skin after camping!

What are you thankful for?

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for a girl and her dog. I’m pretty sure Sky drives Ruthy crazy with her over the top displays of affection. But, Ruthy takes it all in stride (until she retreats to her crate).

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For the most part, it’s mutual love and playing together. While I’m not always as patient with Ruthy as I could/should be I am thankful she’s part of the family, and that she’s so good with Sky. Sky adores her and those two run the house, literally running through the house!

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