Thursday, November 10, 2011

Skipped a Day

Although I did post for Tuesday- on Facebook- that I'm thankful for my TMOMs friends.

Today, thanks to an email conversation I was party to, I would like to express my gratitude to my aunts and uncles. A lot of them are (or were) special to me in different ways. Some lived far away so I didn't know them very well but I knew they loved me all the same.

My Uncle Vince and Aunt Marge lived close to us. He used to sit in the floor and let me put barrettes in his hair for hours on end. Poor guy. But you know what? When I grew up I think he almost missed it. I think he's part of the reason for my love of corny jokes to this day! And Aunt Marge taught me so much about living with pain and not letting that stop you. She also taught me to play chinese checkers. They always had those round pink mints on their coffee table that reminded me a little of Pepto Bismol.

And Aunt Joyce showed me that a woman could work outside the home and raise a family. And she and Uncle Doc taught me that just because a family does a lot of yelling, doesn't mean they don't love each other!

Uncle Bob and Aunt Jo - man oh man! I love those two! They taught me that you could have a strong faith and still have a good time and cut a rug.

Aunt Helen taught me that you don't have to hold your tongue, just because you're a woman.

Uncle Howard and Aunt Peggy- they lived so far away. I didn't know what they looked like when I was growing up, and I always imagined Aunt Peggy looked like the character "Barbara" on one of the soaps.

I also thought she might be evil, since she's the one who supposedly taught me to suck my thumb when I was a toddler. Turns out she's not- she's a hoot!

Uncle Glenn and Aunt Carrie were probably the first people I remember being "frugal" on purpose. Isn't it funny what you take away when you're a kid? Aunt Carrie sent cards every birthday and by golly, you're giving her sugars when you see her. 

Uncle Garry and Aunt Char- they lived pretty close so I got to stay with them once in a while. That was fun. And of all the silly memories- I remember shopping for furniture with them once when they got a dividend check. I had no idea what that meant, but I figured it must be a good idea! And of course, Uncle Garry was living proof that it didn't matter how old you were, you could be a kid. And drive like a maniac.

Uncle Richard and Aunt Lill's house was always a fun place to stay when we went out west. I remember Uncle Richard rolling us up in sleeping bags and then giving them a flip so we rolled across the carpet. We like to never got that basement cleaned up that day. 

And my Aunt Connie had one of the most memorable moments in my young life. I remember her telling me I shouldn't try so hard to cover my lips no matter how big they are. Women in the city paid big money for lips like mine. That got me through- and still does- a lot of self-conscious moments. 

And I can't forget my "honorary" aunt. Aunt Joanne- she was the big kids' aunt, but I always claimed her. Mostly I think because my mom loved her so.

I nearly forgot my Uncle Larry- Garry's twin (of course). He died at age 26 in a construction accident leaving a family of his own behind. This taught me at a very young age the reality of how fleeting life is. 

And sadly, today we found out that Josh's only Aunt on his dad's side chose to take her own life. I don't know what she must have been going through to make a choice like that. I do know that Josh adored her and they shared a birthday. She will be missed. 
Josh was a ring bearer at Steph's wedding. This is a sweet moment someone caught. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thankful Day 6 & 7

Okay, so maybe every other day, huh?

Today and yesterday, I'm thankful for a roof over my head. One that seems to have stood up to the earthquakes we've been having!

As much as I complain about my house most of the time, it's important for me to step back and acknowledge I AM grateful. We have a warm house full of love. There are people who would give anything to be able to provide a safe haven for their children.

So no matter how cluttered and messy it may be, it's home. It's ours. And I am blessed to have it.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thankful Day 4 & 5

Okay, again I'm a day late. But it is what it is.

Today, I'm thankful that I had the mom I had. Goodness knows we didn't always get along, but now I'm realizing how much of an impact she had on the person I've become.

What made me think of this? Probably making a cake. I spent countless hours watching her and my cousin Anna decorate the most beautiful cakes. I learned not just about making cakes, but that grownups need friends too. They had a great friendship, one that I think anyone would envy.

I also learned from her that you reap what you sow. And giving, even if it's just of your self or your time, is always worthwhile.

I am glad I learned that lesson. I spent several hours tonight with a new mom of twins who needed some pointers. She nor her husband has ever been around babies, and bless their hearts, they had twins the first rattle out of the box. It was fun to get to love on some little babies and I think she appreciated me stopping by. (I'd like to think so anyway.)

So she gets 2 days- one for her cake decorating ability and one for her give 'til it hurts attitude. Both traits she passed on, in varying amounts.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Two Things Tuesday-Thankful Edition (Errr... Wednesday)

My friend Rachel always does "Two Things Tuesday" - you can see it here: The Boni Bunch. So today, I'm going to be thankful for two things. (Even though I now realize it's Wednesday. Ugh. lol)

1- I have a job. And most of the time, I like it. It's not necessarily glamorous, but it pays the bills and I get to help people.

2- I got an award today, so that incorporates several things to be thankful for:
     *My friend Linda, for nominating me
     *My boss for writing a recommendation letter
     *My customer, Louis- once, one of my most challenging to deal with but now I consider him a friend- for writing another recommendation letter
     *The people who read my paper and chose me to be the winner
     *My company for supporting my continuing education
     *My boss for driving me to OKC to get the award. I blew off the invite at first, but it turns out it was kind of a big deal. Who knew? I probably should have spent more than 30 minutes on the paper!
     *The presenter who has a Master's degree who said my paper was "exceptionally well written." Along with a lot of other really nice things. Borderline mortifying.

And I got a cool plaque thing and flowers. Woohoo! What are your two things today?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Giving Thanks

So a lot of my friends on Facebook are vowing to post one thing they are thankful for each day in the month of November. I think this is a great idea. The over-achiever in me has decided that I should also make this one thing a blog post each day- so I get back in the habit of blogging. We'll see how that goes.

Today- I am thankful that I have so many things to be thankful for, that I don't know where to start! How's that for a cop out? But really- which thing should be at the top of the list? The kids and Randy each deserve their own day (or two) and there's just so danged many other things. And I decided THAT is worth being thankful for.

Also- we went to Catoosa's Hometown Halloween last night. It was a great event, as usual.

Naturally, Josh was too cool to dress up. Sadly, I didn't even get a picture of him, but I should have.

Jacob was Opie Taylor again. He looks the part. Adults think it's funny, but most kids haven't heard of the Andy Griffith Show.

Jackson really really  wanted to be Michael Jackson. Which is creepy, but he's too young to tell him why I think that's creepy. I lucked out and he decided he would settle for being a vampire, if I would buy the fake blood too. SOLD! Besides, the complexion is about the same...

And the twins...

They started out the day as the Tortoise and the Hare...

And ended up as Thing 1 and Thing 2...

And yes, Thing 1 is crying- Jacob gave him the fishing pole and he INSTANTLY started using it as a weapon. (Duh- he's a boy.) So Jacob promptly took it away. Ace was hacked off for a good hour after that.

AND yes, they DID keep their wigs on the whole time! Woohoo!

How was your Halloween? Anyone want to join me in this Daily Thanksgiving mission?