Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday

This week I am thankful for:

1.  A big family.  Although it can be busy having both of our large extended families so close by (33 members which doesn't include our own cousins, aunts, uncles etc!), I know it is a gift. 

2.  Our basement.  We finished it ourselves about 4 years ago.  It has been part playroom and part photos studio.  I have now sold off most of the props/furniture for the photos studio to clear out space.  It will now be a giant playroom which is awesome and useful and I love it.

3. A decent weather forecast for the weekend!  I have my LAST family session on Saturday and then an engagement session on Sunday.  I really hope that it's not raining because that just means a whole lot of rescheduling!  That's the nice thing about wedding photography...if it's raining on your wedding day, you  just go ahead with photos, no rescheduling :)

4.  Warm, hearty soup on a cool day. There will be more on this for my Frugal Friday post tomorrow :) 

5.  A fun husband.  He sometimes calls me the `Fun Police'.  While I teach my kids how to make sure they don't smell and how to brush their teeth properly , he prefers to teach them fun things like the `Tim Tam Slam'. 

6.  A new natural deodorant!  We went to the Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley this past weekend and it was really fun.  The kids tried out all the fudge, I got some soup making inspiration, and I picked out this natural deodorant. I'm really trying to use more natural products and it works better than any deodorant I've ever used.  I've worn it every day this week and I've smelled fresh after a run and just in regular daily life too.  I really love the lime smell and I feel like I'm drinking a margarita when I wear it. It cost $8 and I would definitely buy it again.  First ingredient? Beeswax.  Neat, eh?  Made in B.C.  Let me know if you have any other natural products you love!

7.  Finally selling this couch. I love it. It's comfy and beautiful but we don't have anywhere to put it (it was part of the photo studio stuff).  Also, my kids would destroy it.  I'm thankful that I finally have a buyer for it coming tomorrow and paying close to my listed price!  Which reminds me, we need to carry it upstairs which is one of my least favourite tasks....

8. A husband that wants me to cut his hair.  I don't love doing it but he won't go anywhere to get it done.  I'm thankful that every time I do it, we save a little $$.  In the 10 years we've been together, he's gotten it cut TWICE by someone else. Once for our wedding and the second time I won a men's haircut and made him go.

9.  Family walks.  I love that there are so many places to explore nearby and it warms my heart to see my kids exploring the outdoor (and expending all that energy!).

10. One on one time with Nya.  It's just so...relaxing without the boys.  We play piano, we read books, we play `food', we giggle, and we chat. She's pretty verbal and it's very sweet.  Today she said, `Mommy, I love you.  I'm serious.'.   She misses the boys when they are both at school but I think the break from Koen (every other day) is healthy.  I'm not saying she's great all the time...there is a daily freak out that lasts almost half an hour when I don't let her watch more Dora. She is demanding and bossy but I don't give in. The boys were never that insistent so it's a whole new realm for me. 

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All right, friends!  I hope you are having a good week and that you can find something (or 10 things!) to be thankful for today.



  1. I need to get myself some margarita deoderant!

    I will totally be the Fun Police.

  2. I really love your Thankful Thursdays. I'm serious!

  3. Katrina, someone has to be :)
    Carol, I really appreciate your faithfulness in reading and commenting and encouraging. Thank you!

  4. Anonymous8:41 PM

    I LOVE my Young Living products and essential oils! Best move I ever made for my family, was switching to these natural products!

  5. Vancouver just got 2 Rocky Mountain Soap Factory stores!! I love their products! All of their stuff is made in Canmore. In fact if you're crazy enough to venture to Metrotown today or tomorrow they're having a toxin free giveaway and it's deoderant!

  6. Must be so nice to have that space to yourselves again and knowing the kids can be down there and not feel scared that they'll wreck any of the studio gear :)
    I, too, really love your TT posts!!