Thursday, August 06, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Okay, this week has been a bit of a doozy with highs (a tad more sleep) and lows (pretty sick Little One), but right now, I will focus on all that I am thankful for!

1. Gary turned 40 and bought "himself" three Paw Patrol puppies for the kids to help take care of.

2.  So many yummy meals.  I get to edit photos and Gary takes care of all the meals.

3.  Friends. We had these two over for dinner and I appreciate that they played UNO and Wii with my kids for an hour while I put the littlest one to bed.  Then we went for a walk and watch a show with some wine. Perfect, right?  Thanks to my awesome husband for making most of the food.

4.  Our oldest son turning 9.  Very thankful for him in our lives!

5.  More birthdays.  We celebrated my niece, G's, birthday too!

6.  The boys' love for their sister.  They pretty much fight over who gets to play with her every single day.  

7.  Our video monitor.  I know there's creepy stories about monitors out there but this one is secure.  We can watch the Little One in his/her room to ensure safety and there is a second camera set up in the basement for that same reason (that's Nya in the photo).  I can speak through it, play music and move the camera to follow movements.

8.  A one hour walk with Gary at Crescent Beach. We needed it.  So nice to hold hands and talk uninterrupted...even though he's home for the summer, the addition of #4 along with wedding season has made life busier and just different.  We're transitioning.

9.  Summer reading program.  The kids received medals for 5 weeks of reading 15 minutes a day.  Koen's reading has improved drastically as we were not that dedicated in reading with him throughout the school year.

10.  All-you-can-eat sushi!  We went for Gary's birthday lunch and everyone loved it.  It was just $50 for our whole family (called Azumae.)

11.  Cooler weather! I feel like I was wearing the same shorts every day because...I pretty much was.  I've lost weight since last summer and I didn't want to invest too much into summer clothes in case it came back (it hasn't). The cooler weather has allowed me to wear my new Gap capris (VV) and H&M sweater!

I hope that you are having a good week! I feel like my blogging has been lacking due to a major decrease in free time and limited sleep.  I think that in two more weeks I'll be feeling "normal"--dare I say that?  Until then, please keep reading :)



  1. Love these posts. Such changes for your family. Keeping you in our prayers. I may not always be commenting but always reading:)

    1. Thank you, Ashley! Yes, quite the change and we're adjusting--just like adding in a newborn again :) Thanks for always reading.

  2. Anonymous1:38 PM

    Okay what do I need to know about video monitors being secure?? How do I ensure this?? Yikes!!

    1. Brianne, just check in the manual, online, or FAQ and they should have info about it! The fear comes from this article and there are a few steps at the end you can follow too.

  3. Loved this post!!! Way to keep your marriage a priority in this transition.
    How have you lost more weight? cute outfit, by the way :)

    1. Thanks :) Haven't lost more weight...just maintained since January!

    2. ah, sorry i re-read that you said you lost weight since LAST summer :) I read START of summer :)