Three Things Thursday

Three Things Thursday: August 20,2015

Three Things Thursday is an idea that originated over at Nerd In The Brain that highlights three things that help make your week a bit brighter.  I don’t always manage to get around to these posts, but I do love the concept.  This week I am thankful for:

1.  Sleeping children

   
 
These two certainly keep me running while they are awake.  I love it when they are sleeping… Like seriously love it.  The great thing that has been happening these last few weeks is the kids have been gravitating towards the same nap schedule which is kind of like winning the parenting lottery.  I can actually accomplish a few things a day during that golden hour of mutual nap time.  

2.  Our Back Yard

 
  

Liam loves to be outdoors, and I am so grateful that we have a nice big fenced in space for him to safely play in with his puppy brothers, including the amazing deck my dad helped us build.  

3. Air Conditioning 

 Oh boy has it been humid out this week! We invested in a new air conditioner at the beginning of the summer that is seriously kicking some major butt in this weather.  It feels so good to come in from that awesome back yard of ours to a cool(ish) house.  Our house was built in the 1800’s so it is not the most energy efficient house in is practically impossible to truly cool down.  We are really making this AC work!

Three Things Thursday, 4/9/15

It is a good week for me to make sure I get in my Three Things Thursday post, quite honestly, I need to do it for my own mental health.  It has been over 6 weeks of constant pain, sometimes worse than others, and it is starting to wear on me to the point that even my usual positive outlook on life isn’t helping.  So this Thursday I am going to give myself a reminder of all the wonderful things I do have in my life and continue to repeat to myself that someday soon this head and chest pain will end and Conan and I will have another baby to love and snuggle.

So here are three of the things I am grateful for with lots of pictures (old and new):

1.) These Pups

Sure, they drive me nuts sometimes, but overall they are pretty good boys and are exceedingly loyal.  Last night, when I was in the worst pain of my life (like worse than labor pain) between my chest and my head these two would not leave my side.  Dogs know, and they worry.  They are also very good puppy brothers to Liam, putting up with his (sometimes rough) play exceptionally well.  Dogs love with their whole hearts, and these two love all of their family members so very much.

On a separate note, all of these pictures were taken on different days… apparently I wear that blue shirt a lot!

2.) These guys.

Last night my husband walked into the house to find me in lousy shape with severe chest pain, high blood pressure, and the worst migraine to date that came on without warning about 15 minutes before he walked through the door.  Our almost two-year old cuddling with me and keeping himself entertained with puzzles on the iPhone.  Conan immediately went into caretaker mode, which is something I typically don’t appreciate as much as I should, but absolutely needed last night.  He got my medicine into me, tucked me into bed, and monitored me until my blood pressure came down and the medicine forced me to sleep.  I probably was not all that grateful at the time… I hate being the sick one.

Almost half of my life has been spent being a nurse and taking care of others.  Even in management roles I still take time to visit and assess patients because I have always felt that a successful manager is one that supports and helps the staff she (or he) is managing learn how to succeed in every situation in the most efficient and effective way possible (which is impossible to do if you only know a patient “on paper”; there is so much more that can be discerned through one on one interactions).  I am also stubborn by nature and have a hard time admitting personal weakness.  This combination may make me the worst patient to ever walk the earth.

3.) Being Prepared

We are in full baby watch mode with contractions every 8-12 minutes around the clock and other signs that baby is coming sooner rather than later.  Despite that it took an additional 3 weeks from the start of these symptoms for Liam to arrive, so I don’t believe she will be here today or even this week. Her kick counts have slowed down, and she has not been really growing for the last few weeks (based on the not always accurate fundal measurements).  The head is down.  She is ready to go, and thanks to a lot of help from my Mom and Dad we are ready for her!  The last task to be completed is installing the car seats which should happen this weekend (weather permitting, it did snow last night)!

 

And so a final reminder to myself that I have a good life, a very supportive family, a roof over my head, food on my plate, and a lot of love surrounding me.  This chapter might be hard but that will most likely make it even more sweet in the end.  I wish everyone a moment or two to take time to remember what they are grateful for today as well.

Three Things Thursday, 3/12/15

Three Things Thursday is an exercise in gratitude that began over on Nerd In The Brain, another awesome blog that I love visiting.  Every Thursday I highlight three things that I am grateful and/or made me happy.  It is a highlight of those little extra things in life that you don’t always have time to stop and enjoy.  A celebration of life’s gravy.  Feel free to steal this idea for yourself as well!

This week I am thankful for:

1.) Guitar Time with Daddy

I love watching Liam and Conan when they are playing together, and I especially love watching Conan help foster Liam’s love for music.  Now if only Liam would stop slamming me with the not-so-subtle insult “I sing good, like Daddy”… (Yes Liam, Momma knows she sings off key… but she is going to sing The Wheels On The Bus 5 million times a day for you anyway, so deal with it.)

2.) Spring-Like Weather!!!!!

It was 50 degrees out on Wednesday.

50. Degrees.

We have had over a foot of our five feet of snow melt this week…. sure we still have over 3 feet in the yard.  It is a start.  Spring is coming.  Someday we may even see grass again!

3.) Puppy snuggles

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It’s been a rough week in pregnancy land.  Lots of contractions and other signs of impending labor that are starting far sooner than we hoped since we realized we would make our goal of 30 weeks of pregnancy thanks to the late membrane fusion.  Thankfully I am home from work already and can take the time to rest as much as possible with my feet up.  The pups don’t mind all the extra snuggles at all, and I appreciate the company.  Our new goal is 34 weeks and I am pretty sure we will pass that one too!

 

What are you thankful for this week?

Three Things Thursday, 3/5/15

It has been a while since I have taken the time to post in the Three Things Thursday category.  At some point in time since last July I had started letting some things go as life with an active toddler, full time work, and full time school began to overwhelm me.  As things have slowed down in anticipation of Catriona’s arrival I am taking some time for the things that I love…. including this weekly blog post 🙂

Three Things Thursday is an exercise in gratitude that began over on <a title=”Nerd In The Brain” href=”http://nerdinthebrain.com/&#8221; target=”_blank”>Nerd In The Brain</a>, another awesome blog that I love visiting.  Every Thursday I highlight three things that I am grateful and/or made me happy.  It is a highlight of those little extra things in life that you don’t always have time to stop and enjoy.  A celebration of life’s gravy.  Feel free to steal this idea for yourself as well!

1.) These Owl Coasters

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I purchased these from Amazon as a Christmas present for myself after the terrible twosome managed to break every single soapstone coaster we owned.  As I slowly watched my furniture start to become ruined by condensation rings from glasses I decided that the only way to outsmart the kids was to buy coasters that couldn’t be broken and were adorable too.  With these owls I succeeded and got an extra bonus too!  Not only are they toddler-proof as far as destruction goes, but the toddlers also LOVE looking at and playing with them.  We currently are using them to learn how to count as they take them out and put them back into the holder.

2.) Liam’s Big Boy Hair Cut

We have been battling some serious bedhead for the last few months as Liam has decided that he is terrified of hair cuts.  The bedhead has been so bad some days that I have had to condition the tangles out of Liam’s hair (something that he oddly loves).  Last weekend my awesome Mom and Dad gave me a hand and we managed to cut all of Liam’s hair without too much of a fuss (yes, it took two of us to distract him while my Mom gave him a trim).  No more tangles = a very happy Momma, and it is pretty cute too!

3.) This Adorable Meme

IMG_0815This meme was originally posted to Facebook by my vet’s office (which consistently posts hilarious memes).  This is how I feel most days since migraines, prehypertension, and contractions have taken over my life.  I am so very thankful to work for an amazing organization that is allowing my to take the time off I need (with pay, something virtually unheard of in this country) in order to make it to the end of this challenging and stressful pregnancy allowing the best outcomes possible for myself and Catriona.  I love my job, and can’t wait to go back (in five months or less depending on when Catriona decides to appear).  I also am so very thankful for the awesome support system I have in my husband, family, and friends.  I know if I need help it is literally only a phone call away, and there is no price you can put on that kind of reassurance.

 

What are you thankful for?

 

 

Three Things Thursday, 7/24/14

Three Things Thursday is an exercise in gratitude that began over on Nerd In The Brain, another awesome blog.  Every Thursday I highlight three things from the week that I am grateful and/or made me happy.  It is a highlight of those little extra things in life that you don’t always have time to stop and enjoy.  A celebration of life’s gravy.  Feel free to steal this idea for yourself as well 🙂

This week I am thankful for….

1.) My Nerdy Secret Santa gift

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Yes… I know, I shipped mine out at the last moment…. I am a career procrastinator.  I hope the recipient enjoys it as much as I love my gift.  The adorable little elephant that showed up in the mail yesterday made my night last night 🙂

Christmas in July is so much fun!

 

2.) The Bean’s reaction to my health care finance book.

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Yes, its blurry… that is because she pulled it off the shelf, took one look at it and ran away crying (I just happened to have the camera out).  Every time I see this picture I start to chuckle.

I wish I could do the same thing.

 

3.) Liam’s toddler bed!

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Yes, it is way too soon for him to actually start sleeping on one, and yes it took me a little bit to convince him it wasn’t a chair and he needed to get off so I could bring it upstairs.  I brought the extra high-chair down to our used kids store today, The Children’s Orchard, and traded it and $20 in for this toddler bed and a few extra pairs of shorts so I don’t have to do laundry every other day anymore.  Best trade ever!

 

What are you thankful for?

 

 

 

Three Things Thursday, 7/17/14

Three Things Thursday is an exercise in gratitude that began over on Nerd In The Brain, another awesome blog.  Every Thursday I highlight three things from the week that I am grateful and/or made me happy.  It is a highlight of those little extra things in life that you don’t always have time to stop and enjoy.  A celebration of life’s gravy.  Feel free to steal this idea for yourself as well 🙂

This week I am thankful for

1. Little Frogs

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My mom got me this little guy a few years ago. He faithfully guards my aloe plants.

2. Best Friends… Even the imaginary kind

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Conan works for a pretty large company, but their human resources department is amazing. Liam’s best friend (his baby) is the big polar bear they sent us as a baby gift. “Baby” or as I call him, “big white bear” (not to be confused with “little white bear”) goes everywhere with him, even to bed at night.

3. This book:

Grandmother Fish

The kickstarter campaign ends in two days, it is (more than) fully funded, and we will be getting one! I am super excited to read this with Liam and The Bean! On a side note, I am also thankful for my cousin Jade who often brings awesome things like this to my attention.

What are you thankful for today?

Three Things Thursday, 7/10/14

 

Three Things Thursday is an exercise in gratitude that began over on Nerd In The Brain, another awesome blog.  Every Thursday I highlight three things from the week that I am grateful and/or made me happy.  It is a highlight of those little extra things in life that you don’t always have time to stop and enjoy.  A celebration of life’s gravy.  Feel free to steal this idea for yourself as well 🙂

This week I am thankful for

 

1. Unexpected nostalgia

20140709-233724-85044199.jpgA long time ago, in a town (not that) far away I was an emotionally turbulent high school student.  Back in those days I went through a lot of stages… thanks to an incredibly vibrant local music scene and a personal passion for music (band geek) most of those stages were based on what I perceived a fan of certain types of music should look and/or act like.  I recall the period I spent having a love affair with Tori Amos to be exceptionally angst-y… and yet when this song came on the radio (yes, I STILL listen to the radio) I turned it up and sang along.  I have such fond memories of hanging out with my friends and listening to Tori and being so excited when this CD came out.

 

2. Quiet moments on my back deck after Liam goes to bed

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Yes, I adore my son.  But there are times when I just like to take five minutes to myself, and this is where I usually do it…. except never by myself really because the puppy brothers always tag along.  I love our back yard.  It is big, usually quiet(ish), and so peaceful.  I am a neighborhood type of girl, so I really don’t mind a little bit of noise.  I like having neighbors, and I am fond of the older gentleman who lives in the little ranch behind us and the conversations we have over the back fence.  I would be even fonder of him if the fence were higher, not see through, I only ever saw his eyes, and he was always there to spout words of wisdom when I need them.

3. Farmer’s Market Splurging

20140709-233717-85037802.jpgYes, I went to the Farmer’s Market to get fruits, vegetables, berries, eggs, and whole milk yogurt… and then I saw the sunflowers.  Most of the time if I splurge on myself its an extra Starbucks coffee for the week, yesterday I decided to bring a little sunshine into my home.  I had planted sunflowers in the front yard this spring, but some animal (probably a skunk) decided to knock them all over and eat the heads off…. now I have headless sunflowers in the yard… they aren’t all that pretty.  Liam thought the flowers were a fantastic idea when I brought them home, so I let him explore them for a bit before putting them in the vase.  I think they held up pretty well to his handling.

 

What are you thankful for this week?

 

Three Things Thursday, 6/26/14

Three Things Thursday is an exercise in gratitude that began over on Nerd In The Brain, another awesome blog.  Every Thursday I highlight three things from the week that I am grateful and/or made me happy.  It is a highlight of those little extra things in life that you don’t always have time to stop and enjoy.  A celebration of life’s gravy.  Feel free to steal this idea for yourself as well 🙂

This week I am thankful for…

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A beautiful surprise sunset on my way out of the grocery store.

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Djodji’s cookies… Especially when they are a surprise that someone snuck into my bag. Djodji seriously makes the best cookies ever.

My Liam reading his book upside down while I make breakfast for him and the puppy brothers. His love of reading makes me so happy!

What are you thankful for this week?

Three Things Thursday, 6/12/14

Three Things Thursday is an exercise in gratitude that began over on Nerd In The Brain, another awesome blog.  Every Thursday I highlight three things from the week that I am grateful and/or made me happy.  It is a highlight of those little extra things in life that you don’t always have time to stop and enjoy.  A celebration of life’s gravy.  Feel free to steal this idea for yourself as well 🙂

Oh this week… this super busy week… I am goig to have to keep it short and simple.

1. This woman:

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Aunty Moonshine, Liam, and a bunny… what does a rabbit say?

Aunty Moonshine, my partner in mommy-hood. My husband’s sister who lives down the street from is. The Beanster’s Momma.

We went on a childless adventure together this week and had an absolute blast. I can’t imagine having as much fun doing a 20’s themed photo shoot with anyone else. She cracks me up on an almost daily basis and I couldn’t swing the whole student, full time nurse, full time Momma gig without her.

2.  A little bit of beauty growing in my in-laws field on their farm.

Wildflower Beauty

Wildflower Beauty

3. Girls night out for pedicures and burgers (and beer!) with the bestie…

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And now I will be rocking purple toenails for the next few weeks!

That is it for me for this week! What are you grateful for?

Three Things Thursday, 6/5/2014

Three Things Thursday is an exercise in gratitude that began over on Nerd In The Brain, another awesome blog.  Every Thursday I highlight three things from the week that I am grateful and/or made me happy.  It is a highlight of those little extra things in life that you don’t always have time to stop and enjoy.  A celebration of life’s gravy.  Feel free to steal this idea for yourself as well 🙂 This week I am thankful for….   Grandparents.

Grammy and Grampy F, and Grammy and Grampy D who live close by have been lifesavers this week which turned out to be exceptionally busy.  From driving across the state to watch Liam while I worked this weekend and the hubs was out of town to taking Liam so the hubs and I could go out for a last minute business dinner with an out of town engineer the grandparents that are nearby have been lifesavers this week. Liam is also lucky enough to have another set of grandparents that live in Florida and give us an excuse to go on vacation in the winter (as well as sending cool mail, but these are things to be thankful of for a different day)

Next up is this AWESOME Bumkin insulated food tote:

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Every month Liam gets a package of toys and stuff from a company that had also given us a gift card for his birthday… on a whim (because even the shipping was free for this item) we picked out this… the tote that I didn’t even know I needed.  It’s insulated, the food is out of the diaper bag so no longer is getting squished AND there is enough room for Momma to put a snack in for herself too.  Plus it has alligators on it.  It doesn’t get any cooler than that, unless of course you are a stuffed Boston Terrier wearing hot pink shades and a cool hat… that might win.

Last up for the week is…

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This blanket.  Well, not really the blanket… its just a nice, warm blanket that is perfect for puppies to cuddle into on the couch.  It is the way the blanket cam to be in our living room that I am thankful for.  Yesterday, after getting up at the crack of dawn (literally) so I could get the entire house full of puppies and babies ready to bring Leroy in for his last post surgical vet visit we came home and Liam passed out… apparently he doesn’t appreciate being woken up early.  I was bouncing from the massive amounts of caffeine I had sucked down so I decided to clean out the basement.  You know, on a whim, because it seemed like the thing to do.  While I was down there I found a brand new set of queen sized sheets and this blanket that I did not know we had.  Both items were on the household shopping list, but I had yet to make it out to purchase them.  i feel like I just saved $50… which is awesome… do you know how much Starbucks that buys?

Well, that is it for this week for me..  What are you thankful for today?