To celebrate said good day I am writing a happy list.
Things that make me happy:
1- Coffee. Coffee is the only thing that can wake me up in the morning and keep me going all day long. Yes, I drink coffee all day long. Mind you, it usually is the same 2 or 3 cups that I just keep reheating and reheating and sipping all day long, but it makes me happy.
2- Bloggy friends. Y'all give me such good advice from things like Disney World to Ben's eye issues. Thank you so much! I so appreciate all of your feedback.
3- Sunshine. After nonstop rain for almost a week today was sunny and 67 degrees. Now the kids are playing out in the backyard while Todd cuts the grass. Good times.
4- Doing Your Best. Today at school Joey got the Student of the Month award for math. This is a big deal because recently we went through some struggles with Joey regarding his school work. After finding out that he didn't even try on an important test (a MAPS test, no less) and finished in minutes when the rest of the class took an hour (ACK!!!) we had a long talk with him. It was all about doing your best, working hard, and always trying to be the best you can be. It was a really good heart to heart, and though we have spoken to him before about working hard I think it finally clicked with him. Since then he is really taking pride in his work. Every morning we repeat our motto, "Do your best!" before he goes to school and I can tell he really is living up to it. Getting the Student of the Month for MATH is a big deal. Huge. He is very proud of himself. And that makes me so HAPPY.
5- Resilience. Ben had his year end performance with his classmates today. They did a play, they sang, they danced, did yoga, and acted silly. It started out with each student walking out on stage (it is in a theater and everything) in any silly way they wanted (like a monkey, a bunny, on tiptoes, etc.) and introducing themselves. Ben was so silly. He had the whole audience laughing. Then when he went on for his big JUMP finish his glasses flew off his face and there was a bit of a gasp from the audience. Ben swiped them up as fast as he could, smiled, said his name (LOUDLY!) and ran off stage. I felt really badly for him. His big moment and those stupid, new glasses got in the way. Still, he came back out on stage like nothing happened. And let me tell you, he shined! He was funny, and brave, and coordinated, and so fun to watch. At one point they were doing a chair dance (he goes to school at an arts center and they had a dance troop come through that did this earlier in the year) and he did absolutely amazing things. I was sweating thinking he was gonna fall, but he didn't! At one point he turned the chair over, and stood on the edge of it on one leg! Holy cow! And then he turned it over again and did push ups. So cool. He did such a great job. I was just so proud of him for not letting a little blip hold him back from doing his best. Watching him ham it up on stage and be so comfortable in his skin (in front of all those people) was honestly a highlight of my week.
(going up on one foot) (the push-ups)
6- Our neighborhood. I am so thankful we moved to this neighborhood. It is a perfect balance between, quiet and safe, close to school/work/church, the feel of being in the country, plenty of other kids to play with, and open spaces for playing. Even though we are only a few minutes from everything is still feels like we are in the wild. It sounds funny, but the other day we were playing out front and there were 20 turkey vultures flying over head. It was crazy! They were HUGE. We ran to the end of the culdesac to watch them fly over the cliffs by the lake and just as we got to the field 5 deer ran out of the trees past us. So crazy! We've also seen turkeys, skunks, muskrats, bunnies, and all kinds of gorgeous birds. Just the other day I had SIX bluejays in my backyard. Happy.
7- Birds. As I just mentioned I saw bluejays in my backyard. I can't remember the last time I saw bluejays. And I know they are a mean bird (the robins in our yard dive bombed them outta here pretty quickly) but they are just so beautiful. Anyway, since I saw the bluejays I have been really taking note of all the birds we have in our yard. I started taking pictures to see how many different kinds I can capture on camera. I have been shocked at what I've seen. It is amazing what you see when you actually take the time to stop and look. Anyway, I am stocking up on all the pics to show you on another post. I'm very excited about it. And slightly obsessed (me staring at the window all day with my camera in hand has begun to annoy my hubby).
So there you have it folks. My happy list. Do you have a happy list today? What's on it?