It's the little things that always help to snap me out of a foul mood.
Little things like:
-Having an older choir member tell me that my children are beautiful and wonderfully behaved. And when I tell her the ages of my children after she asks and she says, "they're halfway to grown!" it tugs at my heart in such a way that I once again want to savor every moment I get with them.
-Walking into the living room and seeing Ben helping Grace learn to read.
-Going to Joey's athletic banquet and watching him receive the "most improved" award and listen to the coaches talk about his hard work and positive attitude.
-Listening to Ben read a very difficult reading in front of the whole school for mass.
-Tommy's complete and total excitement at his upcoming birthday. Even though we won't be going out to dinner he is more than willing to open his presents a day early so that we can leave for WI Dells immediately after school tomorrow.
-Joey staying up a little later than the other kids now that he is getting older. Even just fifteen minutes reading in his room is enough to make him feel mature and happy.
-Tommy telling me that the best gift for him is just having his family. Such a little schmoozer. Although he did finally admit that he is looking forward to a few presents as well.
-Sneaking up on the oblivious Joey and Tommy as they read their books after school.
-Being just as excited to go to WI Dells with my kids as I am to go to Mexico with my hubby.
-The first day of spring is here! It may not feel like spring just yet but I have hope that the warmer weather is just around the corner.
-Joey SCREAMING this morning when he saw the time, "MOM!!!! We're gonna be late!!!! I don't want a tardy!!! I've never gotten a tardy mark!!!" It makes me laugh so that my kids are such straight little arrows that the thought of a tardy mark absolutely freaks them out. I think I laughed the entire way to school as Joey panicked in the back seat. Thank goodness we got to school with time to spare or I fear his day would have been ruined.
-A warm bath in the middle of the day.
-Grace and I watching Beauty and the Beast and when Gaston tries to bribe Belle into marrying him I say, "Boy, that Gaston is nasty!"
Grace responds, "Yeah. I wouldn't marry him! I'd just go back in my house and get my shotgun!"
Ha! That a girl, Gracie!
-Homework free days.
-The first cup of coffee in the morning.
-The birds at my feeders growing more and more colorful as the weeks go on.
-Snuggles with littles.
Tonight we will have pizza and cake with the grandmas to celebrate Tommy's birthday and tomorrow our spring break will be in full swing.
Life is good.
There are so many little things to be thankful for and I'm always grateful for reminders. What are you thankful for?