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Ten Things of Thankful: Barry White, Darth Vader, and Captain Hook

How's that for a title?  If this were Jeopardy, the correct question for the answer, "Barry White, Darth Vader, and Captain Hook" would be:  "Which individuals portrayed the progression of John's illness this week?"
Poor John.  After church last Sunday, I noticed his voice was a bit deeper than usual.  By the evening, I had to look every time he spoke to me, because I kept thinking Barry White was in the house. On Monday, just in time for May the 4th (Be With You), Barry had been replaced by Darth Vader's breathing.  Darth stuck around all week, but was interrupted by the appearance of Captain Hook, as John and I ran as Hook and Tinkerbell in a 10K at Disneyland.  

At 5:15 this morning, pre-race.  I guess the reflective strips on my pants and belt work.

I fully expected to run alone, but Hook would not be persuaded.  I let him set the pace, and appreciated the companionship.  Hopefully John, as himself, will return soon.  In the meantime, here are this week's ten things of thankful:

1. I'm thankful that John is not following the "Sharing is Caring" philosophy, and I am feeling just fine so far.  That's kind of a terrible thankful, and I do hope he feels better soon, but I do hope to dodge the crud.  

2.  I'm thankful for Pinterest coming to the rescue when we were invited to a get-together on May 4th.  Youngest daughter and I brought the Death Star, and left Darth Vader at home.  Without the ability to search for "Star Wars food" I don't know how I could have brought something so fitting. 

3.  I'm thankful I was able to spend some one-on-one time with my oldest granddaughter.  We attended a toddler class, "The Nose Knows," at the zoo together, then explored more of the zoo on our own.  I love that she is at an age where everything is new, and the sight of a duck swimming in the moat commands her attention and delight more than a huge slumbering lion.  We petted a bunny, saw the elephants, watched chimpanzees eat carrots, and took selfies with the giraffes. 

4.  I'm thankful for our Relief Society class on Tuesday night.  A woman in our ward (who is also a police officer) taught us some self-defense moves.  She brought mats, and gave each of us a chance to throw some punches.  You just never know what you will learn at church!  

5.  I'm thankful that when I got home from Relief Society, youngest son was there!  He decided to come home for the summer, and we're glad to have him.  

6.  I'm thankful that we were able to spend a laid-back day at Disneyland on Friday.  John and I had to pick up our running bibs before Saturday's run, so we drove down on Thursday night and spent the morning at the parks on Friday.

7.  I'm thankful that runDisney was sympathetic to my oldest daughter's plight.  She was supposed to run with us, but was involved in a 4-car pile-up on the freeway recently.  The impact compressed her spine, so her doctor advised her to not run.  (She's in physical therapy and hopefully will recover fully.) When John and I picked up our packet, I explained that my daughter would not be able to run with us, and asked if there was a way for my daughter to receive her shirt, etc.  Disney will be mailing her things out to her!  I know she is sad she had to miss the run, but I'm glad that she will at least get her shirt and commemorative pin.

8.  I'm thankful also that, even though oldest daughter was not there, I got to take a photo for her after listening to one of her favorite bloggers speak.  Leslie Kay of Disney Bound spoke at the running expo about creating Disney-inspired running outfits.  She is quite clever and also gracious.  She told me to tell my daughter hello and to get well soon.  

Cute fashion blogger Leslie Kay, and me
9.  I'm thankful for moms in general, and my mom in particular.  Happy Mother's Day, Mom, and to all women with mother hearts (and child-status has nothing to do with that.)

10.  And to end as I began, I'm thankful for John.  I think he would walk 500 miles for me--or run 6.2!  

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  1. Ohhhh wow, I'm very impressed at Captain Hook's fortitude and resilience. Hopefully he will return to you as John, without passing on any nasty bugs.

    Glad your daughter's going to be fine, and that you had a lovely time at the zoo.

    Well done on all the running, superstar :)

    1. Yes, Captain Hook definitely impressed me, too! He's the superstar.

  2. I CANNOT believe he ran a race that sick!!!!! HOLY COW! and ok... now thanks to church you CAN be involved in your first grocery store brawl! GET WELL EVERYONE!

    1. I can't either, and I think he is surprised, too.
      Hahaha I was thinking the same thing when I was reading about your shopping trip (literally!)

  3. Love the funny title and the explanation. Glad you are feeling well, and John was able to run the 10K. I loved the death star watermelon. Happy Mother's Day. Have a good week.

  4. I was completely impressed with your Star Wars contribution when I saw it on FB, and I still am. Awesome.
    John is a trooper! Most of us would have said a little thank you for the illness that prevented us from running 6 miles. :) You two look great!
    What a special day you were able to have with your granddaughter. Oh I pray my kids stay close, so I can do the same with my grandkids someday.

    1. If only storm troopers breathed like Darth Vader! :-)
      You'll be an awesome grandma (when you are old enough!), no matter where your grandkids are living.

  5. hope all are feeling well soon - way to go on the 10k - happy mothers day you enjoy your day

    1. John seems to be doing a bit better each day. He sounds like himself today, so that's good. Happy Mother's Day to you, too!

  6. We are big runDisney fans. Though our races have been at Disney World. What a sport to continue on and complete the race even though he wasn't feeling up to his best. And that is one big bunny. What a cutie your granddaughter is.

    1. One of these years I'll have to try a Disney World run. I think their half-marathons are on Saturdays, right? Disneyland has theirs on Sundays, so I haven't tried a half yet. If they would move one to a Saturday, I think I'd like to try.

  7. Wow! A Disney race! What a fantastic thing to be thankful for! Hope your daughter is feeling better...

    1. Disney runs are so much fun--there is so much to see that the time flies by!

  8. loved the Barry White, Darth Vader…Capt Hook thing! There is a positive side to (nearly) everything, including having a cold (or whatever) cause we all get to be Barry White or Brenda Vacarro/Linda Ellerbee for a few days!

    1. John is feeling better each day, but was still happy that the hymns today had a nice low bass line!

  9. John is quite a trouper! Poor guy! (I always sound like Brenda Vacarro when I have a cold.) Your costumes are great!
    Love the Death Star - tasty and clever.
    My son took zoo classes two summers when he was 5 or 6. He loved them. LA Zoo, or is there one nearer to you?

    1. The Exotic Feline Breeding Compound ( is closer, but the class was at the LA Zoo. I will probably sign my granddaughter up for another class; I enjoyed spending the one-on-one time with her.

  10. Your granddaughter is adorable.

    It's amazing that you and John ran the race.

    1. Thank you. The way John has been feeling, it really is amazing that he was able to run!

  11. Kristi, I hope that John's getting better! And like you, I like Barry White!!

    1. He's definitely sounding more like himself now, so I think he's on the tail end of whatever he had.

  12. Love men with deep husky voices... Barry White?! I would be all over him! Hope John gets to be his lovely self though, (Loved the way you shared his progress through his voice changes)
    I even admire John more to run along while not feeling so great. Deep bough to you, sir.
    Hope you had a wonderful (grand)mother's day. Sounds nice to have your boy home for the summer. Enjoy!

    1. John's getting better each day. Barry White has left.
      It is nice to have my son home for the summer!
      Happy Mother's Day to you, too. You definitely have a mother heart.

  13. I love the watermelon! Will have to share that one with Amara! Her Dad's birthday is coming and it is almost always a Star War theme! I thought of you Saturday when we watched the 5AM new - wondered if you were lining up to run. Glad John is recovering, too. (and Happy Mother's day!)

    1. The watermelon was easy to create by scraping off the green part of the rind with the end of a vegetable peeler. Amara could do it, no problem!

      We were in our corral by 5:15; the race started at 5:30 a.m.

      Happy Mother's Day to you, too!

  14. Well, I was certainly intrigued by your title and you did not disappoint. I like the way you wove it in, and I am SO IMPRESSED John ran at all! He should be called Superman instead!


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