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Ten Things of Thankful: No Fooling Edition

Though yesterday was April Fool's Day, this post is no joke.  There are many things to be thankful for, and each week, I enjoy participating in the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop.  Won't  you join us, too?
This week, I am thankful for:

1.  Blooming poppies.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a poppy had sprouted and bloomed in my yard.  I haven't made it out to the poppy fields yet this spring, but the poppies seem to be coming to me!

Photo:  An orange poppy blooms in my yard

2.  General Conference weekend.  This weekend, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout the world are united as we watch and listen to General Conference.  It's broadcast to churches, or can be watched on or BYUTV.  I always come away from conference uplifted and inspired.

3.  Another child's birthday.  Today is middle daughter's special day. I'm thankful she is part of our family.  

4.  Friends.  This week I again had the chance to meet together with a group of friends for lunch.  I love the bond we share, and I love the fact that each lunch usually includes both laughter and serious discussion.

5.  Drexel.  He is such a gentle, sweet-tempered, goofy dog, and fits so well into our family.

6. Tasks completed.  Taxes are done and filed, and I'm making progress on tackling other paperwork.

7. Runs.  I haven't been running as much lately, but I got in two runs this week.  My goal is 4 times a week, but improvement is improvement, and I'm happy that this week was better than last.

8. A haircut.  I was long overdue, and I feel lighter now!

9.  Education week.  Registration opened this week for BYU's Education Week and my mom, my youngest daughter, and I are signed up and looking forward to attending together.  

10. John.  This month we will celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary.  I love our adventurous life together, and I love our mundane life together.  There is a little of both in a marriage, but what makes both enjoyable is the together part.  

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  1. Happy Anniversary! I will check out the conference vids. The ones i watched last year were quite good!

    1. Thank you! While all the talks are good, I'd particularly recommend the talks from Saturday morning from Donald L. Hallstrom (on being children of God) and Kevin R. Duncan (on forgiveness).

  2. happy anniversary - happy birthday to your daughter and have a wonderful week.

    1. Thanks! Hope you have a great week, too.

  3. Happy Anniversary Kristi and John! And best wishes for your daughter on her birthday and..since it's today, she get's to celebrate tomorrow too!! (my own birthday rule: if your birthday falls on a Friday or Saturday you get to have a birthday weekend!)
    Poppies. I remember one trip to CA many years ago, we drove by a field of poppies. It was very beautiful. Love your orange one :)
    Taxes! I so have to do mine. Thanks for the reminder! lol
    Hey, so we both have a 4x goal. 2 runs a week Kristi and you're halfway there :D You can do it :)

    1. I'm all for stretching birthday (or anniversary) celebrations out. :-)
      I'm not sure when I'll make it to the 4x week, but we can root each other on!

  4. I really need to find the picture I have of me at the poppy fields, freezing and very pregnant. No poppy was worth it.
    Aww, love Drexel. How's Deedee?
    Happy anniversary! 29 years, wow!

    1. If it was that cold, I imagine the poppies were all shut tightly. Poppies are fickle creatures, only really opening up in sunshine and non-windy conditions. (I would like to see the photo!)
      Deedee is doing fine. She loves Drexel. Drexel tolerates being a chew toy, but doesn't often volunteer for the job.
      Thanks. The actual date isn't until toward the end of the month, but it is our anniversary month now.

    2. Those poppies were hugging themselves closed. Just glimpses of orange as the wind pummeled them (and us).

  5. twenty....nine....years....., that's like, a whole lifetime! (lol)... but it is! think back to when you were 12 or so, well, that was only 1/3 of your life with John
    tres cool

    1. It is pretty weird when the number of years equals an adult--and not just barely an adult, but a legitimate adult. :-) I know it sounds cliche, but on one hand, it seems like it was just yesterday, and on the other, it seems like John and I have been married forever.

  6. Well, Happy Anniversary to you and John. Adventurous or mundane - married life is a blessing. I hope we add the two mile walk/run to our Gravity Challenge in the upcoming months. That'll help motivate. Happy April, Happy Spring.

    1. Now, there's an idea! When I combine a good diet (not a diet diet, but regular healthy eating) with exercise, the scale seems to cooperate the most.

  7. Ooh, I love poppies.
    I also love how you speak of your marriage. It''s beautiful and something you don't hear enough of anymore. So thanks for sharing it a little with us here.
    My parents are on their way to forty years together. It's special. I know it isn't easy, but it can be done.

    1. Oh, thank you for your kind comment. I really want to speak up for marriage and family, so that meant a lot to me. Congratulations to your parents!

  8. That poppy is lovely. Don't you love volunteers of any vegatation. They do make the heart sing. (well, not the weeds.) And congrats on the upcoming wedding anniversary. We will be 28 years at the end of this year. Wait. I better do the math. :)

    1. Congrats on your 28 years--or however long it is! I know what you mean about having to do the math. :-)

  9. I am in serious need of a haircut. Need to make that appointment...

    I do enjoy a good lunch with friends. Buttercup and I had a long, 2-hour one with a fellow soccer player and mom on Saturday. Glad you were able to fit one in this week, too.

    How wonderful that the poppy just showed up in your yard!

    1. I'm terrible about putting off haircuts.
      Glad you enjoyed a lunch with friends, too.
      The poppy is growing in what is supposed to be just rocks, but I think I'll probably just let it stay.

  10. Escholtzia californica - absolutely one of my very favourite flowers ever, and a glorious photograph! Thank you for reminding me they exist.

    Happy 29th anniversary month to you and John, and happy birthday to your middle daughter.

    Haircuts are lovely - my hairdresser laughs at me because I get such a big, goofy grin on my face as she chops my hair away...I love that 'lighter' feeling :)

    1. Oh, if poppies are your favorite, you'll have to come to California in the spring sometime. The poppy fields can be stunning (despite what Dyanne says). :-)

  11. Happy Anniversary! Rounding out the first two decades!
    This is a nice time of year for a hair cut, isn't it? Feels light and breezy, like the weather.

    1. Yes, it is nice to get a hair cut as the weather warms up. :-)

  12. Happy 29th Anniversary to both of you! I think that poppy came to get you. He wants you to go visit all his friends! Because Kc wants pictures!!!!

    1. I'll see if I can make it out to the poppy fields, and I'll see if they are still blooming. :-)

  13. Oh my! Nothing is blooming in my garden yet and you have a gorgeous poppy! That's fabulous. We have snow falling right now.
    Dogs and friends are always wonderful things to have in life and to be thankful for.
    Happy 29th Anniversary to the both of you. That is such a wonderful number. I hope that you have many more.

    1. Warm weather comes early in southern California. :-)


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