You might think from the title that those three things might tie together, but they don't. I did not, for example, attempt to make apricot jam with my grandchildren this week. Maybe I would brave that years down the road, but taking a baby, a 2-year-old, and a 3-year-old to the park alone is about my current limit!
1. I'm thankful for my grandchildren. We had a fun time at the park. I even learned a few things:
- My juggling skills are rusty, or my Mrs. Incredible arms have lost some of their stretch, or
maybeI'm just older than I used to be, but. . .
- Extracting a 3-year-old from the swing is impossible to do while holding a baby. 2. Thanks, random stranger, for noticing our predicament and offering to hold the baby for me. 3. And thanks for being a kind young mom and not stealing the baby--that would have been hard to explain to my daughter!
- Whoever designed one-piece pants-jumpers with tiny buttons on the bodice and no snaps on the pants and thought this would be appropriate for young children has never potty-trained a child. 4. Thanks, granddaughter, for being able to "hold it" while I single-handedly (while holding your baby brother) managed to unbutton that outfit. 5. Thanks, other granddaughter, for staying in the restroom and not darting out the door like you wanted to do.
- The only hope for photos is when the kids are buckled in their carseats.
- Being repeatedly told, "This is the best day ever!" makes up for the inconveniences.
|Photo: Oldest granddaughter, wearing her one-piece, buttoned jumper.|
|Photo: Youngest granddaughter, who apparently inherited her wild curly hair from me. :-)|
6. I'm thankful for my apricot tree, which is finally having a real crop.
|Photo: My tiny tree is covered with tiny apricots|
|Photo: Collage of before and after shots of the bathroom|
8. I'm thankful for the owls that softly whoo-whoo-whoo in my neighborhood. Last night, I heard the telltale sounds, and went out in my backyard to investigate. I saw an owl, in silhouette, perched on a telephone pole behind my house. As I watched and listened, two more owls came to join the first on the pole. I tried to capture the moment on video, but the lighting (or rather, lack thereof) made the final product nearly useless. Though I attempted to adjust the lighting by editing the video, it is apparent that I am not a professional cinematographer. If you'd like to try to try to make out the owls, here's the video:
10. As ever and always, I'm thankful for John. Life--the good and the bad--is just so much nicer when shared with your best friend.
So, what are you thankful for this week? Join in the party! (I'm having issues with the linkie code right now, but you can always go over to Lizzi's blog to link up!)