TDOT: Days Seventeen, Eighteen, and Nineteen

Hi! I didn’t get posts written this weekend because I was in a cabin in the woods! I’m back now with lots of thanksgiving. 🙂

I’m thankful for:

Benjamin is blowing Bennett a kiss, but he saw the cameras and looked at us instead! Bennett loves his Aunt Dana and his cousin!

  1. Cousins! Bennett and his one-year-older cousin, Benjamin, were so cute this weekend! They’re starting to notice each other, and I think my little Bubs thinks his buddy is hilarious. (You know, between love-slaps in the face!) I hope they’re best friends when they’re older.
  2. Duck Dynasty! Okay seriously, I love this show. You should, too. In fact, you will, if you watch it. It’s on A&E, it’s hilarious, and you can even watch it on Hulu if you don’t have cable. Besides its obvious hilarity, one of the things I absolutely love is how it’s a family show with a Christian message. They end every show with a big family dinner and a prayer to Jesus, and you always get a dose of Pop-Pop wisdom somewhere in the episode: “Don’t marry some yuppie girl. Find you a meek, gentle, kind-spirited country girl. If she knows how to cook, and she carries her Bible and lives by it, and she loooves to eat bullfrogs, now there’s a woman… She doesn’t have to be a pretty girl. It’s hard to get a pretty one to cook and carry a Bible anymore.” Here are a couple of clips to whet your appetite!
  3. In-laws! I know a lot of people really struggle with their in-laws, but that’s not me! This past weekend, they made it possible for their three kids and their families to retreat to Beaver’s Bend in Oklahoma! They even brought yummy food! All we had to do was print out directions and drive up there. (Great practice traveling with Bubs, by the way. Sheesh! That kid does not travel light!) We had such a great time, made possible by Grammie and Pop-Pop.
  4. Horses! Mine was named Mex, Justin’s was Frosty, and my horse was better than his! Finally! Last time we went horseback riding was nearly ten years ago, and everyone in our group got these gorgeous Clydesdales. The stable boy took one look at me and gave me this scrawny, nearly-dead, old, spotty horse named Lucy. I felt so lame! But this time, I got a big-kid horse. Fun!!!!
  5. Pine cones! I forgot about them! It was so neat to see pine cones all over the ground among the leaves. I even picked up a little baby one for my little baby. It was his first pine cone, and he loved it!
  6. Hiking! Justin and I love to go hiking, but we haven’t in a really long time. It was so great to be out in the woods next to a trout-filled stream feeling normal and healthy again! Pregnancy and early post-partum days sure make one feel like a slug. I felt 100% normal, and I had a great time!
  7. My car! I got a CR-V while I was pregnant, so that we would have plenty of room for our new little family. I’m so glad! I love my car soooooooo much, and it was the perfect size for all our junk! (It may be a tight squeeze once we have two kids, though, and we’re traveling to Alabama for Christmas…)
  8. Not having to have another job outside the home! Bennett had a rough sleeping week last week, which totally put me out of sorts. It was terrible, and I can’t imagine having to get up and teach children all day long after one, and then two, and then three, and then FOUR nights of staying up with my kid past 2:00 a.m. I struggled to get through those days, but I was able to veg and just cuddle my baby. No way I could have dealt with teenagers on top of it.
  9. Peaceful sleep Saturday night! After the terrible week of no sleep and screaming all night, I was really worried about having Bubs in a cabin with ten other people. To everyone’s surprise and delight, Bennett slept in complete peace from 12:30 a.m. until around 8:30 a.m.! I was so happy to get sleep, number one, and to not be a bother to everyone else!
  10. Huggies! We had three blow-outs Saturday alone (two happened while traveling!) because of those loserface Pampers. NO MORE! Mine is a Huggies baby for life. (Oh wait. Well, I hope not. Ew. You know what I mean.)

What are you thanking the Lord for today? 

TDOT: Day Five

I woke up this morning chilly around the edges again, but not quite chilly enough to crank up the heater. We’re just cuddled up in fuzzy blankets, Bubs and me. Besides fuzzy blankets, and of course the little one who’s snuggling with me, here’s what I’m thankful for on this chilly morning!

  1. Bennett sleeping through the whole night! It’s so great for all of us when he decides to go to sleep and stay that way, which happens about half of the time these days. He went to bed around 10, and didn’t wake up until about 8:15, which means that this momma got 9 hours of sleep! (I didn’t do my math incorrectly; I stayed up until around 11, which is risky, since Bubs could have easily woken up at 12 or 1, but he didn’t! Yahoo!)
  2. Good Morning Girls Bible study on the book of Colossians. It’s been SUCH a blessing — thank you, Cindy! — and I’ve learned a lot. I might write a separate post about it, but it has really rejuvenated my time with the Lord.
  3. The AngelCare Sound and Movement Monitor. (Thank you, Robyn, for the suggestion!) It brings such peace of mind, because it monitors whether the baby is still breathing in addition to magnifying the baby’s screams in your sleepy ear at 2 a.m. We moved Bennett to his own room somewhere around 4-5 weeks, which is earlier than we planned, for a reason that’s too long to explain here. I was really worried about having him so far away, (you know, like across the hall!), but the little digital pendulum swinging back and forth, back and forth, reassured me night after night, especially when he started sleeping for 6, 7, 8, 9 hours straight! My little eyes would pop open after several hours, but I didn’t have to get up. I could just look at the monitor and know that’s he was just fine. Sleeping like a baby, as they say. I LOVE that monitor!

What are you thanking the Lord for today?