what are you thankful for.

put your answer here _______
i am so thankful for many things.
but most of all.
my family. i am so lucky to have such an amazing family. and got lucky marrying into another wonderful family. there is nothing more important than family. no we do not get to choose them-and family is not always perfect. but be thankful for them each and everyday. they are the people that will always be there for you. and love you no matter what. i love you all.
i have two healthy beautiful children.
an amazing husband.
a roof over my head.
giggles galore.
kisses and hugs each day.
what more do i need?
nothing. thank you to everyone who brings joy to our lives!!!!
we had such a great thanksgiving.
fun with family.
the kids have so much fun together.
we (or i should say the kids and papa) went on rides.
snowboarded behind the bobcat 4x4. the kids make it look so easy. and me=not so easy. but it was fun for everyone to atleast try.
good food.
good company.

OH CHRISTMAS TREE... OH CHRISTMAS TREE. how lovely are your branches.
we got to go out on our annual tree hunting adventure.
we picked out a perfect tree and got it up in the living room tonite!
it looks perfect. thanks mom and dad we love it!
now we are home again.
back @ it.
grandma and grandpa come over yesterday for a visit. they went out in the cold cold windy blustery weather and ran us an errand while they were out! thank you so much! they picked up us a big box. dillons little house is under construction. not looking so good but he loves it anyway! they stayed and played and dillon had a ball. ((he has turned in to a bit of a show off))

today we went to our first MOPS meeting.
you never know what you will take from it, who you will meet and today i was surprised how much i learned.
we had a wonderful speaker.
this is my take away.
1. BE THE BEST YOU that you CAN BE.
do not try to be someone else. do not be your best friend. your neighbor or anyone else. be you and only you. do what you love and love doing it!
2. ENJOY your kids. it is not work. it is LIFE. love it!
3. what would your kids say about you? what would you say about your mom or dad.
i have been thinking about this all day.
what do i want my kids to remember? i want them to remember the things we did, the laughter they always heard around the house, the hugs and constant love, the fun we had each day, the days we snuggles and watch ELMO, me listening to them, reading to them. xoxoxoox
i hope i can do that. being a mom is a hard job and all i can ask is that i can do what my mom did for me! it is a lot to live up to. thanks for being such a wonderful mother.
4. listen. when people talk listen, take it in and do not think about what you want to say next. i know people always say they can listen and do other things. but really can you? try this out.
try to sing jesus loves me while writing "the pledge of allegiance"
we tried this today. it is so hard. and mine did not come out right that is for sure.
we as humans were made to listen. and only listen. not do other things. that is how we are programmed. LISTEN!
5. do the people in your life make you a better YOU.
do the people in your life make you a better person. no i am not saying the people you just do not like them for no reason at all but the people in your life that make you negative. why are they in your life?!?!?! is there are people in your life who do not help you be the best you?

p.s. do not eat the covered pretzels @ our house. as you can see they were Dillon's project. he had do much fun. and i had so much fun cleaning up. he loves his little bobcat. every time we are @ my parents house we come home and he can not stop talking about their bobcat and papa and ride, ride, ride. he carries it everywhere. eats with him, sleeps with him and is always being driven around the house! dillon and preslee play so well together. dillon loves to be where she is. oh how i hope to keep this relationship strong! every little girl needs a great big brother! xoxoxo

drew is off @ curling.
and i am off to bed.


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Being a mom IS a tough job (well, I don't know personally, obviously, but I know through observation!), but you are a great one!! The kiddos are so darn adorable. Love the pick of Dillon w/ the mustache! Too funny. Looks like you had a wonderful holiday!

Lots of great advice/words of wisdom in this post!

the ritchie's said...

Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was nice to at least see you from a distance at the parade:) D looked like he was enjoying it. I love ALL the pictures :) Great memories.

Jamie Smith said...

What a great post to wake up to and read this morning! You are such a wonderful mommy!

Jamie Smith

Barker Family Blog said...

Those two children are the luckiest kids in the world! They have two very special people to call Mommy and Daddy!! Love you all!

Cherry Blossoms said...

Meg, you are such an inspiration when it comes to parenthood. I just love how you are all about family and all the fun activities you do. I know parenthood will not be easy but you're right, its our life and we need to make it memorable. I also agree, that there is no sense to keep people around in our lives that do not help us to become better individuals.

BetsE said...

loved this post! what a great message! and great pictures of that beautiful family of yours!


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