Thursday, May 08, 2008

Thankful thursday

I've never actually done a Thankful Thursday post before. I actually love reading all my blogging friends' posts, but I've never felt compelled to compose one for myself.

But, I'm feeling "blue" today. I came to the realization that my mother's day is gonna SUCK, basically because my husband thinks his own mom is more important than me (but that is a post for another day). And I've got 2 family members who are, as we speak, lying in the hospital critically ill and we're just hoping they both make it through the night. I need to focus on something good. So, without further ado, here are 5 things that I'm grateful for right now.

1. PictSweet Steamers. (I cannot find a picture of these to save my life). These little bags of pure heaven are found in the freezer section - they're a bag of frozen, seasoned veggies that you just pop in the microwave and enjoy. The entire bag is around 150 calories, but it totally fills me up. Great food for weightloss!

2. Spring has sprung. I know that I claim to be a winter-lover - and for the most part I really am - but even I enjoy a warm, sunny day once in a while. Today I was driving around, taking pictures for a presentation I'm making at a public hearing tonight, when I passed by these beautiful pink-blossomed trees. I couldn't help but stop and park right under them. Luckily I had my camera, and I snapped a few shots as I basked in their springy-goodness.

3. The new daycare. I could write a novel about my daycare woes, and someday I do plan to blog about the latest chapter. This is my kids' second week going to my neighbor's house, and I've seen such a difference. No more tears in the morning. No more anxiety. Happy smiles at night. And it costs less.

4. My family. At the risk of sounding trite, My husband and kids are my world. I'm so grateful for them and the happiness they bring. Last night after the girls had their bath, we giggled, laughed, and hugged.

Some days, I just cannot get enough of my sweet girls.

5. My mom (last, but certainly not least). Today is my mom's birthday (and I have to work :( while the rest of my siblings take her to dinner). My mom has always been my best friend. She's the greatest person. She didn't have a very good upbringing. While most people would have used that as an excuse to be an awful person, she drew from that and decided to be the best mother she could. And she really is. She has always been, and still is there for me whenever I need her. Thanks mom!

This goofy pic is of she and I before a 5k we ran last summer. We are both much hotter now - thanks biggest loser contests!


Tiburon said...

Christie! I love that you played along. Great list :) I have never seen those veggies - but I am allllll over them! I will starve myself for the next 12 weeks for $1350!

I hope making the list perked you up a bit. If you need any help with family stuff, let me know - I am not that far away - they are in my prayers!

Koreena said...

I'm so glad the new daycare is so great for the girls! And bonus that it costs less!

I really love that family picture of you 4. So cute!

Omgirl said...

wow, I can really see the difference in your physique from then until now. You look fantastic! I'm also so glad that the girls love their new daycare. You really should blog more about it. I'd love to hear why you left your old one and what you like about your new one.

Julia said...

You'll def have to post about your new daycare. I'm glad you found something that is working.

Sorry to hear about your family members. I hope they will do okay.

I need to do more of these thankful things. I mostly just complain.

carrie said...

I loved reading that....and seeing the cute pictures!! (especially the one of you, Ben, and the cute!!) OK... I, too, love love love the pictsweet steamers. I think they are awesome. When I run out of my Costco edamame...then I'll pick up one of those, and it's perfect!! :o) I'm sorry about your family members!! What an awful thing to have to deal with.... I hope you're OK. (HUGS!!)
I remember your cute Mom from Lagoon, when we went with Ben that one time. She was so cute, and you seemed to get along so well. I want that relationship with my kids, too. It's so important.
I hope you have a good Mother's Day. It's not exactly my favorite holiday, to tell you the truth. I can relate to the husband thing. I won't even get into that right now.... ha ha I really hope you decide to write about the daycare thing. I think your posts are so interesting!! :o)

Anne Marie said...

What a great post! I love the pictures. The blossoms are so pretty. And the picture of you with Ben and the girls is so sweet. I love the look on your face. You look so happy! I hope you have a good Mother's Day. It is kind of a hard holiday, I agree... Your mom is cute. I think that's cool that she runs with you. I wish my mom did. And thanks for letting me know about the vegetables. I'll have to look for them when I make my dreaded Wal Mart trip today.

Lindsay said...

I'm sorry about your family members who are sick! And I hope you have a really great mother's day. I am so excited to go find those pictsweet steamers, I need all the vegetable help I can get!

Ruhiyyih Rose said...

What a sweet post. I love the pics of your family! I am sorry that you have family that is sick :) no fun. You have quite the thankful list! I hope that you have a great Mothers' Day, nevertheless - you deserve it!

Rachel said...

Sorry to hear that your Mom's Day isn't shaping up to be as awesome as you'd hoped, but I'll be thinking about you! You are such a great mom and, honestly, you are my inspiration that I'll be able to handle everything once my little one gets here. Anyway- I love the pictures and thanks for your blog.

Jenn said...

Thanks for posting this--I loved reading it. I love those veggie bags, too! Yum--and so easy! Very cute family! I hope Mother's Day turns out better than you expect.

Lynita said...

So now it is post-Mothers Day, did it go okay? I hope your family is okay. I loved all of the things you are thankful for, especially the one about your mom. She is truly amazing, I am very happy that you have such a great relationship with her.

Misty said...

You are awesome! You do look familiar though. You look like you belong to a family that I know. I would say the last name, but for the sake of the crazies out there, if you would like to protect your family name (if I guess right) does your last name start with a 'P'?

Christie said...

Misty - nope! My last name starts with an "H" and my maiden name with an "F". But I have been told lots that I resemble people that are not me - maybe I just have one of those faces?