There's a lot of people on Facebook posting daily things they're thankful for (because it's November and it's the month for giving thanks, of course). I'm thankful for a lot things and don't often say it. In fact, I tend to do more complaining than giving thanks. But that doesn't mean I'm not grateful for what I've got. The big things, the small things...I'm thankful for everything I have and everything I am. And sometimes, it's the little things that really make a difference.
There's nothing better than....
The first bite of a still warm, fresh-baked brownie
Sweet puppy snuggles (and kisses)...really, the age of the dog is not important
Hearing "you make the best dinners, mommy"
Brushing your teeth in the morning after you know you've been mouth-snoring all night
Knowing where you are after getting lost
Sticking your spoon in the still-cooking pot of soup to taste it and tastes like bacon and cheese
Finding out you're not the only mom who is at a loss with how to discipline a strong-willed child
Hot chocolate after a cold and rainy day
The sweet relief of Sudafed
Licking the brownie batter off the spatula (after you're done with it, of course!)
Hitting all the green lights on the way to work
Handlettering perfect names on an envelope
Looking through old family photos, even if it's just to find pictures for the board at the funeral, and laughing at the memories
Finally finding the wine that pairs best with your life
Mint chocolate chip ice cream (this one is THE BEST)
Hearing a coworker tell you how much they appreciate you and everything you do
Feeling the relief of knowing a bad dream wasn't real
A cozy blanket in a cold room
Hearing your kid say "I'm sorry for being disrespectful" when all you told her was that she was being naughty
Buying presents for other people and seeing how happy they are when opening said presents
Getting the car seat out of the car all by yourself
A good book and lots of time to read it (like, say, 16 hours in the car on the way to Wisconsin)
Seeing something you cook/bake come out EXACTLY like the picture
Finally being able to breathe after a week of environmental-mold-spore-induced sinus congestion
Finding something to wear (that fits) to a funeral at the first store you try
Biting into the PERFECT s'more
Finding the one magical spot where spooning is actually comfortable for both people
Watching your dog roll over in trust and present her belly (for scratching, no doubt) to your daughter for the very first time (it only took four and a half years!)
Mexican Monday with ALL of your southern extended family
Knowing you'll be with distant family in 48 hours
Leaving for Wisconsin in the morning.
Have a good rest of the week and I'll catch back up with y'all when I return.
Before we know it, it'll be Thanksgiving....and then Christmas....and then it'll be the new year.
Not going to lie I'm ready.
2015 has sort of sucked almost as bad as 2014.