Archive | November, 2012

Maybe I am only Thankful once a week?

13 Nov

It was almost a week ago that I decided to start stating what I am thankful for each day. I guess it’s not horrible, but not really the plan.


November 7th- I am thankful that my child goes to a school that does some pretty fun stuff. Today is the 50th day of school. How does 1st grade celebrate? With a sock hop. The kids dressed in poodle skirts, white t-shirts and their socks. They had root beer floats and had a dance party learning the hand jive and a few others. Super fun!

November 8th- Today I am thankful for conferences. I attended a technology conference today and they are just so rejuvenating as a teacher. This one was validating, fun and bonus, I learned a few things. I could have listened to this keynote speaker all day long. She was witty and clearly someone who truly loves working with kids. If you want to see some cool inspiring teachers, check out her blog with her work. Amazing! @dlaunfenberg

November 9th- Today, I have two things to be thankful for.

1. The crazy group of supportive and professional women I work with as a specialist. I appreciate the way these way take their job so seriously, how they love children, believe in finding a special place for smart creative students, prefect their craft every time we are together and find humor in all the stress! Today, they brought a cardboard cut out of a scoring guru to sit with us at the table for humor and inspiration.


2. My friend found out today that she hit her one year marker as cancer free after a bit of a scare. She went in for a check up and they found things. They dug deeper, it was tumors. She was so down. They scheduled her to start chemo and then called on Friday to tell her that they all came back benign and were just nodules and she was CANCER FREE! Praise God! We danced after the kids left as a staff and celebrated her life! It was beautiful!

November 10th- Need I Say More!

November 11- We did the most special and fun thing I have done in a long time. One of the grandparents got tickets for Missy Mack, Gmommy, Honey and me to attend the American Girl Fashion Show benefiting Dell Children’s Hospital. This was such a special, cute and fun day for the girls. Missy Mack got a special tote for her and her doll, a doll salon hairdo, hot chocolate bar and a fashion show of the history of how girls and their fashions have changed complete with a friend being a model in the show. Cute stuff. I am so grateful for the opportunity to go and for all of us to experience it together.




November 12- Today I am thank for the men and women who have risked their lives and made sacrifices from their families to serve in our military and fight in wars. Particularly, my step dad. He has really struggled with PTSD from his time in Vietnam and has worked so hard to get healed mentally and deal with what he saw at a too young age. Last night, at Chili’s his meal was taken care of by Chili’s and today we honored him at yet another special event at school. Our school does such a great job of honor our Veterans and teaching our children about honor and patriotism.

Last, I am so thankful that there are still moments like these in our lives:



50s Day

8 Nov


Today was the 50th day of first grade. How do we celebrate? We have a first grade sock hop complete with the hand jive and coke floats! Oh, and everyone dresses in their poodle skirts, rolled up jeans and white tees. Super cute.



I have more pics on the computer. Maybe later, it’s late.

Today, I am thankful my child goes to a fun school and they celebrate in a fun way. It was joyful to see all their smiling faces taking risks and being kids.

I’m Bad, But Let’s Try This Thankful Thing

7 Nov

I never post any more. Why? I am busy as hell. My job keeps me so busy. My child keeps me busy. You know, life, it’s busy.
I like this idea of spending 30 days being thankful. It’s like the down and dirty version of Oprah’s graditude journal. So what if it is Day 6. Let’s just start there and see if I can get you caught up along the way.

November 1st: I am thankful for these two:


They are funny and in love with each other. On the 1st, we had a late start day, which was nice the day after Halloween. Mr. Mack took Missy Mack to school. They had some special time together and I got to go to my meeting without a worry in the world about my kiddo. I do have walking pneumonia at the moment, I am thankful to have a willing husband to help share in the daily care for our love.

November 2nd- I can’t decide what I am thankful for on this day. A lot went down. I am thankful for Pizza and Wine night. I am thankful that a friend came to my house for happy hour. I am thankful that someone else had to deal with drama today. It seems I always get the drama at my school and today, I got to give a hug and words of encouragement instead of needing that from someone else.


November 3rd- I am thankful for weekends with my whole family. We no longer own the bike shop and we get to all three spend our weekends together as a family. We usually go to the downtown Farmers Market, take Missy Mack to ballet at Ballet Austin, where today we got to watch people practicing for The Nutcracker, and today was our school carnival. Missy Mack had a great time running around with friends and I loved seeing my students laughing and having fun.


November 4th- Today I am thankful for rest. I did not get out of bed all day. I stayed in my PJs and did my best to get rid of my sickness.

November 5th- Today, I am thankful that my BFF is pregnant with twins. She has tried so hard to be a mama and she finally can say it is coming and in a big way. I am happy I see her face at school each day right now because I know it will not be long before she will no longer be allowed to come to school. Here are some pictures of our friend telling Missy Mack that she is expecting twins. There is a funny video on FB.

November 6th- I am thankful for election day. I enjoy the excitement in the air on this day. We are a political family and we have our opinions, but honestly, I just love that I live in a Nation where I am allowed to have an opinion and it doesn’t have to be the same as my neighbor and friend. I am so happy that we are allowed to be different and express that in a vote. I praise the women who came before me and fought for that right.


I am also thankful that now that we both have paying jobs in our house, that I have a cleaning lady. I can not express the joy I feel when I walk in the door of my clean house. My toilet is clean, my sink is clean, my carpet and floors feel fabulous. It is awesome and I am so very grateful!


Let’s see if I can keep this up. I miss y’all!