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With life roaring along at its chaotic pace, I missed Lizzi’s Ten Things of Thankful Blog Hop last weekend.
But I figure, it’s when life is racing along, and you’re working like crazy to make it all, well, work, that it’s most important to try to focus on the good and the things to give thanks for.
So here’s the happy hop:
And here’s my list:
I’m thankful for my husband. He doesn’t feature on this blog half as much as he should. My past two months at work have been busy and he’s stepped it up on the home front to help out. For the last week he did daycare pick up so I could work late and get everything done there that needed doing. He also cooks a mean Quiche.
I’m thankful for coworkers who keep it light even when we’re all busy. And I’m thankful for this picture.
I’d source it, but it’s all over the web and I’m not super clear on the source. I first discovered it about 10 years ago when I was in grad school and made it my computer wall paper for a bit because it just makes me smile.
I hadn’t thought about bunny in years, until I was walking through the cubicle jungle at work and there he was! Up on one of my colleague’s walls. I now have to fight the urge to stop and pet his little pancake topped head every time I walk by.
I’m thankful for the WordPress Blogging 201: Branding and Growth Challenge that I’m participating in. It finally got me to play around with and figure out PicMonkey; and THAT then gave me (what I think is) a clever way that works with my blog feel to link to my Tumblr and other social media accounts. Do check out my new buttons along the side of my blog. It also pushed me to take a moment to understand my analytics and do a Best of Baby Gates Down Page, which I’d been meaning to do for a while. Again, I’d love it if you checked it out and let me know what you thought.
Lastly, one of the main challenges within the challenge that I really latched on to was about broadcasting your brand. The challenge was to pick one social network you’ll use to help grow your blog and connect it to your site in at least one way.
I chose my somewhat neglected Pinterest account. In my quest to suddenly make a bunch of dolly themed buttons, I started an online doll collection (let me just say I’m rather in awe of the Internet rabbit hole that is doll boards out there). But the challenge also got me thinking about creating other boards that tie in to what I blog about.
So, that said, I’m starting a thankful board where I can pin things throughout the week that remind me to be thankful and that I am thankful for. My current plan is that I can then reference, or pull on it for these posts – as well as sustain the positive feelings that reminding myself to be thankful gives me.
While it’s still in its infancy, please have a gander:
Speaking of Pinterest board and blog integration, I’m thankful for Alphabet Bingo.
My eldest has been struggling with some of the skills they are learning in kindergarten. The list, according to the teacher, who keep sending home “proof” of my daughter’s shortcomings as compared to the curriculum, is quite long and we’ve been encouraged to step up our home game.
Because this is a post unto itself, all I’ll say further here is that while I fight the urge to remind her teacher that my daughter is just four, I do acknowledge she’s behind the other kids in certain ways. Case in point: She doesn’t yet recognize the alphabet; or really associate numbers with groups of things; and her fine motor skills really aren’t where they should be – so cutting and writing letters is a challenge.
So yesterday we took a trip out to Scholar’s Choice and together we selected some toys and games to help beef up her “A Game” – so to speak.
And we came home and played Alphabet Bingo twice. She loved it. I figure we’ll play this puppy into the ground over the next little while and see if that helps out on the letter recognition front. We have some other goodies for other things, but I don’t want to overwhelm, and I figure we’ll pick one battle to start with.
Speaking of scholastic achievements I’m thankful I got a certificate at work!
Yup! They did a security sweep and here’s the proof that I properly protect secret documents. This is quite a serious aspect of my job, and I have not a little bit of paranoia at times over whether I’ve put everything away as I should in my locked cabinet. Enough that I have double and triple checked in the past. So this is now proudly pinned up on my cubicle wall. You know, in a place of honour. Beside my kids in their Halloween costumes. And my phone list.
I’m thankful for nights out swimming with my girls and my mom. We got to the pool on Thursday evening and had fun in the hot tub, in the baby pool going down the slide and splashing around with noodles in the big pool. My eldest was even open to working a bit on her back floats (she can already swim on her front, so this is the first step to swimming on her back too) and we only had one serious melt-down. Which my mother basically took care of. Did I mention I’m thankful for my mother?
I’m thankful for Hippo’s Go Berserk. Where’s that Thankful Board again? Oh. Right here!
This is one of my favourite board books and is also a favourite of both my girls. And I read it, on two separate occasions, with both girls this week. And in that bonding moment with my two girls, I naturally thought: How can I use this moment to better integrate my blog and Pinterest boards? So later that week I started a book page for my girls.
And all the hippos go berserk.
I’m thankful for last-minute beer with friends. It’s been a busy time at work – and the next two weeks are going to be challenging because on top of my job, my husband’s work is about to throw a lot of overtime and long hours at him too. So I was happy late Friday morning to get a message from a good friend asking if I wanted to grab a beer after work. My husband was picking up the girls, so yes! Hadn’t seen him in over a month, and his friend in longer than that. Good conversation, couple beers, bad service to joke about, and then home. With a play date coordinated for the girls next week to boot. Multitasking. Boo yeah!
I’m thankful for the hot tub at the gym. I finally made it back to the gym last Monday for the first time in about two weeks. I took it easy on an elliptical, and then while the girls were happy in the gym playcare, I sat in the hot tub, surrounded by quiet nothing, and read. Glorious.
I’m thankful for the family time I had last weekend for Easter. Among other things we did our first outdoor Easter Egg hunt with the girls and, on the suggestion of my eldest, baked a cake with lots of sprinkles.
I was also thankful for the four-day weekend, extra sleep and family dinner hosted by my parents. Oh! And I’m thankful I made it through unit six of my macroeconomics course. Now all that’s left is my last assignment and exam. All I apparently need are a few more long weekends to get that done 🙂
What were you thankful for this week?
Clark Scottroger said:
yow! a lot (of) thankfuls, in a nicely varied set of category. I read #8 with interest, as the topic is always somewhere on/in my mind, have not actually done anything about it, but it is good to read that it is doable (and, apparently worthwhile).
non Winter is good, too!
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Non winter is VERY good. Did you note the complete absence of snow on the Easter egg hunt? So happy about that. As for #8 – not sure if you are referencing the PicMonkey or Pinterest or Best of part – but once I just made a bit of time, I managed to move the markers a bit on all three without too much of a learning curve required!
We had Spring Break so it was a fun week. But now I’ve got to get caught up with the work, I neglected last week. You are so right to be thankful for a husband who helps tote the load.
Spring Break comes way later where you are – wow! We have March break which seems like ages ago now! Good luck with the catch up!
Whew!!! You got a busy lot o stuff goin on!!!! Sounds all good though!!!
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a great many things to be thankful for!
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“when life is racing along, and you’re working like crazy to make it all, well, work, that it’s most important to try to focus on the good and the things to give thanks for.”
I agree with that 200% Louise!
Thanks for the info in #8. I will definately check out your new links see what it is I haven’t been doing all along LOL
Re:8 – I wouldn’t lose a lot of sleep over what you “aren’t doing” – I figure there’s only so much time to be spent online ;). That said, hope you like it 🙂
Melanie at My Ottawa Life said:
I feel just like this – life racing by, trying to cram productivity into every single moment, juggling kid and work and fun things like swims and family visits and making dinner. Phew! I did sort of the same thing to see a friend this week: was in the area and texted to invite myself over, just so we’d get to see each other for an hour of chit chat and coffee!
ps – that your 4 year old has shortcomings based on her performance in kindergarten really makes me cringe. She’s 4 for goodness sakes!
Yay! Not alone in feeling like this! Glad you got to see your friend. How much harder it is – and how much planning it can take to find time to spend with friends is one adjustment of parenting I didn’t quite realize going in. As for the challenges of kindergarten – thanks. I had her bring her bingo game to school for show and tell this week. The theme was “something rectangular” The bingo boards were. Figured it didn’t hurt to show the teacher we are trying. Passive aggressive? Me? NEVER. 😉
Kimberly M (@momgosomething) said:
Before I comment on anything else you wrote hot tub and gym in the same sentence. Let’s reflect upon the serious issue of germs.
My son is five and he had problems with enunciating his words. Like sometimes his sentences were a blur. It was in no way a shortcoming. Kids, and adults learn at different paces and sometimes some people need a little push. The fact that you’re jumping in to help is a wonderful thing. But don’t let that teacher discourage you.
That bunny? What is his deal? Was he standing too close to the oven when a “flippage of the pancake” went wrong? Did someone think that it would be a good hat? Did said person eat it? Was the bunny trying to hide? So many questions. Sounds like an episode for Oprah…where are they now.
Thanks so much for the words of encouragement re: my daughter. I know these things, but every note home still feels a bit like a judgement. I hope she catches up and am pretty sure she will – but can’t help the little feelings of fear that she won’t.
As for the hot tub at the gym. Meh! I grew up around pools. Aside from the odd planters wart I came out pretty unscathed.
As for pancake bunny on Oprah – all for it! Heck I’m stoked you referenced bunny in your comments because I live pancake bunny and he was being so obviously ignored by the others :(. Perhaps he could make the cover of her magazine. What do you think?