It’s a special weekend over at Ten Things of Thankful.
Lizzi and her co-hosts are celebrating the 50th week of the hop.
And I certainly wish to join in the celebration and well wishes!
I’m so very thankful to have found this hop (number #1) and connected with so many wonderful bloggers through it. The experience has been truly enriching and continues to have an altogether positive impact both on my point of view and life more generally.
So THANKS to Lizzi and all her co-hosts for creating this space online. While I may never be frist, I always feel welcome. I hope you are still going strong 50 weeks from now and beyond!
Moving the thankful train along, while it has been a busy time here, I’ve had much to be thankful about.
This past week, I’ve been very thankful both for great volunteer opportunities, and for the supportive husband who spent much time with the kids this week to allow me the time to dedicate to the causes I care about (number #2).
I had none less than three different volunteer related meetings this week! Tuesday night we had our first alumni planning meeting for this year’s Throwback celebrations (Carleton University’s homecoming) in October.
I was also involved last year and we’re hoping for even better turnout this year! Wednesday, I was back at Carleton for a meeting related to the re-institution of the Athletic Hall of Fame. This year during Throwback, we’ll be inducting the first new class since 2003, which will be very exciting. And today? I spent the morning at the Carleton University Alumni Association AGM; and tonight I will be enjoying an evening out at the Carleton Alumni Leadership Gala (Evening out? That’s number #3). Next week, I’m back to regularly scheduling parenting, but it’s been a fun and busy week out on the town, event planning and catching up with friends and former classmates. Go Ravens!
We’ve also been blessed with good weather over here for the last little while, so I’m thankful for good time outdoors with my daughters (number #4). We now have more dandelions at home than I know what to do with.
I’m thankful that I finally finished my macroeconomics assignment and booked my final exam for my course on June 30. So thankful that the end of that odyssey is officially in sight (number 5).
I’m thankful that my husband finally hung the dolphin plate in our bathroom that has been sitting on the counter in there since the bathroom renovation ….
…. last summer (number 6).
I bought it while island hopping in Greece over 10 years ago and it just makes me happy.
I’m thankful for the wonderful fun and time suck that is Pinterest (number 7).
My Pinterest account pre-dates my blogging days, and I largely credit Pinterest with teaching me how to cook, but since I started blogging I’d largely ignored it until recently when I again started spending some time there. In the past month or so, I’ve had a wonderful time starting boards on various interests and just finding things there that make me happy. Case in point? Yesterday, I was invited to start pinning my “happy pins” on this board here:
All it takes is a few quick clicks here to lift my mood.
I’m thankful for the good friends who get introvert me to go out because sometimes I need the push (number #8). Last Friday, at the end of a not wonderful week, I got a last-minute invite from a friend to grab a drink. That quickly turned into meeting some new people, two pubs and seeing a band. Just what I needed to unwind.
I’m so thankful that my husband and I were asked to be godparents to my new nephew (number #9). His baptism is tomorrow. We’re very honoured to be part of that special day and to be able to play that special role in his life. As an aside, I’m equally thankful that my parents are hosting the reception afterwards. And that my husband is eager to contribute by smoking cheeses, leaving me in the simple role of find the perfect gift (done!) and then just show up and be Godmother (I’m an awesome guest, and good at holding babies, so this should work).
While this may come as a shock at the end of a very active listing of recent events, I was in last night. So my husband grabbed the opportunity to go out with friends and my daughters and I had girls night in. By request from my eldest, we baked and decorated cookies; did our nails; and read Dora books. I’m thankful for these evenings with my daughters (number #10). Even though I was still doing nail touch ups this morning before heading to my meeting.
So there is my 10 for this week. For the extra special 50th week of Ten Things of Thankful. May we share many more thankfuls yet!
Aw, love the pic of the girls picking flowers and baking. And congrats on the new nephew! Great list, Louise. xoxo
Thanks so much! I love the flower shot too! And I kept meaning to say: congrats on FP! I remembered the post – very powerful!
Those cookies look AWESOME. And I love that the pic kinda sorta gets you joined in on the cake thing we’ve been doing. In fact, heck, it totally counts 🙂 Huzzah!
A lovely list. And with those dandelions – PICK THEM ALL BEFORE THEY GO TO SEED! Yipes!
I’m happy you’re part of this lovely hop, and that you bring your own delightful thankfuls to join in the whole. Things like your Greek Island-hopping plate – so special and such a wonderful trigger for gorgeous memories that I can only imagine (I would love to see Greece, well – specifically Corfu).
I hadn’t even thought about the cake inclusion! They are very cake-like cookies! It’s cake icing. My eldest is huge on decorating EVERYTHING at the moment and it’s the easiest way to go (messy, but easy).
As for the dandelions – thankfully not our lawn. But they are going to seed everywhere so I’m pretty sure it’s a losing battle.
And yes – the Greek Island-hopping plate – I can’t remember where exactly I got it – I have been to Corfu though – it was a great trip 🙂 My brother and his wife went about a year ago and I got nostalgic then too 😉
Thanks again for the fun of this hop!
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I have a feeling that Corfu would disappoint me – I want to visit the version of the island portrayed in Gerald Durrell’s books, and I know it’s much changed since then.
Glad the dandies aren’t on your lawn. Thank goodness for small mercies!
I love that you’re happy to indulge your daughter’s whim for decorating things. That’s awesome.
Wow, busy week, but a lot of great things! Thanks for sharing these 🙂
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A beautiful, lazy Saturday morning decked out in fancy dresses. Love it.
So many great things on your list this week. The dolphin one might be my favorite, though. I need more than two hands to count the number of things which sat next to the walls on which they needed to be hung.
I’m so glad you are enjoying the TToT, are finding it useful, and link up so regularly!
Yes the lazy morning in dresses was pretty wonderful. They got some nice smiles from passersby. I’m glad I got some of it on camera.
As for hanging stuff on walls – yeah – don’t get me started on my wedding photos…. any day now. REALLY. 😉 But I’m still pretty happy about the dolphins.
Janine Huldie said:
Totally thankful for the hop and by the way what is it with kids and picking dandelions? My girls also do it all the time and we too have quite a pile and collection. Enjoy the rest of the weekend now 🙂
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Lisa @ The Meaning of Me said:
I love the picture of your girls picking flowers – reminds me of the opening sequence of Little House on the Prairie years ago. I know – way dating myself.
We have things sitting around our house waiting to be hung EVERYWHERE. I’m telling my Hub that yours hung stuff. Maybe he’ll get moving…
Good luck getting stuff up on the walls! I think my asking for him to do it for Mothers Day sealed the deal over here. Do you have a birthday coming up? 😉
THat dandelion photo is so “Little House on the Prairie” That closing scene always made me feel good! Smoking cheese? INTRIGUING!
Aside from knowing that Shannon Doherty was in Little House on the Prairie I’m not very familiar with the show. I did watch it a few times so I get what you mean re: the feel of the photo though.
Kristi Campbell - findingninee said:
What a wonderful girls night – baking and Dora and nails! Fun! Congratulations on your new nephew and being his godparents – what a fun and lovely thankful thing. I adore the photo of your girls picking flowers – beautiful.
Thanks – as for the flower photo I’m thinking I might use it for some of my banners. Not for the blog though. I don’t think I could ditch desolate dolly 🙂
As for girls night – we do them semi-frequently and they are fun – messy with the baking, which I’m also still not super confident about – but all things considered – fun.
That picture of your girls picking flowers is so sweet!
Isn’t Pinterest fun? I do it sporadically. I’m ridiculously excited because a picture I pinned of a doll I used to have has gotten 120 re-pins. I feel so special!
I’m sure you’ve put in scads of hours planning for your college Throwback activities and alumni events. You will probably be even MORE thankful when it’s all over!
Ooh! I’m now going to have to hunt down your doll pin because I have a dolly board 🙂
As for Throwback – that’s certainly how I felt by the end last year. It’s still early days for this years planning though!
Megan L. said:
A great list of things to be thankful for! Sounds like a wonderful blog hop to be part of 😊