But, seriously, it's been a good week. Remember how blah I was last week? So much better this week, and with good reason.
1. This Thoreau quote I found on Christine's post, which means you probably already read it. But it's really quite wonderful, and I think I need to post it somewhere near my desk.
I am grateful for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual...
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches.
No run on my bank can drain it
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.
For the whole quote, read here. I especially like the part about is charred extremities and intellect. Lizzi chars my intellect with her vocabulary.
3. We ate out for breakfast AND supper. This never happens. I can't think of a time in my life where I have eaten out for two meals in one day (unless I was traveling). In fact, we very, very seldom eat out even once a day. So, thanks to two Groupons expiring, I did no dishes today. And Maggie ate chocolate chip pancakes twice. Oh dear, did I admit that?
4. My first For The Makers box arrived this week! My mother and sister bought me a three month subscription, and I believe I have mentioned how exciting a surprise box is for me. It can be filled with vegetables, and I get excited. But in this box, I received the supplies to make a necklace, a bracelet, a notebook cover, and a small bowl. All materials included; instructions online. Don't worry; I'll post about it.
5. I discovered last week that the rain boots we gave Maggie for her birthday last year (March) are two different sizes. I just figured this out. She's been wearing them for ten months. So, I hied myself to the Stephen Joseph website and sent an email and picture. The customer service, Becca in particular, was INCREDIBLE. No matter that it had been ten months, they are sending a whole new pair, no fuss to it. I swore I would brag about them on my blog. Anyone looking for rain boots or other cutesy kid apparel should bring their money to Stephen Joseph.
6. Speaking of money, I just happened to stop by my consignment store this week, and upon inquiry, discovered I have over $100 in credit! Woohoo! And now I have a new pair of Paige velvet jeans and a black pencil skirt. I love clothes, and I love new clothes (at least to me). This makes me unutterably happy (well, clearly not unutterably).
7. Maggie had an appointment with her geneticist this week. And I love him. Not only for lines like, "I'm not worried about her cognitively," made in passing, but for the amazing connections he has. I left with a wealth of information on services in the area and such a wonderful feeling of knowing he wants me to email him when I have concerns about her anxiety or her IEP or whatever, and he will be able to put me in touch with the providers who can help (forgive the run-on sentence).
8. I picked Maggie up a little early from school on Friday, and her teacher was eager to talk to me. She had just done a kindergarten readiness assessment on Maggie, and she had made progress since November, even scoring 4/6 on the rhyming questions! PLUS, she had made a friend on the playground and even spent extended time playing with her. Not next to her, and admittedly, not initiating, but extended playing with. Rhyming and a friend! What news!
9. I am really enjoying my one-on-one time with Maggie these days. We went out shopping for a birthday present for our neighbor today. I asked Maggie what we should get Sophi, and she confidently pronounced, "A Max and Ruby book." So off we went to the bookstore and then home again to wrap it and make a card. Using glitter glue of course. Nothing is finished until mounds of glitter glue have been applied.
10. Finally, this one is minor but huge. Twice this week, Maggie and Leo have played together in one of their rooms. Nothing is sweeter than hearing their sweet uncontrolled giggles in harmony. Now, there were screams, but they usually didn't last long. (And if they did, it was because Leo had closed his fingers in a drawer or a bulldozer drop flap.) The other day, I finished my dinner prep, and they seemed happy, so I sat down and read.a.magazine. Yes, you read that right. My children were awake, and I read a magazine in relative quiet. It was phenomenal. No hyperbole.
And, because I don't post without a picture of my kids...