Sunday, October 21, 2007

POST 100!

Gratitude! Gratitude! I am grateful for you, for me.. . for life and living. I compiled a list of 100 gratefuls. There is no particular order. . .just silly things that make my life a little easier and put a smile on my face. What can I say I'm grateful. I am grateful for. . .. .

. . .when sissy says DORA. Without fail it makes me smile for a mile. DORORODORA!
. . or when she tightens up her little fist in sheer excitement and lets out a little squeal. . oh i love that. To see that twinkle in her eye is certainly joy.
. . . surprises. . a surprise for me. . a surprise for you . . for the kids. . really anything that causes someone to be elated. . . i love the expression on their face.
. . when the kids say . . .that is junk for my body. How can I not be grateful?
.. . the nervous. . excited feeling before a race or competition.
. . the crisp air in the fall. . a slight breeze doesn't hurt. . .and I can't forget the beautiful leaves.
. . television. . I know ODD!. . .but sometimes I just need to zone out and Christina on Grey's Anatomy gives me some good laughs. . .one ~ two with me . . three ~ four do those charts. . :)
. . .calling my little ones. . .one ~ two ~ three ~ four. . .for some reason I think I am funny and it makes me laugh. . even if I am the only person laughing. . .I'm still funny.
. . bums. . my bum. . your bum. . pictures of bums. . .I just love bums . . that may make me sick but I suppose that also makes me grateful for them.
. .blogs. .I get to know what is happening in all my "closest persons" lives in the matter of a click.
.. the ability to conceive, carry a baby, give birth, Yes, I wrote give birth and I really mean it, I wish I could give birth just one more time and hold a little newborn in my arms. For now Brooke's will have to do. :)
. . . baby soft skin, tiny little newborn wrinkles, even their sweet little cry . .sometimes.
. . the troops . . they protect our freedom. . our country. .and it makes me feel gratitude.
. . avocados ~ I never knew how much I like those slimy green healthy fruits.. . in small portions of course. Are avocados a fruit? I don't know what an avocado is but they are yummy!
. . . .a 7 o'clock bedtime for my babies. . .you know why.
. . .a dang good cry. Sometimes I just want to cry ~ there is nothing you can say or do that will make me feel better . . . sometimes a good cry just does the trick.
. . .a rainbow . .especially after a huge storm. . it's a promise. . . .
. .the gift of time. . oh I love the gift of time and I wish I had more of it.
. . . to hold my precious babies every single day and take the time to just love them.
. . .the cool breeze that comes through the window while I'm tucked snug in my bed.
. . .a big 'THANK YOU, this is a yummy dinner mom' from a picky eater. Oh I love that!
. . .holding hands ~ with little hands. . . hands that hold extra tight and extra long.
. . .when a tiny little voice interrupts my mommy discussion with an 'Excuse me mom.' It's so polite and so stinkin' cute. 'Excuse me mom!' Yes . . once in a while they do have manners.
. . .. when I hear my little ones say please, thank you, and excuse me.
. . . .Sleeping in on Saturdays with a bed full of little ones watching cartoons.
. . .looking in on sleeping babies.. .they really are so precious when they can't talk back,
fight with each other, whine or cry.
. Hearing the patter patter of little feet running to the potty in the morning. . . that means they had a dry night. Less laundry for mom. . makes my heart sing.
. . .when the 2 story stack of laundry is finally all folded and put away.
. . when I find that one piece of laundry that I happened to miss. . it makes me chuckle in my uncompleted accomplishment.
. . .simply hearing the patter patter of tiny little feet.
. . .being in a marriage that is a partnership.
. .Water . .the taste of water. The feeling of drinking water. I love water as it trickles down my throat.
. . .that I have a place to call home. There is no place like home.
. . .the foundation of all my joy.
. . . . .when the children are on their best behavior for sacrament meeting . . I know it's long. . and a little boring. . .but when they behave it makes my heart sing. I am singing.
. . .music. . .music on the radio, music in church, the kids singing a new song they learned, even bedtime songs. . .'can you sing the mommy song one more time.' No one knows what that song is but me. Be a good little lady and I just might sing it for you.
. .oatmeal. . .oh yummy . . it makes my tummy happy on unhappy tummy days.
. . . .a chocolate mint chip protein shake isn't too bad either.
. .a soft kiss from a loving man.
. . an extra long body massage with no strings attached.
. . .singing out loud LOUD. .in the car and being caught by the guy driving next to you.
. . .sing sing sing . .. .singing in the shower. . .just singing and singing loud.
. . .I can't forget to mention singing way off key. That's me!
. . .a good rainstorm. . with a little thunder and lightening. It reminds me of home. I love Washington. Three Cheers for the rainy state.
. . . .a full inbox. I love mail. . .email. . any form of communication that says *I care*.
. . a good joke. . something that will give me a good chuckle.
. . . . . .giggles. . . lots and lots of little giggles . . .
. .beautiful flowers. . in the yard. . in a vase. . . beautiful flowers anywhere.
. . . freshly shaved legs smothered with lotion. Especially if I don't have to put the lotion on- and especially special if they are my legs and not my husbands!
. . a long ~ hot ~ steamy ~ shower all by myself. That sounds like heaven.
. . . . the 'babysitter.' ... every once in awhile. . .a movie becomes the babysitter downstairs in the basement and I am grateful for that. Sometimes a mom needs a break!
. . automatic doors on my mini van. . . yes I wrote mini van. Never thought I would be a mini van mom, but now I can't see me any other way.
. . . Loves. . .loves. . .and more loves. . .the kids give me the best squeeze of a love and I love it.
. . dance parties. I love the wacky moves the kids come up with, the jumps of the couch, and the booty shake. It makes me smile for the rest of the night.
. .an unexpected package in the mail.
. . .cell phones. . ipods. . . Internet. . .modern day technology.
. . sore muscles from a great workout. . but not too sore that I am miserable.
. . . when the children are tucked in bed ~ sound asleep ~ with out a fight.
. .that much needed diet coke. . .every once in a while diet coke makes my world go round.
. . . . family near and family far. . .they play such an important part in our life.
. .the smell of freshly cut grass.
. . . Nursery. . .I think it is the sole purpose I go to church. . .it's a nice break.
If you're in my ward I didn't write that.
. a party. . a reason to get together and celebrate. . to eat. . . to laugh. . and create memories.
. . . . .new books. . .knowledge. . the chance to learn new things.
. .warm sunny bike rides with my Timmers.. .they really are my favorite.
. . . after a long day going to bed . . waking up and starting over the next day.
. . . . waking up next to Tim after a good nights rest.
. . and sometimes not waking up next to Tim. . that means he is tending the children.
. . . great workout days. The power, energy and strength is gives my body is unbelievable.
. . bad eating days. . .they remind me why I strive to fill my body with healthy foods.
. . peaceful quiet moments during a much needed nap time.
. . .the creative individual that invented Kandoo wipes and my bum is too!
. . . .two naked giggling 3 year old boys snuggled in momma's bed.
. . .I am grateful to have an escape on grumpy husband days.
. . . And for a happy husband when I return.
. . .a small chorus of boys that bring big smiles when they sing 'pretty mom!' I love that.
.. .car heaters. . on freezing cold days I love to turn the heat on high and the air on max.
... when I jump on the trampoline and don't wet my pants.
It doesn't happen very often but when it does I am grateful.
.. . to know that the Savior is there for me . . . just me and will pick me up when I fall short and carry me home. I know this and am so grateful.
. . .for good friends. . they are few. . .but they are GREAT!
. . . a perfectly organized refrigerator with lots of healthy food inside.
. . .watching my little ones comfort each other.
. . .that they are protective of each other even if that means I'm the *bad mom* .
. . . just a little bit secretly that I am the *bad mom*. It's a hard job, but someone has to do it.
. . . the excitement of planning a trip, going on a trip. . a trip with kids. . a trip without kids. . a trip ~ a trip ~ a trip. . .I'm grateful for them all especially if there is a refrigerator in my room.
. . .the gym daycare ~ working out has never been so long as nobody was bit, punched, or pushed
Living the lifestyle. . . it doesn't feel restrictive or limiting. It's just a great guideline for a healthy life.
. . .pictures. There is no sense having adorable moments if you can't capture and share them.
. . .the magic eraser, to remove the crayon markers from the table, floor, wall...
. . .hotels. . .where I don't have to clean, vacuum, or make my bed... wait do I even make my own bed?
. . Freedom. . .the right to be wrong and feel OK about it.
. . .the freedom of choice.
. . .splenda. . ah. . splenda . . with a dash of peanut butter . .never tasted so good!
. . . when I have the feeling that I am irreplaceable.
. . . that my shoes are pretty big too fill and that I am the one to fill them.
. . .love . . .life. . .and . . .living.
... when I feel just a little piece of heaven.


Anonymous said...

for so cute precious. i'm sure thankful for.... well you.

Deanna said...

For logging on to the computer as usual and actually reading a pretty long blog and listening to music with cute tiny tears in my eyes.

kami @ said...

What a great list. I share a lot of those with you. I too love all the modern technology stuff and Babies.

Laura Lee said...

Shauna this is a great post - I remember when you started you have inspired us all. I love you passion for life - it is so fun to be around!!!!!

Barrett Bunch said...

Wow, what a list!!! That was a great idea and it was fun to read. It helped me relaize all the things I am really grateful for. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

GRATITUDE!! What a great post. When you said you were posting 100 things you were grateful for I kinda scratched my head and wondered what the 100 might be.. What an incredible list! It made me laugh, cry, laugh some more and then realize just how grateful I am for you, blogs and all my family.. Thank you for sharing so much of your life so we can all be a part. I love you and your blogs!!!

Brent, Kristi and Chase said...

you should write a book. AND we should pair up next time we do a 5 day break from the lifestyle. I am needing a coach to say it is okay! But your little post here helped! Love ya girl and see you tomorrow. Kristi

Anonymous said...

Just grateful to have been lucky enough to have been your dad... not that I can take any credit for who you are... It just makes me look better for the association. Love you and yours Pickles!