Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday YUMMs!  This week started off kind of sad with the death of one of my favorite fashion designers, Oscar de la Renta.  He passed this past Monday due complications from cancer, which had been battling for over 7 years,  The fashion world has loss another great and he'll be truly missed.  My heart definitely goes out to his family.  I'm thankful that before he passed, he was able to pursue his dream and touch so many through his designs.

Last week the Mr celebrated his birthday.  I'm thankful that he has been blessed to see another year and that we got to celebrate it with him.  Life is so fleeting and birthdays for me have become so very special and bittersweet now that I'm adult.  Having loss so many important people and watched others battle for their lives, makes me cherish being able to see another year that much more.  I'm also thankful that he liked his present because it can be pretty much a hit or miss with him.

I had my first parent-teacher conference for Moo this morning and it went very well.  Thankfully, we were on time.  This week she was late for school once (by 2 minutes) and we cut it close on Tuesday.  I've been burning the late night oil and it shows in the mornings when the alarm goes off.  

After today's conference, I can definitely say that Moo's a teacher's pet, in a good way.  Just watching the way her teacher's face lit up as she talked about what an ideal student Moo is, made this mommy proud beyond words.  I'm most thankfully that her teacher was a big help today with helping us finally get the school to start making Moo a lunch that meets her dietary needs because she was really wanting to get a cafeteria lunch instead of bringing lunch from home everyday.  My pockets are thanking as well because I can cut back on my grocery bill.

I think since the field trip, I've come to see her teacher in a different light.  The bullying situation from the first day of school and a few other hiccups had left me with a bad taste in my mouth, but having spent some time observing her teacher and seeing her interact with students, I feel more at ease.  And I'm very grateful for that because no parent wants to constantly feel uneasy when they drop their child off to school everyday.

One of the biggest projects I've been working on is getting ready to come to completion and I couldn't be more thrilled.  I'm so ready to show it off.  I got a glimpse of the finished product and I can't even put into words how giddy it made me feel.  I'm really proud of myself and am looking forward to sharing more about it with y'all.

For over 3 years I have been struggling to come to grips with the loss of my Ma (my aunt) and it seems like the fog of great sadness surrounding her death if finally lifting from me.  Out of all the people I've loss in my life her passing shook me to my core.  There were just so many things I was carrying around emotionally that wouldn't let me find peace.  For months after she first passed, I cried in secret multiple times a day.

Even this year there have been nights after I've put the kids that I've given in to crying from just feeling overwhelmed by it all.  I miss her like crazy and wish I didn't have to continue going through life without her.  I hate the fact that JJ never got the chance to meet her and that Moo was too young to remember her.  She was awesome-sauce!  She got me completely and never judged me.  I can only describe our bond divine and meant to be. (And just like that I'm crying again, but tears of joy this time.)

Lastly, I'm grateful for a reminder that God is always here to catch me when I'm falling.  I can't tell y'all how much comfort I find in knowing that.  I've been listening to this song from Mary Mary on repeat for days because it puts a voice to exactly how I feel.

What are you giving thanks for today?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Day At The Farm

Moo reached another milestone last week.  She went on her first official school field trip!  My baby is growing up y'all!  Seriously, can somebody freeze time?  Anywho, I chaperoned and we had a blast sharing in that experience together. 

Her field trip was to The Hunter Farm in Weddington, which could pretty much be considered part of Charlotte (in my opinion).  Sadly, parents weren't allowed to ride the bus with students.  That was such a bummer because it was her first time riding a real school bus and I thought I'd be able to get a shot and maybe some video footage of her on there.  (Yes, I'm that mom!)

However, it didn't take long to get to get Hunter Farm.  I thought I was going to be in for at least a 40 minute drive, but got there in under 30.  It took the teachers a while to get the buses loaded and I ended up waiting an extra 20 minutes before they arrived.  If had known I had that time to spare, I would have hit up the Target that was up the street.  Now on the important stuff- the pictures!

When the kids finally arrived, they split us into groups of 3 classes.  Each group got their own tractor pulled wagon and guide/driver.  We loaded up, went over a few rules and then we received three special tasks for the kids to do: collect milk from the cow, find a chicken egg (this was not easy because the chickens had made a run for it overnight) and flick dried kernels of corn off its cob. 

Our first stop was to visit the milking barn, where we got a demonstration on how to milk a cow.  Of course, I've seen my share of cows milked having grown up in the country.  We also learned that freshly expressed milk is 100 degrees.  Hmmm...I wonder how warm breastmilk is? Definitely nowhere near that.

Before we left the milk station the kids learned that when you gotta go, you gotta go.  They were all tickled pink and overcome with a case of the giggles when the cow started pooping.  Two chaperones from one of the other classes excused themselves because they couldn't handle the smell.  In all honesty, it was strong at first, but then the scent died down a little bit.  The kid's then went from tickled pink to grossed out after the cow got one of her hooves messy by stepping in her own poop.  

Thankfully, it was time for us to move on our next station, which was the petting barn.  At the petting barn, cups of feed were passed out and the kids got to feed the mini goats (I loved them) and the sheep.  Moo was too excited.  In our second to last place, there was a barn across the street and the farmer had some mini goats.  Moo always asked to feed or pet them but I told her no.

So, she was chomping at the bit get to those goats.  The goats were beyond excited to get their snack and have some company.  A few goats even impressed us their climbing skills, but thankfully didn't escape their holding area.

The sheep were just as anxious to get some love too.  One sheep had been sheared and his hair had finally started to grow in.  It looked like a haircut gone wrong because the hair wasn't growing in at the same rate and Moo thought he looked weird.  That made her a little hestiant to get feed him.  Of course, it didn't help matters that his fur was two tone either, a dark chocolate mixed with a tan.

There were two rabbits- one brown and one white.  The brown rabbit was not a fan of having us in his space and curled into ball while giving us what I'm convinced is the evil eye.  So, we left him alone.  I didn't get a picture of the other rabbit because once they took him out for the kids to pet, it was hard to get a good shot through the hands petting him.

There were two pigs, some wild turkeys, a cow (I refer to her as Gentle Bessie, but her real name is Annabelle) and of course the chickens.  They had two horses in a separate barn, but we didn't get to have a closeup look at them for safety reasons obviously.  Horses are really powerful animals and when they're spooked they are dangerous.  They can run you over or kick you and well, depending on where the blows land . . . So, yeah, we got to see them from the wagon our way back up to the pumpkin field/patch area.

At the pumpkin patch area, the kids learned where food comes from and just how many products have corn in them- cereal, pudding, drinks, etc.  We also put the milk, egg and corn kernels to use by making cornbread batter.  We didn't cook it though.

Picture time in the pumpkin patch was next.  We all got to select pumpkins and they even let teachers take pumpkins for the students who weren't able to come on the field trip and we (the parents) got to get pumpkins for little siblings.  Moo's mission was to find the biggest mini pumpkin out there.  I'm pretty sure she came close to doing just that.

Overall, it was a great trip.  I had fun watching her in her zone and her element because she loves the outdoors and she LOVES animals even more.  She's been bugging me since she was almost three for us to live on a farm so she can get a horse, a cow and some chickens.  I was glad that she got to get a taste of the farm life and I got to work on my photography.

I'm happy to have had the opportunity to interact with her teacher outside the classroom and in a more relaxed environment.  We'll definitely be going back to The Hunter Farm so that JJ and the Mr can experience the wagon ride and the animals.  I'm already looking forward to the next field trip!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014


Happy Sunday!  The weekend is coming to a close, but hopefully y'all got to enjoy it.  In my most recent Thankful Thursday post I mentioned that I wanted to be more present here on the blog for the reminder of this month.   And what better way to do that than to share some of the recent things have been going down in the YUMMommy household?


Recently, I roasted my first pumpkin. It was a mini pumpkin, but a pumpkin nevertheless.  We first got the mini pumpkin to use as Fall decor with plans to scoop out the seeds at some point.  However, the pumpkin ended falling into a pot of boiled water and the outside started to shrivel up.  Then, Moo got the awesome idea that we should just eat it.

So, after a week of bugging me about it, I finally cut it open, took out the seeds, sprinkled it with some sugar and roasted it in the oven.  We tried it and kind of liked it.  Plain pumpkin has almost an earthy taste to it in my opinion.  Most pumpkin food and drink items that I have tried are sweet (see here) and when I'm making my pumpkin pies, I usually purchase pumpkin filling from the store.

After eating half of the one of the sides, I decided to scoop the rest of roasted pumpkin into a ziploc bag to save until I could figure out what to make with it or until we were ready to roast our two bigger pumpkins and make a pie. Then I woke up Saturday morning craving biscuits and I decided why not make some pumpkin biscuits.  They turned out pretty nice.  I still need to tinker with the recipe a little bit to get the taste I want, but I'm happy with how my first batch turned out.


Last week, I chaperoned Moo's class field trip to The Hunter Farm and had a blast.  I'm from a small town aka the country aka backwoods SC.  My mom grew up on a farm, several of my great cousins have or have had farms and we used to live across from a farm here in the Queen City.  Yes, there are farms here in the QC!

When I was younger, I dreamed of owning a farm.  I love animals, nature and the comfort of having a country feel.  I could totally see myself collecting eggs, grooming horses and even milking a cow.  Since, seeing Gentle Bessie there at the farm, I've been daydreaming again about skipping the whole house hunting business and just buying some land on the outskirts of the city and building my dream farm. 

Moo is down with it too.  And I have no doubts that living on a farm would be a lovely adventure for JJ. However, my husband is very much a city man.  Chasing chickens and scooping cow poop is NOT on his radar.  He's not about that country life at all.  The horses might not be a big deal if he didn't have to clean the stables. 


I've been a member of the House Party network/site for a few years now.  They recently launched Chatterbox, where you can pretty much sign up to review products and then share your opinions via social media.  A few weeks ago, I was selected to try out the new Bear Naked Layered Granola Bars.

I'm no stranger to the Bear Naked brand and was confident that the bars would be good.  And oh boy were they good!  The Fruit and Nutty flavor is hands down my favorite.  It's chewy, crunchy, sweet and salty.  Can't forget the chocolate.  Even though chocolate does a number on my skin, I still love it.

I ate the first box in two days while I was out on outings.  Moo and JJ are allergic to nuts so these will mostly like have to be kept in the car locked up in the glove box for me to enjoy when I'm riding solo.  I don't want to chance anybody climbing the pantry shelves to get one of these and ending up in the hospital.  Definitely, recommend these if you are into granola bars!


Recently, I've been noticing that my little guy has just been going through a roller coaster of emotions.  He's not feeling his therapist and shows her the door pretty much immediately.  He's cranky and moody out of the blue.  And don't get me started on his stubbornness.  

'No' has become his all time favorite word aside from 'chip,' 'juice,' and 'Tom' (Thomas the Train).  For me all of these things are a bit frustrating.  It's not so much the fact that he's doing them, but more of the fact that I don't know the reasons why.  Then, it dawned on me that maybe he's getting frustrated because he can't fully express himself the way the he needs and wants to.

I had to remind myself that motherhood is not just about me.  It's mostly about my children actually.  Or at least it's supposed to be.  I hate the fact that I can't put myself in my son's shoes to better get a read on what's going on with him.  For so long, I've been used to him being so easygoing and chill with the exception of jumping off of couches and climbing on tables.

There was a post circulating on Facebook about a mom with a special needs son and she stated that she if had had a choice, she would have killed him.  That for me is such a disturbing statement, but also a heartbreaking one to know that this mom has fallen into such a rut of despair dealing with his special needs and disabled son that she no longer sees his life as being of value but just a burden.  I don't even want to end up feeling anywhere close to that about my son.

I've always believed that his being special needs was never a burden on me.  Is it tough, hard and unfortunate?  Yes. A burden? No.  Pregnancy and birthing babies comes with a lot risks.  This is why you have to truly prepare yourself for reality and not the rainbows they sell you on tv or in these magazines.  Thus, I'm committed to doing all that I can to help my little guy get back to his usually cheerful self.

Tears maybe shed, tantrums will undoubtedly be thrown, and JJ may never be able live on his own, but I'm in this motherhood game for the long haul no matter what challenges arrive.  At the end of the day it's important that both Moo and JJ know Mommy is ride or die for them.  There is no hopping off the wagon just because a few more bumps got thrown in the road.


Moo's birthday and Christmas are right around the corner pretty much.  And I'm getting prepared.  No waiting until the last minute.  Gift shopping and wrapping has commenced.  We were all set to throw Moo a party this year with a Strawberry Shortcake theme and some of her school friends, but she has changed her mind.  We just could our first American Girl store and she has requested that we spend the day there sans friends.

I was bummed at first, but not anymore.  Moo has always been about family and keeping it simple on her birthday.  I'm honored that she wants to spend her special day with just us.  Besides, I have plenty more years to come for birthday parties, God willing.

So, what have you been doing recently?

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday folks!  I know that I've been a little scarce (okay, a lot scarce) around the blog, but I promise to make up for that over these next days and for the rest of October.  I've been doing a little behind the scenes work lately that I hope will pay off in helping to better YUMMommy and open up the door for more opportunities to expand.  Anyways, let's get this Thankful Thursday started.

This week I'm thankful for having had the chance to serve as a chaperon for Moo's first field trip. Recap post coming over the next few days.  While on the field trip, I got a chance to really observe Moo's teacher and I can truly say that I feel even more at ease.  I got the vibe that she truly has a passion and love for teaching children.  I also got to see a bit of her silly side and that was refreshing.

Also, I was selected to be the Craft Mom.  My first task is to prep some crafts for Moo's class to for the holidays.  I'm excited and have already started jotting down ideas and making supply lists.  I'm thankful to have this opportunity to be back in the classroom and working hands on with kids.  Being on the field trip yesterday made me realize that I miss being a classroom setting.  I'm not saying that I'll be taking up full-time teaching anytime soon, but my wheels are turning.

Mr. Rabbit was not feeling us.  He curled into a tight ball and gave us some evil eye.

With JJ starting preschool next year, I'll have more free time to work and volunteer outside of the home.  Speaking of JJ, these last two therapy sessions have been absolutely awful.  However, he's still making progress and we're working on putting together words in a sentence and improving word pronunciations.  I think that next week, we'll try moving one of his therapy sessions to the public library and see how that works out.

I'm thankful that I was able to find a gift for the Mr's birthday that I am confident he will like.  My husband can be a bit of pain to shop for.  It's hard to get him the things that I know for sure he wants because he either purchases them himself or they're a bit outside of my price range.  I'm already working on the gift that I want to surprise him with for next year.  It's going to be huge if I can pull it off.

I'm thankful that my older sister has agreed to guest post for the first time ever here on YUMMommy!  I'm so excited.  She's a phenomenal writer and hella smart!  She was one of the first to win the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship the first year it was introduced!!  That's one of the behind the scenes projects I've been working on.

Thanks to everyone who has been keeping JJ and I in your prayers.  We are both feeling a thousand times better.  I'm super thankful that his eye infection has pretty much cleared up.  We still have a few more days of eye drops to go, but I'm not worried he's going to go blind anymore.  I'm also thankful that despite all the germs floating around here that Moo hasn't gotten sick lately.  We usually end up the hospital when she gets sick.

I'm also grateful that the Mr doesn't have Strep throat.  The cold germs finally caught up to him, but a visit to the doctor has determined that he just has a regular throat cold and it'll clear up in the next few days with some over-the-counter meds. 

Lastly, I'm thankful to announce that I was selected again be a Chick-fil-A Mom panelist!  I'm always grateful for the opportunity to work with brands that my family enjoys.  I'm even more excited about working with Chick-fil-A a second year because I did request that they work on coming up with a gluten-free bun option and I was told that there was some behind the scenes discussion being had about that. So, it'll be interesting to see where those discussions lead.

What you thankful for this week?

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thankful Thursday!  Y'all, I almost didn't think this post was going to make it up today because Time Warner has been cutting up again.  We had a few months of really good service.  But then the cable started glitching out and freezing up.  Then, our internet started to slow down and glitch up.  Well, today it just completely went off network after around noon and has just come back on at almost 11 PM.  Not the business at all.

However, that brings me to the first thing that I'm thankful for this week- having the internet back up and being able to share my Thankful Thursday post.  I feel like these posts have become a staple around here and I've gotten some tweets, a few comments and some messages about how much some of you look forward to these Thankful Thursday posts because it helps you to recenter and helps you realize that no matter what's crashing down around us, there is ALWAYS something to give thanks for!  So, I was getting really bummed at the thought that I probably wasn't going to be able to publish this post.

I'm also thankful that my throat is feeling much better today.  Thank you to everyone who kept me and JJ in prayer for healing of our strep throat.  I had an event to attend this weekend, but I'm sitting it out so that we don't spread any germs and infect the other attendees.  I don't know about y'all, but when I'm sick with something contagious, I make it my mission to stay indoors.  Just being considerate of others is all.

I'm thankful that today I got a reminder that my opinion and advice matter.  There have been so many times in my life where I've felt like my voice wasn't heard or it was ignored simply because the person I was talking to felt like what I was saying didn't matter.  Now, there are still times when I have to push myself to speak up and shake off the those feelings of inadequacy.  It's even more reassuring when you have brands coming to you for your help and your advice because they recognize and VALUE your honesty, your passion, your knowledge, etc. 

Moo is still enjoying school and comes excited everyday to tell me about what she's learned and the projects she got to complete.  I'm so grateful that what started off as rocky school year, appears to be looking up.  At the end of the day, I want her to love school and learning as much as I did.  

As always, I'm grateful for all of the progress JJ is making with his speech.  This week he said his first full sentence, "dog gone" and I couldn't be more proud.  Yes, it's more of a sentence fragment,  but I'll take what we can get.  He's started saying "bye" and "hi" and some "hello" that comes sounding more like just elloooo.  I can't help but struggle to contain my joy when I think about all the progress he'll have made by summer.  I'm too hyped.

I'm grateful for friends who check-in on me when they've noticed I've been unusually quiet or absent.  These last few weeks we've been hit hard with cold germs, I've dealt with some heavy stuff happening in my personal life both to me and some of my loved ones, I've been brainstorming changes for the blog, etc.  A lot has been happening and I do tend to retreat into my shell when I'm going through rough times, but it's nice that my friends understand and that they remind me that they're still there for me.

Recently, I found out that one of best friends and his wife are expecting again.  I couldn't be happier because he's such a great father and husband.  He's come a long way in this walk we call life.  I've always been proud of him and grateful to have him as a best friend.

Although, I have to say that seeing him and some of my other friends all expecting or having recently delivered is doing nothing to tamp down my own baby fever.  I would have been preggers like yesterday if it was solely up to me.  Pray for me y'all.  I'm seriously trying to be patient and stick to what the Mr and I agreed to, but it's hard.  I enjoy being a mom and bringing life into this world no matter how much actually being pregnant has seemed to usually not go smoothly, I wouldn't miss out on the end joy for anything in the world.

All the sleepless nights of trying to find that comfortable spot, the 24-hour morning sickness, the bed rest, the blood work and everything else is worth it for me.   I get to perform one of God's greatest miracles- grow life inside of me.  And then I get to instill great values and morals into that tiny being when their born, love and nurture them and watch them blossom.  I get to leave my mark on the world.  And in my opinion, my kids are a huge part of that.

I don't want to drag this post out because I could go on for days about the joy I get from being a mom.  However, before I go, I just want to say thank you to everyone reading this. Thank you for your continued support.  Everyday, I'm humbled that so many of you take precious time out your days to come here and visit me.  I don't take that for granted ever!

What are you giving thanks for this week?

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

One Month Back-To-School Check-In

It's been a little over a month since Moo has been in school.  I thought since Moo has long since passed the baby and toddler stages, it'd be a great to chronicle some of her milestones from her first year of school.  Also, I'll be sharing my own list of things about what I like or what I'm looking forward to as a parent and what I don't like or what I'm not looking forward to.  So, let's get this one month check-in kicked off!

Moo's Milestones/Accomplishments/Likes

Friends:  After that Mean Girls incident on the first day of school, it took her a while to open up to the idea of trying to make friends.  However, after playing with a few different kids, she's found too girls that she likes and that seem to like and play well with her.  I'm excited.  She did have another friend, but she said the little girl was too bossy and started to become rude when Moo wouldn't let her boss her around.

Kudos to my Moo for standing up for herself and ending that friendship.  This mama is not raising any human punching bags!  She's expressed that it's hard for her to make friends with the "Brown Girls"  aka Black girls at her school.  I'm not going to lie that does bother me and get under my skin to a degree.  However, I'm not losing over it because a friend is a friend.  I didn't have a lot of Black or girl friends growing up and I guess it's going to be the same for my kids, especially once we move next year.

Teacher:  I've asked Moo on several occasions if she likes her teacher because I think it's crucial to a child's education that they on some level enjoy or respect their teachers.  Moo has said that she does, but then she said something the other day that gave me pause.  I had picked up some oranges for her to take for her lunch.  She quickly informed that she couldn't take oranges.  Of course, I asked why and she said "I don't like asking my teacher for help."

This so unlike Moo because she's that child will ask for help.  Sometimes, she asks for a little too much help.  I just got the feeling that she feels uncomfortable asking her teacher for help because her teacher might be discouraging them from asking her for help.  It was just how Moo said it.  And I'm all for kids being independent, but at the same time too much independence too soon is not good.  A child is a child for a reason. 

Moo's  only other dislike is that her teacher sometimes punishes the entire class for the actions of a few.  Now that I'm not down with at all.  Her method of punishment is to make them walk a track during their recess.  I'm all about sharing the load, but I'm not down with that sharing the punishment when my child has been following directions.

Learning:  Moo is steadily improving,especially in the handwriting department.  She writes all the time now.  I think I might have a mini writer in the making because she carries around a notebook and pen all the time.  She loves art, which was not surprising since she colors pretty much everyday.

Moo standing beside her monster artwork

She's doing great in math as well.  She's like a little counting pro.  I wasn't surprised about that either because she's forever counting the money in her piggy bank.  We've been working on her reading skills.  She was getting frustrated because she didn't know as many words as the teacher and I had to remind her that her teacher is grown and had to go through the same learning process.  In her mind, she thought she should have been born with the dictionary downloaded to her brain. 

She's also getting great at writing full sentences.  They practice writing stories in class and I'm amazed at the stories she creates.  I'm excited to help her nurture and expand her craft.

My Likes

As a parent, I like that her school is right around the corner literally.  Since, JJ and I are both sick and have been having some restless nights, we have been sleeping in a little longer.  If lived farther away, we wouldn't be able to do that and get her to school on time.  Pick-up is pretty easy too.

Moo is going on her first field trip this month and I couldn't be more excited.  I've signed up to be a chaperon.  I can't wait to post about it.  It'll also give me a chance to really put my camera to work and meet some of the other parents.  I have yet to connect with any parents from her school on a friendship level or any level for that matter.

My Dislikes

Some of the staff at her school have been quick to express their displeasure that more than a handful of us parents like to walk our children to their classrooms every morning.  As a matter of fact, I had to check one said teacher this morning.  We had had a bit of a run-in last month.  Anyways, I let it be known that I would be reserving my right to walk my child to her classroom for the remainder of the school year and I didn't want to hear boo else about it.

It's not like I'm giving them extra work to do by walking MY child to her class.  Moo asked me before school started if I would walk her everyday and I said yes.  My word to my children (or anyone else) is just that- my word, a spoken promise.  I'm not about to break that promise because some staff member feels like I'm coddling  her.  That interaction from this morning rubbed me the wrong way and I'll be speaking the principal about it.

Getting back to the field trip, I am not a fan of the fact that they don't issue any type of receipt.  I'll be bringing that issue up the principal as well because that's just a bad business/money practice.  If I pay for something, I expect a receipt in my hand the same day.

How's your child's first month of school going?  What are you liking/disliking?

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Today has been the longest day ever it seems.  First, I had to make a quick run to Walmart this morning to pick up something for Moo.  While we were there we passed by the toy section.  I should have known better than to go anywhere near that section.  Anyways, JJ spotted a Thomas & Friends train set that he doesn't have and he's been throwing a tantrum ever since because we didn't get it.

Here's the kicker, we left the store over 4 hours ago!  I've tried to comforting him and it's done nothing to help.  I'm pretty sure he's cried himself into headache because I have a one.  Then, I had to pull out of going to a media event because the plumbers were supposed to be coming by to fix the kids' toilet. (JJ decided to flush his blocks and a bar of Dove down it.)  Needless to say they haven't arrived yet and I'm pissed that I missed my event for nothing.

So, although today is not going as expected, I'm still grateful that at least it's going.  The sooner this day comes to a close, the faster we can all start fresh in the morning.  This week I am thankful that JJ's vocabulary is continuing to expand.  He now says Ma on a regular basis.  I'm too giddy and have been walking on clouds.  Also, added to his list words are turtle, juice, go, green and fries.  He's making progress.

I'm thankful that nobody seems to have come down with anything this week. Thank God for hearing my prayers because the school germs were killing us.  I'm thankful that Moo is doing well in school for the most part.  Her teacher says that she's one of the smartest kids in the class but that she needs to work on classroom participation because they get graded for that.  We'll work on it.

This week my siblings and I set up our group chat so that we can stay in touch.  We've been chatting pretty everyday this week which is a big improvement.  I love my family and it's nice to have an easy way to keep in touch and share photos/videos of the kids.  Sometimes, it's hard to share those via text because they files are too large or not capable with their phones since we all different makes.

I'm thankful that I finally have new laptop!  Oh my gosh, I can't begin to say how happy I am.  No more having to worry about if my computer is going to die and never come back to life or having to keep the charger taped in because the battery doesn't charge anymore.  Y'all, my old computer was cramping my style for real.  I still have it just in case, but I'm enjoying the speed of my new one.  Plus, I have a full-size laptop and I'm loving the bigger screen.  My glasses and eyes are thanking me.

Now this might seem like a bit of a strange thing to be thankful for, but this week I found out that my ex-boyfriend got married over the summer.  I'm so thankful that he's found love after all of these years.  Our breakup was mostly on me for reasons I'm just not ready to put out here in the open just yet.  But what I will say is that he was sweet, sensitive, caring and a real Southern gentleman at heart.

Although, we both live here in the Queen City, our paths have managed to not cross. I always wondered if he'd settled down because for starters he's a bit older than me and I'm sucker for older people finding love.  I wish him and his wife the best and years of wedded bliss.  It's nice and comforting knowing he has someone special to grow older with. 

But what I'm most thankful this week is that the Mr and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary on Tuesday!  We had some rough times in year 4.  I didn't talk in detail about it here on the blog but things smoothed out.  I'm grateful that we both still see each other as people worth fighting for.  We're not sticking this marriage out for the kids and we don't have any grand delusions that marriage is supposed to be a fairy tale.  We're here because we WANT to be and because we take the vows we made to each other and God seriously and remain committed to seeing them through.

What are you giving thanks for this week?

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