Now Is that Gratitude?

My family can’t really eat dinner as a family much anymore so we all get together at the end of the day and say three things we are grateful for. We can say anything, we just can’t repeat one for a month – though we can say something that someone else has said that month. We write them down and put them in a jar and at the end of the month, we say them all again. It’s led to some fun conversations and DH and I sometimes learn something important going on in a kid’s life that we may not otherwise hear about. Plus it’s just a nice way to recognize that our lives are full of really great stuff and that is where we should be doing most of our focusing. This is our jar full of September 2016 gratitude – in no particular chronological or otherwise order – because that’s how they come out of the jar.

Family Gratitude For September 2016

I am grateful:

  • For being in Mandy and Liz’s advisory with very kind kids
  • For the Internet allowing us to connect with far away family
  • For fearless artists like John Lennon
  • For Dad and his computer skillage
  • Mom thought of calling Paul today to fix our lawn mower
  • For Mr. John
  • My friends at school
  • To sleep during cool, dry nights
  • That Tom is back sharing his writing
  • For Kevin Garnett
  • For cool mathgames.com
  • For Ms. Perrigrine
  • For pineapple
  • For naps
  • For Steven Universe making an awesome show
  • For all the friendly kids at FPS who helped me when I didn’t know what to do
  • I was Super Kahoot Man today
  • For apple cider
  • For blankets
  • Dad came to support me this race
  • For V
  • That I hit my goal this race
  • I got through that kitchen shift yesterday
  • DSI inspires DDR to write poetry
  • For all the beautiful songs Pearl sings. She definitely has the best songs
  • For speedpaints
  • For video games
  • I got my model done (and it is delicious!)
  • For getting all the teachers people seem to like (and according to DSI, Debbie especially)
  • To the L’s for inviting DSC and me to their BBQ
  • That school is thinking about the next grade
  • That I got to eat with Cecilia and her friends and finally have some official good friends
  • For the delicious meal prepared for us by mom and dad
  • For sleep
  • For vegetables being delicious when prepared right
  • For chances to talk one on one with my kids: at a party with DSC, workouts with DDR, driving DSI to practice
  • For improv class
  • For water that without we can’t survive!
  • Paul is coming over on Sunday
  • My kids have friends I like, like Phoebe and Jack
  • This is the only note I wrote sideways this month on accident
  • For Telltale
  • For the easy left turn out of Hip/Hop tonight
  • For Smokey Bones
  • I got to see Hale run today
  • For the fact my hair has gained such beautiful curls
  • For walks with my husband
  • For my mobile phone case
  • For pasta parties
  • For utensils that make eating much easier
  • That FSP has computers to play on at lunch
  • For my sister Tiffany and my brother-in-law Tony
  • For my new thought and theory journal (I have recently decoded Peri’s full name inside of it)
  • For juices
  • For wordpress and the opportunity to write regularly
  • I got to watch DSI’s race today
  • For Marcel
  • For going to Mirror Lake today
  • For heating in the house
  • For Mr. T being a great and funny teacher
  • For not pooping my pants while I was running today
  • For the US military for protecting us
  • For Italian Ice
  • The problem affecting G/A isn’t (knock wood) affecting AY, given tomorrow’s big meeting
  • That I was able to witness an anonymous lady cleaning up the trash on our street
  • For the short workout today
  • For spray bleach
  • For Ella helping me find my classrooms
  • For Italian Ice
  • That I have a computer
  • I got a half-dozen cinnamon sugar donuts after work
  • That Mom cleans-up after EG
  • That life with my wife is so satisfying
  • For Italian Ice
  • That I didn’t have to run with day-after- workout legs
  • For o.j., a delicious drink
  • For mocha frappes at McDonald’s with whipped cream and fudge
  • For my friends swinging by to say ‘ello today
  • I didn’t have to run 6 miles today
  • For Anne Dewdney and Llama Llama
  • For Cup-o-Noodles
  • For our FPS carpool
  • For ice cream
  • That I was not around for the horrific events of 9/11
  • My workouts with DDR
  • For Moggie who is so fluffy and loveable!
  • For Gayle’s produce and dahlias
  • For Netflix and HBO Go
  • That EG is still comfortable and happy while also being a billion years-old
  • For the opportunity to apply to Disney’s Mom Panel
  • My husband gets me
  • Mom is working with me
  • That my partner Marcel is so often patient and unflappable
  • For hot water
  • I got my homework done in the morning before work
  • I have the Bay State run and work with weekend
  • For our ability to go to Disney World over and over and over and over and over
  • For the tv
  • John comes to our house to do our hair
  • For the coolata mom got me today
  • For Workforce Magazine
  • For TGIF
  • Gem Harvest is coming tomorrow because I swear I would die otherwise
  • For our current customers
  • For time telling devices making you always know the time
  • That you can have different views
  • For Stellaris
  • For Mrs.D’s art studio
  • For Spaghetti Squash
  • Dad understands computer stuff
  • That LB and PC are such good friends
  • For DDR’s advisor Mandy
  • That Katharine speaks Spanish so I can get my homework done
  • For iced tea
  • For the weather
  • For burps
  • For Mom and Dad taking care of me everyday
  • For books
  • To Marcel for letting me crash at his place
  • The weather cooled off and gave us the nicest day of the summer
  • For Room 6 to eat lunch in
  • Dad got to Pennsylvania okay
  • For Trees
  • That I get to read and enjoy The Westing Game
  • For the bacteria in my body that help me to digest and make unholy smells to ward off my enemies
  • For sharing treats with DDR after school on Fridays
  • I shattered my goal
  • For Mrs. D’s art class
  • For cheese
  • For my spinal cords. I can do a lot more stuff like write this because of spinal cords.
  • For squeaky balls to play with the dogs
  • That I can eat steak
  • For DSC’s belly laugh
  • The kids are going back to school tomorrow and I didn’t have to lift a finger to make it happen
  • For my sunglasses
  • We have hot water again for baths and such
  • For facebook keeping us in touch with the fams in ID, MN and CA
  • For aardvarks
  • For breakfast
  • For my paper, pencils and my colored pencils to draw cats with
  • For Bacon
  • For Redstone tutorials
  • For how happy Puppy was to see me
  • That I got to cool off in Mirror Lake today
  • For rubber bands
  • The bathroom door is fixed
  • To have a job that offers completely flexible hours
  • For soy milk
  • We got a good lead today to put some pressure on R
  • For all the messages I’m getting about Adam Ant coming to town
  • For cat videos
  • For pomegranate for being a delicious food
  • For the blue house
  • For Warrior Cats stories
  • For amazon.com
  • For Redstone
  • For Stow parents who are still nice to me
  • For the Sing! playlist our itunes
  • For plant life that makes life easier and that much prettier
  • I have great parents
  • For sushi
  • My wife got home early from School Committee
  • For my new walking habit with my wife
  • For post-its
  • That the XC workout is over!!!! (for today)
  • For goldfish crackers
  • Dad is home
  • I got the lawn mowed
  • For Jamba Juice
  • Dad and I got to see when DSI ran past that guy trying to block him
  • For Scratch
  • For the Nowlan and his mom inviting me to their house
  • For whatever it is in my brain that allows me to be grateful
  • That workout is over
  • That shift is done
  • We closed the V deal
  • Paul was able to come over
  • I took time to go see DSI’s cross-country meet
  • For the Holy Spirit and the ability to hear God
  • My class got 100 points for a celebration
  • To Marge for hosting us
  • The Bs grow us fresh tomatoes
  • For the Sorcerer’s card for tooth-pickin’
  • For soda
  • For balloons
  • For the ability to text with dad during DSI’s cross-country events
  • For the RFP that came in from the website for a company with 30,000 employees
  • For FPS pizza
  • For carbs supplying part of our energy
  • I have good friends that are grateful for the gifts I give them
  • I got to meet people in other divisions
  • For all the funny things Peridot has said and done on Steven Universe. They make me smile.
  • For fuzzy socks
  • For ice cream allowing a break at school and/or being a delicious treat
  • For my griddle
  • For the Tower of Terror
  • For Jamba Juice
  • We have two working cars
  • DDR and DSC have friends like Samantha and Paul
  • That we will start the observe a staff member project soon
  • For Friday
  • How DSC takes care of PC’s feelings
  • That there is not much homework tonight
  • The Vikes are on National TV
  • For our couch/tv/livingroom/Saturday afternoon combo
  • For leftovers that make awesome lunches
  • For our grill
  • For Steam
  • For signs from the Universe
  • For coffee
  • For the ability to write on this post-it note
  • I got to see my kids sing at church today
  • For how Mom organizes school meetings for our kids
  • I got done with homework fast
  • I finished homework in Academic Block today
  • For feet to pace around with
  • For the Ps
  • For the purple morning glories in the yard
  • That DDR likes me
  • For not having to clean up any pee from EG today
  • For new episodes of shows
  • For the Rail Trail
  • I got to see Sophie, Jordan, Julia, and Autumn today
  • We will soon be going to Disney with Tiffany, Tony, Korbin and Maggie!
  • For our savings
  • DDR and DSC have a place like church to sing
  • October is coming
  • For this little gratitude exercise
  • That I got to see Phoebe today
  • For the song All Good Gifts from Godspell
  • For my rose-color-on-the-inside glasses
  • For Justice to get lots of cool clothes from
  • For the lobster rool at the Hudson Creamery
  • For the big blue house
  • I got the IP to Jack’s sever
  • I was able to end my Gem Harvest sorrow with my journal
  • I have little homework tonight
  • That we might get MC educational on the computer and that I’m Ms. B’s intel
  • For my super ultra boss water bottle
  • For defensive touchdowns
  • That we got our hallway painted
  • The Vikes have such an awesome defense!
  • When Dad drives a kid to a thing
  • For DDR’s stories
  • For a nice backpack that can hold all my stuff
  • For Disney World
  • For catalogs
  • For my Aunts and Uncles
  • We had a good kick-off with MDA and got a PO from NWM
  • It’s Friday
  • We found the DVD remote
  • For the gane Unturned and that it is free to play
  • I am now the ELITE
  • That Puppy is our dog
  • For maps allowing present, past and future people to find their way
  • There are parent blogs to remind me that chores for my children are so helpful to them becoming happy and amazing adults.
  • That Dad is home
  • I passed those two guys. It made me feel awesome!
  • For Jazz dance class
  • To have a productive meeting with my partners
  • For workouts with Dad
  • For V8 Splash
  • For the fall season
  • For pork – two delicious meals today: a grilled country rib and a fall-apart pork loin
  • For how all three of our dogs like to snuggle sleep
  • That I have so much to love and be grateful for. Plus Lapis who I saved for last.
  • I have parents who accept the fact that I am stressed out about being late
  • For being able to go to school and be educated
  • DSC is confident enough to say ‘no’ to his friends when it is something he should not do
  • For all the love’ I get from my bride
  • I get to lie down on a comfortable couch and bed
  • For donuts
  • When Mom makes me delicious dinner
  • DDR and DSI got the same teachers
  • We got our aardvark flag done
  • For math being such a fun subject
  • For the cave man who invented music
  • For being in Paige’s advisory this year
  • For my macbook
  • To my brother-in-law for giving us PC
  • That we don’t live on a boat and have the threat of being eaten by a kraken
  • For my rib cage so my organs have more protection
  • For alone time with my husband
  • I ate a potato cuz it was good
  • For spaghetti squash
  • There was non sauce contaminated pasta at the party
  • DSI is fair and respectful to his classmates
  • That there are only so many dishes in this household
  • For apologies
  • For tailgate food
  • I spent the whole day out of the house
  • For a reliable car. Thank you Pilot!
  • For the right and left click mouse
  • For chips
  • Paul fixed our mower and snowblower
  • That my flag turned out so well
  • For stuffed animals
  • That condiments exist
  • The fans
  • FPS added the mini breadsticks back to the salad bar
  • For dabbing
  • I got a very positive email from R and completed a huge RFP
  • For all the work Mom does into caring for me and for others
  • For my children’s healthy bodies
  • For Shellshock
  • For my sister Jennifer. Happy Birthday Jennifer!
  • There was Pizza ready when we got home
  • I got to see Animal Farm today
  • For the kindness my children show their peers
  • For Mojang
  • DSI fixed the radio/ipod in the Pilot
  • That my friend Sophie scored in her first meet
  • For the 30 bucks that bought me Minecraft
  • For fingers
  • For the surprise flowers I got today
  • For 3-day weekends
  • DDR and Dad were able to see me run in Ocean State
  • That there wasn’t much explaining on the math page
  • That my class lasted 53 minutes reading instead of talking and earned a celebration
  • For the opportunity to serve on School Committee
  • For hot Italian sausage
  • Our house isn’t full of sticky notes like Bruce Almighty
  • For Project Runway
  • That the dogs love to lick us
  • For my relatively easy to follow new diet
  • I live in 2016 and not 1016
  • That Dan and Dak are friends again
  • For chocolate milk
  • For lysine
  • For our composter and that it’s right outside the door
  • That FPS is only 30 minutes away
  • For water bottles allowing us to easily contain and transport water and flipping!
  • PC makes sure I have clean ankles
  • I have email to keep in touch with Gram
  • For my cousins
  • My brother Toby is a persistent correspondent
  • For the Pilot – solid and comfortable
  • That DSC is my brother and not a family friend
  • For the mucus in my stomach that keeps me from digesting myself
  • People at Hale still like me
  • For UPS
  • Dad is doing hard work always
  • For Oingo Boingo
  • For opportunities to sleep-in
  • For youtube
  • We got the email spec figured out today
  • For my dad
  • For fivethirtyeight
  • I got to play Hamilton with Samantha
  • For Mr. John and how he not only styles our hair but also talks and laughs with all of us
  • For LB
  • For FPS
  • For money
  • That I had a good wellness class today
  • For Hamilton. I listen to it non-stop (pun intended)
  • That I got some of my friends in my classes
  • For Fridays
  • I got War Thunder working again
  • For Animal Farm
  • We got the dishwasher going with the last tank of hot water
  • For the washing machine
  • That I have two blankets. One for warm weather and one for cold
  • For Coach Ben
  • For non-kill shelters
  • For Mom’s spaghetti
  • For portable electronics
  • For cookies and cookie decorations
  • For banners
  • For the DVR
  • Gram and Pop have been able to grow old together
  • For funny fortunes in fortune cookies
  • For Cheeze-Its
  • For EG
  • For Saturdays and weekends in general
  • For my ipod and earbuds
  • My friend Michael got back in touch with me
  • For Obama for being a good president
  • For Paradox Development Studio
  • To DSI and DSC for taking good care of the dogs
  • In a few minutes when I have the SYBA notes off my to-do list
  • Our little plant in the window not only lived, but is flourishing!
  • That 2 COWS are close to done
  • We developed a new lead for R within 30 minutes of coming up with the idea
  • For 7th Sem
  • For our crockpot
  • I finished painting my lion
  • For our HDTV which really is so much better than tv when I was growing up
  • For oxygen
  • That friends can come over to our houses
  • For podcasts
  • For blankets
  • For the mobile Disney app
  • That me and PC go on walks
  • For the ability to communicate and say stuff like ‘your Mom!’
  • For pens so I can write this
  • I got 100% on the science test
  • For paper allowing a great surface to draw on
  • That I can run with a nice group of people
  • That I get to help my husband with ngage
  • For celery and ranch dressing
  • For the ease in which we got our ADRs for March
  • For my summer bag
  • For Bunny Pickle
  • For Basin bath bombs
  • Dan E. broke up with Mom.
  • For my bikes, scooter and that kind of stuff to ride on
  • That I don’t run the Kenyons Trail everyday
  • For a pancreas
  • For movie musicals
  • For Mount and Blade
  • For all the good guys who into my classes
  • There are nearly no leftovers from lunch and dinner today
  • I have a great cross-country team
  • For electrons in my brain
  • That Spanish doesn’t suck like I thought it would
  • For my ipod charger
  • For not throwing- up today
  • SYBA registration went well
  • For my friends
  • I PRd this race
  • That today was a really good day
  • That I have dogs
  • That I got all the teachers I wanted
  • For musical theater class
  • That today was payday
  • I got to work the register today
  • That I learned how to man a register
  • For pastrami sandwiches
  • I found a clue to the bug I’m chasing in Google Analytics
  • For the race today
  • That I did well in the workout today
  • For DDR’s good sense of humor when her brothers or parents try to tease her
  • That Ms. W let me and Paul observe her
  • For the microwave
  • We made delectable pizza for lunch AND dinner
  • For my kid’s teachers, especially Mr. T, Paige and Margo
  • For the salad bar at FPS
  • That I have a nice house
  • For my brother Darrell. Happy Birthday Darrell!
  • For strawberries
  • For Hamilton the musical
  • For colorful Autumn leaves
  • For Coach Ben
  • For beer
  • That Mom and Caleb share a Survivor thing
  • That I have an Animal Jam account and membership again
  • I got a lot of ngage tasks done today and we figured out two bugs
  • For sleep because it feels so good and is good for you
  • For flowers
  • I am Meowaxander Hamilton
  • For my husband’s help with DDR’s molecule project
  • For First Parish Church
  • For ice cream
  • That I got to have ice cream for dinner
  • That I have blood so I can carry oxygen throughout my body
  • For Skype allowing easy communication
  • Today was a half day
  • For lasagna
  • That we got an extra recess
  • For our ngage customers

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