She turned two barely two weeks ago. She has been running back and forth from the front door to the couch ever since getting out of her high chair from lunch.

“Elizabeth,” I say, “it’s time to go take a nap.”

“No,” she hollers back. Her voice is not angry or petulant.

“Yes,” I say. “It’s time for a nap. It’s nap time.”

“No,” she says again.

She is standing at the front door, getting ready to run to the couch again. She looks into my office and points.

“Mommy work.”

She runs off.

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October 4 2018 again

It’s a Thursday. Tomorrow is Friday. And that will be first on my list.

Today, I am grateful for…

  1. Fridays
  2. Bill Bagnall
  3. Sharp knives
  4. Corn on the cob (but wishing it was still in season)
  5. Apples and peanut butter
  6. My daughter’s giggles while I changed her into pjs. The. Best.
  7. The Marco Polo app
  8. Airplanes and not hating to fly
  9. Clean sheets
  10. A daughter who sleeps through the night
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October 4 2018

Today I record my gratitude lists for the last two days because I failed to post yesterday. I blame my long commute coupled with a decision to make dinner instead of eat out and a decision to take advantage of some online sales for my kids.

On Tuesday, October 2 I was thankful for…

  1. The reflexology treatment I received that felt great and really helped my congestion.
  2. Being less congested.
  3. Garbage collectors. Can you imagine if they didn’t come every week?
  4. Grandmas who come over to say hello to little boys when they don’t even realize that little boy was wishing for her to come.
  5. Preschool picture day.
  6. Senior night for high school boys’ soccer = fun outing for Dad and son.
  7. Teamwork with my husband that makes prep for preschool picture day a breeze.
  8. A sense of humor.
  9. Music.
  10. Nap time.

On Wednesday, October 3 I was thankful for…

  1. Will power. I ate no donuts. You have no idea who far from the norm that is.
  2. Friends.
  3. Workplace gossip (because sometimes I just need a distraction from the grind).
  4. Laughter, especially my own and when I am tired.
  5. Podcasts that kept me thinking and awake while I drove.
  6. IT help desk staff.
  7. Sunshine.
  8. The Waze app that got me home so much faster.
  9. General Conference gossip. It is so much fun.
  10. Play dates.
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October 2 2018

Today, since it’s still morning, I look back on yesterday and express gratitude.

I am grateful for these 10 things that happened yesterday.

  1. My boss let me take a few hours off yesterday afternoon to continue to recover from my cold.
  2. My short-term disability insurer called to say that my appeal had been approved. I now will get seven additional weeks of coverage. I am thrilled.
  3. I got to talk to my sister.
  4. I am, in fact, feeling better from this awful cold.
  5. I got to sit on the porch with my daughter.
  6. We went out to eat to celebrate the short-term disability win, so I didn’t have to make dinner.
  7. I saw an example of answered prayers.
  8. We have a washer and dryer to clean peed bedding.
  9. My husband and I got to chat after our kids went to bed.
  10. I was reminded of my testimony of Jesus Christ as my Savior and as someone who can understand me perfectly and help me understand others.
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October 1 2018

I wrote about every single day of my second pregnancy. Can you believe that? As I sit here, it’s hard to imagine how I was able to do that. Writing even one day a week or one day a month hasn’t been happening lately. How did I possibly do it every day? And could I ever do it again? Write every day?

We are about to find out.

I’m going to start with intentionally writing 10 things I’m grateful for each day. And we’ll go from there.

Today I am grateful for…

  1. My job that allows me to work at home most days.
  2. My husband, today because he is the reason we ever have clean laundry.
  3. My daughter, today because she so willingly says “please.”
  4. My son, today because he gives good hugs.
  5. My mom, who pestered me until I submitted my appeal to my short-term disability insurer. I should know in the next couple of days if I’ll need her to keep pestering me to appeal the further denial or if I should thank her further because they finally said yes.
  6. My mind. It is amazing.
  7. Running water.
  8. Drinking water.
  9. Fall weather.
  10. Apples.
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15 months

my daughter marked 15 months on earth on Sunday.

and on Tuesday we took her to the pediatrician for shots and stats.

the stats are these: 17 lbs 11 oz and 29 1/8 inches.

small but mighty as they say.

little girl likes (clean) B words. book. ball. baby. bye. sometimes there is also a form of brother and baker’s man.

other words include: patty cake, roll it, throw it in the oven (okay, she really just screams for joy at that part).

this morning, i caught her making one of her babies clap hands while she said patty cake.

she folds her arms and babbles while her parents try to convince her brother to say the prayer.

if you were a fly on the wall, you would also see her…

climbing on anything she can.

pushing buttons on the remote and looking to see if anything happens on the tv.

buckling the chest portion of the 5-point harness on her car seat.

playing the “i…. loooooove… YOU!” game with her dad.

tormenting, playing with, loving on her big brother.

yelling. a lot. especially when she wants something.

bonking her head and falling down. a lot.

trying to stand up in the middle of the room.

doing downward dog.

smiling and laughing. and laughing and smiling.

she’s pretty much the sweetest and the best.

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March 9 2018

Today my son has been 4 for a whole month. Dude.

Today my daughter decided that she could sit up on her own whenever she pleases. She is not a prisoner to being horizontal anymore.

And she’s got her army crawl in full development mode. She’s done it 3 times this week.

The world is about to be overtaken by my tiny yet powerful baby.

And now I don’t have to feel so guilty for not having a baby book to speak for either of my babies.

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