Thankful Thursday


Weather; soft snow, blowy but not sticky.

Health; fever free for quite a few days now (fingers crossed)

House; Getting to see results from my declutter exercises

Nap; meh, she is quiet at least

Beard; heard yesterday that beards are antimicrobial….


Three things to be thankful for this week, a fun exercise from NerdtheBrain;


  1. Cookies that sell themselves, I’m so happy that by merely posting that the girls were selling cookies a few friends have already reserved 2 cases worth.
  2. I’m really happy about the design of USB cables.  I don’t know what brilliant individual locked down the industry to an actual STANDARD so that all the USBs are the same.  To contrast, plugs might all have the standard 2 or 3 prong arrangement but the housing on those suckers have more varieties than germs in a ball pit.  One has to be strategic about plugging in something but the sweet and neat USB plug is just wonderfully standard.


    a Printer, a fitbit charger, and a phone charger – thanks for all playing on the same team!

  3. It is a milestone moment when my youngest little girl is willing and able to give up some of her favourite things because they are outgrown.  She has done ok with things she didn’t love up until now but these two PJ’s were absolute favourites and they are now going to a new loving home.  We took the picture so she could always remember them.IMG_7746

upping the GS Cookie game


Weather – sunny yet snowy; 2 hour school delay (gurrr)

Workout – eatten by 2 hour delay (gurr) 

Diet – Thanks Josie for my very accurate food scale, indulging the to-the-gram level of crazy counting

Nap – Fiona is in school today!  I can nap or not at will.


This Saturday starts cookie selling in our area.  This is the first year I have any girlscouts and I jumped right to TWO.  How am I going to keep their inventory separate?  How am I going to keep things ‘fair’ between the two?  I don’t know, this is my first year, I’m going to use stickers and wing it and hope for the best.  Unlike when I was little, now you get your cookies in advance and go out and sell the boxes.

Positive; don’t need to go get orders then go back and deliver/get money.

Negative; big pile of cookies in my house, and, it’s a push system so there is bound to be waste.


What I can do is make cute signs! Since we had nice light and a random extra 2 hours today I took all the pictures for this project and my Valentines project.


Here is my ‘door hanger’ just in case people are not home when they walk around


And here is my ThankYou card


I’m going to get these two printed in standard print size and for the thank you, that extra blank space if for them to sign/write.  I only plan on putting these in our immediate neighborhood but I made this one for the car in 8.5×11 size;


And in the open space where it looks like there should be thought bubbles I plan on having them write their goals in their own writing.

I am looking forward to a fun Febuary of booth sales and door knocking!

Domestic lock-out tag-out


Naps – I don’t bother trying, now she just passes out when we go get sisters from the bus.  I predict she will be the bus sleeper next year. <- I typed this yesterday and ironically today, she fell asleep on the way to the grocery so is now napping and I have no oatmeal.  I’ll take it.

Ice – there was a warm spell but there are still trucks out there, must still be icy, or, we have an extra high quota of idiots with trucks.

Organization – all the cabinets are done, moving on to the drawers next

Diet – yup, calling it a diet, I’m tracking food but just cutting out cookies really is putting me under my calorie count for the day.

Workout – missed boot camp AGAIN due to child virus (virus child?).  Running and stuff inside as I can.


Pinterest suggested a 5 things to do at the beginning of the month list to me and for once, it was mostly things that I feel would be a good idea.  One major item is run vinegar through your coffee machines.  I have not cleaned them in months so yesterday I poured 2c of vinegar and filled the rest with water and let the coffee pot do its thing.  The Keurig is a bit more of a trick and I was afraid I would be called away mid-process (of making cup after single cup to drain the tank) and poor Lars would come up for a cup and get fairly disgusting coffee.  What to do?

Thank you former-work safety seminars!  I never worked with a machine in my life, but, I was near an assembly line so I had to take all the safety courses.  Lock out Tag out was particularly meaningful one because they had severed fingers and electrocuted people in the video and in general, it is a good practice.  I could not really lock out the coffee machine but I did tag it.

After all that thought and sticker finding effort, Lars didn’t come up at all and I had uninturrupted time to do the whole job.  I can’t say if the coffee was better today but I’m glad I did it overall.


The list had other useful things if you’re wondering.  It suggests reviewing your budget, tossing anything questionable in the fridge (just did that) and setting a fitness goal (done).


Semi productive weekend day


Health; I’m calling it a question mark… I have no idea if we are healthy or sick but we don’t have strep.  Fiona will have a fever one hour and fine the next?!?

House; I uber organized 3 kitchen cupboards and the sheets cabinet and have my eyes on the others…

Monkey bars; got the wall paper and the curtain rod and have a solid idea for a ladder to be done tomorrow.

Ice; the lake is ice, the driveway and walk way, our road, and we are expecting rain apparently.

Workouts; 1 boot camp, 2 elliptical ‘runs’, 1 weight lifting @ 140lb and a 1 mile walk.  Not 100% to goal but closer.


I’ve mentioned MOMs club a time or two.  Right now I’m jealous of the people joining because they are joining a better club than I joined!  I really like the people who have stuck around since I joined, they were not the problem, the problem was that the club was in a bad cycle of people not setting things up so nobody went to things and so people were drifting away and didn’t put priority on setting up something etc etc.  With the group that remained we pulled it back together and now we are a great group with fun activities.  The best of the year was our Mom night out on Thursday.  We went to play with pottery and then out to a brewery near by where we harassed the first date couple that was sharing our family style seating…

I did about 2 years of pottery classes over high school and college and some came right back but other bits were as hard as ever.  I made a few things, let’s see what turns out.  The best part of this pottery experience is that we are completely skipping the boring bits and got to do the fun stuff.  We threw pots, we did a bit of decorating and they will do all the cleaning of burrs, 1st and 2nd firing and glazing.  That is worth the price (plus there was wine) but the fun night out doing something was excellent.

Today we did a bit of a craft, I wanted to make this and I think we did ok.


I started out trying to get all 3 to make the rosettes but pretty soon Fiona devolved into doing her own thing, Zoe was conscripted into cutting 10in strips (hey, learning to measure is a good thing) and Niamh and I churned them out.  I’m pleased to say you can’t tell the difference between mine or Niamh’s.


Dinner tonight is an ode to single parent time – Pizza.  Lars and his BFF drove off to an event 4 hours away at 7am and they are on their way home already so I’m expecting them around 10.  We had a fine day of nail painting, organizing cupboards (Zoe is amazingly good at that) aforementioned crafting and general playing.  Fiona took breaks to have a 101 fever for a while and then no fever an hour later.  It’s been an odd day but aren’t they all usually.


Motherhood challenge

I was nominated by a college friend to participate in this motherhood challenge.  There don’t seem to be many rules other than post 3 pictures that make you happy to be a mom and then pass the challenge on to people you think are good moms.

Sounds easy yes?  No…  If you think for 5 seconds it is really really hard to define why being a mom makes you happy.  It just sorta is my life, especially since I’m a stay at home MOM.  Some moms have a clear line of work life and mom life but really, you can’t separate because once you are a mom it is a life-long title.  You can be incredibly focused on a work meeting/project/report/client/issue but if your phone rings and you see that your darling has a 103 fever **even if you don’t have to go care for them because of husband or nanny or grandma** a chunk of your brain is thinking about your child.

There are super easy answers to the question of ‘happy’.  I can show pictures of 3 healthy born babies, 3 kids taking first steps, 3 kids writing their name, 3 kids potty trained (this might be the #1 happy moment).  Then there are the sweet moments of hugs to me or hugs for each other or hugs with friends and I’m happy that they are comfortable and confident and loving.  There is also a spot in my happy for the epic messes – first because messes mean a creative mind and second – I can always blame my mess on the fact I have kids ;).  Even the bad moments of sleeplessness, puke, screaming, cranky serve a bit of a purpose to make the good times even better.

I’m overthinking this I’m sure but its pretty hard to define happy.  I’m happy with my kids, I’m happy when I get a break from them too.  I’m pretty sure that I choose to be happy but things my kids do definitely contribute.

To fill the challenge with a few happy moments via picture here are my entries;

I’m happy to be a mom because I can go on fun adventures ‘for the kids’ and also share the things I love with 3 people.


I’m happy to be a mom of a thoughtful little girl that filled this valentine for me and left it on my pillow to find as a surprise last night.


I’m happy to be a mom because I can make 3 people in the world feel safe and loved simply by being with them.IMG_7594

I signed up for this life-long position and I’m happy that I’m up for the challenge.

** I’m going to tag a few friends on Facebook but I would love to see a few blog friends answer this too, because, I think they are great moms**  Nerd the Brain, MissZoot, and FancyPaper.  If you want to do it – consider yourself tagged and link back so I can see/read it.

ps.  I consider this also my Thankful Thursday post







Fiona’s first person

  Fiona drew her first person today, followed closely by for second two people, and then, three babies. From the ” draw a person test” she did really well she included arms and legs and mouth and on Lars those squiggles are beard.  

Fiona says the person on the left is her, the person in the middle is daddy, and, the person on the right is me. We are all holding babies. The lines on our faces are teeth. She says that her sisters are invisible and so is the house and our eyes. 

Fiona is three years and seven months old.