Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Yes, I'd like some cheese with my whine please, PART 2

The reason this is post is labeled PART 2 is because I just spent a ridiculous amount of time writing a post about all of the things that are going wrong in my life. I have been so busy having a pity party for myself these last few days that my obsession with being inadequate has taken over my thoughts. After getting it all typed out onto the computer I realized just how ridiculous it all was. I am embarrassed that I even wrote it, although it did make me feel better.

So, instead I decided to write about all of the things that I am thankful for today. Because the truth is that I've got it pretty good.

1. I'm thankful for friends. My first complaint went on and on about how I feel my friends slipping away in the wake of having two babies in such a short time. Talk about an identity crisis. Just as I finished writing it one of my friends emailed me asking how my day was and telling me she missed me. It was perfect timing. I do have amazing friends.

2. I'm thankful for my independence. There are times lately when I feel like it is being challenged, but the truth is that I have a husband that is almost always willing to take on the boys solo so that I can go out and have a life. The challenge now is convincing myself that it is okay.

3. I'm thankful for my gray suede boots. They keep my feet warm, and their stylish. (Did you think everything on here was going to philisophical?)

4. I'm thankful for the beach body grace period. I've never had a supermodel body, but the fact that I can't find a single acceptable thing in my closet to wear beats me up inside a little everyday. Instead I am choosing to be thankful for the fact that I've got a good five months until I need to show it off in even less forgiving clothing. My students don't care that my sweater fits a little tight around the middle. They barely even notice I'm there. :)

5. I'm thankful for a husband that shovels the driveway without me asking. No explanation needed.

6. I'm thankful for all of the people that fixed or brought me dinner over the last 10 weeks.

7. I'm thankful that both Dustin and I have jobs. We're not rich, and like everyone else we have our financial shortcomings, but we also always know that there will be a paycheck.

8. I'm thankful for my warm house.

9. I'm thankful for my faith. When I'm at my lowest I always have someone to turn to. I just need to remember to turn to God when I'm also at my highest.

10. I'm thankful for Tom Petty and Red Hot Chili Peppers. On days like today they speak to me. Sing it Anthony Kiedis, you sexy guy.

11. I'm thankful for color theory. I can't think of anything I'd rather be teaching my students right now. It's fresh, it's fantastic, and they actually smiled today when I made a color joke. (not to be confused with actually laughing.)

12. I'm thankful for my students. The good ones make my day and the naughty ones keep me on my feet. Some days they think I'm fabulous and hilarious, most days they bring me back down to earth faster than a meteor heading for the ocean. Today one of them even told me to have a good day.....

13. I'm thankful for children's books that make me cry. I like to cry - it's no secret. I think it is good for the soul. If your looking for a good cry, keep it simple. Here are some of my favorite mascara smearing reads.
Love You Forever
On the Night You Were Born
Guess How Much I Love You
I Love You Through and Through
God Gave us You
Little Boy (this one I just got tonight from my sister-in-law Amy (see below) and every mother with a little boy should read it and - if you're like me - weep.)
I'm sure there are tons I'm forgetting.

14. I'm thankful for surprise Valentine's Day packages from my sister-in-law.

15. I'm thankful for my super comfortable bed.

16. I'm thankful that Liam is a good sleeper.

17. I'm thankful that Miles is social and is never afraid to try something new.

18. I'm thankful for Ellen DeGeneres. Oh Ellen, everyday that I get to watch your show it becomes a better day automatically. Even the next day when I think back to something that happened on your show the day before it makes me smile.

19. I'm thankful for food - good, delicious, food.

20. I'm thankful for faculty meetings that include free soda and cookies.

21. I'm thankful for my brothers remembering my birthday. After many years of it being ignored, they are suddenly remembering the one day a year that makes me special. That means a lot to me.

22. I'm thankful of other people's blogs. I stalk them like crazy, but find such comfort in them. I wish they realized how much I enjoy them.

23. I'm thankful for good neighbors.

24. I'm thankful for red wine - the dry kind.

25. I'm thankful that I was able to have Liam, because I didn't think that I would ever be able to.

26. I'm thankful that God didn't send Liam a minute sooner because then I might not have my other beautiful son, Miles.

27. I'm thankful that I have learned to trust God's timing more than my own.

28. I'm thankful for Modern Family because it makes me laugh.

29. I'm thankful for peanut butter cups and fountain Coke.

30. I'm thankful for our wonderful nanny and for my in-laws who are always so excited to babysit when needed.

31. I'm thankful for Skype and the moments when Miles can talk to my parents who are miles away.

This list is three times longer than the last one. The last one made me feel a little better, but this one makes me happy.


Hilary said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Obviously, I'm grateful for other blogs too (since I already noticed you had a new post!) What a great list. You are obviously such an incredible mother, Tiff. It's so hard though, right? Oh yeah, and I heart Modern Family too!

sue said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i heart number 24 and 25. such special boys! i'm a blog stalker too!

JoJo said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great list! Sometimes you need to write the yucky post to yourself to get to the good one.
I think you're doing a great job and have had a pretty stressful and crazy year. I say...'give yourself a break!'

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What an amazing list Tiffany!!!

Celeste and Tom said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am also thankful for #22 & #24. What a great post & such handsome boys