happily ever after: THINGS I'm Thankful For

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

THINGS I'm Thankful For

And I mean THINGS. You know, those materialistic THINGS that we love. Those things that we aren't suppose to treasure and store up here on earth? Well, I still give thanks for them. I know they are directly from God. Who else would give us such genius brains to think up such things. I'm very thankful to HIM for these THINGS.

1. See this thing. I've named it my hole-fixer. Bought it years ago at Staples (Staples is my second favorite store, next to Super Target)....I love office supplies. In fact when we bought this business of ours 8 years ago, that was the ONLY positive thing about it for me....I would get a desk, I would get to buy office supplies to fill that desk...ah the bliss. Anyway, I love this thing. I didn't really use it that much though until last year, we switched homeschool curriculums and the boys keep binders for each subject. If you know my Dave, you know that his folders are just filled with his 'precious-ness'...and I went hog-wild-crazy with my 'hole-fixer' this morning in his binders. Love that kid.

2. This is a favorite Christmas present from my sister last year. We were walking through Macy's kitchen department to get to the bathroom and I fell in love with it. I love that it's metal. And I LOVE it's color. AND I MEAN LOVE-LOVE THE COLOR! I don't have anything else in my life that matches that color, but I absolutely LOVE IT! But the matchy-matchy in me has made it sit in the pantry all this time, because, ew, it would just clash with the rest of my house. But yesterday after getting a smile on my face just for seeing it there made me bring it to the counter. That's right, I'm gettin' crazy and puttin' the thing right out in public on my counter. Oh, the joy! Plus it's where I put all my made up recipes, because my family claims I will need to write a cookbook some day. Love them, I've got them SO fooled!

3. I'm a 'need to write my list down so I can cross things out kind of girl'. So for several years I have used a day-timer sort of calendar notebook. It's been 8 1/2 X 5 1/2 size for a few years now. Which is great for sitting on my desk or kitchen counter. But lately, yes in the middle of last year, I decided I wanted to try a smaller one that I could carry to town with me. So I switched to THIS SIZE and I'm in love. Can fold it up and put it in my purse. And when I write in it it makes me feel like I have dainty little hands and fingers, which is SO NOT THE CASE!

4. These flip flops. They are from Eddie Bauer. They are currently on clearance. I buy a new pair every summer, because they get thrashed with all my wearing. They are super comfie. I think they look nice enough to wear to church. I even try to pull them out for date night, you know when I don't feel like wearing my red stilleto's. They come in colors, but I seem to really enjoy the dark brown ones. Though I have a dream of getting the green ones and wearing them with jeans, too cute. For the rest of the year, I'm a Dansko clog wearing girl. Because I'm sorry, but they are heaven for my feet and back. But during the summer, those clogs look a little funky and Sweetie says that they really don't look that great with my shorts. SO I have these flip flops, just as good and only $19.99. (oh and if anyone feels so inclined to get me the green ones for, say, my birthday...that would be GREAT! I'm a size 8.)

5. I've said this before, and I know I'm going on and on about shoes here, but I love shoes. But if you don't have a pair of these, well, take your hand off the mouse, grab your keys and GO GET YERSELF A PAIR. I even got my Sweetie some for Father's Day this year and he's a happy man, though, not when I told him he WAS NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR THEM WITH SOCKS, who are you tryin' to be? My Father? (Sorry, Daddy, but you KNOW it's true!) And yes, by the way, that is me, wearing them with a skirt, that's how much I love them.

6. Pillows. I'm sorry, I mean, really sorry for people who live in areas where it's not 'normal' to have a pillow. Or they can't afford pillows. It makes me think of starting a missions fund for supplying third world countries with pillows. Really. I love mine. I sleep with three. A special one for my neck & head. Then a super cheap flat one for between my knees. Then my favorite squishy one for hugging. Sweetie loves this. Really he does. Because if he didn't already get pushed to the side six inches of the mattress, he also has to fight off pillows in the middle of the night. He's very blessed, that man. Don't you know that I caught him in the middle of the night trying to steal my pillows for himself, I've converted him, but, oh the whoopin' he got, don't mess with a sleepy girl and her pillows!

7. These little circular tasty treats. Skinny Cows. As I'm trying to lose weight, these are my saving grace. One a day, and one for Sweetie if he catches me eating one. But the kids get a scoop out of the big vat of fake ice cream I got for $5.99. They can handle the fat. Dang, Dave NEEDS the fat. And after a month, you rinse the stuff and it tastes just the same. (Right Daddy?) Anyway, these Skinny Cows are SO good, good for you, have a cute skinny cow on the package, and don't DON'T taste like diet food. Amen! (excuse me while I go whoop someone's behind for stealing my skinny cow)

8. This isn't very exciting. But see this brush. I want to hug whoever invented it. I got mine at Walmart, when my old one was starting to grow things out of it. (I know, gross.) Anyway, had to get pink, because, well, I don't have a daughter and my boys frown when I buy them anything pink. Anyway, with long hair, the tangles after washing can be LOVELY! Especially MY tangles. I love to wash my hair at night and then leave it all frantic looking and run upstairs to kiss the boys goodnight and scare them. I look like I've just stuck my finger in a light socket. It's great fun. Anyway, you can see, I have a tangle issue and need a really stellar brush. This one is like magic. Not only does it brush the tangles out really quickly & effortlessly, THERE IS NO PAIN! Thus, they call it the 'Ouchless Brush', wow, I wonder who thought up that name, so creative?. It feels so good to brush my hair now, sometimes I just sit in bed and brush my hair forever. Like those women of 'yester-year' who would brush their hair 100 strokes? Yep, that's me. Walmart people, the Ouchless Brush, get pink, it's my favorite.

9. I love purses. In fact I've been known to have a few. In fact, if I fall in love with a certain style, I've been known to have it in several colors. Yes, this might be a sin. And I'm working on it. But last Christmas trip to CA my friend Sara talked me into getting this one (yeah, like she really had to twist my arm), what I mean is it's not quite the style I go for usually. Well, let me just say. I love this purse. Love the color. It makes me happy. It goes with ANYTHING & EVERYTHING! I look like I might even be a little 'hip' with it hanging on my shoulder. Plus it carries, like, a whole drug store in it. I've tried to go to something else, but just keep coming back to it. Too fun and cute.

10. Back to office supplies. But this one I can blame on my Mama. When she worked for us, she found these little treasures, and I was NOT happy, because it meant more work. But Sweetie was in love, with these and a little with her for finding them. So we had to change all our files to this. But now....oh my goodness....the little party I have everytime I open my file drawers. I mean, really, check it out, how cool is this and don't y'all just want to run out and re-do your files. I've told you before about my office supply fettish, well, here you have it at it's best! It's like labeling to the estreme! I know, I know, you're all jealous. :o)

(can I just say, that running around the house, taking abstract pictures is a little time waster. but let's face it, you wouldn't have read this post without them, would you? and for those that love my boys, and that's really the only reason you read my blog, i try to put in a couple recent photos of them, your welcome)