Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful Day 24

Happy Thanksgiving!  Today I'm thankful that I can gather my family and enjoy each of them.  I'm thankful that we can gather with other members of our family and enjoy them.  I'm thankful that we can all enjoy a great meal together.  I'm also thankful for our family gift exchange.  I'm also thankful that everyday I can choose to be happy.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankful Day 23

Today I'm thankful for the neurologist, Dr. Asaikar and the staff at Sutter Memorial Pediatric out patient surgery center.  Julia had botox injections today for her drooling and she did a great job of being a brave girl.  Usually she has a very difficult time of it, but today because of the great staff she was all about doing up right.  She received 2 prizes for being brave, 2 art projects to do, and got to watch movies all by herself.  We hope that she will get some needed relief from this procedure.  Thanks, Dr. Asaikar, you rock!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thankful Day 22

Today I'm thankful for the Internet.  I know that sounds a bit weird, but I am.  I get so many recipes, ideas, and deals from the Internet that it helps my family stay within our budget, eat healthy, and have great family time.  I made cranberry sauce for Christmas gifts and got the recipe from the Internet.  The recipe is super yummy and easy.  What a blessing the Internet is if used correctly and appropriately.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thankful Day 21

Today I'm thankful for my sister.  She is an amazing person and my children all love her to pieces.  Yesterday I met up with her in Folsom and she picked up Macie to come stay with her.  Macie is beyond happy to be spending time with Auntie.  Thanks Kelly you are the best!  I'm also thankful for a driveway full of wood that we can burn in our fireplace.  We had our first fire of the season yesterday.  Warm and inviting!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thankful Day 20

Today I'm thankful Steve Andrews.  He came to our rescue yesterday.  He brought his wood splitter and helped Tom split some wood that received for free.  Now we have a pile of wood in our driveway ready to stack.  If you are in the neighborhood and want to kill some time stop by and stack wood for me, Thanks!  :)  Thanks Brother Andrews for you help and generosity.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thankful Day 19

Today I'm thankful for school vacations.  How great is it that we get to have the kids home next week all week to celebrate Thanksgiving and being a family.  We have lots of fun things planned.  We will be making our famous cranberry sauce for Christmas presents, going to a play date at the park with friends, going to Thanksgiving dinner at my cousins restaurant, and maybe even getting a Christmas Tree.  Wow, I hope we can fit it all in.  :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thankful Day 18

Today I'm thankful for Tom and his ability to work and earn money for our family.  Because he goes to work I am able to stay home and take care of the family.  I get to enjoy the children and keep our home.  I love to learn new recipes and cook for our family.  Tom works so hard for us and I'm thankful I am married to him.  Thanks, honey!!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thankful Day 17

Today I'm thankful for the Young Women's program at church.  When Macie turned 12 she got the honor of becoming a Young Woman.  This past Sunday I was able to go to the Young Women in Excellence presentation.   All the young women were able to showcase something that they have done that is "praise worthy, or of good report".  Macie shared that she has been a swimmer for 6 years and that this year at Championships she place 1st in her heat in the IM.  She was very pleased that she could share something that she loves to do.  I'm very pleased that she has this fun talent.  :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thankful Day 16

First day of school 2011 - Many great things to come!
Today I'm grateful for school.  This week I get to go to the schools and hear terrific things about my children.  I get to hear about what they are learning and how well they are doing.  I am truly enjoying it this year.  My children are learning and growing, and I get to witness this on a daily basis.  It is sure fun to hear from someone who is with my children the majority of their day about how they see my children growing and learning. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thankful Day 15

Today I'm grateful for service.  It is wonderful to be able to forget about ourselves and do for others.  Yesterday I was able to take a friend, who had lost her 20 year old son last week, a meal.  Matthew and Julia went with me and understood why we were there giving them food.  I love that we can teach our kids about service.  I'm also grateful for all the service that has been given to me.  I feel truly blessed.

Thankful Day 14

Today I'm grateful for my husband.  We have been married nearly 20 years and I'm happy to say that we want to be married many more.  To each other, of course.  :)  He takes care of me and our family.  I don't think there is anything he wouldn't do for us.  He is an honorable priesthood holder and sets a great example for our boys.  He also sets an example of what a good man should be like for our children.  I'm so thankful he is in my life.  Thank you Mon for the many good times.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thankful Day 13

Today I'm grateful for turkey guard dogs and monkey boys. Yesterday we were able to have a turkey for a pre-thanksgiving dinner. I'm thankful that we have the time to spend at home with our family and eat yummy food. Macie cleaned a lot of the house, and Thomas was able to help the new neighbor across the street. She paid him 20 bucks!!!! I found Matthew up in our Muskogee Crepe Myrtle tree. He told me that he was going to use the umbrella in his hand to help him get down. Imagine Mary Poppins here. :) I'm thankful he is a monkey and didn't really need the umbrella to get down. I also looked out the window and saw one happy puppy dog watching over the turkey cooking in the BBQ. It is a good thing we have him or who knows who would get into the turkey. You can never be too careful. What a nice Saturday it was. :)
Buddy,  will you be getting Turkey?

That's a long way down.  Do you need an umbrella?  :)

Matthew has always climbed anything he sees, but he addition of the umbrella now, that's somthing new.  :)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thankful Day 12

This is pre-photo session.  I hope it doesn't tell what is to come.  :)
Today I'm grateful for pictures. I was able to have pictures taken of my children yesterday. They turned out great. I will post when I get the actual picture. Every Holiday season I have pictures taken of my children. It is truly great to be able to see the growth of each one and to see the growth of my family. To think that only 13 Christmas' ago we had one child in the picture and today we have 5. What a blessing. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and if you look at each one of those Holiday pictures you can conjure up many words and memories.  Here are some photos I took before our photo session.  I was a little worried going into the session, but I'm very happy with the results.  The Gang came through.  :)
Julia and the littles ready to go.

Waiting for our turn at Target.

Henry you better look at the camera when we get into the photo room.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thankful Day 11

Today I'm grateful for our veterans who have served this country and helped us keep our freedoms.  I'm thankful for mom's who volunteer their time and provide great activities for my children.  We got to go to a Veteran's Day Ceremony today and Thomas was able to sing with his school choir the National Anthem.  I'm very proud of my son wanting to do things like this and I'm grateful for Emily Matthew's for making it happen.  :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful Day 10

Today I'm thankful for sweet treats and my food storage.  I was able to make a fresh batch of milk chocolate chip cookies just because.  I had everything I needed to get this sweet treat fix in my food storage, and yes people I do store chocolate chips.  I usually store them in the freezer.  You never know when you might need a little chocolate in your life.  The kids are thankful for my storage and sweet treat cravings too.  :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thankful Day 9

Today I'm thankful for friends who help make things better.  I have a few friends who I rely on to help me fumble through my life.  Whether it be about my kids, dinner selections or keeping house I can expect some sort of help in figuring it out.  Thanks friends, and you know who you are.  :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thankful Day 8

Today I'm thankful for modern technology.  I can sit at my computer, pay my bills, transfer money from my savings to checking, and record receipts onto my budget.  I am financially aware of our spending.  I don't even have to get dressed to do this.  Now, that is something to be grateful for.  :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thankful Day 7

Our Grandma likes to get into the fun with the Gang.  :)
Today I'm thankful for Grandma's.  My mom is great.  She helps us with the kids a lot.  Last night we took the kids to the 1080 and Pa fed them dinner and Grandma brought them over to our house and gave them Sunday Sundae's then put the gang to bed.  This made it possible for us to go to an adult fireside for church.  It was just what we needed.  Thanks Mom!!!!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thankful Day 6

Today I'm thankful for our abilities to change our environment if we want. Tom and I have been working on remodeling our bedroom. We have painted and put in new floor. Last night after almost 4 weeks sleeping in the living room we moved our bed back into the bedroom. Now, we aren't completely done, but we slept in our room and it was great.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

What Am I Grateful For?

The Hay Gang on October 31, 2011
Today is November 5, 2011 and we are 5 days into November.  I hope to post each day in November something I'm grateful for.  I have 5 children and on this day November 5th I am grateful that I get to be their mother and serve them.  Each one is blessing in my life.  That big kid in black in the back is my partner in crime and I'm very thankful to have married him.  He takes care of all of us, but especially me when I need buoying up.  Thanks guys for letting me mother all of you.  :)