Grateful #2

A while back I posted a list of things I was grateful for. I had meant to make it a weekly (or at least monthly) tradition, but here we are, almost a year later, and I’m finally getting around to it. Better late than never! Hold me to this tradition, dear reader!

Here they are, in somewhat chronological order….

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A long weekend in Richmond for a baby shower and lots of playtime with Nini and Pawpaw (and a week-long visit coming up in just a few weeks)
DSC_0206DSC_0208DSC_0210DSC_0207 Fun with face paints. My little artistes!

Elijah was Mulgarath from the Spiderwick Chronicles. Shockingly, no one guessed who he was.

Elijah was Mulgarath from the Spiderwick Chronicles. Shockingly, no one guessed who he was.Remy as a witch for the PIC Halloween parade. Yes, she is actually covering her ears so she won't have to hear the song her class was performing.Remy as a witch for the PIC Halloween parade. Yes, she is actually covering her ears so she won’t have to hear the song her class was performing.

"Time for your check-up!"

“Time for your check-up!”

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Handing out candy with Nini Handing out candy with Nini

Making his candy into an anteater shape. Or something like that.

Making his candy into an anteater shape. Or something like that.

A wonderful week of Halloween parades, warm weather, a visit from Nini, and lots of candy. They haven’t forgotten about the candy this year as in past years, but I am so proud that when they are allowed a piece, they know that’s it and not to ask for anymore. So their teeth are only rotting a little at a time.

Making challah with the Roo.

Making challah with the Roo.

Re-starting family traditions. Remy is an excellent challah smoosher, by the way. And Elijah is becoming the best sous-chef around. The 8 million hours a week I spend in the kitchen are so much more pleasurable with them helping (even if things are a little messier).

DSC_0163A husband who provides excellent technical support. Make a pumpkin flower vase. It’s easy and pretty!

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New glasses for the Bean! We suspected his vision wasn’t going to be the best (considering I am practically blind and Joe wears glasses all the time), but apparently we caught his bad eyesight at an early stage. Unfortunately, he has to wear his glasses most of the time, but he looks so adorable in them!

DSC_0309 Finally, I am so grateful for good friends. Elijah was pretty despondent when he first got the glasses this week. He didn’t even want to walk past a mirror because he said he didn’t like the way he looked (stab at my heart). I could picture a looooong afternoon ahead of us with Elijah upset and asking every five seconds to remove his glasses.

When we arrived home from the eyeglass store, our neighbor Pierce was outside. He checked out Elijah’s new glasses, deemed them “really great” and then they set off playing for the whole afternoon, drawing, making forts, etc. I think Elijah actually forgot that he had the glasses on! What could have been a miserable day turned out to be a wonderful one, because of the kindness of a friend. In the above picture, Pierce is drawing a picture of Elijah with his new glasses (and all the rainbow loom bracelets Nini and I have made for him). It is one of my favorite things ever.

I’m also grateful for the chance to connect with some of my friends this weekend in NYC. There’s a new baby to oooh and ahhh over, a baby belly to rub (all of these babies!!!), old friends to dine with, and sisters to confide in. Have a wonderful weekend!

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