GrATEful

I want to EAT up all the tiny moments that make each day so beautiful. I want to pause and stop myself from complaining when I have SO MUCH joy to celebrate. I want to remember Casey's amazing hair in the morning and Erik's sleepy eyes. I want to enjoy the frantic kisses that Dottie gives me when she is let out of her enclosure. I want to appreciate how slow Curly walks giving me time to greet my neighbors. I don't want to take for granted the coffee that is placed by my bedside every morning from sweet Pedar. I want to look around and be grateful for every project we've finished in our fixer-upper. I don't want to dread going to work, I will choose to be excited about the opportunities and challenges it provides to help me grow in my skills and communication.

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F U, Flu

When I feel crazy far behind I just have to jump in somewhere. I just want to take a moment to say I was sending you all love and joy over the Holidays. I did not get a card out this year.  We jumped from celebrating Christmas with family and friends to enduring the stomach flu. Most of our plans for the winter break were canceled or rescheduled. Pedar FINALLY got it last week, just as the kids went back to school. It is finally safe to say we all have had it and now we can move forward.

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Happy 9th Birthday, Erik

Today was a gorgeous day to celebrate Erik. Erik and I have miserable with the flu and last night we slept and woke up feeling about 80%. We took it slow in the morning and then headed out to Coloma, because Erik requested to pan for gold for his birthday. We were in luck because the Coloma State Park was open and panning was available every hour until 3 p.m. It was WAY MORE FUN than any of us thought it would be and Coloma is beautiful.

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