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Thankful Thursday #9

Sorry this one is so late in the day, my hubby and I were in the mountains with some friends. I’m thankful that tomorrow is a new year. While I don’t love New Years resolutions, I am looking forward to a fresh start. I think we can have a fresh start anytime, but the New Year really gives us motivation for positive change.

I want to make 2016 a fantastic year. I want to be more gentle with myself. I want to have a semi-filter. Right now there is no filter, I would love to have this talent for my job. Sometimes I stick my foot in my mouth, generally not with the inmates/my clients. It’s usually with my co-workers. And I’m thankful that my filter-less mouth hasn’t gotten me into too much trouble….yet. I really need to watch it.

(Photo found on Facebook)

I’m thankful that after a long and cold day in the mountains that I am now snuggled up in bed and am warm. I’m thankful that my in-laws watched our monster…I mean daughter so we could play. And I’m thankful to have a husband who enjoys ringing in the new year by being asleep. This is our 6th New Years that we will have kept up our tradition of going to bed by 9 or 10. We’ve both done New Years, we don’t need to stay up late to celebrate!

Hope you all have a wonderful, fun and very safe New Years!

Thankful Thursdays #8

This Thursday I’m so thankful for my co-workers who have my back and check in on me after a rough day. I hit the jackpot when it comes to co-workers. They make it easier to handle a difficult job. They make it worth it to come back to work every week. So I’m just soooo grateful for that.

Since it’s Christmas Eve I am stoked to be spending the afternoon and evening with my side of the family. I love being around them, even if we are dysfunctional at times….or a lot. I love tradition and for the majority of my life my family celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve. Then we might spend Christmas day with extended family if they were close.

With a toddler it is hard to clean the house. Plus I don’t like chores. But I think I have the house ready for my family.

(PC: The Berry)

 This is me. Not just during the holidays, pretty much whenever my family comes over because they are all into having spotless houses. I am not. Clutter is my friend. My house feels lived in. I am thankful that I can have my house decorated and as put together as I like or how much time I want to spend cleaning my house.

(PC: The Berry)

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I hope it is filled with good company, enough food, a warm place to stay, and much happiness! I am also happy that Christmas time is a great reminder that Jesus was born. It’s not about the gifts or trivial things; it’s about family and remembering that this holiday is to celebrate Jesus’ birth. I’m glad I didn’t have to give birth to my daughter in a stable. I wouldn’t have survived that I think!

Ok truly wishing you are a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Why I Think Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Promotes Unhealthy Relationships

Yes, you heard me right. This “happy” childrens story is deceptively dark. While Rudolph isn’t the bad guy, the other reindeer and Santa are kind of jacka$$es. Seriously.

(PC: The Chive)

I was planning on writing about this very thing and then I found this picture on The Chive this morning. Makes me feel good to know that I’m not the only one who sees this as a messed up, supposedly feel good story. Have you ever really read the lyrics? Have you ever thought while singing, or reading this to your kids that “huh, this isn’t really teaching my kid a valuable lesson?” I have. Let’s take another look at the lyrics, shall we?

(PC: Do You Know this Stamp?)

What I take away from this song, is that it’s not good to be different. It will only be cool to be different once someone feels that they can benefit from your unique traits. Or if a leader (i.e a famous person, someone you look up to, someone in a position of power, etc.) tells the majority of the group to like the outcast. This isn’t promoting children, or adults even, to appreciate the things that make them special.

There are subtle take away lessons that make it seem okay to have relationships/friendships with people who use you. It teaches you to be a doormat. The reindeer and Santa never even apologized for being so rude. It’s showing that it’s okay to be walked all over and bullied, as long as they accept you into their group once they need you. Ewww. Such a gross way to make relationships.

This whole story really upsets me. I think that people get too sensitive over silly things, however, this one just bugs me. What happens after they finish dropping off the Christmas presents? What happens the next Christmas when there isn’t fog. Do the other reindeer really like Rudolph or are they only pretending to because Santa told them too? Yay Rudolph saves the day! What? That’s it? What happens after? There is an unfinished plot. There was no explanation on why Rudolph was already awesome. Also, they never gave a backstory to why he had a red nose. Not that this part really matters, but it would have been nice to be informed.

I’d like to see this movie turn out differently. Like “Hey! Thanks Santa for acknowledging me because you need me. I think I’m good though and don’t actually want the job. I’d like to work at a place where people appreciate my difference. I don’t really feel like hanging around fake people who pick on the underdog. Super cool of you to exploit me, but I’m gonna get out of here.” He can do so much better than Santa and his lame judgmental reindeer who aren’t brave enough to have their own opinions.

Rudoplh was always cool. He didn’t need Santa’s validation to see that. Thanks, but no thanks Santa. Keep on truckin’ Rudolph!

(PC: Maguzz)

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Most people seem to be friendlier and grateful for all the wonderful things in their lives. Christmas lights feel magical to me. I started to put some of my Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving. I brought our tree up Thanksgiving night. I’m ready for the celebrations to begin.

I can’t remember the last time we had snow on Thanksgiving. It’s really starting to feel like winter instead of fall. This really helps to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. We bought our little love a mini snowmobile in hopes that she will want to ride with us. She hasn’t been into her helmet, but when we had a couple of inches of snow on the ground, she loved riding it. Like really loved it! My fearless child will probably be a maniac on that thing, but I’m proud that she is so adventurous.

I didn’t go at all last year because the snow was terrible. This year it sounds like there will be a lot of snow. Yippee! Having a winter activity helps keep the winter blues away; or at least further away than if there wasn’t any winter hobby.

We were up at my parents house today to celebrate Thanksgiving with my side of the family. My parents already have their housed decked out in Christmas cheer. The trees were gorgeous and unlike anything I have seen. The snow looks like it crystalized onto the trees and made the atmosphere feel crisp, clean and is participating in the Christmas feeling.

My mom already has some presents under the tree. My little love attempted to open several packages today. More than once. And guess what? She didn’t nap today. I know that is a shock. I even tried to bribe her with a dollar. I think she kept it, even though she didn’t take a nap. No, I am not above bribing my child to sleep. Mama needs a break. Choose your bribes wisely. They may not be as effective as you are hoping. Mine was a big fail. But look at that face. This girl has us wrapped around her fingers.

This mom is ready to do all sorts of wintery and Christmasy activities in hopes that when my daughter is grown she will think fondly on her childhood. Plus, I really want to make Christmas treats and having a toddler is totally an excuse to over indulge.

Thankful Thursday – Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it is already Thanksgiving. This month has been very hectic for us and I feel like 2015 has flown by. I feel like my mind has been all over the place and I’m grateful for this holiday to slow everything down.

(PC: Love This Pic)

We are spending the actual holiday with my in-laws because my dad is out of the country. We will celebrate with my family on Saturday. This is my first Thanksgiving not spent with my family. It makes me sad. I like things to be a certain way. I like to know what I can expect. I like tradition.

While I am sad about not spending the holiday with my family; I am grateful that I get to have 2 Thanksgivings this year. I’m grateful that my daughter gets to see both sides of her relatives for the holidays. I’m grateful that I have never had to worry about going hungry. I’m thankful that I’ve never had to worry about not having shelter at night. I’m beyond thankful that I have a family that could help me out if food or shelter were ever a concern.

I’m thankful for my freedom. On so many levels. We are all so lucky that we basically get to live our lives the way we choose. I’m thankful for a holiday that helps us focus on what the good things in our lives. Hope everyone has a great and safe holiday.

(PC: Love This Pic)