Well, that's that for Thanksgiving Weekend 2007. It was a beautiful and jam packed weekend!
Last night after everybody left our house, my son went upstairs to do his homework...the homework that he put off from Friday, promising to complete Monday morning; with the understanding that "I" would not nag at him for the entire weekend; that he knows what has to be done and that it is his responsibility to complete it. But of course, things happen; something unexpected and way more fun comes along and the homework did indeed get left until the last minute. (again, truth be known, he comes by it honestly :o)...
So, after a fun, family filled day, there were some strong words exchanged between those who have finished grade 6 and those who have not. Rules, schedules and expectations were reviewed (again) and everybody went on with their evening.
This morning when he asked me to sign his agenda, I saw what his homework assignment had been.
To complete a Gratitude Journal.
Which he did, sighting that he was thankful for water, shelter; not living in a war zone.
Now, do I feel like a schmuck.
I want to send some thanks out there as well...
Thanks to Sue for the Whoppers on Murder Mystery Night.
Thanks to Sheila, who thinking we were sticking to the "M" gift theme, managed to turn this into a "F"our glasses hostess gift.
Elizabeth, for "F"all towels (very handy) and apple pie candle.
KGB knit me a beautiful bracelet with beads and this isn't the best picture that I ever took; I'm guessing the "F" factor is....fabulous!!
And Nancy, for the Pink Ribbon, magnet memo holder..."F"unctional!
I am thankful to have been able to spend time with so many friends this past weekend!. I managed to get out with the Cast Offs for Dinner on Thursday. My family and I met with our old neighbours/friends for dinner on Friday night, came back here and enjoyed a bonfire in the back yard and had a lot of fun with them.
Sunday was a very special day as I went to Hamilton to share in a 50th Wedding Anniversary Church service with some friends that I've had since grade 9! Actually, it's the parents celebrating the 50th (I'm not there yet!). Anyway, it was a wonderful service, with 8 members of their family singing in the choir! We all went back to the family home and caught up with what everybody's up to these days. And you know what?
The women of the group took over the kitchen, ie. we sat down with our wine in the kitchen and called for the men to look after the cooking. :o)
We shared, we joked, we laughed; well, I may as well own up...there was snorting. It was just that much fun relaxing with all these loving and intelligent women who share so much history; even when our lives have taken so many different paths. I loved every minute of my time with the whole family and look forward to sharing many more celebrations.
Monday was our family's turn and we all met here. The weather cooperated (here, at least) and we got to see pictures from Alaska, where my brother had just been for work, we got to show my dad the house in progress...he likes that kind of thing, we got to show off our dog to everybody that hadn't met her yet and the kids got to play together and on the Wii! (Dad's and Grandpa's are included in the last part there) One of the things that I liked best was seeing my nieces. One is nine, and growing more confident each time I see her and the other will be two in January; she's so little and cute and fun. She has a special place in my heart because she was starting her life when I wasn't sure what direction mine was going and she was a baby to cuddle and babies? Well, they just always give you hope.
I think I'm going to take a lesson from my son's homework (and the Simple Abundance path) and try to end my posts with a Gratitude Journal...can't hurt can it?
1) Children (mine and yours)
2) Extended, warm weather.
3) No dog mess to clean up this morning (yea!)
4) Leftovers for tonight's dinner
5) Loving family and friends...it was great to see you.