In honor of my daughter’s 8th birthday today’s post goes to her. Today I am THANKFUL FOR: SIENA, my wonderful, crazy, quirky, independent, super smart and silly little girl. I am so happy to have her in my life and even though things get busy and hectic I love her so much and I can’t imagine my life without her.



More delay on my THANKFUL for post, I think it is the writing everyday that throws me. I really need to get in to a normal routine if I am going to try and do something every day. The last post was on the 11th – it is not the 15th, in the last 4 days I have had birthday parties and a lot of clean up. I guess I am going to be thankful for all those that helped me with my parties: MY MOM, MY SISTER, MY AUNT, MY MOTHER IN LAW and the rest of my family. I am really grasping for things. I will be more inspired tomorrow.

I missed yesterday, as you may have seen in recent posts I have been a bit in a funk. Of course I am thankful for family and friends and the health of those around me. But when you spend your day in a job that feels like it is sucking the passion out of you it makes it hard to feel thankful. But on the otherhand, I am THANKFUL: TO HAVE A JOB, there are a lot of people that are unemployed right now and the fact that I can bring in some extra income to my family makes me happy, and I am happy that I work at a company that I can be honest and tell them how I am feeling and they will work with me to help me be happy and succeed (let’s see how I feel after my meeting this morning). For that I am thankful. I am also THANKFUL FOR: BIRTHDAY WEEKEND – This weekend I will be celebrating my daughter’s 8th birthday and my 37th birthday (hers is the 16th of November, mine on the 14th) so this weekend will invlove sleepovers (God help me!) and a big family gathering making one of our favorite meals Pelmeni. A Russian favorite, that has been introduced to me by my husband, its yummy and we are all going to make it by hand, it may be crazy with 26 people in my small house, but having family around will be wonderful!

Today I am THANKFUL FOR: FLEXIBILITY – I have found that in a lot of aspects of my life there is a need for flexibility and I am trying to be flexible even when others are not always as flexible as they could be. I am trying to avoid ranting and staying positive. So this will be a short post. I am going to remain flexibile and hope I can encourage others to do the same.


I am feeling challenged when thinking about what I am Thankful for – I get frustrated that it should not be so tough to come up with something. But today I decided that I am THANKFUL FOR: HEALTH. Not just my health, but the health of my family, my kids, and my friends. Although not everyone I know is perfectly healthy, I am happy that those close to me are healthy. It takes a lot of strength to live with a daughter only 2 years old that has battled leukemia and every time she gets sick she headed to Children’s Hospital. I am so thankful that my kids have not had to enter Children’s more than once or twice. First time when Siena was maybe 4 weeks old and I was concerned she was sleeping too much – Really Mom! My prayers go out to that friend that has been battling that disease and it truly amazes me how she gets up each day. My prayers also go out for my friend’s husband that is going through kidney dialysis, waiting for a transplant and just happy to be alive, not concerned about the endless hours on dialysis machines or the massive amounts of drugs he needs to ingest. They savour their time together in the hospital and are happy to be together. And of course my cousin-in-laws husband that passed out unconscience while running just a few weeks ago. Once he made it to the hospital he was not responding they were not sure if he would make it, but now he is making progress, slowly but surely. Once he came out of the coma state he was asking questions and coming back to, next he had surgery and now he is on the road to recovery and we pray for him and the family every day, I can’t imagine how difficult each day is, but I know they savour every new milestone. So, today, I am happy that  my husband and kids are all healthy. I will knock on wood and hope it stays that way. Thoughts and Prayers go out to all those that need them.

It’s getting hard to think about the things that I am thankful for today. It’s Monday and I had a great weekend and now I am back at the grind. I have already been thankful for my family, which is what I am thankful for everyday. But today as I was driving to work I thought – I am THANKFUL FOR: MY SLOW COOKER. I am having friends for dinner tonight and instead of coming home from a day at the office and being stressed to figure out what to make, I am psyched because as I was making my daughter’s breakfast this morning, I was also making dinner for tonight. Cut up a few veggies, throw in a little chicken and sausage, dump a bunch of tomatoes sauce on top … cook for 10 hours and DONE! It’s amazing, why don’t I do it more often? There are tons of recipes out there.  Not sure, maybe I will. But today, I am happy to know while I am at work all day, my dinner will be cooking away. If you don’t have a Slow Cooker already, you should put one on your Christmas list 🙂

Oh man! It took me awhile to get to the blog today because I have been so incredibly tired today. That’s what happens when a mom of two goes out on the town with other mom friends and we all let loose for the evening. I got very little sleep but I laughed A LOT. That is why I must say I am THANKFUL FOR: LAUGHTER with my friends. So much silliness went on last night that I really can’t even remember but what was so funny, but what I do know is that we had a lot of fun and we laughed a lot and it really makes things a lot easier. When you feel stressed out and get bogged down with the chores of the weekend or get concerned about the week ahead, what we really need is a fun night out with our friends and do some laughing. But now, it’s time for bed because I am exhausted!