Welcome to the second in my new series of monthly Gratitude posts. I liked the idea of doing this weekly, but the reality of it was not working out for me. This way, I sort of collect wonderful things throughout the month. It’s a good way of staying mindful of the positive things that happen day to day
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I AM GRATEFUL FOR…
The most wonderful birthday I’ve had in a very long time, maybe ever. I didn’t plan this, but it turns out this entire post will be about my day today. I’m grateful for every single moment. It was just a perfect family day and Em and her daddy really made me feel like it was my special day. I’ll list some highlights:
1. Em slept until 7:30 a.m.!!!
2. Em asked me if I wanted breakfast in bed, a cream cheese sandwich. It’s something she can make on her own. Of course I said I’d love it. I asked for an apple too, since I wasn’t really feeling the cream cheesy-ness. But I heard daddy suggest lettuce on it and what do you know, it was great that way!
3. Em talked me into going to the Natural History Museum with them. Stephen had planned to take her on one of their outings so I’d get some alone time(props to hubby!), but I kind of wanted to go. Today was the last chance to see the Spider Pavilion. I do not like spiders! Em keeps trying to get me to look at this spider book they got from the library and every night I have to tell her Noooooooooooooooo way.
4. With her Daddy’s help, Em made me a little video or her telling a story for my birthday and Stephen put it on a disc for me. I loved it.
5. The Museum was awesome and I’m grateful that Stephen drove because it was way downtown. Right by USC actually and there was a game today. Crazy tailgating going on. They basically camp out on the lawn and in the parking lot of the Museum. I was grateful for no traffic.
6. Totally grateful that the Spider Pavilion was no big deal. Very cool, but also disappointing because there weren’t that many different spiders to see.
7. Em dragged me around to every exhibit. She was so excited to get to show me everything. She and her dad had been there 3 times already, so she knew what she wanted me to see. Everything!
8. Lunch! I think Museums tend to have good food for some reason. I went wild and got the vegetable soup *in* the sourdough bowl. It was a waste in the end. Wouldn’t do it again, but it was fun. Em got a kick out of it. And the French Fries at the Natural History Museum are freaking awesome!!
9. The gift shop. We didn’t over-spend, no plastic purchased and had tons of fun looking around.
10. Just before we left, I noticed the Hall of Minerals. Turns out they’d never gone in there (because Stephen in his wisdom was waiting for the time I came.) Is there anyone reading this who doesn’t know how much I love crystals and minerals? It was incredible, totally awesome. I was in heaven. Truly. Just being able to see these pieces of the earth made me so happy.
11. Fetching Boy… Stephen just ran out to get dinner from my favorite restaurant, Gaucho Grill. Plus they make great broccoli that I can feed to Em and still feel like a good mommy.
13. Em watched one of my favorite silly movies with me, “Beautician and the Beast”. Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton in case you don’t know.
14. It hasn’t happened yet, but I know there will be more snuggles and loves at bedtime.
15. Even if we can’t stay awake this late, I count the fact that Louis C.K. is hosting SNL tonight to be a birthday gift just for me.
16. I am also grateful for all the birthday wishes I’ve gotten by phone, email and on Facebook. It really makes me feel good. Thanks to all.
I didn’t expect to get to feel like the Birthday Girl at this point in life and today I really did. I loved it!.