Friday, September 22, 2023

5 on a Friday: Gratitude Edition

 1. SO GRATEFUL that Minnie feels better. I had SUCH a productive day yesterday, and it took me awhile to realize it was because I was not spending every other second tending to a grumpy lump. BUT she was extremely active and charmed Harry into buying her a (ceramic LOL) tea seat and played an elaborate water pouring game, SOAKING her bedroom. Then she cleaned it up herself with WET RAGS.  She also spent more than an hour running back and forth from her room to my bathroom to take nail polishes one bottle at a time and set them up in her play kitchen while playing a genie/potion game inspired by Shimmer and Shine. All of this AFTER taking a walk to gather fall leaves, gluing them on paper, and taping them to her door. I noticed she was better yesterday morning when she climbed over the back of the couch and ran away mid-amoxicillin dose.

2. Grateful for this perfect upper midwest fall weather. Chilly mornings and cool evenings with long sunny days and trees just starting to turn red. **chef's kiss**

3. Grateful for an intellectual exercise in course prep for spring. I am teaching a reproductive justice class and having s delightful time pawing through old research to design the syllabus.

4. Grateful for ICE CREAM FRIDAY with the 3 littlest kids after school today. It's our third Friday of the school year, and we have been loyal to this new tradition each week. I am excited to see if they can keep it up in the desperate cold.

5. Finally, I feel buckets of gratitude for this season (like, the weather AND this time in our lives) we're in and the ages our kids are and the routine we're developing and the activities they have chosen and on and on and on.

Yay dance season!

Yay puddles and morning walks!


Sick baby from early in the week but SO SWEET


Maybe Starbucks Wednesday-Friday, too


  1. Elisabeth6:48 AM

    I love the weather this time of year. My fav for sure...
    And yay for ice cream and traditions <3

    So glad Minnie is feeling better!!!!

  2. I am so glad that Minnie is feeling better! The nice thing about Strep is that they usually bounce back fairly quickly once the meds have done their thing. But it is an awful illness when you are in the thick of it! Paul has had it twice, Taco has managed to avoid it (see previous comments about Paul seeming to have my immune system and Taco having daddy's).

    I love this time of year, too. The leaves really changed here while I was in NJ this week! It's such a stunningly beautiful time of year. What I've learned from fall/watching the leaves change as an adult, is that there is beauty in letting go.

  3. I'm so glad Minnie is feeling better! Ice cream Fridays sound absolutely brilliant too.

  4. Dorothy looks so happy and radiant about dance season and that sick baby picture <3... What a very special season of life with all your kids under the same roof <3 <3

  5. It's NOT COOL ENOUGH here yet, and I am jealous of your perfect fall weather. Glad Minnie is on the upswing and things are falling into place for you. And now I want ice cream.

  6. This post is just LOVELY! I am glad things are on the upswing for you guys!

    Every time you talk about a class you're teaching, I get so jealous for your students. I WANT TO BE YOUR STUDENT.