Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

I hope everyone has a great day today!  I’m a little lost this year.  We usually go on a short vacation over Thanksgiving because it’s not my favorite holiday.  So, it just doesn’t seem like Thanksgiving since I’m not at a waterpark today.  At least we’re going to go paint pottery tomorrow which is something that we usually do on our trip.  I can’t wait!!

My health hasn’t been great lately and I think it’s related to the water that we had in the basement a few months ago.  I failed a lung test that the doctor ordered.  They are calling it asthma but I’ve never been diagnosed with asthma before.  I asked the doctor if this could be caused by mold and he said yes, it could be making the asthma worse.  My thyroid isn’t helping matters either.  He said that if it’s not right, that can trigger the asthma too.  Interesting but a little scary too.

A Great Day for Giving Thanks

With all this scary health stuff going on, I feel like I really need to give thanks today.  I may not be rich, famous, skinny, beautiful, or any of the other things that people think make us happy but I’m certainly blessed.  There’s a lot for me to be thankful for.  I have a great family, a decent home (minus the damage from the hoarding), wonderful pets, and food on the table most days.  My neighborhood is nice and I have a good job not far from home.  My internet connection works almost 100% of the time and I have some really great friends.  And I have a horse.  A HORSE!  That was literally my life dream since I was in diapers.  We’ve had some great experiences with him and he is a blessing for sure!

No matter where you are in the world today, I hope you have something to be thankful for too!

It’s a Typical Thanksgiving Day but it’s Okay

Thanksgiving pottery

We spent about 5 hours painting our pottery!

Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday. There’s no particular reason why. I always found it depressing even though we had plenty of family around. For a few years, we would invite friends over who didn’t have any place else to go. That was fun and everything but it was a lot of work because each year there was more and more stuff jammed in the house. Then to top it off, we were always sick on Thanksgiving.  It got to be too much.  I didn’t want to cook or clean for Thanksgiving anymore and I was sick of being home while everyone was throwing up or in bed with fevers.

So I broke tradition and upset everyone except my very immediate family.  Now, we take a vacation.  We eat Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant, and there’s no cleaning up to do! We paint pottery, swim at the waterparks, and play miniature golf.  Lazer tag and sitting around by the wave pool are both great too!  It’s a short little vacation but by the third day, we’re all ready to come home anyways.  If anyone is sick, at least we’re not at home.  We give them lots of ibuprofen and Tyler and tell them to rest if they need to.  They’re old enough now that they pretty much do that on their own anyways.

It’s been a typical Thanksgiving so far this year.  There’s one kiddo with diarrhea, one with a migraine headache, the one with the bruises on her legs, one with a bad case of eczema, one with a cold starting, and lastly – the pregnant daughter-in-law.  I was going to mention it in an upcoming post because I’m throwing a baby shower for them on Saturday!  Yay!! I can’t wait!!

Can you believe it?  I went from dreading Thanksgiving cleaning to having a not so bad main floor, planning a short vacation, and throwing a baby shower all at the same time!  This decluttering thing is really working for me.  I know I keep saying that but I can’t believe how much less stressful it has all been since I got rid of all that stuff.  I can hardly imagine what it will be like when the rest of the house looks as good as the three rooms that I have finished.  I think that our whole world is going to change.   Maybe I will finally get out of the rut that I’ve been in for the last couple of years.

It’s getting noticable!!

My oldest daughter went to our house today to check on the pets and sent me a wonderful text.  It said, “I AM SO IMPRESSED WITH THE HOUSE!!  Does the turtle need to be fed?”  After answering her about the turtle, I got a huge smile on my face from the part about the house.  That made me feel really good.  And the other day, one of the twins walked through the living room and said, “It’s finally starting to look pretty nice in here.”  Our house is finally looking like a home again.

With the comments from the family and the encouragement from everyone here, I don’t think it will take too long to finish.  It might take another year but that’s okay.  I’m enjoying the journey even though I complain about it sometimes.  It’s hard!!!  But oh so worth it!