Mondays always seem like a good time to make a list of things you’re grateful for, right?
Like all of you, I could effortlessly make a list of things that aren’t making me happy.
But finding the things that are bringing me joy takes more intentionality.
They’re there, of course; they just don’t usually end up front and center by default.
Thus, the list-making.
(for more on that, read “Looking at the bright side is so unrealistic!”)
Lisey’s learner’s license came in the mail.
It arrived more slowly than promised, so we had to cancel and reschedule her training/paperwork day at her new job.
(She needs a photo ID to get the paperwork done, and since she doesn’t have a student ID, we really needed the learner’s permit!)
But it finally hit our mailbox, which means she can go this week for training.
Dogwood trees and other such blossoms
The view outside my kitchen is so pretty. And when I go for walks with Mr. FG, there are blossoming trees everywhere!
The promise of rain
The smaller trees don’t seem to be a huge allergy problem for Sonia; it’s mainly the oak trees, which comprise about 98.2% of the trees on our street.
They’re letting off serious clouds of yellow pollen right now, but happily, we are supposed to get some rain today. That helps so, so much.
Normally, I don’t hope for rain, but at this time of year, I hope and pray to see big green splotches on the weather radar!
Egg-dying without me
I’ve had some egg dying kits in my Easter box for years and years, but somehow, I never got around to using the kits with my kids.
This year, Sonia and Zoe found the kits and went ahead and dyed eggs with very little help from me.
(Which, honestly, was probably the only way it was going to happen, based on my track record!)
Egg-hunting with Sonia and Zoe
Joshua and Lisey are happy to eat Easter candy, of course, but they haven’t been into the egg-hunting thing for a few years.
Sonia and Zoe are still going strong, though.
We had to do our hunt inside due to the pollen, but an upside is that there are so many great places to hide eggs inside.
My crowning achievement this year was hiding a light pink egg inside one of the tulip blossoms pictured at the top of this post. It was one of the last eggs to be found.
A Sunday bike ride with Mr. FG
It was really, really warm yesterday. Kind of hot, actually.
But once the sun went down a bit, Mr. FG and I went out for a bike ride and it was perfect…enough breeze to be pleasant, and not too cold or too hot.
An easy Easter dinner with my family
It was just the six of us here this year, so I bought a smallish ham, which we ate cold (none of us are big fans of hot ham, and cold ham is easier anyway.)
I also made a batch of honey-glazed pan rolls (so good!) which we topped with cinnamon butter. And we had oranges and strawberries as well.
I bought some asparagus, intending to serve it with the ham, but I ran out of motivation to cook it. So maybe we’ll eat that tonight.
(A sign that you are more of a baker than a cook: you have motivation to make yeast rolls from scratch, but then you decide not to cook the asparagus. Even though asparagus is legitimately easier! )
If you could use a little thankfulness boost, make your own list in the comments. I’d love to read about what’s making you happy today.