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4 things that are making me happy and 1 thing that’s not

1. I have a sweet new niece!

There were a few scares during my sister-in-law’s pregnancy, but this little miss is here safe and sound. And perfectly healthy.

She brings my niece/nephew collection to 15, so I am quite a rich auntie. 🙂

She’s a perfect snuggle-able size.

2. Lisey successfully CLEPed!

My mom taught Spanish to Lisey for several years, and she thought Lisey could probably skip the beginner Spanish classes at the college.

So, Lisey took the CLEP test for Spanish 1 and 2 and she passed both.   Yay!

She’s been listening to audiobooks in Spanish over the summer, and speaking Spanish to customers at her job.   I am so super proud of her, and I’m really happy she can jump straight into a Spanish class that will be challenging for her instead of boring.

3. The backsplash in my kitchen is almost done.

We got new counters this summer, and the old backsplash had to come down as part of that project. Then we had the plumbing vent problem in the kitchen, so the kitchen drywall got even more torn apart.

The tile guy just has to finish up a small section, so pretty soon my kitchen will be all put back together. Whee!

4. There were fun anniversary happenings last week.

Last week, we had our 20th anniversary! We actually celebrated officially in April by taking a week-long trip to CA, just the two of us.

But last Sunday night we went to our favorite restaurant for dinner (they send us a free appetizer and dessert coupon every year.)

‘scuse the grainy selfie

And we got a hotel overnight for $39 (normally $150), using the family discount program from the hotel company my brother works for.   Whee!

On Tuesday, our actual anniversary, we ate in with the kids, but after dinner Mr. FG told me to hop in the car to go somewhere with him.

And he took me to Wendy’s! Which is a sweet throwback because when we were penniless newlyweds, we used to go grocery shopping together and then stop at the Wendy’s by the grocery store to get two frosties.

The funny thing is, our total back then was always $2.08. But now, 20 years later, our total was half of that because of Wendy’s $0.50 frosty summer promotion.

I sure do love my person, and I’m so thankful for 20 years with him.

(I wrote some more words about our marriage in this instagram post.)

5. The thing that’s making me unhappy…

….is that summer is almost over. NOOOOO.

I do like fall weather, but geez, I really, really hate it when the days start to get shorter.   I haven’t quite had my fill of daylight-filled summer evenings yet.

And of course, I’m not feeling like I want to get back to the school-year routine yet either.

We do still have two full weeks left before we start school, though, so I’m just going to make the most of those.


Play along in the comments and list four things that are making you happy (plus one that’s not!)

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Friday 25th of August 2017

Happy Anniversary! 20 years is a great accomplishment. I think we might share our anniversaries. August 15th? We celebrated 9 years this year! It goes so fast, and I'm happy for it all.

good things: Enjoying the beautiful fruits of our garden: cantaloupe, grapes, cucumber, peppers Admiring the sunflowers that are finally open Feeling grateful for the clients who are keeping my freelance career going Love having things to do to keep my weekends busy, and getting to spend time with friends

Not ready to say goodbye to summer and embrace the fall yet.


Tuesday 22nd of August 2017

Good things: 1. We got to see the eclipse in totality and it was much cooler than expected! 2. Sleeping in hotel rooms recently has made me really grateful for my wonderful bed. 3. I arrived home to find that the three year old did not, as feared, dig up every last squash seed. There is one healthy looking squash plant hiding in the garden so I'll have squash to freeze this year after all. 4. I'm making good progress on my to-read list this year.

Not so good: School is coming and I'm feeling overwhelmed. We're pretty unscheduled during the summer, but I can see all the scheduling coming my way... yikes.


Tuesday 22nd of August 2017

What a precious bundle! 4 things 1- I am finally, sort of a wee bit, getting used to this empty nester thing. 2- I am reliving our trip to Prague, over and over, because my husbands 1500 pix are cycling though our screen saver :). 3- Had our first bunch of delicious grapes from the vine today, and there are about 30 more to harvest!!! 4- A girlfriend is having a whole bunch of us over next week for a dinner party, before work begins (we are all teachers...) 1- not so fave thing- A squirrel ate the rest of the figs! He better not touch the grapes, is all I can say.

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Monday 21st of August 2017

I'm happy that I got hired by Shipt to deliver groceries!

I'm happy that my area viewed the eclipse with nearly 90% coverage, and my kids were amazed.

I'm happy that my new god-daughter will be born any day now.

I'm happy that both of our vehicles are paid in full and keep chugging along.

I'm not happy that I just had to cut the grocery budget!


Monday 21st of August 2017

1)Air conditioning. (The real feel in Hong Kong--where we live--was 122 yesterday!) 2) Two of my sons graduated from Word of Life Bible Institute this weekend! 3)My health 4)Coffee

Not happy...yeah. Summer being over. We work at a school, and this is our 4th week already!

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