I am thankful for #62: Snow Days...it really feels good to get a call at 6:30 a.m. telling me that schools are canceled for the day. That's what happened the Friday before last (the weekend these pictures were taken), and that's what I also received this morning. I'm thankful for the technology (#63) that allows parents to receive this call from the warmth of their beds.
Of course, it's not the same effect as huddling around your little television set (that gets only 4-5 channels) as a kid and waiting with expectation for your school to flash across the screen. (I can still SEE it in my head...Ava, Bakersfield, Billings, Blue Eye, Branson, Cassville, Chadwick, Climax Springs...oh, let it say CRANE, let it say CRANE...CRANE!)
I had no idea that it was even supposed to snow today. Therefore, it was totally bizarre to hear the words on the phone - but very nice to set my phone back on the nighstand and cuddle back into my covers. That deserves to be #64. And also #65 - I love my bed. There's nothing really special about it. My mattress set is 12 years old, my duvet is missing some buttons, and I never make my bed unless we're having company. But it's MY bed, and I think it's so comfortable.
The kids spent A LOT of time outside when it snowed last weekend. I'm very thankful (#66) that everytime I looked, there was Tornado, holding Sissy's hand, making sure she didn't slip on the slick driveway.
I'm thankful (#67) that my three kids are such a CREW. They love to hang out, and despite the gaps in their ages, they make it work.
#68...It's just great that something like ICICLES bring such JOY to kids.
I'm thankful (#69) for an active husband. (Even if our attempts to sled with a piece of cardboard were not successful.)
#70 I'm also thankful that he's super cute. And that he forgives me (#71) for posting a picture of him, even after he told me not to. And I'm thankful (#72) for those sleepy eyes because of what they stand for: all the hard work and time spent with his family.
#73. I don't really know what it is, in particular, that I'm thankful for here, but...there's a lot.
#74 I'm thankful for a helpful 9 year old who loves to scrape off snow and ice.
And it's really fun (#75) to experiment with new things like snow icecream. What's better than snow icecream? A snow icecream banana split. (I was a little freaked out to make it, and I googled a bunch of opinions about whether it was safe to eat snow...with contradicting results...we went for it, though. Just added some non-dairy milk, sugar, and vanilla until it seemed right.)
On snow days, it's nice (#76) to have a Googie and Papaw who call and ask if we need anything from the store while they're out. They brought us a movie from Hastings (#77), and Papaw provided much indoor entertainment (#78), running around and chasing 3 squealing kids for quite awhile.
We very rarely make hot chocolate (because it very rarely snows or feels cold enough in Arkansas to do so) so the kids were very thrilled. I'm thankful (#79) for my kids' appreciation of little things, and #80, I'm happy for vegan marshmallows.