Sunday, September 11, 2011

Truth be told, I have not enjoyed this summer.  I am hoping it will top my list of 'Worst Summers Ever' (as if I had such a list), because I think I would rather live in a land of perpetual winter than redo this one.  I am feeling guilty for being such a downer, so I decided to write a blog post on the good things that have happened this summer, mostly to remind myself that I am so freaking lucky.  So here they are in no particular order (in fact in a pretty random order):

  1. To start off with, I have some amazing kids.  I just really love them.
  2. We are living in a wonderful house.  It is the best place we have lived, in my opinion.  We have a fenced back yard, a garden, plenty of space, our back yard goes up to the elementary school, etc.  I like it.
  3. We have a good ward and great neighbors.  We are able to trade babysitting with a great couple on our street, so we have been able to go to the temple regularly.
  4. Besides that, we have family close to babysit, as well as some nice girls in the ward.  I have never felt like we have so many options for babysitters.
  5. We weren't sure we were going to be able to stay in our current house past the summer, but the people who were going to move in backed out.
  6. Dallas has never been so helpful with the house and kids.  It is quite amazing.
  7. I have had 3 job offers, as well as other jobs wishing to interview me.  I am currently working two jobs, both of which I feel so lucky to have.
  8. Dallas didn't get a job, so we get to stay here.  I have to admit that it is nice to be able to stay in the same place for a while.
  9. Dallas hasn't had much work since I started working, so we have been able to relax a little bit, which is really so nice since it seems like he has been so busy with work and school for so long.
  10. Speaking of that, Dallas graduated.  Woohoo!!  He is now a bachelor, a master, and an artist(?).  I am proud of him.
  11. I got to spend a week with my sister, Erin and so got to know her and her kids a lot better.  I am so thankful for the support I feel from my family of origin.
  12. We met a great friend, Stephanos.
  13. We have been able to go to some great musicals and operas.  
  14. It is so great to live so close to both families, though I wish I had made it to Nampa more often.
  15. I didn't die from the horrible infection in my leg.  In fact, I didn't even get close to dying.
  16. I got a sewing machine.  
  17. I am getting some really cool photography experiences.
  18. I am learning so much about myself and my kids.  And patience for all of us.
  19. I love Dallas.
  20. My testimony in my Savior, Jesus Christ has increased 4-fold.  
Okay, so there are probably a million more things that are wonderful, but I am going to go to bed.  I do feel better.