This is my final post of my 10 months of gratitude. Sometimes it's been difficult to find the time to update this list but I persevered and looking back I am reminded of all the wonderful things in my life. Often we focus on everything that is going wrong in our lives (and there's always stuff going wrong) and we battle to see the wood for the trees. This post has really opened my eyes to what is good in my life - my friends and family and of course my wonderful hubby have come up often in my daily posts and I realise how blessed I am to be living the life I live, in this beautiful country, surrounded by such wonderful, caring people. It gives me a really different perspective looking back at my year and only seeing the positives!
Today I am grateful that I have 3 gorgeous, healthy children, a loving husband and everything I could ever wish for and in my "Book of LIfe" I have only recorded the good stuff!
Went to the Garden of Lights at Emperor's Palace
Today I am grateful that I felt the Christmas spirit
Braai at my brother
Today I am grateful that I have such a great family
Today I am grateful to my sister-in-law for babysitting while we got some time out
Lunch with 2 "old" school friends
Today I am grateful for Facebook that has brought us back together for some fabulous conversations
Today I am grateful that my family took the girls swimming
Father Christmas was here!
Today I am grateful that I was able to bring such joy to my childern's faces
Christmas dinner at my house
Today I am grateful that we could all get together enjoy Christmas
Dorothy and the family arrived
Today I am grateful that the Aussie family could make it to us for Christmas
Today I am grateful for Aroma's coffee
Hubby on leave
Today I am grateful that Hubby's life will be a little less-stressed
Playdate at my house
Today I am grateful for good friends
Put up the tree
Today I am grateful for music, love and laughter
Today I am grateful that I'M ON HOLIDAY!!
Brunch at Aroma, shopping at Design Quarter and Monte for dinner
Today I am grateful that I got some Christmas shopping done
My nieces turn 2 today
Today I am grateful that my sister is able to enjoy the wonderment of motherhood. Happy Birthday girls!
My mom came to visit
Today I am grateful that my mom still helps me soo much
Afternoon with a buddy at Aroma
Today I am grateful for wonderful friends and orgasmic salads
I surprised hubby with a Mac Mini
Today I am grateful that the law of attraction actually works!
Breakfast with 2 friends (without my BLT)
Today I am grateful for my wonderful life
Prawns with hubby
Today I am grateful for awesome evenings
Set the final supp paper today
Today I am grateful that my leave is actually starting
Hubby took the kids
Today I am grateful that I could finish marking papers and submit them
Today I am grateful for the support system that we have in place to look after our brood so that we are able to go out with a friend on his birthday
Playdate with a friend who emigrated to Australia
Today I am grateful for strong bonds that don't perish
Tomato is bakerlady tomorrow
Today I am grateful that we got to bake cupcakes and ice them together. Both Tomato and Bacon had a ball
Christmas Carols at Bacon's school - adorable
Today I am grateful for my beautiful Bacon who performed like a star!
Dinner with our newest friends
Today I am grateful that we have met such awesome people who I know will be our friends for a long, long time.
Work at the factory
Today I am grateful that I have a job that I love
Little Lettuce took his first real steps today
Today I am grateful that I can watch this little person develop. I am grateful to be his mom
Hubby was working
Today I am grateful to Mema who came to help me with BLT while hubby was away
Afternoon at Aroma
Today I am grateful that I have such great friends who make me want to spend the whole day with them!
Work and gradulation
Today I am grateful that Grandpa picked up the girls and I got to finish my work. Also loved watching Tomato graduating.
Tomato and I went to the ophthalmologist
Today I am grateful that her glasses and patching is working. Her eye is almost at 100% woohoo
Hubby took the day off sick
Today I am grateful that after a relaxing day, he is on the mend
Hubby has an abcess in his ear
Today I am grateful that he got home safely after not feeling so great in the traffic
Swimming demonstration and certificates
Today I am grateful that my girls are swimming so well and that water safety is within reach
Yvonne's childrens' party
Today I am grateful that I didn't get water thrown over my head from the sagging gazebo (hee hee)
Today I am grateful that my friends have such an awesome oasis in the middle of Fourways
Had a great meeting.
Today I am grateful for the high I get from gettting a project going and adding to the final outcome
I have had such an interesting project that culminated in the final report today, tomorrow I present.
Today I am grateful for all the opportunities that Aspen have given me and the fun I've had completing the work. Love it!!
Had such a huge headache
Today I am grateful for Myprodol and hubby who looked after me
Got my aircon fixed
Today I am grateful for AIRCON!!!!!
Today I am grateful that I didn't have to worry about anything. Everything was sorted while I worked.
Today I am grateful for my hubby the babysitter. 3 Kids is no mean feat!
Coffee with a long-lost friend
Today I am grateful that I can reconnect with friends and enjoy the flexibility of my job
Today I am grateful that we can celebrate in style
Today I am grateful to be able to take my girls swimming and to watch the excitement on their faces
Dinner with Y
Today I am grateful for a hubby who wants the TV to himself, so will babysit on demand and for a great friend with whom to share strawberry daquiris and sushi - yum!
Love love love Bubbly chocolate
Today I am grateful that it was on special!
Home sweet home
Today I am grateful for my wonderful family (and Top Deck cake)
Research went well
Today I am grateful that I got to see more of this beautiful country I live in
Baking with the girls
Today I am grateful that we could have fun in the kitchen
Today I am grateful for the wonderful clean smell that the rain brings
Tomato back at the Dermatologist
Today I am grateful for ice-cream and being able to help a friend who has helped me
Dinner at Monte
Today I am grateful for my wonderful hubby who holds down the fort so I can help out a friend
Today I am grateful that there are no more lectures for the year - woohoo!
Business trip continued
Today I am grateful for a good session and a safe return to my wonderful family
Today I am grateful that I travelled safely and that I got to run in the sea. Also for my friends who helped hubby with the kids the whole day.
Today I am grateful for great food, great friends and great fun
Dinner with K
Today I am grateful that hubby is happy to look after the tots while I have yummy dinner with my friend
Today I am grateful for big hugs from little arms
Got keys to a friends place
Today I am grateful that I have such supportive people around me. This allowed me to hide out from the hail and not be so stressed on a Tuesday
Today I am grateful that Tomato's eczema is so much better
Dot-the-domestic took BLT to Sunday School for the first time
Today I am grateful for such a kind, loving soul as Dot
Today I am grateful for great friends and Amarula and the rain holding up for a few trick or treats
Party in the Park for Ta
Today I am grateful that I could get some work done while BLT were having a blast
Tomato showed me how to make "fireworkds"
Today I am grateful that I have such a gorgeous little scientist
Went to Monte with friends
Today I am grateful for fun that takes your mind off reality
Tomato had root canal and a tooth filled under anaesthetic
Today I am grateful for the awesome staff and that Tomato came through unscathed and had a great experience
Staying at my mom tonight because it's close to the clinic
Today I am grateful that I still have my mom in my and my children's lives
Had a blessing and birthday party for Lettuce
Today I am grateful that I had all my good friends and family under one roof
Today I am grateful that I got to watch my girls have so much fun on the water-slide
My beautiful baby boy turned 1 today
Today I am grateful that he has been such a joy to our whole family and the easiest baby EVER! I feel so blessed. I'm grateful that my mom and friends came to share the day, I'm grateful that I could get him a great present, I'm grateful that we lit candles and I am grateful to have wonderful people in my life who will also share the joys of Lettuce's life
I felt a positive shift within me
Today I am grateful for the ability to re-design my life to serve me better. I am also grateful for great friends, new restaurants, fine wine and good steak!
Shopping with the girls
Today I am grateful to be able to spend such fun-filled days with my girls
Had a hectic, hectic day
Today I am grateful for my long-suffering husband, musical fountains and HUGE chocolate chip cookies
Shopping for the blessing
Today I am grateful that I found the perfect outfit for my beautiful little Lettuce
Took a friend out to breakfast for his birthday and loaned him a cell phone for his daughter
Today I am grateful that I could take time out to help a friend and then spend a wonderful afternoon with my family at a VERY relaxing spot
Went to a kiddy party
Today I am grateful for a great party, my wonderful friends and the wonderful SA weather to be able to chat until late, for my wonderful hubby and his best friend (hubby number 2) for babysitting Lettuce-the-Launchpad and for preparing the great spread that I came home to - ribs, kebabs, potato bake and steamed veg. Boy I'm spoiled!
Today I am grateful that I could snuggle up and watch a movie while the rain poured outside
Spent an hour instant messaging a friend
Today I am grateful that modern technology can allow me to LMAO over chat
Today I am grateful that I can still laugh at life
Today I am grateful to Granny and Grampa for a sleep over
Today I am grateful for Tomato and Bacon's swimming lessons
Monte Bird Gardens
Today I am grateful to have a friend with a gold card
Today I am grateful that Lettuce's antibiotics are finished
Today I am grateful for holidays!
Today I am grateful that hubby and I can still go out to a comedy club and laugh and cuddle and enjoy the live band - good evening
Thai dinner and visit with my mom
Today I am grateful that I have the support to be able to do that
Dinner and going over things with a friend
Today I am grateful that the older I get, the more clearly I see things and am able to communicate this to help others
Today I am grateful that Granny took the girls to her house to allow me to mark exams
Today I am grateful for my wonderful, fun-loving family
Today I am grateful for a conversation I had with a more mature lady who made me see life, love and personal happiness from a different angle
Mariaan Roos committed suicide
Today I am grateful for having known Mariaan, the vibrant, caring and generous person that she was.
Taste of Joburg
Today I am grateful for wonderful tastes and great friends, new and old
Listening to music in the bath
Today I am grateful for my techno-awesome hubby
Happy Birthday to my oldest and dearest friend!
Today I am grateful for everlasting friendship
National Braai Day
Today I am grateful that I have a wonderful hubby who can braai up a storm. The ribs were AWESOME and the salad, delish
Today I am grateful for fun days kuier-ing with friends
Kids had a mom-less playdate
Today I am grateful for friends and hubby for looking after BL and T so that I could go and visit my mom
Had a great meeting
Today I am grateful for my flits into the corporate world and my ability to flit right back out again to be at home with my BLT
Tomato was "a pretty girl" in the concert
Today I am grateful that she pulled it off, she was so nervous
Tomato was up scratching and crying all night because of concert nerves
Today I am grateful that I could lie with her and not worry about work
Very grumpy children
Today I am grateful that I have Dot-the-domestic who looked after the tribe while I did a quick shop
Granny fetched the girls
Today I am grateful for the family support
Got to sleep in late
Today I am grateful for my wonderful hubby
Party at Pecanwood for the Baby House - hit a massive water patch
Today I am grateful for my great car and hubby who is an advanced driver
Unexpected breakfast with a friend
Today I am grateful for friends who are helping me while they think I am helping them
Caught up on some much-needed sleep
Today I am grateful for my flexible work schedule
Social day - lunch with my mom, coffee and cake with Yvonne and Korma with 2 awesome friends
Today I am grateful for my life
Lettuce had to go to the GP
Today I am grateful that I was chosen to raise this gorgeous little boy
Dinner with an old friend
Today I am grateful for rekindled friendships that last 25 years plus
Got up did all the morning chores, got back into bed for half an hour
Today I am grateful for cuddling
Had too many things happening, felt overwhelmed
Today I am grateful that I am mature enough to change my life to make it simpler
Unexpected dinner at friends
Today I am grateful for fun with good friends
Today I am grateful for spring rain
Haircut and clothes shopping
Today I am grateful for a bit of me-time
I was so tired
Today I am grateful that I can pop into Aroma Cafe for a cappie
Today I am grateful that I didn't have to prepare a lecture
Afternoon at the new PPCs
Today I am grateful that we can afford such luxuries
Today I am grateful for the warmer weather and the Spring buds, for movies, surprises, my awesome hubby and for my awesome couch
Dress up at school
Today I am grateful for my beautiful lady bug
I got a chicken salad for lunch
Today I am grateful for my gorgeous hubby, he spoils me
17 June - Father's Day
I had red velvet cake for brekkie
Today I am grateful for good friends and gooood cake
Had an early morning meeting
Today I am grateful that I don't have to get up and look presentable every morning
Today I am grateful that Fluffy was found, unharmed a few houses away
Today I reconnected with an "old" school friend and it was like we had seen each other last month, only with a LOT more catching up to do. We've agreed to make it a little bit more regular.
Today I am grateful for having such great "old" friends.