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Thankful (2013)

Each year I like to ask my kids about Thanksgiving, what they are thankful for etc.

Here are their lists from last year, and their much shorter lists from this year.

Eloise (2012)

-my cousin

-bunnies

-rainbows

-spending time with my family

-grass

-flowers

-just the world

-friends

-teacher

-books

Eloise (2013)

-Our house

Henry (2012)

-For you guys (parents)

-butterflies

-frogs

-the world

-birthday presents

-my name

-our house

-the high chair

-Halloween candy

-our walls

Henry (2013)

-food

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It’s taken my son a year, but he clearly has straightened up his misplaced priorities from 2012.

So, what am I thankful for?

I’m thankful that I’m surrounded by a wonderful, loving family and extended family.

I’m thankful my daughter now has an alarm clock. Instead of me battling with her for 10 minutes every morning about getting ready for school, she gets herself up, dressed, and comes upstairs when she is ready for school. A total game changer for me.

I’m thankful my wife’s commute is now five minutes, instead of 40, or 50, or 60 depending on traffic, weather, etc.

I’m thankful my two-year-old has stopping putting every electronic hand-held device she can get her hands on into the dog’s water bowl.

I’m thankful my wife is a good cook, and by good cook, I mean a really good cook. If we’d never met, I’m sure I’d still be living off of Hot Pockets, pasta and sauce and wearing out my George Foreman.

I’m thankful that I get to stay home with my kids. Well, most days, I’m thankful for this. If you read about the morning I had yesterday, you would understand.

I’m thankful my son is polite, kind, and caring (except for when he’s tired, because then he reverts to some kind of demon toddler.)

I’m thankful I’m in good health and able to exercise.

And finally, I thankful for you, for taking the time to read my blogs, stories, rants, insights, decisions, jokes, and everything else I’ve been putting on this page for the last year and a half.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Pete

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