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Thankful Thursday: The unexpected edition.


Linking up to Thankful Thursday at Kate Says Stuff.

This week I'm thankful for stuff I never expected to be thankful for:

~ having to get up at 6.30 in the morning to get my children ready for their day.

~ having to be organised the night before so their clothes are laid out and the kitchen is clean and tidy and ready to serve breakfast in.

~ having to walk the boys to school and walk to pick them up afterwards.

~ having to prepare dinner in the middle of the day so I only need to throw it together just before dinner time when we're all tired.

~ being the only person on call when the school nurse calls on Friday for me to pick up my six year old with a gash to his eyelid and again on Monday when it's my 12 year old's turn with a gash on his chin.

~ needing to be in bed by 11pm so I can get up in the morning despite being a nightowl by nature.

~ having to be the one who runs all the daily errands with my toddler in tow.

~ I'm thankful that my husband was made redundant 2.5 years ago and has not been able to get work in his previous field again. I am thankful because it has changed how I view all those things I used tobresent having to do (all the items listed above) so, now that he has work placement in preparation for his new career I'm thankful that I'm needed to do all those things because he can't. It means he'll be in paid work soon and we may be able to stop living week to week!


Comments

Kate said…
Love this Sif!! Amazing how perspective changes over time, am so happy that things are turning around for you guys!

Thanks for linking up :)
Lifeasmummymax said…
That is great about your husband. :) Sounds like youve been very busy. xo
Sif said…
It's to be able to look at the same old, same old in a new light and learn to appreciate the "hassles" in life - it's a real gift! Yep, very busy, but wouldn't have it any other way! Thanks for stopping by, guys!
Kellie said…
What a fabulous list! And getting dinner ready in the middle of the day is just bliss. Makes witching hour a completely different experience!! :)
Lots of thing to be thankful for. I agree with the getting tea ready early, i just never do it! *idiot* its always on my to do list but never get there.
Jayne said…
Getting up at 6.30 am-whatever does it for ya...haha! :D

Good on you for looking at some rather irksome stuff in a positive light :)
how things change once children come into the picture :) x
Rhianna said…
great things to be thankful for, hope the placement works out well for hubs
Sif said…
Kellie and Courtney - yeah, I thought I was quite clever figuring that out. I've been pretty spoiled in that the Grumpy Old Man usually cooks dinner - but the work he's doing now is quite physical as opposed to when he was a grapho and did most of his job sitting on his rear, so I thought it might be easier on everyone if I cooked. I also think I'm better at systems than him, hahaha!

Jayne, yeah, um, working for me, I'm not so sure about - but I guess I'd rather this than another however long of him not working (besides I think I cope better with the morning routine, even though he is supposedly the morning person (I'm certainly NOT a morning person).

LOL, Tahlia, I think children starting school is the great leveller. Our lives were pretty lacsadasical before the whole 'get them dressed and fed and at school before 8.50" - at least we didn't have to do that for the first 7.5 years!

Rhianna, Thanks! I was worried it might be too much for him physically (he's 52 and has a bit of arthritis in his knees etc.), but so far (three days) so good, LOL!
It is amazing how perspective changes things and that perspective is changed through experiences. I am definately more thankful of a lot of things from having all my past experiences.
I hope everything turns out for the best work and money wise Sif x
Sif said…
Thanks Yeran, I can't help but have high hopes. I'm very hopeful that Spring will see a number of things blossom for us!
Miss Cinders said…
Getting tea ready in the middle of the day - I have to get into the habit.

Awesome TT post :)

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