“Your first thought in the morning should be “thank you”. You can choose whatever you want for the second.”
We definitely should be saying “thank you” every morning. God (or whatever/whoever you personally believe in) has granted us another day to be alive!!!! That is pretty awesome and amazing.
Today is Thursday.
I like Thursdays. The kids have early release from school (home by 2) and there is just kind of a more relaxed vibe in the air on Thursdays. It’s the pre-weekend. 🙂 My most challenging days are usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Those evenings tend to feel a bit hectic and harried (our evening activity schedule is heavier on Tuesdays/Wednesdays too), and there isn’t really a break in sight quite yet.
A petition from the constituents:
The kids recently rallied the troops (well, the two of them together= the troops) and came to us one day last week with a very serious proposition. They sat us down and said they wanted to discuss something. Oh boy! What could it be. 🙂
We listened intently to their presentation, which outlined the various reasons that they think they should be allowed at least some video game time on weeknights. (Our household policy has long been NO games Monday-Thursday, only Friday night- Sundays/ weekends). They proposed 1 hour each night.
We responded that we would discuss in our chambers and get back to them with a ruling, and that we appreciated their even keeled, thoughtful approach to the request. (They didn’t just start whining and yelling, “IT’S NOT FAIR…..”.)
Ultimately, we decided that for now they could have 45 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays AND some extra privileges as rewards periodically (for example, they both aced tests last week and got them back on Monday, so we agreed on a little time Monday night as a special reward.)
Apparently “all their friends” get to play on weeknights after school (which we do not particularly care about, but I know they do, since they play interactive games WITH those friends). As long as they are getting any homework done, practicing piano, doing their chores and still finding time to read, be active, etc., I’m okay with a little bit getting added in on weeknights. I know it’s their favorite thing to do, and I clearly remember coming home from school as a kid and plopping down with a snack and a favorite TV show for ~45 minutes too. I did love that little “veg out” time to just kind of check out for a bit after the school day. (They don’t really watch much TV at all, so I guess it balances out.)
The difference some color makes!!
I was just prepping my journal page (sorry, bad lighting) and noticed how BORING it looks before I pull out my markers.
Thought of the day… “For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.” Yep! Can’t get those seconds back, either.
I am grateful for fluffy bath mats when I step out of the shower. Our bathroom tile is COLD. I like our bath mats. 🙂