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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Grains of Gratitude

Things I'm grateful for this past week:

1. Our base has gone to privatized housing; I won't get into a long explanation of what that means because most of you are non-military and it would probably be boring! Suffice it to say we have a new company taking care of base housing and they are trying to make it more "community-like", they plan to have at least 2 community events a month. On Tues they served KFC, potato salad, and nachos to coordinate with "Meet Your Local Police and Firefighters Night." I'm grateful for any night I don't have to plan and cook dinner! Plus they have door prize drawings. Last month I won a $10 gift card to AAFES (military store) and on Tues I won a $25 gift card - whoo hoo!

2. I'm grateful that they will also be taking care of most of the lawn maintenance - mowing the front yards and weeding around the houses. Still unsure whether they'll mow the back yard or not. The guy looked like he was thinking about it last week, but Joe still had our hoses all over the yard set up for the sprinklers and the guy couldn't drive over those with his riding mower. Anyway, this will be a nice service to have - especially when Joe is gone!

3. Joe's mom arrived on Thur for a long weekend visit with us (Joe) before he leaves. I'm grateful she had a safe trip here and is enjoying her time...Kayla and I took her to the zoo on Fri.

4. I'm grateful for more free dinners! Our base hosted a cook-out and concert as a send-off to the troops who are deploying soon. 2 free dinners in one week!

5. I'm grateful Kaya's ped called with the results from the xrays - ALL CLEAR! Yay! He did say there was one shot that wasn't perfectly clear, so they couldn't say 100%, but all of the other shots looked good so it was probably safe to say she's good to go. He did recommend if she's going to play sports when she's a little older to probably have it done again, but for now we don't have to worry about it. Her thyroid results came out good too.

Thanks to Christine for starting Grains of Gratitude.

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Jessica said...

Great list of things to be grateful for this week!

Beck said...

Another terrific list! ANd I'm so happy that Kayla's tests came back great.

Omaha Mama said...

I'm so glad that Kayla's xrays are all good and her health is great. Yay!

Great list!

Karen said...

Yay re the test results. That is awesome.

Halfmoon Girl said...

I saw the name of your blog on Cindy's site and had to come visit! My littlest has big blueberry eyes too. Your daughter is so sweet. I love all her photos!

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

Great news about Kayla's tests...I know that is a relief.

Sounds like the change of the housing plans is a great idea. And free dinners I agree are a great thing.

Have fun with your MIL!

Kathleen Marie said...

Praise God for good tests, free meals (or at least ones you don't have to cook) and MIL's. I know you must be getting a bit anxious about Joe leaving soon.

You are in my prayers!

Corey~living and loving said...

all good, but #5 is the best! :) I am thrilled for you!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Thank goodness all Kayla's tests and results came back good!! That's the biggest blessing of all. But the gift cards were a nice bonus :) I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!!

annie said...

Blessings overflow!
Have a great week Michelle.

Kari said...

Great list! Military life sounds great! So happy the tests came back good!! Yipee!!

camille said...

Thanks so much for the comment you left on my blog. I love the grains of gratitude idea! I think I'll start something like that myself. Congrats on the test results. That's always such a relief. We have our bi-annual trip to the cardiologist coming up in 2 weeks so I'll be in the same boat waiting for those results. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

chelle said...

w00t so glad all is good with Kayla!

Rock on about dinner! And mowing!

Kari said...

Wonderful news that everything came out looking good! Boy - they didn't serve us KFC back when WE lived on base housing! lol We were lucky to get...well, anything!
(I see there's another "Kari" who has left a comment...she thinks military life sounds "great"! I'm pretty sure I don't miss it. Much. lol).
God bless all the military and their families, though! My son still has to deploy, but my husband (a reservist) probably won't have to go again. And for that, I have to say...I'm Grateful.

Anonymous said...

We don't live in base housing now, but I did for many years early on. My first husband was a Marine and they went privatized on most of their housing a few years back. Things were so much better. The best part was your final inspection. Not nearly the *white glove* it was prior.

Overwhelmed! said...

Love your list! I'm excited for you about the privatized housing thing. I think it's great that they're planning community events.

I'm going to try to organize a Progressive Dinner with some of my neighbors in the near future. I think it'll be a fun community event for our neighborhood. :)

Do me a favor, stop over and give me your input for my Name That Business contest!


Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

Love those nights when I don't have to cook either! What a treat to have 2 this past week.

SO,so glad that Kayla got the all clear! How completely wonderful!

How nice that your mother-in-law could visit. I love it when we have our family visit.

I hope your privatization is great! I have heard both ends of the spectrum. We've haven't experienced it yet but I am sure we will wherever we are stationed next. The whole mowing thing would make me very happy. Mowing simply annoys me. Pathetic, I know. :)


Alycia said...

Oh yes, I know what that means for base housing!!! In Virginia, we went through that transition and it was SO much better!!! Free meals and contests/block parties are so fun!! And, I am so happy to hear Kayla's xrays are good!!

JennaG said...

I didn't even know bases had privatized housing--wowo. Does that mean no more lawn police????

Linda said...

Those are good things to be thankful for Michelle. I'm so glad all her x-rays came back clear. Great news!

Sue said...

Wow - no lawn mowing - lucky you. Yay to Kayla's test results. What a relief! Glad you're enjoying your visit from MIL.

Renee's Ramblings said...

What a wonderful list! Glad everything came back okay with Kayla's xrays. Have a great week.