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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Grains of Gratitude

Can it really be only one more week until the end of August? How can time pass by so quickly?!

My gratitude list from this past week:

1. I'm 14 weeks today...finally 2nd trimester! I remember when 14 weeks seemed like it was so far away, and now here it is!

2. On Friday the base had an End of Summer Pool Party and Luau at the base pool. They served Kahlua pork, luau chicken, rice, potato and macaroni salads, pineapple upside cake, and drinks. The food was really good. Only thing was the wind kicked up pretty bad as soon as they started serving (it was outside) but we had some cover under the canopies. We skipped on the swimming. There was also free bowling at the Bowling Alley, but that didn't start until 10pm...hello! What about families with kids who don't stay up till 10? It would have been nice to bowl after we ate, but oh well.

3. On Saturday we went to a Back to School Bash in town. They served hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks, sno cones, and popcorn all for free. There were games for the kids, face painting, watermelon-eating contest, and door prizes.

4. I'm grateful for the genuine kindness of others. I've mentioned before how Karen has spoiled me with chocolate from New Zealand...well she's done it again! I received another chocolate bar from her this week - she said she couldn't resist buying it because it is blueberry chocolate! Joe and I both think it's pretty darn good! Thank you Karen!

5. I'm grateful for bloggers who hold contests! I received the DVD kit Barb was giving away - Effective Parenting In A Defective World by Chip Ingram which I'm donating to our local MOPS group as a resource for moms to check out. Thanks Barb!

I found out I won the book The Jane Austen Book Club from Kathleen Marie's pay it forward book giveaway. Thanks Kathleen Marie!

5. Tonight we're going over to our friends Jennifer & Jim for steak BBQ and board games. They wanted to have us over one more time before Joe deploys. By the time Joe gets back they'll be gone (which I don't want to think about because they are such good friends!)

Thanks to Christine for starting the Gratitude post!

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Corey~living and loving said...

Sounds like a good week. I am envious a little about the parties. Sounds fun.

T*mmy said...

So glad your pregnancy is progressing well!!
Have a great day!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Sounds like a wonderful week! I can't believe your in your second trimester. It's going quickly (not sure that you feel that way :D)
Hope you have a blessed and joyous week ahead!!

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

Sounds like you had fun week..wow 14 weeks already.

Hope this week is just as good or even better.

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

Welcome to the 2nd trimester! It's my favorite time - not too big, no morning sickness etc.

Wow! Your base has a lot for families. That is so awesome! And another few nights you didn't have to cook! Those are always nice.

Hope this week is especially wonderful for you guys.


Linda said...

Sounds like a week filled with fun activities and good food!! Congratulations on winning those prizes. A new book and then a gift of a special chocolate bar - you can't beat that!
Have a good week Michelle.

Anonymous said...

sounds like a great week to me

Anonymous said...

Awww, that makes me sad, Michelle. It's so tough when our friends have to move on. It never gets easier, does it? Although it's just a part of the military life.

A Special Family said...

What a beautiful post my friend!

chelle said...

Great that there was some community events to attend.

I found my second pregnancy cruised by so quickly! Welcome to trimester 2!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a really good week! wow second trimester already! I know you all are very excited!
love ya,

Karen said...

Yay, you're in the second trimester. Are you gaining much at all at this point? How are you feeling?

Sounds like a busy but great weekend, and so lovely that you've won some great things. I can't think of a nicer person who deserves them!

Jeff and Michelle said...

It is a wonderful to list grains of gratitude. I think it can help us realize how blessed we really are!

AZ Chapmen said...

looks like you had fun

Omaha Mama said...

Sounds busy and fun.

Congrats on the 14th week! So exciting!!!

You have so many changes going on in your life, you seem so calm from you blog. But it's okay to freak out sometimes too!

Shannon **Gabi's Mom** said...

It's almost a relief when you hit that 2nd trimester isn't it? Plus they say this is the fell good trimester (although it never was for any of mine.)

Paulette said...

I would love your life, You don't have to buy groceries at all!! You guys get to fellowship so much and eat all kinds of different places. I love that!! I am praying for your pregnacy and am always excited about new News!!

Stephanie said...

Sounds like you had a great week!! When is Joe leaving?!? How long is he going to be deployed?

Tammy said...

Wow, Michelle...such great things to be grateful for this week!

And look at all those things you won- and how special that your blogging friend sent you another gift! If anyone sent me any kind of chocolate, they'd be my friend for life...but how cool for you that it was blueberry! I've never heard of that flavor!

And congratulations for reaching that 14 week milestone! :D

Alycia said...

Sounds like such a fun week Michelle! Blessings to you and your family!

Sara said...

Nice list! I am baaaaaaaaack :) Nathaniel is back to school, now I just have to fight Mike and his brother for the computer :p I feel so behind :p

mum2brady said...

Great post michelle! How fun to win stuff, get to get out and party (3 times - wow!!!) and that you're past your first trimester - whooo hooooo hoooooo!!!

Thanks for joining in - I'm always blessed by reading your grains :)

Beck said...

It sounds like a wonderful week!

Jessica said...

WOW, 14 weeks already. It's a great feeling to be finished with the first trimester! Sounds like you guys had a great week!

freddie said...

you have a wonderful blog, full of life! I'll keep you in my prayers for the new one who's arriving soon!
ciao from Rome

Kathleen Marie said...

Awww.... so much praise and thanks! God is so good! I always so enjoyed being pregnant... Hugs to you!

Princess Morgan said...

14 weeks! Woo hoo! Hey, when does Joe deploy & for how long? Gregg is doing his annual tour with the Air Force Reserves. Poor baby has to fly to Guam, Australia & New Zealand (extreme sarcasm). Wish I had a job like that. Glad you are doing so well.

Mike said...

Congratulations on your 14th.



camille said...

Congrats on your pregnancy, I started reading your blog after you announced that minor detail!! Glad things are going well. Yay for the 2nd trimester, usually the most enjoyable one!

Susie Q said...

You did have a glorious week! I am so glad you are feeling good and all is progressing as it should!

Have another sweet one!!


Christina said...

Sounds great! Congrats on hitting the 14 week mark...That Kahlua pork sounds GOOD!!! I love luau's!

Dena said...

What a GREAT list! And what a super fun weekend!

Amy said...

Hi Michelle,
Thanks so much for visiting my blog! Your daughter is so beautiful--reminding me I need to post more photos of Stella (and Bobby).
Glad to be in touch!

Sue said...

Congrats on leaving the 1st trimester. I'm not a fan of the 1st 3 months. Sounds like you had a fun week.