|Reach for those toes!|
|I’m ready to be hugged now.|
This week I am thankful for family time. With two working parents it can be hard to fit in fun family time. True, I am fortunate enough to have Ben with me every day. But we don’t have Pat with us. And some days Pat works evenings, so he gets home either just as Ben is going to bed or after he is already asleep. Weekends are awesome, but like every family we also have to squeeze in all the things we didn’t do during the week! Any chance that arises for us to have a few extra minutes of just us having fun as Team Cartwright is grabbed. Today was such a chance!
We were able to have Pat join Ben and I at the office for lunch and a walk! It is just a little thing, but it was so great to see him in the middle of the day like that! Ben was super excited to see his daddy. He just lights up any time he sees Pat. Ben is also really enjoying going for rides in his stroller. Family time, plus a little light physical activity for Pat and I? Score!
I know this isn’t anything very exciting. I mean, we didn’t even eat out or anything (saving money!). But I love that we were able to take a few moments out of our busy schedules to spend time as a family. I am thankful for the chance to have family time with my Team Cartwright.
|Daddy being silly.|
|My lunch dates. 🙂|
|Daddy, decorum! This is a place of business! 😉|
|My sweet hubby brought me flowers too!|
|Riding in style.|
|Picture with Mommy!|
|And one more with Daddy|
|I’m so excited to meet more family!!|
Oh yes, you read that title right. I am thankful for my in-laws. I know that sounds crazy. Pat and I both got very lucky in the in-law division. Don’t get me wrong, I know we drive our respective in-laws crazy sometimes. And we both get annoyed by our in-laws at times too. Overall though, we both came out ahead of the game. Both sets of parents love and support us. We’ve had our not so great times, and both sets of parents stood by us. Plus both sets of parents love Ben unconditionally. And really, how could you not appreciate people who would do anything for your son?
Beyond just great parents, we are lucky that we get along with each other’s siblings. I know J and Pat don’t talk all that often, they are typical guys in that way. But when they do get together they enjoy each other’s company. They want each other to be happy. I know I 100% lucked out with my sister in law. Lindsay is fabulous and I feel so lucky to have her in my life. She is so supportive and kind. Honestly, I just have so much fun when I get to spend time with her! I so wish we lived closer together. We would have so much fun!
I am so thankful for good in-laws as I am planning our summer trip to visit them! It is a long drive, but so worth it. Gramma and Grampa are now much closer to Lindsay and her gang, so we get to see them all at once. I am so thankful that I am excited to plan this trip. Yes, I am spearheading and handling pretty much all the details for a week long vacation to go stay with my in-laws. And I am so excited. How many people are lucky enough to say that?
I am so thankful that my family want to be good in-laws to Pat as well. They want to help out and support him in all he does. My entire extended family is behind him and Team Cartwright. It is so wonderful to know we have so many people in our corner.
Pat and I are truly blessed with our families. It is so wonderful to have all these amazing people in our lives. We love and appreciate them so much. I guess overall I am just thankful for our family. The in-law distinction isn’t really needed. 🙂
Today I am thankful for babies. This seems obvious since I am the proud mom of a wonderful baby boy. And I am so very thankful for Ben. I am not just thankful for him though, I am thankful for all babies. I am thankful for the ability of babies to make adults do crazy, silly things just to make them smile. I am thankful that they remind us it is okay to announce our needs clearly. I am thankful for how adorable they are. I am thankful for all that they teach us. Babies are so in the moment. They are so curious and open. They want to learn and experience and love life. They bring so much joy. I am so happy to be in that stage of life where it seems like everyone is having babies. I love seeing the pictures of them pop up on facebook. I love hearing about what they are up to. Friends of Team Cartwright are welcoming a baby girl into the world today. Another had a baby several months before Ben. And yet another is expecting a baby in August. It is so exciting to see and be a part of all these new beginnings. I am thankful for the happiness babies can bring.
And of course, I am always super thankful for this particular baby. 🙂
Today I got the greatest early birthday gift a mother could hope for. Ben learned how to give kisses. Okay, so it is more of him just pressing his mouth against your cheek. It is drooly. It can be sticky. But they are the greatest kisses I have gotten. (Sorry, Pat;))
I know some day he won’t want to hang out with his mom. He won’t wiggle with excitement to be picked up. He won’t smile at the sight of me. He certainly won’t want to kiss me, or let me kiss and hug him. But today I get all of these things. Today my mere presence makes my little boy happy. Today I get to love on him all I want, and he loves it. Today I am so thankful for this moment of being a mommy. I am thankful I get to experience this great love for my child, and I am thankful that he can share love back with me. I am so thankful to get to be Ben’s Mom.
|Sweetest kisses ever|
This week’s Thankful Thursday is for something I know I don’t always appreciate enough until I no longer have it. Health. Don’t worry, nothing is seriously wrong with anyone on Team Cartwright. But this past week all three of us human teammates have had various illnesses. Nothing big, Ben and Pat had colds, and I just had a little flu bug. But it was enough to make me remember how lucky we are to be healthy.
Pat and I are fortunate to not get sick very often. We are extremely fortunate that Ben has had very few illnesses in his short life. This is just his second cold ever. He handles it like a trooper. I just feel so bad for the poor baby, he wants to play but is all congested. Of course I am happy that he is at the age where one of the best cures is mommy’s hugs.
Again, this was just a normal little blip that every family goes through. I know there are so many people who have to handle such heavy burdens with the health of themselves and their families. But it never hurts to take the time to be grateful for the blessing of good health. Today I am thankful for my health, and the health of my family.
|Is it safe to come out yet?|