November 1st: I'm thankful for a Halloween night that played out almost perfectly. Kid friends, grown-up friends, costumes, trick-or-treating, candy, and wine…I couldn't have planned a better evening if I'd tried.
November 2nd: I'm thankful for a husband and children who pitch in, even though they don't really want to do so, when I need a little extra help around the house.
November 3rd: I'm thankful for my right to vote, for all those whose efforts made that right possible, and for those who voted alongside me to further support the public schools in our community.
November 4th: I'm thankful for my dad, who traveled across the country to help Tom take care of Will and Hallie while I traveled with my mom and sister for the weekend.
November 5th: I'm thankful my alarm clock went off when programmed to so do and that, as a result, I made it to the airport in time for my very early 5:45am flight.
November 6th: I'm thankful for the kind of laughter that makes you cry and feel like you need to squeeze your legs together so you don't pee your pants.
November 7th: I'm thankful for quiet evenings spent indulging in wine, pizza, and cheesecake and watching movies in our pajamas with my mom and sister.
November 8th: I'm thankful for EARLY airplane flights, arriving home safely, great big hugs from my babies, and a husband who knows how happy walking into a clean house after a weekend away would make me.
November 10th: I'm thankful that dutifully sitting through Hallie's dance lessons gives me an opportunity to spend 75 minutes peacefully chatting with friends every Tuesday afternoon.
November 11th: On Veterans Day, I'm thankful for the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country as members of the United States Armed Forces.
"Let future generations understand the burden and the blessings of freedom. Let them say we stood where duty required us to stand." ~ George H. W. Bush
November 12th: I'm thankful (and relieved) that Hallie's hair grew j…u…s…t long enough for a bun j…u…s…t in time for The Nutcracker. Mousse and hairspray and bobby pins and hair nets can only do so much.
November 13th: I'm thankful for the few minutes, at 10:30pm and after we arrived home from a beautiful production of The Nutcracker, spent casually standing around the kitchen eating slightly burned chili and cold cornbread and laughing with my family.
November 14th: I'm thankful that after three weeks of cancelled soccer games, Will was finally able to return to the soccer field - where he scored two goals with his grandparents in attendance - this morning.
November 15th: I'm thankful my Hawkeyes are 10-0 for the first time in school history!
November 16th: I'm thankful for those rare nights when both kids fall asleep quickly and without complaint.
November 17th: Today wasn't a good day, by a long shot. On days like these I focus on the big picture, in which I'm thankful for a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes on my back.
November 18th: I'm thankful for the opportunity to spend seven hours out with friends this afternoon and evening (to go see the Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 double feature) and for a husband who can and will come home from work at 3:15pm on a Wednesday to make it possible.
November 19th: I'm thankful my schedule provides me with the flexibility to, every once in a blue moon, bail on a day's responsibilities and take a short road trip adventure while the kids are in school.
November 20th: I'm thankful it's Friday, and that I had the foresight to stock my pantry with brownie mix and my refrigerator with wine earlier this week.
November 21st: Not to sound like a broken record, but for the second Saturday in a row I'm thankful for my Hawkeyes…11-0 for the first time in school history!
November 22nd: I'm thankful for chilly weather outside and a warm fire inside - it finally feels like fall, which makes sense since, according to the calendar, winter is only a month away.
November 23rd: For the first time, I felt relief when my birthday came to an end…I'm not quite ready to figure out these feelings, so for now, I'm just thankful for a calm and quiet day that wasn't in any way about me.
November 24th: I'm thankful for the free XM satellite radio preview that allowed me to listen to four straight hours of the "Holly" channel this afternoon!
November 25th: I'm thankful for my parents, who graciously volunteered to keep all four of their grandchildren - and by "keep", I mean "try to bathe and put to bed four sugar- and holiday-crazed kids in the same hotel room" - while the children's parents went to see Mockingjay Part 2 (again, for some of us).
Happy Thanksgiving, friends.