1. I took the kids to Chipotle after a dance rehearsal (for the Princess) and they both ate their entire meals and asked me to get them each a milkshake and a doughnut on the way home. Normally, they don't finish their entire meals, and I don't say, "Absolutely!" when they want milkshakes and doughnuts, but I was grateful they filled up on some reasonably decent food.
2. While at the dance studio, I overheard another mom who is a classic dance mom, like from the show of the same name. As much as her loud gossiping about other dancers and their moms annoyed me, I felt grateful that I made a conscious decision last fall to avoid her and her negativity, and that I had found some more positive moms at the studio.
3. While we are still on dance, I'm grateful that a lovely girl loaned her recital costume to the Princess for the weekend's performance. For some reason, only two of the ten girls who needed this costume for the weekend performance were in the recital number that used the costume, so eight of them needed to borrow one and they all found girls who were gracious enough to lend their costumes.
4. I'm grateful that Chivo Loco was one of the better behaved kids on the third grade field trip that I chaperoned. I had a group of five boys and three of them were a joy. I'm also grateful that Chivo Loco was enthused about the subject matter of the field trip. (We went to Lexington and Concord, so the focus was on the start of the American Revolution.) He begged me to buy him a book in the gift shop and on the bus ride back to school he sat and read the book instead of jumping around like some other kids.
5. Chivo Loco's teacher came up to me during the field trip and told me that Chivo Loco had told her that he had done all this before because I had brought him to these historic sites. She was impressed that he remembered. And I was grateful that she had thought to tell me that, that she was pleased that I take my kids to historic sites, and that Chivo Loco thought enough about it to tell his teacher, as he usually volunteers nothing.
6. I took Chivo Loco to Children's Hospital for a checkup to see if he needs further surgery relating to a birth defect. He had his first surgery as an infant, and hasn't had any since, so he was a bit apprehensive about the visit. However, it went well and he won't need the surgery for at least a year, so that was a relief for both of us. Every time we go to Children's, I feel grateful in general because there are lots of kids there who are having a worse time of it than Chivo Loco, and it always makes me happy when his visits go well.
7. I'm grateful that the performance that the Princess had on Saturday went well. She was performing at an outdoor dance festival and, though the stages were covered, the dancers had to walk through wet grass to get to them and the stage surface was covered with some sort of plastic wrap, which had me concerned that some dancers could slip and fall. There were also some choreography concerns due to the logistics, but all four numbers did fine. They were a little sloppy, but they got it done, and it was a great experience for the girls. Her team are the youngest girls, so this was all new to them. Next year they will move up a level and be veterans, and they are all excited.
8. We had a great time at my first MLS game. I've seen football live in Europe, but never in the USA. We went to see the New England Revolution play against DC United. El Esposo wanted to go because he wanted to see Carlos Ruiz, who holds a scoring record for the Guatemalan national team and who plays for DC United as well. He's retiring from the national team this year, and likely from MLS fairly soon, so there are limited opportunities to see him. This is kind of a three-for gratitude list. (1) I'm grateful that my mom and Chivo Loco stayed home because neither of them is capable of watching a professional sporting event without distracting the rest of us. (2) I'm grateful that we had a nice dinner at CBS Zone before the game. (3) I'm grateful that El Esposo, the Princess, my dad, and I enjoyed good weather, good company, and a good game.
9. I'm grateful that Chivo Loco has such good friends. He went to a friend's birthday party on Sunday and he had the best time. Neither he nor the birthday boy wanted him to leave.
10. I'm grateful that we have a really awesome farm stand reasonably close by so El Esposo can get freshly butchered chicken. I'm also grateful that the lovely lady who runs it saved him a dozen duck eggs and a dozen chicken eggs - they were marked for us and they were the last eggs left, and while we were there more people showed up looking for eggs, so I really appreciated her holding them for us.
11. I'm grateful that I can't stop at ten things. My final thing is that I'm grateful that so many people turned out to raise money for a good cause this weekend. A bunch of dance studios put on a show to raise money for a scholarship fund in the memory of a young dance teacher who was killed in a car accident this fall, and they raised over $2,000 on Sunday. They were also selling t-shirts and bracelets to benefit the family of Jane Richard, a seven year old Irish step dancer from Boston who lost her leg (and her brother Martin) in the Boston Marathon bombing. Those have been on sale for a while now, and I know they had raised over $1,000, but that total is over a week old.
12. I'm spending an unplanned afternoon with the Princess. One of her classmates died in an accident yesterday after school. We heard about it last night, so we knew that today might be a difficult day at school. The Princess called me today from school because she's having a hard time, though the school has brought in crisis counselors. So,I'm grateful that my kids are safe and healthy. My heart goes out to the family who lost their child in a tragic accident last night. I'm not sure what it is, but this school has only 5th and 6th grades and in the past two years, this child died in after a car accident, one classmate of the Princess lost her father in an accident, two house fires left a student's family and a teacher's family homeless, and there have been a host of other minor issues. I'm grateful that the school administrators have been able to bring in support for the students through all of the difficult times that seem to have plagued the past two years.
And now I am going to knit and snuggle with the Princess.