When I was a childless, single, working woman I thought that my life was busy. Now I look back and I think that I really did not know busy until I tried to balance running a household of 5 people. Trying to book doctor’s appointments around Preschool drop off and pickup, take part in PAC meetings at my son’s school, get to the grocery store, volunteer with my son’s Scouts, run of soccer practice, swimming lessons and plus try to keep house on top of all this.
Sometimes life is just so busy that you do not take the time to sit back and realize the little things that you are taking for granted. This weekend as my sons and I were raking the leaves in our backyard, we gathered up some sticks that had fallen from the trees for this weeks DIY Thanksgiving project. We took the time last night to sit down and talk as a family of all the things that we are thankful for this year and turned it into this cute little centrepiece for our Thanksgiving table.
What you will need to make this project:
- 1 pot
- pine cones
- paper leaves ( I used a cookie cutter, kids traced and cut them out)
- pipe cleaners
It was funny to sit back and hear the silly things that my kids are thankful for, here are some of my favorites:
I am thankful for FOOD, Mama and Dadda. – Nathan, 4
I am thankful for Pokemon. – Zachary, 6
Here are a few things that this Busy Mama is thankful for this year:
- A Clean House: Everyone knows that when you are hosting a holiday dinner at home that you go that extra mile to make your house look better than it ever has – and you swear that you will keep it that way.
Wine: You know the big bottles! 😉
Family: There is nothing better than spending time with ones family on a holiday. But what is even better about it for a Mama is that you now a few extra sets of hands to help out with the kiddos. Time for you to sit back and relax and possibly have some adult conversation while you enjoy your glass of wine.
Dishwasher: Thanksgiving always brings on a flood of extra dishes! I for one am known to give my dishwasher a good work out. And during a holiday I am very thankful for my dishwasher and my lack of dishpan hands.
Early bed time: Thank you to the Turkey and the extra time spent playing with Aunts, Uncles and cousins, those little bodies lose steam a little earlier!