I know it's been an overwhelming, exhausting week when I haven't blogged or read or breathed since last weekend. We had a wonderful visit from Papa and Mo Mox last Sunday and a relatively restful night of sleep for the first time in a number of days. It was the calm before the storm. Anna came down with a nasty chest cold on Monday with a cough that kept her from napping or sleeping for more than 20 minutes at at time. We shared our bed for days, attempting to sleep upright through the coughing fits.
Despite Anna's illness, and maybe even because of it (we needed some help), we traveled to Mo and Papa D's house for Thanksgiving. As Krysha so eloquently put it, we were all in our various states of disrepair on Turkey Day, but we enjoyed spending time with family and eating way too many carbohydrates.
The guest of honor.
Krysha...the real photographer!
Anna turned a corner Friday afternoon, so Blake and I decided to stay an extra day and take advantage of Mo D's help. We hit the movie theater to see Love and Other Drugs, had a couple of drinks, and returned to Mo's to sleep for a solid six hours for the first time in a week. When we arrived home yesterday, Anna napped and slept through the night.
Thanksgiving Day came and wet without my usual contemplations of gratitude. Sleep deprivation is a powerful depressant. We're all feeling renewed today, able to breathe, and able to reflect on the many things that we are grateful for. I went to yoga, Blake's playing poker tonight, and we're busy decorating for the holidays. Here are just a few things that I'm feeling thankful for today:
Family to spend the holidays with, to lean on, and to love.
The rainy days and the rainbows that they bring.
Movies, books, and people that make me remember what I'm passionate about.
Healthy food to nourish our bodies.
A healthy daughter who loves to snuggle, ALL THE TIME.
Good conversations with my husband.