Friday, February 25, 2011

Thursday Thank You - Mom & Dad

There are so many things in my life that I am thankful for.  Little things...big things...I'm just filled with gratitude every single day.  So, every Thursday I will blog about something that I am grateful for.  These will be my "Thursday-Thank-You" entries. And yes, I know I'm posting this on Friday, but I wrote it yesterday.  What with the birthday festivities and all I was just toooooo tired. 

Today is my birthday.  And today I am especially grateful for my parents.  Without them, I would not be here today; or anywhere, for that matter.

I think it's funny that I'm the one who gets all the birthday wishes.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to turn down a birthday cake (that would just be rude).  But all I did was show up to this world.  My mom is the one who carried me for 9 months, endured a 19-hour labor only to have an emergency c-section. I was stubborn from the get-go and I was not going to do things the easy way.  Well, that, and probably my big ol' head wouldn't fit.  Sorry, Mom.  And my dad was there holding her hand...gone were the days of the men-folk sitting in the waiting room while mom delivered.  Nope, he was right by her side helping her through.  But finally, after all that, here was a perfect little angel daughter. Ahem...
Me - 7 Months

So let's skip ahead to raising me.  I don't think that I was really a difficult child.  Really.  But I guess I wasn't exactly perfect either.  Maybe I caused 1 or 2 gray hairs on my parents' heads.  But you know, they probably deserved it.  They were mean parents.  They had rules.  They had expectations.  They were involved in my life and asked me questions about what was going on with me. It was terrible.  

But, as it turns out, they actually were and ARE amazing parents. I am so thankful now that they loved me enough to make rules, set boundaries, hold me responsible for my actions.   So, here are a few things that I would like to thank my parents for:

Attending every school function & field trip
Reading to me at bedtime
Dinner as a family every night
Knowing where I was and what I was doing at all times
Making me think that my ideas were wonderful
Teaching me right from wrong
Teaching me manners
Supporting my decisions - the good ones, the bad ones, and the really bad ones
Sometimes letting me learn the hard way (see: really bad decisions)
Having all the answers. Always.  (Again, see: really bad decisions)
Teaching me about being frugal, and how not to be wasteful
Teaching me to recycle (before it was cool)
Teaching me to change my own tires and oil
Family vacations, camping, sailing
Giving me a bedtime, and sticking to it most of the time
New Years Eve with homemade Chex Party Mix and Martinelli's Sparkling Cider
Unconditional love for me
Loving each other

This definitely isn't everything - There are a million more things to put on this list.  

Mom & Dad - thank you for being wonderful parents.  For instilling values in me that guide me through my life every day.  I only hope that I can do as well raising my children. I love you both so very much. 


Mom & Me

Dad & Me (Wonder where my babies get their chubby cheeks??)

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