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Thankful Catch Up. Days 308-331

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have you ever noticed that it can be hard to form habits and easy to break them? I have felt that I’ve dropped out of the habit of posting my thankful posts, even thought I somewhat continued to keep track. But I suppose the purpose is being thankful not the actual posts. That being said, for the sake of following through I’m finally cataloging pictures and thankfulness notes from the last few weeks.

(Disclaimer – some pictures are random because I missed taking pictures. This is more of a note for myself, when I look back later!)

We’ll be having our “traditional” thanksgiving with the fixings on Saturday, but I thought it would be appropriate way to celebrate this day by reviewing what I’ve been thankful recently. So, on this Thanksgiving…

I’m thankful for:

Day 308: Nov 4

  • Raisins on a bun.
  • Opportunities to apply Sunday’s sermon.
  • Fun using Kale for the first time working it into dinner two ways.

That bun didn’t last long!

Day 309: Nov 5

  • Breakfast exceeding my expectations.
  • Keeping in touch with my hubby through the day while he’s at work.
  • Indian spices creating adventures, aromas, and tasty bits!

At least I think this is what the recipe called for…

Day 310: Nov 6

  • Finding an excuse to bake with pumpkin… again!
  • Feeling at home with friends.
  • A free sewing lesson for a curious toddler.

“No, no. Don’t touch that one…”

Day 311: Nov 7

  • A husband willing to spend his lunch with us!
  • Watching the toddler learn a lesson… the hard way.
  • Developing a two year old’s vocabulary.

Ever since I had him stand here for a picture a few months back, he likes to stop and ask for his picture taken every time we pass it now!

Day 312: Nov 8

  • Teaching the toddler the art of sipping and enjoying whipped cream.
  • Sharing some of the best ice cream with great friends.
  • The soundtrack of a thunderstorm and comforting the toddler.

Not that he needed much coaching.

Day 313: Nov 9

  • That the Lord gives us a wonderful example of faithfulness.
  • Cute piano playing taking advantage of different generations.
  • A church family that is close knit.

Perhaps a future musician?

Day 314: Nov 10

  • My husband liking the pumpkin latte I made for him at home.
  • Noticing my hubby put up a picture waiting to be put in it’s frame.
  • Silly picture cut-outs at the mall.

Then he proceeded to take his camera/phone out and “take a picture” of mommy through the cut-out. Too funny.

Day 315: Nov 11

  • The toddler not minding the playground slide was out of service.
  • A private swim before the thunder started.
  • The hubby making it home dry.

Only in Singapore will you have a Warning sign in 4 languages.

Day 316: Nov 12

  • Happening upon random and cool buildings/structures.
  • Deep hues of a thunder cloud.
  • Surviving an afternoon with a less than optimal nap.

Even thunderstorms have a peculiar beauty built in. Creation is amazing.

Day 317: Nov 13

  • Finishing Bible study homework.
  • A toddler with a [large] healthy appetite.
  • It not being the end of the world that I’m behind on thankful posts.

Note: This meal was made/eaten on a different day – but I was in need of a picture – and this related to “healthy appetite” 😉

Day 318: Nov 14

  • A productive morning complete with tasty messes.
  • Unexpected fun in the afternoon.
  • Great friends at our home in the evening.

Silly fun on the Sentosa boardwalk.

Day 319: Nov 15

  • Exploring a spacious and well stocked baking supply store.
  • Getting to know a friend better.
  • Watching a toddler realize that he was walking on glass.

Picture from the day before… there were two many good shots in one day 😉

Day 320: Nov 16

  • Happening upon a “winter wonderland” in summery Singapore.
  • Clean fun in the “snow.”
  • Oddly feeling like it was snowing.

Just keeps getting handsomer with time… I don’t know how he does it! 🙂

Day 321: Nov 17

  • Making plans to have dinner with a sweet couple.
  • Trying a new bus route.
  • Watching the toddler take pictures.

Lol – so funny to see him imitate grown ups.

Day 322: Nov 18

  • A toddler-pretending-to-be-dog hanging on my leg.
  • A 2/3 successful family shot.
  • Running and making it onto a bus carrying a 2 year old.

Not sure what he was looking at, but it wasn’t the camera.

Day 323: Nov 19

  • Losing track of time playing in the sand.
  • Lasagna – need I say more?
  • Date night walking by the water.

“It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas…”

Day 324: Nov 20

  • The toddler requesting and granting me an awesome picture!
  • Friends who dote on the toddler just because.
  • The Lord answering my prayer for a taxi in less than a minute with pouring rain!

What a smile.

Day 325: No 21

  • Sleeping in.
  • My husband willing to take a taxi just to have lunch with me.
  • A super quick grocery run complete with a sweet cashier lady.

Picture from a different day – but same style of smiles are produced from sleeping in. 🙂

Day 326: Nov 22

  • Sharing a taxi.
  • Messy sugar being the “sweet” fun called gingerbread decorating.
  • The toddler requesting to sleep in the big boy bed.

Rail and pillows went up the following day after 2:30 bonk in the night!

Day 327: Nov 23

  • Hugs before parting with a friend for several weeks.
  • Being able to hear each other in a crowded restaurant.
  • Laughs shared with visiting friends over fake snow.

Fake snow at its best! :p

Day 328: Nov 24

  • A forgiving hubby.
  • Finding an umbrella in the bottom of the diaper bag… after I thought it was lost.
  • Feeling accomplished as a tutor.

Selfies = bus entertainment.

Day 329: Nov 25

  • The toddler’s transition to the big boy bed being pretty smooth.
  • Two hours of just talking and catching up with my mom.
  • Getting to do Chemistry and earn money. [Nerd moment.]

A good night’s rest in a big boy bed produces great smiles throughout the day!

Day 330: Nov 26

  • Surviving an attack by a mosquito.
  • The toddler preferring salmon to chicken nuggets.
  • Skills as a toddler entertainer while playing playdough.

When I make this, the immediate toddler exclamation is, “Dig!”

Day 331: Nov 27

  • Celebrating Thanksgiving with the making of Apple Pie! 😀
  • Putting to use gifts from Andrew: pie birds and crust protector.
  • Messes in the kitchen are temporary.

The pie bird worked – I saw steam escaping through it as I took the pie out of the oven. Score!

Happy Thanksgiving again! I hope you’re able to stop and take a moment on this special holiday to reflect on the Lords many blessings to you.


Day 276/365: Oct 3, 2014

I’m thankful for:

  • An apt nickname for our olive-loving toddler.
  • Sweet service from sweet people at our favorite food shops.
  • Enjoying a crepe and making a memory.

Banana peanut butter crepe.




Day 264/365: Sept 21, 2014

I’m thankful for:

  • Playing in sand, taking a walk, and getting ice cream for our family outing. (Not bad for $2!)
  • Spotting a unique and beautiful bird with a cool hairdo.
  • The laughs and smiles that our toddler brings while wandering around Starbucks.

Playing in the sand outside makes one hungry for ice cream!


Day 258/365: Sept 15, 2014

I’m thankful for:

  • Silly toddler dress-up.
  • Traffic easing up just at the moment I thought it would make me late.
  • Thankful for the ultimate example in Christ as we strive to be examples to our son.

Can you spot the bit of Mom and the bit of Dad in this kid’s get-up for the day

Day 256/365: Sept 13, 2014

I’m thankful for:

  • My husband having a sense of humor.
  • My son not [yet?] inheriting my mascot-fobia.
  • Me surviving the funny moment made to be retold.

Whoever thought “Octoman” was a good idea!?!?


Day 246/365: Sept 3, 2014

I’m thankful for:

  • Shelter and comfortable habitation in the midst of rain.
  • An evening of spending time together as a family – eating gelato.
  • The people at the gelato shop happily remembering us.

Couldn’t get a picture of him smiling because he was too busy!


Day 244/365: Sept 1, 2014

I’m thankful for:

  • [Almost] turning the house upside down and finding a library book before it was due… right where it was supposed to be: on the bookshelf.
  • Reminders that God answers little prayers.
  • Enjoying swimming while we waited for hubby to come home late.

This guy helped me look under couches for the “missing” book.