19 November 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I see from many blogger's recent posts that Thanksgiving is coming up on 27 November. While you've been preparing your turkey recipes and planning major coronary heart attacks, Australia has been saying, "Wha?"

But I like the idea of Thanksgiving. That is, if there's any major Giving of Thanks involved. Let me just write a list of the things I'm thankful for.

Things I Am So Thankful For, It Hurts

1. My husband
2. My boy, Sonny Ma-Jiminy
3. My girl, Smoochy Girl
4. My education, my job and my ability to earn some money to support my family
5. My lovely town, which I'll tell you is Ipswich, Queensland, because after reading my blog, there is no way on earth any trolls or pervs would be remotely interested in tracking me down. I'm just not that sort of blogger.
6. My lovely house
7. My lovely kitchen. It was a huge thing, to renovate it, but it's done, and I am SO enjoying pottering about in it!
8. Our neighbours and our cute little cul-de-sac
9. Our church, although it has the worst driveway in the world. The thought of jolting along the pot-holed driveway alone is enough to turn me off going some mornings.
10. The local heated pool, wonderful for kids to swim and play in without getting cold!
11. The local RAAF base, with its awesome F111s and the giant C-17, and also the occasional Caribou.
12. The Ipswich Annual Show, whose fireworks displays we can see easily from our back deck.
13. The proximity to the animal park and the Workshops Railway Museum
14. The proximity to Brisbane, while being far enough away to miss out on the traffic
15. And of course, our wonderful friends. We've got some lovely people to laugh with, eat with and live alongside. We just love them!

So there you are. The things I'm SO thankful for, it nearly hurts! Some are obviously much more important than others, but they are all things I thank God for so much!

Stay tuned for more on my train of thought over this Thanksgiving season!

Addendum: Other things I am so thankful for, I forgot to mention them:

16. Mr de Elba's Aunty who lives a 5 minute walk away and who is the Family Daycare Carer for Sonny and Smoochy. They love her, and she loves them. Her style of care is right up my alley, and she gets paid for it! So I don't feel as if I am imposing on her all the time! A perfect setup.

17. A totally awesome kindy for Sonny for next years, which will be a relief after this year's kindy teacher hasw made it a really difficult time. She made me cry last Friday, and I really get the feeling she doesn't enjoy teaching Sonny at All. I think there's a personality clash between Sonny and her, and this doesn't surprise me because there's on between ME and HER!

18. We're in the catchment for a really good state school for Sonny Ma-Jiminy. People who have difficulties at other state schools in the town try to get in at our local school, because it's known to be really good. And we'll have no difficulty getting Sonny in, because we live so close!


Hippomanic Jen said...

Lovely of you to take time out to express all those things you're thankful for (without stacking on the kilos).

Swift Jan said...

Awesome list!
And yes that jolly driveway! Grrrr

Femina said...

Great list.

I'm also thankful for that awesome Thanksgiving food, pumpkin pie. No, not sliced pumpkin under a pastry crust (yuck!); it's a sweet, cinnamon/cloves/ginger spiced, custardy-tart type dessert that just happens to have pumpkin in it but you'd never know if you weren't told. Served warm, with cream. It is one of my favourite desserts EVER.

Well, before I joined Skinny Cow, anyway.

Dee from Downunder said...

Great list. Good that you have a new kindy, nothing worse that personality clashes at that age, and a great school nearby too, even better.

Jen said...

I am glad that you posted. I was just going to email you to see if you fell off the earth or something, being way down there. ;)
Anyway, what a great list. I need to follow your lead and list all the things that I am thankful for too.

Heather said...

Yes, we do gorge ourselves on Thanksgiving-y goodness, it is true. My family also has a tradition (and I believe we aren't unique in this...) in going around the Thanksgiving dinner table and sharing at least one thing for which we are grateful. Because it is about gratitude and giving thanks as much as it is for eating and eating an then napping and then eating some more.

I love your list. I'm going to be doing this myself next week for the official day. :)

(Oh and I just posted a bunch of my tried and true Tgiving day recipes, in case you want to give an American Thanksgiving meal a shot!)


Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Great list!!!

I do love Thanksgiving....

CynthiaK said...

All fantastic things to be thankful for.

Do you not celebrate Thanksgiving down under? We (in Canada) had ours in October so we've already moved on to Christmas. :)

GreenJello said...

Great list. I'm thinking of my own, and what I want to post on Thanksgiving Day this year...