So first off, I'm sitting here right now, first thing in the morning, happy as a mother... We'll stop at mother. Because I am one. But honestly my current feels are happiness and gratitude and I'm thinking…are those two interchangeable? Or are they domino affect? Or is it coincidence they're my two sensations?! Anyway, it's a great way to wake up and it feels so serene and solidifying to take a minute and soak it up and write before rushing into the day.
Unfortunately when it comes to my happiness project, despite all my lalala feelings, I'm still in the same predicament of my memory suffering from a night's sleep, the time in which it ships a high percentage of thoughts/feels/happenings to the Bermuda Triangle. Ain't nothing coming back from there.
But even that can't get me down. I'm still fishing out three gratefuls.
3 new things I'm grateful for:
1) Good game day weather. We're here in Vegas and went to the BYU/Utah game and it was money weather for the 12:30 game. Jeans, sweatshirt and jacket were necessary but that kept us warm and the sun was shining and the sky was clear and it just felt right being at a ball game. As a self-indicting reminder, I'm a fair weather fan. Of anything. But in the truest and most literal sense. I don't want to do/watch/be/live anything in nasty weather. So praise hands all the way around for yesterday.
2) sharing experiences with others. (I'm being real careful on how I word things since the project is 3 new things a day!)Cali and her family have been here since we arrived, the Baker's came Friday night, and the Hansen's Saturday morning. Experiences are richer because we're together. Mine and Cali's crew walked around town Friday and everyone had fun just being together. Coke world (we did the tastes of Coke around the world sampling), M&M world (you don't want to know how much money I've spent on M&Ms since I've been here. But for real, personalizing the M&Ms with sayings??? Sucker. All day everyday.), Hershey's world (where the kids were literally shocked that we wouldn't buy them each a 2 lb Hershey kiss), and then Cali took Chance, Chloe, and Porter on the roller coaster at New York New York (Porter said scariest thing he's ever done but totally worth it.) I love having good people in my life that elevate the quality.
3) That I got to go to Colin's basketball game. Honestly, it's real hard for me not living by family. I always grew up thinking I'd get to share raising kids and daily life etc with family but that isn't the case. While life is still fine and I've found a way to pick up the pieces and move on (please note sarcasm in that exaggerated statement), there's little things that are still hard to accept. One of those (probably the biggest one) is not knowing my nieces and nephews to a satisfactory level and not getting to watch them do their thing. That made it a very rich experience to go to Colin's game. Even though he didn't play, I loved being able to support him and see a glimpse into his life.
One positive experience:
To go the game yesterday, Yosh booked a limo to take us to the game. Game day excitement was already running high and the limo pulling up was icing on the cake. We all got to ride together (Yosh and I, Dalkin, Porter, Deeter, Chelsi and Derek, Krewz, Chelsi and Andrew, and Harper) and DJ Jazzy D kept the jams coming, the kids kept the singing loud and entertaining, and it was good times. As expected we had a couple of hanging out of the window episodes (D and Andrew) and that is how you keep life light and fun. It made the 12 mile, one hour ride much more than just bearable.
Ok because I missed a day and am not going to do a whole other post, I have to write down a couple more "gratefuls" so that these gems don't drift to The Triangle too.
*that I finally got to meet niecey Harper. Shoot, we didn't take a pic together…
*for The Wicked Spoon. For breakfast and dinner. But mainly for breakfast bc that's where it's at.
Ok see ya, bye. I think I'm going to run to McDonalds and bring home stacks of pancakes and McGriddles for the crew🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼.