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Thankful Thursday

This week’s thanks are items of utmost importance in my life right now:

1)  the spare key….now I’m not going to tell you where it’s hidden but let’s just say it’s awfully convenient on all those mornings I run out of my house locking the door behind me only to get in the car and realize the keys are in my purse in the house.  Not that I’m ever that scattered in the morning.  I mean, seriously, this only happens like once a week.

2)  teething tablets….these homeopathic little creations were a lifesaver when Annabelle was teething and have proved to be the same for Millie-Moo who is sporting quite a couple of chompers now.


But the week’s winner of what I am most thankful for–

3)  the NoseFridahttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=random05a-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B00171WXII&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrhave you never heard of it?  I hadn’t either until a friend shared the love.  Simply put, it’s a snot sucker.  Literally.  And when you have a squirmy baby with a nose full of snot it’s exactly what you need.  That’s probably enough information.  I’m sure some of you aren’t into hearing about my baby’s snot.  I can’t imagine why not.

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Manic Monday..or Tuesday…or Wednesday

Yeah, it’s not Monday but the holiday week threw me off.  That’s my excuse for everything all week 🙂

Monday actually wasn’t manic.  It was meltdown.  Not from the five year old.

They were good all day. In and out, playing and climbing trees, and trying to eat their way through all the Phineas&Ferb yogurt I bought recently.

Amelia was good.  Cuddly and a little whimpery, but who wouldn’t be when cutting three teeth?

Daddy Joshua kept his cool even when he and his father broke something (I don’t want to know) while installing a shower in our master bath as part of our Making the Sale campaign.

That leaves mommy.  So I confess.  The meltdown was me.

But I feel justified.  I spent TWO HOURS (that is precious time I could’ve been playing with my kids or writing or hanging out with friends) organizing our closet.

It was gorgeous when I was done.  Well, to me at least.  You didn’t see it before.

I was nursing Amelia when it happened.  I heard the crash but assumed it was the shower head or handle or pipe.

Oh, no.  The shelving pulled out of the drywall and crashed to the floor.  All of my clothes in a heap.  Luckily the shoe rack survived.  And I lost it.

It was 4:30 in the afternoon and my holiday suddenly seemed wasted.  No matter that I had also sorted all the girls fall/winter clothes, folded five baskets of laundry, cooked a real breakfast, cleaned a bathroom, and vacuumed the floor.  My closet was in shambles.

Thank goodness my in-laws were there so Joshua could deal with me and they could deal with the closet.  It’s back up now.  And truthfully, the silver lining is that now it’s reinforced into a stud and Tom hung my shelf a few inches higher so my dresses don’t drag.

I think I was just overdue for my own meltdown.  Too many irons in the fire, you know.  Or hangers on the closet rod.

See how a couple of days gives you perspective?


And if you’re visiting thanks to Helping the Little Guy, welcome to the randomness!

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Why It’s Random

Since this week I’m honored to be the featured blogger over at Completely Eclipsed I’m making some time to share with all you fellow bloggers and readers a little bit of my heart.

I chose to name my blog Random Acts of Brackett because I was trying to be witty and because I thought this would be a good place to keep all our scattered family updated on what’s going on with the fascinating Brackett girls.  But over the past six months since I first posted about all the random things our friends did to help us welcome Amelia, this blog has become so much more than an update.  And so much more random.

You might get to read about how my girls handle the emotional upheaval of big school.  Or what funny story they’ve told me recently.  Or how my oldest is planning to run away.

You might hear about Amelia’s growth, progress, and general cuteness.  Actually, plan to hear about that. I’m trying to actually do a good job of documenting the growth of at least one of my children.

You might see some pictures and get some insight into my crazy extended family, and if you actually know me, that might help you understand me better.

You might hear about what I’m reading or teaching or telling my middle school students, because as much as I would love to stay home, right now I’m trying to balance my real kids with about a hundred others who also need guidance and direction and love.

But mostly what you’re going to get if you visit this blog is some transparency.  I’ve been married for eight years.  It only gets harder.  I have three kids.  One was easy, but three is kicking my butt.  Life is not always what I planned, or what I wanted, dreamed, expected.

It’s more.  It’s a story that’s still being written and sometimes we get mired down in all that randomness and forget that it is those things, those crazy chaotic moments, that make everything worth it.

If it wasn’t for the chaos I wouldn’t know the peace.  The simplicity of my daughters’ laughter, my baby’s smile would be lost on me if I wasn’t so appreciative of all the random acts that make my life.

Thanks for reading.  I hope it only gets better.

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Half Way to One

Now that’s a crazy thought.  My baby is halfway to being one year old.  Actually she’s more than half way since she’s been six months for 2 weeks, but we’re not thinking about that.

I’ve been putting off this post until after the official six month checkup so I could give you the stats on Millie-Moo.  I’m most impressed by the fact that she’s grown 5″ (if you go by the hospital length) or 6″ (if you go by the pediatrician)….either way, she’s much longer than the 19-20″ she was when she was born!

Height: 26″
Weight: 15 lb. 13 oz.
Head: 43.5 cm
Nursing: all about it at night because that’s special mommy cuddle-time
Bottles: two of formula each day…yucky spit up
Solids: rice cereal, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, carrots, pears, bananas, peas (yuck)….oh, and since the dr. said I could feed her anything but honey now, she’s chewed on a spinich leaf and tried to steal my A&E (that’s the most awesome hamburger in the world for those of you who don’t have the fortune to live in God’s country)

Big girl!  Nope, still my baby.

30 Blog Challenge · thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

30This Thursday I am oh, so thankful for…

Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)….good books.  Amazon was awesome enough to send my copy of Mockingjay right away, so I could delve back into Katniss’s tragic yet inspiring world.  Rarely do books live up to my expectations.  I always think, well, definitely saw that coming.  Or, really?  That’s the plan?  Should’ve stopped while you were ahead…but the Hunger Games trilogy has not disappointed.  Twists, turns, and terror I would never have seen coming all add up to the only ending there could be for those that survive.  Can’t recommend it enough.

….family.  Yes, they drive me crazy.  Yes, they are a little crazy.  Yes, I have A LOT of sisters.  Oh, and a brother.  But they’re mine and I love them.  I’m also thankful for the Brackett side of the fam, though I don’t mention them enough (it’s really not their fault that they are not as dramatic as those Paynes).  But they deserve my thanks on a day like today when we had a zillion things going on, so my in-laws picked up dinner and fed my kids so I could eat in semi-peace.

…baths.  There’s nothing more relaxing than a tub, some bubbles, and a good read.  Well, maybe a glass of wine and Joshua rubbing my feet.  Ahh….maybe I’ll make it to next Thursday now. 

What are you thankful for?