I didn't go to work on Tuesday, which meant I had to work Saturday so I didn't lose PTO. (I've been the red for PTO for most of the time since I got back from maternity leave ... long story.)
So, I had a one-day weekend. My mom is at my sister's house, an hour and a half away, and I was too tired for three hours on the road Sunday afternoon, so Dan, Anne, and I spent the day together. After church, Anne had a nap, and then we packed up and headed out to the Appalachian Trail.
|Crossing a bridge (Yes, I was a little nervous!)|
But enough of my life. Onward to thankful thoughts ...
224. the fact that my mom was at our house, and not alone, when she started having the gallbladder pain. She was in so much pain she couldn't move, not even to reach over for a phone.
225. the fact that gallbladder surgery (laproscopic) is apparently relatively simple these days.
226. insurance that pays 80% of root-canal costs.
227. a beautiful Sunday afternoon for hiking on the AT
228. my 15-month-old blowing kisses for the first time
229. running up the trail with Anne in my backpack, both of us saying, "Woooo! Woooo!" and laughing
230. Anne's "hoo" echo: If Dan or I need to call the other person in the house, or on the trail, or (yes) in public, we'll yell, "Hooty hoo! Hooty hoo!" Anne seems to have picked up on it, and she echoes us when we say it, only she says, "Hoo!"
231. the way I've stopped craving orange juice in the mornings since giving up sweets for Lent
233. my "confession" friend, Katie
234. hiking -- the strong feeling in my legs and lungs, the weight of the pack on my hips, the feel of the Leki poles in my hands, the sheer joy inherent in the rhythm of walking on a trail
This is a short list today, but I need to get ready and go into work early. Hope everyone has a great week!
Here are a couple of pictures, since I haven't posted any in a while:
|Anne loved riding in her new backpack|
(a barely used Deuter Kid Comfort II, found on craigslist)