Friday, January 6, 2012

friday faves :: 1st edition

raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.  
bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens... i'm not really a cat person but the raindrops on roses i can definitely go for.  and if that copper kettle is filled with hot water for my cup of tea that definitely makes the list too.  

my favorite things.  

i think maria von trapp {a.k.a. julie andrews} was onto something when she combatted a fearful situation {remember that awful thunderstorm that sent all the von trapp kids running to her bed??} with a reminder of all the gifts we have to be thankful for.  

if you've been reading my blog lately you know i've been combatting my own personal storms by counting the gifts in my own life.  so...on fridays i'm going to try channeling the sound of music spirit in an effort to share some of my weekly faves with you.  i hope it will get you to thinking about your own 'brown paper packages tied up with string'.

these are a few of my favorite things.
specifically, my favorite christmas gifts of the year...
::1::  bike trailer for the kids 
{this is what we call an 'everybody wins' gift...the kids have fun riding, i get exercise without having to find a babysitter, and joey doesn't have to listen to me complain about being out of shape because we don't have a gym membership}

::2::  how to train your dragon DVD
{this was actually lucy's gift this year but it is a favorite for our whole family...seriously...great movie.  if you haven't seen it - you should.}

::3::  magic mitt
{ok...i have to admit that when my mom gave this to me i thought it was some silly gimmick. well - whether it's a gimmick or not, i'm a fan.  i have a long history of being too lazy to wash off my make-up at night.  with this thing i just wet it, wipe my face, and i'm done...and my pores really do feel like they are breathing better when i hit the pillow}

::4::  the one that made him cry
{at this point my hubby is probably going to kill me for mentioning this TWICE on the ole blog...but the preciousness of the moment surrounding the unwrapping of this gift is absolutely on my favorites list...couldn't leave it out}

::5::  donations made to mission of hope
{we have started giving a lot less useless trinkets and a lot more donations in honor of our loved this case - food, shelter, healthcare, and education for children in haiti - kinda makes other gifts pale in comparison}

when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when your feeling sad...
let's remember our favorite things together.

what are your favorite gifts {given or gotten} this year??