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Thanks… for this! {Monday Listicles}

July 15, 2012

Every once in a while it’s nice to sit back and think of the people and things that you are thankful for.

Stasha, the list master, wants us to make a list and check it twice of 10 Thanks…

So, here are my top 10 I want to say “thanks” for.

Thanks for…

1. The guy without whom none of this would be possible… my hubby.

2. The boy, who makes me laugh out loud more than most, who has started to cook with daddy, who does his chores without too much grumbling, who is the best big brother.

3. Middle, who loves fashion, One Direction, and for being my best photography model.

4. Little One, who impresses me daily with her knowledge and smarts, who “cooks” the best soups in her kitchen, who gives the best monkey hugs.

5. Becoming an American citizen this year, a step a long time coming, finally, happily taken.

6. Our backyard pool, for my almost dailyΒ exercise, for providing an oasis of coolness in this summer heat, and for alleviating hours of boredom for the kiddos now that camp is over.

7.The beach/ocean just minutes east of us, for sitting in the sand, relaxing, staring at the horizon and watching the waves wash ashore.

8. For sunsets and views like this… moments to get lost in.

9. My camera, to capture all these precious moments and smiles so I can share them, here, there and everywhere.

10. For today… for letting luck be with my girls and letting them catch fish after fish after fish… the haul included two catfish, which one of the neighbors took home to eat.

There are so many more people and things I’d say thanks for … my mom, all of you, stopping by here to read, to comment, to share… blogging, and the world it opened up to me… and on and on and on.

Thanks for everything!

What are your 10 Thanks? Why don’t you join Stasha and make a list to play along!

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  • Greta July 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Wow, an amazing pool AND the beach? I would be thankful too! (I always assumed that pool was a public/apartment pool or something). And, I was wondering if you were a citizen, so that answers my question!

    Your kids are SO cute. You do have a lot to be thankful for.

    • Susi July 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks, Greta. We do have a community pool–it’s a bit bigger than ours… I’ll have to take some photos next time we go… right now, we are mostly hanging out in our own.

  • Bridget July 16, 2012 at 2:49 am

    Your pictures remind me of home. Banyan trees and lanai’s? Must be Florida!

    • Susi July 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Yes! I love the banyan trees… they are awesome. πŸ™‚

  • Stasha July 16, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Lovely list Susi! You know your life is good when you are surrounded by love and happy faces. And kids catch you dinner πŸ™‚

    • Susi July 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm

      Very true indeed. I bask in the love of my children and family, it’s so very important and sad when you don’t have it or choose not to… As for catching dinner, meh, not so much. Our lakes aren’t exactly clean and I don’t know if I could eat what’s in there. But the neighbors were very happy with our catch!

  • BonnyBard July 16, 2012 at 4:35 am

    I love your pictures! What wonderful things to be thankful for, apart from the obvious, becoming an american citizen! your pool! the ocean! sunsets! Lovely!

    • Susi July 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

      Thanks, I think so too…

  • Ducky July 16, 2012 at 6:36 am

    I love the expression you captured on your husband. What a fabulous photo!! Congrats on your citizenship. That’s fantastic!!! Just a wee bit jealous of the pool πŸ˜‰

    • Susi July 16, 2012 at 11:58 am

      It is probably my fave photo of him right now. πŸ™‚ We love having the pool… it’s the best!

  • Jamie@SouthMainMuse July 16, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Loved those pictures. They do tell a great story. I grew up in Florida on a small lake. I spend untold hours fishing and catching minnows and coming home stinking of sulphur. You do have lots to be thankful for.

    • Susi July 16, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Thanks, and yes, I am very lucky.

  • Wayne July 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I keep debating whether or not I want to go for my USA Citizenship or not… Glad to see you got yours!

    • Susi July 16, 2012 at 11:56 am

      For me, it was never really a question once we started this journey… really, just a matter of doing it. I’m happy and proud to be an American now!!! πŸ™‚

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell July 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Your list made me smile so big. You have a wonderful life.

    • Susi July 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

      I’m glad, I made you smile. Yes, I do have a wonderful life, even if some days are not as bright, but I try to always remember how lucky I am!

  • Bruna (@beeswithhoney) July 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Your kids are adorable. I love that you live close to a beach ( like I do) and that you have a pool in your backyard. Oh how I wish we did too! I love that your choices for thankfulness are mostly your familyβ™₯.

    • Susi July 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Family is the most important thing to me… they will always be first!

  • Mom July 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I have the most beautiful grand Kids, o.k. Big Boy you are handsome, but to me it’s the same. Love seeing you all so happy and thanks for the mentioned runner up.
    Love Mom

    • Susi July 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Yes, your grand kids are the best!!! And also, we need a few pictures of us together… I couldn’t find any in my current files!!! That needs to rectified asap!!! πŸ™‚

  • Runnermom-jen July 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Wonderful photos!!! Congrats on becoming an American citizen! That must have been a very proud moment for you. Also? The beach and sunset pictures are AWESOME!!! I wish I lived that close to a beach. πŸ™‚

    • Susi July 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      It was a great moment and one I will remember very fondly for the rest of my life!

  • Sara July 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Great list! The beach looks amazing! & Congrats on becoming an American citizen!

    • Susi July 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Thank you! Yes, even on a cloudy day the beach is great! Just love the ocean…

  • Jackie July 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I’m still hung up on only being minutes from the beach, and those sunsets! Absolute perfection, I dare say! Pool looks ready for someone to jump on in!

    • Susi July 16, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      The sunsets are one of my favorite moments. I can never get tired of them… Love!!!

  • Janice July 17, 2012 at 2:29 am

    These were awesome pictures. I love your pool! Wish I had one of those in my backyard…..oh wait…I don’t even have a backyard! Someday, my friend, someday…..

    • Susi July 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      I remember, when we moved into this house how excited I was about the pool and still enjoy it immensely.

  • Audrey July 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Wow that pool is amazing! And you live by the beach! I am officially jealous

    • Susi July 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      I don’t mean to make anyone jealous, just shoing that I am thankful for what I have!!!! πŸ™‚

  • Ado July 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Good lord, it’s so hot over here I’m grateful for even looking at a photo of your backyard pool. (-:
    A great list, as usual. (-:

    • Susi July 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks. Yeah, it’s been pretty hot… but we haven’t been able to enjoy the pool the last few days… too much rain and thunderstorms! πŸ™

  • RoryBore July 18, 2012 at 12:26 am

    that’s a perfect list. absolutely.
    stunning sunset capture!
    (I’m the ingrate you who never got around to making the list this Monday (have company) – then again, I don’t have that pool! haha)

    • Susi July 19, 2012 at 12:05 am

      You are excused for not making a list… with company and sickness raining supreme in your house, you should be!!! πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca July 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Great photos! πŸ™‚

    Yes, you have much to be thankful for! This is a good listicle, I will try to do it, too, when I have some free time later this week!

    • Susi July 19, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Thanks, Rebecca. I know, I do…

  • Brooke Arellano July 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Oh I LOVE the pics! It looks like you have a really happy family! Stopping by from the blog hop and am now your newest follower:) Hope you can come check out Crazy Mama Drama !
    http://crazy-mama-drama.blogspot.com/
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    • Susi July 19, 2012 at 12:00 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I will totally come over and follow back! πŸ™‚

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