I have a million posts that I need to write: how today is the last day in the house in which we’ve spent the last seven years. The home we came to after our honeymoon, the house where we brought Daisy home from the hospital, the house where our sweat, blood and a few tears reside in the kitchen title and the backyard flagstone, except that today is Thanksgiving. So, in order to keep my compulsive triple-A organized self sane during a crazy, chaotic period in my life, I thought a list of the ten (plus, a bonus or two) things I’m currently thankful for would be appropriate.
1. My marvelous husband who has almost single-handedly packed up a three-bedroom, two bathroom house with a smile on his face, a pain in his back and the Beatles blaring in the background.
2. My cheerio loving little girl who dances in earnest to elevator music, repetitively shouts the neighborhood dog names upon waking from her afternoon nap, and delights in fake sneezes (both hearing them and making them!)
3. My now-famous reality star brother who came over to help move the heavy furniture without complaining with the only promise of food.
4. The three-pound baby girl still growing, kicking and hiccupping that promises an sleep-deprived, but exciting new year.
5. Clean pajamas, a good book and a roaring fire.
6. My squirrel chasing adorable mutt who makes packing and moving with a toddler seem easy.
7. My father-in-law and all his newly working body parts.
8. My dad who flew 3,000 miles to feed Daisy ice cream and lull her to sleep with the history of World War II while I tortured myself for six hours walking a marathon.
8.5. My mom and mother-in-law who are both excellent examples of devoted wives and loving mothers.
9. My brother-in-laws who always challenge me to think of my top-five favorite movies; even if they scold me for only seeing one or two movies in each category.
9.5 My brother-in-laws who have stepped up in the responsibility department by becoming full-time gardeners, pool boys, and food delivers for the Rossini’s.
10. A chance for new beginnings and new adventures for my little family, even if it means closing a previous chapter in our lives.