Chronicling The Comerfords

Monday, December 30, 2013

Amelia Island Time

Here I am sitting on Amelia Island. It is a beautiful place. We are with beautiful friends and their fun children. The ladies of the group had lunch and went shopping without children. We had mimosas and it was glorious! We are so excited and grateful for this weekend!

However, last time I was on this island it was girls only and a 40th birthday celebration. It looked something like this....

This weekend it looks a little something like this...

And I wouldn't change it for the world!

New Blog!

Hey friends!  Long time, huh?!  Due to a creepy google search and a host of other things I am starting a new blog.  Shoot me an email at anicole1979 at yahoo and I'll give you the new blog addy.
Miss you! xo

Monday, July 8, 2013

Decorating Woes

We have been on the Ponderosa right at four months now.  I love it here! . I love it much more than I thought I would!  Everything is in bloom and so pretty.  Bad part is that there is a lot of grass to cut and we've had lots of rain.  That means we feel like we need to mow every time we turn around!  The girls play outside all the time and they exhaust themselves. Win! Our front porch is beyond amazing.  We spend about as much time out there as we do inside. Big thank you to PawPaw for putting up new fans on the front porch and back patio!  It makes our time much more enjoyable!

I do have a slight problem with the interior though.  These walls are huge!  Between the high ceilings and long walls, I have NO idea what to put on them.  Above the mantel, behind the couch, everything I've previously had on my walls gets lost. It's like a bunch of shrinky dinks.  I've somewhat given up on the living room.  While there is not a think on the wall, it looks ok.  The beautiful woodgrain brown paint compensates for the lack of d├ęcor (I hope!)  If you have any suggestions on prints, shelves, ideas, etc of what to put on the walls I would appreciate it! And I've tried grouping things together.  Still doesn't work.
So I have decided to tackle the master bedroom. One smaller room with less wall space.  I am trying to pick out bedding then pick paint around it.  I have a HUGE commitment issue with bedding and purses but we are talking about the house right now.  I have not bought bedding since we've been married.  I am now using the duvet cover we had in our guest room when we got married. 
The problem I have is everything I like looks like it should belong in Amelia and Annie's room or a dorm room.  When I think I will start looking for grownup patterns they all look like grandparent bedding.  Since I have such commitment issues I want something timeless that I can keep for at least the next 7 years.  There are a lot of duvet covers that catch my eye, but I would probably be sick of it next year.
I keep going back to this Lilly Pulitzer set.
Is it too high school?  I feel like I love it, but do I? There is a small chance that I may just love it because it is Lilly and how perfect would everyday end sleeping in such precious bedding?! I think it is so clean and crisp.  It is bright but not something I would hate in winter.  I think I would paint the walls greenish? 
Do you have any suggestions on bedding websites?  I feel like I have hit them all.  

A Soggy 4th

It seemed the only party favors we would be getting this July 4th was rain and frizzy hair. Plans of being out on the boat all day in the sunshine then a night of fireworks just was not happening.

Atlanta kept announcing that rain or shine their fireworks were still on. Since the idea of staying cooped up in the house with the kids for 2 days had me seeing DFACS reports we decided to get out of the house! We cashed in some of daddy's hotel point and we were off to the big city.

We spent the afternoon at the children's museum then went back to the hotel for dinner in the room and indoor swimming. We were right on top of Lenox mall. Watching fireworks from the window in your pajamas and going straight to bed is the way to do it.

It was rainy but it was awesome! Staying in a hotel always seems fancy and fun!

I made these fun 4th of July shirts with a little help from Pinterest and Amelia.  The shorts were from last year.  Holiday shorts you can wear 2 years in a row... score!
They are so cute! 


Living a Daddy's dream ;) 

Amelia is super excited to be at the hotel. 
Annie is just upset she is having to share a chair with her sister

"I love swimming inside!"  I'm sure there were children tee-teeing in it all day, but there was enough chlorine in this room to burn off your eyebrows

Watching fireworks out the window.  Awesome!  Poor Annie had long been asleep.
Annie had her first bagel and it was from Brueggers Bagels.  Yum yum! 
I had never thought of giving a toddler a bagel, but they chew on the darn things forever. Good plan mom!

What a fun little over night trip.  I guess all those nights on the road when Daddy was traveling paid off.  And we have some left for a few more trips! 



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

First Big Girl Dentist Appointment

Amelia has been to the dentist once. She sat in my lap during my appointment.she was introduced to the tools and they looked in her mouth a few times.

Today we had a straight up big girl dentist appointment. She sat in the chair by herself and they did the whole drill! She did great! She got to pick out her flavor of toothpaste. Bubblegum! And it was quick and easy.

Do you remember going to the dentist and they would put that fluoride gel in those trays you had to bite down on for HOURS?! The ones that made your mouth water are drool all down your face? There is none of that nonsense.

She also got a super fun goodie back with a cool toothbrush and flossers, sparkle toothpaste, a ball and a balloon. How fun is that?! They do still have Highlights Magazine while you wait. The good things never change!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Fathers Day!

While I agree that birthing your own child is pretty darn special, there is something extra special about a man who choses to father a child that is not his. Of course this is coming from the child's perspective.

I have not one but two men who met me and made a decision to keep me. One at 13 and the other at 26. I'm not sure at which age I was worse, but either way I love them immensely for how much they love me. And the way they love my babies... I am speechless!

Life doesn't always turn out like you think it will but it always turns out for the best. And with these two guys, I will be just fine!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Annie Says "No, no, no, no, no"

Our Annie is probably the cutest thing I have ever seen.  Amelia was cute in her own way and she is so pretty now but Annie is something else.  I think it has a lot to do with all her curls

I did not do as many updates as I did with Amelia.  Poor second child... Also, Annie just isn't doing all that much.  She still isn't really talking, which is fine for her age. The few cute things she does do are over the top.  She will tell you bye bye with all her heart.  She blows kisses.  She eats a popsicle sideways like it's an ear of corn.  She loves to swing.  When she is tired she will grab her blanket or something silky, put her thumb in her mouth and say "night night".  While she is an overly whiny one year old, she is pretty easy going with all things unrelated to me.  She loves her daycare and will go to them with open arms.  I think this is huge!  She doesn't do this with many people and she is WAY clingy to me.  Its a testament to how wonderful her daycare program is.  She has this new thing she does where she shakes her finger and says "no, no, no, no no..."  That must have come from daycare.  Where ever it came from is cute cute cute! Showing Off

She and her sister love each other.  They laugh and smile and get so excited to see each other. Being that I am an only child, I'm experiencing all this for the first time.  It stresses me out and warms my heart.  I do not understand how two people who get so giddy to see each other one minute can bite and pinch each other the next minute.  It's the craziest, bipolar thing I have ever seen.

She is a Daddy's girl.  Seeing her run to the door when he comes home or seeing her climb up into his chair to snuggle down beside him is the sweetest thing ever.  He also loves it.  Amelia was such a Mommy's girl so I know he loves to be the favorite for Annie.

She is into everything.  She has had goose eggs on her head, required us make our first call to poison control (Pledge Woodfloor Cleaner is pretty darn safe).  No doubt this little girl wears her Mama out!  But I love her.  I wouldn't traded her for anything in the world!  She brings so much laughter and joy into our home.  And she loves to sleep (she is our favorite!)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Making Hay While the Sunshines

Lots of things have been going on in Comerford-land.  Seems like a trend doesn't it?  School is out and we are busier than ever!

Things had been really stressful at work the past 4 months or so. Something had to give.  I don't mention much about working.  I've never really thought about that...  When I was 7 months pregnant with Amelia I was given the opportunity to work part-time.  It has been one of the biggest blessings for our family. I absolutely love what I do and the company I work for.  I do know it is more important to focus on raising babies right now so I guess that is why most of my blog is mainly about family stuff. Working part time is a great way for me to spend a lot of time with my family and still contribute some financially.  Plus give myself a grown-up outlet.  A few weeks ago my boss and I had a meeting and came to an agreement that works for the both of us.  Part time is what I want and need right now, but our business has really picked up.  When Amelia starts school in August I will increase my hours to follow her school schedule (she will now be going until 2:30 instead of 11:45).  Annie will stay in daycare longer, but at home she naps from noon until 2:30 or 3 so I'm not missing anything from her day either. Part of the deal was that this summer I will work until 5 to get myself caught up/ahead to hopefully make fall easier.  So, it is not a lot of extra time away from the schedule we are accustomed to, but it is a a little more cash in the bank account.  This is G-double O-D news for the fam! 

Did you know children are expensive?  Girls are over the top!  Ballet lessons, ballet outfits, dance shoes, teacher gifts, pictures, yearbooks at 3 years old, lunch dates, constantly outgrowing clothes, doctors appointments, etc.  Thankfully our parents help us A TON, but life is continuing to add up.

Disclaimer:  Moms that work full time may need to stop reading now.  If you do not, please know that I am in no way judging, criticizing or putting down your choice or lack of choice to work full time.  Also, do not judge me for being a pansy... 

Working until 5:00 everyday blows!  I'm not sure if everyone is this tired or if I've gotten used to our routine.  I worked full days Tuesday-Thursday this week and took Friday off.  I was pooped when I got home!  I should also mention that Daddy-love goes to work before the girls get up and doesn't get home until 5:30, or later if he is at the farm.  This week he was gathering hay so he's been nonexistent. For 3 days I got 2 girls dressed and out of the house, worked a full day, picked up the girls and fixed dinner and bathed us all by myself.  I do believe single parents are the strongest people on the planet! 

I will admit, I LOVE working a full day. I feel a little guilty, pretty darn guilty, about how much I like being at work all day.  It is a really nice break from the girls and it's actually fun because I'm serious when I say I love what I do.  It is nice to be back in front of clients more, to eat grown-up lunches, to run errands by myself!  All of this would be great if I had the energy to give it my all at work and still have the energy to cook dinner, clean the people and play 6 games of Candyland plus read 3 books when I get home.  I have no idea how you do it everyday!  I guess you get used to it. 
The bad thing is that we are missing some really fun play dates with me working all day.  Good news is that my awesome Mommy friends are taking Amelia for a day here and there.

Poor family planning is that the week I started working full time, the Cowboy got someone to cut and bale hay.  It is supposed to rain at some point this weekend so he had to get all the hay up.  Plus he had to tag new cows.  We have not seen him before 9 pm except for one night.  It's been a rough week.  The good thing is that he's a smart Cowboy.  I have had flowers delivered to me at work, my favorite restaurant brought in for dinner, coffee and donuts in bed and pizza delivered to the house.  It's not like he's bar-hopping, he's actually doing something good for our family, but that didn't make it any easier.  Truthfully food and flowers didn't make it any easier either, but it was encouraging and unnecessary and sweet.

Aren't they pretty?!

"Hey!  That's a lot of hay!" We will have some happy cows this winter
So, that's our summer gig.  Hopefully I will post some fun summer adventures.  If you don't hear from me, I'm just busy selling insurance and I'll be back shortly.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pardon the Interruption

Do you or your spouse watch that show on ESPN?  It drives me crae-crae!  Too much energy and interruptions over things I do not remotely care about.  Bunch of fast talking nuts!           

Anyhoo.... I apologize to all my loyal fans (all 3 of you) for the blogging break.  It seems life got in the way of fun stuff like sitting on the computer and talking typing about life.  So, as I am known to do, here is a run down

Things like this totally get in the way.  When I have a free second to do anything there is inevitably clean underwear and towels in the dryer yelling for me to fold them. I H-A-T-E doing laundry!  Some afternoons I feel like I have a part time job at the laundry mat.  It is my least favorite chore ever! 
I always wanted a big dining room table... sigh...

Annie is not as fond of vegetables as her sister.  Note for all the mothers of babies... if you feed a child fish sticks and spaghetti-o's when they are little because you are exhausted, they will eat fish sticks and spaghetti-o's when you are no longer exhausted.  WAIT, I am still exhausted, that's why I've subcontracted out the veggie feeding task to the 3 year old.
Seriously, I was such a stickler on feeding Amelia vegetables and she now loves them.  I was a complete slacker with Annie.  Do you think it makes a difference?  Seems to in my house.

Oh, the grass!  We did not overly think about the grass situation when we made the move to the ponderosa.  There is a TON of it to cut!  And while my lawn man is awfully hot, he doesn't get so excited about the multiple hours a week it really takes to cut and weed-eat this place.  It's a good thing he is good looking or I'd fire him!
This afternoon Amelia was "helping" him by riding around the yard in her Barbie 'Stang while in a princess dress.  I do believe Annie was asleep and I was on the back patio with wine.  I'm a great supervisor!
Where there is work there is also play!
Sunday afternoon we went fishing.  By fishing I mean Amelia and Daddy fished for about 5 mins until she got bored then we all went to ride 4 wheelers
Annie's first ride was a slow one, but she had fun!  Can't you tell?! haha  Look at that face!
Amelia had her tap and ballet recital.  It was one of the cutest things I've ever seen.  She was so proud to wear a bun (ummm.. nub) like the big girls and she got to put on makeup too. She found a sequin on the stage which she called a sparkle and had to pick up and carry around.  It basically stopped the show for a few seconds.  The whole crowd laughed out loud.  I loved being the Mama of that kid!

Last week was also her last week at her preschool.  She starts Pre-k at big school in August and that BLOWS MY MIND!  How did that happen so quickly?  This is her first and last day from this year.  What a great experience she has had!
Annie hasn't had any major milestones, but day by day she gets cuter and cuter.  I could have never imagined she would have this much personality.  She brings laughter and joy to us daily. She is already a Daddy's Girl.  It's really pretty darn sweet how attached to him she is!
I usually only have to play catch-up blog around the end and first of the year.  Mid-year is a special treat.  I've decided May is going to be the busiest and most expensive month of the year for the next 22 years or so.  Well, maybe right behind December.  Between recitals and end of the year parties and teachers gifts and yearbooks (yes, we did that for a 3 year old) and class pictures and the list goes on.  June should definitely be a month or at least a few weeks of rest! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Moneyball... Rethink... Well, everything!

Have you ever seen the movie Moneyball?  It is a great movie.  I'd totally suggest it for a date night in.  You and the hubs, or boyfriend or wife or girlfriend or whoever would love it.  Moneyball is basically about the Oakland A's being a poorer baseball team but still having to compete with the big money teams like the Yankees.  The traditional way of doing things just would not work for them.  As soon as a guy would get good and his contract would come up they would lose him because they couldn't afford him.  Their general manager Billy Beane had an uphill battle of teaching his team to rethink baseball.  I'm not going to get into all the details, but definitely check out the movie. 

This Sunday one of our pastors spoke to our Sunday school class about rethinking church and he used the Moneyball principle to present his message.  No doubt the church is not as strong as it has been in the past.  Teams are having practice and groups are having meetings on Wednesday nights. Events are being held on Sundays.  These have typically been church days and nothing other than church went on.  Life is just busy in general.  He asked "Why do you go to church?"... Fellowship, learn, witness, encourage, etc..  Those are all things you can do anywhere.  Then he asked "Where did you meet Jesus?" Not to say that you can not or were not saved or came to know Jesus for the first time outside of church, but more times than not that is where the first meeting occurs.  So the challenge is to rethink church.  Rethink what you are looking for.  What you look for there and what you offer there.  To think with our hearts and not with our heads.  Our heads will change a thought many times a minute, but our heart is pretty darn consistent.  Think about your children, your heart knows that your children need Jesus.  Goodness knows, the world needs a little more Jesus!  But your head tells you that your child needs one more ball practice or that fun birthday party invitation or whatever distraction you have.  No doubt it is hard to rethink anything, but it's worth a try, right?!

Today I decided to rethink home.  If you've been reading my blog for a while you know I've struggled the last year.  I read a post today saying that 3 children were the magic number for stress.  I can not imagine!  This post was acting like 2 was a walk in the park.  No Ma'am!  Anyway, I've lived in a state of negativity for a while.  In fact, we hadn't even been to church in about 5 weeks! I've made some changes that have helped a lot but I'd still like to get a better handle on things.  We've made some changes on the home front and have a to-do list going forward, but it's my job to help myself in the now.  I really need some time for myself and I REALLY need to exercise. I HATE exercising. But in reading I've learned that I can do both for a few mins a day.  My children love the stroller and I love to be outside. I can strap them in and have some quiet time outside to think and exercise. Today we did not do any activities, we came straight home at lunch.  I put laundry on and all 3 of us laid down to rest and regroup from the morning.  One load of laundry, that was all.  I sat on the rug of the playroom after naps and gave my girls the attention they deserve. While the girls were snacking I folded and put up clothes.  By this point we were at 3:00, this is when things start breaking down around here.  I loaded the girls up into the stroller and we went for a walk.  I tried to run for a bit just to prove to myself that I still do not run.  After our walk we threw together some supper and the night went on from there.  It was SO nice!  I have two big struggles in my day, laundry and the 3:00 hour (which spills over to the rest of the afternoon).  Today I decided to rethink things. I put clothes on to wash and rested for about 30 mins.  When things started falling apart, I changed the scenery.  I'm smart enough to know that not everyday will work this way, but today it did and today was good. 

I'm thankful for our church and for our staff and for the challenge.  I pass it along to you.  What do you need to rethink? I mean if the Oakland A's can get to the playoffs, surely you and I can as well, right?

Zip A Dee Doo Dah!

What a fun song!  Some days I can not believe this sweet girl is already almost 4 years old and is old enough to sing at all.  Then some days it seems like she has been in our life forever.  Isn't it amazing how these little people squeeze in and become such a big part of your world so quickly?!  Word is that she learned this at dance. We are so thankful to have such a wonderful dance studio with such talented teachers in our little community. Zip A Dee Doo Dah!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


I had a boss once that has 4 little (no longer little) girls.  While I'm sure he and his wife are not perfect parents, they did a lot of things that stuck with me.  A few of them we do in our own house almost 10 years later. 

One thing he talked about doing at dinner was High-Low.  You will go around the table and tell your highest point of the day and the lowest point.  It's a great conversation starter and you learn about everyone's day.  Here is my High-Low for today...

High!  Seeing this activity in the backyard.  Everyone likes to see their grass being cut, but especially when it's done by a cute husband.  Not to mention Amelia wanted to drive around the yard with him in the Barbie mustang! This was a precious moment!

Low!  Amelia also thought it would be a great idea to write an "A" on my car with a ballpoint pen! I blame this totally and completely on her Grandma.  My mother will stick a magnetic University of Alabama A on anything that will stay still long enough.  Just so you know, Clorox Foaming Bathroom Cleaner will take pen off a car.  Truthfully it was not really a low because it was so stinking funny!
Low was actually dropping her off at school and her whining and crying and acting like a turd because she was tired and grumpy this morning.
Annie was awesome and fun all day long.  Another high!  Year one of life has not been my most favorite year with either girl.  Annie has good days and bad days but knock on wood, the good is starting to get more and more (this week anyway! ha!)  I think the fresh air and great weather is helping everyone!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Starting the Summer at Seaside

This post is brought to you live from the beaches of South Walton County.

No lie prefer the Georgia Coast. St Simons will always hold a special place in my heart! But, Seaside has its own special atmosphere of awesomeness.

Mama and daddy needed a break so we took it. Extra special shout out to Grandma and PawPaw for keeping the little lovebugs. I'm sure they are enjoying their weekend as well.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

It's Sunday at the Ponderosa!

We LOVE Masters Sunday! Until the day we are able to get Sunday tickets we will grill out, watch golf and enjoy cocktails admiring our own azaleas.

It's not Augusta but we love it... More!


This past weekend we had a great big sister day.  Nana took me, my sister-in-law and all the big cousins to The Fox last Sunday to see Mary Poppins.  It was such a great show and the kids did awesome!  I was a little nervous with it starting at 7, but it was not a problem.  There was some antsiness about 30 mins before intermission, but then we walked around and got cokes so the second half was just fine.

The show itself was so good!  I would highly recommend seeing it.  From the stage props to statues that come to life to Burt tap dancing upside down on the top of the stage.    While I was glad to see Mary Poppins "fly" in with her umbrella on cables, Burt was a little bit much.  Don't get me wrong, it was REALLY cool.  The tap number of Step In Time was one of my most favorite parts of the show. But we are there to see a live show.  It doesn't have to be a 3D movie.  We are going to see an amazing stage and talented performers not death-defying stunts.  I mean the top of the stage at the Fabulous Fox Theater is high people!  There is no way I would go up there.  Amelia agreed.  She said "I wouldn't go up there, that's way up high!"  That being said, Burt was a champ and did a great job.  To be able to mimic the same tap steps upside down that high up takes talent.


Since we weren't leaving until later in the afternoon and I already had Daddy committed to hangout with Annie all day, Amelia and I had a big girl afternoon. 

We went to eat at our most favorite sandwich shop, Panera Bread.  I do not guess that is just a sandwich shop, but whatever you want to call it, it is good! 

After lucnh we headed to Belks for Mama some new outfits and make up.  I let Amelia sit in the chair at the Clinique counter and put a little light blush on her.  Before I knew it the lady behind the counter was over giving her a 3 year old make up.  She put on some lip gloss and even gave her a little sample sized gloss to take in her own special bag. Our Clinique lady is named Ginger and she goes above and beyond in every way. We love her!

We had such an amazing day together.  Amelia felt so special all day!  She has been going around ever since singing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "just a bowl full of sugar helps the medicine go down". ;)  What a great experience!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Are we officially "In Between"?

I'm driving up 29 headed towards Athens, Georgia. Only I'm not going to Athens. There is a huge concert in Athens tonight but I am going to a small town outside of Athens to book club. I drive with mixed emotions of wanting to be at the concert but so excited to be at at bookclub.

The last time the cowboy and I went to Athens for a concert we were two of about five with black x's not on our hands meaning that we were over 21. We were there seeing one of our most favorite bands and what we thought would be a crowd our age. Not so much! Tonight will definitely be a much younger crowd although I have many friends there.

So what am I jealous of? I like the performers but not all that much. I like the girls my bookclub much better. We will have better food and better wine and beer. So I think it's the fact that I'm not sad about going to a book club over concert in Athens is what has me a little bummed. It makes me feel old. Clearly I am not old but it's moments like this that makes me think "could I be on the verge?"

I think I am not old but then think how old I thought 34-year-olds were when I was 21 or 18 for goodness sakes!

It's days like this when I realize I have two kids and I get excited about things like having enough time to shave my legs in the shower. How did I get here so quickly?

Don't get me wrong I love all I have and I'm so excited about how far I've come and all I have to look forward to, but GEES!

So, no we are not old but most definitely in between!

Also I did this whole blog post with Siri! I couldn't have done that 13 years ago! I had to edit once I stopped but Siri is finally starting to understand my southern accent!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Good Morning Farm

It's Spring Break in our town.  We did not go anywhere.  Good thing too, because it rained at the beach almost all week.  This morning I sat in the living room and drank coffee by myself and looked at this

/-*/No, we are not on spring break.  This is just the view from our living room window.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Throwback Thursday

I suppose it's time to get on the bandwagon with a little bit of Throwback Thursday.  Here's a picture of me and my girls, all the same age!

Here's one of Daddy.  Not the best quality, but you can see how cute he is!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Easter on the Ponderosa

Oh Easter.... What a day!  I think every day that is supposed to be a big deal when you have kids becomes a dramatic mess.  Easter took the cake this year.  Can you believe the Comerford family did not even go to church?!  What in the world?!  Every time we just can't get it together in the mornings the "head of the house" likes to say "the church is not a building we are the church.  The church is where we are."  Sounds good enough, right?!

While I like to think we are moved into our house, there are still little odd and end things at the rental.  They WILL be out before Sunday!  Apparently "little odd and end things" means Annie's Easter shoes and Ben's ties.  Also we did not get most all of Ben's clothes from the dry cleaners and the combination he was planning on wearing out of the house was not acceptable at all.  Not that any of these are really good reasons not to go to church, I realize that.  So we got the girls dressed thinking we would just go see the Easter bunny in their Easter dresses.  While taking pictures on the front porch, the swing flipped over and both girls hit their faces.  By this point we were just D-O-N-E with the whole process.  Once the rest of our family got out of church we met up with Ben's brother and his family to have Easter lunch and an egg hunt.  The day ended up being amazing. The morning, not so much!
See sweet Annie's swollen cheek. Poor thing!

Someone felt awfully pretty this day!

SO pretty!

This is the best one we got...

Change into some comfy clothes and get some fresh air. That makes everyone feel better!
We didn't dress up and show off our cute Easter clothes at church, but Jesus is still alive and in the world today.  We love Him and we thank Him for all our blessings no matter where we are or what day of the year it is!