It’s Friday! You know what that means. Time for some good vibrations gratitude.
This week I am starting something new.
I am inviting you join me on Good Vibration Gratitude Fridays!
You are probably wondering how you get in on the action.
It’s easy! If you are grateful for something, please either comment below or share a pic of what you are grateful for on Instagram with the hashtag #goodvibrationsgratitude
Also feel free to follow me on Instragram at @kerrymckim
Here is what I am grateful for this week.
Hallmark Christmas Movies
Though I don’t advise actually playing this game. You will be lucky if you make it 20 minutes.
Children’s Grief Awareness
I did not know that there was a month dedicated to this but I am grateful that there is. At first I thought that my daughter’s predicament was rare but then I thought about it. First there was my daughter.
And several friends who told me that they lost a parent at her age.
And I have widow friends with children.
And my mother lost her brother when she was a child so that would mean she and her siblings were affected (even though her youngest sibling wasn’t born yet, I do feel that siblings can feel a sense of loss even if the sibling died before they were born.)
And my best friend lost her mother when she was a child.
And the sad thing, I can go on with more examples of families within a first degree who have experienced loss. This is much more common than we think.
So if you are/were a child that is grieving or are close to a child that is grieving, they are not alone.
Please be supportive to grieving children and their caregivers and families.
Attending a political rally
Last weekend I took my daughter to her first political rally. She enjoyed the experience though she told me that some people were too loud and hurt her ears.
While the New York elections did not go the way I wanted, I do appreciate that we have a right to vote.
I have always brought my daughter to vote with me. It is important for her to grow up seeing the process. I voted around 5:30 pm and it looked like they were running low on stickers but we got one. And I made sure to post this pic on social media because I heard votes only count if you post a picture with your sticker on social media.
My parents visit this week.
My parents came out this week to help me pack up stuff and my Dad fixed a few things around the house. Most importantly, the elevator on Barbie’s Dream House.
I didn’t get any pictures except my instragram picture from the 99. We always go to the 99 because we are #newenglandAF
My daughter and I spent a fun day with Kimmy Gibbler and her family at Hick’s Orchard where we picked apples and did a corn maze. So much fall fun!
Time with my bestie
The night before we went apple picking (#2), my daughter and I slept over Kimmy’s house. It was so much fun to spend time together.
Kimmy even made a boujee cheese platter. And she made one for the kids too.
My Red Sox Baby
As I write this, it is the bottom of the 8th inning and my beloved Red Sox are playing Houston.
October 15th was Pregnancy and Infant loss day and I shared my story on Facebook about my Red Sox baby. The night the Red Sox won the 2013 world series, I felt lucky (we just started trying) so I peed on a stick and it said I was pregnant. Bryon and I were so excited about our Red Sox baby.
That baby died shortly thereafter but it took a couple of weeks for my body to figure it out. Bryon was so strong for me but one night he cried and said he was sad he wasn’t going to hold his baby.
I became pregnant with my daughter very soon after that so I tried not to dwell on my Red Sox Baby. Because I couldn’t imagine my life without her. This was the hardest thing I went through before Bryon died but I can honestly say that now I am at peace because I know he has gotten to hold both of our children.
I am grateful for that.
And I am grateful for those who talk about it because even though 1 in 4 woman suffer a miscarriage, I never felt more alone.
Red Sox going to the World Series!!!!
Good job boys!
What are you grateful for this week?
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After we went picking apples, we went to get some cider donuts.
Played some corn hole. Well more like threw around the bean bags. But they still had fun.
Heading down to the corn maze.
5 acres of fun.
This was a map of the maze.
We were told it takes roughly 40 minutes. It took us 49 but we had two small children. There was a crossword puzzle and if you got all the clues, you won a prize. We were successful and got a large pumpkin.
Today is Friday! Okay, it’s barely still Friday but I am going to work with it.
You survived the week!
Do you know what this means? It’s time for some Good Vibrations Gratitude!
Here are 5 things that I am grateful for this week.
Saturday at my bestie’s house.
My bestie Kimmy moved away. Luckily not too far. My daughter and I took a drive up to the North Country to visit. It was a day filled with fancy cheese, boxed wine (for the mommies), apple juice boxes for the littles, mac and cheese bake and buffalo chicken dip. It was nice to spend time with Kimmy and see her new house!
An evening with Robin Brillantes
My daughter and I met up with our friend Robin Brillantes for dinner at Chipotle. It was great to catch up.
We then went to a local park so my daughter can burn off some energy. She has been so hyper at bedtime and on this night, she went right to bed. I guess we need to add in more activity.
Seeing the turtles
I never knew there were turtles in our local park. That was a pleasant surprise!
Gymnastics and dance.
Summer classes have started. I don’t have any pics but her dance pics came in so here it is. Picture of a picture.
All the positive energy the Universe has been sending me.
The other morning, the Universe was sending me some happy music which put my in a high vibrational energy. Thank you Universe.
Last Saturday my daughter and I spent the day at a nearby farm in the Berkshires. It was lots of fun and I like to support area farmers.
On Sunday night I went to give my daughter a bath and there was no water. I check the internet and there were no posts by the town. I went outside and my neighbors were in the yard and they knew of a broken water main. The water was back by the morning and this ordeal made me appreciate our town water supply.
Progress on my Book
I haven’t been writing my book as fast as I had hoped but that is okay. I would rather do it well. I am cognizant that I do not want it just be the blog in book form so I am working on writing new, original content. The chapter I just finished- it’s good.
EMT’s and all First Responders
This week one of the Common Councilors, Judy Doesschate publicly blasted some EMT’s who had double parked. She took pictures of the ambulances and the actual EMT workers and posted them on Facebook. Needless to say, she got raked through the coals. Yes, there is traffic but the EMT’s need to have access to their ambulances and be able to rush to an emergency at a moments notice.
She should have thanked them for their service instead. She still hasn’t apologized. Well, a real apology. All of her public apologies have been along the vein of “I am sorry everyone got mad.” Seriously Judy, my three-year-old does a better job at apologizing.
I am grateful for our EMTs who save lives.
This Moment- Sweet Summertime
My daughter spent a good portion of the evening playing with her water table. She was loving it.
She kept trying to convince to keep adding water. It was giving me flashback to my childhood. For awhile, we had a three foot above ground pool that ultimately came down and left a big, round sand pit. My brother and I would spend all day filling pails with sand, packing it down and then flipping them over to make sand pail buildings. We would make a big sand pail building town.
Then, inspired by the 1980’s Captain Crunch commercials, my brother would grab the garden house, turn on the water and say “The Soggies are coming!”
I would plead for him to stop by saying “Don’t! Mom’s gonna get mad.”
But that wouldn’t deter my brother. He’s lay the hose down and the Soggies (a.k.a. water) would take over and destroy our sand pail town.
And every single time, the “fun” would end with my mother coming out and yelling at my brother.
To be fair, our town often would have water conservation efforts where you were only supposed to use your water on even or odd calendar days based on your address. (For example, our house number was 53 so we were only supposed to use our outdoor water on odd numbered days.)
Fun Fact about this blog. Almost all the posts on this blog are written between midnight and 2 am. Last night I chose to sleep instead. So I apologize for the post being up later than usual.
Time for some Good Vibrations Gratitude!
Last weekend my daughter and I were in a wedding of our good friends. These friend are very special to me and I am grateful that I got to be a part of their big day.
She makes me so proud.
That the storms missed Albany.
Being from New England, I joke that Albany is in the Midwest. But we don’t usually get tornado watches. I know watches just mean that the weather conditions are present where a tornado could begin. I know that tornado warnings are when you are supposed to stay calm while freaking out. But nope- anything with the word “tornado” in it freaks me out.
I am grateful that we missed the storms and grateful that my friends Downstate were safe.
Yesterday was my kitty’s “estimated” birthday. He turned nine. I didn’t remember it was his birthday until 3:15 pm. I guess that makes me a sh*tty cat mom. While he can be rather stand-offish to everyone else, he loves me. Bryon and I adopted him when he was studying for the NY Bar exam in 2011 so my cat and I have been through so much together.
Blue Bloods is one of my favorite shows. Like, I actually DVR it and watch it every week. I also binge watch it on Netflix when I need background noise.
I have been so emotionally invested in Jamie and Eddie. Way more than I ever was with Luke and Lorelei. What do they call it? Shipping? And they finally got together in the Season Finale! Yay!
Now if only Elena and Gabe can get together….though I am not nearly as emotionally invested in them as I was with Jamko.