Ooh, I forgot to mention the other new family member this year. Abe has had pretty big birthday parties for each of his ten years. This year he opted out of a party in order to get a tortoise. We chose a red footed baby tortoise that should in theory live for 60 years. Yep! Donnie joined the family in March and has done pretty well thus far. Abe soaks the little guy each morning, mists down the enclosure all day, it took us awhile to figure out the lights and heating situation, and aside from daily care it's a very simple but adorable pet. Tortoises really do every thing in slow motion and for some reason this slow motion creature is fascinating just sit and to watch.
2023 has been a year packed full or normal, routine, thus is life, way too busy, go go go. There was bickering, fighting, annoyances. Many, many, many "I'm so bored" moments. Fights about math. Puppy house training. But we also had our tiny garden. We read so very many books. There were friends, family, fun outings, a normal very busy summer season. We traded out the tiny blue car that I usually drove for a new to us car that my husband now drives (which is fine because I preferred our other car anyhow). I had been working one day still at the grocery store and two days at the daycare. I no longer work at the store and I'm really enjoying my job at the daycare. It was a year of overall good health and all in all we've a tremendous amount to be thankful for. Life is a blessing, a beautiful messy often times uncomfortable blessing. Thanksgiving overflows from here today for we are tremendously thankful!