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This month I’m participating in 30 Days of Thanks (#30DaysofThanks) by writing a blog post about 30 things I’m thankful for. To join in, go to the link above. The best part is, you don’t need to have a blog or even be on social media to take part in the project; you just need to be thankful. I can’t wait to see how my life might change by spending the 30 days in November giving thanks for things in my life — every single day.

Today I am thankful that my sister and I found some time in our busy schedules to slip away and go to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower before it left theatres.  If you didn’t get to see it, do.  If you haven’t read the book, read it.  Go buy the soundtrack, it’s fantastic.  Or, if you want, just go listen to it on Spotify:

The movie was beautifully done.  I think it helped that the novel’s author, Stephen Chbosky, wrote the screenplay and directed the film, too.  As much as I loved the book, I think this film might have been even better.  Although that might have been because the actors were so endearing.  It was truly one of the best movies I have seen in recent memory.

Afterward, LC and I went to Starbucks for a bit of an afternoon pick-me-up, and to take advantage of their “buy one holiday drink, get the other free from 2pm-5pm deal”.  I treated myself to a Grande Skinny Peppermint Mocha for 130 calories.  It was a delicious treat.

Weekends like this one, where my sister and I get to spend a lot of time together (we lounged around for much of the day yesterday, too) are all too rare, making them all the more precious.  I’m so grateful that my sister is my best friend and that she and my nieces live right next door.

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In the midst of unpacking and organizing my new place on Saturday, my sister LC and my two nieces (T – age 8 and L – age 3) came over with their dog Minnie.  They had just spent hours at Bark in the Park, an annual dogs-and-their-owners festival that I really wanted to go to.  Alas, Ms. Lulu had a scheduling conflict – she had an all-day grooming appointment.  LC hadn’t planned to stay all day (she lives about 45-minutes away), but they had such a good time that they got to my house a lot later than expected.

Even though the house wasn’t looking it’s absolute best, I had made a lot of headway in the unpacking department, so it looked pretty warm and welcoming.  I had also just received the Aerobed and quilt that I ordered for the spare bedroom the day before.  It seemed like the stars were aligned and telling me to invite the girls (even the dog is female) over for an impromptu slumber party!

It was soooo much fun.  I’m glad my sister said yes (both nieces were pleading with her to let them stay at Zia’s), and it didn’t take much convincing, because I think LC was in need of a little break from the awkwardness at home with her soon-to-be-ex husband.  Plus, she and the girls were pretty tired from the long day in the sun, walking around at all of the booths and events.

We had a few appetizers because the girls were starving and then we headed to Target to go buy a few things I needed for the house and some pjs for the kiddies.  I bought them the CUTEST pjs ever – T got hello kitty pjs and slippers and L got Paul Frank monkey pjs and slippers.  I wish I would’ve taken photos of them, because they were adorable.  We left the pjs at my house so that when they sleep over next time, they can wear them again.  I told LC that from now on when she comes down, she should always bring a back-up change of clothes for her and the girls, just in case she decides she wants to stay over with me (or my parents).

After the shopping, we had dinner, took baths and showers, and had some hot chocolate/coffee and ice cream (Dryer’s slow-churned (less fat)) and watched cartoons before the girls went to bed.  The Aerobed inflated just about as quickly as they said it would, and it was really comfortable.  The girls loved watching it “blow up” and thought it was just the coolest thing to sleep on. If you’re like me and don’t want to make your spare bedroom into a permanent bedroom all the time, I’d highly recommend getting the Aerobed; it’s tons more comfortable than a futon.

Even Lulu and her cousin Minnie got along well.  They started wrestling/playing around the time the girls were getting ready for bed, and it was just the cutest thing ever to see them play.

LC and I stayed up chatting and watching The Cooking Channel (Nigella Lawson makes the food so sensuous, doesn’t she?  Although she has put on some pounds – LC said it was all that olive oil she was pouring on the food.  🙂 She’s still so beautiful, but I did notice that there was “a lot more of her to love” than the last time I saw her on t.v., years ago). It was fun having some sister time and just relaxing.

The next morning (after a few bad dreams/barking episodes that woke us all up throughout the night), we had Overnight Oats (it was a hit with everyone!) and then got ready to head to the dog park.  Minnie had never been before, and since Lulu is an “old pro” now, we thought it would be fun.  The girls enjoyed watching the puppies playing for a little while, but the swings and jungle gym started calling their name before long, so LC took them to play while I stayed with the pups.  They had a terrific time, and Lulu was so tired out the rest of the day that she literally didn’t do anything but sleep for the entire day.

If you notice that devilish “grin” on Minnie’s face, that’s because this was taken mere moments before she decided to join my nieces in the middle row of seats.  Naughty girl!  Poor Lulu, who isn’t thrilled with car rides anyway, felt abandoned in the back seat.  It was HILARIOUS, though, and we were laughing so hard that I thought we were going to get in a wreck. Luckily LC drives like a granny, because everything was fine.

All in all, it was such a fun, spontaneous evening.  I told LC that I want to try to have Sisters’ Slumber Party at least once a month, if we can.  Next month we’re getting together to take the dogs (and the girls) to Society Dog’s Howling Halloween parade.  I cannot wait!

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