101 Things I Love

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I love getting to know the bloggers I follow just a little better because it helps me relate on a more personal level with them. Hearing about their days, their joys, their struggles... it really helps build a community. So with that I thought a list of 101 things I love would be a great way to give all of you a little window into me. And since my blog is all about finding joy this is just a list full of things that almost always bring me joy!

Fair warning: This is kind of a brain dump post. As in anything and everything that I love could pop into my head at any moment and get added to the list. No specific order. Welcome to the insanity that is my mind. 

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  1. Jesus (bet you didn't see that one coming!)
  2. My Micah-pants (or that one)
  3. My kiddos (I know this one is a total surprise too!)

    Okay, okay, you want to read about loves that you may not know... on to the rest of the list!
     
  4. Cast iron pans
  5. Flat whisks
  6. Cookie scoops
  7. Coffee syrups
  8. Heavy cream
  9. Afternoon snacks
  10. Open windows in spring
  11. Hearing my kids play nicely together
  12. Bedtime (can I get an amen?)
  13. Ikea (I'm so glad we don't have one close by!)
  14. Aldi (I wish we had one close by!)
  15. Hearing my kids make up random songs (yeah, they are so my kids)
  16. Harry Potter
  17. Marvel Cinematic Universe
  18. LEGO! (how did this wait until #18 to make it on the list?)
  19. Photography (I need to get my camera out and play again)
  20. Reese's Puffs cereal (nom, nom, nom)
  21. Peanut Butter M&Ms
  22. Red Velvet Cheesecake
  23. Peanut Butter Cheesecake with a Brownie bottom 
  24. Homemade English muffins
  25. Catching up with an old friend
  26. The smell of grilling
  27. S'mores (especially with peanut butter cups instead of chocolate bars!)
  28. Cloth diapers 
  29. Being part of MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers)
  30. Boxed mac & cheese (powdered cheese forever!)
  31. Rainbow chip frosting (I was so excited when it came back!)
  32. My fridge stash of buttercream
  33. Microwave cakes (my favorites are peanut butter and funfetti)
  34. Our Tuft & Needle mattress (it's like being held gently in someone's hands!)
  35. LEGO Dimensions (soooo much fun!)
  36. Veronica Mars (a tv show I could watch over and over)
  37. These chocolate chip cookies. Absolutely my favorite recipe.
  38. Breakfast pizza.
  39. Sausage and gravy (now I'm hungry)
  40. Teaching my kids a new board game.
  41. Hearing my big boys improving their reading skills (we are working on chapter books!)
  42. Micah's cheesy pick up lines
  43. Twin language (or at least I think they know what the other is saying!)
  44. Homemade sausage mcmuffins with (over-easy) egg and cheese (maple sausage!)
  45. Freezer cooking
  46. Crispy crab rolls (spicy crab and cream cheese roll deep fried)
  47. Ichiban rolls (Spicy tuna, avocado, cream cheese and crab meat deep fried)
  48. All you can eat sushi places (and now I need a date night)
  49. Date night!
  50. Ice cream sundaes
  51. Homemade ice cream in this ice cream maker
  52. Scrubs (another tv show I can watch over and over again)
  53. Flip flop weather (almost anytime there's no snow on the ground)
  54. 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies
  55. Micah's three day weekends (even if the work days get long)
  56. Fresh made guacamole
  57. Vacuum lines on the carpet (and yet I don't vacuum nearly as often as I should...)
  58. Clean sink in the morning (one of my monthly goals and it's so nice!)
  59. Christmas lights! (I still have one strand up probably driving my neighbors bonkers)
  60. Christmas cookies (I'm not sure I could narrow it down at this point)
  61. Pizza (duh)
  62. Fish tacos (one of my favorite dishes to order since my family isn't on board)
  63. Browsing Pinterest (this also may cause me severe time loss but food! crafts! fun!)
  64. Fixer Upper 
  65. Fluffy, diner style pancakes (never firm and flat - blech!)
  66. Double stuff Oreos (single just doesn't cut it anymore)
  67. Saucy stir fry noodles (which is why they are on the menu so often!)
  68. Potstickers
  69. When my kids say, "You're the best mommy ever!" (yay, I haven't permanently scared them yet!)
  70. When my kids enthusiastically eat something I cook and ask for seconds, thirds, ore more
  71. Sloppy toddler kisses (once they get older the sloppy is not so great)
  72. Kids helping with chores
  73. Sleeping in (it's such a rare treat and my body doesn't always cooperate but man it's amazing when it happens!)
  74. Cuddles 
  75. Netflix date nights (we have found some great - and not so great - movies this way)
  76. Coloring
  77. Fresh box of Crayola crayons (does any other brand really come close?)
  78. My Kitchen-aid mixer
  79. Blueberry bagels with strawberry cream cheese
  80. Rainbow after a storm
  81. Thunderstorms
  82. My black hoodie (I've owned it for at least 12 years now... I refuse to part with it)
  83. PJ pants 
  84. Baby-wearing
  85. Breastfeeding (just passed 17 months with the little boys! wooo!)
  86. Peanut butter
  87. Doctor Who (so glad I stopped ignoring Micah when he'd ask me to join him!)
  88. My little boys saying, "Nuh-night" when we put them down for nap or bedtime. 
  89. Audiobooks (it's really the only way I get reading in these days)
  90. Cozy sweaters
  91. The burn after a good workout
  92. Loading up my cart on a store's website and then not buying anything
  93. Writing (obviously or this blog thing wouldn't be a thing :P )
  94. Being crafty (I've got some fun ideas to do this summer that I plan on sharing with you!)
  95. Dance (15 years as a dancer means it's never out of my system)
  96. Rocking the babies to sleep (I know my days of this are numbered)
  97. Pedicures (I know I'm due before flip flop weather is really here for good)
  98. Spreading joy and encouragement
  99. Fuzzy slippers
  100. Peppermint mochas (no matter the season!)
  101. Hearing about what you love!

Shout it out - What do you love?

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