Saturday, November 24, 2012

The First Thanksgiving

No, not the VERY first...

but MY very first Thanksgiving - just the girls and I.

Skyler, Savannah and I celebrated our Thanksgiving on Wednesday night.  Rick and I agree that as far as holidays are concerned, the best thing for the girls will be consistency...what they already know.  Thanksgiving night has always been spent at Rick's parent's house and this year would be no different.  The only difference is that the night before would be their Thanksgiving with me.  At first I wasn't sold on this arrangement, but it didn't take long before I recognized that the "holiday" isn't necessarily about THAT particular day, it's about the celebration.  It really doesn't matter (to me) what day the celebratin' takes place.  

The girls and I created a menu complete with all of our favorites including (a very small) turkey and all the trimmings.  We had a nice, casual dinner together filled with conversation and laughter.  We, of course, took some time to reflect on all we had to be thankful for.  We all agreed on the usuals - thankful for family, friends and health, food, a nice home and love.  Savannah also read a paragraph she had written at school which stated one of the things she was most thankful for was recess (because it gives us a "brain break".)  Although Skyler and I snickered a bit when she read that, I thought about it later and decided she's absolutely right!  With how much I've been working lately, Thanksgiving Day was a day of NO work for me.  My recess, if you will.  And the brain break was 100% needed and appreciated.  Skyler shared the things she was thankful for, one of which really hit home.  Skyler was thankful for change - because it gives us the opportunity to become stronger.  What a wise and insightful thought, especially from an 11 year old.  I am ABSOLUTELY thankful for change. And strength. And independence. And courage.  

Our Thanksgiving would not have been complete 
without quite possibly the best part of Thanksgiving. 


When you live in a house full of girls, dessert time looks a little different.  Like, no need to cut and serve the pumpkin pie different.  3 forks.  That's all that's needed.  

Can you tell we're not crust fans?

Thursday morning was spent lounging around in our PJ's watching movies and the parade.  Rick picked up the girls in the afternoon and they headed off for another delicious Thanksgiving dinner at Rick's parent's house.  Me, I stayed home.  Alone.  

Now before you go and feel sad for me, please know that I was invited to 4 Thanksgivings.  And while I very much appreciated the thoughtfulness of others and their willingness to include me, I assured everyone that I was actually quite looking forward to a nice quiet evening to myself, in my new house, which I love by the way.  After all, I had already had my Thanksgiving evening.  Now it was time for some quiet "me" time.  I thoroughly enjoy "me" time.  

One girl + one chick flick + appetizers = A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

So there you have it, my very first Thanksgiving.  Quite a success I'd say during this time of change.  I trust that all of you spent your Thanksgiving in exactly the way you wanted to, with those you love the very most.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I Miss You!

Life has been busy.
                   Crazy busy.
                                   INSANELY busy!

And yet, life continues to be very good.  Great, in fact.

What's been filling my time?  Well, 2 things in particular seem to be taking up every spare moment I have these days.

1) A major increase in my responsibilities at work.  Yay!  More work!  I'm very excited about this.

2) I've moved.  Hopefully for the last time ever.  Moving is a really job. Yeah, not a fan.

I begin my day VERY early and I end my day in the wee hours of the morning. It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks.  Things are finally beginning to settle down a bit, and for that, I am grateful.

Because I miss writing blog posts.  I miss reading my fellow bloggers blog posts. I miss YOU.

I'll catch up soon, my friends!  Until then, what I'd really love to know is:

HOW ARE ALL OF YOU DOING?  Truly.  Will you tell me in a comment so I can feel connected again?  Please and thank you.  XO

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Happy Birthday Milena and Gustavo!

The world has become a better place since the two of you entered it 
just one year ago.

The year in pictures:

2 days old

1 month 

2 months

3 months

4 months

5 months

6 months

7 months

8 months

9 months

10 months

11 months


Happy Birthday Kiddos.  I love you so, so much!

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