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It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Most people seem to be friendlier and grateful for all the wonderful things in their lives. Christmas lights feel magical to me. I started to put some of my Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving. I brought our tree up Thanksgiving night. I’m ready for the celebrations to begin.

I can’t remember the last time we had snow on Thanksgiving. It’s really starting to feel like winter instead of fall. This really helps to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. We bought our little love a mini snowmobile in hopes that she will want to ride with us. She hasn’t been into her helmet, but when we had a couple of inches of snow on the ground, she loved riding it. Like really loved it! My fearless child will probably be a maniac on that thing, but I’m proud that she is so adventurous.

I didn’t go at all last year because the snow was terrible. This year it sounds like there will be a lot of snow. Yippee! Having a winter activity helps keep the winter blues away; or at least further away than if there wasn’t any winter hobby.

We were up at my parents house today to celebrate Thanksgiving with my side of the family. My parents already have their housed decked out in Christmas cheer. The trees were gorgeous and unlike anything I have seen. The snow looks like it crystalized onto the trees and made the atmosphere feel crisp, clean and is participating in the Christmas feeling.

My mom already has some presents under the tree. My little love attempted to open several packages today. More than once. And guess what? She didn’t nap today. I know that is a shock. I even tried to bribe her with a dollar. I think she kept it, even though she didn’t take a nap. No, I am not above bribing my child to sleep. Mama needs a break. Choose your bribes wisely. They may not be as effective as you are hoping. Mine was a big fail. But look at that face. This girl has us wrapped around her fingers.

This mom is ready to do all sorts of wintery and Christmasy activities in hopes that when my daughter is grown she will think fondly on her childhood. Plus, I really want to make Christmas treats and having a toddler is totally an excuse to over indulge.

Thankful Thursday – Thanksgiving 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it is already Thanksgiving. This month has been very hectic for us and I feel like 2015 has flown by. I feel like my mind has been all over the place and I’m grateful for this holiday to slow everything down.

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We are spending the actual holiday with my in-laws because my dad is out of the country. We will celebrate with my family on Saturday. This is my first Thanksgiving not spent with my family. It makes me sad. I like things to be a certain way. I like to know what I can expect. I like tradition.

While I am sad about not spending the holiday with my family; I am grateful that I get to have 2 Thanksgivings this year. I’m grateful that my daughter gets to see both sides of her relatives for the holidays. I’m grateful that I have never had to worry about going hungry. I’m thankful that I’ve never had to worry about not having shelter at night. I’m beyond thankful that I have a family that could help me out if food or shelter were ever a concern.

I’m thankful for my freedom. On so many levels. We are all so lucky that we basically get to live our lives the way we choose. I’m thankful for a holiday that helps us focus on what the good things in our lives. Hope everyone has a great and safe holiday.

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Thankful Thursday #2

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Today I am especially thankful for having both sides of our family living close to us. We have an entire household that either has the stomach flu or food poisoning. We were able to call my sister-in-law up and she came over to help take care of the little rascal while we are resting. She also brought some ginger ale, anti-nausea medicine, crackers and Pedialite. So thoughtful.

That is not our only benefit. We are fortunate to be able to see both sides of our families for the holidays. My daughter gets to grow up knowing both sets of grandparents and cousins. We don’t have a lot of expensive holiday travel to see our loved ones. I might have mentioned this before, but we also get free childcare. My mom keeps my mini me safe, I will never be able to express my gratitude for the peace of mind. Knowing my child is in amazing hands while I’m at work is a blessing.

This time of year it can be easy to get caught up in the holiday hype. It’s also easy  to reflect on all the things we are already blessed with. With my job, I work with people who are chronically mentally ill, homeless, have addiction issues and/or have limited to no support systems. I am so grateful to have shelter, enough food, loved ones and stability in my life.

I may start posting a Thankful Thursday every Thursday instead of just in November. I want to focus more on the positives in my life. If you’d like to share what your grateful for I’d always love to hear what makes other people happy, fulfilled and feeling blessed.

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Treat Tuesday – Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Sweet Potatoes

I’ve decided that I will be posting my Treat Tuesdays on my new blog from now on. If you’d like the check it out please click here. Sorry if this will be confusing for a while. Hope you all are having a wonderful Tuesday and are getting ready for yummy Thanksgiving feasts!

Thankful Thursday #1

I thought about focusing on what I’m thankful for this month. That’s what I love about November, people seem to be more reflective and thoughtful this time of year. Thanksgiving seems to be one of the least decorated holidays, but you can still make it festive. Use pumpkins, turkeys, pinecones, pilgrims and indians and you are all set.

The first thing I am thankful for is that I get to be a mostly stay-at-home mom. It seems like the past 2 years have already flown by. I love that we are fortunate enough that I can spent so much time with my little love. Even if she drives me crazy half the time. Seriously, have to get my roots touched up all the time because she had turned me grey!

I’m also thankful for free child care! Woohoo! Thanks mom! No, seriously; thank you! We’d be lost without you. I cannot even begin to tell you how much of a relief it is to know that my child is safe and with someone trustworthy when I am away. This is one of the greatest gifts I could ever be given.

I’m so grateful that my hubby lets me shop on Zulily and at Target…..a lot! Might be silly, but having a thoughtful, non-controlling husband is pretty great! I also appreciate how hard he works so we get to have such a comfortable life.

I’m thankful for pretty decorations that make a house feel like a home. The little things can really make a big difference. It could also be because my mom is so stylish and always had our house looking amazing while we were kids. So putting out themed decorations reminds me of my mom. As you all know, since I write about it frequently, I’m obsessed with my mother.

And in this moment, I’m thankful for naps. I’m thankful for a worn out toddler who is passed out next to me. Naps are infrequent in this house. I appreciate that she is asleep right now so mommy gets a much needed break! What are you all thankful for?

I’m planning on every Thursday this month, focusing on what makes me happy, thankful, grateful and/or blessed.