Friday, November 30, 2012

Thirty Days of Thanks

You're all familiar with this.  It's usually a Facebook thing, but I found it a great exercise so I decided to share it on here, too.

Day 1: Kicking off Thankful November!! I'm thankful that I didn't have ice on my windshield this morning, even though I had to be at work early, I had a lovely sunrise to see, my husband had lunch with me, I had wonderful birthday wishes from my sweet friends and family (that's y'all!), I got to go out with my great coworkers tonight, my dear friend Danielle is visiting tomorrow! It's been a wonderful birthday and a wonderful start to the beginning of the month! Love to you all!!!
Day 2: As I do laundry and clean the apartment, I am so thankful to have clothes, furniture and a home to care for. AND that I have a dear friend visiting today giving me a reason to clean!!!
Day 3: I'm so very thankful for my alma mater, Baylor University. I'm thankful for all I learned there, the wonderful people I met there, and the amazing memories I made there. I wish I could be at Homecoming, but it's still great to watch Baylor winning, even in IL!
Day 4: I am thankful that I am exhausted from my full time job. Even though I closed tonight and I open tomorrow, I'm thankful to be making money, have health benefits and getting management experience!
Day 5: Thankful that we have a wide variety of not only edible, but healthy and delicious food and drinks readily available. Something so many don't have.

Day 6: I'm thankful I live in a country where we can exercise our right to voice our opinions, disagree, and feel safe doing so. Thank you ,Jesus.

Day 7: I'm thankful for the gift of music and my husband's ability to play guitar. Lovely.
Day 8: I'm thankful that I am healthy and able-bodied. Just walking, let alone being able to run and work out, is a blessing I often take for granted. 

Day 9: I'm thankful I have a safe, dependable mode of transportation. So grateful for this luxury I also often take for granted.

Day 10: I'm thankful for the freedom to attend a place of worship with other believers and praise my God as I see fit.

Day 11: I'm thankful for the brave men and women who served in the US military so that I could have that freedom.  Happy Veterans Day!

Day 14: I am thankful for Baylor theatre. What an amazingly talented group of people and wonderful friends. I miss it every day.

Day 15: I am thankful for my education in general. I have been blessed to go to an excellent high school and college that helped me tap into my potential.

Day 16: I am thankful for luxuries like heat, ac, running water, and electricity. We expect those things but how different life is when we don't have them. I am so blessed!
Day 17: I'm thankful for my wonderful, sweet, intelligent, supportive husband.  And I'm especially grateful he asked me out 5 years ago.

Day 18: I'm thankful for the great state of Texas and I'm so glad to be home.

Day 19: I'm thankful for my warm, loving, silly and generous in-laws who have welcomed me into their home these last 5 years.

Day 20: I'm thankful for my wonderful, generous grandfather and everything he does and has done for me.

Day 21: I am thankful for my mom who is kind, intelligent, strong, independent, and one heck of a cook. I got her eyes, her determined spirit, and her work ethic.

Day 22: I am thankful for my dad who is loving, silly, generous, compassionate and has never met a stranger. I got his legs, his appetite and his sense of humor.

Day 23: I am thankful for my sweet munchkin/baby sister Hannah and my precious niece she has given me.  I am so proud of her and cannot wait to see all that she accomplishes!

Day 24: I am thankful for my middle sister Jen, and her beautiful family.  I love getting to watch her sweet kids grow up, even if it is from across the country.
Day 25: I am thankful for my brother Josh and my oldest nephew.  They are two fantastic guys, and I miss them all the time.
Day 26:  I am thankful for my oldest sister Holly and her beautiful boys. All of my nieces and nephews are growing up into such amazing kids and I am so proud of how my siblings are raising them!
Day 27: I am thankful to have gotten to travel and see this awesome world we live in.  I am lucky to have been lots of places, and I hope to go see many more!
Day 28: I am thankful for the people who serve our communities every day like my brother-in-law Ricky the firefighter, my sister-in-law Morgan the nurse, and my sister-in-law Katelyn, the future teacher.  They are true life-savers and life-changers, and I am so grateful for their service!
Day 29: I am thankful for the courageous freedom seekers who traveled to this country centuries ago and braved adversity to start a new life, some of whom are my ancestors.  I am also thankful for the Native American tribes who helped those settlers survive, some of whom are also my ancestors.

Day 30: I am thankful for the holiday season which gives us a chance to reflect on all of our blessings, visit our loved ones, and remember the important things that make this life so rich.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pin Up and Pumpkins

I love Halloween!  Not only do I get to have fun with friends, dress up and eat lots of candy, but it's also the night before my birthday, so I generally milk it for all it's worth.  It's the best reason I can come up with to get the hubs to participate in the festivities with me.  I know, I know, it was over 3 weeks ago, but I don't care.  I have to share the fun I had celebrating my first Halloween as a married gal!

The first project I began was my costume.  Since it was our first Halloween as husband and wife, I thought it'd be fun to go as a classic housewife, since I feel like some days that's exactly what I am.  The 1940's pin up housewife is specifically what came to mind.  Aren't these great?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Touches of Fall

Who doesn't just love when the air gets crisp, leaves grow vibrant and pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere?

This is my first fall as a married woman with my own home to decorate.  Unfortunately, I don't have a whole lot of space to do so, as you've all heard me lament before.  Likewise, my budget is somewhat to be desired, so the mission was to get some nice, simple touches for the fall season to make our apartment cute and cozy.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Small Projects, Big Impression

 Wow, I have been gone a while!

Things like work, crafts, Halloween, my birthday, the election and friend visits got have completely pushed updating on here to the bottom of my priority list. Lately, when I've been getting the urge to write, I focus on my play instead of my blog. But I promised a series on my art/decor projects, and I really only have a few left to mention.