In the spirit of Thanksgiving and all things happy and thankful, I wanted to share what I'm grateful for this year. 2016 has been much different than 2015. While it hasn't been an awful year, it hasn't been the best all around, but I'm still very thankful for so much.
The beach- having sand and beautiful sunsets so close to home is amazing. SO many of our nights this past Summer were spent here and they were some of the best this year.
My health- going to the doctor's office is never fun for me. I may have some migraines here and there and deal with anxiety issues, but overall my health is great. I am thankful for that.
Dry shampoo- there's no denying my love and thankfulness from a beautiful bottle of Batiste that saves me a few times a week.
My husband letting me put up one tree before Thanksgiving- Chuck LOVES Thanksgiving (I mean his Twitter bio includes the words "loves potatoes") and just to see me happy he agreed to one tree going up weeks before Turkey Day.
Our job promotions- this year was great for both Chuck and I being able to move forward in our careers. There's days that are stressful, long, and hectic but I know I wouldn't be able to do as many things in my personal life without working hard during the day, so it is all a blessing.
My baking abilities- I may not be the best cook without a recipe in front of me, but I love dreaming up cupcake ideas and more. It's something that relaxes me and makes me happy. Making Ethan's chocolate chip cookies is one of my favorite things to do.
My family- no explanation needed. I'm blessed.
Amazing friends- I always knew I had great friends, but the outpouring of love and support we received a few months ago was beyond what I would have ever imagined. Friends setting up dinners to make sure I didn't have to worry about cooking, sending coffee gift cards to keep us fueled up and just being there to listen and lend an ear. We are very lucky to have such awesome people in our lives.
Fall-it's my favorite season and this one was really beautiful. We didn't have the chance to do as many Fall activities as we usually do, but seeing the beautiful colors of the leaves and having a picture perfect season is alright with me.
Soft blankets- I love cozying up on the couch with a blanket and a candle burning to enjoy a book. I did a lot of that recently on the weekends and it's just what I needed. Such a good feeling!
Trips to the zoo, concert dates, vacations and more- I love getting in the car and going somewhere. Trips really do something great for my soul and refresh my energy. I'm thankful to be able to experience all these things and making memories with the ones I love.
Target dollar bins- decorating has become a top favorite on my list of things I love and it wouldn't be possible without the Target dollar bins. They seriously have the cutest stuff (like I needed to convince you otherwise). I pick up little things here and there that help bring an extra little bit of cuteness to our home.
My blogger friends and readers- all of you make coming to this space really special for me. When our family was going through a rough time I read e-mails, comments and received texts that truly made my days better. I'm so happy I've got the chance to meet some of you in person, and the rest of you that I haven't make me feel like I know you so well by connecting through the Internet and that's pretty awesome.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week and enjoy this time with your loved ones. Take a moment and think about all you're thankful for this year. Whether it's the meal in front of you, a new home, or special memories with family and friends...there is always something to cherish. I'll be taking the rest of the week off from the blog to relax and enjoy every moment. See you next week.
Have the happiest Thanksgiving. Thank you for all your support and love!