be thankful

Thankful

Good Morning!  Getting an early start… there’s so much to fit in today, some of the usual holiday activities… and some not so traditional like catching my son’s very first 8k Turkey Trot this morning; I do love when a new tradition starts.  Then there’s some cooking, the family gathering, and of course the big finish, the turkey dinner.  It’s quiet now, a good time to reflect on all that I am thankful for… which is so very much!  I truly am blessed for everything and everyone in my life.

   Wishing you & yours a
Happy Thanksgiving

be-grateful

Until next time,
Maria

31 days, 16 hours, 20 minutes and ….seconds

A Happy Day After Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope everyone is sufficiently stuffed following their Turkey Day feasts.  Heck, some of you may be working off some of those extra calories right now … out shopping the day away.  Me, I plan to thoroughly enjoy this day off.  This is a HUGE deal for me as I am self-employed (i.e., I don’t work, I don’t make money).  And to take a day off with the Christmas gift list growing…. well, that’s a really big do I/ don’t I decision.   And even bigger since it follows the actual Holiday day off; which, just for the record, I don’t really consider a day off… nope, no way …. not with all the visiting, eating, and merriment 😉 … and by day’s end I can’t wait for my head to hit the pillow!

Today is a real day off…a conscious decision not to work (and that includes housework & cooking)…  A day to start off slow, actually enjoy that first cup of  coffee of the day, to allow myself to actually read (not read on the go) and  take in a little inspiration from all my favorite blogs (and find a few freebies, yippee!)… and get a little lost in web where I found this   (https://pinterest.com/pin/145311525448125176/).  Oh my, so much holiday craftiness and eats!  Seriously, how cute is this crafty little edible.   As soon as I finish up here, I’m grabbing another cup of coffee and see what other wonderful finds are out there…

And while I am feeling the spark of that Holiday spirit, I think I’ll head to the attic and see what kind of Christmas props I can come up with for this year’s Christmas card.  Well, that was actually supposed to start last weekend with a family photo shoot.  Keyword:  Was.   We (I) have never done a “professional” photo card like you see from Shutterfly or places like that, and my daughter has always wanted one.  I must admit they’ve really got some awesome looking designs out there.  To my credit, though, I did this homemade one a few years back. Can’t you just feel the love I put into it?  

Back to last weekend …. unfortunately, my son “forgot” and made other plans, and as he was walking out the door said “just Photoshop me in ….”  Oh well, maybe I didn’t fight so hard for the “family portrait” because of how much I really enjoy the process of creating the family Christmas card ….   Here’s a few from Christmas’ past …

 feeling a little more creative.  hahaha… he had no choice…

mixing things up even a little bit more.

 

SO, YES!  today is truly a gift I am giving myself …. a REAL day off.