Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I simply cannot believe that today is the last day of November... this month (and year, for that matter) has flown by.  We have so much for which to be thankful... and this entire month has been a reminder of all of those things.  Even in the frustrations, I have found reasons to be thankful... and I don't know if it's the spirit of Thanksgiving, or if I've just been fortunate enough to have that kind of month-- where I'm able to have perspective and an odd sense of peace {most of the time}.

When we moved to California in 2005 I worried about holidays... Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and birthdays-- they're all so meaningful to me.  Growing up holidays were a big deal.  I wanted the same feelings of happiness and "family" for my kids... and being so far away from our entire lives, I was so unsure of what the holidays would look like for us.  Our first Thanksgiving in Sacramento I was so grateful that we were invited to Dawn's house for dinner... and every subsequent Thanksgiving/Easter/Christmas we have had multiple offers from friends to join their celebrations.  This is not anything we take for granted... and each year we are thankful to have such amazing friends- who are more like family to us now.  This year we went to Joline's house for the first time ever (well, we've been to her house, just not for Thanksgiving)... and as always, had a wonderful day.  The kids had a great time playing and the adults had a great time eating and watching parades and dog shows :)

I love the holiday season... and even though I miss my family and friends back East, I am thankful for our California home.

And because no post is complete without a picture... I'll give you more of a sneak peak into our 2010 holiday card.  Which, by the way, is another thing I am thankful for... thankful for good friends who are photographers and do an amazing job with photoshop... who are willing to work with us at the last minute


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