Thursday, November 29, 2012


Thanksgiving was spent at our house with us and my mom.  My brother bailed at the last minute and with much trepidation I faced thanksgiving day.  Wednesday night I prayed that I would ‘choosejoy’.  That I would focus on the good things about this day vs what I was missing.  Jay and I cooked the feast and I think we had a good time preparing the feast.  I had the sides, he cooked the meat.  Our menu:

Pork Roast

Sweet potatoes

Mashed potatoes and gravy


Green bean casserole


Pumpkin pie and homemade whipped cream


All in all I’d give us 4 out of 5 stars.  Everything was fantastic, except the mashed potatoes.  Something just wasn’t right with them.   I’m not sure how you mess up mashed potatoes but I’m here to tell you that it can be done. The pie was homemade if you call homemade being a store bought crust and following the recipe on the libby’s can of pumpkin.  It might be the best pumpkin pie I’ve ever had.  Homemade whipped cream…I mean really why wouldn’t you?  So super simple and so good.  Brownies were made since Charlie does not like pumpkin pie.

I convinced the fam to take some pictures.

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Later that evening Mac and I headed to the plaza for the lighting ceremony.  This was our first experience.  I’ll be honest, I think I enjoyed ‘getting out’ as I did the actual lighting ceremony, but I would do it again, hopefully with the whole family next time.092098

Friday morning after my work out, I headed out to do a little black Friday shopping.  I selfishly did some shopping for myself and picked up a few items for gifts.  Later Friday morning we headed out to Arkansas where I honestly spent the rest of the weekend, drinking coffee, reading, sleeping, eating more than I should (like red velvet cheese cake…unreal.)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

thankful day 4

today i’m thankful for God’s grace.  thankful for a savior who suffered the cross, so that i may have eternal life with Him. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

thankful day 3

today i’m thankful for my health and my family’s health.  i’m thankful that i took a chance in 2009 and on a crazy whim decided to train and run a 1/2 marathon.  i’m thankful that decision has led me to incorporating exercise consistenly (some times more than others) into my life. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

thankful #2


wow, we are working on 16 years of marriage…that seems crazy, yet i know it is really only the beginning.  thankful that he was in that training class 17 years ago.  thankful that he asked me on our first date via email.  thankful that this guy accepts and loves me for who i am, that he tolerates the drama that is part of being with me.  thankful that he is truly the. best. dad.

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Monday, November 19, 2012


as we are into the week of thanksgiving….i’m going to challenge myself to do a post a day with what I’m thankful for.

I’m thankful for these two and that I’m their momma.  I’m thankful that they have each other.  That though they may not always like each other…they love and respect each other. i’m thankful that they help me to take life less seriously.