It's mine and Stefan's third Thanksgiving together since we've been married and Raelyn's first! We already had our family Thanksgiving and today I packed up the little one and headed over to the fire station for Thanksgiving with the rest of the firefighters and their families.
The food was plentiful and the dessert was even better (OBV. I'm a sucker for anything sweet). Raelyn was a little overwhelmed and tired because I woke her up from her nap, but it didn't take her long to warm up to everyone and run around. It's so sweet to hear people talk about her and come play with her. We all ate way too much and once the crowd cleared up we headed back home to play with the pups before bedtime. Both her and I are exhausted today and as much as I would like to crawl into bed at eight thirty, homework is calling my name. I've put it off to decorate the house for CHRISTMAS and maybe a little Vampire Diaries marathon! P.S if you love TVD then we may have just became best friends. It's my newest obsession.
As for black Friday..err Thursday? shopping.. negative. And for those of you who are out shopping on Thanksgiving, shame on you. This may be my personal opinion, but this is a holiday about family as should Christmas. So I don't think people should be taking away from Thanksgiving to buy presents for Christmas, when that shouldn't be what Christmas is about anyhow. Save it for Friday people :) I am on the hunt for a convertible car seat for Rae since she will probably out grow hers soon andddd I'd be lying if I said I wasn't going to go by Target before work Friday morning!
And finally the last of the 'Give Thanks' posts! It was nice to reflect on what I was thankful for. Honestly, each night I pray I try to do this. It's easy to let life take control and get caught up in work, stress, day to day hustle and there's so much to remember to be thankful for. Letting Jesus direct our paths is a beautiful thing.
I'm so very thankful for a heater. I am the biggest baby in the cold and poor Pumpkin lets me crank the heat up just to stay warm. It's a good think I'm very aware at what this will do to our electric bill so I've gotten better about layering clothes and lots of cozy blankets around the house.
Skype/FaceTime. Our Raeritto is a PRO at this. Now I don't want her to even think about computers or cell phones until she's eighteen (ha ha) but she knows the sound of FaceTime and Skype and gets so excited when she see's her dad or Lola on the other end. Because family is so far away it allows my mom to see her everyday even if it's just for a few minutes. Pumpkin's schedule unfortunately takes time away from home every other day, so we make sure to FaceTime on lunch breaks and before bedtime. It's going to be even more adorable when she can talk.
I would literally chop all my hair off if it weren't for flippin' hair claw/clip things. I don't know the real name of them, but I'm sure you ladies out there know what I'm talking about. Ladybug likes to pull my hair and now that it's extremely long, she basically grabs onto it without even realizing it. So these things are lifesavers throughout the day.
Cameras. Any and all of them. I am constantly snapping pictures.. probably too much, but I don't want to forget a single thing. Now that we have a little babe, she is seriously growing up way.too.fast. and it seems like every day there is something new about her. I look at all my pictures from when I was a baby and I treasure those so much, so I hope she will too once she's older.
Rae's nasal aspirator! Pretty self explanatory, but it keeps her little nose boog free and that's the way we all like it :)
Netflix & Hulu. After recently canceling cable because we're trying to save every little bit we can we started using these sites and besides sports (which we found a site for that too) we can now watch everything! Again with my Vampire Diaries obsession.
We're going on almost eleven months strong with breastfeeding!!! My goal was three months and look how far we've gotten. So amazing. Some days it's really hard, but I wouldn't trade that bond for anything in the world. I'm so very thankful for how long I've been able to breastfeed. I was planning on stopping at a year, but with all the traveling plus the move I might put it off until we make it to Oregon.
I'm definitely a type A personality and I'd be LOST without my planner. I have lists for lists and I like to write and rewrite things, so my planner keeps me sane for the most part.
Water, because we'd die without it. But seriously, I crave water like no other. I think breastfeeding has a lot to do with it, but either way I'm thankful it's plentiful here.
*Knock on wood* I can't believe I'm even typing this, but Rae's sleep is on the upswing. That's all I'm saying because I always jinx it.
I've already said I was thankful for my handsome, but I'm also thankful for his time, his effort, his patience, his humor, his laughter, his smile, the look he gives me when I walk through the door and the hugs he gives me without even asking. I'm thankful for the facebook instant message he wrote me over four years ago.
The very last 'thanks' goes to you! I'm thankful for all of you.. even though it's probably less than ten people who read this blog, thank you :) Thank you for taking time out of your day to peek into the lives of my family.