Sunday, November 27, 2011

An Attitude of Gratitude

We had lots of fun making these little guys, tasty and so cute

I have failed miserably at posting something daily about what I am grateful for this month. Not that I don't have things that I am grateful for but alas I didn't take the time to post daily on my blog about it. I have lots of ideas as to why but rather than try and figure it out I decided to post one more grateful post instead.  

This past week I have been surrounded by my family. It has been so fun to have Jeremy and Holly home for Thanksgiving. It was also fun to have our nephew Brent and his family here too. Though we didn't see much of them as they were at Disneyland most of the time. I am grateful to have my family here. I loved listening to Jeremy, Holly and Jason play video games and laugh and talk together. I am so grateful that now as adults my children like to hang out together.

Love this one around the table.

I am grateful for my job....even though I would have rather been home on Friday and Saturday hanging with my kids I am grateful that I can help to provide for us. I am also grateful many friends were at Costco this past week as seeing familar faces made it easier to work when I didn't really want to be there. I am grateful that Cliff and the kids came over to have lunch with me on Saturday before Holly and Jeremy left to go home. My heart hated that they had to leave on Saturday, but my mind understood their reasoning. My kids are grown now, they are making their own decisions and I am grateful that they have grown into such wonderful people.

AMAZING homemade dinner rolls.
A great recipe from the Pioneer Woman.

Last but certainly not least I am grateful for Cliff and all that he does for our family. He doesn't always get the recognition he deserves. He works hard....and he loves us dearly and I am so grateful for his love for me and our children. Thanks honey for loving us the way you do.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

The dog looks dorky but Jase looks great!

This was suppose to be just a picture of Jeremy
but  somehow I got Holly in there too...I love it
the two of them are simply adorable together!

I had to get at least one of me in the mix. =)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Doin' the Happy Dance

I went and checked my email this morning and look what I found...I have been published in an online scrappy magazine! I'm so excited! So I will be posting the layouts in a I guess for today....since I have fallen way behind in the grateful posting again...I am grateful for email...and I am grateful that I have been published!
I didn't post the layouts here so you won't have to worry about what you are missing...but i had to post this anyway.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Counting my Blessings

   I must confess, I borrowed this from Teresa Collin's blog. It does happen to be one of my favorite hymns however. I love the tune as well as it's message. It causes me to stop and ponder the wonderful blessings in my life. When I sing this in church I always think of my greatest family. So today I am counting my blessings and I am naming them Cliff, Jeremy, Jason and Holly!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

5 Days In

Here it is that time of year again when I like to post something I am grateful about each day....and for some reason I haven't posted yet and we are already 5 days into the month. I have been thinking about what I would like to post about...I am grateful for so many things...but I don't want to make this a repeat of last years list or even of the year before so because I was doing so much "thinking" about what I was grateful for I kind of froze. I once heard that "Analysis is Paralysis" so I decided I had better just stop analyzing and start posting.

So let me see if I can get up to speed here with 5 things I am grateful for in one post. Hopefully the rest of the month I will do better.

1. First off I am grateful for the opportunity I have to be creative in my studio almost     daily. I haven't done a lot of creating the last week or so but I am grateful for what I have come up with. I have kind of been in a "layout" slump. I have several sitting here waiting to be "finished". But I have started my December Daily album which I am super excited about and I have managed to make a few cards which I don't usually do so I guess it's good to change it up a bit once in a while.

2. Going along with my post on Halloween.....I am really grateful for my home and the neighborhood in which we live. It's quiet and we have wonderful neighbors.

3. I am grateful for the sound of laughter in my home. I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving when I will have my whole family here...I love to listen to them laugh.

4. I am grateful that I have always had a desire to take pictures. I am not a super photographer...but I am so grateful that I have the photographs that I do. My children don't understand how important it is for me to capture the memories and the moments. They often don't want to have their pictures taken but a photo can freeze a moment in time forever. I am so grateful that I have lots of photos of not only my parents but my grandparents as well. It helps me feel connected.

5. Today especially I am grateful that I have a job with benefits....sick pay to be exact. As I stood at the door at work today and gradually started to feel worse and worse...I was grateful that not only did our terrific board runner, Gabe, find a replacement for me but that I had the sick time to get paid as well.