Feeling Oh So Thankful

This Thanksgiving was definitely one for the books! I had to work overnight at the nursing home the night before Thanksgiving, so I didn’t really know how well I would be able to function all day Thursday. ¬†Surprisingly, I now know that I can function on 1.5 hours of sleep after being awake for 24 hours! ūüôā

This year we decided to do something a little different, and go visit Pop and David in Seguin (a little over an hour away from us) and meet my cousin Cara and her family there.  It is so amazing how a little change makes such a difference!

We arrived in the afternoon around 3:30pm and just talked and gathered and shared our families with one another. ¬†It’s so crazy how much Brielle grows in just a few months, and just seeing her love on and play with other children is such a gift and warms my heart! ¬†Cara and I quickly attached and John (her husband) and Shane did the same, plus their kids Lena and Levi bonded with Brielle quickly too so that was fun for us all. ¬†It’s been a few months since we have all gotten together, and when it comes to children, a few months makes a lot of differences in their growth and development! David finished up last minute baking and Cara made the most delicious salad before putting everything on the table out to eat.

When it was all time to gather and eat, Cara got everyone together to say a prayer and bless the food, and then it was time to devour the amazing food! It was SO much and so many options to choose from, that I got a little bit of everything.. but was¬†way¬†too full to eat any dessert(except some bites of fudge… delicious)!

Sometimes, stopping to take pictures of everything, can truly ruin the moment, but I felt like there were so many blessings happening all at once, that I didn’t want to ever forget these memories. ¬†I am glad that I brought my camera and could practice taking pictures on different settings! ūüôā

David gave gifts to us all (all the kids got slippers, so adorable!!), he gave me a pink heart pendant necklace in honor of Rochelle, and Cara got a  silver bracelet that can be engraved, and it was so cute! The gifts were so thoughtful and meaningful and I will forever cherish them. As much as David is struggling a lot right now with his cancer, he never ceases to amaze me with how selfless he is, and always has been, by always thinking of others. I will love you forever David!!

After the gifts, the pictures, and food were complete, kids played a little bit longer before all being ready to head back home for the night. ¬†It was so fun and I wish the night could have lasted longer, but I honestly love the fact that we got spend Thanksgiving with them and who knows, it may be our little new “tradition” started!

Here are some pictures from the day!

 

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Well, today is officially National Grandparents Day, and I am so excited we got to celebrate it a little with my parents!

When you think of the”perfect” grandparent, it usually includes the fact that they spoil you, and don’t like to say no or get you upset like your own parents don’t mind doing. ¬†It is a person who willingly gives up their own personal time to care for their childrens baby(ies).

Growing up with my step-dad’s parents being the only grandparents we had around, definitely made it a little different for me and my brother. Meemo and Pop have taken such good care of us, that even after my mom and step-dad divorced, Meemo and Pop stayed right there by us and made sure to let us know that even though that door may have closed, that theirs never will.

I am so thankful that Brielle is able to grow up with both sets of grandparents still healthy and doing good. ¬†She literally has the best of both worlds. ¬†She gets to be with me and Shane during the week that I am off and hang out with Shane’s parents on the weekends, and she gets to be with my parents during the week when I am working.

For this day, Brielle and I decided on doing a little craft to show much we loved them and how we truly appreciate every single thing that they do.

We started with a black picture frame (which we then spray painted gold), and created a gold top layer for us to be able to write on and decorate with. ¬†Note to anyone who tries this, that even permanent marker did not write well on a spray painted object. ¬†Then we aligned the picture on the bottom and adjusted it to fit the frame properly and then glued the top to the bottom. ¬† ¬†We then painted little pink stripes on the top and write in pink paint “HAPPY GRANDPARENTS DAY” on the bottom. ¬†We super glued the bow to the top of the picture, and some yarn on the back. ¬†I added a special little touch and wrote a really sentimental letter on the both to both Mom and Mike to let them know how much we love and appreciate every single thing that they do for me and my brother.

I will leave you a little pictures of our craft, and I really do hope that everyone let their Grandparents know how much you love them.

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The picture I chose to give them and was going to put it in the frame. This picture tells us so much about each other when we were 5 and 6.
The bow I made.. not too great but it was a great attempt made!
The bow I made.. not too great but it was a great attempt made!
The final product!
The final product!