As you know, it's been an incredibly busy couple weeks for me. In the past two weeks, I have been all over the country and I've seen many different people. Fortunately, all of the traveling and visiting has given me many things to be thankful for - which made today's post rather easy :)
This week I'm thankful for our new coffee machines in the office. While I was out, our company replaced our old coffee vendors with a new one. We now have Flavia coffee machines with so many different options and ways to personalize each drink! I have been trying to cut back my spending and Starbucks seems to be where I spend the most frivolous money (okay, in my mind, coffee is NOT frivolous but I suppose I don't need to spend quite so much on it...) Now I don't have a reason to give in to my Starbucks cravings every morning and I can create my own drinks here in my office instead!
I spent the weekend in Kansas visiting my family and I am so thankful for them. All 5 of my mom's brothers and sisters and their children live there and it has been 5 years since I last saw everyone (which was at my grandfather's funeral so it wasn't the happiest family reunion). It was definitely time to get back and see everyone. Especially because my dear cousin, Heather, just got married and I wasn't able to make her wedding. While there, we made a dinner in honor of my grandmother (who passed away in 1988) so everyone cooked dishes that reminded them most of her. We also got to see EVERYONE and spend some great quality time together. My uncle is a singer and karaoke is a family tradition. The picture above is my Uncle Bob, cousin Heather, my mom and myself singing.... though it looks way better than it sounded! haha.
I'm also thankful for children. The picture to the left is my cousin Seth's little boy Ayson. He is 2 1/2 and I had never met him before. He is absolutely adorable and I got some really great videos of him running around and playing. Children are so sweet and have such a great way of looking at the world. The more I spend time with them, the more I enjoy their innocent yet insightful prespective of the world.
Lastly, I am thankful that I get to spend my first Christmas with my husband. I got home late Monday night and since I had been away from the house since the day after Thanksgiving, we only began decorating on Tuesday evening. We are still working on our tree and our mantle but it is beginning to look so pretty in our house! I'm excited to have my first married Christmas and I'm lucky to share it with someone so special.
Loving and learning a little more each day.