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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks

Wise men count their blessings; fools their problems. - Author Unknown

Last year, my husband and I took 5 1/2 month old Lucas to Italy (you can read about our trip here) and had a fantastic time, but this year I'm happy to be home spending the holiday with family.

Today, we started our day with a local 5 mile Turkey Trot, which I highly recommend to anyone is planning to eat and drink all day, like we did. It was only Leah and I that crossed the finished line, because poor Lucas woke up with a cold and since it was 50 degrees out at 7 AM, after mile 1, he and Daddy waited for us in a cozy and warm coffee shop. The rest of the day, Leah and I played Scrabble, cared for Lucas, wiped his runny nose, watched his favorite programs on TV, tried to get a good holiday card photo of him and stayed out of Todd's way as he cooked the turkey, made twice-baked potatoes and green beans.

Our feast was served at 4 PM and it was button on your pants popping delicious!

This year, like most, I was in charge of the pies and there were three, as usual: pecan (Leah's favorite), pumpkin (Todd's favorite) and chocolate (mine!). And yes, there is a piece missing from one of the pies... someone just couldn't wait until tonight.

Looking back at my Thanksgiving post last year (you can read it here), there isn't much that I'd change or add to my list of things I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving. I have been blessed beyond belief! With only a few minor edits:

  • The 35 years I had with my parents.
  • A supportive, loving, patient and understanding husband, who also happens to be an incredible father and amazing cook. He's also very generous; I found him preparing a full plate of food for a homeless man hanging out in our alleyway tonight.
  • A happy, healthy, smart, adorable, fun toddler who teaches me something new everyday and fills my life with joy.
  • A sister who has the capacity to listen, forgive and love unconditionally.
  • Being able to stay at home and raise my son.
  • Friends and family near and far, old and new, especially my mommy friends; I don't know where I'd be without any them.
  • Living in Southern California where there is sunshine 360 days a year.
  • This blog, which has proven to be one of the very best things I have ever done for myself.
  • Extra long foot massages, pajamas, Cabernet Sauvignon, babysitters that are available at the last minute, TiVo and sleep!
  • The ability to travel to far away places, have exciting adventures, meet new people and then return safely home.
I hope however you are spending the holiday, you find as many things to be grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

This post is for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop - Prompt #2: Share a photo of what Thanksgiving looks like in your neck of the woods.
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Anonymous terra @ terratalking said...

I love the pie picture with the missing piece! So classic at our house too! (except it's usually me that is unable to wait...)
What beautiful memories you are preserving for your son here!
(found you on mamakat's WW)


November 25, 2010 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

The food looks great and that was brave of you to run a 5 mile run, go girl !! Happy Turkey Day !

November 25, 2010 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Lynnie said...

Keep on being a running mom! It will keep you healthy and happy when kiddos and hubby gets overwhelming! Trust me!!!

November 25, 2010 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Sophie said...

I love your list Tonya! I'm also very hungry after reading and looking at those photos. How generous of Todd to give food to the homeless man. You have a amazing husband, a adorable son and a lovely sister.
Happy Thanksgiving to you my very precious Friend! You'd be on my list for sure!
I hope LMW's cold gets better soon! You both look so happy on the picture : )

November 25, 2010 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Happy Thanksgiving Tonya. It was another wonderful holiday with you all. I was really not excited about getting up early and doing that walk but I am glad that we did it. : ) I'm thankful most for you and your son. : )

November 26, 2010 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Happy Thanksgiving! So fun you got to run a race. There's a 5-miler in the town next to the one where I grew up. It's huge and really well-known and I'm sad I can't run it every year - considering it's 3,000 miles away!

Anyway, I'm so glad I got to meet you and I hope we can see each other again soon!

November 26, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

I really love the look of your blog. Great! I am visiting from the Writer's Workshop. Glad I "found" you. Those are wonderful things to be thankful for. Thank you for sharing.

Your Thanksgiving Day sounded fabulous. :)

Blessings to you this holiday season.

November 26, 2010 at 10:15 PM  

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