30 Days of Thankful: Days 12 & 13

This not your run of the mill “I am thankful for” post. In fact, there part of this that is hard to write and slightly more personal then I usually get.

What I really, truly was thankful for this weekend: Knowing who I am and what I want, both in life, and in love in.

I am thankful for all of the lessons I have learned, whether they were easy or hard. I am thankful for how much I have grown over the last couple of years. I am thankful that I know what my deal breakers are and when it’s ok to walk away.

I am thankful that I know what I deserve and that I am not willing to settle for less then that.

I am thankful for the lessons i continue to learn, the experiences I continue to have.

My life isn’t exactly where I thought it would be, and I am thankful that in so many ways, it is better. I am thankful, because i know, this is just the tip of the iceberg and if i am this happy now, it will only continue to get better.

I am thankful that I can have a let down, but know that it isn’t life shattering. I am thankful that I know there is always tomorrow, always another guy, another date.

30 Days of Thankful 11.11

Today, well and everyday really, I am thankful for the men and women of our country who are braver then I. Our service member’s, who make make the biggest and sometimes ultimate sacrifice for us all.

I am thankful for my both my grandfathers, Veterans of WWII and the Korean War. I am thankful for my friends whose husbands, boyfriends, fiances, and brothers continue to serve.

Today and everyday I am thankful for my freedom, because I know the how high the cost.

A table reserved for fallen soldiers at a friends wedding. Summer 2010

30 Days of Thankful Days4-9

So, um, I am a slacker. And blogging everyday, ya, way harder then I expected! So, clearly, it has been a few days since I have documented all I am thankful for, but it hasn’t made me any less thankful.

I am thankful for the small things. Red Holiday Cups being back at Starbucks. Time spent catching up with family and friends. Down time, spent catching up with myself and my seemingly never ending “To-Do List”.

I am thankful for my job, not just to be employed, but to love and feel challenged by my job everyday. For my friends who keep me laughing, (sometimes to the point of tears).

Tor literally cries when she is laughing. It becomes contagious

I am thankful for how life seems to slow down *just* a little in the fall and how that gets me back into the kitchen trying out new recipes, bringing back some tried and true favorites and just having the time to do something i love so much but rarely make the time to do. Cook. To make delicious meals, for me and the people I love.

Fresh vegetable risotto. One of my favorite things to make.

It’s the small things in life that make it so wonderful. And that is what I have been thankful for these last few days.

30 Days of Thankful Day3

I am exhausted and could just as easily go to bed right now. But I made a commitment to myself and I if I don’t start to keeping these commitments to myself now, I might not ever.

So, why I am so exhausted today? Because after work, my amazing co-workers and I went out to Happy Hour and that is what I am thankful today. No, not Happy Hour, although, that may make the list ­čśë I am SO incredibly thankful for my co-workers!

I have always felt that getting along with co-workers is so important, but to be able to feel like they are your friends and people that you *want* to spend time with outside of work is a huge blessing!

So ladies, of BlogFrog, thanks for being awesome. I am so incredibly thankful for you all!

30 Days of Thankful Starts Now

I got the idea for 30 days of Thankful from my amazing big sister.

Big Sister

I figured it would be good for me on a number of levels. First and most importantly, I believe that when we stop, and really focus on on all that is good in our lives, more good comes to us. Two, I thought, what a good way for me to have blog on a more regular basis.

So, I am a day late. Thus, I will doubly thankful today ­čśë

I am incredibly thankful for my Grandmother. She is my only living grandparent and we are lucky enough to have her live incredibly close to us. When I graduated from college I actually lived with her for a year.

Grandma and her Granddaughters

Because of these two factors, we are very close and I truly can’t imagine my world without her. However, she is 85 and I have to realistic and know that someday and potentially someday soon she may no longer be here.

But for right now, I am so thankful for her. I am thankful that she has so many stories from growing up during the Depression and raising kids in the 50’s and 60’s.

I am thankful she moved to Colorado after my grandfather passed away to be closer to the family. I am thankful that she has a home big enough to house me when I need it, whether it was after college or on a snowy night.

My thankfulness for her today is doubled because I am lucky enough to spend to nights in row with her, partially due to weather.

So, here’s to my new adventure. May you all be filled with gratitude of your own and whether you share it or not, be thankful for all that you have everyday this month!

Cocktails and Croquet

I have been a bad girl blogger lately. What can I say, I am new to it and if I am being honest, everyone who reads it knows me and what is happening in my life anyway. But, I digress.

This summer flew by, as it tends to. And instead of writing a novel about how wonderful and amazing it was, I will say that the party my roommates and I threw the last weekend of the official summer season sums it up perfectly.

I mean, what isn’t to love about a cocktail party, in the afternoon? With a make your own mimosa or white whine spritzer bar?

And who doesn’t want to attend a┬ápretentious Summer Soiree where all the food is on skewers? (No one, that’s who)

If you don’t like croquet, we may not longer be friends. (Turns out, I am incredibly good at croquet. Who knew?)

In short, it was everything my summer was. Super fun, over the top and a bit, exhausting, but worth every minute and every dime.

somethingsneverchange

About a month ago, (yes, I know, bad blogger) I had the pleasure of going to Central Oregon to watch one of my best friends from college get married. While it was wonderful to head off for a weekend to an unbelievably beautiful location

Deschutes River with view of Mount Bachelor

and to catch up with┬ámany friends from our days as undergrad’s at CU. The best part, was to be reminded that some things never change.

The lovely bride, was one of my three best friends from freshmen year and pretty much all of college. But as happens, we had all started to drift apart. The weekend of the wedding was the first time the four of us had been together since right after graduation and, yet, you never would have known. Within a a half hour and glass of wine, we were the four of us again.

The Fabulous College Foursome

We may not be those 19 year old’s anymore and we may no longer be as close as we were in those younger years. But it was nice, for a weekend to be the four of us again. To be reminded, that as much as some things do change, real friendships don’t. And yes, Brit, we are still pretty cute.