Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Little Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! Yes, this is a little late, but I decided to do a "thankful" post. I didn't do the other social media based trends like stating one thing I'm thankful for each day of the month, so I thought I'd squeeze in a few thoughts here.

My Thanksgiving was a good one. I started celebrating on Wednesday by making a couple black bottomed banana cream pies (one of the only ways I like the taste of banana). Then Thursday was go time! I stopped  in at my Aunt and Uncle's house in San Dimas around 11am, handed them one of the pies, and got to chat a bit while some of their family showed up. Just before they served their lunch I jumped back in my car and continued on to Riverside to have my main meal with my roommate Chelsea and her family at a country club. It was tasty - and I definitely ate too much! I headed back to the westside just after dark, picked up the second pie, and met up with a group of church friends for dessert and games. Now, on to my thankful list (in no particular order):

I'm thankful for the various family members and friends that invited me over for Thanksgiving dinner this year. I was actually invited to 4 places, but could only manage the three described above. I don't typically get home to Colorado for Thanksgiving, so it was great to be included in other people's plans.

I'm thankful for the help and support my parents have given me through the financial struggle that was the majority of 2012. Losing your job is not easy.

I'm thankful for both of my current part-time jobs , and for the two other side projects I have in the works.

I'm thankful for all those who sent me job information, had me house/dog/kid sit, or do other small jobs throughout the summer to help me afford to keep living in California.

I'm thankful for my four siblings and the incredibly different personalities they have.

I'm thankful that my younger brother arrived safely home from Afghanistan a couple of months ago.

I'm thankful for a fantastic house to live in and for my roommates who all help keep the place clean, warm, and inviting.

I'm thankful for my church and the knowledge, peace and comfort it brings to my life.

I'm thankful for my many nieces and nephews and the memories I get to make with them.

I'm thankful for my body that allows me to do crazy things like flying trapeze and other aerial arts even though it isn't very easy.

I'm thankful for all the people who I can call friend no matter how near or far we may be from each other.

I'm thankful for my car.

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving as well!