Much to be thankful for!

It’s been a while! (Oh just eight months or so) Let’s see if I still know how to do this…

Thanksgiving is truly a wonderful time of the year. It brings people together, forces us to stop and think about the blessings in our life (and to hopefully give thanks for them), and asks us to slow down to enjoy a long holiday weekend. Our days are so often filled with rushing around, stress, to-do lists, etc. And although we may feel some of that this long weekend — we do have to get the food cooked, the house ready, and everything prepared — Thanksgiving is a celebration and the preparation is well worth it.

This year I have so much to be thankful for. I wish I could press pause. Time is going fast, but I hope to have a fresh memory of it always. I am incredibly thankful for my amazing husband, partner, and best friend. I’m blessed and grateful for my supportive family members (both the Mescalls and the Temples), as well as my extended family and friends. Colin and I both have a job, food to eat, clothes to wear, and each other’s hand to hold. We are in a new house and are prepping to embark on the most important journey of our lives: parenthood.

Which brings me to what I am most thankful for this year: my pregnancy, and our daughter who I am carrying. As I write this she is wiggling around (maybe she knows I’m writing about her?). Feeling her move is literally the best feeling in the world. Last night I had my hand on the same part of my stomach for a while — I couldn’t fall asleep and I like to feel her move around when I’m up (she’s a mover and shaker at night, like her mama) — and I actually felt her foot kick out at my hand. It was definitely a foot, I’d bet a million bucks it was. It almost felt like I was holding her foot in my hand. I’ll be honest, I started to cry a little (that’s what pregnancy does to you — not to mention I’ve always cried easily, which is quite the fun combo — just ask Colin!). This was another moment where my pregnancy felt incredible and REAL. When you’re pregnant you obviously go about your life and it’s not always the first thing on your mind 24/7. But when you stop to think about what’s happening inside your body it really makes you appreciate all of it. There is a little person inside me — I don’t know what she looks like yet, I don’t know what her personality will be like, the things she will like or dislike, the person she will become — but she will be here soon, and I can’t wait to get to know her. I can only imagine how I will feel when I can hold her in my arms for the first time!

So much has happened since I last wrote on my blog. I feel like I am a whole different person in some ways. Sometimes I still can’t believe I am pregnant and on my way to becoming a mother, but let me tell you…at 31 weeks it is becoming more and more believable; a little more each day. My pregnancy has been such an eye-opening, empowering, truly awesome experience. It has made me realize I am a woman who can face many things, do many things, and take on many things. It has helped me become more assertive, and find the courage to speak up for myself and figure out what I want. As a Catholic, it has strengthened my faith in and relationship with God. It has deepened my love for my husband, as well as my family and friends who show such genuine excitement and enthusiasm when they talk about our baby. She is so loved already, and in turn that fills me with such joy.

My heart is so full, it honestly might explode when I meet our child. My pregnancy and my daughter has already changed my life for the better (drastically). I can’t wait to see, feel, and experience the changes that’ll happen when she is here.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! Travel safe, and eat a lot. This time of year I don’t even mind people saying anything about me eating for two, because you know what? Today I am going to embrace that. So pass the sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top, and enjoy!

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A full heart

I truly love Thanksgiving. A day filled with tons of food, family, laughter, relaxation, wine, and all sorts of treats – is A.O.K in my book. I hope you are all enjoying the day with the people you love.

I wanted to share a few things I’m thankful for this year. It’s nice to acknowledge those things in our lives that we are grateful for. Here’s to keeping this feeling going for the whole year and not just during the holidays!

T he most handsome fiancé in the whole world with the biggest heart whom I love so much

H ealth and happiness

A bility to learn, grow and strive to be a better person every day

N ephew – Declan has brought such joy into our lives these past few months. I cannot image a life without him!

K indness of others

S pending time with my amazing faimily – no matter how loco they (we) are (miss you Pat!)

G reat friends, near and far

I Phone and iPad :D

V ermont – specifically Stratton Mountain where I will marry my best bud in September

I nspiration – all the folks that inspire me on a daily basis

N ecessities – a wonderful apartment, good food, vino, beer, (wine and beer can be considered necessities, right?!) clothing, a warm shower every day, a cozy bed

G etting to pay my bills every month because I have a job – a job where I continue to learn something new every day

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for?

Cape time and happiness

I’m sitting here on the beach listening to the waves, absolutely basking in the sun. I’d like to soak up every last bit of summer if I can – I can’t believe it’s mid-August. Why does time go so fast when you’re a ‘grown up’?

As I sit here, I guess you could say I’m reflecting on my life at the moment. I am engaged to my love, Colin and wedding planning has been so much fun. I have a nephew on the way (in just a couple of weeks now!!!). My Mother is coming back from London finally (Dad, we want you back too!). I just attended a great conference in San Diego for work and got to see my big brother while I was out there. I have missed him so much and it was so darn good to sit down and catch up over a beer and a delicious meal. I have a good job and a new apartment we both love. One of my best friends in the world just came up to MA to visit and we had a ball! My family is happy and healthy and to me, that is most important. Not to mention the fact that I’m blogging while sitting on the beach in the Cape with Colin and his family. Life is good people, life is good.

I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m bragging or I’m trying to rub the whole “sitting on the beach while you’re
at work” thing in you’re face, because I’m not. What I’m doing here is taking a moment. I’m taking a second to breathe it all in and realize how thankful I am for all that I have mentioned. It’s so easy to get caught up in the BS of everyday life. Just last week I cried because I made a mistake at work (I need thicker skin, I know). I bitched almost all day long on Sunday because of waiting at the airport and losing my bag. I skip the gym because of laziness and I deprive my body of the sleep it needs by staying up too late every night. I pick fights with Colin when I’m cranky. I take important things for granted.

But today, I’m filled with thanks. I am quite simply, happy.

Happy Thanksgiving! (And 100 Days of Kindness, Day 25)

There is so much to be thankful for. Today, I’m going to get specific:

I’m thankful that when I wake up in the morning I can enjoy a warm shower. That I have clothes to wear and food to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I’m thankful that I have a job to go to, a brain in my head to do my job well and paycheck I receive because of it. I’m thankful that I have a large family. Yes it’s crazy at times and yes we’ve been through the good, the bad and the ugly, but I can’t even tell you how thankful I am for them. They are so much apart of who I am and I’m so proud of each one of them. I’m thankful I have a boyfriend who loves me, puts up with my attitude, immaturity and bitchiness. Who makes me laugh like no other and always knows how to make me smile when it’s the last thing I want to do. I’m thankful for my friends. That when I need a fun night out, they know exactly what to do (dance, obviously). That when I need someone to go to, they are there. It doesn’t matter if they are in NY, MA, or anywhere else in the world. I’m thankful I can go to the gym and workout (even though I don’t always… hey that’s what the New Year is for and it’s right around the corner…). I’m thankful that whenever I have exciting news or upsetting news, I have someone to call. Someone will listen (even if they don’t really want to hear me bitch and complain). For so many other things as well but I’ll end with how thankful I am for you, reading this now. I love writing this blog. I finally have a hobby and I love it. So, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading all the random things I post. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

My ‘kindness’ today: My dad needed some last-minute stuff for our feast so I ran out to the store with Moll to get everything so he didn’t have to stress. We also made a fabulous pecan pie for everyone to enjoy!

I hope everyone is really enjoying their Thanksgiving. It is just so nice to be with everyone you love (or like?…maybe tolerate?…) eating amazing food. YUM.

100 Days of Kindness, Day 24

I made a contribution to a local family in need so that they can prepare a lovely Thanksgiving meal. Someone was collecting money to then get a gift certificate to a supermarket, so I donated money to help out. I couldn’t image not having a big turkey, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, gravy, cranberry sauce, string bean casserole, wine, beer, dessert, etc.

Donating money to one of the many families that are struggling to get a nice meal on the table is the least I can do. Especially when I have so much to be thankful for.

I hope they have a wonderful day. I hope we all realize how blessed we are. I hope I never take any of these blessings for granted.