Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011


Today, I am thankful for living in such a beautiful place. Today it is 70 degrees and sunny. The leaves are golden yellow, the wind chimes are singing, and as the rush of sweet November air moves past my face, I am reminded that I am lucky to live here. Arroyo Grande is where I call home. Looking around at my family visiting us here, with smiles on their faces and laughter reverberating off the walls, my heart is filled with love and joy and I couldn't be happier.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Today, I am thankful for my family. To all of my parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and family friends, thank you for being a part of my life. Without you, I wouldn't have a reason to decorate the house so festively, scrub my toilets, try new recipes, or tap dance. Thinking of everyone on this day of thanks, near or far, you are all in my heart!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Today, I am thankful for my husband. He never ceases to amaze me - he is good at everything he does. His talents come from lots of hard work and thoughtfulness. I always tell him my home-cooked meals are made with love, and it's the same story with his handy-work around the house. Everything he touches and transforms, he does so with the utmost love and care. Thank you, Steve, for being loving, affectionate, and for making our home so lovely and nice.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Today, I am thankful for my mom. She brings people together. She makes things happen. And she does it with a smile on her face and a generous heart. I am pretty good at hiding my stress and anxiety but with her I let it all out and she never judges me or gets upset. She tells me not to worry and reminds me that sometimes it's just best to keep it simple. Good advice when making Thanksgiving dinner for 20 people! Thanks, Mom! 

Monday, November 21, 2011


I have a lot to be thankful for. This week I am taking a moment each day to reflect on what is important in my life and what brings me joy.

Today, I am thankful that I have a job. A job where I earn (yes, earn!) the means to own a house, to put food on the table, and best of all, a job that gives me paid vacation! It's unfortunate that there are many people out there without work, who want work. I think those of us who have jobs need to be grateful for the opportunity. Tell your boss thank you. Afterall, having a job in America is not an entitlement, it's a privilege.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jem Gold

Getting this on Friday!!!

Steve's parents were here over the weekend and his mom taught me how to sew on her Jem Gold sewing machine. I loved it so much, I bought one of my own! It's perfect for all of the basics. The bobbin stuff is the hardest part...wait, I take that back...the lingo is the hardest part!!! But, I already hemmed two pairs of pants and fixed a busted tie on a chair pad! I have all sorts of projects in mind for when I get my own machine. Maybe sewing is my calling!?

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Happy birthday to my big brother, Ryan. Top 11 things I love about my broham:

11. He is a produce guy at Whole Foods which, in my book, is the most awesome store of all time. Plus, he can explain how to tell when a cantaloupe is ripe!

10. He has a pretty flower tattoo on his arm.

9. He makes a mean salad.

8. He always sends the sweetest birthday and thank you cards with handwritten messages from the heart.

7. He lives far from family, but is always eager to make the trip to see everyone.

6. You can always count on him to bring his camera and snap lots of pictures. It's just too bad we never see any of them ;)

5. When we were little, a bee landed on my forehead and he saved me from getting stung by throwing his shoe at my face. Thanks, brother!!

4. He always says 'I love you'.

3. I could learn a lesson or two from Ryan about drinking water. He drinks so much water and his skin is like a baby's butt because of it. Super jealous.

2. He is a really good snowboarder and I wish I had the same inclination for snow sports because he makes any day on the mountain sound fabulous.

1. He is positive and happy and I never hear him say anything mean.

Love you, brother!

And a special note for my beloved Grandma Ladonna who's birthday was today too. I read this on twitter today, "There's nothing in the entire universe that's better than a grandmother." It's true and I miss her and think of her often!

Friday, November 04, 2011

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