Hello friends! Is Thanksgiving really tomorrow?? The time has flown by in our little household. My girls must be the busiest busy bodies around. They know how to keep me on my toes!
But I love them. Oh, how I love them. With Thanksgiving around the corner I'd like to highlight a few things about each one of them:
Miss A ~ I love...
her enthusiasm for losing her first upper front tooth!
her incessant thirst for learning about all the critters in the animal kingdom
how she curls up with baby sister on the couch and cuddles her
her happy disposition upon waking up each morning... she is definitely a morning person!
her big bright blue eyes that light up her entire face
Miss C ~ I love...
her girly ways and aversion to pants... skirts and dresses of her daily attire!
how she embellishes each of the girl creatures in her drawings with long looong eyelashes
her imaginary fairy friends that help her clean her room, get her dressed, eat her food, and make her bed (every day I hear her say, "The fairies helped me do that!")
her gentle, sensitive demeanor
her feisty streak that doesn't allow others to boss her around--she knows how to stand her ground, which I love!
Miss J ~ I love...
her constant giggles as she toddles around the house
how she carries her baby doll from room to room and constantly mothers it by wrapping it in blankets, giving it a bottle, and rocking it in her cradle
her little cute bare buns
how she says "Mama" over and over again and when I say "what?" her response is "ummmm..."
her sweet hugs and precious kisses as she makes the sound "muuuaahhh!"
Annnd since I'm talking about my family I should throw in a few nice things to say about my hubby. He is such a thoughtful and kind man who treats me with the utmost respect and care. Last Saturday was my 32nd birthday and he spoiled me rotten with his thoughtfulness. He sure knows how to make me feel special! It's interesting how things change when you get older... how tangible presents don't really matter as much, but the time spent with loved ones do. At the end of my birthday weekend I felt incredibly fulfilled. Thank you, Aaron. You really are the best.
Annnnnd as for the rest of my family members (immediate and extended!), well, let's just say I'm pretty spoiled in that area as well. I have a plethora of amazing family members in my life--parents, in-laws, grandparents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, great aunts and uncles. They make me want to be a better person and strive for my greatest potential.
Annnnnnnnnd I would also like to say thank you to my dear friends who enrich my life greatly. You know who you are. And I love you for loving and inspiring me.
Okay, I really must go now but on a completely different topic, guess what else I'm thankful for?! The fact that I've been taking an online Illustrator course the last few weeks (I have some exciting things planned for my jewelry line that are only possible by me learning some graphic design techniques... why hire someone if I can do it myself?!). It's something I've been wanting to do for a couple years and last month I decided that it was time. Because, heck, when is it ever a REALLY good time to set aside time at night to learn a new skill? That sorta thing is not always the easiest thing to do but I went for it. And I'm doing it. So here's a big shout out to Alma of Nicole's classes. Awesome classes. (Actually, Nicole, the photographer, is the gal who inspired me to take my photography to a higher level by switching my settings to manual. I purchased her textbook last year and I'm so grateful I did! My only regret is not taking her photo 101 course right away.) But back to Alma and the Illustrator course. Love it. I'm learning tons. She is a fantastic instructor, and I'm grateful for learning this new skill. Ecstatic, really.
Sooo, I should add that I'm grateful for a mother who taught me not to limit myself. If I want to learn a new skill, then I need to go for it. Even if it's a little scary and intimidating. Thank you, Mom, for being an extraordinary example of that! You are amazing beyond measure and there's not a single day that passes that I'm not thankful for you... always in my heart and mind.
Okay, once again, back to the Illustrator thing. Here is a very simple example of what I'm learning in this class--a typography poster. Yes, super simple, but a cute reminder to give thanks and be grateful for our blessings. Even in times of difficulty.
Like it? Wanna print it and slap it on your fridge? Go for it! It'll be my little Thanksgiving gift to you.
access the 8 X 10 print here: Download Give thanks
Here's to a day filled with love and laughter, family and friends, and gratitude in our hearts.