Sunday, November 30, 2008
I’m thankful for God, who loves, guides and protects me each and every day.
I am thankful for my husband the most patient man in the world, who loves me unconditionally despite my many faults.
I am thankful for Sydney so loving and kind.
I am thankful for hugs and kisses with gentle words of "I love you"
I am thankful for Sophia's smile that melts my heart.
I am thankful for Sophia’s singing that makes me smile.
I am thankful for my family’s love and daily encouragement.
I am thankful for parents who are always there for me.
I am thankful for the good health of my family.
I am thankful for weekends.
I am thankful for my daughters who love to laugh and dance.
I am thankful for the flexibility of my job and Bob’s business allowing more time together at home as a family.
I am thankful for my husband’s fortitude - watching our daughters Monday through Friday while I’m only steps away in my office…. his consistent discipline, daily guidance and teaching are evident in our girls.
I am thankful for my wonderful in-laws.
I am thankful for my sister-in-law who is also my best friend.
I am thankful for my friends and extended family, who love me even when weeks may go by between talks or get-togethers.
I am thankful for time-outs.
I am thankful for God’s grace and forgiveness.
I am thankful for my sister Linda who takes Sydney for entire weekends so I can spend time with Sophia.
I am thankful for coffee lattes (and hot tea).
I am thankful for my job.
I am thankful for my boss and his wonderful wife.
I am thankful for our home and everything God had given us.
I am thankful for scrapbooking, the time it gives me to reminisce and capture our family memories and the time spent with Becky, friends and other Moms.
I am thankful for warm weather and bright sunshine.
I am thankful for family vacations and downtime away from work.
I am thankful for the values instilled by my parents that I can pass on to my children.
I am thankful for a Mom who listens to my ramblings.
I am thankful for pizza night.
I am thankful for cameras and video cameras that capture memories while my memory goes.
I am thankful for a Mom who gives unconditionally to her family, no questions asked.
I am thankful for quiet beaches, large oceans and beautiful sunsets.
I am thankful for the Internet – I am thankful that I can accomplish a lot in little time without leaving my home or calling an expert. I am thankful that it allows me to spend more time at home then on the road traveling to meet with my accounts AND I am thankful that I can share the many happenings in our lives across the miles with our family and friends.
I am thankful for President Bush and the beautiful country that we live.
I am thankful for fancy sit-down restaurants and take-out restaurants.
I am thankful for washers, dryers and dishwashers.
I am thankful for Breyers Ice Cream
I am thankful for Dark Chocolate
I am thankful for daughters who run to you screaming “Mommy” as you walk in the door after being gone for a week or only 30 minutes.
I am thankful for the many little blessings in my life that continue to happen each and every day.
and I am thankful for Thanksgiving so I can share thanks with those I love.
This year, I went with a traditional Thanksgiving menu (with a slight twist here and there). It turned out to be the best tasting and easiest Thanksgiving meal so far. The turkey is always a fresh ~20lb turkey that I brine for at least 24 hours (trick to having a moist 20lb turkey). I always have an appetizer cheese plate from Downtown Cheese with a few savory cheeses. I also cheat on a few items that I pick up at Williams Sonoma that save a lot of time. I couldn't make them any better even if I tried... these items include turkey gravy base, brine solution and bread chunks to use in the stuffing.
This year we enjoyed fresh herb-butter turkey, thanksgiving stuffing, goat cheese mash potatoes, sweet potato crunch casserole, roasted green beans with sage butter, whiskey-glazed carrots and maple-orange cranberry relish with jalapeño.
Sydney and Sophia loved the Holiday preparation from the shopping to preparing the food the evening before. Sydney especially was a huge little helper in the kitchen. She helped make the cranberry relish, the stuffing and the pies.
I can't forget to thank my awesome husband... he did all the grocery shopping, picked up the turkey & cheese in Ardmore and surprised me with some beautiful dark purple calla lilies (my favorite!).
Here are a few pics of our wonderful day of family and feast....
Me and my proud little helper!!Sydney & Sophia always willing to help with the
shopping...They also sat on Santa's lap! Picture is on the blog post below.
Sydney and Sophia wanted to sit at the
"pretty" table for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning....
20lb brine-turkey with no basting.. instead I
cover the breast with foil the entire
cooking time (plus a lot of herb-butter rubbed under the skin)
Bob Carving the turkey
Sophia and Aunt BeckyGMa and Sydney - ahhhh....Family! that's what it's all about... and a
great feast together!
Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day
We bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You've done
Especially for the gift of Jesus, Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
We are still trying to figure out Sophia's style... she likes to screech, twirl and run around is circles... kind of like the Looney Toons Tasmanian Devil (the more I think about it, she's a lot like TAZ minus the big appetite).
I couldn't help but record a little of the dancing the other night while watching Dancing with the Stars... doing the Tango (my favorite) and the Quickstep.
Enjoy Sydney & Sophia's "dance" video below. I'm sure there will be more to come in the future... Be sure to pause the "IPOD" music player on the right before playing the video.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Sydney adores her Grandpop. She loves to sit on his lap and give him hugs around his neck. We try to visit Grandpop and Grandmom as often as possible on the weekend. These past couple months, he has helped quell Sydney's fear of animals. I've posted some pics below of her petting and feeding the animals.
I love this pic of Sydney feeding a cookie to the Donkey... look at her face and sucked in stomach. She is trying to be so brave!.....