Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Holidays...

I just have to put this out there...I am so excited for the holidays this year!! Not only is it a time to share with family and friends, but Danny and I will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary this weekend. When we first set the date for November 22, I was not super excited about it. I was so worried that it would be too cold and I would be miserable. Of course, it was cold, but it was a beautiful day and I was able to spend it with all of the ones that I love so dearly. I am excited that each year, our wedding anniversary will really "kick-off" the holidays for us. This year for Thanksgiving, we are heading to Churchill Downs with Danny's family (I still have to say, I cannot believe that Danny is off a rookie police officer, everyone said he would get the worst shifts, far, we've been really lucky!) and then celebrating with my family the Saturday following Thanksgiving. I think we are going to host the Hamilton (mom's family) at our new house (even though Danny isn't fully aware of all that this might entail, and actually doesn't know that I've said we'd do it for sure). I am so excited to have the family over. We have so much to be thankful for this year and it will be wonderful to share our home with the wilder side of the family!

I am also really looking forward to Christmas! I have already started on some Christmas crafts and have committed to myself that I am not just going to buy things for people so I can check their name off a list. I have been trying to be more thoughtful about what to do for others during this season, realizing that the gifts with the biggest price tags really aren't always the most appreciated or valued. Don't worry...not all of you will receive some Mod Podge'd gift from me (but some of you very well may). I've always said it's the thought that counts, and this year, I'm thinking a lot!

There are only like 36 days til Christmas....oh, it really is the most wonderful time of the year!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's been a while....

Life has of course been busy! Work consumes so much of my time that at the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is get on a computer and type about my day. But, here I am on a Sunday night, reflecting a little over the past year. A year ago this weekend, I was celebrating my last "single girl" weekend with my best girlfriends. It's hard to believe that a year has passed already! Our first wedding anniversary is one week from today. Again, I cannot believe that it's already been a year. I have to say, I am definitely the luckiest girl in the world. I have such a wonderful husband that has stood by my side, not just for the past year, but for nearly 8 years, through thick and thin. We have been incredibly blessed, and while I know that deep in my soul, I think there are still moments when I look at others and long for more.

I don't know what it is. We have a wonderful house (but I sure would love a dishwasher). We are surrounded by our family and friends (though I could do with a little less drama). We both have great jobs (but they definitely impede on quality time for the two of us). I am trying to move past these "buts" and to really learn to be happy with what we have and where we are. We have made a nice life for ourselves. I don't know what it is about me that sometimes, I struggle to see all the good without a little complaining. So all that being said, my new goal is to live in the moment, appreciate all of the good things in life, and learn to be content. It may take time, but it will come.