Giving thanks


As I sit here on a Tuesday night, easing back into the routine of a work week, snacking on a piece of warm apple pie, ice cream and a glass of red, I can't help but feel thankful.  We had one of the best Thanksgiving weekends that we've had in a long time.  It was the perfect balance of friend time, get stuff done time and family time.  
We have so much to be grateful for.  Here are just a few things:

1) The first annual Friendsgiving.  I have dreams of this becoming an annual gathering of all the great people in our lives.  These are the people who have become family and who, although aren't related to us, we value them just as much.  I envision a harvest celebration in the years to come, complete with a massive pumpkin patch, ready for a big group picking.  

2)  My kids' openness, lovingness to learn.  Willis and Lucia are really great kids and I'm not just saying that because they're mine.  Willis discovered baking this weekend and can now read recipes himself and make stuff.  He's made two batches of waffles and one batch of cookies.  I am only there to "assist" him in getting the ingredients.  It's quite cute. Also, Saturday morning breakfast has become quite tasty.  They've both also been doing really great at school:  Lucia is soaking up french and has such a curious mind.  Willis is bringing home great marks and is very eager to do well.  I love that.

 3) Time with Family.  We are so fortunate to have these wonderfully caring people in our lives.  They take the time to love our kids and spend time creating memories

4) Healthy children.  Willis is killing it in sports and my, if only I could have his level of low body fat and crazy muscle.  He still can't beat me in wrestling, but I'm sure it won't be long.  As for Lucia, we just had her tri-yearly (is that a thing?) appointment with her paediatric endocrinologist and she keeps showing great reactions to the meds.  When she started on her growth hormone 3ish years ago, she was in the 0th percentile.  She is now in the 50th.  Dr. even made a guesstimate that she would likely reach 5"6, based on our height and her growth rate.  What a thrill, knowing she is reacting well to it.

Life is good and I am so thankful for my beautiful home, this gorgeous city we live in, the fantastic weather and the gifts we have been given in the people around us.

And ps, the pie.  The apple pie was divine.  Of course, it was my Grams' recipe, so you can't go wrong there.


  1. Ummmm..... Lucia is going to be tall then both of us??? That is the best news ever.

  2. Love this. You obviously have such wonderful, caring friends and family. They shine through you, your husband and your kids, adding to your awesomeness!

  3. So many wonderful things to be thankful for! That pie looks amazing too!

  4. so glad you enjoyed your pie!
    your kids are the way they are because of their awesome momma!

    ps JAYS!!!!! xo

  5. I want me some of that pie and ice cream! So much to be thankful for. We did the friendsgiving for a while, but the last couple of years it hasn't worked out and we miss it so much!

  6. Aw yes you have so many blessings!!

  7. My jaw just hit the floor. 5'6". Lucia STOP GROWING. Just kidding. But seriously Lucia is going to be taller than you, Deena!!! Who'd have thought that at the start of her journey?!? Glad you had such a great weekend.


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