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Thankful Thursday 2021 Week 1/52

Happy New Year’s Eve friends!!

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I started this weekly post! I truly enjoyed taking time each week to reflect on what brought me joy. It definitely wasn’t an easy year at times but there was some amazing moments.

I’ve tried to think of my absolute favourite moment of 2020 and I can’t narrow it down! Here’s a handful that stick out in no particular order!

I was so thankful to get to do some traveling in BC when the restrictions loosened in the summer!! I discovered a place where my soul feels content and complete.

I absolutely love how our home renovations turned out and I love our new truck despite being very unsure about it in the beginning. I loved feeling safe at home and creating a cozy home.

I’m thankful 2020 is coming to a close and we have a new year ahead of us. But in honesty I can’t say it was that bad of a year for my little family. I acknowledge how hard the restrictions were and my heart hurts for those who experienced loss. Hopefully things improve with the covid situation and everyone has a healthy and prosperous new year!

Thankful Thursday Week 52/52

As we reflect on a year unlike any other, I want to take a moment to send the warmest of holiday wishes to each and every one of you. This year has tested us all in so many ways. Tested what it means to truly work together for the greater good. Tested our bonds, tested our mental strength. Tested our resilience. Most of us have seen heartbreak this year. Most of us have experienced loss. Most of us are probably still hurting and while we can’t be together this year in person we can hold strong knowing we are all in this together. We can all have our own quiet moment of remembrance for those we lost this year. For those we lost in years past. We can all hold our core families a little tighter. We can leave our pj’s on all day tomorrow and clean up the mess another day. Allow yourself to enjoy the quiet that is this Christmas.

Merry Christmas friends I’m thankful we made it! ❤️🎄❤️🎄

Thankful Thursday Week 51/52

It’s been a tough week. I’m fighting to keep my Christmas spirit despite all of the restrictions and stuff!

I did however find some spirit while making a gingerbread house with Jacob and decorating sugar cookies together!!

I’m so thankful for these little moments with him ❤️

Thankful Thursday Week 50/52

We had a Pre-Christmas family night last night. This little gift has been wrapped since mid November and Jacob has been stewing about when to open it! Last night was his decision! We skipped the pizza plan and ordered White spot take out and then ripped open the gift and built our LEGO wreath!! We capped off the evening with a new Christmas book!! It was such a fun way to spend the evening together!! This brought me joy! For that I’m thankful 🎄🎄🎄🎅🏻🎅🏻🦌⛄️❄️

Silver Lining

Grab a drink (I’ve got iced Christmas tea mixed with diet ginger ale and it’s pure heaven) and pull up a seat! Let’s talk! Real talk! 2020 has been a really tough year on many levels for most people! I’ve continued to try my best to practice gratitude and offer my assistance to others in need in ways that work for my little family. But I’m going to be honest with you all… I’ve had my moments & struggled. I’ve had my moments of frustration , irritation, fear, sadness, anger, pretty much every emotion! Thankfully for me I’ve got an amazing husband to fall back on for support, a house full of family, and a handful of amazing friends to turn to. I’ve got a whole team of you here on social media ready to interact with me and share some giggles at the click of a post!! I’ve made new online friends through our shared Love of vintage stuff, crafting, love of community, etc.
So to all of you who help break up my day and make me laugh, smile, reflect, learn, etc thank you!! To my new found friends I’m so excited to get to spend time with you when it’s safe!

To all of you getting through this thing day by day and doing your best to follow the rules and show kindness, Thank you!

Yesterdays announcement on Christmas restrictions hit me hard. I held it together over the evening but I literally burst into tears over breakfast this morning. And you know what … that’s ok. It’s ok because the announcement sucked, the realization of what it all means just flat out sucks. There is no sugar coating it! Watching other people skirt the rules or flat out ignore them is straight up maddening. Sometimes it’s hard to not get angry and blame others for this mess.

So this morning I had my cry and I pulled myself together and I’m not going to sit here and spew toxic positivity at you and tell you it was rainbows and butterflies all afternoon because it wasn’t! My mood continued to reflect the weather! Kinda dark and gloomy but progressing through the afternoon. But I will tell you I spent part of the afternoon doing little things to help other people (because acts of service and gift giving are how I express love) and honestly that was the highlight of my day. I got my parents groceries at Ralph’s Farm Market because I truly don’t want them in stores if we can avoid it and I feel very safe doing their shopping at Ralph’s. We dropped off our reverse advent calendar donations (a few days late) to Cloverdale Community Kitchen. I dropped off the tree ornaments a new friend had me make. I generally kept busy!

During my brief out and about today you know what I noticed??? People trying their best to follow distancing protocol. I noticed staff that were welcoming and smiling behind their masks (you can tell) I noticed most people are being kind and doing the best they can to get through this. I noticed kindness despite adversity and fear. I noticed thankfulness from others and then I remembered the quote from the Grinch.. “Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more”. Maybe this year we all need to find a way to make it mean a little bit more. Maybe we can all try to flow through our days with kindness and intention. Maybe we can try to find the good. Share a smile. I’m not saying to suppress the hard feelings but try to find the silver lining. Again I’m not going to throw toxic positivity at you and tell you a list of ways to stay positive. I’m just asking you to make an effort to see something good in each day.
Hell im sure I’ll have another good cry before the week is over but I’m going to try my best to take care of myself, my family, and actively try to look for that silver lining!

Today I cried and felt sad but my silver lining was feeling safe shopping and seeing my parents from the driveway when we dropped off the groceries. Jacob singing jingle bells in the truck! Hearing my Mom cry briefly on the phone then pull herself together and tell me how happy she was to see us today (even if it was only a few minutes from the drive way). Listening to her tell me how much she liked the little chocolate treats she found in the grocery bag! The air hug from 10 feet away when handing off an order to a new friend! Spending a few minutes alone arranging the beautiful flowers I got at the market and finally getting these words out.

We’re all in this together! ❤️

Thankful Thursday Week 48/52

It’s that time of week again friends! I’ve been busy creating lots the past few months. Christmas signs, decorations and most recently wreaths.

Yesterday we went for a drive and picked up a wreath kit at Floral support. It was so nice to create our wreath cozy at home. Normally I take the wreath class with Surrey parks and rec but obviously due to covid that was a no go!

We had left over wreath supplies so we made a second one and walked in the rain to Grandma and Grandpa’s! We hung it on their door and rang the door bell … they got to visit briefly through the glass. My Mom was so excited to see us then she was in tears as we left. But shortly after returning home she called us and was so happy she got to see Jacob and told me how much she loves her wreath. For that I’m thankful.

Gingerbread Sprinkle Cookie Bites

It’s been a hot minute since I shared a recipe but these cookies are too fun to not share!! They are soft, festive and chewy and everything that a Christmas cookie should be!

INGREDIENTS

• 3/4 cup butter, room temperature

• 3/4 cups brown sugar

• 1 egg

• 1/4 cup milk

• 3/4 cup molasses

• 3 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 teaspoon baking soda

• 1 tablespoon cinnamon

• 1 teaspoon ground ginger

• 1/4 teaspoon allspice

• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 cup sprinkles

1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar for 2 minutes. Add the egg and milk and beat to combine. Add the molasses and beat until fully combined. Set aside.

2. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and salt.

3. Beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until no dry patches remain.

4. Cover with plastic wrap and place dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour but I usually leave mine 24 hours

5. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.

6. Add Christmas sprinkles to a shallow bowl.

7. Use a small cookie scoop to portion the dough into even balls of dough.

8. Roll the dough in the Christmas sprinkles and place on the prepared baking trays, at least 2” apart.

9. Bake in matches for 10 minutes and cool on rack

Thankful Thursday Week 47/52

Are you listening? Can you hear me?

Mid November and it feels like there is nothing really happening here. It feels like we’re stalled somewhere between Summer and Christmas. Usually this time of year we are just a few miles from the hustle and bustle, the parties, the merry & bright. But right now I think we’re standing on a rug that’s slowly being pulled out from under us. I’m emotionally prepared for the restrictions I think are coming. I’m emotionally preparing for December to look extremely different from years gone by. I’m just holding on.

It’s been a year. 2020 kind of feels like a relationship where one gives everything and the other just takes. The kind where you lose your time, give your love, and wake up with your hands tied and you desperately beg for the other person to untie you and work together to get through the storm. Maybe if you just try to work together and hold on.

My only advice is to keep holding on. Believe that relief from these hard times is coming. Try to overcome the frustration. Try to do the right thing. Just try. That’s all any of us can do!

I’m sure this season of life has got many of us down. I’m sure many of us are angry, frustrated, annoyed! I’m sure many of us want to scream from the rooftops to get people to listen. Even the most positive parts of me are feeling a little lost, hopeless, and probably a little more annoyed then I care to admit. I know I’m not the only one. I know I’m not alone, Just hold on.

That’s all we can do and I’m thankful I’m still here and healthy enough to try to hold on a little longer!

Thankful Thursday Week 46/52

Don’t expect others to always support your choices but do not let their opinions change how you feel about your choices. You will never be able to see yourself through their eyes, so see yourself through your own eyes and don’t waste your time trying to make everyone else happy. Do what you need to do to take care of yourself. Make you happy.

Be supportive not over bearing. Be kind but firm. Tread lightly and love fully. 

Remind yourself that everyone gets to make their own choices, their own mistakes, your triumphs are your own. Make your own choices and own them. You don’t have to justify your choices but you have to accept the outcome of your choices. 

Life never turns out quite how you thought it should but that doesn’t mean it isn’t exactly how it’s supposed to be.

I’m thankful that I didn’t have to answer the phone this morning. That nothing in me felt the need to justify my choices to a man who treated me so poorly. I’m thankful that those closest to me all had the same reaction when they saw the number on the phone. A reaction somewhere between WTF and anger. I’m thankful that time of my life no longer has any control over me.