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Much to be thankful for!

It’s been a while! (Oh just eight months or so) Let’s see if I still know how to do this…

Thanksgiving is truly a wonderful time of the year. It brings people together, forces us to stop and think about the blessings in our life (and to hopefully give thanks for them), and asks us to slow down to enjoy a long holiday weekend. Our days are so often filled with rushing around, stress, to-do lists, etc. And although we may feel some of that this long weekend — we do have to get the food cooked, the house ready, and everything prepared — Thanksgiving is a celebration and the preparation is well worth it.

This year I have so much to be thankful for. I wish I could press pause. Time is going fast, but I hope to have a fresh memory of it always. I am incredibly thankful for my amazing husband, partner, and best friend. I’m blessed and grateful for my supportive family members (both the Mescalls and the Temples), as well as my extended family and friends. Colin and I both have a job, food to eat, clothes to wear, and each other’s hand to hold. We are in a new house and are prepping to embark on the most important journey of our lives: parenthood.

Which brings me to what I am most thankful for this year: my pregnancy, and our daughter who I am carrying. As I write this she is wiggling around (maybe she knows I’m writing about her?). Feeling her move is literally the best feeling in the world. Last night I had my hand on the same part of my stomach for a while — I couldn’t fall asleep and I like to feel her move around when I’m up (she’s a mover and shaker at night, like her mama) — and I actually felt her foot kick out at my hand. It was definitely a foot, I’d bet a million bucks it was. It almost felt like I was holding her foot in my hand. I’ll be honest, I started to cry a little (that’s what pregnancy does to you — not to mention I’ve always cried easily, which is quite the fun combo — just ask Colin!). This was another moment where my pregnancy felt incredible and REAL. When you’re pregnant you obviously go about your life and it’s not always the first thing on your mind 24/7. But when you stop to think about what’s happening inside your body it really makes you appreciate all of it. There is a little person inside me — I don’t know what she looks like yet, I don’t know what her personality will be like, the things she will like or dislike, the person she will become — but she will be here soon, and I can’t wait to get to know her. I can only imagine how I will feel when I can hold her in my arms for the first time!

So much has happened since I last wrote on my blog. I feel like I am a whole different person in some ways. Sometimes I still can’t believe I am pregnant and on my way to becoming a mother, but let me tell you…at 31 weeks it is becoming more and more believable; a little more each day. My pregnancy has been such an eye-opening, empowering, truly awesome experience. It has made me realize I am a woman who can face many things, do many things, and take on many things. It has helped me become more assertive, and find the courage to speak up for myself and figure out what I want. As a Catholic, it has strengthened my faith in and relationship with God. It has deepened my love for my husband, as well as my family and friends who show such genuine excitement and enthusiasm when they talk about our baby. She is so loved already, and in turn that fills me with such joy.

My heart is so full, it honestly might explode when I meet our child. My pregnancy and my daughter has already changed my life for the better (drastically). I can’t wait to see, feel, and experience the changes that’ll happen when she is here.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! Travel safe, and eat a lot. This time of year I don’t even mind people saying anything about me eating for two, because you know what? Today I am going to embrace that. So pass the sweet potato casserole with marshmallows on top, and enjoy!

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Salted Caramel Cheesecake Pie

I like to try to make something each Thanksgiving so that I can contribute to the meal. This year I decided to try out Joy the Baker’s (amazing blog by the way) Salted Caramel Cheesecake Pie after hearing about it from people on Twitter. It sounded amazing – and intimidating – to make but I figured, why not? I wanted to give it a try, and I must say…I’m glad I did! It was delicious (if I do say so myself) and everyone else seemed to like it as well. I was very proud of myself for not screwing it up. :)

Take a look:

Ingredients, check!

Crushing up the gingersnap cookies

Spin, spin, spin

So far, so good

Let's add some butter

Almost done with the crust

Ready to bake!

Filling, yummm

Making the caramel

Almost done...

"It tastes like real caramel. I just made real caramel."

Cooking away

Cooling down

The finished product!

 

A full heart

I truly love Thanksgiving. A day filled with tons of food, family, laughter, relaxation, wine, and all sorts of treats – is A.O.K in my book. I hope you are all enjoying the day with the people you love.

I wanted to share a few things I’m thankful for this year. It’s nice to acknowledge those things in our lives that we are grateful for. Here’s to keeping this feeling going for the whole year and not just during the holidays!

T he most handsome fiancé in the whole world with the biggest heart whom I love so much

H ealth and happiness

A bility to learn, grow and strive to be a better person every day

N ephew – Declan has brought such joy into our lives these past few months. I cannot image a life without him!

K indness of others

S pending time with my amazing faimily – no matter how loco they (we) are (miss you Pat!)

G reat friends, near and far

I Phone and iPad :D

V ermont – specifically Stratton Mountain where I will marry my best bud in September

I nspiration – all the folks that inspire me on a daily basis

N ecessities – a wonderful apartment, good food, vino, beer, (wine and beer can be considered necessities, right?!) clothing, a warm shower every day, a cozy bed

G etting to pay my bills every month because I have a job – a job where I continue to learn something new every day

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for?

Congratulations to Jers and Amanda! (And 100 Days of Kindness, Days 26, 27 and 28)

I’ve been a bad blogger. I haven’t posted any kindness posts since Thursday, and for good reason – I’ve been enjoying time with my family and friends. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving (as seen below) and then went to our friend’s Joe (aka Jersey) and Amanda’s wedding on Saturday – it was beautiful! More on that in a minute…

Some Thanksgiving photos:

My favorite Thanksgiving dish!

Always trying to get some food!

The big bird and the not as big bird (Colin's pride and joy!)

YUM! (I use a lot of pepper haha)

The pecan pie Molly and I made. Was soo good (if I do say so myself!)

Now onto the wedding… Jers and Amanda are the first of our friends from school to get married – so it was very exciting! They both looked amazing, the food was excellent, the band was spectacular, everyone was dancing the whole time – we had so much fun! What makes it even better is that these two people are two of the best out there and they truly make a perfect pair. I know they’re going to kick ass at marriage.

The groomsmen

The lovebirds

Part of the awesome groomsmen gifts!

One of the best steaks I ever had! (At the rehearsal dinner, The Alchemist and Barrister Princeton NJ

Action shot

Lovebirds

So good!

My handsome date

The three stooges

 

A & J

Mr. and Mrs. DeRose!

 

Stud!

Casually reading

 

So pretty!

 

Loved the centerpieces

The bridal party

The first dance

 

Let’s not forget about being kind…

Friday – I hurried really quickly when getting ready for the rehearsal dinner because I knew Colin didn’t want to be late (I am notoriously late). Which meant wearing my hair up in a bun even though I wanted to wear it down and straight. Ahh the sacrifices one must make…

Saturday – I shared in Amanda and Jersey’s big day, wishing them genuine congratulations! I also told everyone how fabulous they looked.

Sunday – We stopped at the MEGA Cabelas in CT on the way back to MA today because Colin needed to return a jacket and get some stuff for muzzleloader season (dating a hunter still cracks me up). I didn’t complain once or rush him at all (because I knew he was in heaven and I didn’t want to ruin it!)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. :)

 

 

 

100 Days of Kindness, Day 24

I made a contribution to a local family in need so that they can prepare a lovely Thanksgiving meal. Someone was collecting money to then get a gift certificate to a supermarket, so I donated money to help out. I couldn’t image not having a big turkey, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, gravy, cranberry sauce, string bean casserole, wine, beer, dessert, etc.

Donating money to one of the many families that are struggling to get a nice meal on the table is the least I can do. Especially when I have so much to be thankful for.

I hope they have a wonderful day. I hope we all realize how blessed we are. I hope I never take any of these blessings for granted.

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