Am I the only one who cannot believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was getting married, and now it’s been almost a year and the holidays are upon us!
I know the blog world is completely inundated with posts about what everyone is thankful for right now, but I’m feeling a ton of gratitude this year so I’m going to have to add to it!
Here are 10 things I’m grateful for this holiday season – in no particular order.
- My husband. I can’t believe I’ve actually been married to this guy for 10 months – it feels like it’s been a week! I’m so lucky to have him and I’m so head over heels in love with him.
- My job. As much as I complain about it (hint: I complain a lot), I know that I’m incredibly blessed to have a job in this job market, especially as a first year teacher. My job is beyond difficult, and there have been countless days already this year where I have come home in tears, but deep down I know that I am so lucky to have this job, and I know that it is what allows us to own our beautiful home!
- My brand new house. Here’s another “I can’t believe” for you – I can’t believe Corey and I have been living in our new home for almost 4 months now! It blows my mind to think we’ve been here that long – but at the same time it feels like this home was made for us and we’re already completely settled in. We absolutely love this house and we’re so incredibly glad we were able to get it.
- My husband’s job. Granted, it hasn’t been the most profitable venture thus far, but I feel so blessed that Corey was able to quit his full time accounting job to pursue real estate on a full-time basis and he is now a licensed realtor. He comes home smiling every day and I hear about how much he loves his job rather than how much he hates it. Even though he’s still working on getting himself up and running, it makes me so excited to know that we’re one step closer to our dream of making buying and selling real estate a true career for the both of us.
- I am so thankful that we live two streets over from my sister and her family. After being over two hours away from her for the past four years, it’s more wonderful than I can even put into words to be able to literally walk to her house. She frequently pops by with still-warm-from-the-oven baked goods, and we’re able to call them up on any random night to hang out, with no more than about 10 minutes of advanced planning. It’s fabulous to be so close to them and I feel so lucky to have them in my life.
- My dogs. They’re our babies. We talk about them like they’re our actual children, and I’m pretty sure a lot of people in our lives think we’re slightly crazy for how much we adore our dogs. They’re basically the best dogs ever, and nothing makes me happier than curling up with them on the couch or watching them chase each other around our fireplace.
- Childish pleasures – I grew up playing games from the Zelda franchise, so I have been completely geeking out in the last few weeks waiting for the newest installment to come out. It was released on Sunday and I was more excited about it than I feel comfortable admitting. I was sick over the weekend and the game was a big bright moment of happiness for me and I’m so excited to continue playing it. I have to admit, the nerd in me comes out when it comes to Zelda!
- Holiday traditions. When Corey and I first started talking about how we were going to be splitting up the holidays, we thought it was going to be really difficult to settle on a tradition that we were both happy with. It was important to us to do the same thing every year (rather than switching off families each year), and we each had family traditions that were extremely important to us. Luckily, it worked out perfectly and we had opposite holidays that we cared about more – I was insistent on waking up in my own home on Christmas morning, and Corey felt strongly about spending Thanksgiving with his family in Dallas. So, we were able to make a relatively easy decision to do Thanksgiving with his family and Christmas with mine, and I absolutely love the new traditions we’re going to be starting this year!
- Our Christmas tree! Corey and I went out this past weekend to buy our Christmas tree, and I’m so grateful we were able to get it. We weren’t sure if we’d be able to squeeze it into the budget, but thanks to an unexpected side job we were able to get the tree of our dreams and we’ve been drooling over it ever since (yes we already set it up so the dogs can get adjusted to it, but we haven’t decorated it yet! And, I promise I’ll share more about it after Thanksgiving!). It’s the tree I can see us keeping for years and years to come, and we’ve already started dreaming of how special it will be when our kids come running down the stairs on Christmas morning (way way far in the future) to see this tree waiting for them!
- You! It might sound silly, but this little hobby of mine means more to me than I can explain, and I am so grateful that I actually have people reading my ramblings. I read every single comment and e-mail eagerly, and they make me smile more than you know. It’s been almost a year since I started this blog and I’m amazed at how much it has already grown – I’m excited to see what’s in store for the next year!
And with that, I’m off to enjoy my Thanksgiving break – and mentally prepare myself for the amount of food I plan on stuffing myself with tomorrow!
What are you thankful for this year?