Friday Favorites: thankful

Friday, November 27, 2015

I hope that everyone had a very food and family-filled Thanksgiving. Ours technically isn't over yet, since we still have two days to go with the Schneider side of the family, but my side had such a wonderful day yesterday. Before I share my favorites from yesterday, I wanted to share what I'm thankful for this year.
2015 was the year my baby girl was born. I am so grateful for my happy, healthy, spunky, little Elena this year. I am thankful that she doesn't hold back and jumps right into the action. I am thankful that she lets me put hats and bows in her hair, and I am thankful that she is smiling 95% of the time.
I am thankful for the big brother Ty is to her. I remember feeling so guilty about have another child and him not being the only one anymore, but he has embraced being a loving, big brother. I am thankful that I get to watch him greet her every morning "Good morning, sweetheart" and kiss her after prayers every night.
I am thankful for my supportive husband. This is a man that truly puts the needs of me and the kids before his own. This is a man that works overtime to provide for us. This is a man that is completely hands-on with our kids and our household. He is the one that makes my dreams come true everyday and I am immensely grateful that God gave him to me.
I am thankful for my sweet buddy boy. My pup has been with my the longest out of the Schneider bunch and he has seen it all. Through all his health issues he is still happy and loyal and wanting a kiss. I am thankful for each day I have with him. The house is so full of life because of our Holden.
I am thankful for my friends and family that are so encouraging of me and my dreams. This year, more than ever, with all the aspirations I have, I have seen how I need their encouragement and support, and they have all gone above and beyond to make me feel that I am invincible and can accomplish anything. THANK YOU ALL. You know who you are.
I am extremely thankful for my parents (in-laws included) and grandparents this year. Each year that I get older, I appreciate having them around even more. There is wisdom and experience that they can share with me and my family. I am blessed to still have them all and I try my best to not take that for granted.
With all the crazy things happening around the world, I am thankful that I live in a safe place and a country that I can live free. It's a blessing that I was born here in the USA and that I am able to raise my children in a place that is protected by so many individuals whose bravery exceeds my own.
What a year to be thankful!

On to Thanksgiving festivities...
annual sister pic
all the girlies
Elena with two of her beautiful Ninangs
the guys
me and my sweet girl
 We deep-fried the turkey like we do every year! 20 pounds of delicious, fried YUM!
carving the bird
These are some of the sides before we demolished them.

My dad always carves the turkey with a grin from ear to ear. I think it's one of his most favorite jobs. Clark W. Griswold
"this is the best one yet"

so glad these two joined us this year.
the Dudek clan
knee deep in cider sangria
our table is so big, my parents had to rearrange the living room
turkey pickin
i love these two
grateful for these looney tunes
The holidays have officially begun. And I LOVE IT.

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  1. You have such a lovely family. I do not have a sister, so I envy the lovely bond you seem to have with yours.
    I just found your blog-happy Thanksgiving weekend!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Gretchen! Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you too! :)