Sunday, December 15, 2013


Thanksgiving has come and gone, but of course I am just now getting a chance to post! 
I'm the worst! 

I had a great Thanksgiving week off with Ell. We had a chance to catch up with friends, and have some much needed quality time together, and with family. 

On Monday, we had a chance to meet up with my dear fiend Kirsten and her kids Madeline and Theo at Safari Park. Ella loves going, and it was nice to have friends along. We also went later in the week with Gigi. Ell would go every day of the week if she could. 

Tram time!

Her favorite lioness was ready to greet her as soon as we arrived! 

We also had a chance to meet up with my best friend Ash, and her little boy Robert. Ash is expecting another little boy in March, and we couldn't be happier for her little family. 

We had Movie day at Gigi's house with Grayson and Garin. She loved it!! 

We finished some fall art too! 

Speaking of art, of course I had to decorate my door at work. My students wrote what they were thankful for on each feather. Most of them said, My (loving, supportive, kind, etc. …, My faith, My teacher). I loved having a chance to do this with my kiddos. 
I LOVE our new paper cutter at work even more! SO fun.

Our Thanksgiving was super busy, going to both Jose's parent's house and my Mom and Cortie's house for Thanksgiving. We had an early brunch at Jose's first, then headed to my Moms for dinner. It actually worked out perfectly, and we able to enjoy both meals with our families. It was also wonderful getting a chance to spend time with our families. I feel so grateful to have all of them in my life. Jose, Ell, and I are so lucky to have such a supportive, loving, and encouraging family. 
We love you all dearly!

Ell's adorable shirt was made by my friend, and boss, Rolayne. Ell loved wearing it, and she even decided to smile for a picture! Lucky day for Mama. Thank you Rolayne for making our girls day so special with a personalized shirt, just for her! 

When I think about all that I have to be Thankful for, I can't help but think of my two loves, Ella and Jose. I honestly don't know what my life would be like without either of them in it! Ella has brought SO much joy and love into our lives. She brightens each day, and makes me appreciate each moment we have together. She is my whole heart, and I thank God every day for bringing her into our lives.

And this man is everything to me. We have been in each others lives for almost 20 years. I love him more and more each day, and am blessed to call him my husband and best friend. 

I sure hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones. 
Now… on the Christmas!

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