Happy Sunday! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and maybe enjoyed some Black Friday sales.
Here is installment #3 of 30 Days of Thankfulness…better late than never. Enjoy!
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” — Henri Frederic Amiel
Day 18: Attending the USC-UCLA Game! FIGHT ON! Sherry (Chris’ mom) got us some pretty sweet tickets in the 2nd row! Waaaahooooooooo! We were last at a home game in 2014 where it was like a million degrees and I almost died of heat stroke haha. Luckily this game was at 5pm and so much cooler. #pac12afterdark
Thank you Sherry for awesome seats and tickets to the game. We had a BLAST! So happy USC beat UCLA 28-23. Next up, PAC 12 Championship Game! We’ll see ya there! #FTFO #fighton #usc #gotrojans #beatthenorth
Day 19: Today I am thankful for Emma & Dash. Life with dogs is just so much better. I love these pups more than anything and feel pretty lucky to have them as a part of our family. I honestly can’t remember what life was like before dogs.
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~ Roger Caras
Today and every day I feel very grateful to be their dog mommy and don’t know what I would do without them. ❤ ❤
Day 20: An office with a view! Right outside my office is the Cheadle pond. I love not only having a view outside my office window, but watching all the wildlife in the pond.
Throughout the day people come and sit by the pond, feed the ducks, feed the koi or just take a few minutes to enjoy the view. This pond is also cleaned every Monday (I should know, I see it every week)! Today while watching the pond get cleaned I could also hear the carillon bells from Storke Tower. Feeling very lucky today to have this kind of view at work and to hear the carillon bells. Sometimes UCSB you can be pretty great.
On my walk over to Chris’ office after work, I witnessed an amazing sunset. The sky was lit up with these intense pinks and purples. It looked like the sky was on fire but with pink and purple flames. Love those fall SoCal sunsets…I just can’t get enough!
Day 21: Transition House Impacts Project with JLSB. Transition House is one of our community partners that we work with in Santa Barbara. We prepared food to be served at their annual Thanksgiving banquet for families in their shelter. We also made Thanksgiving decor and kids activities for their dinner.
It felt so good to be doing something like this and giving back to my community. Thankful for finding an organization like the Junior League that allows me to get involved with my community and to give back. ❤
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HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY to our sweet nephew Colton and to my sister-in-law Kristin! Looking forward to seeing them both along with the twins, Kendall and Madison and meeting our new nephew Brennan.
Colton is just the sweetest! Just love this picture with his sisters.
Day 22: I love both of these quotes and found them especially fitting as we get closer to Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to having a few days off from work and spending time with friends and family. Choosing to be grateful every day and counting my blessing not just today, but every day!
Happy Thanksgiving Eve everyone! Got off work early (at 3pm) today so now it’s time to start baking pies and getting ready for Thanksgiving. Hope you all enjoy delicious foods tomorrow with friends and family.
Day 23: HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Today I am incredibly thankful for so many things, but most importantly I am thankful for FAMILY. FAMILY is EVERYTHING! I’m looking forward to eating lots of yummy food, relaxing, walking the pups and enjoying the day. This year we will be celebrating with Chris’ mom. Looking forward to doing more of the cooking this year and going to San Diego to celebrate with my sister-in-law and our niblings. Although I won’t be with my immediate family, I will be thinking of them. I love my family so much and don’t know what I would do without their love and support! Hope you all enjoy the day with loved ones. ❤ ❤
“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” — W.T. Purkiser
Day 24: Meeting our new nephew Brennan Andrew Cline. Had a wonderful day visit with the Clines today. So glad we live closer and can hopefully see them more often. Can’t believe we’re Auntie Risa and Uncle Chris again! ❤ ❤ ❤
Day 25: Spending time with Dan & Jess in Huntington Beach.
We call ourselves the McDahlins and seriously have the very best time together. I’m so thankful these crazy kids live so much closer to us now. It’s pretty funny that we are all in SoCal now…who would have thought. Love you guys! Feeling so lucky to have awesome friends who are family now. I see many more adventures with the McDahlins! Here’s to a lifetime of friendship. ❤
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” — Dalai Lama
Enjoy the rest of your long weekend and we’ll see you back here next week for the last installment of 30 Days of Thankfulness.