today i went to a glass blowing class and made a paperweight. it was pretty awesome! and super hot in there (it's a perfect winter activity). they have these furnaces that keep the glass in a liquid state. it was amazing. Jackson helped me out and he is a genius with the glass. he's only 14 but started private lessons at 8.
i loved it! and totally want to go back. i don't have the finished product yet (they have to cool it down), but i should have it in a week. can't wait!!
Continuing the attitude of gratitude, it will give you a happy heart. Start today!
I am grateful for things that keep me warm. It has gotten chilly over here. Well, it has gotten chilly everywhere. I wasn't quite prepared for it. I am grateful for a heated apartment that keeps us safe. I am grateful for my winter gear that keeps me warm. I am grateful for hot chocolate (with whipping cream on top) that soothes my soul. I am grateful for the heater in my car that makes driving in the cold a little more bearable.
I am grateful for learning. It can be fun and it can be really hard. I am grateful that learning leads to more knowledge. I am grateful that learning is something I can do my whole life. I am grateful for the patience and humility learning teaches me. I am grateful that learning challenges me to grow. I am grateful that learning helps me reach out to others either for support or just fun new connections.
I am grateful for technology. It can be great and it can also be a giant waste of time. I am grateful that technology helps me stay connected to my family. I am grateful that technology allows me to capture and memorialize all of our adventures. I am grateful that technology gives me the opportunity to explore any topic in the world. I am grateful that technology can provide some pretty good entertainment.
our entry way collage! Check out our bathroom one here.
It was our Sunday afternoon activity. Our 101 free prints from Shutterfly came in the mail and we didn't know what else to do with them. I love it. I want to make it cover the whole wall and Jeremy thinks it is overwhelming enough as it is. So glad we balance each other out.
saturday morning we wanted to be outside. it was chilly though, so we layered up and decided the cold wasn't going to stop us from communing with nature. we found a forest close by and we set out on our nature walk. we wandered up and down and all around appreciating everything the forest had to offer: the plethora of colorful leaves, the mossy rocks, the pockets of snow, the fresh air, the gleaming sunlight. we just walked along chatting about this and that. saturday morning was my favorite.
Just practicing gratitude over here. Join in, being grateful makes you happy. Science says so.
I am grateful for nature. Nature seriously rocks. I am grateful for the gorgeous and varied terrain, especially the tall mountains and the pristine lakes. I am grateful for the seasons that come and go. I am grateful for the wonders of a caterpillar turning to a butterfly. I am especially grateful for the mesmerizing sky with its ever-moving clouds by day and its glistening stars by night. I am grateful for the peace nature brings me.
I am grateful for friends. Good friends are hard to come by, so it's important to work for those friendships and not let them slip away. I am grateful for the deep discussions we have. I am grateful for the respect we have for each other and the ways we choose to live our lives. I am grateful for the things we learn from each other. I am grateful for the support they give to me. I am grateful for the fun we have together.
I am grateful for God. God is good. God is loving. I am grateful for the guidance He gives me when I wander. I am grateful for the comfort He gives me when I struggle. I am grateful for the strength He gives me when I am scared. I am grateful God created such a beautiful and amazing place for us to live. I am grateful that He cares for me and is in the details of my life. I am grateful to be His child. I am grateful God has a plan for us to return to Him.
this story begins last night when someone mentioned candy cane joe-joe's on instagram.
i imediately called my local trader joe's to see if they had them in stock and if they by chance had a gluten-free version. to my surprise they totally did. i was ecstatic on the phone... you would have thought the women on the line offered to pay my student loans.
like any sane person, i went to trader joe's right after work today (they didn't open in time to go before - i asked) and i bought 6 boxes. a girl's got to get her supply. jeremy and i had some after dinner tonight and they were a slam dunk. they taste amazing. the texture of the cookie is a little different than the non-GF version (per jeremy's report), but the taste is truly spot on.
i think the first year has got to be the hardest with any sort of life-changing diagnosis, especially if it relates to food in any way. traditions have to be re-thought and changes have to be made, some are certainly harder than others. it has been almost 9 months since being diagnosed with celiac disease. we have gotten through our anniversary, our birthdays, summer camp outs, fourth of july bbqs, many date nights, and eating at friend's and family's houses.
this holiday season may be a little rocky. there are lots of things i can't have that i have always had and those traditions are something i really enjoy. so i will be searching for replacements and little treats that will help me get through. luckily, there are so many things i can have (they just typically cost more and take work to find. urg!!).
this is the first year trader joe's has offered gluten free candy cane joe-joe's, so i am counting myself blessed. super blessed. they will certainly help me survive my first gluten-free holidays. please send any gluten-free tips, recipes, or resources my way that might help me make it through the next two months.
i had a fun
night out last night with my co-workers turned friends. we painted pottery and then
had crepes for dinner at the cutest little cafe. it was delicious! lots of my favorite things
were happening all at once. i mean come on, painting, crepes (gluten-free even!!), and great
company. i loved it. it was so fun to catch up. let's do it again
I just love this beautiful month dedicated to giving thanks. I don't want to let this season escape me without taking advantage of the focus it gives us. I am going to post 3 things I am grateful for every week... because posting everyday is exhausting. Here we go!
I am grateful for Jeremy. He is a caring soul. He is smart, determined, and oh so good looking. I am grateful that he loves me. I am grateful that he forgives me. I am grateful that he listens to me. I am grateful that he does the laundry. I am grateful that he let's me be me. I am grateful to have such a stellar person by my side. I am grateful that he's my best friend.
I am grateful for my family. They are hilarious, adventurous, and fiercely loyal. I am grateful that we love being together. I am grateful that I feel their love and support consistently even though we live so far away. I am grateful for their righteous examples. I am grateful for their encouragement. I am grateful that they believe in me. I am grateful for our awesome adventures.
I am grateful for my body. It is strong, reliable, and resilient. I am grateful that it can move to the beat and listen to the birds. I am grateful that my body allows me to give hugs, see sunsets, and smell cookies (GF of course). I am grateful that my body can take me to the top of mountains. I am grateful for the beautiful instrument that my body is and all that it allows me to do and experience.
wow, you're here already. time certainly flies. you come bearing the holiday season, which is always fun. may you be filled with hand-drawn turkeys and pumpkins galore.
you are the real key to happiness. a grateful heart can alter any situation. i love that this whole month is dedicated to increasing our thankfulness. let's make sure we make the most of it.
i'm glad you get to stick around after halloween. skully is all moldy at this point and will be going in the trash. but at least we have two others that are holding up quite well on our windowsill. i am loving what they add to the room.
you have morphed into one of the weirdest traditions, which happens to also be one of my favorites. like in years past, we will be enjoying our turkey dinner at one of our favorite restaurants on newbury street. no work and all play around these parts sometimes.
dear black friday,
maybe i will join in the madness. maybe i won't. i can't decide if i love the deals and the craziness or if the consumerism frenzy is more disgusting (maybe too strong of a word?) especially right after a day that is supposed to be the epitome of giving thanks. i guess i have some time to think that one over.
keep it coming. it's been beautiful so far. i
keep picking up the colorful treasures and keeping them until they
wilt. what a treat!
saturday morning we ventured to brooksby's pumpkin patch to get our pumpkins. first of all, it was a gorgeous day. second of all, pumpkin patches are
awesome. i love all of the orange. nature's version of orange totally
jeremy enjoyed some apple cider donuts while i happened to find the perfect little pumpkin. we picked out our small guy first and purchased it. then i decided i wanted to grab a mini one to go with it, so i went back into the farm store where the mini gourds were. i also found a large one that looked just perfect for carving... so i bought both. not sure we need three, but we are sure excited about them. can't wait to carve the big one!!