A weekend full of thanks!

Last year after the Thanksgiving weekend I posted a weekend recap that also included many of the things I am thankful for sprinkled throughout the post, it was a fun format to recap Thanksgiving so I am going to do the same thing this year!


It was a four-day weekend for me as I had Friday off of work in lieu of some of the overtime I’ve been working lately. I really really needed the long weekend too as work has been flat out crazy busy lately.

I am thankful to have a job that I love but also one I can step away from when I need to. I am thankful for supportive coworkers and a supportive boss who 100% believe in the concept of work-life balance.  

On Friday I went for a trail run in the morning, to the gym for Group RX, for lunch with my mom and grandpa and in the evening Eric and I went grocery shopping and bought everything we needed to host Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday!

I am thankful for the gym, and more specifically the local YMCA/YWCA. I absolutely love going to classes there and how strength training has completely changed my body. 

On Saturday morning I woke up at 8:30am and immediately rushed off to my favourite Saturday morning flow class at 9. I really didn’t think I was going to make it to class so I was soo glad I did! It was a slower flow which was exactly what I needed after lifting heavier weights during Group RX on Friday.

I am thankful for yoga and the peace and clarity it has brought into my life. 

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After yoga I picked up my mom and we went to buy some tulip bulbs. She then helped me rip out our current flower bed and plant four rows of tulip bulbs for the spring. I cannot wait for all of the bulbs to grow into beautiful flowers!!

I am thankful we own our little house and even though I sometimes complain about the size and the lack of outdoor space for storage I know it is more than many people have. I am thankful we have a place to make our own. 

After planting I did some other house stuff with Eric and we prepared for his mom and nephew to arrive. Sunday we were up bright and early to get our turkey in the oven! Eric and I were officially cooking our very first turkey and hosting Thanksgiving. We may have overdid it a bit and bought a 12-kg / 25-lb turkey at the grocery store. Yup, it was a little too much food for five adults and one child…

I am thankful for the ability to not only purchase quality, healthy food for us to eat on a regular basis but also that we have the means to purchase all of the fixings for a big Thanksgiving meal! 

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After more than four hours in the kitchen we had cooked up an amazing feast! Huge thanks to my mother-in-law and my own mom for all of their help and guidance. I’m not sure we would have known what do with the turkey without their help and advice!

I am thankful for a husband who not only likes to cook, but is good at it, he did the majority of the cooking for our feast! I am also thankful to have amazing women role models in my life teaching me how important life skills like how to cook a turkey. 

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Before we ate our delicious dinner we headed out on a nice little hike with the dogs. We hiked 2km in the beautiful sunshine. Holler for wearing a tank top in October!

I am thankful for my love of being active and moving my body. I am also thankful for our family members who are willing to be active with us. I am thankful for the incredibly easy access we have to so many amazing hiking trails. 

After we had all stuffed ourselves silly and packed up all the leftovers (our fridge is seriously beyond overflowing with leftovers!) Eric and I spent about four hours on the couch watching back-to-back episodes of Parenthood. It’s the most relaxed I’ve felt in a long time and was so fun. Also we are over halfway through season three now and it’s hard not to binge on the episodes because they are sooo good!

I am thankful for guilty pleasures that help me relax and recharge. I am also thankful for binging on TV series with my husband, one of my favourite things for us to do together!  

Monday morning I met up with eight running friends for a beautiful 11km run on a remote country road. The fall colours were absolutely stunning and it was a perfect morning for a run.

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Oh running, I am so so thankful for you. I am thankful for the people you have brought into my life, the places you have taken me and the adventures I have had all thanks to you. 

After the run and some Thanksgiving leftovers we all piled into the truck for two of my favourite fall activities – the corn maze and the pumpkin patch! We wandered the corn maze for almost an hour, and then my mom and I went and got some coffee while Eric, our nephew Drayden and his mom continued to wander around trying to solve clues.

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After the corn maze it was off to the pumpkin patch. We walked out with 10 pumpkins of varying sizes for only $25!

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I am thankful to live in an area with so many fun things to do. I am thankful for the opportunity to make memories with our family on such an important holiday. 

And I added some new fall decor to our house 🙂

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I am thankful for simple pleasures in life, like the smell of a delicious candle burning and how much happiness I get from looking at these fall decorations. 

Sunday evening was spent eating more leftovers and really just lounging around the house. I spent a lot of time reading my latest book, The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog, it’s pretty good and I’m enjoying it way more than I thought I would.

I am so thankful for my love of reading. To quote George RR Martin, a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. I am so thankful for all the different ways reading and books have opened my eyes and lit up my soul. 

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Above all, I am always the most thankful for this guy and our beautiful and messy life together.  

This year, I am also thankful for the hard moments in life because they make the good moments that much sweeter. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian readers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend full of food, love, family and friends.

What are you thankful for today? 

16 Responses

  1. Travel Spot says:

    What a fun post! It sounds like you had a busy four days! That is so fun that you hosted Thanksgiving at your house, and you did a great job with the turkey! I need to get some tips from you, as I have done my own turkey a few times, but will be hosting a bunch of people this year, and always want to do the best I can!

    It’s great that your weather is so mild. We are having the same thing, except for us instead of being in the 40s/50s, it’s in the 70s/80s. Personally I think it’s too hot and I worry that it’s due to the drought and/or some other underlying problem and I really, REALLY hope we get lots of rain and snow this year!

  2. I love this post! I am glad that you had relaxing fun weekend full of family, time spent being active, and delicious food! Your weekend sounded absolutely perfect! I know how busy you’ve been lately so I am glad you got a chance to relax and do some of your favorite things!

    Today I am thankful for my warm home (it’s a chilly morning here), my financial stability which allows me to take trips like my Miami and Boston trips this month, my boyfriend who always makes me laugh, my huge family, my health, and my ability to run – and many other things! I’ll do my 10 days of Thanksgiving post series next month and am really looking forward to focusing on all the reasons I have to be thankful!

  3. Bronwyn says:

    Love this post, so beautiful and inspiring to be reminded of all the things we can be grateful for. I’m grateful for my friends and family. My parents who will drop everything to help me when I need it. To friends who are always lending a listening ear. For work. For school. For my kitty Marina. For my sport abilities. For sports and the lessons they have taught me. For my warm bed and a rough over my head.

  4. No doubt, the first time you host the family thanksgiving is a real milestone! Well done.

  5. Alison says:

    What an amazing weekend and so much to be thankful for!

  6. Jenny says:

    I love this, so many good things: good people, good food, nature and activity. I have many things to be thankful for, but most of all for my husband and life we have together.

  7. Kelly says:

    That sounds like SUCH a lovely Thanksgiving weekend! I am thankful for many of the same things you are. I was just thinking to myself that I need to prioritize reading again because I’ve been missing it lately!

  8. Leigh says:

    Sounds like a great weekend and you have lots to be thankful for! I’ve never made a turkey and it overwhelms me! Was it hard?

  9. Nora says:

    What a beautiful post this is! You and your husband are so adorable; love the photos of you both peppered throughout the picture. Cooking a turkey is a big milestone as a couple; I first did it in 2013, was super nervous but it turned out great (thankfully).

    I love pumpkin patches + reading, family time and working out.
    We have a lot of the same thanks, as well.

    Happy (belated) Thanksgiving. Hope work is treating you kindly this week!


  10. San says:

    What a lovely post. I love how you combined the weekend recap with the things you’re thankful for… much to be thankful for indeed! 😉

  11. What a beautiful post. I’m thankful for my job and the stress on the work/life balance too. I’m thankful for a job that gives me flexibility and the power to make a huge difference in young lives in this community. I’m thankful for my daughter and I’m thankful for having the luxury to spend my time and money on books!

  12. Abby says:

    This is great! It is incredible when we stop and think about the things in life we have to be thankful for! Overwhelms me with joy.

    Looks like a great thanksgiving weeknd! You guys did a great job on the meal! That can be a stressful meal to make, so it is SO nice to have a spouse/s.o. who likes to cook! Ryan and I are cooking thanksgiving dinner this year and I am so excited. He pretty much handles the turkey, and I do all the fixings, with him as my sous-chef. So much fun!

  13. What a beautiful post! It’s so important to take time to be thankful, and you have a lot to be thankful for 🙂 Yummy looking turkey dinner too!

  14. I’m never in a million years going to be able to catch up on all the posts I’m behind on, but this post, lady, it’s beautiful and made me smile. Gratitude and appreciation makes all the difference. Looks like it was a wonderful holiday weekend full of incredible memories and lots of natural beauty!

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