A weekend recap of thanks

I wasn’t going to write my annual Thanksgiving weekend recap full of thanks this year. The last year has been such a tough one and when I look back on the last two years of my Thanksgiving recaps I can’t help but feel sad about how different my life looks now. New city. Different job. Not running.

A whole different life.

However, this is a different life I very intentionally chose to pursue for very valid reasons, and I don’t regret it. It’s just different and sometimes I miss that old life. It was so beautiful and I did love it so much. Anyways, just because I’m feeling a bit nostalgic for a year or two years ago does not mean I should skip my annual Thanksgiving recap. So here we go.

On Friday night I got sushi takeout, read my book and went to bed early. Thrilling!

I am thankful for sleep. Luckily, sleep comes pretty easily to me and for that I am thankful as sleeping is one of my very favourite adult activities 🙂

On Saturday I spent the morning laying around and reading my book. It was nice to just relax and not feel guilty about it due to the falling snow outside.

I am thankful for my love of reading, it’s truly one of my greatest joys.


Saturday afternoon Eric said he was craving Chinese Food so we decided to go to a Chinese food buffet for lunch. We were pleasantly surprised they had $5 beers on special. So we enjoyed the Chinese food and a couple of beers for a spontaneous lunch date. It was so nice to just sit and chat with Eric for a couple of hours. Eric works 60+ hours per week right now, so I don’t get to see a whole lot of him and have missed some of our one-on-one and connection time a lot.

I am always thankful for my husband and our marriage. It truly is my rock right now.


I’m also thankful that I now enjoy beer as a few years ago I did not 🙂

After our lunch date we picked up Chloe and drove out to a lake that is a few minutes out of town to take her for a walk. I got to try out my new winter boots that I had just bought and Chloe and I had a little bit of fun playing in the snow. I also got to wear my new Live Love North ‘The Trees are Calling’ fleece which I absolutely love.

I am thankful for our special pup, whom I also love so so much. She brings so much joy into our lives and our daily walks are a truly treasured time for me.



After our hike we hit up the gym and I did a TRX workout (this one from Peanut Butter Runner) for the first time in forever. I was sooo sore the next day. I honestly cannot remember what we did on Saturday night now. I think I took Chloe for another walk and then went to bed early?

On Sunday morning I went to an amazing power flow yoga class at my new studio. It was such a strong class and I was dripping sweat.


I am so so so thankful for yoga. I started practicing regularly in 2010 and my practice has ebbed and flowed over the last 6 years but it is truly a form of fitness I really really love and I hope it is always part of my life! The power vinyasa classes I’m attending regularly now are my absolute favourite. 

Oh, we also sold our old truck on Sunday morning! I am thankful to be able to pay off that loan now and be done with that truck, which was starting to have engine problems!

Sunday afternoon we had Thanksgiving dinner with my family at my aunts. My aunt, her husband, their daughter, my grandma, my cousin and his wife and kids and my dad were all there. It was really nice.


Then Sunday evening we hosted Eric’s parents and his sister, her husband and kids and her husbands friend from work for another Thanksgiving dinner at our house.

I am feeling very thankful to see more of our families than we have in many years. It has been so nice to have them a phone call away (or literally right next door like my grandma is) and I am trying to not take it for granted and remember to appreciate every moment as we missed many family dinners and get togethers for many years when we lived far away! 

Finally, Sunday evening we just cleaned up the house and went to bed early because we both had to work on the Thanksgiving Monday. I don’t mind too much though as I’m using the banked day to go visit my mom in Kamloops in November (hopefully – approved time off is pending!)

I am thankful for a good job that has offered more financial stability than we’ve had in years. 


And there you have it, my Thanksgiving thankfulness recap a couple of days late. Yes, my life looks very very different than it did last year, or two years ago, but it’s still a beautiful life because it’s mine and I’ve very intentionally built it to be what it is.

If you are Canadian, how was your Thanksgiving? And whether you’re Canadian or not – tell me what you are thankful for *right now*? 

13 Responses

  1. I am glad that you were able to come up with lots of things that you are thankful for. When you are going through a tough phase, it’s hard to think of what you are thankful at times, but it’s an important exercise as it reminds us that there really is so much goodness in our life! I am looking forward to doing my 10 days of Thanksgiving in November as it’s refreshing to reflect on my blessings instead of what I”m trying to achieve or attain in life.

    Right now I’m thankful for the companion ticket I get through Delta which made this vacation really inexpensive. I’m thankful that we have the means to travel. I’m thankful that I have an awesome partner to explore new places with.

  2. Happy thanksgiving! Love those pictures in the snow. you look so thin!

  3. Leigh says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! I didn’t realize that Eric is working so much- that’s crazy! But awesome that the hours are there for him. Did you guys buy another vehicle to replace the truck?

  4. Marie-Christine says:

    Looks like a great weekend!

    Hope you find your running groove again (if that’s what you want of course!). I always love to read about your running/working out, etc, it gives me motivation!!! 😉

    All that snow!!! No snow here yet but it is supposed to snow on Friday, so we will see!

  5. Stephany says:

    It’s so hard to reflect on the positive when the negative is so heavy and hard. I’m glad you were able to find good things to write about this year!

    I’m thankful to have a place of my own, a dog who loves me obsessively, and people to check in with when I’m feeling down!

  6. Ira Yake says:

    > I am thankful to be able to pay off that loan now and be done with that truck, which was starting to have engine problems!

    I hope the new owners of the truck don’t read you blog :/

    You forgot to say you’re thankful that you live near your brother again, who comes over to walk your dog and cook your fish that you are too squeamish to cook yourself 😛

  7. Abby Nastase says:

    Looks like an awesome weekend. And that food picture makes me so excited for Thanksgiving. However…I don’t think we are going to get a Thanksgiving dinner since my husband will be in a Las Vegas for a monthly long training. So we are going to have an atypical, non-traditional thanksgiving this year! lol!

    I am glad you have your family and a new job that seems to be going well for you to welcome you into some new beginnings and tough times!

    I am a bit jealous of your snow and cool weather. It’s still really really hot here. Like swimming suit/pool/shorts/tank top weather!

  8. Travel Spot says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it is already so snowy up there… we are getting a lot of rain this weekend and it is supposed to snow in the mountains but we’ve had a few hot days over the last couple of weeks which make one forget that it is autumn!

    Your post reminds me that I need to figure out what my family is doing for Thanksgiving! Usually we have crab at my brother’s house, but last year I hosted about 20 people and it was a lot of fun. However, it’s hard to corral everyone together sometimes!

  9. We are actually celebrating Thanksgiving today 🙂 We’re headed to Christopher’s parents for a turkey dinner, and it will be the first time the whole family got together for dinner in over a year. With two little nieces running around, it will be a different experience!! We’re looking forward to it.

    I am thankful for a beautiful marriage 🙂

  10. San says:

    Oh, your thankful list is wonderful and there are definitely things to be thankful for… even if change is hard and things are weighing us down sometimes.

    Also, a good reminder: I have to go back to yoga.

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