A weekend recap full of SO much thankfulness <3

For the last three years I have done a recap of our Thanksgiving weekend with a special focus on all I have to be thankful for. This year my heart feels so full it could burst, so despite barely having any photos to go along with this post, here is my annual weekend recap of thanks.

Eric’s weekend off fell on the long weekend, which I was so so grateful for. We decided to take a small ‘babymoon’ and jet over to Grande Prairie (the “big city” – ha) for the night. We got a hotel room, went out for a nice dinner and then spent Friday doing some shopping.

I am thankful for every second spent with my husband these days. He works so much and our schedules almost never line up, so time together is so so important to me! 

Our main reason for the trip was to acquire a new couch for our living room. We bought a couch at IKEA when we did our one day trip last year but it really only had space for 3 people to sit and wasn’t the most comfortable couch. I loved the look of it, but it’s not the kind of couch you get all cozied up on. We wanted either a love seat + couch combo or a sectional.

Well we ended up with a microfibre sectional with recliners on either end – something Eric has wanted for a long time! I admit I was not sold on this couch at first and kept saying I was having buyers remorse when we first put it together. However, after having it for a few days it’s really grown on me. It’s SO comfy and the reclining feature is pretty nice. It’s also nice to have room to seat more than 3 people side-by-side.

I am thankful for those sweet pets of ours. 

Other shopping that happened included some fun seasonal decor at Homesense (Oh how I love that store!), some more maternity clothes for me and a few baby things :). I was trying to resist buying any more maternity clothes but the bigger I get the more I need them so I got two more pairs of leggings and 3 tops. We also got two adorable little sleepers and a sweet Christmas sweater. I have to say though, baby clothing stores are SO gendered. One whole wall was BOYS (aka blue) and the other whole wall was GIRLS (aka pink) and there was one tiny sliver of wall for neutral stuff.

I am thankful for a house that I absolutely love. While there are a few things I would change about our house, for the most part it is perfect for us and I am obsessed with the layout of it as we really couldn’t ask for a better layout. 

Friday night I went to a get together with extended family, it was great to see so many second cousins and aunts and uncles.

I am thankful to live close to family again after so many years away. 

On Saturday morning Eric and I went to our first prenatal class together, we are doing private sessions due to Eric’s work schedule. It was a great chance to learn more about labour and afterwards we went out for lunch together and chatted about what our birth plan will look like based on some of the things we learned in the class.

Off to prenatal class at just shy of 35 weeks in my new maternity clothes 🙂

I am so thankful to be planning for the birth of our sweet babe. We waited a long time to get pregnant and truly wondered if it would ever happen for us. No matter how many downsides there are to being pregnant, it is something I feel blessed and grateful for every. single. day. 

Saturday afternoon Eric’s parents and his nephew came over and we made our first Thanksgiving dinner together. It was really fun to host them and after dinner they played a couple of rousing games of Settlers of Catan and then my in-laws spent the night. I unfortunately got quite sick, so did not participate in the board games.

Again, I am very thankful to be near family and also have a home where we can host people on a whim.  

My Thanksgiving weekend did take a small turn for the worst on Saturday evening as I spent the night puking my guts out!! Something definitely did not sit right with me from our dinner and my body wanted it OUT. Even in all my sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy I did not puke as much as I did that night. I’m not really thankful for anything here – puking just plain sucks 🙂

Sunday morning I woke up feeling much better and so I continued with my plan to go to yoga. I met my friend Robyn, who was in town for the weekend visiting family, at the studio. Yoga has been one consistent over all my Thanksgiving recaps over the years as I always try to fit it in this weekend.

I am thankful for my yoga practice. I am especially thankful that at 35 weeks pregnant I am still able to go to regular flow and vinyasa classes at my local studio. Don’t get me wrong, I modify a lot, but I’m very thankful for a body that has continued to do yoga throughout this pregnancy. I’m also thankful for how good yoga makes this pregnant body AND mind feel! 

After yoga Robyn came over to see our house and have a visit. I had been teasing nagging Eric about how messy the house was and he had it cleaned up so it was absolutely spotless!! I was so proud 🙂 It was more clean than when we’ve had a cleaner in.

I have known Robyn for over 10 years now and it was wonderful to catch up as we only see each other once or twice a year in person.

I am thankful for the friendships that pick up right where they left off even if you have not seen each other in awhile. 

On Sunday evening we had Thanksgiving dinner #2 at my aunts house. There were 13 of us and my grandpa flew up for the occasion. Of course I failed to take any pictures other than of the three pies my grandma made.

I’ve already said how thankful I am for family twice, and I felt that way again after our dinner on Sunday evening, but I am also thankful for delicious pie and super thankful to live so close to my grandma who I’m very close to and is an amazing whiz in the kitchen. These pies were ah-ma-zing! 

Sunday evening Eric and I both fell asleep on our new couch with full tummies 🙂

Monday was a very quiet day and I had no plans, which was perfect. I slept in until 8 and then laid in bed until 8:30 or so. When I finally got out of bed I made myself some breakfast and then curled up on the couch with my coffee and my book. Eric was also just puttering around the house that day.

I am thankful for quiet and relaxing days with no plans! 

The weather was too nice not to get outside, so I texted my mom to see if she wanted to go for a walk. Chloe and I joined her and her dog Murphy for a walk/hike in the local community forest.

I am thankful for beautiful weather on the Thanksgiving weekend this year, especially considering last year we had 1/2 a foot of snow! 

After our walk we did a bit of shopping and then she dropped me off at home. I did some more puttering around the house that afternoon before going over to my mom’s place for our family book club chat. My two aunts, my mom, my brother and I all have a book club and we get together once a month to discuss our most recent read. My one aunt doesn’t live here so we video chat her in. This month we discussed Behold the Dreamers by Imbolu Mbue, which was my pick.

I am thankful for my love of reading. It is my most treasured hobby and I would choose reading and books over TV any day of the week! 

And that pretty much wraps up my weekend. It was early to bed on Monday night before kicking off a short work week. As of yesterday I officially only have 3 weeks left at work before I go on maternity leave. Time is flying!

This shirt (also one of my new maternity clothes purchases) basically sums it up <3

For my Canadian readers, how was your Thanksgiving weekend? For all readers, what are you especially thankful for this week? 

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Kauai Recap: Christmas Day

You can read about our first two days in Kauai here

On Christmas Day we slept in a bit, until about 8 am, and then got up with a plan to borrow two bikes from our Air BnB (one of the best things about it was that it came with bikes!) and bike the Ke Ala Hele Makalae Trail, which means ‘The path that goes by the coast’. Here are more photos and information about our amazing Christmas Morning bike ride!

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It was sooo beautiful and the absolutely perfect way to start off Christmas Day!

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The bike ride was 8-miles round trip and took us about 1.5 hours with stopping for photos.

Once we got back to our Air BnB we made a huge and amazing breakfast including mimosas and sangria.

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We also skyped and chatted on the phone with some of our family.

Around 10am we hit the road. Our big plan for Christmas Day was to visit the Koloa Rum Company. We always try to do wine / beer / alcohol tours and tastings if there are any in the area when we travel. They are some of our favourite things to do!

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We managed to get there in time for the last rum tasting of the day. The lady who hosted it was soooo awesome and fun, we had to take a selfie with her 🙂 I usually don’t like rum very much but I loved the coffee rum!

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We ended up buying four bottles of rum total! I was super nervous about them all getting home safe and sound, but they did. Even though the TSA agent did inspect my suitcase and move the rum to a different spot so I had a slight freakout when we got home thinking they’d confiscated it!

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After the rum tasting we drove further south on the island to Port Allen where we grabbed a late lunch at a little hole in the wall shrimp restaurant.

On our way back from the south we stopped in to see the famous Wailua Falls. They were pretty amazing and you can just drive right up to them, which was cool.

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And honestly by the time that was all done we got home around 5pm and we were pretty tired. We originally had Christmas Dinner reservations at a nice restaurant in Poipu, but once we realized we were a good 40 minute drive one way (further with traffic) drive from Poipu we decided to just stay in for our Christmas Day dinner. We had some of the food we’d bought at Costco, a few drinks and watched another Christmas movie and then went to bed early.

It was definitely a very different Christmas Day than what we’ve ever experienced before but it was also really, really nice to be away and spend the day just the two of us celebrating Christmas while also not really celebrating Christmas in the traditional way.

How did you spend Christmas Day this year? Have you ever traveled for the holidays? 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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*? 

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