Weekly Wrap Up with Gratitude

Thanksgiving week typically flies by in a hurried frenzy.  However this year, we took a different route.  We kept it small and quiet.  Monday, the kids and I hit Latta Plantation (one of our favorite places) for a nice walk in the woods.  Tuesday, we hit the books before a drive down to Charlotte for an early Christmas surprise for my parents.  Wednesday, everyone went in separate directions-Sims went climbing at Pilot Mountain with some friends; Sawyer went to help with Thanksgiving set up at one of her friend’s grandmother’s house; and Parks had an impromptu s’mores party at the house.  Thursday, we spent at the lake house with just our immediate family giving thanks for all.

We ended the week celebrating Sawyer’s birthday by heading up to Asheville, NC.  She and a friend took a glass class at the NC Glass Center.  Sawyer loved her glass class last year and wanted to do something similar.  This time, they used the blow torches (I know that is not the technical term, but it is what they looked like) to make pendants and ice cycles.  Then we went to see the new Fantastic Beasts movie!

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Time for Reflection

The past few weeks have been fun-filled and action packed.  We have celebrated.  We have experienced. And now, we are thankful.  This week, we were honored to have “Dad” at home with us all week.  Unfortunately, he was home due to not feeling well.  For the rest of us, it was nice to have him home during our week of gratitude.

Our family tradition is to make our “thankfuls” and hang them in our kitchen.  I also wanted to bring in the many new traditions and art forms, the children have studied this year.  We started by painting with wet on wet watercolors.  We then traced each person’s hands, glued them together and placed our thoughts of gratitude on our hands.  I like using hands because they remind me of the Jack Johnson song “With my Own Two Hands.”

During my time of reflection, I found several interesting items(to me anyway)that I am grateful for.  Of course, I am immensely thankful for my family and friends.  My immediate family and my extended family(our friends are included in this as once you are a part of our lives-you become family) are a big part of our lives.  This year, I have discovered the importance of time.  I am so grateful that I have had the time this year with my kiddos.  They have taught me so much.  We are not rushed any more.  Time is a friend instead of a looming enemy (we were always rushing to get somewhere last year).  I also have rediscovered my love and gratitude for the wonderful Earth that we get the opportunity to experience.  The gift of time has allowed me to slow down and enjoy the beautiful natural world around me and notice all of the gifts it gives to us.

I hope everyone has the opportunity to stop for a moment to realize all there is in the world to be grateful for!

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