Thankful.

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Apparently I missed the boat hard on the 30 Days of Thankful trend that happened at the beginning of November--but never fear, I am here today to share my thoughts on what I'm thankful this year.  I also am inspired by this lovely post by a friend of a friend who posted her thanks as well as submissions she received from friends and family about what they are thankful for. 

I'll be blogging tomorrow about the process of combining my personal and professional blog (and you'll see why that is relevant as you read through today's blog!)

At any rate, here's my list--I have TONS more to say, but we've got to head out soon for Louisiana.  Of course, as always, much love to all of you and would love to hear your lists as well!

Happy Thanksgiving

xoxo,

Emily

 

1) Ian--Obviously. He's my husband, but more than that he's my cheerleader, my best friend, my confidante, my joke teller, my talking potato loving guy. We've been together for almost 12 years and it feels like 12 minutes--we don't get sick of one another and we still laugh at each other's jokes.  Plus we know how the other loves a gas station taqueria and we would chose $1 tacos over a fancy meal together any day.

Ian, my mom and myself on top of Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park.  

Ian, my mom and myself on top of Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone National Park.
 

2) My family--My favorite author, Pat Conroy, recently said at a book talk, "Family is like an ocean, we'll never get to the bottom of it."  Boom. Exactly.  Everyone says they are thankful for their family at Thanksgiving, but this year it's true--not only being away from them this year, on this holiday, leads me to reflect, but also moving back to Michigan and being within 45 minutes of all of them has led me to appreciate all of them so much more.

I mean, the dog wears a Friday Night Light's t-shirt with no complaining. She's a gem.

I mean, the dog wears a Friday Night Light's t-shirt with no complaining. She's a gem.

3) Tasha--I'm not going to go on and on, but this dog is a godsend. That's not hyperbole. She is honestly, truly, full one of the best things to happen to me and Ian.

Jackson Lake in the Grand Tetons.

Jackson Lake in the Grand Tetons.

4) Travel and adventure--I think it goes without saying that this year is one of travel and adventure.  I am so, so thankful to have had the opportunity to take this year away from the regularity of everyday life and strike out on the road to see what's around the next corner.

This is the wall display I create when I teach The Great Gatsby as a crime novel. 

This is the wall display I create when I teach The Great Gatsby as a crime novel. 

5) Teaching--Teaching is my passion and my soul.  It's truly the reason I was put on this earth.  Yes, I love photography, but at the end of the day, it comes back to loving being in the classroom with kids and working on creating lessons that get them excited and passionate about learning.  It's time to go back to the classroom. Eeek, I said it, now I must make it a reality!

Many of us dressed up for our annual costume parties in Grand Haven--this year's theme was Summer Camp. And yes, we screen printed those shirts moments before this picture was taken.

Many of us dressed up for our annual costume parties in Grand Haven--this year's theme was Summer Camp. And yes, we screen printed those shirts moments before this picture was taken.

6) Friends, near and far--I'm not sure if anyone believes me when I say it, but I am blessed with some of the absolute best friends anyone on this planet could ask for--they're intelligent, unique, different from each other, and are the end of the day, the best humans to walk the planet.  They range from those who live in Michigan, to Chicago, to Montana, to California, to France--I am humbled that such amazing people enjoy me and love me the way I enjoy and love them.

Pre-Charleston Half Marathon 2013.  Just registered for the 2014 race last week and know I won't be disappointed...I mean, they give you shrimp and grits at the end.  Done.

Pre-Charleston Half Marathon 2013.  Just registered for the 2014 race last week and know I won't be disappointed...I mean, they give you shrimp and grits at the end.  Done.

7) Running and Swimming--A few years ago my sister-in-law referred to me as an athelete when she was talking to someone else about me, and I was shocked--I've never, ever thought of myself as an athelete, but I guess I am.  I am so grateful to be able to run and swim and move by body on a daily basis.  I am so beyond excited to go for a Thanksgiving Day run in Sam Houston State Park, which is where we will be in a few hours for our own turkey celebration.

8) Lake Michigan--I live next to Lake Michigan.  What could you ask for beyond this?  I get to see the lake change and move and shift every single day and every single evening I am amazed at the sunsets.  Lake Michigan is my heart.

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9) Roasted Brussel Sprouts--Ok, I know this sounds weird, but I'm so grateful and thankful for good food and the fact that I get to each good food, specifically good vegetables, specifically roasted brussel sprouts.  Mowing through a serving of brussel sprouts is one of life's few pleasures and I worry more people don't take advantage of these little gentlemen. 

10) Amazing clients--I've said it a lot, but I'll say it again--I work with some bomb people. I'm not sure where they necessarily come from or even how they find me or certainly why they think I'm cool, but honestly, EVERY single client I've had in the past 2 years of this business has blown me away with their love, passion, kindness and enthusiasm.  I have been so fortunate to spend this business with fabulous folks.

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So much more to be thankful for, but now we are hitching up and heading out of Houston and towards Louisiana.  Our Thanksgiving meal is as follows:

--Pulled brisket from La Barbecue in Austin

--Green bean casserole from ME

--Cranberry sauce (using real cranberries, we'll see....)

--Biscuits from Bang Bang Pie Shop

--Red wine

--Whole boiled potatoes

--Chocolate pecan pie from Bang Bang Pie Shop

 

It will just be the 3 of us this year under the stars at a picnic table, but we know you are all with us in spirit.  Love and miss you all and Happy Thanksgiving once again!