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A Season of Gratitude: Week 2 + Gratitude Favorites

You can read a bit about my commitment to staying grounded in gratitude this holiday season and download your free (#printable #dopeoplestillhaveprinters #IDK) gratitude list here.  Feel free to share your own gratitude lists with me (#gratitudeOTFT @elizabethev) and the rest of our crew.

A SEASON OF GRATITUDE: WEEK 2

a season of gratitude week 2

  • Wednesday, November 8: I am grateful for Grace’s preschool teachers.  They are so kind and compassionate, and I know she is safe and happy under their care.  For someone who worries about everything (and then some), this means the world.  
  • Thursday, November 9: I am grateful for opportunities to connect with fellow bloggers/Instagrammers (slash-real-people) and brands I love.  Tonight’s holiday event with Whole Foods Market felt extra warm and encouraging.
  • Friday, November 10: I am grateful for our escape hatch Cape house. (It really does feel like an escape hatch, though.  And a cozy one, at that.  There’s just something about crossing the bridge that does it for me.)
  • Saturday, November 11: I am grateful for my sweet, silly, darling niece who turns 2 today and can play a mean (toy) electric guitar.
  • Sunday, November 12: I am grateful (and sort of terrified) to have two babes and zero cribs.  In less than a month, both our kids have made the move to beds (or “big girl beds” as Nicky calls them…).  They are growing and changing and learning… on their own schedules… just like they’re supposed to do.  It’s amazing and wild.
  • Monday, November 13: I am grateful for $5.99 craft/activity sets from CVS. 
  • Tuesday, November 14: I am grateful for the two women who gave me a manicure/pedicure this morning.  It was quiet at the nail salon, so they offered to save me 30 minutes and do both at once.  I felt extra cared for… and likely wasted that extra 30 minutes, but hey.

And a few gratitude favorites for the week:

And I’m currently super grateful for the microwave that has reheated the same cup of tea twice this afternoon…

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Timely for those hosting this holiday season: 6 Things Everyone Forgets to Tell Their Houseguests from Apartment Therapy
  • Not sure if this helpful/weird/both, but I added a SHOP ON TAP page for those looking for gift (or everyday purchase) ideas + recommendations
  • Digging out all our cold weather gear (and hoping it fits…)

What are you feeling grateful for today?

A Season of Gratitude | and sheep costumes

We spent the last few days chasing around two very cute sheep.  This was the first holiday as a family of four that we’ve really been able to get out there (without a stroller) and do the things that people do on Halloween (I guess… it’s never been my jam). 

a season of gratitude

I picked up matching sheep costumes for Grace + Nick on a whim, and it was probably the best Target money I’ve ever spent.  Which is saying something.  They took to them instantly, crawling around our condo for hours (as Grace pointed out, “sheeps use all of their legs for walking”).  They made their public debut at the Cape this weekend, where we hit up the annual Green Halloween at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.  The museum was open (and admission was super discounted — $5 for kids, free for accompanying adults) and full of fun Halloween activities and surprises. 

a season of gratitude

On Sunday, we took my aunt Mary’s suggestion and brought our sheep to CJ’s Horse Ranch in West Barnstable for their Halloween Fun Day.  You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a pair of sheep ride ponies.  After a tractor tour and the pony rides, Grace and Nick got to meet and trick-or-treat with the horses. 

a season of gratitude

a season of gratitude

a season of gratitude

Everyone was so kind and generous, and our kids had so much fun at both events.  As I scrolled through the 890 photos I took, I kind of couldn’t believe they were real.  The whole weekend was pure magic.

A SEASON OF GRATITUDE

As I lit my soy Christmas tree scented candle this morning (it’s time), I knew I wanted that feeling of the weekend’s magic to last.  I knew I wanted to avoid the overwhelm that often sets in this time of year, as best I can.  I knew I wanted to soak up all that wonder and joy on my kids’ faces.  I knew I wanted to focus on the things that matter… which basically, aren’t things.  And I kept coming back to gratitude.  So I made us a printable chart thing.  Because that’s who I am, for better or worse.  

I’m planning to take a few minutes each night during this holiday season to write about gratitude– who and what I’m grateful for, etc.  And I’d love for you to join me, if you’re interested.  Feel free to use #gratitudeOTFT when sharing on social.  Wouldn’t it be lovely to see what everyone is feeling grateful for?  

a season of gratitude

click to download your free printable gratitude list

I’ll be sharing my list (likely weekly) here and on Instagram stories as well.  (And if it goes well, I promise to make us a new list for December…)

Also On Tap for Today:

Let’s hear it… what are you feeling grateful for today?