Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thankfully Alive!

Even though I did not grow up with Thanksgiving traditions, (I know some of you Canadians said you did, I am from the French side and we don't celebrate Thanksgiving like the Americans do) I do like this Holiday.  I like what it means.  I like that it is and will be a part of my sons lives.  I like that in school they made journals of what they are thankful for.  Now football....I am not in the like stages yet..even after 11 years of Thanksgiving, sorry Nelly please don't un-follow me!  The meal I love but it does not love me.  Boo Hoo. We have no guests coming over this year and with Bill working insane hours we have decided that this year we are having the traditional meal at Mimi's, our favorite family restaurant in town.  They have stuff I can eat there and I love them for that.  They make the real Thanksgiving dinner and it is good. 

Running has been all inside this week.  I am thankful for a gym membership with childcare but I struggle for the 5 miles and up runs.  It is more mental than anything for me on the machine.  I did run every day this week.  Tomorrow is Turkey Trot and Friday back at the gym or off.  I have ran every day since Saturday and I am planning on running both days this weekend so maybe I should rest Friday.

OK so I am thankful for a lot of things this year, here are some of them:

1. I am thankful to be ALIVE.
2. I am thankful for my parents and that they are in good health.
3. I am thankful for my husband, he works hard to support us and he is a wonderful father and husband and without him I could not write #4.
4. I am thankful for my 2 sons, being their mom is the greatest joy of my life. 
5. I am thankful for my brother and his family.  I miss them so much. 
6. I am thankful that my children are healthy.
7. I am thankful that I am able to stay home to raise my boys.
8. I am thankful that my tumor has not grown this year.
9. I am thankful for the friendships I have had for over 25 yrs with my friends back home.
10. I am thankful for my friends here in California who accept me just the way I am.
11. I am thankful for my kids TEACHERS.  They are wonderful. 
12. I am thankful that this year I got to go home.
13. I am thankful that my kids love school and are both doing great this year.  Education is top priority for me.
14. I am thankful for running.  I truly believe it makes me a better person to run.  I feel like I have myself back a little after 6 yrs of being a bit lost.
15. I am thankful that my family, and by that I really mean BILL, support me in all of my races.  They get up early, they wait for me to pass by them, he takes pictures.  It means the world to me.
16. I am grateful for all of you who hit the follow button.  Your support and friendship mean a lot and I appreciate all of you and all of your comments.
17. I am thankful that Bill has a job.  I am.
18. I am thankful that tomorrow Bill will be home for Thanksgiving dinner.
19. I am thankful that right now as I type all this my boys are NOT fighting.
20. I am thankful for my beautiful dog Maggie and that she is healthy.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope you will be with your family tomorrow.
If you are racing like me tomorrow; smile and run fast!



Kate said...

Your #14 really speaks to me. I definitely could have written that. And I'd love someday to be able to write your #15. You're a wise woman to recognize how lucky you are.

I'm thankful to have found your blog and gotten to know you over the past months. Have a wonderful holiday with your family! :)

Jill said...

What a beautiful list!! Your blog is one of my blessings, so glad to have found ya, girl! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I love reading people's thankful lists, really makes me happy too. :)

Have a happy Thanksgiving :)

SupermomE12 said...

We usually have Thanksgiving with just our family and we have eaten out quite a few times. The kids think it is fun and "fancy" and it is no stress (and doens't end up costing more than the grocery shopping, AND, no leftovers to snack o which helps with keeping calories down). :)

I love your thankful list. I think having a thankful heart and teaching our kids how to be thankful is such an important thing.

have a wonderful day!
PS I didn't enter your giveaway because they sent me the same one ot host on my blog. I have been waiting for yours to be over. :)

Jen said...

I love this post - and I'm grateful for your blog!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Canuck Mom said...

Love this post.

Elle said...

This is such a lovely post, I think. So nice to read that you are happy with your life and your family and that you really enjoy and appreciate your blessings. Love that.

Have a wonderful holiday.

Michael said...

Wonderful list Caroline!!! Jim and I are going out for dinner today too! No dishes to clean, nothing to cook - wonderful :)

Christina @ The Athletarian said...

Wonderful list! Have an amazing day and Hope you had a good race!

Amanda@runninghood said...

So much to be thankful for here Caroline! Thank you for sharing and a happy Thanksgiving to you!

Darlene said...

Beautiful post - Happy Thanksgiving. I enjoy your blog.

Black Knight said...

Beautiful post and wonderful list.
I hope that you have run a good and fast race.
Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your traditional meal at Mimi's.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving

Cathy said...

Love your list of thankfulness! Hope you had a great meal at Mimi's. I'm actually dishes to clean up, no house to clean for guests...

Terzah said...

Very nice list, Caroline, and I hope your Thanksgiving and your Turkey Trot were both wonderful.