3. Friends: I’ve had a lot of friends come and go in my life but there are a few that have truly shown me the meaning of friendship. We may be at different points in our lives but these women are amazing and I know that at any hour of the day I can count on them. Most importantly they have extended their friendship to my boys and have always gone above and beyond to show them love and are respectful around them. We always have the best time together and every chance we get to hang out means so much to me.
4. Vacations: I am so thankful for vacations and the opportunity to get out and see the world. Growing up we never really went on vacations. If we did they were small trips here and there but my first plane ride wasn’t until my senior class trip in high school. My parents did what they could for us but with 5 kids elaborate vacations weren’t always a possibility. I wouldn’t say I felt deprived but I knew that when I could provide for myself vacationing was at the top of my list. We love our time away both as a family and as a couple. It’s great to disconnect for the everyday and reconnect with some amazing memories. We’ve been very blessed to go on some really fun trips this year like my Chicago trip with my sister, California with Eric, and our family trips to the Dominican and Disney.
5. Cameras: this last one might sound silly but I am really thankful for my camera. Without my camera all of these moments would just be a memory, but now I get to look back and relive them over and over again. Looking back at pictures from when I was younger is one of my favorite things to do, but there aren’t very many of them. It was a day and age where you had to take your film to get developed, nothing was digital, sometimes you lost your throw away camera, and if you were lucky enough to have your parents organize an album then you got a glimpse of some of those memories. Remember those days? Now everything is so instant and sharable and I kind of love it.