So every Thanksgiving, I like to take the time to share all the things that we are especially thankful for as a family. We are always so busy throughout the year that I really try to slow down November as much as possible and reflect and soak up as many of our blessings as we can.
This year is no different! And with this being Kensington’s first Thanksgiving, we have so much more to be thankful for. So, here it is: Our 2017 Frankful List! (Hope y’all like that pun.) Since Thanksgiving is on the 23rd this year, our list will be 23 items long. 🙂
- Kensington. She really did come into our lives and change it for the better. Not a day goes by that isn’t filled with love and joy from her little face, her hugs, her tantrums, her giggles—we seriously love them all. And we are incredibly, incredibly thankful that we get to be her parents.
- Having jobs. We both got hired into new positions and they both have been a great blessing. Dylan is very much enjoying managing his own store and I get to spend my day editing and writing. How great is that?
- All of our family. This past year was incredible for us and we are so thankful to have such a strong family who give us so much unconditional love. Kensie is blessed with so many aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, great grandparents, great aunts and uncles and we are so incredibly lucky to have each and every one of them in our lives.
- Kensington’s Grandparents. Seriously though, Kensie is so lucky! My dad and both of Dylan’s parents have already outpoured tons and tons of love into that little girl. She is spoiled, lucky, and so incredibly loved! And I hope they know how much she loves them right back. She gets a very special smile on her face for the three of them and it makes my heart so happy.
- Our nieces and nephews. We are SO blessed to have so many babies in our lives, and we cannot say how much we love them enough. I love that Kensington will have such a strong group of kids to grow up with and I hope they all remain close as they get older.
- Our friends. Everyone says Once you have kids, you’ll find out who your true friends are and I can see that to an extent—we definitely aren’t being invited out to the bars every weekend like we might have been before. But honestly, our friendships have only gotten stronger as our friends show so much compassion and love for our daughter. They treat her like their own and I love that. We couldn’t be more thankful to have such strong friendships in our lives.
- Marvel. Our little mutt. He has surprised me so much with how well he adjusted with Kensington this year and we couldn’t be more proud of him. He’s gentle, playful, loving, and the two of them together are absolutely adorable. Kensington loves to pick up his toys and wave it in front of his face for him to play with. It’s adorable.
- Cloth diapers. This one might seems silly and I can hear y’all now saying Sarah you can’t really be thankful for extra laundry but I truly am. I can’t say enough how much money we have saved, and if you’ve thought at all about trying them, click here to read why. I don’t make any money off of promoting cloth diapers—I am just pretty passionate about them and their benefits for parents and the environment.
- Kensington’s school. They do such a great job at keeping Kensington happy, safe, and learning while we’re away from her. I don’t sit at work worrying about her and I definitely believe that great childcare is hard to come by. We are so blessed to be able to have a school we trust and that Kensie loves to go to. She squeals when we walk in and she sees all her little friends. I love it. My social baby.
- Making lifestyle changes together. This year we’ve done a lot to change our lifestyle, one of which is that we went vegetarian! Dylan and I haven’t had meat since July. We haven’t been super public (as in on social media) about giving up meat, because we wanted to be sure that we would remain committed. But many of our closest family and friends know and they have been incredibly supportive. I’m very grateful to be married to someone who is willing to try new things with me, and I’d like to think Dylan feels the same way. And believe it or not, Dylan was the one who really wanted to try being vegetarians first! Yes, the man who hates 75% of vegetables (we’re working on it…). We’ll probably post more on this down the road, but it’s definitely been a positive experience that we are very thankful for.
- Cuties. Or Halos. Whatever those tiny, seedless, easy-to-peel oranges are called. We eat so many of them! Kensie loves them and so do we. They’re a great snack and a great side to breakfast (and lunch!). We are all obsessed with them right now.
- Our health. Besides Dylan needing a rabies shot back in February (long story short, he tried to help rescue a stray and got bit… they weren’t sure if the dog had any shots so he had to get his rabies shot) we’ve been really fortunate to have a year of good health, besides a few colds here and there. We are truly blessed to have very minor issues and we pray that our future remains the same way.
- How supportive our family is with Kensington’s peanut allergy. Kensington was diagnosed a few weeks ago with a peanut allergy, and while we aren’t sure the severity of it quite yet, we were instructed to strictly avoid peanuts and carry an EpiPen with us wherever we go. Kinda stressful huh? Well thankfully, our family and friends have been very supportive throughout this whole endeavour. (We never realized how many things have peanuts in them. Or how many things are processed with peanuts. It’s basically everything.) Just last weekend when we went to a Friendsgiving dinner, our friend Ashley let every guest know we had a peanut allergy and she sent me the ingredients on EVERY single thing she was making to be sure Kensington wouldn’t be affected. I’m not sure I could ask for anything better in a best friend.
- Holiday traditions. We already have so many things scheduled for the holidays and they’re all my favorite traditions! From chopping down our own Christmas tree, to decorating it as a big family, to baking cookies with my grandmother, we are about to enter one of our favorite times of the year and we’re extremely thankful for those strong traditions.
- New holiday traditions. Even though *technically* this is Kensington’s second Christmas, we’re treating it more like her first because last year she basically slept the whole time. So this year, we’re extra excited (and grateful) to be beginning new traditions with Kensie. From stockings, to books, to holiday movies, to Christmas pajamas—Mama can’t wait to begin the new traditions in our little family.
- Weddings. We have so many weddings we get the opportunity to go to in 2018 and we are so excited! Nothing makes me happier than friends and family tying the knot, and we’re going to get to see so many of our favorite people be married in the next year.
- Moana. Kensington is legit obsessed with Moana and every time it comes on she gets a big smile on her face and will sit in our laps and watch it. Dylan and I both have actually really enjoyed watching it with her and I constantly have the songs in my head (and no one knowwwwws how far it goeeeeees). I’m happy that there’s a disney movie we are all obsessed with.
- Parks. We live for park days! And now I’m so sad that it’s getting dark as early as it is because we can’t go in the evenings. But nonetheless, we love to take Kensington to the park and let her run wild. She loves running around in the fields, swinging in the swings, and riding in her stroller. It’s free family fun. Can’t beat that.
- Each other. While we’re a long ways away from the honeymoon phase of our marriage, we’re still very fortunate to have as strong of a marriage as we do. We both have the same goals, same parenting styles, and same wants for our life. I’m especially thankful for Dylan as he works so hard to provide as much as he does for us. He’s a great father and he’s a great husband. I’m thankful for him more and more each day.
- Apples. Not only because they’re delicious, but also because we love the fall tradition of going apple picking together. This year, we got to take Kensie with us and she seemed to enjoy it. Although, since we were on a mountain, she had a very hard time walking around. But she loved playing with the apples and treated them as if they were toys. And when we got home, Dylan made us an apple crisp. Delicious.
- My camera. I don’t have a super fancy camera or anything, just a basic DSLR used Canon, but I’ve loved being able to document Kensington’s milestones and first year of life as much as I’ve been able to. It helps that she loves taking pictures too and gives me all the best smiles. I know that we will love having so many pictures to look back on.
- Beach trips. We were so fortunate to be able to go on a huge family vacation this year with my side of the family and we loved showing Kensington how to beach it up. She did so great; some days she was a fan of the sand, some days she wasn’t. But the important thing is that she was a big fan of beach naps, and that worked out great for Mama and Dada. 😉
- Laughter. I love that our house is filled with as much laughter as it is. From Kensington’s giggles to Dylan’s to mine, I can’t get enough of it. And I feel so thankful each and every day that these crazy humans are mine. I hope the rest of our lives is filled with as much good energy as it has been filled with the past year.
And there are our 23 things we are thankful (and Frankful) for. I sincerely hope that each and every one of you have an amazing holiday and that you get to spend it with your favorite people. Thanks you so much for reading.