Thanksgiving has always been one of those "American holidays" that I just never really understood before. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, and aside from being inundated with Pinterest photos each year, I'd never experienced one for ourselves, until yesterday.
Having had just one Thanksgiving, I am already hooked. What is not to love about a national holiday that celebrates being thankful, spending time with family, and eating a lot of good food. Much less focus is placed on the food portion of the day, in the sense that it is more about coming together around food, but food isn't as important as the company.
Sitting at the lunch table yesterday I had the hardest time keeping my tears in. I kept getting overwhelmed with emotion of how thankful and grateful I am right now.
These two. They truly are my world. Madeleine constantly surprises me and lights up each and eery single day.
Good friends who are more like family. This past week we've been in Charlottesville with Oxford friends who've become family. We have set up a pretty wide net of loved ones around the world now, which I find pretty amazing.
Travel. I can't believe its been 4 weeks of living out of a suitcase already! Our travels are quickly coming to an end, but I am so thankful for the opportunity to travel for the entire month of November, and thankful for a toddler who just goes with the flow! We definitely put her needs first and make sure she's happy wherever we go but know that we ask a lot from her while we travel, so I'm thankful that she's so adaptable!
Cold weather. Just before we head off to the desert we were hoping we'd have some cold weather to soak in first. And cold it has been!!! We've had plenty of glorious rain and on Thanksgiving-Eve we had a day of snow. It was just gorgeous and we've relished the feeling of being cold this one last time.
Options. So so many options. Large scale, big picture options. But also, in the US, plentiful options about absolutely everything!! I was taken to Michael's the other day, a crafting superstore, and I walked in and almost cried. It was both so wonderful and so depressing at the same time. Having never seen so many different options before it was a glorious sight to behold. But it only made me wish I lived in the land of plenty so that I too would have plentiful options!!
Space. Space is something we have lacked somewhat of living in London. In both our tiny apartment, and in London itself. Being out in the countryside is so refreshing. It feels like we can breath actual air, can do spontaneous cartwheels if we want to, and just enjoy nature a little.
This weekend we are actually moving to Abu Dhabi. After an incredible November, life is about to real again. And hot! But I am thankful for new beginnings and the chance to take a little step out of our comfort zone and see have some new adventures.
It is a lovely positive holiday and I'm kind of keen to see if we can't carry it forward to Abu Dhabi with us! Lets see!!