Thursday, November 29, 2012

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T H A N K F U L  for Thursdays that are actually like Fridays . 
No work tomorrow for me ? 
Why ? 
| Shhhhhh . Because the substitute teacher system thinks I may be sick |
Well , there is a T R E E to be decorated . 
There are W R E A T H S to be hung + G A R L A N D to drape .
I must find an U G L Y   S W E A T E R
And browse for the perfect G I F T ideas which have not yet arrived to my head . 
And that deserves a hard day's work . 
Y E S . Can't wait for that glorious last day in this T H A N K F U L month . 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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T H A N K F U L to have a H O L I D A Y market to be a part of . 
Mark your calendar . C O M I N G  U P

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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T H A N K F U L for the fact that : 
N o . 1 :  It's November 27th + I just bought my boy a Christmas gift . That N E V E R happens .
Until today . 
N o . 2 :  B E A T R I C E + W O O D S L E Y happy hour shortly . If you live in Denver + haven't been here, get there . If you D O N ' T live in Denver, get here + go there . 
N o . 3 : Today marks No . 2 2 for my sister.in.law Linnea - thankful for her too ! 
T H R E E things for this day 2 7 . O N W A R D

Monday, November 26, 2012

L O O K B O O K | N O . 2

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Thankful T O D AY that the official 
M Y . B O Y . H E A R S . F R O M . S O M E . D E N T A L . S C H O O L S
is down to O N E  W E E K from today . 
I should make a paper chain . 
My boy ' s been quite busy these past two years now with every kind of science + language.I.could.not.possibly.begin.to.comprehend type classes + last January he took a big Get.Into.Dental.School type test + last June he Spent.Our.Life.Savings.Just.To.Apply.To.Schools + this Fall season he has been Spending.Whatever.Is.Beyond.Our.Life.Savings | my work bonus, I suppose | to fly to 5 of the 12 schools to officially interview + 
N O W
in one week from today , we shall hear the verdict . 
At least from these five schools : 
Marquette // Case Western // University of Michigan // University of Minnesota // Columbia University.
Yes , Colorado is not even a choice @ this point , so a move may be approaching | mixed feelings | , but time will tell .   Furthermore, to make everything just a little more complicated , some schools will interview in the Spring only, so we won't know about those schools yet + at least one school will accept applicants without even interviewing, so we may not hear from that school until later on in the 2013 year + everything can most definitely be up.in.the.air // bound to change if certain chances arose later , B U T 
N O N E T H E L E S S, for N O W, 
| H O P E F U L L Y
at least O N E choice will make its way to us in O N E week . 
And for that , I'm T H A N K F U L .

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Thankful to be B U R N E T T E once again .
And so is my love . Like way too much .
Apparently my red hair was much worse than he ever told me .
H A .
But I'm back to natural , or as close as I remember it naturally being .
Thankful , nonetheless .

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Gosh . 
What am I  N O T  thankful for today ?
Is it the fact that we were going to leave our mountain escape to come back home + we still haven't ?
No . T H A N K F U L for that . 
Is it the 2nd Annual  | Illegal | Christmas Tree Cutting Adventure we had ourselves that evening ? 
No . T H A N K F U L for that . 
Is it the great father.in.law I have that we phoned to wish a Happy Birthday ? 
No . T H A N K F U L for that . 
Is it the hot tub time we had out in the fresh mountain air ? 
No . T H A N K F U L for that . 
Is it the book that I finished within two days time + really enjoyed ? 
No . T H A N K F U L for that . 

Is it the piles of leftover turkey + gravy + stuffing + potatoes we have consumed every meal since Thursday ? 
No . T H A N K F U L for that . 
Is it the crazy news that I am going to be an  A U N T  again this summer ? | j + l |
No . Thankful for that , obvi . I already set aside a day simply to be thankful for babies . 
Guess I'm just T H A N K F U L for it all . 

Friday, November 23, 2012

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F O N T S + M A I L united . 
T H A N K F U L for that . 
A note to all ofY O U today : 
It's true . I'm T H A N K F U L for you . | And those J F K words again |

Thursday, November 22, 2012

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Thankful for H I S T O R Y today . 
Though history has brought its fair share of hurt // pain // injustice // tragedy // sadness , there are F A R too many things that have happened thus far to be T H A N K F U L for . 
Seen here below is a newspaper that my boy found in the crawl space of our house . 
Amongst many others of the same time period , I found it interesting we stumbled upon it now, being that Thanksgiving Day is upon us . This piece of H I S T O R Y , a proclamation from J F K for Thanksgiving Day , was printed the day after his death , November 23rd , 1963 . 
Crazy ? I think so . 
My  F A V O R I T E  part : 
| Yet , as our power has grown, so has our peril.  Today we give our thanks, most of all, for the ideals of honor + faith we inherit from our forefathers - for the decency of purpose, steadfastness of resolve + strength of will, for the courage + the humility which they possessed + which we must see every day to emulate .  A S   W E   E X P R E S S   O U R   
G R A T I T U D E , W E   M U S T   N E V E R   F O R G E T  T H A T   T H E  H I G H E S T   A P P R E C I A T I O N   I S   N O T   T O   U T T E R   W O R D S   
B U T   T O   L I V E    B Y   T H E M. |
W o w . I give thanks for those words alone . 
Happy T H A N K S G I V I N G , all . 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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N E I G H B O R S + G E T A W A Y S .
Like the sweet neighbor, Bob, we just had a Thanksgiving meal with today . 
And like the getaway we are about to embark on today . 
| If anyone knows my boy + I, you know we love Bob + know how incredible of a neighbor he is to us  + our pup, Liesl in particular |
And, yes, now that this dinner | turkey no. 2 | is over, we will escape town for a few days . 
And I L O V E that . 
God knows we need it . Or at least I need it . Probably more than most .
So I can stop being the crazy tyrant I've been for the last few days . No reason at all .
Bleh .
S O  thankful for the mountain air that's coming our way .
Time by the fireplace .
Time with friends .
Time in a hot tub .
Time to read + eat + relax + cozy up in a blanket + stay in a beautiful place
+ C O N T I N U E being thankful . 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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This photo does not just portray that I am thankful for 
S P A R K L E T I N I + B A K E D  G O O D S, but it actually says : I'm T H A N K F U L for my S C H O O L
I'm thankful that school is out until M O N D AY . Ha 
But I'm also thankful for the incredible staff I work with . The incredible families that do nothing but support what we as teachers are striving to do . The incredible little minds that fill my classroom day after day . And yes, the incredible Thanksgiving Day baskets they put together . 
Teachers treated right . T H A N K F U L for it , obviously .


Monday, November 19, 2012

L O O K B O O K | N O . 1


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M A I L
Thankful, today, for the sweet greetings that come in the mail . 
Like the precious little handprint turkeys our niece + nephew sent us to wish a Happy Thanksgiving . 
Or the incredible postcards I receive day in + day out from people I have not even met all around the world ( www.postcrossing.com = L O V E )
Not only do I love G E T T I N G mail + not only do I anticipate our mail carrier's arrival each + every evening , but I do love to S E N D mail too . Packages . Little notes . Postcards . 
Ah , I will forever support our post offices . Always . 
T H A N K F U L today , of course .
( And, if you're wanting to send M A I L of your own, check out some L | C designs H E R E . )
| My F A V O R I T E of all . A special request for this one . The designer is in the Netherlands . 
Check H E R  work out H E R E . Love the C O L L E C T I O N look |


Sunday, November 18, 2012

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H E A L T H .
I'm thankful for health today . 
Like the health I've been regaining that made it possible for me to do 
1 0 0 burpees . 
Really, 1 0 0
Burpees are N O T my best friend, so this is a huge deal .
Much healthier than where I was not too long ago . Um, Y E S .
Thankful for my own health + the continued health I'm working towards . 
Thankful for my boys' health .
Thankful for the health of my family + friends . 
Thankful to have a B O D Y that I've been given to take care of . 
To guard + treasure + use to do great things . A body to feel good in .
H E A L T H . S O thankful . 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

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T H A N K F U L    F O R :
T H A T ' S   A L L .  B U T  T H A T '  S  E N O U G H .

Friday, November 16, 2012

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BA B E S .
Like little babes . Being born . Everywhere in my life lately . 
The joys of being in my mid twenties , I suppose . 
But they are sweet . 
And the anticipation that comes in the waiting + the planning
+ the nursery decor + the infant accessory purchasing + the naming is all 
M U C H 
to be thankful for . 
Tonight , thankful for the delicious C U P C A K E S that revealed a B O Y on the way for some dear friends . Everyone in my life is having a B O Y within the next 4 months . 
Okay , that may be an overstatement . But like 8 pregnant friends are all expecting B O Y S .
And that's crazy to me . But I'm thankful for the joy of these B A B E S .
And for the excitement it bring to me + my friends . 
And I'm mostly T H A N K F U L it won't be M E waking up every hour of the night for the next several years of my life . 
T H A N K F U L , indeed .

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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A H H H H .
Today , I heard it .
I know there's been rumors .
There have been Facebook statuses .
Their have been "REALLY?" husband complaints .
But today , I couldn't be more T H A N K F U L .
For C H R I S T M A S   M U S I C .
I heard it today . A H H H H ! G L O R Y
How can you now grin ear to ear ? Glow ? Laugh ? Feel M E R R Y + B R I G H T ? !

First song of the year ?
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree . Y E S
Second song of the year ?
E L V I S . H E R E  C O M E S  S A N T A  C L A U S . Y E S
Third song ?
M R . G R I N C H . Okay, too much .
But the first two ? T H A N K F U L .
Let the H O L I D A Y S begin !
So much to be thankful for . So much to love . So much to S I N G about .
Ah .

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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Today , K N O W L E D G E
Knowledge is something I'm thankful for , the small bit I've acquired through the years . 
And though I would never boast in my own knowledge , I will say that this last night @ a local Irish pub trivia, it was I who successfully answered three of the three bonus // free beer trivia questions . 
Yes to K N O W L E D G E  . 
All too often I take advantage of the my encyclopedia.in.the.flesh // my boy . I occasionally // often // all the time approach him as my living dictionary // thesaurus // book.of.everything.I.need.to.know.in.life + this has been a magnificent thing throughout these past 4 years of marriage . I do not lie . 
But how thankful I am to those with K N O W L E D G E
For the K N O W L E D G E I've obtained through so many people in my life . 
For the K N O W L E G E I see + I am able to pass along to the sweet souls of my classroom each day .
B E   B R I L L I A N T .

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

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Thankful today for  P I E  +  time with  M E .
Every girl needs pie . G O O D pie every once in awhile . 
To prep for the upcoming holiday . 
A N D every girl needs time away . To sit @ a wooden plank counter
in a sunny corner of a block I love . In a newly opened pie store .
To think + dream + people watch + people wonder + pie eat + doodle
+ dream more + bask in sun + smile to herself + L O V E  L I F E
That sort of thing . 
 If you haven't been yet , please do. I'll join you even if you'd like .
And chances are , you'll add it to your T H A N K F U L list as well .

Sunday, November 11, 2012

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Thankful today for C O M M U N I T Y
With people @ our C H U R C H // people on our S T R E E T // 
people @ W O R K // people @ my loves' S C H O O L . A L L of it . 
At this point in life I've sometimes found it harder to F E E L like part of a real community . 
Everyone is living in different places . Working in different places . Doing different things . Interested in different things . Having different commitments + schedules + routines . 
But , at the end of the day , 
I am thankful for those many times we can be with these people 
+ share life together . I like C O M M U N I T Y .