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Thankful Thursday: Family

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! Since this Thankful Thursday falls on the holiday of celebrating what we’re thankful for I wanted to reflect on what I’m most thankful for, my family. From my parents, to my aunts and uncles to my cousins, I have been blessed to be surrounded by the best people.

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I could go on and on about my parents, they go above and beyond for me. They allow me to do amazing things, like travel or start my own business. They have always backed me 100%. I haven’t been the easiest child to raise, but they never give up on me. They are always there for me to rely on and I know I can count on them. Not everyone is blessed with “good” parents, some people don’t have parents, so I am beyond thankful that I have them and that they are as amazing as they are. I know how lucky that makes me.

I also have a great extended family that I know I can rely on. I grew up with six cousins on my mom’s side of the family and now I have five on my dad’s (I grew up with two but my Uncle Dan and Aunt Pam recently added three children to the family! They are wonderful!). As an only child, having this many cousins and being as close with them as I am is so important to me. I cherish the bonds I have with them and think of them as the brothers and sisters I always wanted. The rest of my family is amazing as well, I have close aunts and uncles that have always reached out to me when they knew I needed the extra support. I feel very fortunate to be blessed with such a big, supportive, sometimes crazy, family.

I also am thankful for the people who aren’t in my life anymore, but was privileged enough to love, even if they were taken too soon. Having them forever would not be long enough. My grandmother was one of the most genuine, kind and thoughtful people I have ever met. She brought sunshine with her where ever she went. She was the kind of grandmother who collected cat comics for my cousin (who loves cats) in a photo album and once it was full would mail it to her. She often brought me small things that reminded her of me, newspaper clippings, an old magazine or photo, any art supplies she happened upon. But that’s not the only thing that made her a great grandmother, it was never about the things she gave us, it was that she was there. She never missed a recital, birthday, or game. I saw her at least once a week. Not just because she lived close but because she made the effort to be a part of our lives. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world that I had Mommom as my grandmother, and that I got to have her into my twenties. Another person I carry in my heart, who is not with us anymore, is my Uncle Pat. He was diagnosed with cancer when I was in middle school and fought it for years. He never let the battle get the best of him. When I was at my lowest he reached out to me and I will never forget that kindness. I often think of him when I’m feeling low and try and draw on his strength to help me pull through whatever I’m dealing with. He was so strong and brave and I strive to make him proud.

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I am so thankful, today, and everyday, for my family.

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Thankful Thursday: Our Trip Part 1

   I know I missed the first Thursday of the month but, I was traveling from Massachusetts to New Hampshire. I wanted to take some time this month to stop and really think on what I am thankful for. After all, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, now is the time for gratitude and appreciation. This week, since I’m just getting home from my eleven day vacation, I want to say how thankful I am for The Martinkas for offering their home to my boyfriend and I so we could enjoy a nice long vacation.

Our Trip Part 1

   Our trip started on Thursday October 27th when we hopped a very early train. We stayed up all night to make sure we were tired for the train ride and slept through most of it. Our train left 30th Street Station in Philadelphia at 5:15am. We arrived in Providence, Rhode Island just after 10:30, a little late but that was okay.

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Geoffrey and I at 30th Street Station.

Geoffrey’s sister, Chel, picked us up at the station and we drove to her house in Massachusetts. We got to visit with her, her husband Dave, and her daughters Addie, and Millie. It was wonderful to spend so much time with them and get so much quality time with the girls. We got to spend Halloween with them and do some fun activities with Addie and Millie. We got so many great photos!

Millie’s Dance Class 

   Millie takes an amazing dance class at Bellani Maternity. They offer great classes and have an outstanding shop full of unique things for kids and moms and they also offer a variety of organic products.

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Millie takes a selfie!

 

The Girls Love Uncle Geoffrey 

   Addie and Millie are such great girls. They are so loving. They formed a special bond with their Uncle Geoffrey this trip. They were at his side at all times, constantly asking for “Uppas” and giving hugs and kisses. It was so cute to see him get on the floor to play with them and cuddle with them on the couch.

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Cuddling on the couch watching a movie.

 

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Reading bedtime stories.

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Addie “Uppas”
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Millie “Uppas”
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Millie waving at a passing car.

 

The Halloween Parade

   One of the fun things we got to do with the girls was go to a Halloween Parade in Pawtuxet Village, Rhode Island. It is a quaint little town and all of the shops were handing out candy to the kids. We saw so many great costumes, like a family dressed as President Obama, Michelle Obama and their secret service! The girls had a blast collecting candy and we had a great time with them!

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Roar!

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Hiking

   Chel and Dave have an amazing park right around the corner from them, with a playground and woods to explore. So we decided one day, as a family, to take a hike through the woods. I love hiking, so it was great to do something I love with the people I love.

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Pumpkin Picking and Carving

   The day before Halloween we went to Attleborough Farms to buy some pumpkins and that night we carved them! I loved experiencing Halloween traditions with my nieces and seeing them embrace the holiday spirit. We saved the pumpkin seeds and baked them to eat as a yummy snack! They pumpkins turned out great and we had a lot of fun.

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Auntie and the girls!
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The finished pumpkins.

Halloween!

   Halloween was great! The girls dressed as baby jaguars or as they say jag-waters. We went trick-or-treating and watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Nightmare Before Christmas. With the girls curled up with us on the couch, Millie with Geoffrey and Addie with me, it was a perfect Halloween.

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Waiting for Trick-or-Treaters!
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Out Trick-or-Treating.

The King and I

   Chel was gracious enough to bring me to a show at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The show was breathtaking, from the intricate sets and costumes, to the beautiful singing.The show was like nothing I’ve ever seen before and I’m so grateful to have been able to go.

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Providence Performing Arts Center

 

Our Goodbyes

    After 6 days with The Martinkas it was time to move on to the next part of our trip. We had so much fun and it was hard to say goodbye. All our bags were packed and ready to go but we weren’t. Through tears and hugs we managed to say farewell and start on our journey to New Hampshire.

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Geoffrey and Chel.
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Chel and I! Chel has a blog at aisforadelaide.com

We had an amazing time with Chel, Dave, Addie and Millie. Hopefully we started a new tradition of spending Halloween together and we can’t wait to visit again!

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