Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thriving Thanks

We Thriving Wives have so much to be thankful for and are truly overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation for our wonderful lives. We are thankful to our TH's for all their love and support as we navigate being the creators of our own happiness. We are thankful for our amazing TM's and all they do to help us in every way possible. Our families and their unconditional love as well as our true friends who are always by our sides.  Let us not forget the little people that changed our lives for the better and a special thanks to BK2 as he is preparing to make his arrival in the comfort of his own home very soon.

We look forward to another wonderful holiday filled with joy as we approach yet another thriving chapter in our lives. Stay tuned to read all about the changes ahead and make sure you too give a Thriving Thanks to all the amazing-ness in your life.

Last but certainly not least, a very special thanks to all our Thriving Readers for their continued support and helping us keep our dream alive! Now....let's eat/decorate/drink eggnog!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Make Your Monday - November 23rd

Emit positive energy.  Create a smile that is contagious. Walk with added pep in your step. Shoot sunshine from your spirit....sounds fun right?! I am sure most of you are rolling your eye and gagging and the mere thought of any of that, as it is totally not you. But that is the point, you have to make the choice to be happy and see things through rose colored glasses. You have to decide that you are going to try the unfamiliar in an effort to make yourself feel the joy you want to feel. So whether or not you think you can, "channel your inner Em", give it a try this week...there is lots to be thankful/happy about after all!


He is in the swing...and not screaming!! We have come so far!
Still loving it as much as he did the first time!
I may not be cooking a Thanksgiving turkey, but that doesn't mean we still can't have the tradition in our little kitchen!
Em prepared for a week off from school (yay!) by cleaning the house, packing up her Autumn decor, running a few errands and preparing to bring out the Christmas spirit! With the weather being so nice she got the boys playing outside and even on their swings. Her little Peanut finally faced his fear and actually enjoyed swinging...finally!

Nic continues to stay busy prepping her home for her amazing birth as well as the arrival of BK2!! With just one week of work left before she starts her maternity leave, she is focusing on the finish line!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving for a Fire WIfe

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away. With only weekend before the great eat-a-thon kicks off, this Thriving Wife has gets to relax and enjoy another non-traditional celebration.

As a fire fighter's wife, each year presents a new schedule which dictates the holidays we get to spend as family.  This year, my TH will have Thanksgiving day off, but works the day before and the day after, which leaves me single-mommin' it with the babies. My TM will be leaving the Country Estate to head to the Bay Area to be with our family. While I would love to accompany her and take my assigned spot next to my Poppa at the dinner table, I know that being with my TH is where I need to be.

Alas, what am I to do.  Two toddlers and a whole Thanksgiving dinner to whip up for 2 people?...Well let's say 2.5 for this year. No, no, no, I just can't bear it. Even with my crazy organizational tactics I am feeling overwhelmed at the thought of all that shopping, prepping and cooking.

Thankfully my TH knows all I really want to do on Thanksgiving is watch the parade, eat something tasty (since I am a vegetarian the love of turkey is lost on me) and pack away the Autumn decor to decorate for Christmas. So, instead of slaving away in the kitchen all day while trying to manage two busy boys we are ordering in, blaring Christmas music and decorating! Now, doesn't that sound like such fun?! Whooooo hooooo is all I have to say about that.

So another Thanksgiving goes without a major to-do (this will make the third one in a row we have gone rouge) as we wait until our boys get a bit bigger and then we will make sure to bust out the feast. But for now, we will spend time together with our little family and reflect on the countless things we are thankful for.

What are your holiday plans? Ever forced to go on your own instead of being with family/friends?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Thriving Marriage - Remember How it Started

Think back to when it all started, when you first started to fall in love with that certain someone. Now, hopefully yours is far more classy than my frat party memory, but, whatever it is, take yourself back. What was it like? Then think back to the great times you had when you were as I like to say, "young and free". When you and your special someone were having fun and enjoying every minute together. You know, before the careers took off and there were little angles in your life, before you were so busy you had to try and remember the last time you really hung out.  Can you even think back that far?

I am all about putting family first and there is no doubt that our two boys have brought nothing but pure joy to our home. But, I still believe it is essential to carve out meaningful mommy and daddy time.  A strong marriage is the foundation of a strong family and it is important that we as parents not forget who we fell in love with and why.  

I am sure we have all heard those stories of parents who are so focused on their children that once they go off to college and the house is empty they look at each other and ask, "Who the heck are you?". How does that happen? How do two people who created a family together drift so far apart that they no longer can even relate? To me, there is nothing more terrifying. The mere thought of life without my TH is enough to make me start hyperventilating. So what is a Thriving Wife to do? Sllllooooowwww doooooowwwwnnnn.

I think we can all agree that time flies. It goes so fast sometimes I want to cry as I think back to all the times I never fully appreciated how wonderful my life was. I am sure we all conjure memories and long for days past, but as we all know, we cannot go back. I try to use those reminders to keep me present in the now. If I don't make the effort to slow down and keep my relationship strong with my TH, I won't get to go back. The time is now.

As we enter another holiday season, let us be thankful for our relationships and not forget the two people that started it all. Let us Thriving Wives set aside our busy schedules and just be present with our THs. Schedule an extra date night, prepare a special dinner once the kids are in bed or simply not fall asleep while watching a movie together (I am usually guilty of this myself). Whatever you can do, do it now. Your partners are the ones who once made your life complete, don't forget that as life speeds up and passes you by.

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