Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving Thanks Where Thanks is Due

Since Thanksgiving is finally here, I’m sure your newsfeed has seen a few of the, “What I’m thankful for,” posts.  I try not to flood anyone’s Facebook with my life, which is why I started a blog!  It’s your one-stop shop for all the things you need to know about my every thought. :)  I’ve got some pretty big things to be thankful for this year so I wanted to take a moment to write them down and give some shout outs.

Momma, thank you for putting up with me and my endless shenanigans.  You are always the finder of lost things, walker of Oliver and my #1 stylist/shopping buddy.  This past year has been really HARD and it’s nice to have you along for the ride.  You are my sounding board and shoulder to cry on.  Our family would fall apart without you because you are the glue that binds us.  I know I have dad’s knees, hands, math brain and height but I have your heart.  I love you to the moon and back.

Papadopolous, thank you for being my #1 fan.  Your encouragement and dedicated following is so beyond appreciated.  I strive to make you proud and you never miss an opportunity to let me know you are.  Life would be far less fun without you.  You fill our home and lives with laughter.  I am so thankful that Chris and I have a role model who proves that growing up is overrated and farts are funny at every age.  Bonus points to mom for putting up with the three of us!  I can’t even be upset that Oliver loves you more than me because you deserve it.   Love you!

I’m INCREDIBLY blessed with amazing friends.  This year has really taught me that real friends will be there for you no matter what.  They aren’t just a Facebook-photo-like notification; they are text messages and phone calls filled with real, genuine, honest and encouraging words.  I will attempt to thank you each one by one.  I will keep it short but could really go on for days.

Alexa, you are my #1 boo and I would still be the scared girl waiting in her car at the gym who was intimidated by the equipment inside without you.  You are my gym buddy for life.  Thank you for finding and trying new foods, fads and workouts with me!  Remember that time you made me do Smith machine donkey kicks?  Embarrassing but worth it.  I love you and babygirl so much!

Tracey and Michelle, you two joined me on this journey and I am so grateful and proud of your accomplishments!  Tracey, I remember when I told you that I had a huge desire to lose weight.  We were standing in the parking lot getting ready to leave work and I clearly remember you saying, “What do we have to do?”  Emphasis on the “we.”  I’ll never forget how you were in it to win it with me from the moment I had a plan.  As if there was another option because we have to keep looking alike or people might stop confusing us.  Love you, Rachel.  Michelle, I appreciate your honesty and candor.  You always make me turn around and show you my butt when I wear new pants and there was that time you rubbed my belly and said, “Look how skinny you are,” in front of people!  You always keep me in check when I’m being dramatic and emotional, which could be your full-time job.  Sorry I’m not sorry that we get in so much trouble together.  Love you, from Fievel.

Kate, PIC, Ride or Die, I was incredibly lucky to stand next to you this year and hold your dress while you peed as you became a Mrs.  I will also be there to hold your hand next year as you welcome your first baby into the world.  I warn you now, if it’s a girl there will be a glitter and bow explosion in your house. :)  She’ll have to be properly dressed for tea time at Auntie Sarah’s.  I love you and our ridiculousness and that I can call you from the backseat of a car after too much Captain and Fireball and you will listen to whatever nonsense I thought important to say.  We will run a race together one day!  Love you, hooker.

Aly, you and I clicked from day 1 on that high school lacrosse field.  We can go weeks without talking and months without seeing each other and pick up right where we left off.  Thank you for always encouraging me!  You are always first to say how proud you are of me and I really appreciate that.  I wouldn’t be the shopper, crafter, party planner or home decorator I am without you feeding my addiction.  Love you, little sis!

Jennifer S., thank you for being my sounding board and Tuesday night phone date.  One day, we will be together again for Taco Tuesday with tequila.  You’re the margarita to my sangria and I would go insane without you.  You are always there to listen when I need an ear no matter what time of day.  You inspired me to start this blog and encouraged me from day 1.  When I grow up, I want to be you.  You knew what you wanted, chased it and never apologized for being yourself.  I’m still sad you moved away, again, but it lead you to your happily ever after, which is what life is really about anyway.  I have to go doodle your name now.  Love you!

Heidi, thank you SO much for going to UF law school!  I am so excited that we got to become real friends again.  Thank you for your thoughtfulness and kind words.  You are so encouraging and I greatly appreciate it.  You are always just a text message away when I need a friend!  I will continue to deny that you will graduate next year because I’m not ready!  Love you bunches!

Janie R. and Jamie S., you are both crazy and I love you for it!  Thank you for always taking such great care of my mom.  Beach weekend away with the two of you was one of the best times I’ve had this past year.  You both have accomplished so much!  You can relate to all the feelings and experiences I’ve had, which is pretty rare.  Janie, you are my second momma and I know that you are always there for me.  I’M SO PROUD OF YOU!  You deserve the world and I know you can do it!  Keep up the amazing work!  Jamie, it’s pretty cool that we’ve been nearly aligned this through this whole thing.  It’s great to have someone to squat challenge with and to celebrate cute dresses with.  You inspire me to keep going!  Keep it up, girl!  I promise I’ll stop saying cray.  Just kidding, I won’t.  Love you both!

Candice, ‘member that time we flew that plane and played Bang, Bang on repeat?  I love you for always saying how skinny I look because some days I really need it.  We are kindred for our love of all things pumpkin and glitter.  Also, you have the cutest kids on the planet.  Thank you for always making me laugh and for your loyal blog following.  I’m sorry for that time I said that girl’s hair bump was bigger than yours.  You are funny, despite what spouse says. :)

Paul T., thank you being a part of my Gainesville family and for that extremely eye opening talk at FL/GA about the male brain.  Thank you for the countless dinners and lunches, asshole.  :)

To all my other amazing friends and dedicated readers, Brother Chris, Shivonne, Jennifer P., Alex L-S, Kayla C., Stefani B., Tara K. and my Gator family- Linda, Jim & Beth.

To anyone else who reads the blog that I might not be aware of, whether we’re friends IRL, Facebook friends or have never met, thank you.  I’m thankful that you take time out of your day to stop by and read!

Finally, I’m super thankful for Gator football, Gainesville Health and Fitness Center, my spin instructor, and peanut butter.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I hope you have an amazing day with family, friends and food.  Take a moment to offer thanks for the blessings in your life.  Also, eat some dang pumpkin pie AND apple pie for me.  Bonus points if you warm them and top with ice cream!

2 comments:

Jennifer Pedersen said...

Love you friend! Happy Thanksgiving

Sarah Stewart said...

Love you!! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!