Friday, December 28, 2012


Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday.  I love the food, time of year, Fall weather, being together, and the memories from when I was younger of this time of year.  I have so much in my life to be thankful for: my parent's love and support, my brothers and sisters, my nieces and nephews, my brother and sisters-in-law, the Gospel, Jesus Christ, the Atonement, my health, my talents, great friends, safety, resources, opportunities, warm apartment to live in, good food to eat, clothes to wear on my back, sunshine, responsibilities, books to read, kindness of others - the list could go on and on! This Thanksgiving was just as great past Thanksgiving.  Andrew, Marianne, Lucy, and Tanner came as well and we had a great time.  We ran our annual 5K Thanksgiving Day morning and enjoyed picking out our Christmas tree the day after.  My mother made a fantastic Thanksgiving meal and it was great being together!!

Shenandoah National Park

Rachelle, Lisa, Emily, Diana, and I ventured out to Shenandoah National Park for a night of camping.  Have I ever mentioned that I LOVE camping?  I do not sleep as well anymore as when I was a child but I sure do love t anyways! It is so wonderful being out in the open air, being warmed by a fire, and seeing many of God's wonderful creations.  Also, I am usually experiencing these things with great friends of family.  The trip was a quick one, only one night of camping and Saturday was spend hiking around some in the park, but it was a great trip.  We almost hit a bear on the road and the man from the next campsite over helped us with our fire. It was a great time!! 

Outer Banks

I had the chance to go to the Outer Banks with a bunch of my friends back in August.  We had a great time and made the most of our two days out there.  We saw several light houses, played at the sand dunes, ate delicious food, and saw the Wright Brother's National Memorial.  You will notice we really enjoyed taking jumping pictures during our trip.  It is so wonderful to have such great friends to travel with and enjoy all the amazing places in the United States.  I am very blessed and fortunate to live in a place and be surrounded by people that brings such joy and happiness to my life.