Monday, May 6, 2013

Thankful Things

I usually like to post these at the end of the week, but what the heck, let's start the week off with some gratitude. 

This week I'm thankful for...
warm nights, cold drinks
Scott taught me how to use a hatchet a few years ago to cut kindling for camp fires. I had to climb up in the rafters of our garage to retrieve it on this day, although that's half as badass as climbing up a coconut tree to retrieve a coconut
lunches in the backyard with the birds
and butterflies 
one of my favorite maneuvers, the tailslide, and the fact that this bird is totally unimpressed
slow afternoons
sunset sessions after work with this guy,  my favorite guy
lazy Sundays
     I'm thankful for the American spirit this week, too. When we were driving across the country last summer I kept trying to identify what that was, what it meant, but I never really came to any conclusions. The other day when we were sitting around my parent's house in the evening talking about the Boston tragedy, my mom said "I love how America never gives up. The Boston Marathon will be back next year and probably bigger than ever, runners are already running marathons all across the country, we built the Freedom Towers after 9/11, we remember, but we get back up and we keep going." The human spirit is a pretty neat thing.


  1. There are so many things to be thankful for in our lives. I'm thankful for bloggers like you who remind us to take the time to enjoy and be thankful for the little things in life. I always love reading your blog :)

  2. Wonderful things to be thankful for, and such beautiful pictures, as always. So true about the American spirit. :)

  3. so many wonderful things to be thankful for!

  4. I love that you surf, that's so inspiring! I always wanted to surf but in India, the beaches are rarely surf friendly. And plus I live in the mountain side ):

    And I love the American Spirit too, the spirit of getting back up again if and when you fall down :D

    Lovely pictures!!

    Hope you drop by my blog and could we follow each other? :D

    Best Wishes,

  5. That is so true about the American spirit. We recently watched "America: The Story of Us". It's a documentary broken up into several disks about our history. It is amazing the perseverence we've had time and time again. No one can hold us down:) I love your pictures-espeically the one with the sunset and nice cold drink in front of it. You wield a hatchet pretty well, too! Hope you're having a great day!

  6. This is definitely a great way to start the week! Your mom is absolutely right - American never give up and the human spirit continues to amaze me in how resilient we are.

  7. so many things to be thankful for! God has definitely blessed you with such a wonderful life my sweet friend :)

  8. Wow that hatchet is intimidating! I could never do that! I'm scared enough as it is with regular knives..

  9. Love the sentiments about the human spirit- and I'll add generosity...thank you for sharing your bike basket link (squeee!) and the pad Thai recipe (nom, nom,nom!)

    Cheers to another week filled with gratitude. xo

  10. Your mom is SO right. I love that all the runners across the US have banded together and continued RUNNING in the loving memory and hope for us and those hurt in Boston. We are a great nation!!!

    That lunch looks amazing, and I LOVE Lazy Sundays. we had one of those this weekend. After getting up way too early, after being out way too late the night before, to go to Church to watch my brother-in-law get honored for graduating HS soon (run on sentence much?) We went to lunch with my in-laws and then home, put on PJ's and curled up on the couch. Eventually that turned into a 2 hour nap that my body was begging for.

    I love days like that.

    Your yard and view are nothing short of amazing!

  11. Warm weather, cold drinks, sounds divine! You are a bada** for getting your own and cutting your own coconut! As for American Pride, it is like no none other. Sure, tragedies happen around the world, but no where else do you see strangers coming together like they do in America for one another. The Boston Marathon will be back, like your mom said, better than ever.

  12. Yep, I'm glad Americans never give up. I love this country, and I'm glad that there are bloggers out there who actually write- write meaningful things that enrich lives. Thanks for sharing as always. -Jess L

  13. A beautiful post full of beautiful things. We have had a couple of wonderful days here too, with much to be thankful for. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Look at those waves! I don't surf, but my husband does, and he'd love to get into them! Even though we live in Cape Town, he doesn't get much chance to surf because his new business takes all his time. Great post!

  15. I love what your Mom said, it really is so true. As you've pointed out with this post, there are still so many beautiful things to be thankful for.


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