Monthly Archives: November 2012

Bridget with her cousins

“A cousin is a ready-made friend for life.”

I’m learning that the holidays take on a new meaning with a child. It’s like experiencing them again for the first time because of the excitement of sharing our traditions with Bridget and starting some of our own.

This Thanksgiving, we celebrated it just like the last four years: Thursday with my family at my Mom’s cousins’ house and the weekend following at Brian’s parents with my brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. But this year, we had our sweet Bridget in tow.

As this is one of few times throughout the year that Brian’s side of the family is all together and it was after this year’s baby boom, a family photo was planned. Sadly, due to unfortunate circumstances, the big group photo did not happen. However, we did get the kids assembled in their holiday best (compliments of my mother-in-law) for the photographer. How fun is this picture?

Bridget with her cousins (she’s the baby on the right with the black headband)

Clearly, there wasn’t a chance of getting 10 kids under the age of 9 to look at the camera at the same time, but that’s what I love about it; cousins just having fun together at Grandma and Grandpa’s.

If you’re interested, you can view the full album here.


I am thankful for…

I love Thanksgiving. A day with family to enjoy a delicious meal topped off with a couple slices of french silk pie…what could be better?

I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and here’s what tops my list.

(Caution: Sap ahead)

For our first dating anniversary, I filled a heart shape box with 50 reasons why I love him (cheesy, I know). Almost eight years later, I could fill a refrigerator box. I am thankful for this ever-growing list of reasons.

According to my What to Expect When You’re Expecting book, Bridget was the size of a lime last year at this time. Now, she’s here and laughing, “talking,” rolling around like a log, and sitting up. Every bout of morning sickness, back ache, and labor pain was absolutely worth it. I am thankful for the endless amount of joy she brings to our life.

I could write a book on the reasons I am thankful for my Mom, but I’ll just pick one. I adapted this saying for her and it describes how I feel perfectly: “The only thing better than having you as my Mom is my daughter having you as her Grams.” Her love for Bridget is amazing and I am thankful for witnessing it.

Nanny & Papa
I am thankful for the time we get to spend with my Grandparents and their unconditional love and support.

My Extended Family
Aunts, uncles, and lots of cousins (first, second, and third) are a special part of my life and I am thankful for getting to spend the holidays with them and their families.

My in-laws
From Brian’s parents to brothers, sisters, nieces  and nephews, there are 24 members of this family. The love and laughter (and good food) that we share is a true blessing and I am thankful to call them my family.

The Girls
I am thankful for my best friends who I am just as close with now as when we met many years ago.

Work (you read that right)
Although I wouldn’t turn down winning the lottery and never having to work again, I am thankful to enjoy what I do; and also thankful that it helps provide a roof over our head and a safe car to travel in.

Protective Services
I am thankful for the men and women, near and far, who fight for our freedom and protect my family everyday, including my best friends’ husbands, Brett, a police officer, and Ryan, a firefighter.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

The good stuff: Much overdue edition

Is anyone still out there?

If you’re reading this, thanks for sticking with me; it’s been a while. Since I last posted, Bridget got two teeth and a hurricane hit Cleveland, Ohio. A lot has happened.

My dear friend and former co-worker, Annie, and her husband, Reed, visited for a weekend. They moved to Portland after traveling the world last year and this is the first time I’ve seen them since. It was just like it used to be with my group of current and former co-workers: we spent two days talking, talking, and talking. Oh, and Annie now works for Nike’s headquarters so she brought Bridget her first pair of tennis shoes. Adorable.

Go Blue!

We honored our annual tradition of attending a Michigan football game with my in-laws. We enjoyed tailgating, watching the Wolverines win in overtime, and a night out for wings and and a Killian’s. It was our first night away from Bridget so by Sunday morning, I was jonesing for her. Meanwhile, Bridget spent some quality time with Grandma and Grandpa Lichty and some of her cousins.

My company’s offices just relocated to a brand-new office building. My first day of working there was this past Friday and I felt like a kid on the first day of school going to the new campus. There’s just something about a new desk, paint, and a cafe.

My Mom came to visit today and it turned into a spontaneous date afternoon for Brian and I. We enjoyed lunch at our favorite local restaurant, Maya, and Taken 2 at the local movie theater. Eating lunch at a normal pace was a nice treat and Liam Neesan is still a bad a@*. All in all, it was the perfect day. Thanks, Grams!

And last but not least, the holidays are officially upon us and I am so looking forward to experiencing them for the first time as a family.