Hello sweet friends! I wanted to wish each of you a Merry Christmas! Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I wanted to wish you a happy holiday season. So thankful for you and your friendship!
I love the idea of family traditions passed on year after year. I can remember holiday traditions from when I was growing up, and thinking back on those I loved how it always felt like Thanksgiving or always felt like Christmas, simply because we were doing those fun traditional things year after year.
When I was growing up all of our immediate family lived in the same city or very close by, so it was easy to keep those traditions going. For us, we’ve always lived different places and never close to family so we have to travel every holiday, and it’s hard to establish traditions for our family to continue each year.
I mentioned before how we switch the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays between our families, and it’s true that when we are with the Tucci’s for a holiday we have little traditions we uphold, and the same goes for when we visit my family. I’m so thankful for that, because those are the things my kids will remember as they grow!
SOMEDAY I would love to establish some tried and true holiday traditions that take place at our house. Just for fun, here is a little list of traditions I’d like to take part in for the Thanksgiving holiday!
- I’d love to have Thanksgiving dinner at our house. I love the idea of having a warm and cozy house filled with family and even friends. The smells, the sounds, the atmosphere.. I can almost picture it! I love the idea of certain people bringing their Thanksgiving speciality to share. (My sister-in-law makes the BEST mashed potatoes) Just lots of love and laughter.. I really hope someday we can make this a reality!
- I’ve tried to start this the past couple years with no success, but I’d love to be able to sit down as a family and watch the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving videos. I can’t seem to keep my kids interested in them long enough to finish them, but it’s a new year! We shall try again!
- While my kids are still young, I’d like to choose a Thanksgiving themed craft to do together. Lately we’ve been working on a couple “family” projects, and it’s been a lot of fun. I love the idea of family time, and it’s something sort of laid back and easy. I know I will look back on moments like that with fond memories, and hopefully my kids would too!
- I would love to bake a pumpkin pie, a new Thanksgiving recipe we choose together, or my “famous” carrot cake with Kate every year. I think as she grows that may be a sweet memory for her. Then, hopefully it’s something she can pass along to her children, and she can talk to them about how she used to do that very same thing with her momma when she was a little girl.
- I would love to take a family picture every year. I’m sad we haven’t done this in the past, but I would love to have that memory keepsake to look back on!
- Along with hosting the fun family time at our house, I’d love for the ladies to bring recipe cards to swap with each other.. so we can gain new AWESOME recipes each year. I have so many ideas for something like this, I think it could be a lot of fun!
- We do this ALMOST every year, but I love the idea of waking up Thanksgiving morning in our comfy PJ’s and eat a yummy special breakfast while we watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- I think it would be so fun, lighthearted, and put us in the holiday spirit to have a little friends get together the week before Thanksgiving. To have a group of friends, neighbors, co-workers, or church members that you enjoy spending time with is such a blessing, and I think it would be a nice time to spend an evening together with some good food and great company!
- In the spirit of feeling thankful for all we have, I think it would be the perfect time to give back to others. Either invite a family that doesn’t have much to our home for dinner and send them home with all the leftovers, or some random acts of kindness throughout the week, or baking a bunch of yummy treats and dropping them off with some elderly people in your community .. those things would bring me SO MUCH JOY. There’s just something about doing things for others that makes me even more thankful for the things I’ve been blessed with.
- I doubt my entire family and all my friends would want to come back over the next day for this, but I think having an OPERATION CHRISTMAS MODE day after Thanksgiving would also be a fun tradition to have as a family.
I’m so excited for the holiday season this year! I cannot wait for the day when we can start to incorporate these traditions into our family Thanksgiving celebrations.
I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL week!
Today is November 11th, and it’s also my wedding anniversary! Shelby and I have been married for 10 years today. I can’t believe it. Time goes by SO VERY FAST. I guess this is a little bit about what we’ve been up to these last 10 years:
Shelby and I met in college. We were both in the marching band. We were dating other people when we met, but the stars aligned and somehow we were both single.. and we just clicked. If God has a plan, He makes it work out! We dated for about a year, and then Shelby joined the Navy and shipped off to boot camp. We were engaged before he left, and had plans to get married later the next year. After he graduated from bootcamp, we started to realize what the military was like, and how important it was for us to be married – for the purpose of orders and duty stations. He graduated bootcamp on October 13, 2006 and we were married on November 11, 2006. (We picked 11/11/06 because he was able to be off work because of Veteran’s Day) It all happened very fast, but we were happy and excited to get married.
I didn’t graduate college until December, so during that time apart Shelby was stationed in Virginia Beach, VA. After I graduated, I joined him in Virginia and we lived there for approximately 6 months. It was our first apartment, first time “on our own”, my first time away from home.. it was an experience! ha! I messed up so many dinners, but he still ate them. He ate them even when I wouldn’t eat them..haha. I remember being so stressed out about everything needing to work out JUST RIGHT. So thankful I’ve calmed down a little since then.
We left Virginia Beach and moved to Jacksonville, FL. We lived there for 3 years. I had my first “real” job out of college there, we had our first anniversary there, our first baby there, we made lots of great memories there. We really enjoyed living in Jacksonville, and we were so sad to leave. I made my first military friends there, and I’m still friends with those girls today! I think because we had a lot of our firsts there, our firsts as a family, that it felt like our home for quite a while after we left.
After we left Jacksonville, we moved to Honolulu, HI. We lived in Hawaii for 4 years. We saw so many amazing things, experienced so many amazing things, and made so many amazing memories and friends there. Kate was born there, and while we lived there I was able to be a stay at home mom, which I loved. We lived in Hawaii longer than we’ve lived anywhere else so far, and I don’t know if I can speak for both of us, but I really really really missed Hawaii when we left. Tristan was so young when we moved there, that living in Hawaii was all he really knew.. and the same for Kate. It was such a special time, and it’s something we couldn’t have done without the military, so I’m very thankful for those 4 years!
Shelby decided to follow his dreams and go back to school. So, a little over 2 years ago we left Hawaii and moved to Mississippi. (are you keeping track? haha) This move was hard for us. We had to change so many things about the way we lived our lives, and although we were closer to family than we were living in Hawaii, we were still far from all our friends and all our family. It was a hard transition for sure, but it has been all part of God’s plan! Now that we are 2 years in to our “4 year tour” of Mississippi, we are feeling confident in our plans and our life.. and things feel so much better! We had quite a few first here too. Tristan started Kindergarten here, Kate started pre-school here, Shelby had to go BACK to school and get into that mentality, I started a wonderful job at a University that I never thought would happen, I started working towards my Master’s Degree, and we’ve truly made so many great memories in the short time we’ve been here! Shelby just finished up a 6 month internship in Seattle, Wa.. and during that time we were separated as a family, but we are so thankful to be back together and to work towards making the next 10 years some of the best years of our lives!
This is obviously the abbreviated version, but we’ve literally been all over the place, we’ve seen and done so many things, and through it all we’ve stayed together and every year I feel like we grow stronger and stronger as a couple. We have grown up so much in the last 10 years. I look back at who I was at 22 years old, and I wonder how on earth I did the things I did. 22 years old seems so young to me now. I’m thankful to my parents for preparing me so well to go out into the world and to survive on my own.
I’m so thankful for the life God has blessed us with. I’m so thankful for the trials we went through, and so thankful for the gifts He’s given us in our children. Our life has not been easy really, especially when I’m thinking back to what we’ve done the last 10 years, but somehow we’ve made it through the other side. There are definitely different seasons of marriage, and we’ve survived those too. I know there are more seasons to come. I’m so proud of us for making it this far, and for working so hard, and for hitting each season of this marriage and our lives without skipping too many beats. We never anticipate anything will be easy, and I’m so thankful we have never given up along the way!
I’m so proud to say that today I’m celebrating my TEN YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. I remember looking back to our first year of marriage and ten years looked so far away. Well, we’re here now!
I love you, Shelby! Thank you for putting up with me these last 10 years!