December 18, 2016

'Tis the Season

I love this time of year. Decorations, cookies, spiked holiday drinks, traditions, white elephant gift exchanges, friends, lights, and more parties than you can count. This year our schedule was delightfully full of holiday goodness.

We hosted our 2nd annual "Trail of Lights" party. Gathered all our friends over for drinks and fun then walked to Zilker Park where we walked the Trail of Lights.



After 3 years of holiday seasons while working at Google, I finally got to go to the official Google holiday party --- and boy it did not disappoint. Flip book station, photo booth, delicious food, open bar, huge dance floor and my favorite part: This champagne lady who greeted you once you arrived.


The party's theme was "Dancing Through the Decades"---we went dressed in 50s attire and definitely danced through the night.



One of my favorite christmas traditions is wearing home-made, matching "ugly sweaters" w/Kyle.

My volleyball partner, Sheridan




ANNOUNCEMENT! 

One of my very best friends got engaged last weekend. YAY!! Sarah (aka P-Rod) was my college roommate, volleyball co-captain, bridesmaid and I am so excited for her and Chris. Can't wait to celebrate with them when we are home. 





December 1, 2016

Gratitude: Good for the Soul

**Blogging while watching 'This Is Us'...spoiler alert: It's a tear jerker.**

The holiday season is officially upon us - it always sneaks up, doesn't it? Hope everyone had a GREAT Thanksgiving. Even though we were in Iceland for the actual holiday, we still got our Turkey fix in. (Who am I kidding, the sides are my favorite). 

My Austin friends have an annual "Friends-giving" that Kyle and I have been going to for the past 4 years. This year was our first time hosting it. I LOVE hosting people in our home. Beautiful center peice, good food, delicious wine and hilarious games - nothing better!


My work family also threw our own Thanksgiving. It was so nice to bond outside of work with these amazing people. I am extremely grateful that I actually like seeing my team everyday. That is extremely rare and I do not take it for granted. 


So here is my annual "What I'm Thankful" list. I read an article that said  "People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they're thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems." This has really stuck with me. I hope everyone takes time to think about what they are grateful for everyday, not just on a holiday.


I'm thankful for my eyesight - so I can see amazing sunrises. 



I'm thankful Bran came into my life. So much love from this dog. 


I'm thankful my niece is back home with her mom and dad and doing better.


I'm thankful for my functioning knees and legs - so I can dance and play volleyball whenever I want.


I'm thankful we have the means to travel to amazing places, experience other walks of life and meet different types of people.

Walking the streets of Reykjavik, Iceland
I'm thankful for living in a beautiful city I love.

Picnic under the super-moon
I'm thankful I live in a country where I can vote. (Even if the outcome is not what I hoped for).


 I'm thankful for my work family. I've said it before, I'll say it again.


Lastly, I'm thankful we found our passports. :)