Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thankful Thursday: 1/1/15

Thankful Thursday is a weekly segment that began 1/10/13—read why here
I invite you to join me in practicing gratitude!

A new year calls for a new Thankful Thursday logo, eh? During 2014 I moved past adding text to photos with Preview, all the way to the wonderful world of free design creation with Canva. What do you think?

Yesterday I went up to Wausau, WI with my dad and sister for our lovely New Year's tradition of spending time with our northern relatives. I obviously wasn't there last winter (I was in Korea), so I was extra excited to see these folks.

It was a smaller group than usual, but I still got to see several of my dad's cousins, aunts, and uncles throughout the 24-hours we were there. We sat around the huge kitchen table talking and snacking all afternoon, cleared the table to eat dinner, and then remained at that table through the start of 2015! Normally we move into the living room for games, but we got in some great Taboo, Mad Gab, and Pictionary right there in the kitchen.

My grandma comes from a family of six children, so it's fun to hear her siblings' tales, and to view my grandma as a sister instead of solely a grandma and mother. It's just a sliver of exposure to the past, but I enjoy imagining what daily life was like growing up in their generation, and how these people came to be who they are today.

My dad spent at least one summer—if not multiple—up in Wausau when he was younger, working for his uncle, so he has extra close ties with these relatives. It's nice to have that connection through him, but I'd like to get up there a few more times this year to keep building one on my own. And I must, must be in the states at the end of July, because another one of my dad's cousins is getting married—just like summer 2013!

I'm so thankful we made the trip, and that I got to ring in the new year with this awesome family.

Let's start off 2015 on a positive note—what are you thankful for today? How did you spend your New Year's Eve? 
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  1. Love the new design. And I was curious what program you used! I'll be checking out Canva! Thanks, Rebe ^^ Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks! Oh yeah, Canva's awesome! You can make really neat-looking stuff quickly, and it's free!