Photo Gratitude

by Jen on November 6, 2011

The weekend is over.  Crap.  We did gain an hour, though, so that’s a bonus.  I have lots to be grateful for this week, so I’ll quit with the small talk.

I know Halloween was last week, but I failed to include photos of my favorite trick-or-treaters in last Sunday’s post.  Oops!  How cute are they?!?!?  Jayden was a Power Ranger.  The BLUE one.  There is a difference, ya know.  Sophia was some sort of princess, although she barely spoke to me while she was dressed up.  She wasn’t there for conversation.  She was there for FASHION.  That little girl is all comedy, all the time.  The problem is, she doesn’t know we are all laughing at her.  That’s what happens when you are busy being “fierce”.

I know I said Halloween isn’t really my thing, but I did splurge $6 on a horn headband, a bow tie, and a glittered pitchfork.  I went all out.  Do devils were bow ties?  Probably not.  Regardless, I took one for the team and “celebrated” with the rest of my office.  I love them.  I couldn’t let them dress up alone.

You’ve probably heard the news by now.  George got a job in New York City!!!  It is such a dream to move there, and I am grateful for my mother-in-law for helping make it possible.  She’s graciously allowing us the use of attic space in her home, so that we can save on the costs of storage.  We certainly won’t be able to cram everything we own in a tiny Manhattan apartment, so we’ve done some seriously down-sizing and have unloaded some of our excess on her.  She’s 100% supportive, encouraging, and awesome.  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, M.I.L!  (If you ever want to dig through the boxes and play with George’s stadium cup collection, feel free.)  😉

When George announced he was leaving his job at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, his superiors and co-workers were unbelievably supportive.  He always knew he was lucky to work with such an awesome team, but in his final month, he became even more aware.  The whole crew put on a surprise Going Away party for him, complete with Statue of Liberty hats.  Such an awesome touch, although George’s hat resembled the ears of a chihuahua.  Hehehehe.  The rest of the group looked just like Lady Liberty!  I am so grateful for all of them.  Grateful they have loved my George and been work wives of sorts.  I’m grateful they thought enough of him to make a big deal out of his leaving.  I think he’s as dope as they come, and I think they do too.  Makes me all warm and fuzzy.

Knowing that I will soon be leaving the Sunshine State has made me nostalgic.  I’m ready for a new tale, but my life in Florida has been incredible.  I can’t tell you how many times I have looked out into the ocean and whispered “thank you”.  Each time I dig my toes in the sand, I pay special attention to the way it makes me feel.  I never want to forget that.  Last weekend in Seaside, I purchased handmade soaps from the market.  I have decided to save the beach soaps until I’m showering in my apartment in New York City.  I think the smell of the beach will come back to me when I suds up in the dead of winter.  It will make me feel at home.

You know what else I’ll miss about Florida?  One word.  PUBLIX.  Best grocery store chain in the world!  The cheese lady (who I swear I’ll invite to my next wedding) has suggested a million tasty concoctions, and this week was no different.  I purchased Saint Agur, a buttery, creamy, holy blue cheese.  It was perfect on its own, but then…. she suggested I top it with honey.  Life. Changing.  Also, if you are in the business of being cheesy, you must try Abbot’s Gold cheddar cheese with Rich Caramelized Onions.  I dare you to eat it without moaning.

George is in New York, so why not fill my empty bed with more dogs???  Millie, Mona, and I babysat this weekend.  Her name is Jillian.  She’s ridiculous.  My girls were jealous of her long legs.  Jillian eyed their gorgeous snouts.  The grass is always greener, you know.

While dog sitting, I recruited Alisha and Jayden to spend some time with me at the dog park.  I love them.  Jayden let Millie chase him until her nine year old legs just couldn’t go any more.  She smiled the whole time.  Jayden is her favorite boy.  He’s one of my favorites too.  I can say with all certainty that saying goodbye to that little boy is going to hurt my heart.  He’s pretty frickin’ cool.

After the dog park, Jayden tried to catch a  little snooze.  This is so funny.

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1 Alison@Mama Wants This November 7, 2011 at 8:15 am

Sweet recap, Jen!!! Still hopping excited over your move to NYC, woohoo!

Love the video, Jayden is adorable!

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2 mamamash November 7, 2011 at 9:53 am

The saying goodbye part is always sucky, but I know everyone is so happy for you and your adventure!

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3 Shell November 8, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Good luck with your move!

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4 Rach DonutsMama November 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm

That was so sweet of George's co-workers. And your MIL sounds sweet as well. I can't wait to see what your NY adventures bring!

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5 Dawn@LightenUp! November 10, 2011 at 6:00 am

Ah…you had me at Publix. I love Publix b/c when I shop there I know I am on vacation, and usually at the beach.
Still so happy for you, my friend.
Beautiful, happy photos. Made me smile.

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6 Christina Lucas November 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

That trick o treat pic is so cute! What a diva. And congrats on getting to move to NYC!!! I am dying to go back there for another visit! Such an amazing place!
~Christina/The Blog Entourage

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