away for the weekend: thankful thursday

Thursday, December 1, 2016

thankful thursday

Thanksgiving weekend was absolutely wonderful
- downtime at its best

Reflecting back, I'm thankful for so many things:

- sharing holidays with this crazy crew 
even when it's loud and hectic and the stuffing is a little dry...

- finding out there will be a new family member joining us for next thanksgiving
yep - I'm going to be a grandma

- misty mountain mornings
there is nothing I'd rather gaze at while enjoying my coffee in the morning

- the annual tractor parade - shared with another branch of our family
the best way ever to get into the Christmas spirit!

- riding home from a family outing, when Greg and my son-in-law
spot this beautiful owl in the woods on the side of the road - 
and I actually have the right camera lens with me

and so much more

I'm joining Michelle for Thankful Thursday
and Tanya for Willy Nilly Friday Five

whoa - it's December, already - how crazy is that?!

Thanks for dropping in!


  1. ooooh karen, what wonderful news that you are going to be a grandma!! the crew looks good, certainly more organized than mine. no one wanted their picture taken at our gathering!! you look good!!!

    and great catch on the owl!!!

  2. Karen, wait until your crazy crew has some little ones running around...crazy neat.

  3. Wow... a family where the ladies outnumber the gents. ▓⚗_⚗▓

  4. Great pictures! And by the way, you are way too young to be a grandmother!

  5. Great family gathering & what wonderful news! Ian is right, you're too young to be a grandma!
    Love that shot of the owl, beautiful!

  6. Beautiful family, Karen! And Congrats on the baby coming!
    Love the owl...gorgeous!

  7. Wow. That's a passel of kin. The little family Dina and I have left is scattered between Texas and Northern California. A BIL visited about twenty years ago. Otherwise Dina and I have lived quiet lives here in Florida. Peaceful, but the love you must experience....

  8. Looks like you had a great group for the holiday!

  9. Also, thanks for linking up!!! I appreciate it!

  10. what a beautiful family and congratulations grammy! you sure don't look old enough to be a grandma! christmas parades are the best and how lucky to spot that owl! thank you so much for linking karen and have a super weekend :)

  11. Congratulations, Granny!!!!!!!!! Love the owl and misty mornings. Happy Friday!

  12. What a luck to see an owl and have the right camera!
    The morningphoto is amazing.
    Enjoy your weekend

  13. Wow! You sound really sweet about yet to become grandma... glad you all had fun together. Very beautiful photo with all smiling :) Love the mist mountains and staring of owl

  14. December snuck up on me! You have a lot to be thankful for!

  15. That mountain view is gorgeous, and the owl...what a great sighting, beautifully captured. And congratulations on the new family member to be! :-)

  16. Amazing owl capture. Congratulations Grandma!

  17. Happiness is coming your way, Karen. You'll be a young Grandma who can really this new life. Now, you'll have to start thinking about what the new little one will call you...


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