Thank you notes: focus on family and food!

This is my first gratitude post since discontinuing Friday Favorites. Looking through the photos I’ve taken in just the past 2-1/2 weeks, I can see it will be a challenge to cram a month’s worth of wonderful into one post. I will do my best. This month I tried combining favorite moments into collages. Next month may bring a different approach. We’ll see.

Girls trip

Thank you to my sisters and best friend Margie for the wonderful food we enjoyed on girls trip. One of my favorite parts of our annual get-together is cooking for each other. So much love and creativity goes into these meals, which only makes them taste better!

Collage of food

Besides eating, we also hiked, read, shopped, napped, laughed at ridiculous reality shows, and talked a lot! Thank you ladies for taking time out of your busy schedules and away from your families. Thank you to our families and coworkers for holding down the fort while we enjoyed some much needed R&R and girl time.

Family vacation

Thank you to my husband, children, and grandchildren for four glorious days at Bear Lake North RV Park & Campground. Thank you to the campground hosts, Kent and Misami, for their amazing hospitality. We’ve been spending our annual family vacations there for 12 years now, and it feels like our home-away-from-home. For the past several years, my sister and her family have also joined us, spreading the joy even further. Thank you Moore family.

Collage of campground shenanigans

Of course, a Bear Lake vacation demands a trip or two to the beach. Thank you Mother Nature for the perfect boating/tanning/lounging weather. Thank you Buddy and Kenzi for providing the boat rides. Thank you grandchildren for providing the entertainment.

Collage of people on the beach

And no Bear Lake vacation is complete without milkshakes! Thank you Bear Cave for these masterpieces. Thank you Jessi and Ashley for letting me tag along.

Collage of Bear Lake milkshakes

Family dinner

Thank you to Aunt Sheri for coming to visit all the way from California and for hosting the family dinner at Brio Tuscan Grille. Thank you to Blaine and Allison for getting Mom there.

Collage of family eating at Brio Tuscan Grille

Birthday celebration

Evidently, girls trip, Bear Lake, and family dinner didn’t provide enough family time for me (I’m getting greedy), we also celebrated Maddi’s 13th birthday–twice! Thank you to Maddi for celebrating with Papa and Grandma. I just wish you’d stop growing! In all seriousness, I am beyond blessed to have such a large loving family.

Collage of 13-year-old's birthday celebration

Your turn

  1. What are some highlights from your week?
  2. What are you feeling grateful for today?
  3. Anything else you’d like to share?

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  1. What an awesome summer you’ve had, Christie. I love your priorities!
    BTW – Your pictures on this post have now made me VERY HUNGRY! 🙂

  2. Aunt Sheri

    I made the blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I loved seeing all of you – once we “relaxed”
    Love all of these photos, Christie….you have such a wonderful family.
    Aunt Sheri

  3. Christie it sounds like you’ve had a blast over the last few weeks. How special to have that lakeside vacation every year and to get to share it with family and grandchildren especially is so wonderful (I’m a little envious to be honest!) Great photo montages and a lovely insight into your life so far away.
    #MLSTL 🙂

    • Thank you Leanne. It was lovely. The grandchildren are all growing up so fast, and I’m sure some will choose to venture farther away than our own children have, so I’m just trying to soak up every minute. We’ve been so blessed to have all of our children and grandchildren within about 10 miles of our home.

  4. What a beautiful family and collection of experiences to be grateful for, Christie. I felt joy reading your post and meeting your family and friends. Nothing is more important in life. My major win was completing my second marathon. I’m thankful my body was able to take me across the finish line after 42.2kms. Have a beautiful week and thank you for reminding us of what is important in life and sharing at #MLSTL. I’ll be sharing on social media and have a beautiful week. xx

    • Thanks Sue. I have to agree with you; the people in our lives are the most important thing, and it’s fun for me to be able to share mine. Congratulations on a second marathon. That’s a big accomplishment. You never cease to amaze me. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  5. Christie I loved reading about your adventures and thanks for sharing these fabulous photos of your family, I had a few days in the Queensland sun with friends. This was the highlight of winter for me so far #MLSTL Will share on SM

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it Jennifer. I think my family’s pretty special–but I might be a little biased. 🙂 A few days in Queensland with friends sounds lovely. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  6. There is nothing like family and friends. My sisters and I do a trip every year though not sure we will make it this year. Any time our family gets together it is nothing but talk, laughter and food, great times. Looks like you had a great month.

  7. What gourmet friends you have! Those dishes look fabulous 🙂

    I am grateful this week for time alone at home – reading, journaling, and learning to take baby steps toward future goals and dreams 🙂

  8. What a fun and wonderful set of memories made there. Very special times share! My week has been pretty run of the mill with little snippets of good including getting out to meet a new friend for coffee and buying some new markers for art. Next week, I am crossing my fingers AND toes because after 14 months I am probably going to get new teeth for the top gums. Sigh. I wonder what having teeth will feel like again!

    Denyse #MLSTL

    • I’m crossing my fingers and toes for you as well Denyse! You’ve been down a long road, and I admire your resilience and your willingness to share your journey with us. Thank you.

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