Friday, November 23, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude - Black Friday

Day 23
i'm one of them
Today I am thankful for having the most AMAZING customers ever! Every one of you who stopped in to our store today, made me smile for so many reasons. People were in such wonderful and positive moods and were so sweet with their compliments. What an uplifting day! Today you not only supported a small business, but our family,  and me personally. You validated my decision to be in this business. Without such wonderful people to do business with it wouldn't be worth it, so thank you for being a part of our business family! Please tell a friend to support a brick and mortar store tomorrow for Small Business Saturday. It really does make a huge difference to all of us!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude - Thanksgiving

 Happy Thanksgiving! Day 22

Today I am thankful that I got to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast with my husband at work at his fire station since he was on duty. It was a fabulous day! The kids got to ride their scooters around the station and see their Dad at work, which being that we live 100 miles away, doesn't happen very often. 

We even got to take a ride in the fire engine! I am feeling very blessed that my husband is a fireman and loves what he does. He is an amazing provider and his schedule allows for us to do so many things other families cannot. 

I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Be safe if you are traveling and if you do brave the crowds for Black Friday, come and see us. Vintage Etc. will be open from 10am -7pm Friday and Saturday, and 11-5 on Sunday. God Bless!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude - Day 21

Day 21

Today I am thankful for my scrapbooking / art / sewing / everything-I-have-for-anything-creative-lives-here room. I have been working on the store's windows over the last two days and have dug into this room multiple times for this or that. It is so nice to have a place to keep it "all!" I found myself at one point just staring at the room wondering what I did before I had this little space. Do you have a space like this in your home? Don't forget, Vintage Etc. will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving so we can be thankful with our families!

30 Days of Gratitude Day 20

Day 20
Today I am thankful for patience. Patience in my children, myself, and my mother. Patience that I could finally get one of the window displays done, with 2 kids in the back room (because Dad's at work and it's Thanksgiving break so there is no school,) and a really busy afternoon. Patience that prevented me from getting claustrophobic, freaking out, and killing myself in the fishbowl of our windows, that have glass on 2 sides, and get really warm from the chandeliers in them. Being patient is hard for me when I am under pressure and have the kids with me at work, but today was a great day and I am thankful. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude - Weekend Edition

 Day 19

Today I am thankful for my childrens' love of reading. They are out of school this week and this morning I woke up to holiday music playing on the TV and both of my kids reading in the front room. Uh, wow. Thank you book fairies!

Day 18
Today I am thankful for my ability to sew (thanks Mom!) My Sis-In-Law and I got the wild hair to add hearts to the elbows on some of my daughters sweaters. They turned out so cute and I got to start teaching my daughter to sew which has been on my "to do" list for quite a while. I hadn't done any hand sewing in quite a while and found it totally relaxing, and looking for more projects to do.   

Day 17
My beautiful Sis-In-Law with her babies. 
 Today I am thankful for my Sister-In-Law. Not only is she an amazing cook, and loves all things vintage, but the woman can rock a thrift store! I mean seriously, rock a thrift store! Today we had the ultimate shopping experience in our local thrifts, scoring some A-MA-ZING finds and laughing the whole time. I don't get to see her nearly enough but man we can do some damage together. 

Day 16
Kenmore Progressive Vacuum - $85 (Redding) 

Today I am thankful for our vacuum cleaner. I know it sounds silly but I am always vacuuming! As I get ready for company, I realize I couldn't live without it. Our vacuum has been going strong for almost 10 years now and I love it! It is completely worn out in certain areas but it keeps on sucking!  

Day 15

Today I am thankful for working so close to a private school. Everyday they take the kids to the public library and they pass in front of our store. It is the sweetest sound to hear the children walking along and laughing. It totally brightens my day every time I hear them.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude

Day 14

Today I am grateful for having a job at my beautiful store. All be it stressful being a small business owner at times, it is wonderful being your own boss and having a beautiful place to go and work in. I love doing the displays and searching for the vintage items on our customer wish list. I am blessed to be able to do this!

What are you grateful for today?

Day 13

 Today I am grateful for having dental insurance and a medical reimbursement fund because by the time we are done at the dentist, I am pretty sure my daughters mouth with cost as much as the car pictured above!

Monday, November 12, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude

So while I was out of town, I somehow managed to turn off my scheduled posts...yeah, technology and I arn't the best of friends at time! So today I am extra thankful! Have a wonderful Veteran's Day. Please give some love to those who fight for our freedom and to those who support our troops at home. 

Day 12
Tomb Unknown Soldier Picture

Today I am thankful for the men, and women who serve our country every day and especially to those who have served or given their life for this country. I am thankful that they are/were willing to put their lives on the line for my freedom so that I may live and work in a place without terror and violence.

Day 11

Today I am thankful to all the families, wives, and parents of these men and women, the true heros who serve our nation thanklessly. Thank you, yours is not an easy job.  Without you supporting them on the home front, we could not be a free nation. 

Day 10

Today I am thankful for living in a small town. While the bright lights of this beautiful city are fun for a weekend, the chaos, cars and massive numbers of people everywhere are a bit too much for me! Small town, USA is where I belong.

Day 9
Cirque Du Soleil

Today I am thankful for artistic shows like Cirque Du Soleil. What an overwhelmingly cool experience! The directors who can create shows like this and the performers who can do the skills needed for these performances are in a nutshell, AMAZING! If you ever get a chance to see one, do it! This is the second show I have seen and I am always impressed and amazed!

 Day 8
Today I am thankful for a weekend with this gal who lives far, far away.
Thankful for growing new friendships and time to catch up with old friends. I am blessed to have such wonderful women in my life!
Good times with great friends are always something to be thankful for!

Day 7
British Airways Plane - Free Desktop Wallpaper

Today I am thankful for pilots who can, not only take off and fly, but land the plane too! Oh and some really cool people that I got to sit next to while I was on my flight!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude

Day 6

Today, like many, I am grateful for the right to choose. The right to say who I think should be our next leaders, where our money should be spent, and what should matter to our Great Nation. So many people in this world are denied this simple choice. Please, don't think your voice isn't heard, or doesn't matter. Especially now, in these critical economic times. Be informed and make a choice. If not for yourself but because so many people don't get to choose. I am so thankful to live in the United States of America and have the right to choose.

Monday, November 5, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude

Day 5

Today I am thankful for other bloggers who do this so much better than me. The ones who inspire me, who touch my life everyday when I need a little lift or even a reminder of what is truly important. The creative souls I have never met but feel like I connect with on many levels, but mostly on a human level. Like this beautiful lady who's post I read this morning touched me in so many ways. Read it here.

What inspires you? What keeps you going? What are you thankful for today?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude

 Day 4
The kiddos being goofy in the kitchen sink!
 Today I am thankful for a day of rest with my babies after a long and stressful couple of weeks. It has been wonderful staying in my pajamas and doing nothing with them. We turned down a couple of offers to meet up with friends, and as much as I love our friends, I know it was the right decision today. We all needed some down time at home. Just wish my hubby was here with us but someone has to work right? Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude

Day 3

Today I am thankful for my Mom. Shes my business partner, shopping cohort, and the one who inspired me to love all things "old". I am so lucky to have her nearby and so involved in my children's lives. Although there are times we drive each other crazy, I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks Mom for everything!

Friday, November 2, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude

Day 2

Today I am especially grateful for the men and women who work in Emergency Services. The dispatchers, police, fire, and ambulance workers who show up at all hours of the night when they are called upon without complaint
I woke up today to the flashing lights of an ambulance and fire engine in our windows as our elderly neighbor was being rushed to the hospital. I pray for her healing and hope that everything turns out for the best. The men and women who were taking care of her were quick, efficient and extremely professional. Thank you so much!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

30 Days of Gratitude

Day 1
The beautiful barn wood mantle the hubby built!
 There are so many things to be thankful for everyday, but I am trying to be aware of the little things that we may miss in our day to day world. Today is November 1st, my first day in 30 Days of Gratitude. So today, I am grateful for my husband, and his never-ending patience with my crazy ideas and building plans. For building me beautiful reclaimed barn wood mantles (because I need something to hang stockings off of, of course!) Or risking bodily harm to hang ladders from the ceiling at all hours of the night. He does beautiful work behind the scenes and I don't give him nearly enough credit. I love you honey, thanks for putting up with all my crazy ideas! 

What are you thankful for? I'd love to hear about it!