Giving thanks

This last week after Thanksgiving has been a whirlwind of switching into Christmas mode: ordering cards and gifts, planning get togethers and meals, and of course taking our holiday card family photo.  More on the photo session with some hilarious outtakes and amazing meltdowns on a later post. For now I would like to give thanks for the few hours I have to myself this morning to listen to music, catch up on the blog, have tea with a friend, and go to the gym.  Ahhhh...  Deep breath...  

My sweet flower child :)

My sweet flower child :)

 

Working up an appetite

Before Thanksgiving dinner my husband, Erik, the boys and I explored a nearby bike path.  Erik and I on foot on the boys on their scooters.  We seriously underestimated how fast the boys could scoot and ended up chasing them up and down the paths.  Thankfully the boys took a break from scooting to explore a field of flowers and we were able to catch our breath.

Everett found a special flower for my hair.

Everett found a special flower for my hair.

Watching Rowan try to blow dandelion seeds was too cute.

Watching Rowan try to blow dandelion seeds was too cute.

We were having so much fun that we lost track of time.  Erik and the boys raced back for dinner.  Unable to keep pace, I hung back and snapped some pics.

We were having so much fun that we lost track of time.  Erik and the boys raced back for dinner.  Unable to keep pace, I hung back and snapped some pics.

This Thanksgiving was really special in many ways.  Foremost it was a real turning point for me.  I stopped being who I thought people wanted me to be.  I dropped the false story line about how much I love working nights, weekends and holidays in a failing ER system.  And I excitedly told everyone about my new careers as a photographer, a medical expert and writer for television and my plans not to return to clinical medicine anytime soon.  Being true to myself allowed me to really connect with all these wonderful people and experience Thanksgiving with an ease and grace that was previously foreign to me.  For this I am grateful.