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Five On Friday

It's the day after Thanksgiving and I don't want to go shopping.  I'd rather do my shopping online than brave the crowds. This morning I decided to link up with The Good Life Blog for 5 on Friday.

[ONE]  I started my one week vacation like this:

Working with preschool children can be a bit of a health hazard.  They often forget to cover their coughs and I'm right down there at face level.  So I did a lot of sleeping.

But by the end of the week, I'm feeling better.  I was able to go to Greg's family for our Thanksgiving meal. So thankful for return of good health!

[TWO]  I love being together with family.
Greg's sister Amy opened her house as we sat down to a wonderful Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings.

I had such fun sitting at the table with my niece Megan (middle) and her teacher friends who came with her.  I was so excited to get to catch up with Julie (front left in photo).  She used to work at my school but I hadn't seen her in a few years. So it was fun to reminisce and find out how she was doing.

I miss my family in Florida though.  I got to talk on the phone to my dad and siblings but it's just not the same as seeing their faces.  I loved my niece Kristin's family photo from Thanksgiving and had to share it with you. Take a look at that sweet little Kenzie's face; adorable!

[THREE]  I got to use a gift certificate for a spa pedicure and manicure!
I received it as a gift from a parent of one of our students from last year's class.  I was afraid it would expire so I'm glad I got to finally go.

As I was getting my toe nails painted, I noticed the woman sitting next to me.  She was reading a book by Priscilla Shirer so I took the opportunity to engage her in conversation.  She just moved from California and before you know it we were talking nonstop.  I love when that happens!

[FOUR]   Our Christmas tree is all set up.  I actually put it up a week ago but tried to keep my blinds shut. But every time I came home from work, Greg had the blinds open and music playing.  Oh who cares?  The house looks so warm and pretty with the tree.

[FIVE]  Be thankful. Make a choice to wake up thinking of all you are thankful for. It will definitely impact your outlook on life.  And that tends to spread to the people you encounter each day. So spread a little sunshine ...

Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Debbie! So glad you felt better! Your memories of this Thanksgiving are just amazing! Lovely pictures! Thankyou for sharing your week!

  2. Praying you continue to feel better and you health is strong for 2014 - those little ones need you and you are great for working for them. Peace and Prayers,

  3. Oh, so sorry that part of your week off was spent not feeling well, but glad you are on the "up and up" now. Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving and enjoy your weekend.

  4. Hi Debbie! That first photo is so cute, I just laughed out loud! I'm so glad you caught up on your sleep. My granddaughter is here with her parents, and she has croup. Just got off steroids, so who knows what 'little bug gifts' she will leave us?
    Thank you for the photos of your family, what beautiful girls! I bet you had a lot to talk about, teaching and all...
    Thank you for your visit, and good wishes. We did have a great holiday. Now we are off to the mall to blow the stink off the little germy one. We were going to the Children's Museum, but decided there would probably be to many coughing kids. Mall better? We'll see!
    Crossing my fingers,

  5. Hi dear Debbie, So glad to catch up with you! I'm finding it hard to get around to all my blogging friends-not enough time. I loved seeing your photos and hearing of your Thanksgiving day. More importantly you always are a blessing with your heart of gratitude. I pray that you will stay healthy this Christmas season-especially with so many littles you you daily. Sending hugs and blessings to you today.

  6. Glad you enjoyed your Thanksgiving...such good pictures. Glad your feeling better too. It is a hard time of year, and yet so much going on. Think I brought my grand daughters cold home with me, so far it is no biggie and sure hope it stays that way! Enjoy the rest of your day!

  7. I love this blog Debbie! It gives me the warm fuzzies... your tree and home look so pretty, and yes, I did mine early too. I love to fill the house with lights and Christmas music, and it goes so fast. I always miss Christmas music in January, so I am listening all the time, and loving it all. A thankful heart is such a blessing, it makes us rich!! :)

    Love you!

  8. I am sorry you were sick, but thankful you got your rest and were feeling well again quickly. Your family is beautiful. I am in serious need of a spa day!


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