Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

Little Things // December 2018

Each month I like to practice gratitude by looking back at the little things each month. For me that usually means looking through the photos on my phone and remembering moments that might not come to mind so easily. Let’s take a look back at December!

Mina starts out the month.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

My niece celebrated a birthday, so we had cake and coffee with a dollop of ice cream after dinner.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

I met up with a friend for a long overdue coffee date to chat about life and poetry.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

There was a holiday harp concert at my coffeeshop, so my niece and I attended. So many people stopped by to talk to us and there was someone else who I knew in high school who I think wanted to talk to me, but didn’t, even though he stood right by our table the entire time.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

That same weekend my niece and I looked at a filming setup so that we can film her piano playing.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

We had a few days of frost and it looked like Narnia. It was so gorgeous!

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

I mean…

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

In December I began each day by setting an intention and planning out my day. It made such a difference in each day and I noticed how different I felt on the days I didn’t do this.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

I purchased a Norfolk Island Pine and the people at the nursery said I should be able to wait until spring to repot, but after a few weeks it was so rootbound that it was starting to curl and the roots were dangling out of the nursery pot, so I repotted it.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

And then I irritated Mina by taking pictures of her in front of it. 😂

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

I spent a weekend with my niece and Tino during which my niece said I traumatized her by making her watch all the Twilight movies. She thought they would have been so much better if Edward and Bella weren’t in them. Also, the final movie. For a few minutes we thought I might have misled her about things would end and her fangirl heart (which is still reeling from the loss of one of her fave characters) almost couldn’t take it.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

I gave my niece my money plant when we thought it was on its way out. Since it was floundering in my care, she decided it should go to a good home that loves it in its final days. Only… it started to grow!

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

The light and shadows in this room. 😍😍

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

A friend had a studio open house/winter solstice party right before the holidays.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

And a week (week and a half at the most) later, look at how it’s grown!

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

I hired a coach! (This is where I was during our phone call.)

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

And puppy sat Tino over Christmas.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

And we had a cozy time filled with books and the fireplace.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

And then it was Christmas Day!

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

Miss Mina and I went on an adventure. (Gotta love that blurry first picture I chose from all the photos I took that day. 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

And tried to take a few selfies. Well, I was, at least. She was trying to see where we should go next.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

We celebrated my mom’s birthday with brunch and dinner.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

And we had a rainy day in December.

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com
Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

Every time he went outside he sat and let me dry him off when he came back in. He’s such a sweetie. 💙💙💙

Practicing gratitude by celebrating the little things each month. December 2018 included dogs, holidays, birthdays, and beautiful scenery. // dreams-etc.com

And those were my little moments in December. I’d love to hear about YOUR little moments from the month!

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  • I wasn’t particularly close to my aunts and uncles growing up. I was born when my parents were a little older and I always felt like my aunts and uncles had done the aunt and uncle thing and didn’t need more of it by the time I was born.

But my Uncle H and Aunt J were different. When my uncle was dying I was asked what some of my biggest memories were. This question came up again over the weekend. And there were so many to choose from. The biggest was, of course, sticky buns on Sunday morning. (And usually going to the store with him to get them.) There was also ✨ “driving” the tractor through the fields on the farm
✨ fishing during the summer
✨ trips to the store and getting a candy bar that I didn’t have to tell my parents about (but always did)
✨ talking about his Spanish classes
✨ “scaring the fish away” by talking, but he was fine with me talking anyway
✨ driving the boat...and starting to fill the boat with water when I went too fast, but he wasn’t upset
✨driving the golf cart around the golf course
✨ listening to his stories about his time in the army

He wasn’t a perfect man and I saw that once I was an adult. But for someone who was only close to one uncle growing up, he’s part of some of my best childhood memories. 💙
  • ”I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” [Anne Lamott]

The last time I was here it was cold and the ground was covered in snow. I said goodbye to my uncle. (That sentence still brings tears to my eyes.) Now it’s (slightly) warmer and the world is waking up after winter. This weekend I was thankful for 🌻 the chance to enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Michigan with my dog in my lap
🌻 a family brunch
🌻 followed by a family dinner the same day
🌻 fresh WI cheese curds
🌻 long talks with my cousin

What were you thankful for this weekend?
  • Lake Michigan was barely visible when we left this morning. It was fun to see how the view of lake changed each day—and throughout the day!—this weekend.
  • I guess I didn’t have to worry about whether or not the dogs would get along. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
  • Hello, Lake Michigan. 👋🏼
  • When you think they finally placed an order for you...and then they make you get off the chair. 😒 Swipe to see other photos from my day: 🐾 Met my human’s aunt and I was cute.
🐾 Asked my grandhuman for tummy rubs.
🐾 Realized my tummy rubs weren’t his priority. 🙄
🐾 Met two Doodles and my human pet one of them... so if you’d like a human, I’m getting rid of mine. No time for that kind of betrayal.
  • We’re headed on an adventure! Mina’s handling the longest road trip she’s been on like a champ. While at a rest stop we met a man wearing a “Dogs are my favorite people” shirt (👏🏼👏🏼) and his German Shepherd, who fell in love with Miss Mina. Can you blame him? Who wouldn’t fall in love with her? #littleonesadventures
  • Goodnight moon. 🌙

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