Thankfulness Thursday: Family, Disney, Travel

Happy Thursday everyone!

So today is my Friday because I am OFF tomorrow! Woo hoo! I’m feeling so lucky lately that it felt like a good time to link up with Ashley for Thankfulness Thursdays.

The thing I’m most thankful for is the health of my family and friends. We can get so wrapped up in the long term picture (getting through school, paying off student loans, saving for a house, etc) that we forget what a blessing every day is. I found the Rockstar Ronan blog yesterday and I won’t lie, I cried. Bawled like a baby. If you have a some spare time and a few tissues, click away.

I’m thankful for the closeness of my family. My sister begged me for sister time so we went to get mani-pedis yesterday. Then my brother crawled into bed to watch TV with me before bed. They’re such a blessing to me.

My sister is a gangsta. And yes my dog is wearing a sweater.

I’m so thankful for the sweet comments on yesterday’s blog. I’ve got big dreams of starting up a party planning business someday and everyone’s comments meant a lot to me. Thank you. And yes, I’ll plan ALL your parties. Holler at me when I get going πŸ˜‰

I’m thankful for my parents allowing me to live at home so that I can save for all the expenses of life. And it gives me the capabilities to take a few vacations (more on this later today…)

I love them!

Now a few “for fun” thank you’s:

I’m thankful that The Office at least gets a “farewell” season. Even if it makes me cry a little.

I miss you everyday Michael Scott. Source

I’m thankful for Starbucks having free wi-fi?!? When I worked at Starbucks 5 years ago, you totally had to pay. Also thankful for a Salted Caramel Mocha. YUM.

I’m thankful that the Backstreet Boys are back together and making a new CD!

Hallelujah!Β Source

I’m thankful for new fall TV like Go On and Guys with Kids. Hiiiiilarious.

I’m thankful that the Denver Broncos have my favorite quarterback ever. Peyton Manning and Denver was my NFL dream.


I’m thankful that Rob and I have annual passes to Disneyland so we can go as often as my little Prius can take us.

Luuuuucy, you’ve got some ‘splainin to do…

Okay so I have to address the fact that Rob and I are always “going somewhere”. We are not loaded, nor are we big travelers (yet) and I don’t want everyone to think I’m a vacationing tool fool. So here are the facts:

1. I have a wonderful, well paying job working in the field with the major I graduated with. But at the end of the day, this position just isn’t what I want to do with my life. When you work a job that isn’t necessarily your passion, sometimes a weekend away isn’t just wanted, it’s needed. For my sanity. So more often then not, I’m begging Rob to venture into a different city for a day or two.

2. Along with the blessing that is my job, I’m given an extraordinary amount of vacation time that I’m forced to take. I know, pity me.

3. With my very first big girl paycheck, I bought a Prius for a steal. 2 years later, I swear that car has MADE me money, best car for travel ever! It was worth every penny (We can get to LA and back for roughly $70 in gas). I highly recommend the Prius, feel free to ask me any questions about it.

4. As AMAZING as my family is, I’m almost 24. Living at home. With a boyfriend of (almost) 7 years. Somedays, I just gotta get away for a day or two (and frankly, I’m sure they’re glad to have one less mouth to feed!).

5. For all you non-Californian readers, California is an AWESOME state (arguably the best one, duh). California is loaded with all different climates, cities, communities and frankly a ridiculous amount of beautiful places. One of the BEST parts of living in Sacramento is that nearly everything is only 2-3 hours away. 2 hours away from San Francisco, 2 hours away from Tahoe, 2.5 hours from Santa Cruz and only 1 hour away from Napa (wine country). City, snow, nature, beach, wine all in arms reach! Trust me, it’s a blessing and a curse. And LA is only a mere 6-7 hours away (an easy car ride for a Prius πŸ˜‰ ). That gives us a LOT of places to go on the weekend.


6. Lastly, check out the prices for a Disneyland Annual Pass. We got the Premiums. We need our money’s worth right? You freakin bet we do.

So I mean, all these trips I take, they’re my little sanity-savers. And it’s easy, cheap(ish) and do-able since we are still without children. Still hate me and all my travels? Move to California, get a Prius and be my best friend so we can take trips together (seriously though, do it)!

Okay, now that I’ve explained myself (and our incessant travels), can we be friends again?

((Sidenote, all my sarcasm is out of love, if I were you guys, I TOO would wonder how in the world I get to “vacation” so often. No hard feelings, I LOVE YOU!)

On that note, we miiiiiiight driving to LA tonight. Plans are tentative but there is a 90% chance Rob and I will be reunited with our home away from home! (Disneyland meet up anyone?! πŸ˜‰ ). Do you hate me again? Darn it.

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19 thoughts on “Thankfulness Thursday: Family, Disney, Travel

  1. If I could move to California I so would. You and Rob are like me and my husband before we had children and I say cherish these times and don’t let anyone make you feel bad because spontaneity hits the road without you when you have three kids πŸ™‚

    I’m thankful for a new BSB album too… and that Peyton Manning is my FF qb!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. I’ve been thinking about moving for a few years now, but can’t decide where. Austin and somewhere in California are on my list. You’re making Cali sound so much better right now. As I child I lived in Salinas, Ft. Ord and Marina. I also have family in San Jose. Coming from Indianapolis (former home of Peyton Manning, lol) I can’t imagine what the jump in cost of living will be. Also, I’ve never been to a Disney park. We always went to 6 Flags when we were in Cali. lol

  3. Evani, I am fortunate enough to know you and your family! Each one of you is amazing in your own way… Including Rob πŸ™‚ But together you are amazing!…. And adorable.
    Enjoy these journeys. They are the adventures that make our lives colorful. And I will confess, as a fellow Disney Addict, that there are not enough days in the year for a Disney visit. πŸ™‚ so you take that fabulous little red car and cruise on down to the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’… The crowds will be small and the weather will be great. And I will live vicariously through you when you return! Safe travels and enjoy.

  4. Great post! I might have to do a Thankfulness Thursday one of these days. I’ve been in a funk recently but there’s nothing to get you out of that quite counting your blessings!

    Also, I do recognize that I maaaay have been one of the people that pointed out your traveling! I’m sorry you felt you had to explain yourself! I think it is so wonderful that you are going to all of these places and I love that you share it with us! Please keep it coming! I can’t wait to see some FAB pictures from LA! Enjoy! xx

    • Haha girl you don’t have to apologize at ALL. Trust me, I get all that WAY more in real life (all my friends and family wondering how in the world I travel so much!) and I was not offended at all by people asking! πŸ™‚ Don’t feel bad, I’m just glad people even read my blog! πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed Thankfulness Thursdays, definitely stop by and check out Ashley at Domestic Fashionista and link up on a future thursday!

  5. The fact that you love CA so much, makes it less likely you’ll move to the east coast so that we can play and brush each other’s hair and stuff. Oh sorry, was that weird? I’m sorry I’m not sorry.

    Anyway, ENJOY all your travels, and never apologize for it. πŸ™‚

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  6. Thanks for linking up today Evani! So lovely to have you join in!

    Love your thankful list. Your family sounds awesome and I can relate to having a slightly silly but wonderful family!

    And agreed that California is great! I love that just in a few hours we can be crossing the bridge into San Francisco or getting a quiet getaway to Lake Tahoe!!!

  7. Ummm Backstreet Boys, salted caramel mochas, Disneyland…are we bffs?! πŸ™‚ These are fantastic things to be thankful for. I wish I could hop over to LA whenever I wanted. But it’s a bit of a drive from Missouri lol.

  8. Never feel like you have to justify traveling! I think it’s great that you get away when ever you can, I’m the same way! I’ve never been to Disney World/Land so I’m jealous you get to go so often! Enjoy your weekend!

  9. I really wish I lived in California! It’s so weird that driving for 6 hours means you’re in the same state! If I drove that long I could be in Maine or Virginia! I guess there’s no excuse for my lack of seeing the US when everything is at my fingertips!

    I’m planning on looking into getting a new car next year. I think it’s time to retire my 1990 Corolla, haha. I’ll definitely have to look into a Prius!

  10. that michael scott quote is perfect!!! and you are really lucky that your family is so close – i really wish my siblings and i weren’t so distant sometimes. looks like you have a wonderful family and i love that your dog is in a sweater!

    ❀ katherineof corgis and cocktails

  11. GURL… If only there wasn’t a wedding to go and/or a baby that will pop out, I would def meet up with you at DLand.

    And I’m so glad that my parents met up in Cali in the 70s and birth me in Pasadena. Haha… hence, a true Cali girl. Cali’s the bestest. Ok, NYC comes next.

  12. I completely understand, we have Disney passes too (although to the World) and it is such a great stress reliever! We also have a Prius and have a lot of fun trying to see how many miles we can get out of a gallon. πŸ™‚ I hope you’re having a great time!

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