Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thankful Jar 2012

It has been a few weeks since I've written. In addition to having writers block, things have been busy around here. Scott has been asking me on a daily basis when I am going to blog again. He is an engineer by day and a movie maker by night. When I started blogging on a regular basis a few months ago, he started making videos of the same adventures I was writing about. And now we've agreed that we make a good team of documenting our stories. I write about them and he captures them on film. It's a good gig, but when one person starts to slack, the other one gets mad. I've been the slacker lately.

With marriage comes traditions. With holidays comes even more traditions. Together we've loved sharing and learning about each of the family traditions our parents instilled in us, but with only having half of our family here, we've enjoyed creating some of our very own. Last year, during the month of November, we'd crawl into bed and say one thing we were thankful for before we drifted off to sleep. This year I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to do something that we would remember. Being intentional is usually the start of traditions. So I went to the basement, sifted through some of our wedding boxes and found an old blue mason jar. I grabbed my scrapbook box and put together a crafty little tag that said "Thankful Jar" and taped it to the jar itself. I cut a bunch of paper into strips, found a sharpie marker, and set it all on our fireplace mantel. This year, not only were we going to say something we were thankful for, but we were going to write each one down individually and put it in the jar. The exciting part, we weren't going to share them with each other until Thanksgiving Day. 

Our Thanksgiving Day was jammed packed with long drives, turkey, family, new friends, football, pie, black friday flyers and moscow mules, so we decided to wait until the following day to read them. Once I returned with shopping bags in hand, we dumped the jar out on the living room floor.  We picked up each piece of paper one by one and read aloud what was written down. Some were the generic:  our marriage, our family, our friends, our health, our jobs, our dog. Others were a little more unique:  cheese, sunsets over the mountains, donut fridays, dog groomers, tools, phone calls from family, going new places together, friends that drive 8 hours to spend 36 hours with you, my blog, and Ellen. Almost every one we opened left us with a reaction - we laughed, we awed, we smooched, and we expressed extra gratitude throughout the whole experience.

This is definitely a tradition that will be sticking around for a long time in the Bores household. For now, the jar will be packed away until next November. 

On a final note, I am thankful to have married such a creative husband. Enjoy this sweet little video:

The Thankful Jar
from Scott Bores on Vimeo.

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