Full of Thanks

Ellingsen Photography Family Thanksgiving 2011 (9)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the States, and whether or not you’re celebrating, it’s always a good time to take stock. I have to admit this year’s list is much like last year’s, but that’s a good thing, right?

  • I’m thankful my immediate family still all live within 10 miles of each other. It’s awesome being able to see each other so often!
  • I’m thankful for awesome friends in my life who provide so much love, support and feedback.
  • I’m thankful for Dante’s health. It was pretty scary last month, but we got through it and he’s continuing to do just fine.
  • I’m incredibly thankful for the clients that have chosen me as their photographer this year. And I’m so lucky they’re all such fun people to work with!
  • I’m thankful for having my best friend as a roommate.
  • And of course I’m thankful for you readers who take the time to read my little corner of the interwebs. I really love hearing from you!

Hope you have a wonderful week, no matter what you’re celebrating.



Ellingsen Photography Thankful Thanksgiving Table Placecard Setting

{Pssst….apparently I’m incapable of setting a post to go live ahead of time, so please pardon this delayed timing.}

There’s a lot to be thankful for this year, even more so than last.

  • I’m thankful my family and friends are all in good health, and that my parents are both well down the recovery road after their surgeries earlier this year.
  • I’m thankful for the beautiful home I get to share with my best friend.
  • I’m thankful for the delight I still feel every time I press the shutter button, and the feeling I get seeing my work printed and hanging on a wall.
  • I’m thankful for the time I’m able to donate to the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, and that they still allow this crazy photographer around their amazing dogs.
  • I’m super thankful every member of my family now has a job, because it wasn’t that way for a long time. But we tightened our belts and helped each other, because that’s what family does.
  • I’m thankful for Dante, and his unconditional love and affection. I’m also thankful he’s my own personal space heater on these chilly nights!
  • I’m thankful for all the wonderful people I get to celebrate Thanksgiving with today.
  • And I’m thankful for all those who stop by my little corner of the interwebs and say hi. I love hearing from you!

Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today or no, I hope you have lots of things to be thankful for.


P.S. The font on the place card is Fling.

Happy Friday!

Ellingsen Photography Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie

Mmm pumpkin pie…I can’t wait for Thanksgiving! This year my parents are hosting quite a few friends and family members, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m sure I’ll be making Pioneer Woman’s Whiskey Glazed Carrots and Butternut Squash Puree...again. They’re so good, I’ll take any excuse to make them. It’s like you get dessert during dinner! :)

It’s a gloomy and chilly Friday around here, so here’s a few good links for those of you trying to hibernate like me.

  • My shutter sister Nancy shared her pumpkin soup recipe this week. Go get you some! I can personally vouch for how delicious it is. :)
  • My future child is totally having a Star Wars nursery like this one, no question.
  • Some fantastic ideas for eco-friendly and inexpensive/free shipping materials over at the Etsy blog.
  • I totally want to try making these apple cider donuts. Doesn’t Jacqueline’s photography make you drool? Love her work!
  • Kaylah over at the Dainty Squid did a fantastic blog about Estate Sales 101. So helpful for a novice like me!
  • If you’re looking for a great gift for any owl-loving friends, you can create a super cute custom owl art calendar for free at My Owl Barn! (Found via How About Orange.)
  • And speaking of gifts, I’ve been pinning different free printable holiday gift tags like crazy. My favorite so far are these from Blush Printables, these from Giverslog and these from Domestifluff. Or I might just do big initials right on the wrapping paper with washi tape, haven’t decided yet.
  • Also, Ez at Creature Comforts has put out her 2nd annual issue of Gifted magazine! It’s so lovely and chock full of inspiration.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’m planning on some quality time with my mom and a puppy play date, mixed in with some errands and computer work.