Bon Voyage + Thankfulness

TGIF friends! 
Today is my last day of work before we leave for our trip, I can’t believe it! I’m sort of running around like a chicken with my head cut off today trying to make sure everything is wrapped up before I leave. It’s definitely going to be weird putting up my out of office message later today (is that not the best feeling though?) and just unplugging from work for two entire weeks!


 Tomorrow we leave to drive up to Oregon…which is about 11 hours from our house. Oh and did I mention we just got a bunch of snow in Tahoe and it’s supposed to snow the entire day today? But I’m sure it will be fine, that’s why we have a Jeep! Cam’s parents were nice enough to agree to watch Lola for us, and I know she’ll have a great time with them while we’re gone. Our flight leaves Sunday afternoon out of Portland, and we fly directly from there to Amsterdam…which is about a 10 hour flight! Not exactly looking forward to that part, but oh well! (I’ll definitely be packing snacks for that flight!) We arrive in Istanbul on Monday morning and we’ll spend the next 3 days there. We fly to Israel on Thursday and will spend the rest of our trip there and then we fly home the following Friday. I know it’s going to be a complete whirlwind, but I’m really looking forward to it! Any last minute advice on places to go/things to see/restaurants to eat at in Istanbul or Israel are definitely appreciated!

Even though I’ll have limited access to internet/email while we’re gone, I’m so excited to announce that I have some amazing guest bloggers lined up to keep you company! Being Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away (what?!?) I thought it would be the perfect chance for these lovely ladies to talk about what they’re thankful for this year and I think you’re really going to enjoy what they’ve put together. Giving thanks for all the blessings in our lives is something that’s important to do everyday, but I think it’s especially nice to take some extra time to reflect and be grateful at this time of year. So be sure to stop by next week/the following week and show them some love! 
To get you excited for all these thankfulness posts, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of my gratitude-related pins, which can all be found {here}:

{This reminds me, I totally have a review of this incredible book that I’m way overdue to post…I’ll be sharing that once I get back, I definitely want to talk more about it in regards to the holiday season!}
And last but not least, this Sunday it’s time once again for the monthly crock pot link up! I’m partnering with Dreaming of Dimples and left brain, right brain, pug brain to share our favorite slow cooker dishes and so I’d love it if you came back here Sunday to link up your post! After all, who doesn’t love a new crock pot recipe? I’m sharing a super easy but flavorful fall dish that you’re not going to want to miss!
Alrighty, that’s it for me today! Be on the lookout for my recipe/the link-up on Sunday, but then starting Monday morning my fabulous guest posters will be taking over my little corner of blogland! Be sure to stop back by and say hello to them for me! I’m can’t wait to share all about our trip with you when we return, but in the meantime, prayers for safe travels would be much appreciated 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Xoxo