Creative title, right? I don’t even know where I get these things, they just come to me.
Every year, on the last Thursday in November, our families come together to eat a giant meal, typically made up of one protein and at least 6 different carbs and/or starches, and watch football. If football’s not your thing, you get together and watch the Thanksgiving Parade. Hopefully you don’t all get together to judge one another and then fight. I know it happens, and it’s no fun. Stop it.
For us, this year was wonderful. I had sooo been looking forward to the holidays all year because it meant WE GET TO STAY HOME! HALLELOO! (Thank you Shangela for the wonderful catch phrase.) I don’t know if any of you realize this, but I hate traveling over the holidays. Hate it. We don’t even have to travel that far, only 3-4 hours, but that means having to pack ourselves and our crap into our car, and over Christmas, it means packing gifts, and then coming back with even more stuff (cause we spoiled.) We have to worry about the dog. It’s a pain. I almost cried when Vance agreed to let us have Christmas at home from now on.
For Thanksgiving, it’s not a requirement that we stay home. We stayed home this year because my brother has to work every day around Thanksgiving, possibly even the day itself. Since we don’t have our mom around, I wasn’t going to let him not have a full, delicious Thanksgiving dinner. So then Vance’s mom decided to come, and of course my other brother, and then my dad and step-mom. So I had to make a whole dinner for 7 people. And I did. It was delicious. Everyone was raving. I should have taken pictures, but would you believe it, with 2 photographers in the family, not a single picture was taken that day. Everyone was too busy stuffing their faces to lift their cameras.
I made a turkey that I brined over night. It was divine. So juicy and flavorful. I also made a cornbread stuffing that everyone said will be the thing I am known for. I’m so glad it will no longer be pink stuff. For desert, I made an apple pie and a pumpkin cheesecake that had everyone speechless.
Of course, it couldn’t all be perfect. I was sick with some kind of stomach ailment that left me only able to get little tastes of everything and I was only really able to eat plain white rice. At dinner I drizzled a tiny bit of gravy on it to give it some kind of festive flavor. I made a huge plate of food to reserve for when my stomach felt better later on. I’m so glad I did that, because there were almost no leftovers.
I’m thankful for so much this year. I’m thankful for the two cutest, sweet baby boys in the entire world. Archer is smiling and happy and growing bigger, smarter, and more capable every day. It’s scary how quickly it is all going by. Deven is so funny, smart, and determined. The sound of his laugh is still, to this day, the greatest sound in the entire world. I love my husband, who works so hard to give us everything we need, who is still determined to work hard to better himself in the process. I’m thankful for the rest of my family, for reminding me that I am not really alone, that there are still people to reach out to. I am thankful for our home and our health. I’m thankful for the opportunity to go to school and to work, I know that there are plenty of people our there who haven’t a bit of trouble in those departments. There is just so much.
And I’m thankful for cable tv, which we had installed on Tuesday. The world just got a little bit wider.
Happy holidays everyone!