Happy Thanksgiving! – Thankful Thursday #4

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What a perfect day to have a Thankful Thursday! Thanks to Julia at Black Tag Diaries for hosting!

I keep joking that this year we are just having a kids’ table for Thanksgiving… It’s just my husband, my brother-in-law, and me. My inlaws moved to Florida last December, and we all have such crazy work schedules that we knew there was no way we’d all get there for Thanksgiving. Last year everyone was here because my inlaws were waiting for their house in Florida to be finished, so they lived with us for a few weeks. Chaotic? Yes. Did I love it? Yes. I like hosting family for holidays. This year I was glad my brother-in-law agreed to come up from Manhattan to have dinner with us. As I type this, the boys are at the gym doing a little Thanksgiving “pre-burn” in spin class.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is about to start, my house is starting to smell like all of the traditional yumminess… This day always brings back memories of when I was a kid. Thanksgiving was a big deal – and when I say big, I mean big. My mom was one of six sisters, so the family was big. We always had two turkeys and more sides than you could imagine, so the food was big. It was one of the few times that all of the cousins got together so we had some big fun playing in the yard at my grandfather’s house. Now, Thanksgiving isn’t as big. There’s no real tradition to it anymore. My husband and I don’t have children, so some years we went into New York to the parade with his mom and stepdad, some years we spent the holiday with his dad, stepmom, and brother, other years it was just us.

Although this year is small – just the three of us “kids” – I was bound and determined to make it a “real” Thanksgiving. My husband suggested at one point that we just order Chinese. Um…no. Not gonna happen on my watch! I made spinach dip with crudité, shrimp cocktail, and some crab stuffed mushrooms to snack on while watching football. For dinner, we’re having roasted turkey (boneless breast – I can’t carve a bird to save my life!), mashed potatoes, stuffing, sautéed broccoli with garlic and crushed red pepper, roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans, spiced maple butternut squash, and of course, pecan pie and pumpkin pie for dessert. Sounds like a lot, right? Well…my brother-in-law is a young, single guy living in NYC so I fully plan on sending him home with leftovers. 🙂

Of course the most important part of the holiday is spending it with the people who mean the most to you. Thankfully, I get to do that today. Sure, not all of my family and friends are here with us physically, but just keeping them close in thought makes today extra special. I’m also thankful for all of you who are joining me on this journey – thank you for your support, encouragement, tips and tricks, and just for being there! Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!

Do you have any special Thanksgiving traditions?

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

 

Thankful Thursday #1

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As you can tell, I’ve become all about the link-ups lately! I figure this is a great way to find some new blogs to read, and hopefully find some new folks who will like my blog as well! Thanks to Julia at Black Tag Diaries for hosting!

The past few weeks have been really crazy for me. I started a new job in July, and it came with a whole bunch of stuff I totally wasn’t expecting. There are a ton of reports to write, budgets to put together, and all of my deadlines have been basically one on top of the other. I’ve been so busy that I have found myself getting irritable, complaining about stupid little stuff, and just generally being in a funk. I decided today that I was going to try to be more thankful for the things that I have, and stop the negativity. I knew there HAD to be someone out there with a Thankful Thursdays link-up, and I was right!

So now for some positive stuff. Not all of these things are incredibly earth-shattering, or even important in the least, but sometimes it’s the little things that make life worthwhile! Here’s what I’m thankful for today – in no particular order…

My dog, Lady. As much as I complain about her, I don’t know what I’d do without that doggie smile to brighten my day.

My cat, Jasmine. She’s fuzzy, warm, and completely silly – as evidenced by the fact that she is sitting in a box in the middle of the kitchen floor. She’s my snuggle kitty.

My awesome hubby – shown here with a slice of Sicilian from our favorite local pizza joint. We’ve been together almost 19 years, married for little over 10, and I can’t imagine life without him. He’s the best.

My friends, B & E – and the fact that they got married this summer. They are awesome people, and they had an awesome wedding…in SWEDEN! So much fun, and I never would have gotten to travel to Sweden if it wasn’t for them.

 

The amazing children at Hogares Luz y Vida – the orphanage in Bogotá, Colombia where I volunteer my time. This little one, Luisa, is now around 4 years old. I haven’t seen her since the day this photo was taken since she was fortunate enough to go live with her grandparents, but she will forever be in my heart.

I think that’s about it for today…other than the fact that I’m really thankful for my colleagues who have been helping me with the massive project that has taken over my job, my life, and my office for the last week or so. It’s almost over – and for that I will be EXTREMELY thankful! We’ll leave that for next Thursday… 🙂

What are you thankful for today?