This year, is actually pretty low-key compared to how we usually spend our Thanksgiving. Over the past 5 years, I have cooked for several people. It started when we were in Texas and there were several single soldiers at Post that didn’t go home for the holidays, and their only option was to eat at the chow hall (where they ate EVERYDAY). We always had an open door; anytime a soldier wanted a home cooked meal or wanted to.. hang out? I guess. We always had people over. Anyway, even last year, the first year my husband was out of the Army, we had 2 large families over.
I would go out a get donuts or make pancakes (depending on my mood haha) since majority of the guys would still be here since they weren’t allowed to drive home. Of course, these mornings were relatively quiet compared to most days, but it was still chaotic in its own right.
This year, is the first year it’s just US. It’s weird, especially when I went to plan out my day and menu and had to constantly remind myself that I only needed a 13 pound turkey, NOT a 22 pound. Or that I didn’t need 10+ pounds of potatoes, 4+ pies and I didn’t need to clean out buckets for ice for their beer (Don’t judge, these were military boys we’re talking about) I didn’t dig out our extra plates; dig around for extra seats.
Honestly, it’s kind of sad. I miss the chaotic-ness of those days. But I am thankful I had those years, that I was able to bring a smile to at least a few soldiers face and fill their stomachs one day a year.
There is a lot to be Thankful for this year. My friends, first and foremost. Being away from family is hard (all year-long, not just holidays) and my girls and I have created our own little family. I honestly never thought that I could be close to people miles away, but I am. I don’t know what I’d do without y’all! Love you XO
My kids and hubby. Things are rough right now but I know we will get through it. We always do. (which makes me love my girls more since I can vent 😉 ) The boys are getting so big and it’s actually been a good year, health wise. Nathaniel hasn’t spent majority of his time at home and gets stronger every day regarding that and his other issues at school.
Of course, my new job. For those that know me well, knew I really hated where I was at and was desperate to get out. And I did. It’s hard, stressful and it’s been difficult for me to balance everything, but I love it and I am so glad this opportunity came my way.
Well, that’s that! (I suck at closings) I have a few more hours before I have to start cooking, so I might read before then. 😉
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic, and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.