I want Thanksgiving to be a more meaningful holiday to my kids than it was to me growing up. I was never excited about the day. We ate turkey (not a favorite of mine) and the fixings, and then the adults watched football while the cousins would find ways to entertain ourselves. It was nice to get together with family, but I took it for granted because we all got together for every holiday. Now we’re all grown up and spread apart, and so for my kids, I want to create special traditions and make the day about more than a table full of food. And since having kids, the holiday has become more meaningful and special to me. This year was probably the best yet, and I’m hoping they only get better.
I tried to do activities with Ellis that reinforced the idea of being thankful and what this holiday is about, but she knew what I was doing and quickly shut me down. Anytime I get “teacher-y,” she changes the plans. So instead of reading Thanksgiving books, she chose others, or wanted to read them to me. And she wanted to play the teacher and for me to be the student. So maybe next year will be the year we can have those conversations about what she’s thankful for. I mean, the girl doesn’t even get the idea of Santa yet – writing a letter and asking for gifts. I asked her what she wanted for Christmas and she said “a swing for my butt.” She likes to talk about her butt and poop a lot these days.
Anyway, this year we had a great Thanksgiving weekend, and I can already see traditions forming.
I decided not to stress or kill myself trying to get everything ready in time for lunch, so I made our dinner time for 5 pm. That meant an entire day of drinking and cooking, and I don’t really remember eating much of dinner. I think we’ll go back to eating around 1, but there was no way I was going to make that happen this year. I did buy a Honeybaked turkey, but I spent the day making green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, cauliflower au gratin, macaroni and cheese, and bacon wrapped asparagus for a lunch time appetizer. Dad and Cindy came over around 10 or 11, and we had a good time watching them interact with their grand kids. I didn’t remember to pick up anything for dessert, but luckily our neighbors invited us next door that evening, so we got to sample their pies.
I spent the morning cleaning and taking down fall decor. Trav had a funeral to attend, but before he left he went out and purchased a new Christmas tree. Dad and Cindy came over for leftovers, and we worked on putting up the Christmas tree and decorations. We went to V’s Pizza for dinner and enjoyed some live music and good company.
Trav took Ellis to the gym while I tried to finish up the Christmas decor and clean the house, again. Later, we met up with Dad and Cindy in St. Augustine to see the lights.
After church, we took the kids to Village Bread Cafe for pancakes, then went out to tour Dad and Cindy’s airstream before coming back to our house to finish watching the Jags’ game. Our church was having their annual advent festival. We missed the service due to Asher’s late nap. We also missed the chili, but we got some mac n cheese, enjoyed the dying bonfire, and Ellis got to take a few spins on the horse and buggy ride.
It was a fun weekend, and I was definitely not prepared to get back to reality on Monday morning. Ellis barely made it school on time, and I was rushing to get Asher to his 9 month well-check.