Cold weather, too much food, not enough wine, excessive laughter and unconditional love are what I think of when I think about Thanksgiving. It’s a friendly reminder that Christmas is now less than 1 month away and I have yet to start my shopping, because hell, I’ll never be one of those shoppers who gets gifts early. It’s just not my style. I like the rush and mess of figuring it all out last minute, under pressure. My mom, sister and I shop late at night because who wants to go out during the day with the crazies and face it, my family has more night owls than early birds. I also go shopping with my dad every Christmas Eve to get the last of my presents and all of his that he needs. Hey, procrastination is hereditary, right?. I’m not complaining though. All of the late nights of shopping and last minute preparations are what makes the holidays so wonderful to me.
This is my first thanksgiving not living at home and it doesn’t feel different… yet. I came to my parents house last night to “help” with all of the preparation (AKA drink wine and blog while my mom cooks and we listen to Christmas music). Tradition is big in our family. My mom and I handle all of the heavy lifting and everyone else gets to reap the benefits of all the hard work, mainly my moms work, not mine. I’m so not taking credit for all of the food and cleanliness that she flawlessly pulls off every year. I seriously don’t know how she does it. Apparently you have to take the weight of a ham times something divided by something and that’s how you find out how long to cook it… yeah…that’s never going to happen. So glad my mom loves this stuff.
Speaking of my mom… the topic of discussion lately with her has been marriage & kids. Everyone laugh out loud with me…HAHAHA! More than not I hear from her, “OMG my kids are never going to be engaged, they’re never going to get married and they’re never going to have kids! (under her breath) it’s very stressful!” Let’s all take note that she has one grandkid who is AWESOME. So, we can check that box, right? BUT no, he’s a boy, and apparently we need a girl too. Thankfully, and I do mean it, my cousin has a sweet new babygirl and my other cousin is pregnant. Hopefully those babies can hold my mom over for a while
Clearly, my mom is a huge part of my life and definitely someone I am very thankful for. I could go on and on about how wonderful she is to all of you but that’s another blog post in itself. So let me just take a minute or 5 to tell you all what I am thankful for today, and every day.
I’m so thankful for my family! My amazing parents, my hilarious siblings, my insanely smart nephew, all of my extended family and everyone who makes them, them.
I’m thankful for my friends. I have so many, from various backgrounds, with different purposes in life and I am so thankful I get to have them as part of my life.
I’m thankful for my job, the agency I work for, my coworkers, my real world friends that I’ve gained from my job, the experiences and knowledge I gain every day and so much more!
Lastly, I’m thankful for my wonderful roommate who is full of love and grace. He is truly a blessing!
I don’t know how I got so lucky, but damn does it feel good! Thank you God for this incredible life full of love, experiences, and life! I couldn’t be more blessed. Thank you all for teaching me something, being here for me, guiding me, loving me and helping me. I am very thankful!
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!