I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever had a Thanksgiving quite like this year’s holiday. When we were children, everyone came to our childhood home, and I mean everyone in our large mixed family. There would be 20-30 people all partying it up at my dad’s bar, then in my mom’s art school to eat at the long tables, which also was in our house. It was a holiday with our whole family, delicious food, music, TV, and so many wonderful smells. I loved the days leading up to Thanksgiving helping my mother cook, or at least licking the batter of her baked goods.
Then there were the years before I was a full time On Air Personality. I was working my way up the career ladder, which also meant that I had to work every single holiday, including Thanksgiving. I would wait until “Alice’s Restaurant” came on by Arlo Guthrie, and always get primped up during that long tune. It changed the holiday for me, but it was what I needed to do as a part-time DJ to pay my dues.
The holiday continued to change as we got older, and my siblings got married, and I was the forever token single child, following my parents around. I didn’t mind though, the path usually led to my sister’s plans, and her family as well.
I’ve been with Mike for a few Thanksgivings now, and each one is better then the last. I remember the first year we were dating we hit each and every family member for the holidays. It was actually more stressful then enjoyable, because we could never truly enjoy where we were. We always had to look at the clock and see when we had to make the next stop. I actually found it to be quite chaotic and made me not really enjoy the holiday….
As a result, we changed it around! Last year my immediate family wasn’t around on Thanksgiving, so Mike and I got to relax locally at my mother in law’s house. It was so much fun that this year, we wanted to repeat the wonderful tradition! It happened to work out great, because most of my siblings had plans with their significant others’ family. That’s when I created Thanksgiving Two!!!! The best of both worlds!!! We decided to all get together on Black Friday and eat leftovers and some new items, and have two thanksgivings. It couldn’t have gone any better then it did. Both days were absolutely amazing, and Mike and I were able to fully enjoy them each and relax!!!!! We even got to see The Mocking Jay Part One last year, and Part Two this year with my sister and brother-in-law!
At the farm, I got to see all of my nieces and nephews, and it made me feel more thankful then ever that my sister and I would be adding two little boys to the tribe this spring. When we sat down for dinner on Friday, I felt more happy then I’d ever been. My dreams were coming true. I was married, pregnant, and my entire immediate family was together. I felt beyond blessed to be growing another member in my belly, and couldn’t be more blessed to have such a great family for my son to be loved by. It was truly the meaning of Thanksgiving, I was grateful.
My sister in law, Mike’s brother’s wife, even gave my pregnant sister baby gifts for her baby boy!!! It was amazing to see how happy my sister was at the homemade gifts, and of course more amazing that my sister-in-law thought to do it!
The two Thanksgivings couldnt’ have been better, there is really nothing better then family. That also includes my new family, Mike, and baby Hrynio. I was able to make my husband happy this weekend as we finally went to his anniversary gift, the Jets Game!!!! Get this, they WON!
The season is here, I have a baby boy growing every day in my belly, and I can’t wait for him to be here next year and experience the one thing that truly matters in this world, family. P.S., I felt the baby move for the first time on Thanksgiving night during the movie, and ever since then, little tiny flutters of love.
Namaste, and Rock On!