Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

I love the food.

I love the time of year.

I love my family.

I love it all.

Julie and I went for a trot in the morning. I did four miles and Julie did five. We took little Lyla to try and tire her out. It didn't work. It never does.

For breakfast I had a delicious bowl of peanut butter oatmeal with frozen blueberries. My favorite. A perfect way to start the day with some hearty whole grains before a big day of eating. And then we hit the road and I took a nap. Classic.

When we got to my Aunt and Uncle's house we prepared our appetizers. I planned two bean dips and my mom made baked Brie (although it wasn't actually baked). One bean dip was garlic and dipped with vegetables and the other was a squash, goat cheese, bean dip with crackers. So yummy! All served with some wine and conversation.

Before I knew it it was turkey time! It was the most colorful plate I've ever had. And the flavors were unbelievable.

Turkey with gravy.

Stuffing.

Kale salad.

Braised carrots and turnips.

And then I went back for seconds of stuffing. Because it's Thanksgiving and my Uncle's stuffing is out.of.this.world. He makes an extra pan of it so my sister and I can take some leftovers home. It's that good. I dream about it. Yes there is bacon in it.

A little while later it was pie time. There was apple, two pumpkin pies, and a chocolate torte. Julie and I went for moderate slices of pumpkin and chocolate. No slivers for me, I love me some pie.

After pie we always do a craft that my Aunt plans. This year and last we planted bulbs into glass containers with shiny pebbles! I love it. My Aunt also had a "yard sale" of some of her clothes for my sister and I. She's so generous. And I love getting to see her craft projects, she's currently making a quilt and it's gorgeous. I hope to someday find time for some artsy projects, these days it's all Netflix and chill.

Thinking back, this time last year I was spending endless hours studying for my comprehensive exams. I took Thanksgiving off but that was it. I cried a lot and the stress took a toll on me. I wanted to pass. I needed to pass. Here I am, one year later. I passed those exams. I graduated. I passed my RD exam. That stress is over. And yet there will always be some stress. I've had a lot of major life changes over the past few months. I started a new job four months ago. I moved to a new city two (almost three) months ago. Everything about my life feels new and sometimes scary. But what I'm here to say is that no matter where life takes me, no matter how stressed or lost I feel sometimes as I try to navigate new things. Family is always there. Both immediate and extended. The support I feel from my family is unbelievable. And I can only hope everyone has that special gift. Happy Thanksgiving.