So, about Thanksgiving...

Today I decided to do something a little different in the blog, tell a story and reflect. 

As we all know Thanksgiving is coming up and that means hours of cooking, hours of eating, hours of loud families and hours of shopping. What is the consistent word here? Hours

This year is my first time hosting Thanksgiving at my house, (as an adult, with my in-laws.) Growing up, my house had the big dining room table, so the family always came to the Tarkington house! My mom would tell me how to set the table, create the place cards, mix the popping cranberries and turn up the holiday music. She would pull out the nice china (that we would have to hand wash for what seemed like hours), the linen napkins, the whole sha-bang!

Needless to say, I have been used to a certian kind of Thanksgiving, but expectations vs. reality is a REAL THING PEOPLE! My awesome husband helped me, (is still helping me) get our itty bitty house ready to host 17 people. 17 PEOPLE! We have spent hours moving furniture, rearranging the entire house, decorating and stocking the fridge. Thanksgiving hasn't even started and I'm exhausted! 

As we grow up, we get to make our own traditions and make our own decisions. This can be an overwhelming thing and it can be an extremely rewarding thing. My husband and I had to take the time to actually talk about what a Thanksgiving Dinner means to us. We got to make our own definition of what it will be with us, with our new little family, (me and him). 

So today, I reflect on the fact that I am thankful for all of the effort and hard work my mother put into perfecting her Thanksgiving Dinners that she planned and hosted for years. I am thankful for the example that she set and the experience she created. I am also thankful for the opportunity to create something of my own, something unique, something that I can make a tradition, something that my husband and I can be proud of, but most of all I am thankful for the hours that I have spent and will get to spend with my family. 

Don't take the time you have, long or short with the people you love for granted. When you find yourself getting selfish, stop and remember all of the things you should be thankful for. 

Oh and if you don't know what to bring for Thanksgiving Dinner, don't be afraid to ask whoever is hosting the dinner! 

Keeping it Fresh, Young & Free,