A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Special Needs Blog Hop: Thanksgiving Memory


Wow, my favorite Thanksgiving Memory with Little Bird?? This is a little weird. See, we haven't properly celebrated Thanksgiving for a couple years. We live in Michigan and every member of our family lives in California. So, we don't get to do Thanksgiving with them often. In fact, last year, we didn't do it at all. Greg went to a friend's parents' house and I stayed home with the bird and ate pasta. I remember feeling sad and sorry for myself that night. The following night our friends, Rachel and Ryan, came over for a full turkey dinner (Greg cooks- score!) and they're planning on doing the same thing this year. Guess that'll become a little tradition. We have nothing planned again this year. I know, sad. I'm not sure we knew what we were getting in to when we chose to move so far from family.

2 years ago we went on a cruise through the Mexican Riviera with Greg's family. They served turkey the night of thanksgiving. It was nowhere near as good as my mom's or greg's mom's. In fact, Thanksgiving dinner is a specialty of both of theirs. Neither passed this down to me. 

3 years ago we actually did go home for the holiday. Well, two homes. We spent a few days celebrating with my parents and brother:










Then we headed to Greg's parents' where we got to celebrate with the whole family. It was the last holiday we had with our grandma.

I guess any holiday where we're all together is a good one- and something to be thankful for. 

17 comments:

tulpen said...

Our first Thanksgiving with Owen, he was still a sickly little thing and we didn't allow many visitors. Al and I made a Spiral Ham and ate by ourselves.

I've worked on Thanksgiving a few times.

This year will be the first that Owen is REALLY eating. Last year he barely ate a thing and I gave him a tube feeding.

He has no tube this year. And he LOVES turkey. And a ton of other foods. Gonna be awesome.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

We don't do much thanksgiving hoopla here- but the fall before we moved out west we celebrated with the three of you! Remember Greg had to go buy another turkey cuz he had not thawed it properly! That's a fun memory!

Cheryl D. said...

Thanksgiving can be a bit over-rated! I hope you have a good time with your family regardless of how you celebrate it!

Dani G said...

Ren: I totally remember that!!! I don't think we've used the good china ever since :)

I wonder if people know that we've known each other in real life for years?!!!

Lynn said...

Those what were my Thanksgivings were like when I was wishing that I was back here. One year we had sushi. It's not my fave holiday. I think having a Friday night dinner is just as good...they are both boring days. LB's plate is looking pretty full in that picture!

Oh yeah, visiting from the Special Needs Blog Hop (I know how to play by the rules)...

Tammy said...

I agree. Any holiday that we are all together, and healthy, is a good one.

@jencull (jen) said...

Well Happy Thanksgiving for next week:) Jen (visiting from SN bloghop)

http://www.thekingandeye.com/p/special-needs-blog-hop.html

spectrummymummy said...

I'd be very much okay with not doing it, especially as we're going away for two weeks right after. We don't have family around either, so it can feel a bit underwhelming, but we'll see if we can make it work.

Blessed2BaMommy said...

That looks so nice; hope you enjoy this one next week!

Hi from the blog hop :).

Looking for Blue Sky said...

Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving this year x

Jessica said...

We have a pretty low key Thanksgiving over here too. Maybe one of these days we will run into each other in real life and we can have a moms with girls with autism in Michigan Thanksgiving get together :)

Arlene said...

Thanksgiving is usually pretty depressing for me too. It reminds me of how much I miss my family. We go down to FL for Christmas, so it's hard to squeeze 2 trips so close. I usually make a big meal for the four us, but this year I have nothing planned, not even much cooking at all. We thought about going away somewhere close by for the weekend, but I'm feeling a little lazy and need some rest. Trips are so much work with my 2 boys!!! I know I'm gonna be feeling sad and lonely Thursday night.

Arlene said...

Thanksgiving is usually pretty depressing for me too. It reminds me of how much I miss my family. We go down to FL for Christmas, so it's hard to squeeze 2 trips so close. I usually make a big meal for the four us, but this year I have nothing planned, not even much cooking at all. We thought about going away somewhere close by for the weekend, but I'm feeling a little lazy and need some rest. Trips are so much work with my 2 boys!!! I know I'm gonna be feeling sad and lonely Thursday night.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

The Claw knows- I think she knows everything-
I have a few other friends that have blogs- so I know them IRL- but NONE that I would have Thanksgiving or Passover with-
We also have tons of GEOgraphical friends- but you guys are lifers.

Love you lady!

Mel ~ said...

Have a wonderful joyous Thanksgiving even if you are far away from family. You are an awesome woman with an awesome little girl!!!
Celebrate!

JennieB said...

Visiting from the blog hop!

I love Thanksgiving - great food without any religious obligations. This year is the first year that we won't be in LA with my extended family. I know it will be easier this way, but it won't be the same.

Stacie said...

Thanksgiving is what you make of it. Just being together is ok with me :) The cruise sounds like it was fun. Thanks for joining in the blog hop.

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