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We cooked Thanksgiving turkey a little early. I say “we” because I had another chef in the kitchen this year. Actually, when I think about it, I had very little to do with cooking this turkey. My co-chef did a fantastic job with Justin. Yes, Justin.
When I think back to how 2013 started, and where I am now… I was alone in a two bedroom apartment, seeing my kids every other weekend. Flash forward to today… I bought my own house, I see my children considerably more, and I am very much not alone. My wonderful co-chef, Jess, and her equally wonderful children Isaac and Rachel are moving in shortly, and I couldn’t be happier. I spoke a few thoughts before we all sat down to eat yesterday. So much has changed in such a short amount of time, and I’m so thankful that Isaac and Rachel have accepted it all better than I could have ever hoped. Not only have they accepted me and my children, but they’ve been so upbeat about all the changes. I don’t know how they’re doing it. Two new homes. Two news families. Even new schools. That’s a lot to process, and they’ve been amazing through all of this.
I also have my own children to thank for this. The overall impact may not be as drastic, but they’ve still handled all of these changes like little troopers. Everyone knows that it’s not always going to be easy. But we’re all in agreement that we’re looking forward to it.
Family and Friends.
I sent out a few tweets yesterday as I was preparing Thanksgiving Dinner, but for those people who don’t use Twitter (Shame! Shame on you!) I thought that I would write a little blog post.
This is Walter… before…
I suppose that I could have taken a closer picture, but I wanted to get the entire feast in there… I put a lot of work into this meal… for me and kids…
You can see the heat coming off the plates. 🙂
Yes, it was good. Really good!
Geeze it seems like I just wrote one of these! That’s the thing with having a blog now for… over 3 years… There’s bound to be some repetition, and I can actually remember sitting down to write my Thanksgiving post last year or the year before. Not sure which year it was.. but I remember writing it!
This year I have to work Sunday and Monday, but I’m lucky enough to have my kids for Friday night and Saturday. That gives me time to cook a nice turkey meal for the three of us. It seems weird this year… usually there’s another adult here, but not this year. This year it’s just the three of us. Anyway… our guest of honour this year is Walter. You can blame my mother for starting a wacky “name the turkey” tradition… I’m doing my part to spread the word! And judging by the reaction of my kids… it will continue when they get older too! 🙂
The last thing that they said to me before they went to sleep was that they can’t wait until tomorrow… when we throw Walter in the roaster… and that I make the best gravy in the whole world. If it was anything other than my gravy, I’d say that they’re just biased… but not in this case… they’re right! 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!