Last year, Carl and I started a really fun tradition. Because he was going to be gone for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, I decided we would celebrate a “Friendsgiving” feast a little early. We picked a day in late October that I was off and he was around, and we had so much fun that we decided to repeat it. Carl’s mom was in town, so we had an excuse to party!
This year, our friends really came through with the food. We provided the turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole and they brought the rest. There was a huge spread–barbecue meatballs, garlic cauliflower, cranberry stuffing, and ALL. THE. PIE.
We’d been expecting a huge typhoon, so a lot of people cancelled last minute. People asked if we were going to cancel, but we’d already defrosted the turkey–the show must go on. As other people frantically shopped for typhoon prep groceries, we hunkered down and prepared a feast. I figured whoever could make it would be there, and if nobody came, we’d still have the basics covered.
I love that in Okinawa, every party quickly becomes a baby party. Teagan is currently super into touching everyone and everything, and luckily the other babies were on board. When her babyfriend Sojourner showed up, the two sweet girls instantly grabbed each other’s faces–adorable! They rolled around on the floor and inspected various price tags and pillows.
When it was finally dinnertime, Carl made a sweet speech about being grateful for family. We loved hanging out with our Okinawa family and having Laurelee here to party!
This year, I’m grateful for a sweet family and a warm home.