10 months and 3 weeks…It feels like it’s been forever. This week was Thanksgiving, and I really have so much to be thankful for. Other than some allergies and ocassional asthma attacks, we really are healthy. It’s been a surgery-free year, finally! Our finances are in a controlled state, and God’s used this deployment to show his love to us through so many people. I really am thankful and grateful for every single silver lining! I had a really hard time making plans for Thanksgiving Day though. I knew I didn’t want to make any long drives, and although I had weak moments where I almost hopped in the car and drove all night to have some of Grandmama’s Upside-down Apple cake or Mama’s DELICIOUS stuffing, I kept my promise to myself to stay in town. I wanted to do something different this year. I didn’t want to stick to the regular family traditions, because it would make it even more apparent that someone is missing from the dinner table, karaoke couch, or appetizer counter. I decided to make a few of the traditional foods, and then go all out on the deserts. So, I baked, and baked, and baked some more. Before I even thought about sitting, I had an Apple Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, and a Pumpkin Pie. I had the crust made and the Pecans chopped for the Pecan Pie, and I had the filling in the food processor for the Pumpkin Cheesecake. I stopped to check my facebook while the filling was churning, and I opened it up to see this:
My friend, Lily C, tagged another military wife and me in this picture. At first sight, I thought, “Aw, that’s sweet,” and then my eyes glanced around at the turkey, the 2 children, the heads bowed, and Dad’s picture taped on the chair. I just happened to be standing at the kitchen table, and I looked up to see my own Soldier’s chair…empty, with his framed, wallet-sized photo propped up on top of Idan’s handmade puppet of Hermey, the Dentist Elf. I couldn’t stop them once they started…tears all over my flour and pumpkin-splattered apron. I usually have my house decked out in fall leaves and scarecrow statues. The scent of apple-cinnamon puts you into a Thanksgiving trance every time you open the door to enter. Every other year, I dyed my hair red to match the leaves on the maple trees, but this year I really have been slacking on my holiday cheer. I’ve really been beating myself up about getting into the spirit of things. I have not allowed myself to be whiny, and I keep telling myself, “I have way too many things to be thankful for to get down in the dumps.” I kept wondering why the heck I haven’t been able to get myself to strap on my happy pants and spread some cheesy holiday smiles. This picture reminded me why I’m such a bore lately. It’s because I’m missing the best part of me. It’s like eating a hot dog bun with no dog, an ice cream cone with no ice cream in it…I’m like a cup of hot cocoa with no marshmallows! I feel like my heart has been in the right place – trying to make it fun for the boys – but I really haven’t been feeling it.
Anyway, I wanted to do something fun and memorable. So, I accepted my friend, Angie’s, invitation to Thanksgiving lunch with her mother-in-law’s family (and extended family). Her husband, who is a fire fighter, had to work too. So, we were a couple of misfit wives with our misfit kiddos (hers are in high school and college), fighting the attitude of being stuck on the island of misfits. We were not going to have an ordinary Thanksgiving! Angie came up with the idea for my activity for the week, which was to make a music video for my husband. I had just recently posted Nicole Westbrook’s Thanksgiving Song video, and since it was Thanksgiving Day, I thought there was no better time to take advantage of the song. So, after having food with a dining hall full of strangers, dying Biff’s hair (well, half of it anyway), and chasing my horndog Ace (who was on the prowl for a lady friend) through the neighborhood, we turned on the video camera and let the magic happen. For your enjoyment folks, I give you
Activity #47: Thanksgiving Song for the Troops
As an added bonus, scroll to the bottom of this post for our Blooper Reel and deleted scenes! I’m so glad I was surrounded by positive and goofy people on a day that could’ve otherwise been gloomy. They helped me to direct my attention toward something fun, while keeping my favorite solider in mind. This just goes to show that a bad mood is a choice, and it’s not a good one. There’s always a bright side, and there are always good times to be had. I’ve already got a Christmas video in the works for you guys, and if plans come together…it’s gonna be good! Don’t forget to add me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. Until next week, send your crazy to me, since I’m going there anyway!