Thanksgiving for two

Autumn Gourds Gold by Christopher Dina
Autumn Gourds Gold by Christopher Dina

First-year residents historically get the short end of the stick. It’s not different for Dan. He’s working on Thanksgiving. And likely Christmas Eve and/or Day.

While it looks like we might soon have some sort of movement in our adoption process, there’s honestly no way those boys will be home for Christmas. And really no way we’ll meet them before then, either.

So, we’ve got two options: 1) Whine and moan or 2) Make it work.

Nothing has ever been or will ever be perfect for our little family. We’re going to make the most of this holiday season.

Dan does have today off, and we’re enjoying it. 

We slept in a bit and ate chocolate chip pancakes with peppermint whipped topping.

We’re planning to put up some of our Christmas decorations, leaving a spot for a small, real Christmas tree. We’re going to a Christmas tree farm on his day off next week. Already excited about that.

We’ve already start working on our own little Thanksgiving feast. Dan insisted we needed a real, full frozen turkey. (Thank you Instagram friends for reminding us it shouldn’t stay frozen the whole time we’ve had it.)

We’re also making sweet potato/apple hash, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and a cranberry pear slab pie. Because that’s a real thing now, I guess.

Dan has invited his classmates over, though the jury is still out on whether or not many of them are in town. 

Oscar and I will set off early tomorrow morning to make it to my parents’ house in Iowa in time for a Thanksgiving lunch. I’m excited to see my brothers who were both in college this year, just about as far north and south in the US that you can get. And there will be five to six dogs in my parents house tomorrow. Dog circus.

Our friends here in Indianapolis invited Dan to their family’s Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. Though our little family won’t be together, we’ll each have somewhere to be.

So, I’m thankful. Today is what we have, and we’re making the most of it. Take that, residency schedule!

  • I like your positivity despite the frustration. It will all be worth it!!