Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday: family, food, time off from work, leftovers, and a spirit of thankfulness. I had a pretty hard time yesterday, but thankfully, I was very busy with school and Derek's birthday. (Plus we are moving this weekend, and Oliver is turning two!) But in those few moments of quiet, I really missed home.
I missed cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, and acorn squash stuffed with cinnamon raisins. I missed my mom's frozen fruit dessert cups and her chex-mix with m&m's. And, to be perfectly honest, I missed cooking in my kitchen back home. I made a pumpkin pie for Derek's birthday, but I had to estimate all the measurements because we didn't ship measuring cups, and they don't sell them at Metro. It actually turned out pretty well considering all the new variables I was dealing with.
On Friday we were lucky enough to join many other Expats to celebrate American Thanksgiving. There was a wide variety of delicious food, plenty of beverages, and excellent company. The most wonderful part of the evening was when we went around and all said a little something we are grateful for. It was so refreshing and heartwarming. As I said that evening, I am incredible thankful for our expat family!