Dia de Gracias

Today was a good day.

It started with being able to sleep in until 9am. I was still tired and sluggish from the night before (we stayed up playing Hand & Foot with the Finches until about 2am), but I knew that I had to get up and get to cooking. To my surprise, my mom had gotten up early and helped by already putting the turkey in and doing the prep work for the candied yams and stuffing. I told her to go lie down, since I’m sure she’d been up since extremely early (which she had). I then put the yams and stuffing in the oven while I made the mashed potatoes, and then after that was all done I made the ham.

By the time we finished everything (my mom woke up later and came to help finish up) it was near 2pm, our usual eating time. My pops had left to go pick up my Tio Art so he could join us, and Dev had come in from working out and getting ready. Everyone helped to set the table and get everything ready so we could get straight to the eatin’!

We ate relatively quickly, then dispersed. Myself, D, Tio Art and Pops ended up lounging on the couch watching football. Lisa showed up with Andrew, so they visited with mom. I started nodding off (as did D) so we headed to the room to take a nap. Clearly we overate ourselves into a slumber. When I woke up, D was getting ready to drive Tio Art home, and Pastor John & Mary had just come by to wish my mom a happy birthday and visit with her for a bit. I came out and started addressing my graduation invitations (YAY!), waiting until D got home so that we could go visit his side of the family.  It took him longer than I thought, so I ended up falling asleep for abuot 20 minutes on the couch (again!) until he got home then we left.

We went to see Aunt Nita and the rest of the clan, and I have to say that its nice for them to finally be accepting me and treating me like family. It wasn’t always like this, so its nice to feel their love for me and to feel like I’m part of D’s side of the family.

We got home not too long ago, and D cleaned up the kitchen while I ate (again…). I came to the living room to email my bro (only one more Thanksgiving without him, then he’s home!!). I think that mom wanted to play games (probably card games) after she’s done in the kitchen, so that’s probably what we will do next. I’m grateful to have been able to spend this day with family and to be in contact with friends throughout the day. Days like today remind me how blessed I am and how full my life is.

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