Thanksgiving 2009 was a year of firsts: First married Thanksgiving. First Thanksgiving in new house. First Thanksgiving as hosts. Hosting Thanksgiving seemed like the appropriate thing to do to show off (and make use of) all our lovely wedding presents. After all, we needed to prove that we’d use all our platters and place settings, tablecloths and napkin rings. A large new kitchen with two ovens, a warming drawer, microwave and 6-burner gas stove just called out to be used. Mom and Dad Cronin agreed to make the trip out to Texas for the holiday, and the Jacobs happily agreed to hand over the hosting duties for the year. Everything was falling into place.
Then we find out at the end of October that our lives are being turned upside down. Work in turmoil, question marks surrounding the foreseeable future. In an effort to stay organized and not lose our minds, Microsoft Excel got a workout with lists of tasks and food items required, the cleaning supplies exercised to their fullest. The house was spotless and ready to go. Thanks to the many helping hands and support, our first Thanksgiving turned out to be a huge success with delicious food and wonderful company. Texas weather did not let us down and we had beautiful sunny skies all week, providing an excellent backdrop for working off the excess calories on the tennis court each day. Today on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the house is all put back together with squeaky clean floors and counters yet again. Christmas decorations are almost complete, and the holiday season is in full swing. We are thankful for our families and the fond memories of Thanksgiving #1.
Now on to decorating our first Christmas tree: 9-ft of artificial branches, berries and pine cones purchased the day after Thanksgiving to get the holiday spirit moving. If only we’d be around to enjoy it. Time will tell how this full time travel pans out.