Yesterday was Ethan's first Thanksgiving. At the very last minute, I decided I could try to round up some holiday cheer and put together a Thanksgiving dinner even if I was only feeding my husband and myself. I couldn't have done it without my mother who dropped us off a boneless turkey breast from The Fresh Market and those great folks at Cascadian Farms for their frozen organic vegetables. Yeah, it wasn't a really authentic Thanksgiving dinner. I botched the mashed potatoes twice which were the only attempts my patience would allow so I just decided on baked potatoes and called it a day. My heart was only about 15% into cooking this year to start with but I'll redeem my kitchen credentials on Christmas. (We're hosting Christmas Eve this year. Have I mentioned how nervous I am?!)

The steroids Ethan is on for his lungs are actually helping pretty quickly. He was so full of life and happiness and laughter which filled my heart with enough gratitude to get through my half-assed Thanksgiving dinner. Earlier in the day, I'd made my husband a gluten-free pumpkin pie by whipping up a ginger snap crust. Ethan was way into attempting to get to the pie. Next year, Ethan. Next year.

After dinner, we took Ethan for a walk on the beach. There's something about the salty ocean air that is good at healing you physically and also lifting your spirits. The ocean mist is definitely the greatest decongestant.

This year -- despite the yucky black cloud of RSV hanging above our heads -- I'm thankful for so much. I'm thankful for my husband and the opportunity to have had grown up alongside him. I'm thankful for my beautiful, amazing son who completely lights up my life every minute of every day. I'm thankful for my wonderful family, for their unconditional love and gigantic hearts. I'm thankful for my four rambunctious, silly, ridiculously adorable cats and the laughter they bring to our lives. I'm thankful to be living in South Florida and the beautiful beach and nature we're exposed to on the regular. I'm thankful for our doctors who have done their all in ensuring Ethan is on the way to recovery. I'm thankful for my friends both near and far. I'm thankful for so much this year and always and, really, I'm thankful that Ethan's first Thanksgiving was still filled with laughter, love, family and happiness.


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