Thursday, November 28, 2013

on Thanksgiving I'm thankful for

I'll never forget the first Thanksgiving that I spent away from my family. I was a freshman in college and we were in Grand Junction at a basketball tournament. I ate Thanksgiving dinner at the Golden Corral and then I cried. Who eats Thanksgiving dinner at the Golden Corral....well apparently a lot of families do, my college basketball team family included, but I just wanted to be at my Grandparents with all of my aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, sisters. Looking back, it wasn't as bad as I seemed to think. Those girls were really family too, we were sisters all united by a leather basketball. We were a team family. I couldn't have asked for a better group of girls to get me through my first couple years of college.

My second Thanksgiving away from my family came when I was at school in Oklahoma, luckily I have great friends and even though it wasn't my immediate family, it was still family in Southwest Oklahoma. These are my boys! and yes we drank beer on Thanksgiving.

Today, I will be celebrating my third Thanksgiving away from family. Its never easy, but I'm not crying so I think that's an improvement from my inaugural run. Even without family here with me, I still have a lot to be thankful for. So today I am thankful for:

Friends and family - Even though I'm not with my family, I won't be alone today. I'll be spending Thanksgiving with the Retired Guy and Bonnie. They take care of me like their own kid, so it will be almost the same as being with my immediate family and the food will be delicious. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the famous pumpkin roll. I request one every year from Bonnie.

My family, they are there rain or shine. Sure we have our differences and we aren't the poster child for the Brady Bunch, but we get it done and we love each other. I am so thankful for my family! As you can see I can't even get the words to come to say how I truly feel about them.

Being healthy - I've been really trying to get into better shape, to lose weight and be healthier in general. I'm making progress and this will be the first year that I, by my own choice, ran a 5K today to celebrate Thanksgiving. Want to be a Thanksgiving bada** too? Run your own Turkey Trot and come back to link up on Monday. If we have Turkey Trotters from at least 10 states Football Fan and I will be making generous donations to 2 great charities, The Salvation Army and Toys for Tots.

My job and my ranchers - My job is stressful and depressing at times, there is too much political and otherwise BS for my taste. But those days that I spend out on the desert, or on horseback, or by Razr with my ranchers have a way of erasing those crappy days that can sometimes occur. Although with the government shutdown and budget crisis, its easy to think that my job isn't all that great, its better to be thankful for having a job, a mostly secure job and the opportunity to work with great people and sometimes the view ain't bad either.

Tylie - What dog owning human isn't thankful for their dog? Lately, I've become even more thankful for Tylie because as she starts to show her age, I can't help but think about losing her. But she is still here now and she is still super excited every time I come home to her. I can't imagine life without her. Plus she snores and that is pretty funny!


  1. I am sorry you were away from your family, but you are so have a lot to be thankful for!!

  2. I know it was probably hard being away from your family-I was with my in-laws for the holiday, and will be for Christmas too because of baby. It's super hard being away from my family for both holidays this year! But we do need to focus on the positive, and that I DO have great people to spend the holiday with :)