A Thanksgiving of “Firsts”

thanksgiving-picThis year we had four “firsts” for Thanksgiving. Pinkie Pie’s first thanksgiving, our first thanksgiving as a family of 4, our first thanksgiving away from home, and our first time hosting Thanksgiving. For as long as I can remember, I have always gone to my aunt’s house, grandparents’ house, or my parents’ house for Thanksgiving. Both my grandparents & aunt lived within 10 miles of my house, so we always stayed local for Thanksgiving. My mom’s side of the family is from Italy (born, raised, and came over on a boat) so we would have an “authentic” Thanksgiving with an Italian flair (think pasta & Italian wedding soup on the menu). My husband’s side of the family is Polish so they would have the usual menu items with a side of Polish kielbasa. So we had a lot of different menu items to pull from this time when we hosted our first Thanksgiving.

We wanted to stay local since Pinkie Pie is still a little young to have her first plane ride so we invited one of our friends who also made the move down from PA to Atlanta to come over with her family. She has two daughters as well so our oldest girls play a lot together. My husband pulled out all of the stops for our guests: traditional turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce (that no one eats but he figured he had to have it since it is a Thanksgiving staple), fresh green beans, homemade mashed potatoes, gravy, and Polish kielbasa (what would a Thanksgiving be without that?). I was in charge of getting the house ready (which meant buying new Thanksgiving table linens & house decorations) & entertaining our guests while they were over (which meant wrangling the kids & doing craft projects with them). Our daughters had a blast: they made a snow globe, rode around on a Barbie electric car, and played in the ball pit.

Pinkie Pie enjoyed her first Thanksgiving too–she had her first taste of oatmeal. We got out our Contempo Highchair that we used when PP was younger & proudly placed it at the head of the dining room table–Pinkie Pie was so excited to be eating with us!

Even though it was different this year – all of us were away from our immediate families for the holiday – we enjoyed getting to celebrate a new kind of Thanksgiving ”First” – adding to our family: Pinkie Pie, our new little addition and our extended family of friends.

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4 Responses to “A Thanksgiving of “Firsts””

  1. Nikki December 3, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    Wow! How can no one eat cranberry sauce/jelly? It’s oh, so YUMMY!!! The last couple of years we try to get my mom to make something Vietnamese to add to the dinner and sometimes we get chow mein or cha gios (egg rolls) added to the mix! :) Sounds like a delightful time was had by all! :)

  2. Lindsay Lebresco December 4, 2009 at 12:28 am #

    You and Rob are always the hosts with the most! I’m sure your family missed you but it certainly sounds like you all had a good time. :)

  3. Rob Parlaman December 4, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    Not only was the food really good, but the company was even better. It was a great day and it was fun watching Lila eat oatmeal for the first time. Too bad Eve did not try Daddy’s turkey. I think she was saving room for cookies! Being away from family on a holiday is tough, but it was a really nice day and I look forward to making the holiday’s away from everyone as festive as possible.

  4. Melissa – Looks and sounds like you and your family and friends had a very nice first Thanksgiving here in Atlanta. I’m kind of wishing that I could smell the turkey! I’m so happy that Pinkie Pie was able to be part of the new tradition in her Contempo highchair – at the head of the table and experiencing a great feeding milestone – eating oatmeal. What an exciting time for you and your family!

    Erin Varano