'Twas the night before Thanksgiving ...

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS MD594797

It's a quiet night at my house. The girls are sound asleep and I'm enjoying the silence. Tomorrow will be just as quiet, there will be no large family gathering, I wont be traveling and there wont be any turkey. The reason is fairly simple - we are thousands of miles away from any family and I don't know how to cook turkey. Shocking I know!

The truth is I'm missing the cooking gene. Give me a paint roller anytime, a dresser to refurbish, a room to decorate, a garden to dig in and I'm in my element. But cooking & baking? All I can think about is who is going to clean all of this up? A cookbook is like a foreign language to me, no matter how many times I read it, it just doesn't make sense. So there, I've revealed one of my flaws. But I can live with it. Just fine actually, I married a chef!

I didn't really plan it, I swear, I fell in love with my husband because he was funny, smart, ambitious and oh-so-handsome in his uniform. Then again, my parents love to tell the story of how I never showed any interest in learning how to cook. It began when I was just a little girl, I always gave them the perfect excuse why I didn't need to learn: I was going to marry a chef! That's how the story goes anyway ... so maybe I did plan it, just a little.

Whenever my husband is away, I'm filling in for him, too. It gets hectic, it can be exhausting and some days his absence is just painful. I have some big shoes to fill - my oldest daughter is such a daddy's girl. She asked for a turkey a few days ago but I just know this wouldn't turn out very well - it probably would be a disaster which I wouldn't enjoy preparing one bit just so that she can take about 3 bites to declare that she's really full and could she please have her dessert now?

We came up with a plan though. You see, it is the mission of every military spouse to make every day as normal as possible and every holiday as special as possible. Apart from the fear-factor it doesn't make a difference if my husband is overseas or on temporary duty somewhere stateside like he is now. It doesn't matter if he's gone a year or just a few weeks like this time around. He is not home. Period. He can't read a good-night story to the girls or tug them in. He wont make pancakes on Sunday's nor Turkey on Thanksgiving.

So we'll spend the morning goofing around in our PJ's, we'll go to the movies and watch Puss in Boots, we'll make a corn casserole - the one vegetable both my girls can agree on - and attempt an apple pie and we'll end the day with a game or two of Trouble.

I will count my blessings - of which there are many - and hope for a 10 minute phone-call from my husband. 10 minutes may not sound like a whole lot but it is 10 whole minutes more than I got Thanksgiving Day of 2002, 2007, 2009 .... and for that I'll be very thankful.


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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers, sellers and renters since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom of two girls and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She enjoys everything beautiful in life and always answers the phone with a smile.


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Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

Wishing you an absolutely joyous and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nov 23, 2011 11:52 PM #1
Mike Cooper
Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro

Yes, great minds do think alike, Andrea.  8-)  If I had thought sooner, you and the girls could have joined us on the mountain.   I trust you will have a great "girl" day, and I'm sure that much awaited phone call will be there.  Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy a delightful corn casserole!!

Nov 24, 2011 12:12 AM #2
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com - Dallas, TX
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Good morning Andrea,

It's not about the cooking(!) and your planned day sounds delightful - enjoy!

For a smile, visit my Thanksgiving sing-a-long (set to the theme of Rawhide).

Nov 24, 2011 06:59 AM #3
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

Hi, Andrea -- beautifully written (as always) and straight from the heart.  You have captured the meaning of Thanksgiving perfectly.  all the best to you and yours, Eric

Nov 24, 2011 09:12 AM #4
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Liz: Thank you and a wonderful Thanksgiving to you, too!

Hi Mike: Thank you so much for the thought - it's very appreciated. We'll be just fine - the day started just as imagined and we are still hanging out in PJ's.

Hi Lisa: *phew* that makes me feel a lot better! ;-) I'll be stopping by shortly, we love smiles!

Hi Eric: Thank you very much! Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Nov 24, 2011 10:43 AM #5
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Andrea- Though the big feast is traditionally part of today I think what I enjoy the most is spending time with family, the laughter and the love. A corn casserole works fine with that. :0) Happy Thanksgiving to you and the girls and of course hubby too.

Nov 24, 2011 01:17 PM #6
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Martha: and I'm relieved to say the corn casserole turned out pretty good! Just way too much food for the 3 of us but at least I'm keeping with that tradition ;-) I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!

Nov 25, 2011 12:18 AM #7
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