No Family or Friends, Just Us!

No family or friends, just us! In the past, my family and I would do what typical families do during the Thanksgiving holiday, visit family and friends, eat a massive amount of food, Black Friday shop, etc.  My husband is from Kentucky and I am from Florida.  We would typically alternate between the two for different holidays/occasions, as typical military families do.  As time progressed, Chief and I decided to create our very own nouveau Thanksgiving tradition.  No family or friends, just us! For the past few years, we planned and saved to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday.  Here are a few pictures from the past two years.  We visited Gatlinburg, TN. and Keystone, CO.


But this year was different.  Chief nor family are in the area.  We had the seemingly, mandated choice of going back to my hometown or staying local and creating, once again a not so luxurious and nouveau tradition.  I miss my family and friends back at home.  But I think I have learned to adjust to life without them in the area.  Chief and I discussed my plans, then we discussed it with our girls’.  I made the choice to create a new tradition.  Our military life has been far from what we call traditional.  We stayed local during the holiday.  No family or friends, just us! Just my girls’ and I, we cooked, danced, laughed and had a good time admiring one another.


At first (a few days), I felt a sense of guilt because I felt the “need” to check-in with family. Or (the thought of) the girls’ are growing so fast and they “need” to see so and so.  But once I sat and pondered on me addressing everyone else’s needs, I had to think and reevaluate my needs.  I needed this downtime to be free…  Free from the hustle and bustle, free from road trips, free from entertaining others, free from luggage, free from it all!  I needed the time to reevaluate and focus on my needs.

Although, the twins had dance and soccer practice during our time away from school.  Most parents can relate, when children are involved, there is no such thing as idle time.  But we were thankful for the slow pace this holiday brought us.  Read my blogs where I discuss Resilience in Military spouses and Resilience in Military Spouses..Part 2.

What did you do for Thanksgiving? Did you travel? Host dinner?  Leave a comment.  But of course, like and share.

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50 thoughts on “No Family or Friends, Just Us!

  1. We actually do not celebrate thanksgiving way back … but the influence coming from the annual thanksgiving abroad led most of the families around us to actually celebrate it and even have their own version of “turkey” being replaced sometimes with a whole chicken. It’s like an inspired version of Thanksgiving… I love having the time just to be with my family amidst the chaos of everyday life – just a moment away from the work, work, and more work… and yes, downtime is essential… rest and recovery is key to a better state of mind.


  2. I’m such a fan of creating your own holiday traditions. This year my boyfriend and I went to the Parade and came home and made a huge breakfast. We were so stuffed we ended up saving dinner for the next day. Two Thanksgivings in one haha


  3. Sometimes we need a change… our Thanksgiving this year was different too. Losing my parents in law couple month before this Holliday made it so difficult to enjoy it. But we still tried to honor them by saying funny stories about them and how they met.
    And yes, I did host the dinner and it was too much food;)))


  4. I couldn’t agree more! Some of my favorite holidays growing up were when we were overseas and it was just my immediate family. I also have preferred those as an adult with my own children now! It really allows the focus to be on what is meaningful to your family.


  5. Normally is only me and hubby on Thanksgiving, since my family live in Brazil. We still cook a nice meal and there is the past 2 years we went to a football game. But this year was different, we actually spent the whole weekend with my husband family and it was awesome!!!


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