I'm Deborah, most people know me online as @TruthfulMommy. I'm the creator of the brutally honest parenting site The TRUTH about Motherhood. I am a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Ninja Mommy who's trying to do it all well; sometimes falling short. I live in the Midwest with my 2 little girls and my husband. I have a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spend my days shuttling people under the age of 7 while trying to maintain my sanity. I talk a lot. I may not always say what you want to hear but it will always be my honest viewpoint. I know it's not the only one.
Every year on Thanksgiving we stuff ourselves with the perfectly roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and all the desserts we can fit into our bellies. Then we sit around watching football and hanging out with family. All in all, it’s a nice tradition and not a bad way to spend a Thursday afternoon but have you ever wondered what they ate in 1621 at that first Thanksgiving when the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians celebrated together?
While there are no home movies or printed menu of the first Thanksgiving to tell us exactly what was eaten, there are a few things we know from historical accounts of the times. It is well known that William Bradford sent a group on a “fowling” mission in preparation of the three-day celebration. Fowling could have very well meant wild turkey (the bird not the alcoholic beverage) or it could have meant ducks, geese or swan since they were commonly eaten. But what else might they have eaten?
I recently read a post by Seth Adam Smith who, after a year and a halfofmarriage, has declared that marriage is not for you. He says it's not something you do to make yourself happy. This declaration struck me as odd because, at least in some part, marriage is for you. When you marry someone, you are not doing him or her a favor to your own detriment, and if that’s what you think, then you probably shouldn’t be getting married to that person or maybe anyone, for that matter.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year and not just because of all the amazing foods. I love having all of our family under one roof. My husband and I have hosted Thanksgiving every year for the past 10 years for both sides of our family, around 30 people. We look forward to Thanksgiving all year long. It’s the kick-off of a month-long familyapalooza!
We’ve been doing this for so long that the cooking part is a cinch. Of course, since we started, seven children and three spouses have been added to the original headcount, and with each new addition, we just cook a little more. We just love the time we spend together on that day. Here are a few Thanksgiving traditions that we do and I think every family should incorporate into the day.
Summer is almost over and mornings of sleeping in until 8 or 9 a.m. are gone and 6 a.m. comes really soon after bedtime. After having the bedtime embargo lifted for 3 months, these early mornings are brutal on little people. Figuring out how to get my girls out of bed with smiles on their faces versus the Oscar the Grouch face we’ve been seeing has been a work in progress.
After consulting with my girls and some exhaustive trial and error, we’ve come up with a few great ideas on how to get children up in the morning without tears or arguments (for you and them). They may even be excited about it!