Now that i've gotten older, I've come to realize how much work it takes to get the big meal together. Being so far from family is a challenge I have to deal with every day here in Okinawa, but having the wonderful friends I have here makes it feel very much the same. Last year, Dima came home early from his deployment around the Pacific. I didn't have anything planned for thanksgiving because of this and was planning on just going to the Coats house. So that's what we did. This year we volunteered to host thanksgiving with some new friends. This was our first time hosting anything once I thought about it! So with a 12 pound turkey and a decorated table, we embarked on hosting our first thanksgiving as parents.
Our neighbor, Joe, had made a grilled turkey last year and it was fantastic. We were dying to try it. So it was to my relief that Dima took over the responsibility of cooking the turkey! What more can a wife ask for?! Dima loves grilling, but had never grilled a turkey before, so he was a bit nervous about it. I am so proud of him, he did a wonderful job and I look forward to many more grilled turkeys in the years to come!