For the love of food, finally, I am sitting down to share our amazing past few days… I’ve been busy today catching up on Health. Actually after our trip to South Carolina, the Thanksgiving holiday, and the decorating for Christmas to come… Thank you to Miss Lindsie for all your help with last week. Mama much appreciates it! 🙂

And what an incredible past few days it’s been! As some of you may know, our second born son, Zachary, graduated from Army basic training in Fort Jackson the day before Thanksgiving. The Monday before then, we packed up the kids, Zach’s best girl Lindsie, and met our oldest, Tony (Tony was still juice fasting at the time too) in SC later that Monday night.

Monday was a day of fast food stops and eating on the road = yuck! Eating nothing but road friendly food and McDonald’s for the day can get literally sickening. And speaking of McDonald’s, there’s a McDonald’s like every 10 miles from here all the way up to Columbia, SC! It’s kind of creepy, lol…

As a result and mostly due to convenience, we stopped at a McDonald’s along the way Monday for lunch. I ordered a grilled chicken bacon salad in an effort to avoid greasy road food. What a mistake that was! It was more like a bacon salad = gross! Who ever made my salad put 5 times the amount of bacon necessary on it. I’m sure this isn’t how folks like their salad in South Carolina – lol, seriously, that had to be a mistake…

Then later that night, we ate at a Shoney’s next to our hotel. I had ordered the buffet which included the salad bar again in an effort to try to eat a bit healthier. Sadly, the food in the buffet all looked good with the exception of the salad. The lettuce and vegetables looked old and the sunflower seeds I added were stale which made for a very hard to eat salad…

Needless to say, it was harder than I expected to eat healthy during our week spent away from home. We purchased some apples, bananas, milk, and water for our room. Thank goodness our hotel room had a little refrigerator. It helped Tony out, too, keeping his vegetable juice cool.

I have to give that kid credit. Tony held strong to his juice fast for the week passing up all the restaurant stuff. He brought his juicer with, and juiced his vegetables in our hotel room the night before family day, Tuesday at FT Jackson.

Tuesday was more moving than we thought it could be. We met up with Zachary, after 9 long weeks at boot camp, and he and Tony met their sister for the first time in almost 20 years – it was her 25th birthday to boot. Consequently, everyone was pretty emotional…

proud familyWednesday, we all watched Zachary graduate with honors and an award from the Colonel himself. We spent the day together, as families do, around restaurant tables visiting and catching up over food. It accompanies every celebration we’ve had, lots and lots of food. 🙂

Thursday it was a Thanksgiving buffet courtesy Shoney’s again. We had much to be thankful for too: adding new family, Zachary achieving so high in basic, and having almost the whole family to be able to be there to witness it all. It was a moving week to say the least, which reminds me of a crazy moment I had…

The day before, we stopped at a Burger King on base after we picked up Zach. We needed to find a place to sit and give the little ones a quick bite. I have to admit, watching all of our children sitting around a bunch of tiny Burger King tables mashed together, listening to them tell their exciting stories and sharing moments, I almost completely lost it. I had to sit back from the table for a moment and regroup before I had a stroke or something. It’s like I told Randy, there’s something so warming about listening to the kids around a table of food. I know it wasn’t home at our giant dinning room table, but it was just as moving for me – weird?

I sucked it all up, before the kids could take photos of their tough Ma crying like a baby… It was NOT easy! Now, looking back on that moment, I’m reminded of how much food is a part of our lives. Food is sooo much more than just sustenance to live on. It’s more than just fuel, I guess. For me, it’s Love…

Does that make me bad? I don’t know, at least I don’t think so, lol… I just have to remind myself that I can “Love” my family as much as I like with healthy cooking, especially after a week of road food and feasting like last week, lol! Mama’s and Daddy’s pants are tight again, lol!!!

The key for me is to refuse to” Love” them all to death! 😉

Here’s to good food and much love!
Now, onto Christmas…
Amy