Thanksgiving in Belgium

There is no Thanksgiving in Belgium. But there is Thanksgiving in Belgium. There’s Thanksgiving in our home every year, because our son Noah is raised in a Korean-American-Belgian home. However, we didn’t get to celebrate Thanksgiving until today.

And celebrate we did…

photo-16Noah squealed with joy at all the cheesy little “Happy Thanksgiving” turkey printouts I’d hung up on the walls and doors, because at two-and-a-half, everything is exciting.

DSC05517Along with our turkey I threw in some (left to right): eggplant parm, sugarbread stuffing with sausage, sweet corn, candied yams, mashed potatoes, gravy, mac ‘n cheese and cranberry relish. All homemade, because cooking is therapeutic for me.

This has been a very rough year having to adjust to my leaving the stay-at-home-world and into the working world, in a big way, with the opening of Rice House, among other growing pains in our household. And most recently, Noah starting school off with a bang, including two stitches in his forehead, on top of all my ups and downs that come along with living as a newlywed expat in a country foreign to me. Despite this being my fifth Thanksgiving here in Belgium, I still sometimes feel like a foreigner though I’m often told I speak the language like a proper Belgian.

Our Thanksgiving table was light but full…

DSC05520Our honored guests this year from left to right: Noah’s best friend konijn (koh-nehn) rabbit, Opi and Omi

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As expected, Noah was down for some Flinstones action…

photo-14And he did not disappoint…

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He took his wishbone fight very seriously…

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And he won! He beat his papa!

Want to know what he wished for? Here’s the full video…

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After dinner, I even tried to get Noah to go potty…even read him a finger puppet book to entertain aka distract him.

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Wait for it…

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It was a no-go. Maybe tomorrow. For sure by this time next year…but alas…

This year is drawing to an end yet I feel years older than I did this time last year.

I’m thankful for that.

I’m thankful.

Always dishing,

Jun

 

33 Comments

  1. Noah’s future love will treasure that potty pic, I’m sure. So much to be thankful for. My sister was able to walk down the hallway Thanksgiving morning and use her big potty instead of the bed pan for the first time since the accident. They should be moving her to a rehabilitation facility in about a week. So happy, as it could have been much worse. Sending my best wishes to you and your family both there in Belgium and in New York!

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    1. Jun Song Author

      Thanks so much Richard. Indeed much to be thankful for. Cheers to a speedy recovery for your sister. Thanks for your support always, year-round. Our family appreciates you Richard! :)

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  2. Jenn

    Glad to see your not stressing about the potty. Thats the worst thing you can do is put pressure on them. Slow and steady. So enjoy you and your lovely little family.
    Happy Holiday to you and yours.
    Jenn

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  3. kcsmum

    I’ve missed you so. I understand but when I get used to a daily dose of something, it’s hard to give it up. I love the RW&B pot holders. Nice touch. Talk to me about sugarbread? I also make sausage stuffing but I don’t know what sugar bread is. And lastly, eggplant parm is my favorite food. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it. Now I feel the need to make it. Tonight. A final thought – Davy’s Mum looks great. Love, in all its forms, agrees with her. Much better than that Thanksgiving five years ago. 😉

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    1. Jun

      Yes! I love my pot holders too :) HA! The sugar bread was from our local bakery. It literally has mounds crystals of sugar baked into it and it’s soooo good to make french toast with, but this time I decided to try stuffing with it and it was PERFECT! :) I’m totally gonna do it next year too :)

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  4. Chris

    I got so excited to see you had written a new blog.

    My mom was telling me this weekend that when I was 9 months old she would bring me to the toilet when I woke up and hold me till I went. She figured out me schedule and went with it.
    She’s crazy but I guess it worked. In potty trained hahaha

    Love you girl! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

    Chris

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    1. Jun

      Haaaaaa. Noah refuses to go! It’s like he knows we’re all waiting for him to finally go potty and he doesn’t want to give us the satisfaction or something! But it will happen…hopefully soon :) love you too Chris!

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  5. Peg

    Delightful & unselfish. Just simply delightful to read and view the video and so unselfish of you for sharing your family with us, Jun. Looking forward to more holiday blog treats – keep ’em coming, please!

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  6. suem2

    Is Noah not the cutest. I could just eat him up and when he closed his eyes to make a wish my heart melted <3. Dinner was fantastic by the looks of it as always Jun. You never disappoint. Great job.

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  7. Anonymous

    sigh…I have been thinking about you the past couple of weeks, how I missed your blogs. I know you are busy and all, so this was really fun to read and see the pictures… sinterklaas kapoentje komt in een paar dagen…merry christmas and a blessed new year 2015.

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  8. So lovely to see you on my phone dear Jun…and your lovely little family. I am counting down until I can retire..couple more years and then travel..home to aussie land but I really want to go to Belgium and eat at your rice house..and give you a big hug….you and Noah remind me of me and beautiful boy…he’s 25 now. .but such happy memorirs…and you keep getting more beautiful each year…heaps of love from NYC. .. oh and on facebook is that you on there or is it a bogus dite…birthday is wrong for one..take care and blessings dear…
    Pamela Xxooxx

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  9. Sparky

    I love that you are doing such a multicultural life and that I get to be a part of it. R wants to know if turkey and cranberries are hard to find there.

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  10. Katherine

    Jun, I’ve been following you off and on since your BB days but especially lately enjoying reading about Noah and Rice House! I’m reliving my son’s toddler days through you- such good times!

    Here’s some medical and historical information about Belgium that I thought you might find interesting, although pretty disturbing and typical of many European nations in this period: http://news.westernu.ca/2014/12/did-hiv-emerge-from-the-worst-genocide-in-modern-human-history/

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  11. Kirie

    Oh wow! This was a very pleasant surprise. I check this blog a few times a week to see if you’ve updated. This is the most closely I follow a blog on the web haha

    The food looks great~! ty for sharing.

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