Sunday, November 28, 2010


I'm not a big fan of Thanksgiving. I'd happily skip from Halloween to Christmas.

When I took down the Halloween decorations, I didn't hang up the prints that usually go above the family room couch, in anticipation of the Christmas decorations that would go there. I mean, why hang them up for just a month.

After my father passed away, Rich, Harry (he was little), and I would go to Oregon to have Thanksgiving with my mom. We'd leave the other three home to fend for themselves. They would have friends over and make their own dinner-not necessarily turkey. Rich and I would do our Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving and not have to pay sales tax.

After my mother died, we started to have Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday night so the kids with spouses could go to their other family's for dinner on Thanksgiving Day. It left Thursday free for lounging around in the morning watching the parade and a movie in the afternoon. Then anyone who wanted could come over for left overs.

Anyway, that was how it started. Now we just have Thanksgiving two days in a row. It's total chaos. The grand kids run wildly through the house (they never eat dinner).

Sabrina and Kelly wore matching tutus.

There were Hot Wheel tracks and trains EVERYWHERE.

Sandi did a lot of the cooking.

And then the eating began.

On Thursday while everyone else was cooking and eating their Thanksgiving, we were at the movies seeing Tangled.

And then it was Friday. Toys were left here and there.

An odd shoe.

China was stacked, ready to be put away until next year.

And today the Christmas decorations went up.

Don't get me wrong- I AM thankful. I am very aware of all my blessings. How grateful i am that all my kids live close to me. I LOVE the little kids running wild all day and then crying because they don't want to go home. I love being exhausted by the time I go to bed. I am thankful.

But what's even better is that NOW it's CHRISTMAS and the wild craziness and hugs and silliness will just keep going and going and going and...

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Raking Leaves

While Nancee has been recovering from surgery, I've been spending extra time helping with kids.

Today we raked the leaves.

We were all tired when it was over. Nancee rewarded us with cookies. It was a fall day.

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