Friday, November 26, 2010
I have never shopped on Black Friday, much less at a discount mall. However, all the women and my DH decided a quick trip to the nearby Tanger outlet mall was in order. We arrived shortly after 8 and left about 10:30 AM just as things were really heating up. Evidently 12 AM -4 are busy and then again mid-morning for the rest of the day. We managed to find some good buys and I am glad we spent no more than a couple hours at the process. I am not a shopper, but I have to admit being at goal weight makes it more fun than it used to be. And I did get to Christmas gifts.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
We are beginning to gather, but are not all here yet. When we are all here, we will be 13 adults and 1 six month old baby. We will all be related in some way or another. My wonderful SIL set up the whole thing, made the reservations, bought the groceries, figured out who was making what. We are a brother and sister, their spouses, their children, their spouses (or not in case of our DD) and the spouses' parents and the one of the next generation who is grandson to 4, great nephew to 2, nephew to 2, first cousin once removed to one and just admired babe to 2. Isn't family wonderful! We are all gathering in two lodge type cabins in the Missouri Ozarks on a beautiful lake for reading, eating, sleeping, fishing, boat riding and conversation. Thanksgving dinner will be the cheery on the cake!
Monday, November 22, 2010
DD and her housemates from last year decided to get together for a Thanksgiving dinner on the Friday before Thanksgiving. They called it "Fakesgiving." However there was nothing fake about the food or the sentiments. We had turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade rolls, spinach salad, fresh orange cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing and a sweet potato casserole so good we called it sweet potato crack... it was sort of like a pecan pie with a sweet potato bases. The three pies... pumpkin baked from scratch (no canned pumpkin used), apple and raspberry were baked by the 22 year old sister of the host of the party. There were 11 of us from ages 66 to 22 and we had a great time.
The next day was the last home game for the university football team which entailed a number of firsts for me... first tailgate party, first game of flippy cup (I played with water, others were using beer) and my first time to be the go to gal to fill the pitchers of beer from the keg! Then a nap after a disappointing game. The evening was spent enjoying the newest Harry Potter movie and the serious discussion that went on afterwards. Of course there were left-overs in there someplace.
Both DH and I have so much fun with DD's wonderful friends. We have much to be thankful for this year.
Monday, November 15, 2010
I never thought at this stage in my life (65) that I would be finding new, wonderful close friends, especially friends my DD's age. Instead I have been blessed by my DD's friends from law school. She finally found those people who will be your friends no matter how often you see them. She introduced them to us and last year, she and her housemates cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the house and all the parents that could get there. This year, the same cream minus one set of parents who can't make it, have been invited to Fakesgiving this Friday. The menu has been divided up, everyone now lives with 4 hours or closer, especially Andrew.
Andrew was the first friend DD made in law school. He is from Florida and just got a job in our town. He arrived today and is staying with us until he can find a place of his own. We don't care how long that takes. He is a dear and it is wonderful to have his energy in the house.
Thanksgiving is going to be a celebration of the joys of friendship, whenever it surprises you.
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