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A Good Memorial Day Gathering

Monday, May 28, 2012

It was a great day!

Some moms are accustomed to pulling together a meal. I'm not one of those. It's only been since my kids all moved out that I started planning gatherings. Not real frequently, but I'm actually planning them and doing most of the cooking. By not frequently, I mean Thanksgiving, Christmas and maybe three other times a year, mostly cookouts. Well, I'm not counting all the times when we come together for a birthday and order pizza.

Today, I am so proud of myself. I planned the menu so that I would be able to eat and be satisfied. I had turkey dogs, ears of corn and veggie kabobs all on the grill. I made a broccoli salad with a light dressing. I also made baked beans, but didn't eat any. I put out cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices and grapes. I also baked K bars and made some sugar cookies, iced and decorated with red,white, and blue sprinkles. They were 1 1/2 inch star cookies, so I could have a couple and not go over my budget.

I started the day with a 30 minute walk, made my salad and laid out all the plates, napkins, serving dishes, etc. I was calm and relaxed. I was in charge of the grill. I soaked my ears of corn and got them on the grill. They were done to perfection.

My husband drove to get my mother-in-law, and he filled up the large kiddie pool. My son and his girlfriend came and since I was only serving water, he offered to go to the store and get ice and crystal light. I'm glad he did, because it went so good on this hot day. Better late than never, my daughter and her 8 and 9 year old children arrived. We ate shortly after they arrived. The only thing I forgot was to take the broccoli salad out of the fridge. I saw it while people were still talking at the table, and I had a few takers even though we were mostly done.

After our meal, my grandkids, who came in their swim suits, ran out to swim. I told them I'd put my suit on and let them splash me. Well, this was a big step for me...getting in front of my adult children and mother-in-law AND grandkids in my suit!! I climbed right in the pool with Abi and Eli. We had a blast. I got a little sunburned, and had fun just playing with the kids. SparkPeople has helped me realize that you're never too old to play. I'm so glad I did it. It kept me busy and away from the kitchen where on an occasion like this I'd keep grazing and would get into the sweets.

Duane and I took his mom home, it took us an hour. When we got home, the rest of the gang was still here, and my other daughter and her hubby and two kids had stopped by. (they were at his father's 70th birthday party.) We put on some old home movies. The kids like to see themselves now that they have kids the ages that they were in the movies.

I didn't feel like I had to pull out food for another meal, even though it was getting late. It had been a great day. All at once, the kids took off. My husband had cleaned up most of the kitchen earlier and washed the grill racks. We had very little left to do after they all left and we sat down and had something to eat. I chose to eat leftovers and he made himself a smoothie.

I was spending a little time on SP just now, and writing my blog...now, before bed, I'm going to go upstairs and bike. ( I usually don't work out at night, but I just feel like moving around a bit since we ate dinner late) My husband just informed me that he's going to bed. It's 9:00 and now I'm not so sure I should work out. I always go to bed with him. Well....Here goes! I AM going to bike!

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_JODI404 5/29/2012 11:17AM

    emoticon You should be proud, sounds like you had a wonderful day with your family!! Playing and enjoying those grandkids -- great decision!!

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SHERIO5 5/29/2012 8:31AM

    Wow! I see so many positives in this blog of yours, my friend!!!

You planned and carried out a healthy meal (feast!) AND you didn't get stressed out in the process! You enjoyed the meal, but didn't eat to stay busy.

You PLAYED!!! Woo-hoo!!!

I hope you feel super proud of yourself!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/29/2012 12:34AM

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Sounds like an incredibly successful family gathering.

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