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Thankful I Did It and Thankful It's Over

Friday, November 29, 2013

I was glad I cooked yesterday for daughter and grandkids:

And hubby, too:

Now the pictures won't load, so I'll come back and edit them in. I took all the pictures, so there aren't any of me.

The best part of my Thanksgiving was when I remember a Thanksgiving back around 1989 or 1990 when I made everything from scratch, even yeast rolls, dressing, pickles, as well as all the traditional turkey, casseroles, congealed salad, and pies. I worked and worked. Shortly before we sat down to eat my daughter, around 8 years old, did or said something and I flew off the handle. I remember feeling like I had ruined days of work by losing my temper. The best part was my daughter said she remembers nothing but happy, happy Thanksgivings. Now, that is a gift!

This year my granddaughter had asked me if I was going to cook a feast. At the time I wasn't planning on it and she was disappointed. (The plan at that point was for her to eat at her other grandmother's.) As I was setting all the food on the table, two little girls came up to the table and were trying to grab some food before sitting down. I told them it wasn't a feast if I couldn't get it all spread out on the table before we started eating. Natalie definitely wanted a feast so she was then willing to wait!

Again, my picture isn't loading. Oh, well.

I actually did really well nutrition-wise while I was cooking and cleaning up, remembering years in the past when I stuffed myself with stuffing and other stuff while I cleaned!! Bad memory. Unfortunately, when it was all over and everyone was gone I briefly took leave of my senses and for some weird reason overate. Scale was up this morning. The good thing is I feel really motivated to get it back. The leftovers aren't even calling my name. I had Old Fashioned oatmeal with blackberries this morning and tea. It was satisfying and yummy! Daughter and I aren't doing the early morning shopping, but do plan to shop a bit later on today. Fun!

Tomorrow morning at 8am I run a 5K with my niece and nephew. I have been running long and slow, training for the half marathons. We'll see how I do. If I'm slow it is okay. I consider it the beginning of my 5K training season. The Senior Games are first weekend in March and that is when my goal is to qualify for the national games. We'll see.
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    Yay to great Thanksgiving memories.
    Don't worry about one day. Even two. Just get back on track like nothing happened for the next month.
    And having an upcoming race definitely helps go back to regular training and eating mode.

    1569 days ago
    Isn't it wonderful that our children do not remember our less than stellar moments but do remember the good times? Not having been a stellar mother 100% of the time (I'm a bit of a she-wolf) I'm so grateful for that too.

    How good of you to turn on a dime and produce "the feast"!
    1570 days ago
    What a flexible Grandma, to be able to make a "feast" at the last minute! You've just made more memories for those Grandkids...and yourself!
    On my way today to spend time at the beach with extended family on my husband's side. We usually walk miles before we eat leftovers. Today is supposed to be rainy, so I'm working out before we go.
    1570 days ago
    Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving. We did, too and so happy the kids took all the leftovers home!
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    1570 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    How nice to make a feast and share it with family. We don't have family close, so we have our "cousins" (friends who live here in our community) and we always have a community dinner. Best thing, I don't have to cook!
    1570 days ago
    I'm proud of you! And I can't wait for that 5K you're in.
    1570 days ago
    Isn't it great that children don't remember a lot of our "bad" behavior? It's really a blessing! How nice of you to host the family when you weren't planning on it.
    1570 days ago
    What a clever way to help your granddaughter! My nephews were served first from our buffet. They were almost finished eating by the time everyone else had served up plates and taken their seats. They pushed back their chairs and left as soon as they were done. I found myself very, very sad that they weren't given the ritual of waiting for others, taking time to contemplate the abundance, sharing blessings and spending time connecting to family. If my mother hadn't been paying for quality preschooling and a zillion other things they would have no socialization at all. For that I am deeply grateful.
    1570 days ago
    Nothing better than making memories with the family. We all have selective memories, so no one remembers things the same. My children have lately been asking me do you remember this. Unfortunately I never seem to remember.
    1570 days ago
    What we each remember about these special days is quite remarkably different at times! Good to know that when we might remember that one bad moment, others remember the overall feel.
    Have a good run tomorrow.
    1570 days ago
    Beautiful family! You have given your daughter and granddaughters many special memories. None of us is perfect. We can only strive to improve.

    You've made your healthy habits such a big part of your life. It always inspires me to read your activities. Keep up the great work!! You are an emoticon inspiration to many!

    Happy you were able to share the day with your special girls! They are so blessed to have you! emoticon
    1570 days ago
    I'm glad you did it too; another memory maker. The girls are growning up so fast! Have fun at the 5K and enjoy the weekend!
    1570 days ago
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    1570 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So glad you had a nice Thanksgiving with your daughter and grandkids -kudos for putting on a fabulous feast at the last minute!!
    You will get that weight back in no time!
    Enjoy your 5km!
    1570 days ago
    Thanks for saying your daughter doesn't remember the Thanksgiving where you lost your temper....I do that now and then and wonder if my 11 year old will remember me ruining his day. Glad to know when they are older, focussing on the positive is achievable.

    1571 days ago
    What a wonderful day!
    1571 days ago
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    1571 days ago
    Good luck on the run! emoticon
    1571 days ago
    Sounds like a wonderful family time. I got a bit of that in, too, despite having just traveled. Compared to last year when I was still on the road home on Thanksgiving day.

    It was so good to see you even briefly. We will never be able to recreate the "first HM" experience, but it was good to reconnect, anyway! Blessings to you and yours! And good luck, have a wonderful 5K experience tomorrow.
    1571 days ago
    Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and what a way to start the "holiday" season, by running a 5K. You are setting a great example to your entire family! Healthy eating, happy times, and exercise! emoticon
    1571 days ago
    Congrats on a great Thanksgiving - and have a safe and happy run tomorrow! And - your family loves you - you can tell from the looks on their faces. They'd love to be able to see you in those pictures - you're beautiful to them.
    1571 days ago
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