Weird Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This Thanksgiving is going to be a little odd for us. Instead of having the whole family, including all 4 grandkids and at least 2 dogs all together, we will instead be just 4. Dear MIL is not feeling very strong this year, and so Hubby and I, along with DS will be having dinner with her at the retirement facility where she lives. Dear Daughter and her family will be having dinner with her Hubby's Grandma and will join us later for dessert. So it is going to be very quiet this year. None of the excitement and noise that we ususally have when we are all together. It makes me feel sad on a couple of different levels. First, because this may well be MIL's last Thanksgiving with us. She will be 96 in about a week and a half, and has been failing steadily the last year. It is so hard to see that happen. Second, Dear SIL is being recalled to active duty by the Marines in Feb, and will deploy to Afghanistan in May, meaning he will be away from us for the Holidays again next year. (He has had 3 tours in Iraq - hopefully this one will be his last deployment, as he should be eligible to retire when he gets home!) It just makes every moment so much more precious.

So, I don't have to do any cooking, but I really enjoy that part, with family all around........

On a happier note, I have done my last short run prior to the Seattle Half on Nov. 29! I am just so excited about this race! A little nervous - I just keep hoping the knees and calf will hold up for the 13 miles! I had a great conversation with my chiropractor today - the one that is a marathoner and triathlete. He will be doing the Full Marathon that day. He is always such a source of encouragement! Whenever I go in we end up talking about running! And What a pep talk I get! I think both of my kids, at least 1 grand kid, as well as DH will be there to cheer me on. Plus, I will be looking for Lynnes521 there, and any other Sparkies I can find! I just can hardly stand still, I am so excited!

I wish a wonderful Thanksgiving to all of you, My Spark Friends! I will check back in after the race and let you all know how it went!

Keep the Spark!


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    Oh, I know just what you mean! My kids surprised me with a phone call 2 weeks before T'gvg - all came home with their boyfriends/girlfriends. After my initial panic of having to ready everything with my 3 days notice I relaxed and enjoyed my family! And then for the 5 day Thanksgiving holiday I had my daughter and her boyfriend and my son here...we had such fun (as per my blog!).

    It just feels "right" to me to have them all home and to be cooking up a big dinner.

    Good luck on your run!!

    Joyce emoticon
    2761 days ago
    Shirley, how was the Thanksgiving after all? I went to my sister's Janet, her son Spencer is running in the 26 mile Marathon, the one you will be in...He runs a 6ish min mile...he is fast..Good luck on your journey...
    I will be routing for you in my spirit...
    Love ya,
    3130 days ago
    Shirley, I'm sorry to hear this Thanksgiving is a bit of a bittersweet one for you. I wish your MIL all the best, and my, your SIL has certainly seen a great deal of time in Iraq. I wish him safety and a brief stay there this time! Isn't it neat that your chiropractor is an athlete himself, especially with your big race only a couple days away now - how exciting!! I predict you're going to do great. Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon
    3130 days ago
    Shirley, You have reminded me to make the most of the time we have with ourselves and our loved ones. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving! xo Usha.
    3131 days ago
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    Shirley, I'll be out there on Sunday, too! I'm walking the half. These transitions are tough, but we get through them. I hope that you're all able to enjoy however long you have left with your MIL and that you're SIL stays safe.
    3131 days ago
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