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Really living this Thanksgiving

It’s the night before Thanksgiving … and all through the House, Not a spatula was stirring …

WHAT?

  • NO taking the day before off work to clean, cook, prep and repeat?
  • NO fridge stuffed with Cheese Balls, Salads, Cheesecake and Pie?
  • NO 10,000+ steps inside the house?
  • NO setting the alarm to shove the bird, ham and other delights into the oven?

2017 Thanksgiving eve’s Fridge – Cherry cheesecake, Mom’s Pineapple carrot salad, homemade cheese balls and more. an Emjayandthem(C) photo

Nope.  Nada. None.

Today I went to the office, had time to stop for a coffee (gasp!) and worked a “normal” day.

  • No cutting out early to set tables, stock up on booze, clean the garage,  wash crystal or defrost something.
  • Nope. Nada. None.

Why?

Oldest boy and his beautiful bride bought their first home earlier this year and, while walking through their gorgeous open concept kitchen/living room, I may have happily proclaimed, “WOW this is gonna be great for the Holidays!”

There might have been a skip in my step, not sure.

See, I’ve loved cooking and entertaining and fussing and decorating and providing for everyone all these years (32+ but who’s counting?) but do you know what I love even more?

  • That my big strapping handsome son loves it, too.
    • And so does his wife!
  • I love that he has some semblance of understanding what’s he’s in for and that they want to host Thanksgiving this year.
    • As the chief cook, cleaner and bottle washer, I couldn’t be PROUDER!
      • And neither could these two, although they’d never believe it was a MAN was stepping in to cook!

Grandma and Mom in the kitchen together; and Emjayandthem (C) photo

BREAKING NEWS:  Are you sitting down?

This is the first family Holiday I haven’t hosted, cooked, cleaned for or done.

For at least 35 years.

Thirty. Five. Years.

Flash forward to tonight:

  • Hubbs and I are to bring a couple of side dishes, show up, mingle and BE GUESTS!
    • We may have done the dance of joy more than once tonight (he in his fuzzy pants and me in mine, prepping my 2 side dishes {done and in the fridge already!})
      • Her parents, Grandparents and brother are coming, too.
      • So is youngest boy and his fiance.
    • Their dog will be in the mix, too, and he and I are likely to be shooed out of the kitchen.
      • Can’t wait.

 

  • Hubbs and I toyed with the idea of (not really) being BAD guests, you know the ones .. they don’t bring what they said they would OR they show up late OR they bring other guests you don’t know OR all of the above!
    • But we won’t do that.
      • But we laughed hard at the thought of it.

 

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” ~ Gail Sheehy

 

Your turn:

  • What traditions have you changed up lately?
  • What would you like to change-up?
    • Happy Thanksgiving!

 

P.S.

  • Made Hubbs some fudge just because.
    • He very nicely offered that “some” could go with us tomorrow ~

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13 thoughts on “Really living this Thanksgiving

  1. You have just cause for celebration! Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving with all the family and your wonderful son and daughter-in-law.

  2. New life… got divorced and flew off for an adventure at Thanksgiving this year! Woohoo!

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  3. I’m in much the same place, though I have never been in a position to host every holiday, every year. My sister and I take turns hosting family for the big holidays. And this year, we’re headed to my sister-in-law’s place for Thanksgiving. I’m in charge of making the dinner rolls (always, for hubby’s family gatherings.) So I was busy last night and this morning raising rolls and baking them. Later I’ll make a corn dish.

    ENJOY your “time off.” I know you will, especially because you’re embracing this change. You have raised a good son, and it sounds like he married his perfect match. I have a good feeling at least a couple of my kids will eventually host some family holiday celebrations as well. 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving, friend!

    • there’s not been anyone around to share duties with so it’s been Hubbs and i who hosted the Christmas parties, Easters, Thanksgivings etc. I have enjoyed it very much but I realized I’m that much older, still working full-time, and tired. It’s exciting that the kids want to start taking it on and I’m all about supporting them as they do ~ enjoy your special day with your family and those rolls! Yum!

      PS — something I learned from Hubbs was to be adaptable ~ years back when we were all dealing with the fallout of oldest boy’s divorce (his ex family was and is difficult to deal with around the holidays especially) it was Hubbs who suggested getting together on a DIFFERENT *(non popular) day and making it our own – we’ve done that and now OUR family Christmas with our kids & grands is the FIRST (and funnest) stop of the Christmas get-togethers – it’s important to lean into the change and find the good 🙂

      Happy Turkey day!
      MJ

  4. I LOVE fudge. Believe it or not, My mom (who is still very much alive) has on her tombstone a fudge recipe on the back side. That may give you a glimpse into the stock from which I come 🙂 We are headed to my parents today for lunch. they moved to down in May…dad broke his leg in August (or was it september) and mom had her hip replacement surgery the week after..both of them are doing great, so they asked if we could come to their place for lunch…all 38 or 9 of us will be in the garage..they put a new heater in the garage, so we can all fit…everyone can make it except for one of our son-in-laws…I am thankful we as a tribe also get a long and want to get together. I don’t take that for granted. Take care…and enjoy your holiday break from being the main hostess.

    • Who doesn’t marvel that your Mom’s fudge recipe is that prominently featured? Good on her!
      I remember when your folks moved into town, and it sounds like not a moment too soon. Agree on going to THEM for the get-together. They will be comfy and cozy in their home and everyone can come in and out as you described. And, you make an excellent point, as a “tribe who gets along and wants to get together.” I can’t tell you how many I know who either don’t have a family to go to or don’t want the ones they have.

      This main hostess slept in and is enjoying coffee and blogs … still have 2+ hours before I even have to shower ~~~ Ohh Ahh!!

      Cheers to you and pie, lots of pie!

      XO
      MJ

  5. I have the holidays. My mom is gone and it’s just my older brother and me. It’s tough for his wife who has mobility issues to deck the halls so they come here often with a old strangler with no where to go. I do too much every year and promise next year it will be easier because I’ll make less. Ha! Must be my mother in me. In any case, we enjoy it and by the end of the night, I will be tired, happy and overfull. Tomorrow there is nothing going on. Yay!

    • It’s very nice that you have the holidays, as you said – and, an extra person here and there is ok, too, b/c none of us want someone to be alone on the holiday! Like you, when I do it, I do way too much and always say I’ll do less the next year but I never do.

      The day at our son’s house was wonderful ~ loud, tons of food, lots of laughs and he asked for my help a couple of times which made me smile 🙂

      Cheers!
      MJ

  6. Congratulations! You’re reaping your rewards now! What a wonderful Thanksgiving. With my husband at work this year, our Thanksgiving was tiny and extremely low key. Sometimes I think about joining in on our local community Thanksgiving dinner, helping serve meals to those less fortunate. But I’m pretty sure my husband and son wouldn’t join me (social anxiety). I may just do it on my own one day.

    • Thank you, it was really fun and relaxing! His wife’s family was there with us and they are a great crew; it made for a host of yummy foods and good conversations ~ so enjoyable!

      I understand what you’re talking about ~ sometime I would like to do that as well (serve meals to those less fortunate)

      Here’s to the Holidays no matter what shape & size they take 🙂

      MJ

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