A new month starts

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A new month starts
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Sat, 11-02-2013 - 8:48am

How is it looking for you?

Ours will be fairly busy,   This morning I get my car back from the car hospital.   Then DH and I are going to the shoooting range.

Tomorrow the DDs and boy friends are coming over for dinner, looking forward to it, first time since DD1's surgery to be all together.

Next Sunday the family is walking in the Komen Race for the Cure.

A three day weekend the week before Thanksgiving to celebrate our 32nd anniversary.  Because of the journey we have been on this year it  will be our first time getting away so are extremely looking forward to it.

Have a Thanksgivng dinner at the vet center,  a Thanksgiving pot luck at work. before the real Thanksgiving.

Going out for Thanksgiving this year, usually we host but DH's dad and step-mother want to this year so we will be going to a restaurant, probably come back here for dessert afterwards.

4 day weekend for Thanksgiving.

Things are getting less crazy at work back to 35-40 hours a week rather than 45-50. 

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Sat, 11-02-2013 - 5:13pm

The first or second year we moved to Texas we accepted friends invitation to join them at a restaurant for Thanksgiving, The kids were young and we had nothing else planned anyway, it was a Golden Corral/buffet kind of place. That's their family holiday tradition but that one experience was enough to know it wasn't right for me/us. My sister does Thankgiving with both sides of the family so the expected company will be huge and that's our plans this year. I can't believe it's already November, where has time gone, Lol. Some of my fb friends have started a grateful/thankful list for the month there and I think that's an awesome idea, there's a lot to be thankful for! My kids first quarter just ended so we're onto a new quarter already and there is class work I need to tackle too. DH is always busy with work and he is traveling to Colorado this month.  He has not yet replaced his volvo and the other guy's insurance just wants to "settle" now, It's going to be interesting to see how that turns out. My new JDRF friend/minion has a list of different events going on this month and I may have to decide on one or two to catch up with her in again.

I can't think of whole lot more than this.

 

 

 


 


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Sat, 11-02-2013 - 5:15pm

About 12 years ago we went out when the IL's wanted to hast.  Afterwards I told DH that I never wanted to go out for Thanksgiving again.  I missed the not having any leftovers.  But that is as not much of an issue any more.  With just the two of us I do not want a bunch of leftovers,  I send most of them home with my DD's.  So I guess they will be the one missing out on the leftovers. 

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Sat, 11-02-2013 - 5:51pm
We went out one year. My grandparents had always hosted and my grandmother announced she was retiring and wanted her daughters and daughters-in-law to take over hosting. We had a couple of dinners at each of their houses, but no one was enthusiastic about hosting so one year we tried the restaurant thing. Everyone hated it. I volunteered to do it the next year, I think that was 1979. I've hosted every year since.
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Sat, 11-02-2013 - 7:17pm

We went out one or two years, I find it's missing something for me too.  Missing the leftovers is part of it but to me going out is more formal and we have a very relaxed family day and I would miss that part.

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Sat, 11-02-2013 - 7:33pm

There were very few years since we have been married that we have no hosted.  The year we got married (1981)  we  spent it at my parents as we went there after to wedding so my family could meet DH and it coincided with Thanksgiving.   1988 and 1989 we were living in southern Oklahoma and my IL's in northern TX and we went to their place.   1990, the year we moved to Turkey, our hold baggage had not yet arrived so I did not have the equipment to cook a large dinner so we ate at the chow hall.   The aforementioned time about 12 years ago when our IL's hosted us at a restaurant. So I guess I have hosted 26 years. 

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Sat, 11-02-2013 - 7:43pm
Nov is looking busy. We're going to see daughter next weekend for the first time since Aug 24 for parent's weekend. We're fixing up the condo to put it on the market. ODS gets permit next week. YDS has a bunch of band concerts and gigs. It's my father's 89th bd on TG and we're hosting. Work will be intense. It's team based decision management time for the year and its always contentious. I hate that someone really good, who does their job exceptionally, is rated against other exceptional performers and comes out on losing side. The process makes no sense to me.
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Sun, 11-03-2013 - 7:29am

I forget exactly when my sister picked up hosting but when my mom and aunts were alive they rotated hosting all of the holidays. I'm glad my sister keeps the family tradition going and her new house is larger so she has even more room for everybody.

 

 

 

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Sun, 11-03-2013 - 8:36am

When I was  young holidays rotated between my grandmothers, my aunts and our house.  At one point my grandmother was dropped out of the rotation.

Then it became my parents house and my older sisters house and my aunts house.  Again at  one point my aunt got dropped out of the rotation.  My dad continued hosting at his house for quite a while after my mom died.  Then he got dropped out and my younger sister got added in.

I think it is all part of the circle of life, when parents downsize so they no longer have the space or the work get too much for them they drop out, when the children get to the point they have the space and the finances they start hosting.

My DDs are not to the point of hosting but the last few years they have been contributing by bring a dish.


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Sun, 11-03-2013 - 8:38am
I remember getting all teary-eyed one Thanksgiving as I realized I was teaching my nieces recipes and good ways that I had learned from my grandparents and that they had likely learned from theirs. Some of the things I make come from recipes written down by my great-great grandfather in the 1860s.
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Sun, 11-03-2013 - 8:48am

There are so many italian recipes that have gotten passed down through the generations too. Every Christmas they make ravioli and brojoul (sp). Italian holiday cookies are the best, I have the recipe for one particular pastry but my sister sends many of them triple bubble wrapped and they arrive fresh and unbroken, Lol.