Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thanksgiving shout-outs

Oh, fiddle! The big weekend is over, and the Thanksgiving holiday is past. Back to work tomorrow. I have lots of things to be thankful for, though.

I'm thankful for new grandbabies on the way. And seeing the moms go through the discomfort of pregnancy makes me so thankful that I'm done with having kids! Maybe some people breeze through pregnancy without a twinge--I was not one of them!

I'm thankful to have a house to live in that keeps the cold weather at bay. It's not the house of my dreams, but it provides a roof over our heads, and that's more than many people have right now.

I'm thankful that I can continue to take classes in things that interest me. Right now I'm taking sign language and learning how to communicate better with Deshawn, our grandbaby who was born hard of hearing. It's challenging, but fun.

I'm very thankful to have gotten to see so many of the kids this weekend, especially Miss Erica, who was home from college! This is the first time she's been gone so long, and although I've gotten used to my quiet house, it was really nice to see her for a very short visit. She did make the rounds between some of the siblings' houses as well, so I had to snag her for a couple of car rides to get some time with her.

I'm thankful that even though DeeDee and Aaron were traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday and spent a few days with his family, that they made it home safe and sound.

We had Thanksgiving at John's new house. Since the kids have all grown up, we do potluck dinners when we get together. Not everyone was there, so we didn't have all the traditional favorites because no one picked up the slack and made the stuff Dee usually makes, but Phyl made the turkey and dressing, John and his bride made the ham, the greens, a veggie casserole (thanks, Jessica!), and banana cream pie, and Gail and Cory contributed mashed potatoes for a CROWD! They were perfect! Oh, I know I'm going to forget somebody...umm, Robert and Jamie brought buns, Cindy brought her yummy mac and cheese, Mel brought her fabulous layered pumpkin pie, which disappeared in nothing flat...and the kids brought the noise! LOL.

It's so much different being at a gathering like that without having little kids of my own to keep tabs on. I can watch them or not, tune in to the adult conversations, or tune out and listen to the little jukebox in my head play a couple of tunes. It's really quite pleasant! I'm thankful that I can just wander around and visit--it's great!

My mom was wrong. THESE are the golden years! I am loving being an empty nester, and even when the kids are home, they are grown independent adults whose company I thoroughly enjoy.  How much better can it get?

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