What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends who are celebrating today! And if you are not in the US, and/or not celebrating Thanksgiving today, then...Happy Thursday!

My Thanksgivings are, well....full of tradition. That's the best way to describe it. I'm incredibly blessed and thankful that my family (extended and otherwise) lives very near. It takes me about 35 minutes to drive to my parents' house, and my grandparents (my mom's parents and my dad's mom) both live about 20 minutes further. So around the holidays, I get to spend time with both sides of my family. Most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins live close too, so the GPs houses become sort of central meeting locations. This year, we are spending Thanksgiving Day at my mom's parents' house (Nana and Gran) and therefore we celebrated Thanksgiving with my dad's family last night. Our Wednesday night version of Thanksgiving involved all 20-something of us meeting at this italian food restaurant called Angelo's that we've been going to for years. My parents had their rehearsal dinner at Angelo's for their wedding - this place is a staple for our family. Then after we run the waiters and waitresses ragged (no, they love us over there), we head back over to my Nanny's house for dessert, and hanging out. There will be a discussion of Christmas and what everyone is doing, and when my cousins and I are planning on invading Nanny's house to help her with her Christmas decorations. It happens. And I love it.

So, today, Thursday, I'll spend with my mom's side of the family. Not as big, and much quieter. I've made pies to take over there, one coconut, and one chocolate. We have so many pies, it's practically a half a pie a person. Not to mention all the other food. The traditional Thanksgiving stuffs like turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, green beans, cranberry sauce...this is what I'll be eating today. YUM! I'll head over to their house early, because I like to watch the parade in the morning, so I either have to wait until it's over (which makes me late), or get there before it starts (the optimal option). I'll help setting the table and getting the rest of the food prepared (as will my mother and my sister the chef). We'll eat around 1pm (traditionally) and watch the Dallas Cowboys play football.

Friday is for the five of us. My immediate five person family. Every year, for as long as I can remember, we've battled the Black Friday crowds and gone shopping. It's an important shopping day for us, because it's rare that all five of us are together at the same time. And that's one of the few days that my Dad has any time to get any of his shopping done. My siblings and I always go see a movie on the Friday after Thanksgiving. We've done that since I was old enough to take them to the movies myself. The first movie I remember seeing as a part of this tradition was 101 Dalmations - remember the live-action one with Glenn Close? That was 1996. We've been doing that for a long time. Also, we put the Christmas tree up on Friday night.

Those are my plans for the Thanksgiving holiday. What do you guys do?

Finally, since Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, I wanted to say that I'm thankful for my family, and that we're all happy and healthy, and also for my friends who are all blessings in my life. I'm thankful for the new friends I've made as a product of this book blog, and the wonderful authors who continue to write such marvelous stories that keep us all entertained. I'm thankful that my little sister has found a passion that she enjoys and that she can do every day. I'm thankful for the awesome football season the Oklahoma State Cowboys have had this year, and can't wait to see more! I'm thankful that my little brother is enjoying his final year at Texas A&M University and is finishing up his law school applications with an excellent background that is going to assure him a great future. I'm thankful that my parents have a loving and happy marriage. I'm thankful that I'm able to keep in touch with friends who live far away, and still have great friendships with them. I'm thankful that I'll be an Aunt (again!) in April! I'm thankful for my adorable nephew Jayson, who turned one a few months ago. I consider each one of these wonderful gifts that I've been blessed with, and I am humbled by my good fortune to have them.

Cheers, and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


  1. Oh wow. That is full of tradition. How wonderful. The Italian restaurant and shopping sound like a blast.

    Ooooooooo and coconut pie? YUM!

    Hope you're getting great bargains as I type this :) and hope you holiday was simply perfect.

  2. i hope you had a wonderful holiday :) and ate too much food!

  3. Wendy - THANKS!! :)

    JuJu - It was all lots of fun! And I did get some great deals braving the crowds on Black Friday! We had a lot of fun. I hope your holiday was wonderful too!!

    Melissa - Mine was great! Ate way too much, of course, but it's all so good! I can't help it! I hope y'all had fun too!



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