This year we hosted my family at our place for Thanksgiving for the first time. Well, there was the year that I was pregnant and throwing up constantly and miserable, and Matt was preparing for a huge show, and we realized too late to ask people to come here that there was no way we’d be able to travel anywhere, and my brothers had already made plans to go to Wisconsin, so they celebrated with my mom there, and my dad got a flight that landed here mid-afternoon on Thanksgiving day, and he and I and Matt went out for a mediocre meal at a local hotel…but let’s not count that. This year we hosted for real. And it was a success. I like planning kind of a lot, so I had my meal planned and grocery list made the weekend before, and I mapped out a schedule of when everything needed to start cooking in order to be ready to go at dinner time. It all worked out, and I was thrilled 🙂
I definitely didn’t have as much of a sense of gratitude and thankfulness and contemplation of God and the good gifts He gives as I had hoped…it turns out hosting is a fair amount of work 🙂 And on top of that we had some obviously unexpected illnesses come up – not everything can go as planned!
Overall, though, we had a week of celebrations and fun with family. My mom actually arrived the Friday before Thanksgiving to spend a night with us on her way to visit her sister, who had just been released from the hospital after surgery. We were obviously thrilled to see her and enjoyed the few hours we got to have with her that evening!
She left the next morning, and we had a few days on our own before she’d come back and everyone else would arrive. The girls and I took some time one of those days to bake cookies for ourselves and our guests!
David and his boyfriend, Jeff, arrived Tuesday evening; my dad arrived Wednesday morning; and my mom was back with us Wednesday evening. We did some advance preparations for Thanksgiving dinner, but overall, Wednesday was pretty laid back!
Thursday was a bit more intense 🙂 Unfortunately, Miranda had started running a fever Tuesday night and was feeling pretty yucky by Thanksgiving day, so she spent most of it curled up on the couch with whoever was available to snuggle.
We did, of course, watch our Packers suffer a humiliating defeat, but beyond that, much time was spent in the kitchen with plenty of hands to help 🙂
Others of us thought that it was an opportune moment to take down a rotten tree in our back yard (I think the pictures demonstrate pretty clearly whose idea this really was and who was primarily along for the ride).
But the result of the day was a beautiful feast 🙂
Food was good, company was great, and I think we all enjoyed celebrating together 🙂
Unfortunately, Thursday night brought difficulty sleeping, more coughing, and weird breathing noises for Miranda, so she and I were off to the pediatrician’s office first thing Friday morning.
The doctor realized the “weird breathing noises” were stridor and that Miranda had croup. On the way home, we picked up her prescription steroids, the source of much consternation throughout the weekend, as they taste horrible, even with the flavoring the pharmacist added. We won’t dwell on that, though 🙂
When we returned home, Jeff had gotten out his clarinet and was playing a bit for everyone and letting CaiQun have a try, as well, which she loved.
David and Jeff had to head back to Cincinnati on Friday, but both of my parents were able to stay a bit longer.
Miranda seems to be recovering gradually, and while CaiQun started running a fever on Saturday evening, so far her cold has not turned into croup, and we’re hoping it stays that way!
We missed seeing Danny and Sharon this week – they spent Thanksgiving with her family in New Jersey – but we were very blessed to have both of my parents and David and Jeff here. Fun, games, play time, good food, snuggles on the couch, and more 🙂 It was a good week, and we are thankful!