There’s no question, being at home for days on end is a dream come true for me. I often joke to my friends that I could be home bound for two weeks and it wouldn’t phase me. That’s one of the many reasons I love the holidays. Home, home, home. The second reason: Family, family, family.
Yesterday the boy and I were home sick (not fun, but thankfully both on the mend I think) and today kicks off a 5 day much-needed break. We’ve bought Christmas wrapping paper, Mistletoe, boxwood wreaths, organized the pantry, took Poochie to the vet for her first ever teeth cleaning and professional groom (poor neglected 4th child), hit Target and Trader Joes, went for a long run, cleaned my car, set both tables, and started addressing 2014 Christmas cards.
Fingers crossed I don’t wake up and feel like I’ve been hit by a train (again).
I’ve always loved Thanksgiving. Even as a child, I begged my mom to let me dig out the “nice china” from the bottom of her china cabinet for the Big Meal. Tablecloths, I insisted, need to be be ironed then used. Thirty years later, I’m now not only volunteering to host it at our home, but I have ironed linens and nice china ready to go. If you don’t use it now, then when?
Our family has so much to be thankful for, particularly in light of the past week. My Dad’s younger sister, Kelly (an accomplished polo player) was in an equestrian accident on Saturday. Thankfully, her brain bleeding stopped and she is left to mend her broken ribs, fractured neck bones, hand, wrist and thumb. She should make a full recovery thanks to her special angels watching over her. After days in the ICU, and a brief stay on the neurological floor at the hospital, she was discharged today. A close call and we are all particularly thankful as we sit down at the table tomorrow reflecting on our many blessings. At the end of the day, all that matters is family, friends, and health. Everything else, we know, is just a bonus.
And since it’s been weeks since I’ve bothered to post much of anything, here is something new and different— watching Britton’s soccer game. Beau, sweet Beau, in the 30 degree weather to cheer on his friend.
Now I best get to Googling How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey or it may be the last time the ‘elders’ let me host.