Sunday, December 1, 2013
CELEBRATE! Saturday (but doing it one day late on Sunday)
Once again, I am a day late to the party, but hopefully you will all understand as my celebration continued through yesterday evening, and this is the first opportunity I have had to sit down and process anything since returning home from NCTE late last Sunday evening.
I have been immersed in the celebration of family since right after school on Tuesday evening, when I picked up our oldest daughter at the airport. Then, on Wednesday, the daughter who actually lives in the same town as us, came to the house with a huge duffle bag, prepared to stay for the rest of the weekend. What a celebration to have all four of us in the same "home" for a few days!!
Our time together was spent in both traditional and non-traditional events.
The girls and I put up holiday decorations together on Wednesday, followed by our annual pre-Thanksgiving movie. We saw "Catching Fire" at our local AMC theater, which is now sporting these amazing tilt-back chairs. Great chairs, great movie, great company!! Life was good.
On the actual day of Thanksgiving, it was just the four of us enjoying the turkey with all its fixings. Because we knew this would be a tough Thanksgiving as we lost my father-in-law last February, we decided to throw in the very non-traditional excursion to the casino. The trip served its purpose perfectly -- after reflecting on stories about Dad T at dinner, the trip to the casino provided us with much hilarity.
Friday, my extended family got together at my brother's home. Another wonderful turkey dinner surrounded by people I love. Then, one last holiday tradition remained when we returned home -- putting up the Christmas tree. I think it's one of my favorite traditions because the ornaments I buy each year for both of the girls or for our family have some type of significance for that particular calendar year. It is fun to reminisce about each of those events.
Saturday, was a mixed blessing day. We love to watch football together and three of us did that (the other was actually at the OSU/Michigan game). Then, it came time to take our oldest, Kate, to the airport so she could wing her way back to her "other" home - DC. Knowing that I would see her again in about 3 weeks, made these good-byes a bit easier.
I hope these past days were full of time with friends and/or family for all of you as well. For all the Celebrations, head to Ruth's blog to see this week's line-up.
Posted by Karen at 10:37 AM