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11-02-2009, 09:16 PM

Don'tcha just love it?!!!

This year Angie and I are going to do something for Thanksgiving I have always wanted to do but was too selfish to.

I always wanted Thanksgiving for myself :tantrum:

Me get

And I had that many years...

then we started doing the Turkey Trot several years back on Thanksgiving morning....a nice 3.1 mile race before we eat we move our feet....that became the THING for me to do...

This year Angie and I are going to pick up a couple of young Marines from Camp Pendleton and take them to our church for the day where they can hang out with other young men in the our new youth room and gym. We will be eating with other church members and Marines.

I won't be able to do the Turkey Trot because it isn't over by the time we need to pick the boys up ~ I won't be able to sit in my recliner and watch football because we will be eating off folding chairs in the new gym (although Pastor says I can bring my recliner if I want ;)) Some of my family will be there...some of them won't...

a lot of things I won't be able to do...

It will be wonderful I'm sure :carrot:


11-02-2009, 10:43 PM
My mom is coming back from the middle east (been gone two years) and we are having a nice family thanksgiving. My husband's family will be there, my sister's long term bf and his family, etc. I'd say total there will be at least 12 people coming- I'm so excited to see my mom again! She comes back the 15th!

11-03-2009, 01:26 AM
hubby has to work...i'm trying to look on the bright side. it'll be just us for dinner, he works from home so it's not like he's gone all day.
now i just have to make sure there's no turkey disasters like last year!!

11-03-2009, 11:37 AM
I just plan to watch football and eat with my dear friend and her family. I will eat healthy of course but I want me some pie!

11-03-2009, 06:46 PM
We'll be doing the same as we've done the past 17 years. My family has Thanksgiving dinner at 12:30 and DH's family has dinner at 1:00, on the other side of town 20 min. away. So DH and I get the spend the holiday every holiday.:mad: The kids usually stay with me, but we always give them the choice which grandparent's house they want to go to.

You would think I'd be used to holidays being like this, but it still pisses me off. One day I'd like to spend the holiday with my hubby!! ;)

11-03-2009, 08:19 PM
heyaim- that's just insanity! I don't blame you for being pissed. When my family lived here we tried to break things up and either spend some time with each, or do Thanksgiving with one set of family and Christmas with the other. There's got to be a better way!!

11-03-2009, 10:09 PM
I'll probably be at my grandparent's this year, and attempting to eat reasonable portions. This is tough because of huge amounts of good food, of course, but i did all right last time they had a big dinner there. I want some pie too but only a little bit.. Last several years I was in another town and had to work so I haven't gotten to see my relatives on holidays for years really, so I will try to focus more on the visiting than the stuffing my face part, ha.

11-03-2009, 10:23 PM
Well, I'm hosting Thanksgiving for the first time in my life, so I'm a bit nervous, but excited because my mom and sister will both be coming and we haven't spent a holiday together in many years. I sure hope they both play nice.

Early that morning my friend and I are going to go clean stalls and feed horses at the therapeutic riding center where we volunteer so the barn manager can have a day off too. Then we'll come home and start cooking. I can't think of a better way to start the day!

11-03-2009, 10:48 PM

When my first wife and I were married we had to split the time between both sets of parents...for us it wasn't a problem...lunch at one...dinner at the other...

then we divorced....and later I re-married...

Angie and I figured out that we would let my ex and Angie's ex have their Thanksgiving on Thursday (and we never have problems with them for holidays) and we would do Thanksgiving for us on Saturday...

worked real good for years...

then my son and daughter went and got married with in-laws...

stretch again....

we always work it out...

But my family is not that concerned what day we get together just that we do.

Is there any way to combine both families?

We have done that several times over the years.

11-04-2009, 12:39 AM
Thanksgiving isn't done here, but the American Book Centre usually puts on a bit of a do, which is a lot of fun. They provide the turkey and everyone brings a side dish or a dessert. After dinner there is a bit of a sing-along. Thanks for the reminder, I will call them today.

11-04-2009, 06:56 AM
Well, it's hard to work things out when both families are so freakin bullheaded!!! I keep saying one day I'm gonna have enough money so we can go on vacation for every holiday! Probably sounds mean and ungrateful to some, but that's how I feel.

The crazy part of it all... We're the only ones on both sides of the family with in-laws!! No one else on either side has other families to go visit!!!! Both sides are just stubborn and selfish!!

I deal with Thanksgiving being this way. I did put my foot down on Christmas! We go see DH's family Christmas Eve and my family Christmas day. Both sides used to guilt trip us to be with them Christmas Eve and Christmas Day...for hours and hours and hours.

When my kids are grown and married, I WILL work every holiday out how ever I have to!! There's nothing more horrible than spending holidays away from my DH and him away from the kids.

MsDiana 08
11-04-2009, 07:00 AM
I'm glad I read this....Now I am going to look for a local Turkey Trot to run in.

I usually cook a big Thanksgiving dinner every year...and have tons of leftovers.
This year I think I will just go to a restaurant, eat my Thanksgiving meal, and go home. That way there are no leftovers.
Then I will make sure I hit the gym hard the next day.

11-05-2009, 08:02 PM
I work at Starbucks in a college town and I will probably be working. I don't mind because I'm the newbie and those kids should be home celebrating the holiday. Plus, we will close early enough.

I will not cook. When I divorced 4 years ago and moved in with my boyfriend, dragging along a teenage daughter, we set out to buck the system and instead of me cooking, we go out to a local restaurant. It works for us because the kid hates all forms of traditional Thanksgiving fare. Next year she will be living outside of our home and we might change things up a bit.

11-05-2009, 11:25 PM
Because I go to school really far away from home, and my school is only giving us a short break, I'm going to be spending Thanksgiving with my two best friends in Boston. Just the three of us! I'm interested to see how our meal ends up, but well, I'm positive it will be delicious!!!!!

(I'm realllyyyyyyyyyy excited for Thanksgiving, if you couldn't tell!! It is the first time I've seen either one of them since Early August/Mid July)

11-05-2009, 11:43 PM
Flying to TN to see my Mom and my brother and his family the week before. We will be flying on T-day so that we can be back to work on Saturday.

I'm hoping that the airports and airline staff have something special planned for Thanksgiving. But in any case, we are blessed to be able to see family!

11-05-2009, 11:59 PM
I will be spending time with my sister and her family. I'm looking forward to having some cheesecake. :D

11-06-2009, 12:20 AM
I'll be going out to a 'colonial' type restauraunt with fireplaces and other 'warm' decor' with one of nieces, my sister and her Ex hubby .... I'm not really excited about it, the ex is not one of favorite people, :( so I'm 'taking one' for the family I guess, I'll be cordial and polite to him... A big positive is I'll be able to control what I eat easier than at home.

11-06-2009, 12:34 AM
I will be cooking as usual. I enjoy cooking the turkey and all the good stuff that goes with it.

Just the 5 of us, I think.

11-06-2009, 01:20 AM
We are going to my parent's house. We haven't been there in years because I have been doing all of the cooking. The one year my SIL cooked, we went to her house and I felt bad for my parents because they were alone. We did see them on Saturday, but it was not the same. I am glad I don't have to cook this year. I like cooking, but I get really stressed about all of the people at my house.

11-06-2009, 01:24 AM
My husband and I have been married for seven years (as of Nov. 2), and this is the first year we've had any major family drama over the holidays (despite having three sets of parents between the two of us).

I think we jinkxed it, when on Monday we were discussing how holiday plans were turning out to be the LEAST stress-free of any year in our marriage (and the next day, all heck broke loss over how thanksgiving was going to be spent - with whom, where, and when).

11-06-2009, 01:51 AM

I Love All the Holidays :carrot:

Our 3 Darlings come home!! I Love when they are all home, miss those crazy days when there is so much noise, lots of food, and lots of laughs!! I Love, when I get to cook and bake and most of the leftovers go home with them, a win/win situation ;) This year, I've been requested to not skinny it up :o so I do plan to make their favorites, but I will make sure I have some yummy stuff for my DH and myself to enjoy!!

11-06-2009, 11:50 PM
As always my whole family and many friends serve dinner at the Soup Kitchen.Its a very long day but a lot of fun.I grew up this way.We never have had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.And since many family members are in the medical profession, many are working as well.I enjoy working on the holidays.I love my patients!!!:)

11-07-2009, 01:28 AM
As always my whole family and many friends serve dinner at the Soup Kitchen.Its a very long day but a lot of fun.I grew up this way.We never have had a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.And since many family members are in the medical profession, many are working as well.I enjoy working on the holidays.I love my patients!!!:)

That sounds just wonderful, so very thoughtful of you. Thank You and Thank You to your family and friends!! :hug:

11-07-2009, 08:24 AM
The next few weeks leading up to Thanksgiving is all about avoiding the Swine Flu as we have a special Thanksgiving planned this year. My husband is the oldest of 8 kids and all of his siblings and their families will be going to my SIL's place in the Birkshires to celebrate Thanksgiving and also to watch my BIL and his wonderful fiance get married so I very much want to make it to their place this Thanksgiving.

11-17-2009, 02:14 PM

my plans have not changed...still picking up a couple of Marines and spending the day at the new gym...youth church with many members and other Marines.

11-17-2009, 02:24 PM

my plans have not changed...still picking up a couple of Marines and spending the day at the new gym...youth church with many members and other Marines.

If you find any single marines you be sure to send them my way :) JK

We always have dinner with my fathers family and it switches between the siblings who will have to cook...however my grandma never lets anyone else cook the turkey

11-18-2009, 02:16 AM
I will be working on Thanksgiving. I was scheduled off since it falls on my RDO, however, my partner had to work every holiday last year and I didn't feel it was fair for her to do the same again this year. So I offered to work for her. My shift is 4-1230, so technically, the DH & I could have a dinner before I go, but we both work til 1am the night before so I'm sure we'll be sleeping in & not worrying about cooking! haha So, that only helps me not OVEReat and gorge myself on leftovers!! Our families are back in W.V. so no contreversy there...however, my mom hates that we can't be home for the holidays! Oh's more money...AND LESS TEMPTATION!!! haha

11-18-2009, 09:13 AM
If you find any single marines you be sure to send them my way :) JK

:) Well kiddo, geographically it might be easier to send you down to Norfolk VA and have my nephew introduce you to some of his NAVY buddies :) I'd hook you up with him but he's only 19 and already thinks he's in love with a girl ;)....the right guy will come around :hug:

Thanks for sharing everyone!

We have added a Thanksgiving here on the following Saturday. It will be across the street at my brother's house. Most of us in our family can make that a family we continued to be scattered on Thanksgiving this year.

Enjoy your day :)

11-18-2009, 03:06 PM
no changes here, just trying to figure out how to scale down a thanksgiving meal for two. i plan on decorating the house for christmas and probably working out christmas menu plans that day. i'll be back to work the next day which is a bummer.

11-18-2009, 11:54 PM
I'm counting the days! :)

Our daughter is coming from Houston. Our son is coming from a few hours away and my parents are coming up from Massachusetts. I've got a lot of baking, cooking and last minute cleaning to do before Wednesday, but I can't wait to have everyone under the same roof!

11-19-2009, 02:26 AM
It's just me, hubby and our son again... nice and quiet. We'll cook a small turkey and I get to have a turkey sandwich with cranberries used as the mayo... MMMM! :)

11-25-2009, 01:30 PM
Things are slow around here....finished cleaning out the fridge of leftovers to make room for Thanksgiving stuff.

11-25-2009, 05:56 PM
I made swiss chard with mushrooms today for tomorrow. and the pork roast is in the fridge marinating in the dry rub. cranberry sauce is made. I think we have a go ahead, Houston... ready for take off.

Stepping Out
11-26-2009, 04:15 PM
We're leaving the cooking to Cracker Barrell. Dinner should be done in about 1 1/2 hours..and no dishes to wash! :D

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! :thanks1:

11-26-2009, 07:40 PM
Welllllllllllllllllllllllllll went to my sil's which is about 90 minutes away and we had car trouble. For 22 miles we were only able to go 40 mph up hill and then the bigger hills down we got to 60 mph! Very stressful!! The ticking on the flashers about sent me over the hill!! According to the "car manual" things might return back to normal...well as normal as it can be...after the car sits a bit. So we ate a VERY yummy dinner. I did okay. Not the best but not a binge either... About an hour after lunch we checked out the car and all the lights and bells and whistles were done making havoc with our lives! AND my DH 2 brothers were driving back to our town so they followed us. My poor mil was stressed 2. There is still a light on the dashboard that means I have to take it in. Bummer.

Right now I feel very I want to eat eat eat and eat some more... please say a prayer for I need it.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!