It is now 11:55 on Thanksgiving Day and I am not standing in front of the oven. I am at the table, but the only thing on the table is carrots, celery, and ranch dressing- and I'm not THAT hungry! I just might have to crash the kids table-which is ladden with Cheetos! Personally, I think that we should replace the chubby cut carrots with the Cheetos and see how long it takes the kids to notice : P
So, I am thinking about all am I thankful for. There is so much to my list. Of course I am thankful for my faith, family, friends and health. As I sat in Mass today, I didn't have to think hard about those top 4. I do have extra things on my list this year though and I'll be happy to share. . .
I am thankful for my sister Susan and brother-in-law Dan who hosted Thanksgiving at their house this year. Although I could probably do without the 4 hour trip here- I like to look on the bright side of such a long trip- which is I know where all my kids are for the next 4 hours, my husband is a great driver so I am going to sleep. Yes, for the whole trip.
Speaking of sleep- I am thankful for naps. Long ones over short, but naps in general are great. Being pregnant gives me a great excuse to take them often, and believe me, I try to get in as many as possible. Today I will find the nap extra nice because the small boys in the house (2 nephews and my own 2) decided that 3 AM was the time to be up and running in the house. Honest. As I look at the 2 other people who, like myself, couldn't find sleep easily after that, and see them yawing now, I am dumbfounded that the boys are still running non-stop. What I wouldn't give to be able to capture and market their energy! I wouldn't have to work- which would leave more time for naps!!
I am thankful for being pregnant on the Thanksgivng. There is never such an excuse to eat as there is when you are pregnant! Of course, I'm constantly reminded by those pesky birth and baby e-mails that my daughters signed up for, that I'm techanically not eating for two- but I say use pregnancy to the full advantage. Don't ask me about this in 6 months though- don't even bring it up!!
Oh, back to my sweet sister and brother-in-law. These 2 wonderful people gave up their master bedroom to let the pregnant woman have comfort for two days. That's love! Especially since my sister JUST got off the plane (yesterday morning at 5AM) from a Europen 10 day trip-thus not having the comfort of her own bed herself even. Wow, even I wouldn't give that much- pretty sure about that.
I've heard of a couple of families that decided to make this Thanksgiving a electronic free holiday. No phones, wii, computers, etc. (this as I'm sitting here typiung my post. . . : - O) And I say- good for them! Which will lead me to my last thankful for for this day. I am thankful for my brother-in-law losing his wedding ring. I know, that is terrible. It didn't go over well with my sister either! Did I mention that this is the 3rd time he lost his wedding ring in 15 years? So-why my joy? Because for at least 1 straight hour- maybe an extra 1/2 hour than that, most of the 12 kids were busy looking for the wedding ring. Inside and out of the house- busy kids, not plugged in to anything : P (Thus I had a chance to steal the laptop!)
Bad news, the search was lost- and so is the ring still! Who knows, maybe there is still time to find it. St.Anthony??? Maybe he's taking Thanksgivng Day off?
Well, turkey's on- hope you and all yours are enjoying the day and finding extra to be thankful for!
Stuffing and surviving myself,