So last night we met up with a couple of friends for my birthday. It was fun. We had a great time. The band was really great. I tried my first jager bomb. It tasted like Nyquil. Kevin said it wasn't made right. He only had a couple of sips of his and poured the rest in my glass. He subsisted on Bud Light the rest of the evening. Me, I stuck with pineapple juice. And maybe a little Malibu rum for flavor. Hee hee hee hic.
So we had a great Thanksgiving day. We hosted dinner for my in-laws: Cleo (Mother-in-law) and Dan (Father-in-law), Stephanie (Sister-in-law), Meghan (Niece) and Amy (Cousin-in-law). It was a nice day that didn't get hectic or overwhelming at all. Kevin fried three (yes, three!) turkeys. One for us to eat at dinner, one for having later and for everyone to take some home, and the third was for his business partner.
After dinner I made wine-a-ritas (Peach Bellini, yummmm), some had beer, some had wine (I indulged in the wine, too) and we sat on the back patio with the firepit blazing (it was cold out there). Football on the t.v. all day. Cowboys won!!! Longhorns whooped them Aggies!!! Oh yeah, the Packers won their game, too. But that's not important. Hee hee hee. I wish I had pictures to post but my camera wasn't here at my home to use.
We decided to brave the crowds for some Black Friday shopping and it really wasn't bad at all.
Now on to today - IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! The best part of this weekend. Hee hee hee. Not sure where we're going tonight. I have a couple different places in mind and I will certainly let everyone know. I do hope to have my camera back before then so I can have some pictures to post.
Some of the most precious reasons to give thanks are the young children. For me it begins with my granddaughters, Aaliyah (2) and Leslie (4).
When I am with them they give me such joy. They are constantly laughing and smiling and on the go. They do tire me out. Funny but I don't recall their mother (Jennifer) or their Uncle Paul or even their Aunt Bethanie tiring me out this much. And I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that I was a lot younger when they were that young. Nosireebob.
Leslie is such a good big sister. She watches out for her little sister. In January they will have a baby sister and I'm sure that Aaliyah will be a good big sister, too.
They always bring on a smile whenever I talk to them on the phone or when Leslie sings to me. I wish we lived closer so I can see them more often but they are an Army family so they go whereever duty takes them.
My oldest niece, Megan (10), is always fun to have around. She likes to play practical jokes on her cousin, Bethanie (14). She almost always has a smile on her face showing off her dimples. Together she and Bethanie make up the dreaded duo MegaBeth. Okay, not so much dreaded as you just never know what can happen. But no matter what, they are always there for each other. Megan also has a curiosity about her as she's always asking questions about anything and everything. Sometimes the answers are easy and sometimes they're not.
We also have one nephew, Nathan (10), who is the lone boy at family gatherings. Paul used to be but now the torch is passed to Nathan since Paul hasn't been around here much during family gatherings, what with serving overseas and all. At least he has two cousins he can hang out with. Nathan doesn't talk much when the family is together unless he's playing Wii. Then he's all hoop and holler. He reminds me what it's like to have a little boy in the house again. And I like that (because I miss it at times). He's a great kid. He's only been in our family for 3.5 years and I'm proud to call him my nephew.
Our two nieces, Evie (3) and Aimee (2) are inquisitive. They have a curiosity about everything, which is good. But sometimes it can not be good. Like the time they decided to suck the blue out of a poster marker. It must not have been good because they didn't touch any others. At least they didn't get sick. They are always wanting to learn new things and try new things. Which is a good thing.
So I give thanks this Thanksgiving for my granddaughters, my nieces and my nephew. They are a blessing in my life. Whenever they are all here it's noisy but it's a nice noise. Our house is quiet these days since there is only a teenager living at home and she uses headphones when she plays her music. And boy am I thankful for that.
Actually we should be thankful for all we have more than one day a year. I know I am. But this one day of Thanksgiving is especially more significant because we can all stop and think about everything that has gone on in our lives the past year and be really thankful.
This year I'm thankful for my husband's health. Kevin was in the emergency room almost two years ago. His health is so much better this year even though he still has some bad days. At least his bad days are much less this year than this past year. He is the love of my life and I don't know what I would do without him.
I'm thankful for my oldest daughter, Jennifer, and her family. She is due to give birth to her third daughter in January. So that will make me a grandma of three beautiful granddaughters. Nothing like three granddaughters to keep you young at heart. My son-in-law, Alex, was injured during his second tour of Iraq with the U.S. Army and I am very thankful he didn't lose a limb or worse, his life.
I'm thankful that my son, Paul, came back from two tours with the U.S. Army unharmed. He just turned 22 and I feel that now he should be able to get his life started in the direction he wants to go. He knows what he wants and knows what he needs to do to get there. Although his friends from high school are almost finished with college he is just starting. I feel that he has experienced more and learned more from the Army so that he will appreciate college more.
I'm thankful for my youngest daughter, Bethanie. She is a freshman in high school this year and is hoping to make the dance team. She is interested in photo journalism and wants to be an actress. I am thankful for her sunny disposition and she makes us laugh.
I am thankful for my dad and step-mother, Eleanor. They have been so helpful to me during these trying times when I didn't know what was happening with Kevin, especially when he spent a week in the hospital with a poison creeping up one side of his face and swelling his eye shut. No matter what else was going on they have always been there for me, for us, offering their support.
And last but not least - I suppose I'm thankful for Louie the Doxieshire. He does make me laugh at his antics and squirrel chasing. He can be asleep in his house (dog crate) but whenever somebody, namely me, gets on the couch with an afghan or blanket he's right there ready to get under it before I can even situate myself. I am now making him his own afghan for his pillow so he can burrow under it.
The weekend before Halloween my SIL, Stephanie, MIL, Cleo, and I went for a girls' weekend getaway to a nice bed and breakfast called Lamb's Rest Inn. It was a really nice weekend. I didn't realize how much I needed a getaway until that weekend.
There were some steps behind the house that lead to the Guadalupe River. So peaceful.
Not sure but it appears someone lost their canoe.
It was so peaceful out there that I was able to finish up Leslie's sweater in no time. After we finished walking through Gruene and visiting the wine store for an hour or so.
I decided on a sweater jacket made with Lion Brand Homespun for Aaliyah, my 2-year-old granddaughter. I sure hope it fits her.
After I finished the sweater I really didn't know what else to crochet. Although I do need to make a newborn sweater for the newest granddaughter due January 6th, I decided to bring out my knitting needles and chunky yarn and try my hand at making a scarf. It's coming along slowly.