Friday, November 28, 2008

Nov 27, 2008 Happy Day

Happy Thanksgiving

My daughter and I have always believed that when Santa appears at the end of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, that Christmas was officially here. She was looking forward to getting back home to start decorating. LOL

We had such a wonderful time. Lots of warmth and time shared with family. We had the meal catered and that was so convenient but we all agreed afterward that cooking had its own merit on the holidays and we agreed we would cook on Christmas. We missed the turkey roasting and the pumpkin pie baking in the oven.

I can barely keep my eyes open right now. It’s been a long and perfect day. The only snag in the day was that Tom, Jeni’s fiancé, was unable to come. He is always on call on his job and he’s been in Ft. Myers for three days trying to correct a problem at their waste treatment center. Not a nice way to spend the holiday. He will get home about midnight tonight if all goes well. Jeni and he are getting used to him always being on call I think but its still disappointing, especially on a holiday and he has to be away.

We were delighted to have June's Mom, Cecelia, spend the day with us. I know June and Mike are worried about her because she has Alzeimers but for a 90 year old woman she looks great and she enjoys herself. I know we enjoyed her. We learned that she is outspoken and funny.
Lexi got her share of attention, as always. I don’t know what level you go to after spoiled isn’t strong enough word. LOL

The Wii was a hit. Michael stayed over after every one had left around 8pm just to get in a few more games. I heard Bill commandeering Michael to come help set up Christmas decorations as he left.

Yamelis, my sister in law from Venezuela, said her mother and sister were a bit perplexed over our Thanksgiving celebrations. In their country they eat Thanksgiving dinner and then leave. Here we eat, play, rest, eat dessert, rest, play, watch Christmas Vacation as we nap, then its dinner time, build a bon fire to sit by, the maybe eat a snack. LOL Maybe that’s why Yamelis weighs about 100 lbs and I don’t! LOL

Great memories here of another Thanksgiving Day and all we have to be thankful for.

Blessings on this day.
This year I’m thankful for my husband. I am so thankful that he takes care of himself so I don’t have to worry about him. He works out daily at the Y, is eating better (not a good subject for this day), and gets his checkups, etc, etc, etc, Thirty eight years of loving him is not enough… I want thirty-eight more.

Jeni, our beautiful daughter I adore and am so proud of. She’s such a hard worker and does so much. She has a wonderful heart and cares so deeply.

Family that keeps growing now instead of disappearing, which was my fear. Though we suffer losses,most notibly our Aunt Betty this past year, and people leave (Guillermo is in the Army now), our family can still gather and even grow. Tom's family has already become family to us and this Christmas we will even get to meet Tom's brother and sister in law and ..ta-da..the twins! We are looking forward to seeing all the family and meeting the ones we haven't met yet.
I’m thankful that Yamelis’ Mom and sister were able to come to America and they were able to be together after seven years of separation. I'm glad we have the opportunity to get to know them better.

I’m thankful for my four brothers and the family tie that we have, the love we share. I’m thankful for my sister in laws and how close I feel to each one of them. Loving your in-laws is not always a given so I know how blessed I am to have Brenda, Rita, Yamelis, and June in my life.

I’m thankful my mother is still alive and part of my life. It’s wonderful knowing she is still able to manage on her own and is vital. Al & Brenda take a load off all of us because she is in a house on their property and they do all the work, seeing that she gets to the store, Dr. and a million other things. I‘m very thankful for Alvin and Brenda!!

We are blessed with a handsome, wonderful, caring, future son in law, Tom. The love that he and Jeni share touches my heart every time I see them together. They will be married in April and I’m thankful that we will be on Antigua on April 11, for this occasion.

I’m so thankful for my family in Texas and for the blessing they are in my life. All of them love and care about us and keep in touch and keep that family tie with Bill.

I’m thankful for all the friends in my life. So many from HCC and Skywriters and here in Plant City and Maggie Valley. They enrich my life and make me more.

Oh, I can see this list could go on and on for eternity. Too many blessings to even list right now. I am so blessed and I am thankful. I will start to think of all the other blessings when I send this and I’ll be thankful for those but I’ll spare you all more words here. LOL

Holiday blessings to each and every one of you who read this.


Mary said...

It sounds like your Thanksgiving, surrounded by family, was a special occasion. Interesting to read about the differences in the Thanksgiving celebration in Venezuela vs. the Thanksgiving celebration here. But also wondering...hmmm...what the occasion for the Venezuelan Thanksgiving might be, as it wouldn't be the same as ours.

I'm glad that the Wii was a hit, and it doesn't surprise me in the least. It IS addicting. I bet your brothers will all end up with them soon.

I enjoyed reading the list of things you were thankful for & also seeing the pictures of all. What a special day you had!

Judy said...

How strange that they said they had a Thanksgiving Day. I will have to ask them why they have one at all. Perhaps they were talking about holidays in general but several of us questioned them about a Thanksgiving in particular and they said, oh, yes, that they did. I laugh at this now because I did not question the strangeness at the time, though I'm sure that was why the quizzicle looks and questions from the others who WERE thinking about what they said. I will see them on Saturday, Bettina's birthday that we will be celebrating and ask them (Yamelis) more then. Now I am curious. LOL

Sue said...

A joy to share in your wonderful day and to be part of your list of thanks. I am very thankful for you and all of HCC also.

Peggy said...

What an uplifting read Judy! Thank you for sharing your day. You DO seem to have an extra long Thanksgiving Day celebration even my US standards! But what a wonderful and special blessing it sounds like for all who are there. We just seem to gather and never stop nibbling and eating til the last person goes home--about a 12-hour event! The feeling of family growing is wonderful too!

Victoria said...

Blessings right back at you Judy. YOur holiday sounds sweet and lovely and full of thanks. Oyr Thanksgiving day is long too - we cook, nibble, rest, cook, feast, visit, watch football, eat dessert, clean the kitchen, talk, rest - probably about twelve hours too.