07-14-18 Cassandra O’Leary

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Viva Las Vega

Well would you look at that....Thanksgiving is next week!  How'd it get here so fast?? For those of you not from the US, its the holiday when families and friends get together to offer up thanks to God for the many blessings we've been given over the years....and of course binge on Turkey, dressing and pumpkin pies (or in my case brownies, because I don't like pie).

Since moving to Arizona, our Thanksgivings have been small...just the sidekick and our four kids (and the occasional significant other of the kids). Which is fine, although I miss cooking for my aunt and cousins and their brood and enjoying the company. Our Thanksgiving celebrations is always the same. We start the prep work the day before, baking the pies and whatever desserts we plan to have, plus baking the cornbread for the stuffing. My oldest daughter is a nut for baking so I'll pass along some of that chore for her. Thursday, because the sidekick is an early riser, he'll put the turkey in the oven and the rest of the day will be spent making the side dishes, watching football and playing board games....which we also do after we eat.

This year, however, we've decided to do things differently. Since my younger daughter lives six hours away and has to work the day before and the day after Thanksgiving, I talked the sidekick into doing a trip somewhere in between her house and ours so we can all have Thanksgiving together. We decided on Vegas (of all places, but it was the only one available with our timeshare). It's only a three hour drive for her and she'll be up on Wednesday and leave Friday morning. Enough time. My oldest was even able to take off Wed-Sun and will spend the time in Vegas with us. Then, child number four, started a new job and informed us he would not be able to go because he has to work Black Friday. Kinda defeated the purpose of the whole plan!  Although, he wasn't really looking forward to the trip because he's not 21 yet and there's not much he can do there. So, he'll spend it with his best friend and his girlfriend. 

So what are your plans for this Thanksgiving? Are you traveling? Staying home? 

Whichever it is, my blessings to you to have a terrific day!


Sarah Raplee said...

Kids! They always seem to put a wrench in the plans!
We're driving three-and-a half hours over the Cascade Mountains to spend the holiday in Bend, Oregon with at my mom, sister, and brother-in-law's house. There will be 27 of us for Thanksgiving dinner! It blows the mind!
Haven't seen some of the relatives in over a year, so this will be awesome. Noisy, but awesome!

Happy Thanksgiving, Terri.

Terri Molina said...

That sounds Awesome! Our family hasn't had a large dinner like that since before my mom passed...nearly forty years ago. :-/

Have a terrific time! Safe travels!