Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The feast is almost upon us!

Preparing for a Thanksgiving meal for 20+ people is kind of a big deal....

This is what we have so far...
20lb turkey - still needs to be prepared, glazed, cooked - currently defrosting in fridge
10lb ham - still needs to be glazed and baked
20lbs of potatoes - still need to be peeled, soaked, boiled, mashed
2 apple pies - 1 still in the process of preparing (homemade yumm!)
2 pumpkin pies - 1 coming from Sam all the way from MI :)
4 dozen cookies
Mom's strawberry fluff
Corn flake treat (like rice cripsy treats)
2 bags of broccoli
2 bags of corn
4 boxes of stuffing
6 jars of gravy
veggies + dip
crackers cheese and meat
olives, pickles, - yum!
croissant rolls

OMG - so much still to do :)
But grocery shopping is done - i'm about to go finish the pie and corn flake treats - got help with the cookies (Skyler) - and tomorrow night after working 9-9 i will be up all night peeling potatoes and preparing delicious foods!

Spent the last 2 days grocery shopping - cleaning - rearranging the house - Interesting efforts - found 2 table clothes i didn't even know i had - i have cleaned my house top to bottom and re-discovered my kitchen counters! washed all the bedding, towels, and table clothes. oh my goodness... i even found time to make a goody basket and time for some arts and crafts :)

idk what i would do with myself if i had more than 2 days - i think i would be at a loss for what to do - so much accomplished - well - off to finish baking :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Life and the trials it brings...

So - it's been a crazy couple of weeks/month pretty much.

Back in October my dad's mom was admitted to the hospital for liver failure, which progressed and caused other medical issues including a strock. Now she has been transferred to a different hospital for rehabilitation due to the stroke and is still there.

Monday Nov 7 - mom, dad, and ang were in a car accident. Some kid rear ended them. They were taken to the ER at St. Jos in Joliet. Dad and Ang were released with minimal injuries and Mom was kept overnight. Then the next day she went to Edwards Heart Hospital and was just released yesterday Nov 16.

It's been a crazy few weeks to say the least. Trying to manage life and all that it entails. Got work and kids and husband and finances and school planning - Managing the kids schedules and coordinating rides and meal plans all while having other commitments that consume 60-80 hrs of my time throughout the week. It has been pretty eventful.

But most of all - there has been no time to breathe. Today i slept in till 9am! OMG! and now i am sitting blogging for the first time in a month - I haven't even been able to keep up with everything that is going on in my friend's lives. I have been only half there in almost every circumstance.

BUT - Thank God for friends and family - churches and small groups - My brother coordinated dinners for us - which was such a huge stress reliever! I am so grateful and thankful for that. I never could have realized what a relief a prepared meal would be! Thank you so much to all the people who are participating in this. My family won't have to worry about buying groceries or making meals till after Thanksgiving - which is such a financial relief as well because my mother has been off work due to hospitalization. - My husband was at the house with the kids almost every day until I could get there. He was a huge help and last weekend he took em to Portillos - which they loved :)

I remember when i was younger and our family would get into a bind and then friends would come over and bring us food - or a Christmas when we were younger and there was a knock on the door and when we opened it there were 2 boxes full of presents for us (I will never forget i got a stuff animal for christmas that year - a dog with a scarf - i think the kids still have it) - or the Christmas when the doorbell rang when i was in high school and there was a sled full of presents. Or even the times when people extended wonderful and enormous gifts to my family.

This year I am treating my family to Thanksgiving. I know it is something as small as a meal - but it is a huge weight lifted off my family - one less stressor to deal with. No planning on their part - no financial obligations - no cooking or worrying - and they don't have to worry about the house being clean for company - This year thats all on me. and honestly i wouldn't change it.

I am treating myself to a me day this coming Monday - in preparation for what is to come and for relaxation and rejuvenation for what has been. So - that is what i am looking forward to :)