This year b and I decided we'd do a more traditional Thanksgiving at home. Angel, who now has seniority at his job, did not have to work and came up Tuesday evening (and stayed until Sat afternoon! Longest visit from him in quite some time). We got a chance to hang and talk and bond all day Wednesday. We took Pupzilla on a long walk and talked the day away.
Angel & Pupzilla
Pumpkin and BB came up Wednesday evening. b came home from work and made a fabulous spinach lasagna and garlic bread. We all sat around the table eating and drinking and talking and laughing. It was wonderful. BB and Angel bonded over a geeky online video game and spent much of the evening with their heads bent over a laptop.
b spent all Thanksgiving Day cooking. He started at 9 in the morning making us a wonderful frittata and then went right into the preparing the big meal. It was his first real bird. He usually cooks Thanksgiving dinner in dutch ovens, which won't fit a whole bird. He followed Mr. Brown's advice and it turned out beautifully. We set the table and spruced ourselves up and then sat down to a huge meal that was over way too soon.
Dessert was apple cobbler and homemade ice cream. We were too full to touch the pumpkin pie.
The next morning Pumpkin and BB had to go visit some of her relatives before they drove back home. But we had new visitors. My sister, C, and her fiance (my soon to be BIL that I had never met before) K, had spent the holidays at K's brother's house, which is just a few cities away from SouthLite. So C & K showed up Friday morning and stayed until Saturday morning. b had to go to work but Angel and I had a lovely time with them both. We went out for brunch and then took Pupzilla for a long walk, but mostly we talked and talked and talked. I so miss having my sisters around. K was super sweet and smart and funny (with a very dry dry sense of humor that I admire).
This morning everyone had to get up and leave but Angel lazed about for a while. We enjoyed one more breakfast together and then he was on the road. This has been the best visit home from him since he went to school. He seems so much more comfortable now and acted like the son I remember. I'm sure it has to a lot to do with being securely on his own and settled in his new life. Intellectually I knew our relationship was still strong but this is the first time it actually felt good to be with him since he's left home. It did me a world of good and now I'm so looking forward to Christmas.