Hi! I hope you’re having a very Happy Thanksgiving! Normally on Thursdays I host Coffee Talk where I talk about pop culture, things I see in the news, answer random questions, etc. But since it’s Thanksgiving, I thought I’d host a special Thanksgiving Edition of Coffee Talk and share what I’m thankful for. I hope you’ll take the time to watch the video and share some of the things you’re thankful for in the comments below.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that I like to do a little something called “Fist Bump Friday”, where I encourage my friends to share something that has made them happy during the week. Sometimes we get so bogged down with life and the crazy that comes with it that we forget to recognize the good things. So I thought it’d be fun if we all shared and celebrated together.
So please, share your good news in the comments below. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering. If it’s important to you, it’s important to me.
This week, I’m happy that my family and I got to spend time together. Between the twins receiving their college acceptance letters and making plans for college life, I’ve been a weepy mess…
Thanksgiving dinner was definitely a family affair: the girls and I made the pies and the hubs baked them; the hubs learned and taught us all how to use the convection oven to make ham. The girls made the vegetables, mashed potatoes, and gravy. And the boy helped clean up.
I hope everyone had a beautiful Thanksgiving. We hosted my parents, my twin sister and her family at our home this year. The dinner was incredible, if I don’t say so myself. I was pretty proud of myself. But we did learn something… I either need a bigger oven or a double oven. It was really hard to get everything cooked and kept warm with only one oven. Just typing that makes me grateful for the silly First World problems that I face on a daily basis, because I know there are people who have it worse.
I’m also grateful for the cray cray that enables me to do these weekly posts because, wow, people are always leaving me scratchin’ my head…
1. Sherman Hemsley, star of The Jeffersons, has been laid to rest. He died on 24 July. It is now 23 November. Hemsley’s funeral was held up over a lawsuit over his estate which is worth a reported $50,000. This only confirms my belief that weddings and funerals bring out the worst in people.
2. I think I’ve made it abundantly clear that I’m not a fan of Black Friday. I know in this economic climate it’s one of the big money makers for retailers but the craziness just gets to me, but I think this takes the cake: a Massachusetts man left his girlfriend’s 2~year~old son asleep in the car while he tried to score some major deals. After purchasing a 51~inch flat screen TV, he went home and left the child behind. What? I have a couple of questions here:
How did he get home without the kid?
And how mad was the mother?
3. Ya know, I thought last week would be the last week I’d write about post~election craziness but I was wrong. A Florida cop has resigned after telling co~workers that he’d volunteer to assassinate President Obama and other members of the Democratic Party. blank stare Really? During the investigation, the officer said that his words were “hyperbole and not actual threats”. Ummmm, too bad being stupid isn’t a crime.
4. I’ve never been a gambler, I can’t see working 40 hours a week just to give my paycheck to a casino, but if that’s your thing, enjoy. But that being said, you have to really like gambling to have doctor inject you with Botox and facial fillers so you can maintain a “poker face”. This new use for the cosmetic procedures is called “Pokertox” and is the brain child of a New York doctor of aesthetic medicine. I could be wrong but isn’t part of the poker playing fun, trying to figure out a person’s “tells”?
This year, I’m thankful for so much ~ I’m thankful for a God who has shown me love and mercy through it all. I’m thankful for my family who has been through so many changes this year but has grown closer and more loving. I’m thankful for new friends who’ve helped me to step out of my comfort zone and embrace new things. And I’m thankful for you, my readers, you’ve laughed and cried with me over the past year and offered words of encouragement when I needed it.
I know I’ve talked about this before but I really enjoy taking pictures, so I’ve decided to post a picture of the day on Sundays for the month of November. Just random pictures of things that catch my eye during the week, nothing big and fancy, just random fun stuff.
How about that earthquake yesterday? Did you feel it? The hubs and I were talking on Facetime last night when it happened. He started looking around the room and he goes “The lamps are shaking…” At first he thought it was a train or something, earthquake never crossed his mind. But a quick check of Twitter confirmed Miss 14’s suspicions that it was an earthquake. Gotta love Twitter for getting news quickly.
Do you have plans for Thanksgiving yet? We’re going to visit my parental units in Mississippi. I’m pretty excited because this will be the first time that we’ll be at my parents’ home for Thanksgiving in years. I’m hoping my dad will make some sweet potato pies. Even if he makes nothing else that’ll be enough for me.
Will you be in the Southeast Missouri region in the near future? If you are, you really ought to stop by our church for a visit. It’s called The Rock International Ministries. We have locations in Jackson and Sikeston, Missouri.
Do you have any new favorite shows on television this season? I’m totally digging “Person of Interest” starring James Caviezel, Michael Emerson, Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman. It confirms my paranoia belief that we are, in fact, under constant surveillance by the government. I’m also loving “Brad Meltzer’s Decoded” (not a new show but one you definitely ought to be watching). I totally believe those folks have black helicopters following them at all times.
TwitterMoms and Target wants to know what three Thanksgiving traditions I’ll be passing on to my children. If you’d like to participate in the contest for the chance to win a $50 Target gift card, just go here.
Thanksgiving is a big deal around our house, it’s the one time the family gathers together and puts aside the craziness of the past year to enjoy some good food, great conversation and fun family traditions. My family loves to eat so naturally our biggest family traditions center around food.
We usually start the celebrations a week early with me baking loaves of Orange Cranberry Tea Loaf and Banana Nut Bread. This fills the air with warm, comfy smells that usher in the autumn season. Every year, the kids settle in around the kitchen table and regale me with stories of their school day, while eagerly awaiting the spoons. Ok, I know they shouldn’t lick the spoons with the raw dough but, omg, it’s soooo delish… Now my children are old enough to join in the fun and they’ve already started asking me when we’re going to get started baking. Soon, babies, I promise!
The baking continues until the day before Thanksgiving (this way all the dessert is finished ahead of time, afterall, that is the most importan part of the meal, right?), that’s when we get down to some serious cooking. Every year, my family likes to add something new to the Thanksgiving meal. One year, we had an orange glazed turkey; this year, it’s going to be fried turkey. The fun part is that we never know how things are going to turn out and no matter how they do turn out, we have fun experimenting. Are y’all ready for the turkey frying?
On Thanksgiving day, the family gathers around the table, clasps hands and thanks Our Heavenly Father for all that He has given to us. Then, while still holding hands, everyone takes turns telling what they are most thankful for. The gratitude list covers everything from the silly – “I’m thankful for my braces” – to the sentimental – “I’m thankful for my family.” Hmmm, I wonder what will top the lists this year?
So I guess it’s fair to say that the three Thanksgiving traditions that I have passed on to my children are:
1. A love for good food and the fun that can come from experimentation
2. The excitement that comes from family gatherings
3. An appreciation for the many gifts from Heaven, be they big or small
What traditions do you plan to hand down to your children? Are they culinary? Does your family veg in front of the tv? How about boys vs girls touch football? Don’t be shy, share with me…