This One Italian Girl

Weekend Recap – Thanksgiving

Nov
30

How is it Wednesday already?!  This week is flying by, and I am not mad about it.  But I wanted to take a minute and recap my weekend, which happened to be Thanksgiving.  My parents have hosted Thanksgiving at their house for just about as long as I can remember.  More family used to come, but we still have a nice group of about 20 people every year.  All of my Dad’s siblings come and some of their kids still come (who now have kids of their own too!).  A couple of Aunt’s on my Mom’s side come and sometimes my Uncle and cousins.  It is always such a nice day and fun to see the family again.

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This year my Mom debated hosting because of the cancer and she tends to be more tired now.  But she wasn’t ready to give it up this year.  With the help of my amazing sister-in-law (SIL) and myself, we were able to do a lot of the prepping and cooking that she normally does.  The day before Thanksgiving my brother went over to move furniture and set up tables in the living room.  That night I went over and made a carrot cake for dessert as well as chopped a bunch of veggies for the stuffing and the Brussels sprouts.  My SIL brought over the stuff to make the gravy and my Mom made the fruit salad.  Then we ordered Mexican food for dinner and were all asleep by 9pm.

The next morning I decided to go for a run before heading over to help my Mom so I wouldn’t feel so guilty for all the food I was about to eat that day!  As soon as I got to my parents house, the SIL and I started peeling and cutting potatoes for the mashed potatoes.  Once the potatoes were done, I made the stuffing and cooked the raviolis.  Then people started showing up, who thankfully brought the appetizers, a green salad, and dessert.  My Dad is always in charge of the turkey, and we even decided to do a ham this year too.  After the turkey was done cooking, the SIL made the gravy and we baked the veggies and croissants.  Then dinner was finally ready!  For dessert we had pumpkin pie, lemon pie, carrot cake, and a pumpkin pie cake.  Everything was so delicious!  Even though I help my Mom every year, this year I stepped up my game so that she wouldn’t have to do much.  It really made me appreciate how much she does for us to make this holiday amazing for our family.  Whenever she is ready to hand down the torch, I hope I can pull it all off myself, because they are some big shoes to fill.

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The day after Thanksgiving, I had every intention of getting up and going for a run, but instead I laid in bed and slept in until 10am.  It was amazing.  The fiancé had the entire weekend off, so I took full advantage of spending time with him.  Once we finally got up and dressed, we borrowed his parents truck to switch kitchen tables for the new one his parents bought us as a wedding gift.  While it’s a little bitter sweet because our old table was the one my Dad grew up with at his childhood home, I am so grateful for this gift and all the delicious dinners that will be had around it for many years to come.  We also switched beds with one at my parent’s house because the fiancé claims our bed is too soft.  Plus the new bed is bigger so I was okay with it.  After all that we had lunch (leftovers) at the future in-laws.  Then the fiancé stayed to do laundry and go disc golfing while I went to my parents house to make turkey soup.  After that I came home and had more leftovers for dinner with the fiancé and we watched a movie.

Saturday morning we decided to hit the mall as soon as it opened to get a few things.  We wanted to make an adjustment on the wedding tuxes, buy a few Christmas gifts, and also a crockpot for ourselves.  That night we had dinner at the future in-laws for Monte Christo sandwiches.  This is my favorite part about Thanksgiving.  The fiancés family make these every year and I think I like them even better than the Thanksgiving dinner.  After dinner we went over our ceremony with his Mom to make sure we had all the cultural things in order before we have our last meeting with the pastor this week.  We couldn’t stay long because we had to get to his brother’s place for a surprise birthday party for his girlfriend.  Although Abby ruined the surprise by barking as they were unlocking the door, I think she was still slightly surprised and still had a good time.  We also couldn’t stay there long because the fiancé had to work the next day.

The fiancé had to work all day Sunday so I spent the day at my parent’s house.  I got up and took Abby for a walk first in hopes to tire her out a bit.  Later that morning I went with my parents to pick out a Christmas tree.  I enjoy doing this with them because I have a fake tree now and don’t get to experience that anymore.  The fiancé is allergic to Christmas trees.  Don’t even get me started on how sad that makes me.  But I guess it saves us money, so it’s a win?  Then I spent the rest of the day lounging around and watching Gilmore Girls with my Mom.  Not gonna lie, I was a little disappointed with the new series.  I feel like they didn’t have enough material and it was weird and dragged on at points.  But I thought the ending was fitting and ended the show full circle.

And now here we are back to another work week after a long 4 day weekend.  It’s always hard.  But I have been busy with inspections which has been nice to get me out of the office.  Plus it’s December tomorrow which means I can almost officially start my 1 month countdown to the wedding!  Woooohoooo!!!  We are getting RSVPs in the mail every day and it is so exciting.  Although nobody has said no so far, which makes me a little nervous that we will be a tight crowd in there.  But oh well, it will be fun.  Just not so fun having to make the seating chart when there’s no wiggle room to move people around.  This weekend we have our last meeting with the pastor, hopefully meeting with the DJ, and getting our marriage license.  It’s all coming together.