Saturday, November 19, 2011


Well it's been a few days since my last post - things have been pretty quiet.  We are entering into the holiday season, which is not a big deal for me since I am not really into "holidays", but I am BIG into "family life".  So, I am looking forward to visiting with Adrienne and her family for the Thanksgiving weekend.  Derek and I, along with my granddaughter Zuri, Derek's significant other and her daughter will be traveling to Mississippi.  My granddaughters are so excited about our visit (they are counting down the days until our arrival).  We always have such a great time when we get together. I will have all of my grandchildren with me, with the exception of Derek II, who is away at college in Colorado.  He will be missed, but he will be home for his winter break in a few weeks.   This will be Adrienne's family's first opportunity to meet her brother's friend and I am sure they will get along well.  

Adrienne is preparing the bulk of the meal and I am preparing individual cheesecakes for the dessert.  

We can always count on Adrienne to prepare delicious food and I will step back into my role as the clean up person.  She enjoys cooking and I have no problem with cleaning afterward (this has been a long standing agreement between us -she cooks and I clean).  

It will be good to spend some time in Mississippi again - especially to see all the girls.  Remember, I lived with them for almost 2 years before returning to St. Louis - boy, do I miss them.  Jena, the oldest grand daughter, has this undying desire for us all to live closer together, so that we can see each other more often.  I also wish that we could work that out, but right now we have to settle for "road trip" visits.  Maybe we can work out an arrangement where they can spend some time with me during the summer.

I think back to when my parents were still alive and we had family gatherings - I always thought they were so lenient with their grandchildren (not overly lenient because, of course, there were boundaries).  Now that I have grandchildren of my own, I understand fully.

Well, I am sure that I will have some interesting stories to share with you after a weekend with my children, grandchildren, family and friends.   So until then,  be safe, enjoy your Thanksgiving and remember be thankful everyday.