This week my 8th grader is off for the full week (first time ever). The 11th grader is in school on Monday/Tuesday.
My goal in life is now simplicity and drama-free. If it gets more complicated that it needs to be, you will find me out of the loop/situation/etc. [If you were my child, you'd see that I won't discuss what created the problem in the first place, but I WILL discuss how we'll solve it - on minor life issues]
Last year there was drama about Turkey Day and where we were eating. My inlaws were dropped from the list of guests at my brother's and replaced with HIS inlaws. Fine. We ate at Buca di Beppos with my inlaws and went over to my brother's for dessert. I like my inlaws but am not skipping my brother's THIS YEAR to eat ITALIAN with them again. Sorry. No. So the NEW PLAN is we will go back and forth between my inlaws and my family. DH was not very happy about it, but I no longer sacrifice my happiness to meet other people's needs - so its an EQUITABLE COMPROMISE.
So this year we are eating with my family at my brother's on Actual Turkey Day. I am only bringing green bean casserole. On Sunday of Turkey Day Weekend, I am going to do a second dinner with my inlaws. I'm planning on the traditional fixings with a turkey breast in the crockpot.
We will also put up our tree and have a new sectional coming for our family room (we've been couchless for a while and moved a click-bed down from my sons' room.) Shopping for Christmas will be minimal this year. Family vacation is the gift (though everyone will get a new pair of PJs and a gift to open in the $70 range). Decluttering for a downsize really gets one thinking about useless stuff.
Hope everyone is warm and safe this weekend.
Holiday Week - How are you celebrating?
November 17th, 2018 at 06:32 am