Jeremy took it upon himself to make a Thanksgiving Feast all by himself :)
He succeeded! He did an excellent job!
How did this come about?
Well, ever since I was a child, we did Thanksgiving with my paternal grandmother. It was great! My uncles and aunts and cousins would all usually be there... which was significant because even though we all lived within an hour of each, we barely ever saw them :( We lived a mile down the road from my grandmother, so, we saw her practically daily. Its the only holiday we somewhat celebrated. We were brought up Jehovah's Witnesses. We couldn't do any other holiday or birthdays. But, with this one, not only did everyone have off work and school, but, it was ok to do, kwim? No pagan origins.
Well, she passed away in April of 2005 (I wasn't aware I was pregnant at the time of her death) from pulmonary fibrosis. Ever since then, there's been no family Thanksgiving lunch/dinner.
I'm not sure if that first Thanksgiving together we went to his parents' house or not, but, more than likely, we did. And so, from then on, we'd arrange it (until my grandma's passing) so that we were able to be with both sides of the family during this holiday. It worked out well and great to be able to see relatives you don't get to see very often.
Jeremy's father passed away in January 2010.
There was no Thanksgiving Dinner.
This year, no notification or indication of any upcoming dinner; from either side.
Its no surprise from my side. Like I said, we were brought up without holidays (although, only 2 continue to attend JW meetings out of 7). And we have a sister that lives in Georgia with her children (minus her oldest bc she just got married in August and is currently living in California). Though, if plans were made, I'm sure she'd come down. And then I have another sister who's husband's family all live in Mississippi. So, they always go there... he gets to hunt while there too. And I'm sure that even with them, if plans were made, they'd be there too... like if it was on the Wednesday before.
However, the major thing, is that there's really nowhere to host a Thanksgiving Dinner. Our house is tiny. Cherie and her 3 girls live with our dad. Angele & Shane live with our mom until they get their home set up. I guess Montegut would be the only place to hold anything, but, its not exactly a neutral zone; being that our parents are divorced and other tenions... Although, I hope that since this past summer, things are ok and everyone would attend such a dinner if one was planned for there. So, really, that would be our only option.
So, that's why its no surprise my side had no plans.
Except that Cherie and her girls usually do come to our house for that week; or at least she brings her kids and goes to work until Thursday.
And Jeremy's side. Nothing. No email. No phone call. No text messages. Nothing.
I remembered one year, we were in GA for Thanksgiving and we went to a restaurant with Aimee & her family. So, I asked Jeremy what were we going to do for Thanksgiving since we didn't hear from anyone. I had asked at the beginning of November. He said he didn't know, but he was going to cook a turkey. Well, the month continues to go by and still no word from anyone. All I know is that Cherie & her kids will be here because they usually are :)
As Thanksgiving gets closer, Jeremy brings home two turkeys along with sides and things to make desserts. He's going to have his Thanksgiving Dinner regardless of anything else. And if we would have gotten a call to have dinner somewhere else, he could have just brought his food...
Well, Wednesday, I go into the ER... you can read about that in another blog entry... ha ha ha
So, we wouldn't have been able to attend anyone else's dinner, anyways... but, no one knew that until Wednesday night when I posted it in my facebook status.
Below are the finished results of Jeremy waking up at 7:30 am and having it all together by 12:00 pm!
He loves to cook and takes great pride in his work :)
Master Chef, Jeremy!
Everyone else that was here to eat (Jeremy took pic on workout bench)
Everyone being silly :D