Two Days And Three Thanksgiving Dinners.

10171862_754972817885618_1949087765355813439_nSo it’s Sunday, my “recovery” day. I’ve had two days were I’ve done nothing but laugh and stuff my face. Not exactly a bad thing honestly. My mom worked on Thanksgiving and my sister came home Wednesday night, so I thought I’d go over to my nana’s and help her out with whatever needed to be done, but I think it was just better to stay at home. I taped Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade for three hours and I never got passed the second hour. I think last year I never got past the first half hour, this time I actually tried to get a little further than last year. I still didn’t last very long though. Despite for the sucky parade, my Thanksgiving day was actually relaxing. When my mom got home that night, the cats came inside when she tried to get through the door. I got down on the floor and went into the living room. Since we got some snow the day before, the temperate down there was freaking cold! I had my sister put me on the couch. My mom made us tune noodle casserole because Blondie and I were hungry. Dad ended up breaking up the bread for us, we never got to watch our movie we had planned on watching for basically two weeks. I did get to hear my sister just talk her head off though so that made up for it.

1509275_372904322886235_3573564059995374517_nThe next day, I woke up fairly early. I was anxious and worried all at the same time. My sister’s boyfriend Batman came over at 3am and don’t worry he had dad’s permission to come over at that time. So when I got up, he was there in the living room trying to get ChiChi up to him. She actually surprised me, right before we left the house. He sat on the couch and she just casually jumped up on his lap. She hardly barks/growls at him now. When we got to my nana’s, we got there first before my uncle, aunt and my cousin Kristi. So we had to take our winning selfie and brag about it. Since we had our Thanksgiving feast on Friday, the stores were open. My sister had to get the fruit and vegetable trays. It was the first time in a while were we got to have both and it was the best thing ever. Even though my mom did eat all of the green peppers before everybody got there. I was still surprised Kristi didn’t devour the strawberries in one setting. I went over in my big wheelchair so I felt like I was in the way, but since I showed my nana how to play Bubble Shooter I was allowed to leave the room and play the game on her laptop. So that’s when this picture was captured. I watched my mom and Batman make the stuffing we always have too much of every year. My mom makes two different kinds of stuffing: one with oysters and the other without. Batman had the best job of all, he was mom’s taste tester even though it was his first year with us he still volunteered himself to be the taste tester, especially when he said he loved oysters. Brave soul.

10805646_372904142886253_5169312632725279499_nEverybody was good about taking pictures, since everybody knows they’re just not going on Facebook and Instagram. They’re going on here too. So I tried to only take less suspecting pictures were I can’t get in trouble with, that’s why everybody is looking down.  Like I said the other day, my dad does the turkey every year. My nana broke down the gilbets for the gravy which were disgusting at the ending stages. When my uncle, aunt and cousin Kristi got there everybody got hotter in the kitchen really fast, I definitely kept myself out of the kitchen and away from the fruit tray the best I could  My mom knew everybody wasn’t going to leave until the next day, so she got this idea that we should have a game to play. She sent out Blondie, Batman and Kricket to the dollar store to figure out what game to get for us. It was between Family Feud and Scattergories. My Uncle David didn’t think we needed to play Family Feud, getting into teams would be bad for us. So they got Scattergories, and since it was Black Friday, it was only $7.

We had planned to have everything done by 1:30pm and honestly we needed that next half hour because when Dad got there and the turkey was finished cooking it was like we were rushing, we had croissant rolls and it took three people, including my sister and it was first time ever doing that. They baked, along with my uncle’s infamous mac and cheese that took the longest to bake. When the rolls everybody forgot about the egg wash on top of them, but honestly they were better without it. We had to have two tables and that meant three adults, including myself sat at our notorious kid’s table. I definitely felt like an adult considering in my electric wheelchair I’m higher than I am in my push chair, we had to use four books to lift it up for me. It worked though! You know when everybody’s enjoying the food when everybody’s extra quiet. I only ate turkey, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, and four rolls. Plus the two plate full of veggies and fruit before and after I finished. Since I don’t like pie, I thought fruit could be my dessert then I remembered my nana had Twinkies in her fridge. I think I owe her like two of them now.

My dad was the first to leave, then my mom took home the twins as I called them so they could take a nap. Our original plan was to take a nap too and then wake up to play our game. We didn’t even make it to the freaking living room! We just stayed in the kitchen the entire time, except for when everybody to go outside to take a smoke break. After that first break they took, my mom broke open the game box and read the rules, but since we don’t normally read the rules we did things a little differently, instead of reading off the extra categories and using the timer that they provided us with, we just went in a line around the room with only five seconds to answer the questions. That first game I did win it but Kricket and Katt were tied so they went up against each other to end the game. It was the best thing we could have done in those five or six hours we spent in that kitchen as a family. We laughed and groaned at everybody’s answers, but nobody’s answers were as bad as my nana and I’s answers were while David, Katt, and Kricket were outside visiting a friend. The question was: Things that kids play with and the dice landed on the letter “M” and the only thing my nana and I thought of were bad. She said machine guns and I said matches. While we played the game, my papaw did play a little bit of it too. It was so cute! He didn’t do too bad either.

10628276_754974164552150_6648011176260714711_nMy mom had to work the next day, so we had to head home around 8pm. I was a little bummed, but I was hoping to go over to the next day as my other uncle and aunt were going to come over. Dad had to wake me up at 11:30am, I had a hard time going to bed that night. When we got there, there was two cars in the driveway. I didn’t know who the second car belonged to until I saw up by the mirror and I realized it was Kristi’s car. We went inside and everybody was everywhere. Kristi had put up my nana’s Christmas tree for her. I honestly don’t have any energy yet to put up ours. Maybe by the end of the week I can talk my mom into it. Anyways, it was great to see my Uncle Rick and Aunt Linda finally! David and Katt hadn’t left then either. They were looking at old pictures from the 80’s and later. David found a picture of my papaw with some bell bottoms and it was dated 1980. Oh lord! My Aunt Katt kept this old notebook/diary from 1986 and it was really interesting, even though I felt really wrong for reading it! I could not stop reading it though, after we got done eating and thankfully we had ham, which had cinnamon on it. It was amazing! I want cinnamon on my ham for now on! Linda is going to try to bring Louisiana Crunch Cake the next time she comes down for me!

When my dad came to pick me up, I got home and relaxed before going over to the garage for my third and final Thanksgiving dinner. Ever have a thought come back to bite you in the ass? I sure as hell did! I’ve always wanted to experience more than one Thanksgiving dinner but only because everybody else I know has more than one. I had three and by the end of the second I started to understand the meaning of food coma better.

10639711_648024475307139_9190092616233073657_nMy dad came to bring me over to the garage around 5:30pm, surprisingly I was getting hungry again and I had lunch (a lot of food too) just three hours before. I went into the garage and compared to yesterday’s temperature it was like a normal Thanksgiving weather, had to been around 45 degrees outside. I definitely didn’t need my socks when I first went out there. My dad was deep-frying the last turkey. If this was to be my last Thanksgiving I sure as hell ate a LOT! Dad and I shared a plate. He got both turkey and ham, I just ate the turkey this time around. Ju-Ju and Theresa made the sides along with the desserts. All three dinners and I never had a proper dessert. That NEVER happens! Like, ever. Dad got us green beans, dumplings, mashed potatoes with gravy, and little rolls that he made. I didn’t want the dumplings at first but Ju-Ju said that she made them and they were amazing! I’m glad I changed my mind at the last minute. I definitely enjoyed that meal too and watched the boys play a couple of rounds of pool too. I think I only stayed there for like two and a half hours before my dad took me home because I was so exhausted. Which didn’t matter because I didn’t get much sleep last night and I didn’t even blog either. If you celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you had a great time! If you didn’t, I hope you enjoyed this post and I’m REALLY sorry if you’re hungry right now too!