Time to sit down for a bit and try to focus. We’ve definitely hit the busy time of the year and am starting to feel overwhelmed. Was just this afternoon that it hit we are only days away from Thanksgiving.
The girl made it bad to NebraskaLand safe and sound this afternoon! Thanksgiving is officially in the books! Now we have a new days before I dare to even think about Christmas. I’m one of those people who refuse to even think about Christmas before December 1st. In all reality, if I could wait until the week before Christmas, that would be ideal. Way back when we were a young family I wouldn’t put the tree up until the 23rd and would take everything down the 26th. It wasn’t because I was a Grinch, I love Christmas…but Kirk is and Kaet was born on the 26th, when she was little I tried to separate Christmas from her birthday and that was how I did it…Christmas was all taken down and put away before we celebrated her birthday in the evening.
Kirk and Kaet are actually both Christmas Grinches. Personally, I think she decided to be that was because her dad was and it’s more of a dog and pony show with them than anything. Kirk has gotten better over the years, think he’s gotten used to the fact that I so enjoy the spirit of the season. I so love to do things for others this time of year. I try to not go too crazy with the gift buying, try to keep it simple. This year I’m crocheting scarves and infinity scarves for those near and dear.
We always do Angel Tree gifts for four local needy kids. Think that’s our most favorite thing each year, Kirk has even gotten to enjoy that part. We dump our change into jars and then buckets throughout the year, that is the money we use for the needy kids. The last two years we were able to get everything on the kids lists. Such a great feeling!
Anyway…so for the next few days I’m going to work on getting the house in order…get back to the laundry and deep cleaning that I started last week. Hoping to make leaps and bounds on working on the pigsty we call the basement. I’ve gotten really bad about just taking things to the basement and setting them down and do the whole “out of sight out of mind thing”. It’s now gotten to the point where something has to be done…there’s no getting back to the area where the Christmas things are kept. I’ll admit that I’m a hoarder. Things have just gotten out of hand and I can’t continue to ignore the elephant in the room! Especially when Kirk went to the basement and saw the mess this morning and threw a fit, threatening to get a dump box and just start chucking…things got a little on the ugly side around here today. I like to keep good memories, he doesn’t care about those things. We are day and night in that department.
Hope everyone had a grand weekend and best wishes for a peaceful and fullfilling week for one and all!
We’ve been having a great Thanksgiving weekend at the Homestead! Family time at The Lakes with my mom’s side of the family on Thursday, and the big kids were able to make it home from NebraskaLand on Friday morning!
Kirk and one of his roping buddies went out to Nebraska on Friday for a team roping and brought home a little money to take both families out for supper last night! We all met up at our local steak house/lounge, kids and all. Ran into several people we knew and was able to get in a lot of visiting!
Grampa showed up before we left, Kaet and Dallas had a few drinks with him and then Liz showed up and I wound up going home alone! The kids hung out in town and then went home and spent the night with my folks. I’m sure dad was tickled, he and Kaet have a bond unlike with any of the other grandkids and he’s always so happy to get her to himself!
Bubba wasn’t too happy. He was excited to have his sister home and was hoping for as much time with her as he can get with her boyfriend along. We wound up finishing up watching a Christmas movie with me and he and Finn crashed and wound up sleeping on the couch in the basement.
We were able to make some time to go to the city to do some shopping. She has a new job at a bank she starts in a week and was needing some business clothes. Was really shocked the city wasn’t near as busy and crazy as it usually is this weekend of the year, guess on-line shopping has really changed things. Definitely not complaining! It was nice to get in and out fairly quick!
This evening we did go down to The Godfather and Aunt Kathy’s. They missed Kaet and Dallas not being able to make it home last weekend for Thanksgiving, so we wanted to get down so they could see each other. We had grabbed meat, cheese, crackers and cupcakes at the grocery store in the city, so we took supper to them and sat and visited and told stories for a few hours.
The kids are back at Gramma and Grampa’s tonight. Spending a little extra time with them before heading back out west in the morning. Gramma hadn’t gotten to see much of Kaet yet, and like Grampa, they have a special bond. First grandchild!
Although it was only a short trip, it was great having her home! Going to be even tougher now that she graduates college in two weeks and starts her new full time job in one week.
We knew when she went away to college that there would be a chance that she would maybe like it enough to stay when she was done with school, or meet a guy out there that would also keep her from moving back home. Ag college, most of the guys are family farmers who will be going back home once they graduate and there aren’t too many people from this area that go to school out there. We don’t have the large cattle operations here like there is out where she is.
It’s all good though. When we were her age we were married and living not far from where she is living now. Actually, at her age, I was less than a month away from having her…day after Christmas Nebraska Baby. Being young and away from home is actually something I would recommend to every young adult…you have to stand on your own two feet and learn how to take care of yourself and can’t go running home to mom and dad every time you stub your toe. Kirk and I have said many, many times that it’s the best thing we could have done when we first married…we had to depend on one another. That was the main reason we encouraged her to go away to school.
As long as she’s happy, that’s the only real thing that mattters. She has enjoyed most of her school experience. The first half year was tough. Since May she’s worked two and three jobs at a time, the girl is a worker! She is one strong gal and we are so proud of her! She was always strong minded, going back to when she was a little girl…she was never afraid of meeting new people and trying new things. It’s reassuring that she has really fit in with her boyfriend’s family, she has people to go to if she needs…there is a support system for her, something that I wish we would have had when we lived out there. Sometimes you do need a couple people to lean on on a bad day.
But, now…back to NebraskaLand for the kiddos. They are ready to get back to their children…the dogs had to stay home this time because they cound themselves with ringworm and had to stay with their other grandparents.
We had us a beautiful day in Iowa today for Thanksgiving. It was a bittersweet day, a day without all the family, but a great day of love and family!
The two hour drive to my cousins’ couldn’t have been much better, it was gloomy and gray, but we didn’t need to bundle up in coats and didn’t have to fight any snow. Couldn’t ask for much better than that.
We were missing a lot of people this year. Uncle Gene of course, but he was there, as we were leaving this afternoon there was a cardinal in the front yard tree, just one, the first one they’d seen at their place. Felt like a sign to Aunt Kate and Cousin Sara.
Mom and dad stayed home. Mom works at an assisted living center not too far from here, she offered to be on call being the manager’s father is 92 and in the hospital and not doing well. My brother and his kids went to a cattle show in Nebraska. One aunt and uncle and four cousins and their families didn’t make it.
The family made a great feast and we all absolutely ate way too much. One of my cousin’s little guys said he just couldn’t eat anymore because his stomach was feeling squishy, so that wound up being the word of the day!
The absolute treat of the meal was the goose…it’s almost like Uncle Gene knew he wasn’t going to be with us…Before he passed away the end of July, he’d ordered a goose for Krueger Thanksgiving. Amazing! He loved taking care of and treating his family!
Kaet wasn’t able to make it home for the day. Last year her boyfriend came here to spend the day with us, so this year they spent the day with his family. They were going to hit the road after his family function and come here to spend the weekend but they were so tired that they wound up staying out west and weather permitting, they’ll head east in the morning. Hoping!
Hope everyone was able to have a blessed day as well!
Sitting here tonight thinking about Thanksgiving past and present and how things have changed. I’m not cooking or baking, my only request was to bring dinner rolls and unlike my mother, I suck at making rolls.
Tomorrow morning we head to my cousin’s up at The Lakes for a few hours. This will be the first without her dad, my Uncle Gene, who was the head of our family. Feeling apprehension about it, remembering the first Christmas without my Grandpa Pete…it’s going to be a tough day, but one we have to get through.
As kids, Thanksgiving was one of the three times a year the family all got together. It was held at either our home or my uncle’s home, the only ones large enough to comfortably fit the entire clan. Back then we all dressed in our Sunday best, the days of dresses, tights, patent leather shoes and ribbons in our hair. It was never fair the boys got to wear pants…not jeans, slacks.
Gramma K was the best cook, a queen when it came to making comfort foods. Gramma, mom and the three aunts would be in the kitchen working away, telling us kids to “get the hell out of the kitchen” each time we inquired as to when, if ever, we were going to get to eat. Those were the days when snacking before was not allowed.
We always ate at 1:00! To me I still feel like eating dinner can’t happen until 1, noon isn’t an option! It was the whole layout, turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, gravy and mom or gramma would make homemade rolls!
When I was in the 5th grade my mom went to work outside the home and when she didn’t have to work, we wouldn’t have Thanksgiving with the Krueger clan and little by little, as we cousins got old enough to date and start going to other Thanksgivings and then get married, Krueger Thanksgiving melted into the past and mom would have a meal just for us. Gramma never liked it but mom would say that Gramma had to realize that the families were all growing, it was just too hard to get everyone together like when we were little.
I don’t recall ever having family holidays with any of Gramma or Grampa’s siblings or their families. I never knew either of my G & G Pete’s siblings and only scantly knew two of my Gramma K’s brothers and the other have only gotten to really know over the past 20 years. Extended family used to not be done on either sides of my family. The rare reunion in the summer was about it. Didn’t grow up knowing but a handful of my folks’ first cousins.
About 10-15 years ago Uncle Gene summoned the family to The Lakes for Thanksgiving, we were all to be in attendance, no excuses. Since that time we’ve been doing the holiday up at The Lakes every other year. Being held at his daughter’s home, we take turns with her husband’s side of the family.
What I find so amazing is that our kids, the forth generation, are growing up together just like us first cousins did. We’ve loved our cousins and aunts and uncles to the point of continuing to be in one another’s lives. Now with Gramma gone it’s three generations running the house, wrestling and picking and playing. Actually, sometimes we do get Gramma’s little brother to show up, so I guess at times it’s four. It’s the best!
As I look to Thanksgiving tomorrow with my loves ones, I want to wish Happy Thanksgiving or Happy Thursday to everyone out there!
FINALLY! Seriously thinking that I’m finally almost through this sinus crud I’ve been fighting for a month now. A couple weeks ago had one day where I’d thought I was around the bend and then BOOM!, flat tire. The only thing that makes me feel better about having crap is the fact that I’m not the only one, Dr. Cindy said they have been seeing a lot of what I have. There’s something wonky in air this fall.
Having slept through most of October, really doesn’t feel like November should be two days away. Loving that we are still having beautiful weather, we hit 79 on Friday! Yesterday I felt good enough to finally finish winterizing my flower garden and now Bubba is out doing the last of the mowing for the season. Still have some weeding that needs to be finished and we’ll be done.
Needing to seriously be getting some housework done! I’ve been able to on and off keep up with the basics, but now that I’m feeling so much better I’m going to have to get down to work and get down to the filth that’s built up over the past month. It’s just deciding where to start.
Getting pretty excited for Friday night…Kaet, Dallas and the grandpups will be home! Haven’t seen my girl since mid-August. My mom turns 70 on the 8th, so this coming Saturday we are having a birthday party for her and my nephew who turns 17 on the 8th.
We won’t be doing the big thing like we did for dad, we knew before she even warned us no big party, that we would just be doing something small. Mom likes quiet, doesn’t like fuss, so it’s just going to be mom, dad, the kids and grandkids…she wouldn’t be happy with anything else. Cake and pizza! Hanging around the house and visiting, perfect Petersen family get together!
Actually, going to get to see Kaet twice in November! Kirk’s maternal side of the family is going to have Thanksgiving the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Uncle Steve, The Godfather, has decided from this time on we are going to have a mandatory family gathering the weekend before Thanksgiving every year. No one should ever have an excuse to miss.
With losing Uncle Jamie in May, the family has realized how we stopped making time to get together as a family and just how important family is. The Godfather took hold of the handle as patriarch of the family and he’s ruling with an iron fist! His daughter laughs that we jump when he says jump.
In all reality, we absolutely adore him and Aunt Kathy and would do anything that we could for them. Our kids see them as more their grandparents than they see Kirk’s folks as their grandparents, they feel Steve and Kathy love them more, which is sad. They only have the one daughter and I get the feeling that they see Kirk as more of a son than a nephew.
Ah, family…you have to love them!
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