Let's start with Thanksgiving. I had 40 of my closest relatives (or should I say DH's closest relatives) here for Thanksgiving Dinner. My mom, dad, and sister had Thanksgiving at Sis's house because there were way too many people here for mom. Mom was given a day pass from rehab to go to dinner. I fixed 2 Turkeys and a spiral ham, garlic mashed potatoes with gravy, scalloped corn, green bean, cornbread stuffing, field peas, sweet potatos, blueberry jello salad, and banana pudding. Others brought green bean casserole, carrot cake, pumpkin pie and apple pie for desert. Even though I'm really a very private person, I enjoyed having all of DH's side of the family (including his 95 year old grandfather) at the house. I think I've been elected to do it again next year. *Grin*
My mom. I know that I haven't blogged about her in a while. She is doing EXCELLENT!!! She is in a rehab center and has been there since September 4th. She has had her trach removed and her feeding tube. She is learning to walk again and should be home in time for Christmas!! AMAZING!!! And to think that several doctors told my sister, my dad and I that we should make her comfortable and let her go. My brother, his wife, my sister and I have been working in their house. We've pulled up all the old carpet, painted the living room, dining room and hallway and tiled the living room, dining room and hall. It looks positively awesome in the house now! She will have a nice comfortable house to come home to. Its hard to believe that she has been in the hospital since May 26th. Yep, you read that right, May 26th. Here is a picture of her and her middle sister, Helene. Aunt Helene lives in Providence, Massachusetts and came down to visit her daughter and granddaughter for Thanksgiving and took a side trip to visit with mom. So glad she made the trip.
I've pulled all my Christmas decorations out to start decorating the house. I've done minimal decorating (a barely decorated Christmas tree most years) for the last 6 years (I was in retail and it was the worst time of the year for me). So, now I've got the time (ha ha .... okay, so I'm unemployed) and the energy to decorate the house. So, here are some pictures of the boxes and boxes of stuff that I am going to work through in the next few days. I'll post pictures when I'm done.