It had been a long 6 weeks that Hubby was gone to Texas for business training, but he is home now! Back to a full family transition has begun. The timing couldn’t of come at any a better time, with Thanksgiving right around the corner.
While he was gone the kids and I had to take over the chores he normally would be doing. We did pretty well filling in the gaps from his absence however it is so good to have him home again! Getting back into the swing of things as a family has been a bit harder for Hubby. While he was gone, he had a maid cleaning up after him, a cook to prepare all his meals and a chauffeur to drive him wherever he needed to go. On top of all that, he didn’t have kids with him, so when he was done work for the day he got into the habit of taking a cat nap…every day. Reality has definitely set in hard for him. With kids all around, cat naps are a thing of the past and a maid, hah, yeah right, I wish. Sure I clean up after my family, but with everything on my plate, I definitely am not a maid.
He is slowly getting back into the swing of things again. Within a couple of days he had offered to watch the kiddos for me so that I could get the shopping done. Boy has it been nice to be able to go to appointments or shopping without all the kids in tow again. I almost forgot what a quiet car ride is. The kids are still running to me when they have questions, even when Daddy is right in the same room as them. I’m sure that will fade over time (at least a bit), but all in all we are back to a full family again!
Lucky for us all, we were a full family again in time for Thanksgiving dinner with family and neighbors. We were able to spend the day working together in the kitchen, cooking, cleaning and chatting. The kids were running around cleaning up after themselves so the house would be ready for our guests. Ironically, I had woke up that morning feeling like we really needed to invite our neighbors over for dinner. They have done so much for us, and their families all live far away. I thought inviting them for dinner was the least we could do.
After the kids had finished cleaning up after themselves our middle child begged to be able to go invite them. I had planned on calling them, but he really wanted to go himself. So off he went and came back with a list of what they were going to bring. Really? We invited them and they were bringing things? How sweet! My Dad was already planning on coming for dinner so he added to the excitement of the night. Not only was my Dad coming, but he was planning on coming early to help us out. We needed to shorten our entertainment center so we could set up our Black Friday deal TV. Hubby isn’t so handy around the house fixing things, so that is where Dad comes to the rescue.
Our dinner was amazing! Even our odd turkey came out great. Odd because it was a freezer to oven turkey. No thawing needed. By the time we sat down to eat, I realized that I had forgotten to cook the candied carrots. Bummer but with all the food we had, they weren’t missed…much. After dinner the men went into the living room to visit, while us women went into the kitchen to clean up. Before our neighbors left, we had all the dishes cleaned and the extended table back to normal. Did I already say they are amazing neighbors? Well, let me say it again…AMAZING.
By the end of the night we all had a great evening of eating and visiting. It was so nice to spend time with family and friends, with the best part having Daddy home!