‘Bama Thanksgiving!

Okay…so I’ve kinda felt like I have thoroughly neglected my blog lately. But then…with the holidays and all maybe that’s just to be expected. However, I wish to do the unexpected and keep right on blogging even with the hustle and bustle of the season!

Let’s rewind just a bit…and re-experience Thanksgiving in Alabama. I think this is the very first year we have traveled out of state for the Thanksgiving holiday. Alabama (and some places in between too) was absolutely spectacular this time of year. The fall colors were amazingly beautiful and the trees still actually had leaves on them unlike Kansas trees (the few that we do have anyway…), which happen to be bare right now. 😦 After a 16+ hour drive and arrival at the Holiday Inn Express late Wednesday night, we settled in a bit and hit the sack by about 12:30 am.

Thanksgiving Day proved to be very nice, weather and all. The sun was shining brightly. There was NO wind (that was my favorite part)! And it was pleasantly warm. Krissa’s apartment was only a few miles from the hotel…so we journeyed over there by 9:30 that morning. As we walked into her lovely little living quarters, we were greeted by my stunningly beautiful grown-up sister…and in the background was the glow of burning candles, the aroma of food cooking, and no-doubt…CHRISTMAS MUSIC! She had decorated simply but lovely! I was quite impressed not only with her creative decorating ideas, but also her cooking skills (which have improved greatly over the past few years)! For lunch, we had Eggplant Parmesan, Greek Salad, and Breadsticks. Serena and I helped with the cooking but Krissa had everything pretty well planned out…so we just followed her orders! The food was delicious! We spent the day leisurely…visiting, laughing, reminiscing. In the afternoon, we ventured outside and took some family pictures amidst the splendid fall scenery. Right out back of Krissa’s apartment is Lake Heather and she has a wonderful view of it from her living room window.  We also drove around Birmingham a little bit admiring the landscape and nature’s beauty. That evening, we enjoyed playing some games of Pitch while snacking on popcorn, chips ‘n dip, veggies, and chocolate pecan pie. And we even fixed our traditional favorite punch, Polynesian Refresher! YUM! I just might add that Krissa and I were partners for the Pitch games…and we won both games!!! I think Serena and Dad were kinda lost…! 😉 Then before the day was over, Serena and I went back to the hotel and hopped in the hot tub for a while before bed. Krissa stayed back at her apartment to get some things ready for the big traditional Thanksgiving dinner the next day. But it wouldn’t be fair for Krissa to have to stay in her apartment all by herself for the days we were there…so I hauled my stuff over there and camped out on the couch for the next three nights.

Friday morning we spent cooking up a storm…the turkey, corn casserole, sweet potatoes, hash brown potato casserole, green beans, bread rolls, and pumpkin and pecan pie. The three of us had fun in the kitchen together…and Dad just stayed out of the way! 😉 During all the craziness of cooking, I had to make two quick runs to the nearby Target for some last minute items. Although considering this was the busiest shopping day of the year – black Friday, the runs weren’t exactly quick. There were a lot more cars around than there ever are in Kansas! Clare (one of Krissa’s good friends from college) and her Dad and brother joined us for lunch. This was Krissa’s first turkey and she did a pretty good job! Of course, the pecan pie was my favorite! Clare spend a few days during the Summer with us back at home, so it was good to see her again and to meet the rest of her family. They spent most of the afternoon with us at the apartment, just visiting. It started raining that afternoon in Birmingham and pretty much kept it up the rest of our stay. But I didn’t mind too much because it was a soft gentle rain, unlike the stormy gusty windy rains typical to Southwest Kansas. After our friends left, Krissa took us to Southern Progress Corporation where she works. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get inside, but the outside and surrounding area is quite impressive and very upscale. I really wish we could have gone inside too…but for some reason Krissa’s ‘pass key’ didn’t work! Bummer! 😦  Back at the apartment that evening, we watched a Christmas movie, “The Christmas Card.” Then we all went back to the Holiday Inn and relaxed in the hot tub for a while. Except Dad…he didn’t bring his swimming trunks! Krissa and I went back to the apartment and watched some more Christmas tv shows before going to bed.

The next morning, Krissa and I both got up early and went to the fitness center in the apartment complex and worked out for a while. Had to burn off all those extra calories we just consumed the last couple of days! The fitness center there isn’t anything great…the treadmill wouldn’t work and one of the ellipticals squeaked, but we made use of what we could. Later that morning, we went shopping at the “Galleria” mall about 20 minutes away. The mall was beautiful and of course all decorated for Christmas. We spend a few hours there but we were all pretty tired and dazed so by the middle of the afternoon we were back at the apartment watching some more Christmas tv shows. After playing two more games of Pitch that evening (unfortunately, Serena and Dad won this time…), we all went to bed fairly early as we wanted to get an early start for the loooong drive back home on Sunday. I couldn’t believe our Alabama trip was just about over already!! Sadness!

Dad, Serena, and I left Birmingham Sunday morning about 6:30 am after some tearful good-bye’s and hugs. Dad started out driving and Serena and I went back to sleep for a while (I don’t think we really slept…but we rested and dozed some)! It was raining about half of the way back home but the closer we got to home, the colder it got too. By the time we reached Kansas, it was freezing and in the 30’s! And I left Alabama wearing flip-flops! The drive home seemed much longer than the drive to Birmingham and not nearly as exciting because it was all over! *big sigh* Serena and I drove all afternoon until about 7:30 that evening, then Dad took over driving the rest of the way home. Praise the Lord for a safe trip!

Lady was super excited to see us! She doesn’t like being left home alone. And I’m thinking more and more that Skittles indeed is pregnant…she isn’t as skinny as before and she’s been eating like a pig…or a horse! Mittens is just Mittens.

Although I hate to be back home, ‘normal’ life must resume and I must go back to work!


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    Serena said,

    “(unfortunately, Serena and Dad won this time…),”….what’s with the UNFORTUNATELY????? Plus we were on a winning streak with my superb handle on the cards when my partner across from me set us back 20 points. That’s what was our downfall! But overall, you have to admit, my playing was superb! 😉

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