Saturday, November 24, 2012

A lovely Thanksgiving weekend!

Our older son and his wife visited us for the holiday. We had ham (the menfolk don't care for turkey), sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, salad, rolls, coffee, iced tea, and delicious homemade chocolate pie brought by my daughter-in-law!

They had driven down that morning, so after dinner at midday, they needed a rest. That night we played a board game called Joker (similar to Parcheesi and Aggravation, with teams, and cards and marbles).

Friday, they wanted to go to the beach (about an hour's drive from our house), so we all got in the car. We ate at the Original Oyster House in Gulf Shores and looked around in the gift shops right there beside it. Then on to the beach, where the "kids" walked in the sand along the Gulf and husband and I stayed on the boardwalk. There were a surprising number of people on the beach - families, and young people playing volleyball. Not many in the water. Yellow flags were flying, so there must have been a strong undercurrent. Back home, we ate leftovers and played Joker again, after son helped husband get the Christmas decorations down from the attic.

They got up early and left soon after breakfast this morning, after hubby helped them fill a bag of satsumas from our tree, to take with them. They wanted to get back home in time to watch the Iron Bowl (Univ. of Alabama against Auburn Univ. football) with friends. (Don't ask, Auburn was destroyed, and we're Auburn fans. :-( In fact, Auburn was wiped out before the game even began; they've had a lousy season this year.)

We'll have a quiet Christmas this year unless we get together with our younger son and his family. Older son and wife will be with her family, and I suspect that younger son will be with his wife's mother. Her dad passed away suddenly a few weeks ago, and this will be a very hard holiday for all of them.


Martin LaBar said...

Sounds good. Yes, Auburn had a very bad year, in football, anyway.

Lisa notes... said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We did, too, although I didn't get to have my oldest daughter home for very long. Maybe Christmas? I'm having to learn to share with her in-laws. :-)

Poor Auburn. We did have an awful year. We couldn't watch the whole game on Saturday. I feel badly that Chizik is having to leave--a good man. But such is college football, especially for us in the south, yes?