Saturday, November 14, 2009

Preparing for Thanksgiving

I'm really starting to feel the panic, for getting this Thanksgiving together.
Last year when we moved into this larger trailer and land, I volunteered us for this years Thanksgiving dinner. This will be only my 2nd hosting of the dinner, the first one was about 10 years ago. We lived in such a small place for so many years, there wasn't the room for everyone nor any parking.

When we moved here, I didn't think it was going to take this long to get this house into shape. I didn't even think about the fact that we would run out of repair money. There is just still soo much left to be done, I can feel the anxiety welling up in my chest. Things are just not going as planned. I planned for my house to be done and beautiful and organized, we are only halfway there.

I also wanted to be able to do all the cooking by myself. Due to the financial difficulties, I am having to have each household bring one item. I don't like it, but there it is. Organizing who's bring what and who is actually coming has been quite the challenge.

My hubby has informed my that he has invited his mother (who shouts out to the family that SHE IS NOT COOKING THIS YEAR) and siblings (with possibly their children and maybe even their grand kids). Can you feel my migraine yet? I don't even think I have a big enough turkey!

We do have a bigger yard and more parking space, but not for that many! Some are going to have to park in the street.

One big blessing is that my baby sister has said that if she gets to come she will bring an extra turkey, Thanks sis.

My other anxiety is that...once all the cooking and preparations are doubled, who's coming? That would really be nice to know! His family..they are invited but no confirmations, as of yet. My family is still in limbo also, my parents van was going to be the primary transportation for a large part of the family. Now the van has broke down and the funds to repair it are not there. GRRRR

If this keeps up, my nerves are going to bust! And how to you get a man motivated (on his day off) to help me get this house done at least a little bit more, is beyond me!

Is it too late to say Thanksgiving is cancelled? LOL


Maureen@IslandRoar said... [Reply to comment]

OH, the anxiety; I know what you mean. But it'll work out. Thanksgiving has a way of doing that. And if there are leftovers, even better. We're so hard on ourselves, aren't we?

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Maureen...Thanks for the encouragement. I am the worst when it comes to preparing for company. My hubby took out the trash and I guess that took all his energy, cause he is taking a nap!

Shell Franklin said... [Reply to comment]

One day than one at a time. Just close yours eyes, take a deep breath and remember they are coming to get together with family. It's thanksgiving, time to be thankful you are all still alive and can get together and share what food you have in love and friendship. Don't stress over the small thing there are too many big thing to do that too.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Shell...You are so right, Thanks. I feel better now that I have a game plan. Friday was a day that felt very outta sorts. I'm better now!

mindy@thesuburbanlife said... [Reply to comment]

Ah, there is nothing like a holiday centered on gratitude and thanks to bring out the freakiest parts of us! =) I can VERY MUCH relate with your post here. This year I am also hosting Thanksgiving (it's just easier) and I have resolved to take a "chill pill" and just enjoy the season. Now, if I can only live up to my own expectation. Good luck to you (and to me!) =)

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Mindy...After reading my post a day later, I am convinced I was letting my mind freak out on me. If the food isn't enough and the house is in disrepair, oh well. It's about getting to gether and having a good time, right?

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I feel your pain! We always spend Thanksgiving at my MIL who usually made the turkey and everyone else brought a dish that she determined. About five years ago she informed us that she was no longer doing anything other than providing the space. From there, it went with my two SIL'a and I cooking everything (1 SIL brings nothing, does not help cook, eats, and does not help clean!) It is always 25-35 guests. Due to surgery, one SIL will be out of commission so it is up to the one SIL and I to take care of the brood this year. We always have a great time, but I am a bit stressed already just thinking about it!!!!!I guess I'll just have a glass of wine before hand!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Suzicate...Unforunately, I quit drinking or I would be having that wine with ya.