Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mixing Things Up This Year!

I am a creature of habit. One of the things that used to make me squirrelly when we lived up in New York was that on the holidays everyone expected us to be everywhere on one day. Of course that only happened after we had Nick and the fact that my parents were divorced and Frank's parents always had everyone to their house just made me CRAZY!

Once we moved away and had our first holiday on our own, I found them to be much more pleasurable. For a few years we would go to Frank's aunt's house - she lives like 90 minutes away. But after a while we decided that we preferred doing the holidays at our house. We would invite friends and it would all be very casual and laid back. No pressure to impress. Well, Thanksgiving had two pretty steady themes - either Frank's parents were here visiting, or we'd be down in Florida visiting them. There were a few years that we hung solo but for the most part, it was always with my in-laws and that was fine. I loved it.

Well this year I'm mixing it up! I'm getting daring and caving in to some pressure but I think it's going to be good. We are going to...drumroll please...
The Mountains. Yes, we are actually going AWAY to some place that isn't Disney for a few days. Can you believe it? And not just any mountains, my friends. Oh, no. We are going to the mountains to stay at the same place that Nick stayed back in September with his girlfriend's aunt. That's right. We are hanging with the future in-laws for a holiday.

I'm still feeling weird about it. My parents NEVER spent time with any of my boyfriend's families (or even with my in-laws for that matter). So I'm going to be in a strange house, eating strange food - remember, this aunt is a famous nutritionist who only cooks healthy! There probably won't be so much heavy, fat-laden stuff that we all enjoy so much. I may have to have a second Thanksgiving when we get back. But the point is that we are going to go away and do something NEW!! We've got a house-sitter and now we're ready to go. Sort of. On Thanksgiving.

Yeah for us!

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Unknown said...

doing something new, how exciting! even though it is going to be something so out of the norm for you, i'm sure you will have a great time at the mountains!


jenn said...

Sounds like fun! I would miss the apple pie and mashed potatoes, but maybe she'll have something extra yummy that is actually good for you! I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back.

Sherri said...

Good for you to mix it up. I bet you will have a great time. Something new is always good. And if not, second Thanksgiving works too.

Petula said...

That sounds fabulous! I would love to do something new and different. Well, last year none of the children were with me and I spent it with a friend's family out of state. Nice change of pace especially since I didn't have to do any work.

A Lil Enchanted said...

Sounds like a great place to spend Thanksgiving! Hopefully they'll still have the goodies :)

A Lil Enchanted,

Frugal Vicki said...

Now, I live in mountain state, so this is nothing HUGE to me, but I still love it. Here are my tips on getting the best out of it.

1. There SHOULD NOT be a T.V. but if there is, unplug it, hide it, and pretend it isn't there. REALLY! Not even five minutes before you go to bed, not three minutes while you have coffee, NOTHING!!!
2. I don't know where you are going, but mountains is mountains. Stay up real late...these days ten is fine, but try for midnight...grab a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa (hee hee splash a little brandy in there for even more warmth) and go outside, stand in the middle of a clearing, and look up and chat while you wait for those falling stars.
3. hike hike hike, and then find a stream and write
4. Sit outside and watch that beautiful sun rise with a cup of coffee. Don't get dressed first.Head out in warm PJ's and a blanket. Nothings. In my humble opinion, unless it is the day you are coming or going, there is NO time in the mountains. No watches, no clocks, nothing. NO technology (remember when I went?). If you want to write, do it the old fashioned way.

I am jealous. Take me with you?
If we had extra money, I think I might buy a cabin. I am the type of girl to camp without a tent, but hubby just isn't!

Nani said...

oh i would love to spend thanksgiving in the mountains - how beautiful! take pics and enjoy!