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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I’m so glad Thanksgiving is over.  I mean, I love it but this year my family had to do Christmas at Thanksgiving.  The 6 of us in the immediate family crammed in Christmas the day before the other 14 of my extended Louisiana family came in to town for Thanksgiving.  If that alone doesn’t spell disaster let me also tell you that in addition to the 20 humans in my house, there were 5 dogs.  2 of these dogs are the size of small children and of course there was a constant battle for the title of Alpha Dog going on between my Jack Russell/Chi and my Aunt’s mongo Rottie/Lab/Husky mix.

I really love my extended family though so it was great to see everyone.  I just wish we could have seen each other in a larger house. 

My niece Meridian (we call her M) is the best baby EVER.  She’s 5 months now and I hadn’t seen her since she was a week old!  I could have kept her adorable, chunky little self in my arms all week if it wasn’t mandatory for her to eat, nap and meet the rest of the family.  We have some big expectations for her already.  I want her to be a snarky fashionista, I don’t think that’s too far off the mark with the Seinfeld sense of humor her parents have and the fabulous clothes she’s already wearing.  However my brother wants her to be a Piano playing, Grammy winning singer who also excels in soccer, speaks multiple languages, has a 4.0 GPA and gets accepted into a special school for gifted children (on a free scholarship of course because she’s so brilliant), who can beat up any thug who attempts to mug her on the street, has an independent spirit and knows she doesn’t need a man to take care of her, but is also gentle enough that birds and other forest creatures travel for miles just to help her get dressed in the morning like Snow White….  Alright, I got carried away there at the end but seriously… she’s 5 months old and we’re already speaking to her in English and Spanish.  My brother also has started using flash cards with M.  Okay, okay that isn’t all that unusual for parents today except that my brother doesn’t accept the animated pictures that the flash card makers decided to use.  He printed out a different picture of Jesus from the internet and taped it to the front of her baby Bible and is also threatening to print out a different picture of a bear for the “B” flash card.  It’s too ridiculous that the animated bear should be playing the violin on the card.  Sigh.  My brother and sister-in-law are incredible parents already though.  I really don’t know how they do it. They don’t even seem that tired!  First time parents of a 5 month old who both work should be falling asleep on the kitchen table during meals!

This was my first “food holiday” as a pescatarian so that was interesting.  I wasn’t too worried because my family is big on sides.  Seriously, the sides-to-meat ratio is ridiculous.  We usually run out of turkey leftovers a day or two after Thanksgiving but we have enough Corny Corn and Green Bean Casserole for the next month.  One of my cousins is a pescatarian too so she came up with the idea for us to eat fish instead of turkey.  It was really helpful to have some kind of “meat” to eat while being engulfed in the delicious smell of fried Cajun-style turkey.  I may have moral issues with eating meat but I am not immune to that mouth-watering smell.  Plus I still remember what it tastes like so I know what I’m missing.  I tried to convince my family to not make bacon for breakfast one morning but I didn’t stand a chance.  Everything was so yummy!  My two favorite things were our secret family recipe Shrimp Dip and my Maw-maw’s Merleton Dressing.  We can’t talk about the Shrimp Dip, I’ve already said too much- my Grandma barely even agreed to give the recipe to my mom and Aunt!  That Merleton Dressing though… merletons, shrimp, bread crumbs, some kind of Cajun spices and probably whatever else my Maw-maw has in the kitchen and feels like tossing in.  I say this because one time my Aunt tried to make it on her own and bless her heart, it was NOT good.

I was expecting at least one large blow out this year.  Whenever my dad’s side of the family gets together we have a least one big fight that leads to someone crying and someone else having to walk around the block to clear their head.  It’s just what happens when you get that many bold personalities with loud voices and big opinions in one place.  Nothing happened though!  Maybe Meridian’s cuteness diffused everyone’s tension.  The only yelling that happened was when my Maw-maw yelled at Tony Romo through the tv for wearing the number 9.  It’s been his number for a really long time but that doesn’t matter because apparently she’s not okay with anyone else in the NFL wearing that number as it belongs to Drew Brees.

That was my week home.  Lots of love, food and football! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and remembered to be thankful for what you’ve been blessed with.  Even if it’s a cramped, loud house full of crazies.


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