View Poll Results: Weekly Poll: Stay home or go to friend/relative for Thanksgiving?

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    Site Administrator Arrived Aandwsmom's Avatar
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    Default Weekly Poll: Stay home or go to friend/relative house for Thanksgiving?

    So, it is that week. Thanksgiving.
    The week we are thankful we homeschool, thankful for friends, thankful for health, thankful for family.

    Also, one of the most traveled few days of the whole year!
    We(boys and I) are headed to Parents/Grandparents for the next couple days.
    DH has to work, so he will stay home with dogs and chickens and peace and quiet and no stress.
    Me, I get to drag 2 teens, a LOADED car, across a mountain pass, grab my niece as my brother is in hospital and we want her around family vs. being alone, cross another mountain pass, HOPE it doesn't snow and after 8 hours on the road.... get to my parents.

    Then we celebrate Thanksgiving, try to keep my 101 yr old Grandma away from the wine(last year she chugged her glass and then accused us of drugging her-good times!). Boys and I have some work to do on other Grandma's house. Then I have to put up her tree and string lights. Friday we do an early Xmas with my side. AND then Saturday I get to load a slightly less full can with teenagers and drive another 8 hours home.

    Can ya tell I am less than thrilled. I would much rather have spent it at home for 5 daycare free days and just relax, get some things around my house done. BUT.... it is what we do for family. So..... ya.

    But, other than dealing with and worrying about my brother and his upcoming surgeries.... this hopefully is the last stressful thing I do this year.

    Crossing fingers.....

    So, do you stay home or do you trek out for Thanksgiving?
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    I'm one of the lucky ones who gets to stay home. I fought my ex tooth and nail over it for years.

    Ironically enough, he is invited this year even though none of our kids in common are coming.

    He didn't have anywhere else to go and I cook some kick bottom old family recipes that are going to die with me unless 8yo ds, the budding chef, is able to take over in the next few years.

    The grandparents and the car are all too old for the kind of travel that would be involved.

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    Small family event here. It's *my* holiday of all the obligatory ones. MIL brings pie, my mom brings booze, but I do the rest. Our one and only turkey ended up being a 25 pound monster so I cut him into pieces and we'll only eat half of him...which is just as well.

    It's a carb fest, this feast; I certainly look forward to it every year. Not sure about anyone else though hah!
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    Staying home, but having my parents and the older neighbor couple over. They're the same generation, so they talk (in a good way) about the past. Having ham, a small turkey breast (for the traditionalists), green bean casserole, home-made rolls and pies, all sorts of veggies, some type of potato. We always make enough to feed an army. DH will likely have a small plate of food, however, since he diligently watches his cholesterol.

    Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving, whether at home or traveling!!

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Going to the big city to visit friends. I'm bringing the drinks--which I better get on! I'm hoping the weather isn't too bad. Aandwsmom--we're in the same part of the country, what are you hearing about the weather? We are planning to drive up to Portland on Thursday morning, but now I'm wondering if we shouldn't leave tomorrow.

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    Every so often we travel to dh's extended family's cattle ranch. The kids love it - big open spaces, horses to ride and such. Not this year though, this year it is at our house with just us and my MIL.
    DS 15, DD 13
    Year 9

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    We are staying here and my parents coming up. The last couple years was a 2 hour trip up to my sisters (even though at that point my parents and I lived a total of 1 mile apart) and being tortured with football. This year, NO FOOTBALL AND no driving!

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    We used to go up to my husbands brothers home for Thanks giving every year when DS was younger. Until he was diagnosed with a chronic illness which meant his diet has to be carefully controlled and we cant do that at the BIL's home, since we cannot measure the food that is placed out on the tables. So we stopped going. Now we just have our own small celebrations at home.

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