Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Preparations

It's getting to be that time of year.  Around here we take at least a full week off from homeschooling to prepare and enjoy a massive Thanksgiving feast.  It has long been a tradition in my family that Turkeys get eaten at an elevation of at least a mile high.  When I lived in the San Fernando Valley, that meant having all the aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, 2nd cousins, friends and other misc. categories of guests up to my Dad's cabin in the mountains.  Now that we live up here full time, we've become the hosts for this annual fest.  We LOVE the chance to see family and friends we may not get to see to often, but preparation is always -- well, let's just say:  involved.  The turkeys have been purchased and will soon begin defrosting and tomorrow's the big shopping day for all the other ingredients for the feast.  Today though is all about moving furniture and cleaning.  In order to get 40+ people comfortably seated in my living room/dining room area, everything has to be moved out of the center area and where possible, set flush against the walls.  The room always looks very different this way and my cats are wandering around in a daze trying to figure out why their world has been so dramatically altered.  They'll likely spend most of the week hiding from visitors anyway and only come out in the middle of the night to eat and relieve themselves.  Our pets all run high to scaredy-cats.  Just think how happy my furniture and rugs will be to get a brief reprieve from their primary function as cat scratching posts.  Anyway, the preparations continue around here, but if we get any time at all -- our homeschooling will consist of fun Thanksgiving related activities.

If you're looking for some fun and educational activities to do with your homeschooled kids this Thanksgiving, try one of these great links:

For games and crafts:
For more historical information and interactive education games:

Happy Prepping!

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