I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! Ours was good. We moved our mid-week church service to Tuesday this week. On Wednesday morning, my parents got here just before 10. I wish I had taken a video or picture of my four kids out in the driveway waiting for them to pull in and then jumping with joy as the car was parked. :) I can't believe we used to pray that my parents would get to see our oldest be born. Instead, God has allowed my parents to see all four of my children be born and reach the ages of 6, 8, 11, and 12! It feels amazing, especially considering we had to fill out end-of-life papers for Dad in October 2013. I tell everyone that man is a cat because he has 9 lives! LOL Regardless, I love seeing my kids be so excited about my parents pulling up and my parents equally excited and laughing because of the fuss being made over them.
Mom and I went shopping on Wednesday while hubby worked and Dad stayed with the kids. Just this year, a Ross, Hobby Lobby, Shoe Dept Encore, and Marshall's opened up in our town. That, my friends, is a big deal! More retail shops are being built, and I'm excited to see what fills them. Anyway, Mom wanted me to help her pick gifts for my kids for Christmas in her price range. We were able to accomplish that for 3 of the 4. Then, we went to Burke's so I could help her spend her gift card that I gave her for her birthday back in August. We shared a sub and some soup at Quizno's while we were out. Mom went on and on all day about how she "never gets out anymore" since I'm away and how Dad will never go in stores with her and she doesn't want to go alone. Not sure why she doesn't want to go alone, but she really doesn't go anywhere except church, Walmart, Kroger, the pharmacy, McDonald's in the mornings for coffee, etc. And she goes to each of those places WITH my dad. I guess I never realized how she hated to be alone since I was always home and we were together. We went everywhere back then!
We ended the day by braving through Walmart and Big Lots. Mom said she hadn't had that big of a day since I was home and was worn out! LOL My right ankle was hurting me so badly from being on concrete floors all day. <sigh> By the time we walked into Big Lots, I was limping horribly. It was quite embarrassing!
The kids had entertained my dad really well, and hubby had gotten home from work, too. I had made vegetable beef soup in the crock pot for supper, so everyone had eaten already. Mom and I crashed on the couch and love seat and watched the kids play. My son was dressed up like Roy Rogers and talking with a drawl, riding the back of the love seat (his horse), using a purse strap for the reigns. Mom laughed and laughed while watching them carry on.
When we went to bed that night, I told my husband that Mom had been a joy that day but would wake up like the devil tomorrow because of stress. I. Was. Right. Dad had cooked the turkey already. I was only making mashed potatoes and green beans. Mom only had to make dumplings and dressing. I had to heat some rolls and open a can of cranberry sauce. Yet Mom was in a sheer state of panic by 9 am! I don't know WHY she is like that, but I sure hope I don't inherit it!!! She has always been like that, though, at least since she had me at 40. I am told she was quite a bit different before she had her thyroid killed when I was 2 or 3. Anyway, after explaining to her that we were having a SIMPLE Thanksgiving meal (and reminding her that THIS IS WHY lol), she finally stopped freaking out. Whew!
The weather was in the 70s and amazingly beautiful. The kids played outside every free second they could spare, in between sitting on Papaw's lap! When it was time to eat, I had some of everything except a roll. I only had one plate of food, no refills, and normal portions. I was so proud of myself! I did drink 3/4 a glass of sweet tea and eat one slice of pecan pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I never touched the pumpkin pie, and instead of leftovers that evening I opted for a bag of Smart Pop. I did feel hungry a big later and had a banana with peanut butter and a leftover muffin from breakfast. I wish I had skipped the muffin. Other than that, I'm happy with my day.
I texted a friend of mine about the metformin the other night. I felt so, so sick to my stomach for about 5 hours Tuesday evening. I could NOT stop burping!!! My stomach had major pains. Thankfully, I didn't get the other side effect most people complain about. My friend told me to take my metformin after my meals if I didn't want to get sick. She was right. That has worked like a charm, and I haven't had a single moment of stomach upset from it since.
My parents stayed the night again Thursday and left at about 9 this morning. They are always anxious to get on the road and not get stuck in a bunch of traffic. They were glad to see the interstate was way more empty than they had feared it would be. They called about 3 hours later to let me know they had gotten home safely.
I have somehow got to get in 3.1 miles for the Thankful Journey 5k by the 30th! I don't know why in the world I let myself get out of the habit of walking on the treadmill or at the track when I had planned to do this!!! And now after hurting my ankle Wednesday, I am honestly NOT looking forward to it!!! But I shall do it! Lol