Thanksgiving Prep: Choosing Eagerness over Anxiety

AUTHOR: | POSTED: November 19, 2012 | COMMENTS: 1 Comment

Carolyn Savage

 Ah…Monday morning of one of my favorite weeks of the year. 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved this week.  When I was younger, it was probably because it was a shortened school week.  Once I was teaching, my reasoning was the same.  Now that I’m a mom (aka…”Thanksgiving/holiday/family cooking-packing-coordinating expert“) I get excited not because my work load is lightening (it’s not), but instead because I know what is coming. 

Yes…a lot of work…

Sweet potato casserole cooking lesson!

but also…a lot of fun.

I started this morning earlier than usual.  MK had surgery to have tubes placed in her ears.  As I waited for her to roll into recovery, I made a list of everything I need to accomplish over the next 48 hours.  Normally, when my list exceeds two pages, my blood pressure goes up. 

Not this week.  Not this list.

Instead, my to-do list breeds excitement.  That’s the difference between anxiety and eagerness.  Anxiety means stress with a chaser of apprehension.  Eagerness  means stress with a chaser of anticipation.  This week’s work will be done with a smile on my face and a spring in my step.  There is a lot to do, but all of these tasks lead to a wonderful place. 

Time spent with family all of whom are so very special. 

MK and Uncle Andy!

Now, in the spirit of keeping it real, I don’t want any of you to think that we spend our holiday in some Normal Rockwell painting. 

Nope…not even close.  

In fact, I can most certainly guarantee that over the course of our holiday weekend someone will get mad, someone will throw up, someone will lose something…

Baggo on the back deck. Always fun for everyone except the team who loses…and doesn’t handle it very well!

 …someone will swear, someone will forget something somewhere, someone will burn something…

Thanksgiving 2006. I set my oven on fire. It was laid to rest the very next day. At least everything had already been cooked.

… and everyone will be sleep deprived. 

Sound like fun?

It is. 


Because the other given for our holiday weekend is that for everytime someone does one of the unfortunate things already mentioned, they will laugh ten times more. 

Uncle Andy making the little guys laugh!


Mk ordering her cousins to play doll house with her. They are great sports!

Aunts and Uncles and extra helping hands!

It’s all about the laughing. 

…and the talking!

The togetherness is the take-away! 

So, stay tuned this week.  I promise to be writing about the antics…

A slap happy chef posing with her dish.

Note the common ingredient! When in doubt… use butter.

 …and the joy that envelopes our Thanksgiving.


Mary Kate is fine!  She’s had multiple ear infections and we finally opted for the tubes…which we’d been trying to avoid since last spring.  She was “rockin” the surgical center this morning and now…well…you’d never know she’d had anything done! 

Every girl should go into surgery in the company of a Princess Bear!

I wish I could bottle her energy! 

One Comment on “ Thanksgiving Prep: Choosing Eagerness over Anxiety ”

  • Lori Lavender Luz | November 20th, 2012 3:24 pm

    Good job, MK! I bet you were a brave girl. I hope your Mama was, too.

    Love the pix of Carolyn, the Kitchen Vixen.

    Enjoy your Togetherness this year, but go easy on the oven, mmmK?

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