Happy Thanksgiving!

Since there are some non-“Twilight” fans out there, I decided to write two blogs this week.  I really had no choice, given the fact that I just survived hosting my first official slumber party this past weekend.  If that’s not something to be thankful for, I don’t know what is.  I think they should give mom’s some kind of T-shirt for making it through one of these things with their sanity in tact.  It’s sort of like making it through an F-5 tornado without a storm shelter.  There were definitely moments when I felt like I had two-by-fours coming at me at 100 mph.

I used to begrudge Kate Gosselin for all of her trips to the spa.  Now I get it.  I only had four girls to contend with, including my own, and it was still like herding kangaroos.  Chore number one was getting three booster seats in the back of my four-door sedan.  To the outside observer, I must have looked like a plumber on a mission, all sprawled out across the back seat trying to locate the appropriate seat belt connector UNDERNEATH all of the car seats.  Any mother who’s done this can appreciate the level of difficulty, not to mention the fact that the girls were all screaming, “We’re not going to fit!” at the tops of their lungs.  I had a flashback of my grandmother who used to say, “Turn down the radio.  I can’t see!”  I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  If you surpass a certain noise level, my brain tends to short circuit as well.

We started out at the bowling alley, which would have been fine, had I not underestimated the time it takes four 8-year-olds to get a ball down a 60-foot lane 10 times in a row.  I made the mistake of paying for two games up front, which left us stranded there munching on cardboard nachos four roughly an hour longer than any of us would have liked.

When we got home, the girls wanted to play and watch a movie.  One soldier was down by 10 p.m., but the other three were still partying like Paris Hilton at the strike of midnight.  That’s when I sent my husband upstairs to throw down the gauntlet.  “If you guys don’t hush and go to sleep we’re going to have to separate you!”  Wow!  I hadn’t heard that one used in a while.  All in all, I’d say it was a huge success.  I realized this right about the time my daughter said, “This is the best sleepover EVER!”  They find a way to get you every time, don’t they?

On a separate note, my sister-in-law (God love her) let her 4-year-old boy pick out his own gift.  Wahla… my personal “Do Not Buy This For Your Child” list just expanded.  The new addition is Pixos!  Unless you’ve banned television in your house, you’ve probably seen these.  According to the commercial, all you have to do is fill up your pen with the special beads, follow the template and out comes a stunning creation.  What they fail to mention in the 30-second bit is that you’ll need the patience of Job and possibly a degree from MIT to figure out how to get the pen loaded and working correctly.  Guess who’s doing this part.  (Hint:  It’s not your kid.)

With Thanksgiving less than 24 hours away, I wanted to end things on a positive note about the things I’m most thankful for. Above and beyond surviving the slumber party, I’m thankful to be blessed with a child who teaches me something new every single day.  I’m thankful for my parents.  Lord knows, I never appreciated the challenge involved with trying to mold another person until I was actually hired to do the job myself.  I’m thankful for my long list of girlfriends who keep me laughing until my stomach hurts, prop me up when I do something stupid, and even make sitting through a bad movie fun.  I’m thankful for my husband who sees my flaws through a telephoto lens and sticks around anyway.  I’m thankful that Channel 4 saw something in me that no one else did, and revived a television career that was, by all accounts, dead.  Most of all, I thank God for making all of the above possible.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Don’t forget to count your blessings.

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7 Responses

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family Jennifer!
    Thanks for doing your blog. It’s always enjoyable to read!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving! I saw your other post, but for some reason it’s not showing up on here. I watched the movie “Twilight” before reading the book. I think that’s the only reason I liked it so much. I’m just one of those people who should never see a movie after reading the book. I’m setting myself up for disappointment. Now… will I see Eclipse? Of course! LOL

    I don’t remember Renesme being an adult in Breaking Dawn, so I wonder if the Taylor Swift thing is just a rumor. I guess we’ll see. Regardless… I HATED that book. I may not even go see the movie.

    Jen

  3. Everybody needs a blog to list what we are thankful for every day. I am glad WSMV 4 found you to bring to us the news …
    You and family “Happy Thanksgiving”
    P.S. Good Luck On the Next Slumber Party.
    Just think—-as fast as the years go by—you won’t have a little daughter very long. She will probably be doing what you are doing now—working and raising little ones.

  4. In reference to the slumber party – I am a father with a daughter and have hosted multiple slumber parties. You guys need to LIGHTEN UP!! It was a given that when 4-5 girls got together it may just be a long evening. I always sent my wife to bed and dad made a pot of coffee and stayed up to make sure my daughter and her friends had a wonderful time no matter how many times they came downstairs for something to drink and eat. They would laugh and giggle up to 1-2 am in the morning but that was okay just as long as they kept it down so that mom could sleep. They all slept in our bonus room and never had to be seperated. If dear ole dad would have pulled a stunt like your husband did I would have gotten a lecture on how it embarrassed my daughter. The older they get the more that matters and I would have never, ever told them that if you guys don’t be quiet and go to bed then we would have to seperate you. Then why have a slumber party? Next time don’t do that. Let the girls have some fun. So what if dad has to stay up late for one night. LIGHTEN UP!!

  5. I hear you William. We won’t be able to get away with the midnight curfew for our next slumber party. Right now she’s eight, and all the other girls were seven. We were trying to be “responsible”. LOL We won’t make THAT mistake twice. 🙂

    Jennifer

  6. Jennifer, you are a “hoot”. I love your blogs ~ what a sense of humor. You and Tom are a good match! You compliment each other very well. Forget the criticism ~ they are jealous!!

    • Thank you so much for watching the show and reading my crazy blogs. I have so much fun writing them, but it’s even more fun when I know other people are enjoying them as well.

      Jennifer

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