We were the closest family possible. Our world was turned upside down on 05/03/09 when my best friend, the person I love most next only to our children, my sister Trina was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Her body gave out on her on 01/09/10 but she will ALWAYS be a part of our daily life and will continue to be in my posts. I started my blog to chronicle our daughter's international adoption from Guatemala and have continued to use it as a journal.

What you will find is my family trying to adapt to our new lives that were handed to us.



Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Dinner Menu

You know how our family doesn't really plan things? Or if we do plan things we undo our plans just as quickly as we planned them. Thanksgiving was always a prime example of how we "plan". We could never decide what we were going to do for Thanksgiving until usually a day or two beforehand. There was one year where we had everything for dinner but planned on going out to eat. That morning we decided to make dinner but we were missing a few key ingredients, you know because we weren't sure we were going to make dinner. Norm managed to find rolls, cranberry sauce and at least one other thing at Rite Aid.

Since sissy died we've been able to plan Thanksgiving but not Christmas.

Thursday night found mom and me at the grocery store to get the stuff for Christmas dinner.

With no menu.

"Mom, we need to know what we're having to buy what we need" I said to her in the middle of the produce aisle. There were people rushing around us, lists all made, menus all planned.

"What should we make?" Beya asked.

"I don't know. What should we make?" I echo'd.

"I don't know."

Do you see a running theme here?

Right there, clogging up the produce aisle, Beya and I made our Christmas dinner menu.

2012 Christmas Dinner Menu

Beef roast
Roasted carrots
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Jen's moms green bean casserole

There we have it. Big, big thank you to Jen's mom for making such an amazing green bean casserole recipe that we kind of planned our meal around it. We will be thinking of all of you while we stuff our faces with it and how amazing Aviana is and bossing around her elves! The things that little girl can inspire is beyond all imagination! And props to her mom who does and lives through what no mother should. The Hodder family is truly incredible!!!!!