Family Life

Pitman Chronicles

It’s been an overwhelmingly busy two weeks. Thanksgiving flew by, and we are in the process of packing our apartment for the upcoming move on Saturday.

We enjoyed Thanksgiving at David’s parent’s house for a fairly laid back celebration. Dad cooked up bratwursts on the grill, and Mom whipped up our favorite mashed potatoes, and I threw together a salad. It was a satisfying even though not traditional Thanksgiving feast. We spent the day happily playing games as a family, and had a brief outing to the $3 theater to see Despicable Me 3, which was much better than I anticipated, after the disappointment of the 2nd movie and the near trash of the Minions movie. We thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and went back to the house to play more games together. Family time is so valuable, but not just any family time: family time that is dedicated to joy and laughter and relationship. Games are one of the best ways to spend time with family and to bond in humor, personalities, and ideas. It’s always so special when everyone including Dad and Mom and all the siblings available get (un) comfortable on the floor for a good card or board game.

Since then it’s been a whirlwind of packing boxes in between our usual work schedules, and another visit from my parents from South Florida. While David and I were doing a fall/winter photo shoot at our local nature center, they arrived yesterday to do a final walk-through of the house they have just purchased to make sure everything was up to snuff, after which we enjoyed a great Indian meal at Bombay House, David’s and my favorite local Memphis Indian restaurant. It was a happy time of reunion and celebration preparing  to close on the new house today! I managed to take the whole day off today which allowed me to tag along to the closing on the new house and spend the day with my parents enjoying lunch, and then getting a few preliminary planning tasks accomplished at the new house. David and I will be moving into the back house on their new property this Saturday. It’s going to be a treat to be out of apartments finally!

It’s been an exhausting day for me, and my sweet Mother offered to cook dinner so I wouldn’t have to. She’s lovingly cooking up some stir-fried veggies and salmon in the kitchen while I’m resting on the couch enjoying a snack and some Wonderlands from Jon Foreman, and my Dad is working on some new house business.

David should be home shortly for dinner, and we’ll enjoy a family night tonight before they fly out tomorrow morning and life is back to a somewhat form of usual, except not really because we’re caught up in the middle of moving. I’m hoping in a month or so once we’re all moved in I’ll feel like I know what normal is again.

In the meantime my mantra is “One minute at a time.”

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