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'F' as in Frank

A Thanksgiving first

Thanksgiving is a week from tomorrow, and we're especially busy preparing for this one.

We have celebrated Thanksgiving at our house before, such as during our college years together and our time in Hungary. But this Turkey Day will be the first time we will get to host family members for the big day.

Joni's mom, her brother (Jeff) and his "gal pal" will make the trek over the pass to be with us on Thanksgiving. It will be the first time since we've moved back from Hungary that we will not have to make travel plans over Thanksgiving.

We are looking forward to it, even have a bed and bed frame set up in the guest room-yes, our guest room is actually able to host a guest. Joni has done her best to set the room up with Victorian flair for her mom, who plans to spend the night with us.

The whole experience is also setting in motion spring cleaning, or is it fall cleaning, to have everything extra spic and span for our Thanksgiving visitors.

Don't know why it is, but whenever my family has come to visit it's Joni who feels a little extra stress at getting everything extra tidy. It's the same for me when her family comes to visit. Guess it's because that, even after 17 years of marriage, there's still that enjoyment of welcoming home our spouse's family.

In our case, Joni's relatives have treated me like family from the beginning. To this day they consider me one of their "kids". The same has been true for Joni as well with my relatives.

Sorry folks, no mother-in-law horror stories here.

As we gear up for our Thanksgiving Day feast and our visitors we were surprised to learn that Joni's mom will bring a turkey and that Jeff's friend will bring a dessert.

We're planning to provide some home cooking, as well, to go along with some home hospitality around our fireplace.

The only thing left now is to hope Snoqualmie Pass and the weather cooperate with our plans for a Thanksgiving first.

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