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Thanksgiving Dinner: war or wonderful?
In addition to general etiquette such as napkins in laps, elbows off the table, and passing the salt and pepper shakers together, there are a number of other rules to ensure that your Thanksgiving dinner is a success.
Do not discuss politics. This is a no win situation. You can never be certain what hot buttons your relatives have, so there is no need to push them.
No texting or telephones at the dinner table. This distraction requires a complete ban. Otherwise there will be telephone conversations as the turkey is being passed.
Don’t minimize the importance of family. While your family may not look like the perfect one in the commercial, no family does. Enjoy yours and relish the moments together. If the atmosphere is pleasant, linger over your food and savor the family ties. Life is short.
Do not penalize football game lovers. Plan your meal either before or after the Cowboys football game. Resist the temptation to make them choose between sitting beside granny and cheering on the Cowboys.
Offer alternatives to football. There are people in Dallas who do not watch football. Why not offer a family friendly movie in another room to accommodate them?
Announce games options ahead of time. Let the family know ahead of time that a pickup game of touch football is scheduled in the back yard or a Scrabble match is in the works. This prepares them and can create excitement.
Clean up plans are to be determined by the cook. Each cook has her/his particular wishes in this area and they need to be communicated early in the day. No one is a mind reader. Otherwise the cook may be abandoned and angry with a pile of pots.
Children’s Tables- there are pros and cons, so you decide.
When kids are seated with other children close to their age, they tend to enjoy dinner much more than if seated with Mom, Dad, and the rest of the adults.
2. Adults may feel freer to talk.
There's certain conversations that kids don't need to be a party to, which is another excellent reason why separating the adults from the kids at Thanksgiving is a sensible move.
1. Parents can't help their kids with meals or be there to supervise.
Smaller kids require some adult supervision when eating. They may need their food ground up, and help cutting up meat.
2. Families aren't together.
Thanksgiving is a time for families to get together, pray together, recall old memories and create new traditions. Seating the kids at a table in the kitchen means that families aren't able to enjoy this family celebration together.
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PAIGE MCCOY SMITH'S LETTER TO HER BOYS
April 16, 2012
My Precious Boys;
It’s painful – when the magic behind Santa is revealed. Feelings of anger, betrayal, and disappointment make this new understanding of magic even more difficult.
Although it is true that there is no-such-thing as magic – MIRACLES DO EXIST!
Sadly, reindeer cannot fly – but flowers do bloom and share their radiance to all who will stop and take them in.
Elves do not exist – but the sun, in its perfect placement within the universe, gives us light and warmth and reminds us of the blessing that each day brings.
And although Santa will not climb through the chimney, it’s true that birds do fly, caterpillars turn into butterflies and Angels really do come and comfort babies at night.
Magic is not real – but miracles EXIST and surround us every day! Magic is an Invention of Man but Miracles are a Gift of God.
One of those Miracles is the Truth of a Baby – Born of God in a lowly stable who will ultimately grow to Save the World. Part of growing up is understanding that the Magic of Santa may need to stand aside for the Miracle of Christ.
In the meantime, my hearts breaks for your sadness and disappointment.
I love you and adore you,
BLAKE HUTTO FUND RAISER
Article below reprinted from StarLocalNews.com
Local businesses and the high school community are coming together to help a McKinney family focus on their son's recovery instead of their growing medical bills.
Chad and Ginger Hutto were overwhelmed when they heard that neighbors and people whom they'd never met helped coordinate a fundraiser for their 16-year-old son, Blake, who remains in a coma more than a month after being injured in a car accident.
"He was out cruising, like teenagers do," Chad said. "There was a blind spot ... He was crossing the road and he obviously didn't make it."
Both McKinney Chick-Fil-A restaurants will donate 15 percent of their sales from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 30 to help the Hutto family pay their medical bills. The percentage will include sales for dine-in, drive-through and carry out orders. Customers must write "Blake Hutto" on the receipt in order for their purchase to count.
"It's amazing they jumped on board to do something like this," said Chad of the fast-food chain. "They're great with the community - I've always thought that."
Blake, a McKinney High School junior, is currently at Select Specialty Hospital in Carrollton, an acute care facility for patients who are out of intensive care but not well enough for a rehab facility.
While he can open his eyes and is starting to shows signs of intentional movement, the varsity track and swim team star is technically still in a coma, making it hard to tell what the next few days and weeks hold, Chad said.
"He didn't open his eyes for a solid month, he was completely comatose," Chad said. "When he finally opened his eyes, that was huge. It took doctors another week after that to try to determine if he was seeing anything. We know there's brain damage in certain areas but every patient is different. We just have to wait and see."
Mary Bahr lives across the street from the Huttos and was devastated when she heard about the accident. After telling friends and coworkers, news of Blake's injury spread and led to a community-wide calling to help the family in any way possible.
"They're such a sweet family; we don't know what the future holds for him, and we just want it to be the best possible," said Bahr. "It kind of hit close to home, you don't realize how it can happen in instant and how lives are changed in an instant."
Blake's parents have been by his side since the accident occurred, monitoring his state and waiting for the next sign of progress. At first they thought Blake would be on a respirator the rest of his life, but it was removed two weeks after the accident. His tracheotomy has also been capped, allowing him to breathe on his own.
The most recent milestone was when Blake was able to eat his first solid food - pudding and applesauce.
"It was thrilling to see him take a bite of pudding but he could only take a few bites," Chad said. "He still has his tracheotomy in, so they had to make sure it goes into his stomach and not his lungs."
The Huttos have received support in places they never would have expected.
In addition to the Chick-Fil-A day, neighbors also donated 100 percent of the proceeds made from a recent community garage sale. Members of the church in Prosper near the intersection where the accident occurred held a candlelight vigil for Blake, an event that collected prayers from people he had never met.
"[They] didn't know Blake," Chad said. "He was some stranger and they were so affected by the accident they had a huge turnout of people out there praying for him."
Kristen Sinnes works with Bahr as a special education teacher at McKinney North High School and has yet to meet the Huttos, but decided to help organize the fundraiser after hearing about Blake's condition. Thanks to her previous experience as a respiratory therapist, Sinnes said she knew the Huttos would be facing tough challenges ahead.
"It's just a pay it forward type thing," she said. "We all have dark moments, and if this gives them a little less stress to focus on hope then it's for a great cause. Hopefully we get a big turnout."
Chad and Ginger have tried putting things into perspective in terms of medical bills and long-term care, but, like Blake's condition, there are still a lot of unknowns. Both are extremely thankful for the amount of support they have gotten and want to make sure credit is given where it's due.
"There would be too many names to mention everyone that has helped or offered themselves to us but ... we have gotten [so much support] from the entire school district including the administration, coaching staff and all teachers, as well as our employers," Chad said. "We are truly blessed to live in such a great community."
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