Generally we don't go to the lake then because Alabama's football season opener is the Saturday of the holiday weekend and TheHub and Son(whichever is available and wants to go) head to a different city (often Atlanta) to watch the game. This year the opener is in Miami and they don't want to go there just to watch a ball game. For the first time in years, I will actually share the tv with someone else on game day.
Obviously we asked Son2 and almost DIL2, but I was at a loss about asking anyone else. I know Mom hates it there and if she won't come My Beloved Sister and BIL can't come either. (One of us stays in town for Mom emergencies when the other leaves)
We were about halfway home when I thought about inviting TheHub's sister and brother-in-law, and our niece (his brother's daughter) and her adorable son. SIL lives about 4 hours east (north of Atlanta) and our niece is about 3 hours south of us near the coast. It was a long shot they they both would be able to visit but it worked out. I am so glad I thought of them and really do look forward to spending time with all of them. (Did I mention how stinking adorable J.P. is?)
They will be arriving Saturday mid morning which is wonderful. It gives us Friday night to make sure all the little critter bodies (ants and millipedes, which seem to fall from thin air when the cabin is empty) are swept, and the spider webs at the door are knocked down. (And yes, I know battling the spiders is futile and honestly when it is just us we leave them intact except for what is necessary to get through the door. They are a great first line of defense in keeping the mosquitos from entering the place.) The beds are made and the bathrooms are ready, so just dusting and sweeping are really needed to be ready for them.
Additionally, TheHub's cousin lost her husband a couple of weeks ago. She lives about an hour south of the lake place so he called her and invited her up for Sunday. She and her (adult ) son are coming for the day and hopefully they will be there early. We would have invited TheHub's brother and his wife too, but they have a place on the gulf and have plans with their son and his wife there. Salt water and waves trump the lake everyday!
We decided food is important but we also decided we did not want to spend our time cooking rather than enjoying our family. We planned a menu and most of it can be done ahead of time. I plan to spend today and tomorrow morning getting the food ready so all I really will have to do (mostly) is heat and serve.
some sort of sweet roll just in case anyone gets there early
Hot dogs, chips, cole slaw
BBQ, ribs (bought and brought in) corn on the cob, green beans, sliced tomatoes, sliced cukes, rolls and Keto cheesecakes (I am not telling they are Keto. I took them to my family reunion last week and they all were eaten so I am guessing they got the non-Keto seal of approval)
Chips, dip, tortilla chips, salsa, crudité.
Sister Schubert or Millie Ray rolls (freezer section of the grocery store. If you can't find these I do feel sorry for you because they are delicious)
Scrambled eggs and bacon
pancake options (regular or blueberry)
BBQ chicken (both traditional and white sauce) potato salad, baked beans, tossed salad, rolls, and strawberry shortcake (Yes, I am buying those little cake things they sell next to the strawberries. Sue me!)
Burgers with all the fixings, chips and any warmed up leftovers anyone wants, cookies.
Pancake options, eggs and bacon
Leftovers or grilled cheese sandwiches
Now I have to get my tail up and start prepping. Anything that can be chopped, sliced, baked, blended, infused, or beaten is happening today and tomorrow morning. Then we are off for a wonderful weekend!
What are your Labor Day weekend plans (if you live in the states) or your first weekend in September if not, or your plans for the weekend for whatever calendar you follow?