But life has been so crazy for me over the past month that honestly, blogging was just about the last thing I could think about.
But now life is *kind of* starting to get back to some kind of normal. And I miss this blog o' mine. So I'm hoping I can get back into the swing of things.
So now let me tell you about my FABULOUS Holiday weekend!
First, the girls had last Wednesday off of school, so it was a special mommy-daughter day.
We started off by having breakfast at Waffle House.
My girls have never been to Waffle House before, and Addy had been begging us to take her.
Unfortunately, my husband is not a fan. I am!
So we went and of course they loved it, too.
I mean, how can you not love a place where you get to order things scattered and covered???
After that we went Christmas shopping for daddy.
I won't tell you what they bought him because the hubby reads this blog, but I will say that they are SUPER excited about it, and I am just hoping that they can keep it a secret until the big day.
Our fun day was then made even better when we went home and the girls helped me bake 3 pies. I love the help, and they love helping, so it's a win-win! And no one minds that there little fingers were taking swipes of the filling anyway, right?
On Thursday, my day started early so that I could get our GINORMOUS turkey in the oven, followed by the ham. But it was worth it when we got to enjoy the best meal of the year while we visited with 20 or so relatives.
But the real fun began when at 7:30pm, a few lovely ladies and I, (and my hubby for the first stop), headed out to begin our BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING!!!!
Oh friends, let me just tell you that Black Friday shopping is not for the weak.
First of all, it should be called Black Thursday now because the deals started on Thursday evening at 10pm at Wal-Mart, which was our first stop.
And can I just say that Wal-Mart is just full of the most interesting people you will ever see in your life?
I mean, where else can you see someone in ugg-like boots, pj bottoms, and a tank top with no bra and think that it's totally acceptable?
And just when things were starting to get boring while we waited in line, a fight almost broke out between a guy I'm pretty sure was a truck driver at some point in his life and a preppy little momma trying to cut in line who had no fear of him. That is until he started cursing at her. Then she hightailed it outta there.
I think it was a wise choice.
And then, after we got our goods and tried to make our way to a check-out line, I was stopped by a police officer inside the store who was directing traffic.
Did you see that I said, INSIDE the store?
After that we hot the mall for Old Navy, Elder-Beerman, NY&Co., and The Great Steak Escape.
There weren't a lot of choices for food at 3am, and we were running out of steam. And truth be told, pretty much nothing is off limits at that time of the morning.
Our last stop was Target. Unfortunately, everything had been pretty picked over at that point, (they had opened at midnight), so I struck out there. But when I got home, I was able to get the rest of my stuff on Amazon.com, so it's all good.
And on Friday evening, those same great ladies and I gathered up our families and went to the Downtown Dayton Grande Illumination and Children's Parade. The weather was perfect and the kids had a fabulous time!
The next day we put up our tree and decorated the house. It is seriously one of my very favorite things to do. It just makes every day better when you get to walk by a beautiful lit-up Christmas Tree. It just does.
And our wonderful weekend ended with a Pajama day and pizza-movie night. A perfect ending for a perfect weekend.
I am so excited for all the fun stuff that this season holds. We have lots of fun plans, and I can't wait to share all of them with you.
Which reminds me, tomorrow I will be listing a bunch of the events going on around town in December. Hopefully, you will be able to check out some of them with your crew!
So I hope you all had a great Holiday weekend, too! Feel free to share some of your Black Friday stories also. I always love a good Wal-Mart story!