Monday, a week ago, I celebrated my 33rd birthday. By choice, it was a very low key day. I didn’t have anything I really wanted. Plus, just a few days after my birthday, we were traveling to Virginia Beach to visit some of my family for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Eve, we packed up the truck and hit the road. The rest of my family was already there, but Hubby and I both worked half days that Wednesday. Aside from a little traffic outside of Charlotte and Hubby getting a speeding ticket, the drive was good. It was great to see family. It was my family’s first visiting VA Beach and the home of my cousin hosting the meal. He has a grandchildren RJ’s age, so RJ had great playmates, once he broke out of his “shy” phase. Thursday, we ate, ate, and ate some more. *I tried my hand at baking a cake for the first time. Some of my chocolate pound cake was actually eaten. I was pleased.*
Thanksgiving evening, we abandoned the husbands and babies and headed out. I was going join a few of my cousins and try my hand at BINGO for the first time. However, I decided to go with the group who was going shopping instead. Off we went to Sears. They were having a sale on a flat screen tv. One of my cousins wanted it for her MIL. She waited in a ridiculously long line while myself and two of my teenage cousins sat in the car. After two hours in the line, she learned the vouchers for the tv had been given out and they wouldn’t give out any more until 4am…ummm…it was 8pm at the time. Case closed. We headed back to house to sleep for a few hours and hit the streets again at 5am.
My cousin who lives in VA is retired from the NAVY. So, we hit two Navy Exchanges for shopping. Good sales and no taxes! Need I say more? My family members racked up shoes, designer handbags, clothes and electronics. *I stuck to my budget and resisted the urge to buy for the sake of buying. I scored Hubby a much need pair of Nike sneakers for work and 3 pairs 0f nice fuzzy of socks for myself! * We then doubled back to the house to unload the mornings loot then hit mall. I purchased a couple of Christmas gifts for RJ, and a pair of pants for me.
After a few hours of resting back at the house, the ladies went back out to shop. Hubby, RJ and I dropped off my cousin’s wife with the rest of the shopaholics. *Only after we used her military i.d. at the Coast Guard Exchange so I could do some alcohol shopping.* Then,we headed to Norfolk Botanical Gardens for their Christmas light display. We drove through 2miles of Christmas lights. It was decent and it was something we could do as a family. It was a nice break from the rest of the family and shopping.
Saturday afternoon we heading back home to avoid the Sunday traffic and so I could start getting our house ready for Christmas. It was a great holiday filled with family,food, shopping and fun. Hope your Thanksgiving was a great one, too!