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Our Thanksgiving

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.*

The 3 Musketeers

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!

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Well the holidays are in full swing! The long drive to NYC for Thanksgiving went pleasingly well.  Though he was fussy at times, RJ did well on the way there and back.  It was a short trip, so we had to cram a lot into a few days.  We didn’t get to see everyone.  If your family is like mine, I’m sure that made some a little huffy, but it is what it is.  I probably could have squeezed in some visits on Friday, but I didn’t.  I wanted to do something that resembled a vacation, on my vacation.  So, I spent the day in Manhattan, Hubby & child free, shopping with my sister and niece.  That is the thing about travelling to NYC, we know too many people there. Everyone wants to see your face, especially the baby.  However, by the time we make it to everyone, we’ve spent our entire trip house hopping and haven’t done anything WE wanted to do.  When we were dating, we would take a couple of days of my NYC visit and stay in a hotel in the City. We’d enjoy our time shopping, sightseeing and doing vacationy  things.  It was wonderful. The rest of the trip we would designate to family and friends, house hopping.  Lesson 1: We should start doing that again. That way, we feel like we were actually on a family vacation and RJ would get to experience NYC.

Lesson 2: Fly, Fly, Fly! I admit I’m an over packer. I had this problem even before the baby. It hs gotten a lot worse with him.  I pretty much pack up his room and take it with us when we travel…anywhere!  Because of this,and it’s simply cheaper, we have been travelling by car.  Also, we like having our own transportation.  Well, his trip was super short, and a 12hour drive with a quick turnaround is not a bright idea. Not to mention, the traffic jams on the return were horrendous.  From now on, I’ll learn to pack light, we will start searching for cheap fares way in advance and we will take to the skies.

All-in-all the trip was nice, short and sweet.  I’m happy to be home. Though will probably travel to Charleston for Christmas, it will be very quiet laid back holiday in our house.  I will have TWO WEEKS off and I didn’t have to put in a vacation request for them!!! I’m so excited about this:) *This did not happen EVER in my old job, so if I’ve mentioned it in a previous post, excuse me.  At that job, even if a holiday fell on my normal day off, there was no guarantee I would have that day off.  I’m so thankful for the blessing of career change!* Anyway, I’m getting the house ready for Christmas and holiday cheer! I can’t wait to take RJ to see the various holiday lights displays and parades.  Is your family planning a trip to a Christmas lights display, parade, or play?

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  • Thanksgiving is almost here!! We are heading to NY. Though, I’m not really looking forward to the drive, I’m just ready to be in the City.  Looking forward to a stress free trip and a Black Friday shopping spree with my sister and niece!

  • My 32nd birthday weekend was fab! My oldest brother and his family surprised us and took us to lunch.  We had a great time. Saturday night we hired a sitter for RJ. It went really well! I tried to put him to sleep before we left, but he refused. He cried a little after we left, but she was able to get him to sleep. I’m glad I purposely planned our dinner around his bed time! Hubby and I had a great dinner at one of my favorite restaurants. It was even better after I received the text from the sitter that RJ was sound asleep! After that, I was able to relax and enjoy our night out.

  • I read a Twitter status from a woman who was contemplating boycotting Target because their stores open at midnight for Black Friday.  Whatever! I don’t get it.  If you don’t want to get up at midnight to go shop, then don’t! There are some people who do. A lot of people want to get the best deals they can and for some, it’s just a family tradition to shop til you drop!  Granted, I won’t be in Target at midnight. However, I have been up an out at 5am shopping on previous Black Fridays.   I feel midnight or 5am still too damn early to shopping in ANY store! LOL  However, I’ve done it and loved it!  You’re going to petition and boycott a store for  bringing in as much revenue as it can in a down economy? Hmmmm…  Why not stop there? Why not make the movie theaters stop Friday midnight showings of movies. I mean those  Sex and the City (myself included) and Twilight  groupies could have waited until 12 noon Friday to proclaim their Big or team Jacob love.  Come on people, give me a break.

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Catch Up

Well the Thanksgiving Blitz it over!!! The in-laws have left and the house is slowly getting back to normal.  It was nice but I’m looking forward to a much more quiet Christmas.  Now I have to decorate for Christmas and put the tree up.  Yesterday was Brooklyn’s birthday.  We got her a cake and some ice cream. We also, took the girls to the mall last night to have their pics taken with Santa!  It went better than I thought it would.  I enjoyed my first Saturday & Sunday off!  It was weird, I kept thinking I was late for work!! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

P.S. Happy Birthday Mrs. Clough!!

Brooklyn's 1st B-Day!!


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I’ve almost made it to the end!! The twelve day work stint is almost over and I can see light at the end of the tunnel. How was everyone’s weekend? The highlight of my non-weekend was buying an eight foot ladder at Lowe’s! lol. I have been wanting this ladder for a while but who knew ladders were like $100?! Lowe’s had one on sale so we scooped it up. Oh the things we got accomplished that we couldn’t b4 the LADDER!!! We changed the air filters, hung the wind spinner on the patio and now we are ready to paint the guest bedroom next week. All thanks to the ladder! Sad I know. lol. We have alot to do around the house in the next four weeks b4 the in-laws come for Thanksgiving. Speaking of Thanksgiving, I don’t have a final head count, it could be from 6 to 22 people. What a range!! Oh and I’m not even sure I’m off Thanksgiving Day!! I guess that might be a little issue. LOL

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