What a week! Tyrion’s first Thanksgiving was a hit!
The only sad part about our weekend? Travis had to work on Thanksgiving (such is retail). Poor guy had it tough all week. He was fighting a cold, had to work some crazy shifts (like working until midnight Thanksgiving eve and then going back to work seven hours later until 4pm Thanksgiving day) and it was just a frustrating few days for him! Thankfully we had LOTS of leftovers when he got home, and he also had Black Friday off so he was able to relax a bit!
After we sent Travis out the door Tyrion and I got ready to head to my parents house! I packed his diaper bag and second outfit for the day. Hey, it’s only your first Thanksgiving once! The car got packed with all the food I was bringing and off we went to hang with the family all day!
Grandma had to get Tyrion time right away!
My dad and brother in law Dustin were in charge of the Turkey. This year was our first frying it in peanut oil. So crispy and delicious!
Hanging out with my sister Emily and the newest addition to our family, my sister Lesly’s littlest guy Eli.
Lesly and Eli.
Great Grandma Judy!
Danny helping get the turkey ready!
It all got too much for Eli. He had to nap it out a bit.
The men doing their thang.
Bird ready! After a prayer for everything we are truly grateful this year we dug in.
Such a cute little turkey.
All the grandboys together.
It was a great day, even if we all missed Travis a bunch! Don’t worry, he got to snuggle his little turkey when we all got home that evening. And then he proceeded to down an unheard-of amount of yummy food.
So I really hate, and I don’t use that word often, but I truly hate all the stores opening up on Thanksgiving evening for shopping. Seriously, is nothing sacred anymore? It sucks enough that my husband has to work, but now having thousands upon thousands of people heading back to work after turkey dinner is disgusting to me. I worked retail and have worked Thanksgiving day and I can truly say it was one of the worst days ever! To know that my family was all snuggled up in a warm house enjoying each other and tons of food and me standing at a register ringing up crazy people was not fun. Period. Okay rant over.
Anyhow, Friday had me up at 2am! I nursed Tyrion and then jumped in the shower and half asleep – managed to put on my clothes and apply make-up. Out the door I went to meet up with Lesly and Emily to stand in line at Fred Meyer and get our shop on! We got there at 4am with doors opening at 5. If you are one of the first 100 you get a gift card. 99 of them are worth $5 and one is worth $100! The first year in line I got the $100! Then last year we missed getting gift cards by about ten people. That’s why we arrived even earlier this year.
One of my main reasons for standing in line at Fred Meyer? Bear Paw boots!
I always get my boots on Black Friday. When they are regularly $90 and you can get them for $20 it’s something not to pass up! And, since all the woman in line had the same idea we all ran over there and grabbed our sizes fast! Also on the Fred Meyer list – Gold Toe socks (Travis), dog bed for Bree ($15? Yes!) , $4 pj’s for Tyrion, and the list goes on. Needless to say we saved a lot, but spent tons as well!
Next up was Bath and Body Works. I don’t use their lotions much because of all the additives (on special occasions I’ll slather it on, everything in moderation people!), but I love their soaps and if you spend so much you get a bag of goodies at a way reduced price.
I load up! I also get coupons from them galore so I passed those out to my sisters and we all got some free stuff!
We also hit up Babies ‘R’ Us and Lesly and I both got walkers for our little guys. Tyrion is loving his! He was getting so frustrated always laying down, I could tell he wanted to view the world from a different angle and this did the trick, even if he is propped up by blankets!
It’s always crazy to me that after all that shopping, we arrived home at 8am. I don’t do the all day shopping. I get my essentials, follow the same rout every year, then head home. Travis and Tyrion were hanging out happy as clams when I walked through the door.
I took a nap, we chilled for the morning and just relaxed, and then an noon we headed out to my family’s tree farm to get our Christmas tree!
Some scariness ensued on our way home – the roads had iced over. This was the first ice of the year so of course everyone drives like a crazy person. Even in four wheel drive and sand bags in back we slid all over the place. We almost got hit by a smaller car that couldn’t stop, but thankfully they slid into the ditch – unhurt – and missed us. Then an SUV went around that car, realized it was slick and hit the breaks, and proceeded to start sliding toward us too. Travis was like “Well here we go, we are getting hit,” when by the grace of God they went to the side of the road, caught some traction in the skiff of snow, and stopped. The whole drive home was super stressful! So glad when we finally pulled in the driveway!
Saturday was spent decorating, I’ll have photos up soon of our decked out place! Is decorating the bathroom too far? Tyrion got a blast out of all the lights. Check out my instagram for pictures of his light obsession!
Sunday was cleaning day and boy oh boy did we clean. After church we came home and Tyrion did so good while I scrubbed down the house.
The rest of this week? Insane people, insane. Today I’m meeting up with my friend Hannah to work on her wedding prep, tomorrow is our family photo session for our Christmas cards, Wednesday is Tyrion’s four month doctors appointment, and the list goes on and on. I need a nap already.
Okay well I’m off to start this day! Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and your Christmas season is off to a great start!