On Thanksgiving day, my parents and sister came over for dinner. This is probably the smallest group I've hosted/or helped to host in a LONG TIME....but all the more fun. Notice my nice china....it's even green. Nothing but the good stuff for my guests. And this is the cute little "thankful tree" my kids were in charge of making. This is our 3rd year with this tradition and it gives the kids something to do while I finish up dinner. Everyone writes down on the paper leaves several things they are thankful for and then, after dinner, we read them and guess who wrote them. Pretty fun. Most of the good pictures are on my dad's camera....which I will download later.....I didn't get many since my battery was dead and my charger was MIA.
Also, right before dinner, Emaree fell down the stairs...the first set, anyway. We didn't think much of it until during dinner she kept whining about not being able to get up and get things....it wasn't until then that we finally looked at it and saw it was beginning to swell. I know....good parents....turns out it was a sprain and she stayed off of it the first day or two....and fortunately, we still had Starr's crutches from when Starr broke her foot last year on Christmas Eve, so she was using them the rest of the weekend. However, as of tonight....she seems as good as new...just in time to go back to school...hurray!
Hummm...other fun things we did this weekend... Terri (my sister-in-law) and I, of course, had to get up early, 5:00 am, Friday and do our Black Friday shopping. The crowds were minimal compared to what we were used to. And, for the first time ever, we were able to get everything on our list. My favorite find? At Macy's I found a regular priced $50 skirt - completely adorable- marked down to $5. Okay, not a gift..something for myself...hey, aren't I allowed to do that?
Family pictures were taken on Friday afternoon. Not really fun -- more nerve racking, and I'm so very glad to have it over with - I think I'd almost rather have a root canal.
Steve, Jeff along with 4 of both of their friends went to the ASU vs. UCLA football game Friday night (thanks again, Bert, for the tickets) -- Steve says one of the best games he's been to. They had such a great time! If it wasn't for the defense that scored the 4 touch downs, 2 from interceptions and the rest from fumbles, they wouldn't have won the game.
By Saturday, this head cold thing going around (and I think staying up until Midnight the night before screaming at ASU didn't help) caused Steve to feel horrible and he stayed down most of the day. He did find enough energy earlier in the day to help me move some furniture around and set up the Christmas tree. It's so nice to have most of Christmas set up. Next weekend, we'll work on the outside of the house.