running the marathon

I did not take a single picture on Thanksgiving.  I was the hostess and chef for this year’s dinner.  I decided it was best to skip the photojournalism and focus on the food.  I cooked for two days!  The day before Thanksgiving I spent 6 hours preparing.  I’m so glad because it staved off loads of Thanksgiving stress.  We had a great meal of turkey, gravy, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, squash casserole, brown sugar glazed carrots, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, rolls and pies! I love Thanksgiving dinner.

Yes, we braved Black Friday.  We finished 98% of our shopping!  We have just a few other gifts to get that can wait a week or so.  My mother kept our kids so my husband and I could shop together.  We made the day a little date and had lunch while we were out.  We didn’t do crazy by going out super early.  We started around 8 AM and finished by 3.  It was actually delightful.  We didn’t have to deal with any of the rudeness or really any lines that tend to plague Black Friday stories.  I also got our gifts wrapped that same night! Whew!  BUT…it’s done and I can enjoy December.  Well worth it.

Saturday, we decorated the trees…yes, trees.  We have our main tree and the kids have small bedroom trees.  I love the festivity of having lit trees all around.  Throw in a nativity and a few other bits and bobs and we are all set!  Speaking of trees, my cat has found a new toy.  I kind of feared this.  The ornaments have been safe, but my tree skirt is taking a beating.  Beezus has taken to dive bombing the skirt and sliding.  Straightening the skirt for a whole month is going to be super fun!  At times, she enjoys lounging under the tree.  That I don’t mind.  I just hope we don’t have an Aunt Bethany’s cat moment.

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  1. haha love those pictures! Cute!

  2. Great shots. I love that last one.

  3. Way to go cooking all of that for your guests : ) Good idea to start a day in advance! : )
    Your kitty is so cute!

  4. Love these photos. Can’t wait to put my tree up tomorrow!
    Wish they had all those big sales over here in New Zealand

  5. Oh, it is going to be a long month of temptations for your kitty with all the trees…

  6. ha! that is too funny. Good luck with the tree skirt!

  7. Congrats on a successful Thanksgiving dinner and braving black Friday! I love the shots of the kitty, especially the first one. Too funny!

  8. so funny! they love playing with ornaments! so cute!

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  9. I had to laugh when I read about your cat dive bombing onto the tree skirt and sliding! If it could speak, it would be shouting “Whee!” as he did that. =) Those shots of Beezus, especially the last one, are so lovely.

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