Tuesday, December 2, 2008

An American Thanksgiving

This past weekend my ds and I drove home to Michigan to celebrate an American Thanksgiving with my family. It was a wonderful day with 16 family members gathering to enjoy a traditional turkey dinner. We engorged ourselves on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, brussel sprouts, coleslaw, cranberry Jello salad, homemade pickles, and fresh bread. The desserts were a meal in themselves – pumpkin pie, sour cream apple pie, pecan pie, pumpkin cupcakes and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

It was a major feast and we leisurely enjoyed every minute of it! Thank goodness we would be spending the next two days walking around the stores and hopefully burning off some of the calories we consumed.

After dinner, out came the 'Black Friday' store flyers. I have to say my sister Mary is the professional Black Friday shopper. On Thanksgiving Day numerous newspapers are bought and every flyer is looked at. Then the planning begins, serious planning. Coupons are clipped, lists are made and the plan of attack is developed. When she is convinced that we have found the best deals and we know where we will start, it is off to bed with the alarm clocks set for 4:00am.

By 4:30am, while it is still dark out and very cold, we are standing outside the first store, our hearts beating quickly from running to our spot and from the anticipation of it all! Then we wait in line until the doors open at 6:00am.

In case you were wondering what a 15-year-old looks like after only 4 hours of sleep, I took this picture of my ds as we stood in line – he was clearly not as enthusiastic as the rest of us! And even though we spent hours the night before going through all the newspapers, Mary was still organizing her flyers and coupons while she stood in line!

Finally the store opened and the shopping began. We split up and went in 3 different directions to grab the items we were interested in and in short time we were meeting by the checkout. We did it! It was one store down and a whole list of others to go!

1 comment:

  1. oh i didnt know you had taken Spencer with you....did he have a good time...Mary is looking great, so nice to see a pic of her...

    Gosh Joanne, i cannot imagine the planning you girls put into BF, i would have to do the same thing to stay organised....looks like you ha da great time with your family..


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