In order to spend quality time with both of our families during the holidays, Eric and I have developed a little system where we alternate where we celebrate Thanksgiving and New Years. We always stay home for Christmas. So, this year we were at his parent's house for Thanksgiving and we will visit mine for New Years. That will reversed next year. It's a sold little process and we have the best memories at both places!
Eric, Ellie and I made it to Marion on Wednesday night. Eli was already there thanks to strep throat. Even we have a nice, virtual list of Black Friday Ads, there's something so satisfying about thumbing through them in the paper, so I picked up two copies of our local paper before leaving since they come out early in Bowling Green.
Once we made it, we thumbed through them and got our shopping plan together! Kohl's and Wal-Mart were starting their online specials a little early, so Eric and I stayed up long enough to do that. Then it was off to bed with a lot of the big stuff already behind us.
We got up on Thanksgiving and headed to the "home place" for lunch with Eric's aunt and uncle and their two children. The "home place" is what my kids call the farmhouse where the family gathers for big events. They had such a good time playing with their cousins, and we even got them to eat a little.
Because we had done so much online shopping, there wasn't really a need for us to go Black Friday Shopping, so for the first time since I can remember, we went home and rested after our Thanksgiving Meal. I'll be honest. It kinda bummed me out, but it was also nice to know that the major items were behind us!