Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend

This past weekend was a good one. It is always nice to have a few days off work to catch up on life and eat some yummy food.

This is the second year that we have decided not to head back to Minnesota to celebrate Thanksgiving. We plan on going home for Christmas and it is really hard to do both. Sometimes I wish they were not so close together.

Since my little sister and her husband live here now, we invited them over to eat food with us. Last year, we made a bunch of food for just the two of us and most of it went to waste because we could not eat it all. So we were not going to do a big meal unless they could come. My sister had to work on Thanksgiving Day, so we planned on a big meal for Friday afternoon. Its funny how when your traditional Thanksgiving lunch plans are not available because they are 1,000 miles away, you suddenly don't really care about following tradition.

On actual Thanksgiving day, we spent most of the day cleaning and organizing for our company that we had coming over this weekend. Once the time came, we headed out to Target for their Black Friday (Thursday, really) deals. It was pouring rain all weekend and on the chilly side so standing outside of Target waiting for them to open was an experience. Inside Target, we mostly got movies and a few gifts for family. It was a little busy, but I love Black Friday shopping and by now I am a pro so we were able to avoid a lot of the busy. There was also one a five minute line which was great.
When we were done with Target, we headed to a Walmart that was right next door. We could barely even get in the parking lot and decided to leave before we got stuck. We then headed to the Walmart that is closer to our house and tucked away a little more and the parking lot was basically empty in comparison. We were able to get in and find a few of the good deals we wanted still. Like tupperware for dirt cheap. Once we were ready to checkout we literally walked up to the register. In the past years, the Walmart line is always long, at least 30 minutes to an hour. So it was great that both stores were so quick. We were done with everything in less than 2 hours.

Friday morning, we met my sister really early at the mall to take advantage of some of the deals the stores had going. We did not find much, just some clothes and candles, before we left to prepare the turkey.

Richard had been working on the Turkey all week leading up to Thanksgiving. We bought a raw Turkey that Richard then prepared all on his own. He was so excited to do it and he did a really good job. We bought a pre-cooked turkey the year before that just needed to be heated and it was awful so I am glad he wanted to prepare it this year. We also made two different kinds of potatoes, mashed and company, plus stuffing, gravy and some rolls. It was all very yummy.
The rest of the weekend was spent relaxing watching all of our new movies and just enjoying some time off together. We were surprisingly unproductive the rest of the weekend, but it was exactly what we needed. We had a friend from Louisiana stay at our house on Sunday night since she was passing through and heading home on Monday. It was nice to have her over and catch up.

Also, Richard participated in No-Shave-November and grew his beard all November long. After getting a late start, he grew a very impressive bear. No one is surprised though cause he is quite a hairy guy. But we had some fun with pictures while he was shaving it.
So that was our Thanksgiving weekend. It was a good one, even if it is hard to be away from family.

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