Peace and Blessings

Monday, November 28, 2011

It was a successful Turkey Day. I'm up two pant sizes. How 'bout you?

We set out on Tuesday afternoon for Nashville. My parents recently moved there after our wedding.  The four of us piled in to my little 2-door Yaris (his name is Dink, if that tells you anything) and set out on the open road.

I'm great at road trips. Seriously, if there were awards... I would have five. Usually, I pass out and wake up when we arrive at our final destination. Bladder of steel, my friends. This time around, I couldn't fall asleep because we were packed into my car like sardines in a can. There was no where to rest my little head.
Needless to say, our ten-hour drive felt like forty.

800 games of Hanging with Friends later, we finally got there. I haven't seen my parents in a couple months and was so excited to see them!

Thanksgiving day was filled with eating and lounging around. My two favorite things.
Mom (right) and her twin (Kiki) preparing the meal.
Gramps carving the turkey.
Our bountiful feast.
To say I ate lots of food would be the understatement of the year. My plate looked like it could feed a third world country. Bring on those delicious carbs! It's seriously hard to resist when we have all of my favorite foods, like honey-glazed ham, mashed taters, 7-layer salad, corn casserole... Okay, I have to stop because my mouth is watering.

I especially loaded up on the mashed potatoes. I figured I needed some extra padding to fight through the crowds of crazy shoppers for our annual Black Friday shopping.
Mom and I. We look pretty dang good for 5:30 a.m.
I went to bed especially fat and happy that night. The next morning, we woke up at 530 in the a.m. to hit the mall. We do this every year, and it's something I really look forward to... but there's this five minute period when I first wake up and my body feels like holiday roadkill... like a turduckin (isn't that the best word?) that was obliterated by a semi-truck. The last thing I want to do is get my fat self up.

But then I get over that and promptly get into game-day shopping mode. The boys don't get it.

I felt a teensy guilty this year.
I've never had someone to report back to on how much I spent. It's always been up to my (lack of) discretion. The good news was that I stayed under the budget Grahm had set for me. The bad news was that I bought ONE Christmas present. The rest was alllll for me. So really, none of my purchases (however on sale they may be) were really justifiable.

Luckily, I married a keeper and he wasn't mad. He even pretended to enjoy watching me whip out all my bags full of new things. Don't worry, I bought him a shirt. He wasn't totally left out.

My feet and Grahm's wallet hurt the rest of the night, but it was a triumph!

We played Pictionary with the immediate family for several hours that night. (We now have 6 people with Grahm as the newest addition, so hooray for even teams!)  It got pretty heated. None of us can draw. These were two of the best (worst) drawings. See if you can guess what these objects are (Answers at the end of the post).
Saturday night we went out to a nice restaurant, and I was reminded even more of the crazy wonderful family I have.
We somehow made it back to Oklahoma last night. My sister and I did some damage on Black Friday so we were even MORE squished in the backseat of my little car. But don't worry, our purchases were well worth the 10 hours of discomfort :)

I have a wonderful family, and I seriously have so much to be thankful for!

1) Dad's drawing of a mango.
2) Pete's drawing of a pair of scissors.


Kim said...

Okay, so here were my guesses for the drawings...
1. A house with a butt on it.
2. A giraffe afflicted with being born with two crazy crossed swords on it's head

Also, is it weird that I read your posts in a southern accent? I feel like I can hear your voice in my head...

Mary Rachel said...

HAHA, I think I laughed out loud at the "mango" picture. How in the world is that a mango?

Lauren said...

Those pictionary photos are hilarious!! My Gosh, I laughed when you talked about your roadtrip steel bladder! haha :) So beautiful to see your family come together for thanksgiving. I wish we celebrated it here!

Sar said...

I agree with Kim, I definitely thought it was a butt house. I thought the second was Edward Scissorhands, which was kiiiind of correct, right?! So funny!

You're moving to San Antonio next year? Awesome! Why?

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Sarah said...

Yea...I was nowhere close on the mango picture. I really wasn't sure what it was. And I definitely thought the scissors picture was some sort of weird slingshot thing.

And I totally get you on the bladder of steel! My family and I have been taking 12+ hour road trips for basically my entire life. I'll take 3 hour road trips with my friends and they're like, "Can we stop? I need to go to the bathroom." I look at them and I'm like, "Seriously? You can't make it 3 hours?" It's sad, really.

Marge said...

Wow! While reading thru your "epistle" I felt like I had been there right with you and family! Great job!!

k.elizabeth said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog!! It looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family...what a feast!
Thank you for the comment, comments make my day!! I am trying to think of another restaurant to try the whole menu at but it is hard. My first thought was a Mexican place...but I am not a fan of peppers. Maybe Chinese? It is kinda hard to choose. I did put "trying something from an ethnic menu without knowing what it was" on the list, lol! Thanks again for stopping by. :)

k.elizabeth ♥

Angel said...

What a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

Btw, your wedding gown is GORGEOUS! I love it.

Leslie @ Body Won't Break said...

We used to play Pictionary with my grandparents all the time. The best one was when my grandfather had to draw a garter belt. I don't think I've ever laughed that hard or seen him get that red in the face.

Also life would just be easier if men could understand the need to purchase clothes. My husband didn't set a limit, so I thought I did well with what I spent. But he wanted me to spend less. Communication is key!

L-Kat said...

It sounds like you had a great holiday! My biggest problem was my mom and I made a ton of appetizers and I gorged myself on those all day. I was stuffed before dinner started!

You are crazy to get up and deal with shopping on Black Friday! Props to you: I avoid public places like the plague on Friday.

Agreed with Kim: Butt House.