Thanksgiving Weekend 2010 and Black Friday Shopping

J and I had a wonderful thanksgiving dinner with at his sister’s house.  His parents were also there along with 4 out of the 7 nieces and nephews.  It was a gorgeous day so the kids and adults were able to spend lots of time outside playing horse shoes after eating dinner.  While we were over there, J’s sister and I started talking about her dSLR camera and some of the options available now.  I mentioned that it was a purchase I had been thinking about for a while.

We made it home by 4 pm and were able to relax and eat a light dinner.  J and I discussed the camera options and did some more research on what was available.  I knew I wanted to go with Canon because that is what J’s sisters use and we could share lenses.  I was willing to go with an older model because I am new to the photography thing and am not planning on using the camera for anything more than personal purposes.  However, as I did more research that evening, I found the new Canon T series introduced High Def video to the cameras.  Adding the video camera feature was something I was very interested in.  I felt like we could really use this feature down the road when children are around.  That narrowed my choices to the T1i and the T2i.  Ideally I would have been happy with the T1i, but the T2i was on sale with a package deal for Black Friday.  The same store that had the T2i on sale, also had the PlayStation 3 with the new Move package available.  J had been waiting for a PS3 for a while now and this seemed as good as time as any to pick one up.

Still undecided, we had agreed to run to Toys R Us that evening to pick up some great deals for friends and family.  The #1 big item on our list was a $300 Little Tykes play house on sale 50%.  When we showed up at 9 pm (an hour before the store opened), there were over 400 people in line in front of us.   We were notified that the store was only going to allow 50 people in every 2 minutes (to allow them to disperse into the store) until they reached capacity of 400.  Of course, we were right over 400 so we had to wait a few extra minutes for a small group of people to exit the store before they would allow us in.  When we got inside it was a mad dash to find the play house tickets.  Luckily there were plenty left.  J got in line and I spent some time gathering the other items on our list.

We wrapped up at TRU by 11:30, went home to drop of our stuff, and then went out to meet up with some friends at a local bar.  It was great to go out and see some friends on Thanksgiving and it kept us awake before we had to be back in line for the store opening at 4 am!  We wanted to make sure we got these big ticket items so as soon as the bar closed, we went back and got in line (roughly 2:30 am).  This time we had our chairs and snacks and drinks to keep us awake!

By 4:30 am we had the camera bundle and the PS3 system in hand and were headed home for bed!  It was quite a Thanksgiving Day for us!  Here is what our couch looked like the next morning!

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I am also happy because we had plenty of time later in the weekend to put up Christmas lights!

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Thanksgiving 2010 with Modern Printable Decor

This past weekend J and I went to visit my parents for an early thanksgiving dinner. It was the first time we had been to visit since the wedding and it was great to relax and not work on wedding plans every second of the weekend.

We had a very casual dinner on Saturday afternoon but we still wanted to make it special so I printed out some of the decorations that were posted on Hostess with the Mostess as part of Operation Give Thanks.

Here is what we came up with for our dinner table.

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We used a white table cloth, and a green/yellow runner that my mom had from a couple of years ago. She has multi-colored fiesta plates, so I just picked out the orange green and yellow plates for us to use. A large orange candle served as a simple centerpiece.

I printed out the cute place cards and hand wrote our names on them. Place cards are always a holiday tradition in our house so I was happy to incorporate these. Sometimes we write what we are thankful for on the back and my mom saves them.

We also used the paper napkin rings to put together the silverware.

I printed out a few drink labels and stuck one on the water pitcher. There were some really cute yellow lemons floating in the water but you can’t see them in this picture!

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I printed these cute little signs and taped them to a matching toothpick. They were double sided so they could be seen from both sides of the table!

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My dad made homemade rolls and they deserved a cute little sign of their own!
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Last but not least was the wonderful turkey my dad also made!

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It was a wonderful weekend with my family and I can’t wait for Thursday when we get to do it all over again with J’s family!

Holiday Plans

I am so sad we won’t be hosting thanksgiving dinner at our house this year. We chose not to invite everyone over because 8 adults and 7 not so little kids would just be tight in our house. The kids need room to run around and activities to do. We just aren’t set up as a kid friendly house right now.

If I were to be able to host Thanksgiving, there is no doubt I would be using these bad boys. Printable thanksgiving party decor. The suite includes menu cards, kids stuff, place cards, etc. All in some great green and orange designs. I’m so sad.

However, this will be our first Christmas in our new house. We are thinking of hosting J’s family over for Christmas dinner and the family gift exchange. The kids always get enough gifts during the family gift exchange that it keeps them busy for a few hours. This would give us (ok really, me) the perfect opportunity to use some free printable Christmas decor!

I have already scouted out some of the great gift tags etc that West Elm has posted. Who knew they posted cool stuff like this on their website. I can’t wait to start planning a menu and everything else! Merry Christmas!