Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday

Happy Friday!!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed lots of food and family!!!  We sure did!!! is BLACK FRIDAY.....are you one of the crazies that wakes up in the middle of the night to catch the great deals, or do you avoid it like the plague????  We just bought a new TV last week and I am sure I am going to be regretting purchasing it when I did when I see how much I could have saved if we just waited...(I could have waited...but my hubby....not so much)

One year, when I was pregnant with Olivia I left the house to hit the stores when they opened at midnight (back then the stores did NOT open on needs to go back to that)....anyway the stores were crazy crowded, it was hot, I was 7 months pregnant, and though I got some good deals, when I arrived back home at 10 the following morning with very swollen ankles I vowed again to never do it...I am glad I can say I have done it, but it's just not for me!  I know some people love it, and even make it family traditions, which I think is great!!!!  Now even though I don't get up in the middle of the night to go shopping, I do go out on Black Friday...for the past 5 years my mom and I have started our own little tradition, a few of the kids spend the night at her house each Thanksgiving, she brings them home mid morning, then her and I head out...she shops for all the grandkids, we have lunch, and usually pick up a thing or two for ourselves, because well, we deserve it:)  This is one of my favorite times of the year, because I just love getting spend time with my mother!!!  I typically don't buy any gifts this day...the past few years I have been starting and finishing my holiday shopping usually the second week in December...I am sure some of you are dying reading that, those of you who are done shopping in October and everything is already wrapped by this time!!!  I used to shop early, but I found that my kids would change their mind, add something new to the list, and for me it was more stressful, unwrapping gifts, returning them and rebuying what they now I just wait, now I am not going to lie, there have been a few years I was scrambling, and there may have been a time or two that UPS was delivering packages to my doorstep on Christmas Eve, but Christmas morning everyone has what they asked Santa for under the tree!!!!  

After shopping with my mom, I come home, we usually eat pizza for dinner, and we bring all the Christmas boxes down from the attic....the kids LOVE this!  They always have the best fun going through the boxes, pulling out all the decorations and ornaments..such a fun, magical time!!!  Then we wake up Saturday morning and head out to find the perfect Christmas tree...not always an easy task...every year I keep saying I am going to buy an artificial pre lit tree, but I just can't bring myself to do it....there is just something I love so much about loading up the kids and going to pick out a of the upsides to living in the South...we can do this and not freeze our butts off!!!!  Then it is home to decorate...FUN FUN FUN!!!  

You may not believe this, coming from a mom to 5 children, but we have never had Elf on the Shelf...crazy right....well this year an Elf will be arriving at our house Saturday morning to bring the kids a special breakfast...I am already stressing about Elf ideas, thank God for social media and Pinterest!!!!  

So there you have we spend Black Friday, and a little of what we do over the holiday sure to check back Monday for our weekend wrap up, a special someone is turning 11 this weekend and he is very excited!!!! 

Here are a few pictures from Thanksgiving...I really need to get better about taking more pictures, I am pretty sure I don't have a single one with all of us in it.....the little boys are always too busy playing to stop for a picture...the older ones are kind of over me snapping non stop pics...ugh the life of a mama with growing kiddos...
the only family pic I got all the car loaded up to go to grandma's house!!

cousins...Olivia and sweet London!!

these guys...just LOVE them!!

cousins exploring!!

thankful to be this sweet girls mom!!

thumbs up for cousin fun!!

So thats it....all of my Thanksgiving pictures...epic mom fail...I know

Now...I am sure there are fabulous deals in just about every single store today...but if at anytime you were considering buying some new Hunter rain boots, now would be a great time to do it....these Hunter Boots are on sale now for UNDER $100!!!  You can get them right now for $98.80...major is just the burgundy gloss ones marked down to this price, they are a fabulous color and you can wear them with alot more than you probably think you can!!!  Go ahead and order them, you will not be sorry

If there are any other GREAT deals out there today, please share them with me...I love a good deal!!!

Have the BEST Friday, enjoy your shopping, decorating, relaxing, leftovers...whatever it is you do...just enjoy it!!!!


  1. I know people are gaga crazy over that Elf on a Shelf thing but I have to say I am so happy he didn't exist when my girls were little! There is enough stress at the holidays ....I am glad I didn't have to stress to find different things for this elf to get into! LOL

    1. Ha! I'm thinking I could be regretting this whole elf thing!!!! Ha! Have a great weekend!!! Thanks for reading !!!