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Friday, November 23, 2012

The Holiday Change Over

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving! Yesterday was a long day of family, cooking, cleaning, and eating. Today was a long day of family, cleaning, eating, and shopping. Pretty good two days, I'd say.

For the past two years, we've gotten together with friends of ours (who have an equally small family) and made one big dinner together. Its fancy - especially since they really know how to cook!

They made the turkey, dressing, yams, and gravy and we made the mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, and baked corn. Plus, my favorite apple pie for dessert. YUM. I am in pregnant lady fridge full of left overs heaven. C has already polished off the yams, but there are enough mashed potatoes left to feed an army.

We ate dinner at around 3pm, which is right at the end of nap time. This is the best picture of C (and his adorable turkey shirt) that I could get - the blank "I just woke up...someone had better feed me soon..." stare.

Despite my peeling/stirring/mashing arm still being sore, it was wonderful to see everyone and eat delicious food. Post food coma, came shopping!

Usually, we're the crazy people that go to Target at 9pm and stand outside freezing for a few hours before being unleashed into the store. This year, the sales were SO good online, we hardly had to go anywhere to get everything we wanted/needed.

For us, Kohl's was the clear winner this year. We got a new knife set, the Corning Ware bake ware I've wanted since we got married, and a few of those cute hooded kid towels for C. Everything was on sale, had a rebate, a coupon, free shipping, AND Kohl's cash. We paid maybe 25% retail cost. Woo! We stopped by the store today for kicks and I scored an armload of summer clothing for C and the baby on clearance for a whopping $25 after sales and coupons. Their sales are still going on and are still quite good, so definitely check it out.

Knowing we'd need them, I also stalked a few cloth diaper websites for deals on newborn diapers. I was able to get all of the covers, cloth wipes, and Snappi fasteners we'll need for the baby and the Aden & Anais swaddle blankets I've been eying. Coupled with Babies R Us having a BOGO on Tommee Tippee stuff, we're almost totally stocked and ready for this baby. Crazy, huh?

The only place I physically needed to go to was JoAnn Fabrics. Their sales were good, but not get up at 5am good. Its not like they were going to run out of fabric or something. I picked up the fat quarters I'll need for the baby's nursery decorations as well as the fabric for her baby quilt. I am absolutely in love and can't wait to start this blanket!

It was a busy few days, but a good few days. I'm so glad the weekend is still before us. Maybe we can get some relaxing (and crafting) in there! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a trample-free Black Friday!

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