This year we stayed home for Thanksgiving and and a couple of families over for dinner. One family made the turkeys and green bean casserole, the other family made sweet potatoes, homemade rolls, and about 5 or 6 different pies, and we made the mashed potatoes, cranberry sausage stuffing, pumpkin roll, and some other sides. This was the first time we ever used our china! I was so happy to use it but kind of surprised how little of it we used. I think I used more of my crystal than my china. The clean up was way more easy than I thought it would be and all the food was delicious.
This was all, of course, just in preparation for Black Friday Shopping! Since I no longer had Tip as my shopping buddy, I had to find a new partner in crime. And that person is my lucky friend, Lara. Lara slept over my house after sending her husband home with their 4 kids and we woke up at 3am and went shopping. This was Lara's first experience with black Friday shopping. I was surprised by how uncrowded the stores were. They were busy but there were plenty of places to park and the lines weren't bad at all. Lara was expecting to see people getting trampled and fights breaking out. Sorry to disappoint! But we did have to listen to a crabby lady in the toy r us check out line for about 30 minutes, so I guess that counts.
All in all, it was a great time, we got some good deals and kicked off the holiday season with a great start. Our friends are already planning our thanksgiving dinner at our house next year!