The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Give me some love!

Hello Friends!

I hope this post finds you doing well. I apologize for my prolonged absence. It would be an understatement to say things have been CRAZY. As I might have mentioned, Allen is working third shift in the retail world now and this time of year is pretty much the Super Bowl of retail. He’s working 60+ hours each week, so obviously, he isn’t exactly able to help much with Chase or housework. That aside, let’s talk about the holiday season!!!!

If you know me in real life, you know that I am a BIT obsessed with the holidays! Being a December baby, I get that much more excited during the holiday season. This week, I wanted to share a post about our family holiday traditions surrounding Thanksgiving. The week of Thanksgiving is one of my VERY most favorite weeks of the entire year because there are so many exciting things going on that week. From family Christmas card photos to epic purges. A LOT goes on in my house the week of Thanksgiving!

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Chase enjoying the leaves at this year’s family Christmas card photo shoot!

Let the fun begin!

Every year, I take a week of vacation at Thanksgiving so that I can get the house ready for the holidays, do all my shopping, and enjoy time with my dear family. This year was no exception! If you are a regular reader, you have probably caught on to the fact that I love to stay busy. I am never so happy as when I have a lot of things planned! I think I took things up a notch this year.

 

It started Friday, when I left work, I headed straight for The Home Depot and bought our Christmas tree! Yes, I am that freak who buys my Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. Daddy, Chase, and I had a LOVELY dinner at a local authentic Italian pizza place called The Boot. Everything about the evening was wonderful. Saturday was nice, too, as we officially kicked off my week of vacation. Chase and I did the weekly shopping and took it easy while Allen caught up on sleep.

My mother’s family does their Thanksgiving the Sunday before, so we skipped church and headed out to that event. It was nice to see everyone and catch up. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure Chase caught a cold from my cousin’s kid but *sigh* oh well, that’s life. Monday morning, Chase woke up with the sniffles, so we had a pretty low-key day. Allen watched Chase for a few hours while I went to buy the rest of the Christmas decorations. Last year, at Christmas, I was on maternity leave and we had a brand-new baby, so there wasn’t much extra cash for decorations for our new house.

Deck Those Halls!!!

To make up for it, I went ALL OUT this year! I might have gotten carried away. Tuesday, Chase and I went to Target and bought even MORE Christmas decor. LOL. Whatever, judge me if you must, I don’t care! 🙂 I had a great time Monday and Tuesday, decorating the house. I will definitely post photos as soon as I get them uploaded and edited. Wednesday was the best day of all because it was Chase’s FIRST BIRTHDAY!

We ate cake for breakfast, loaded up, and headed to the aquarium in Chattanooga. He LOVED the aquarium. I loved the opportunity to play with my camera. There are SO many photos to upload, but here are a few snapshots straight off the camera. Keep in mind that these are super grainy because I had to set the ISO soooo high to capture the light.

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We had a GREAT time at the aquarium. Chase really loved the fish. When we got home, we were all exhausted.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

The next morning we woke up to watch a little of the Macy’s Parade while we got ready to go to my grandparent’s house. By this time both Chase and I had raging colds. Boo. I’ll be honest. I drank. Quite a bit. Of peach brandy and punch, plus… cold medicine. LOL. By the time we made it to stop number two, Allen and I passed out, while his family played with the baby. I am so grateful for that! We didn’t even make it to stop number three and technically, we slept through stop #2. Oops. All in all, it was a great day.

When we got home from the parade of stops, I did my on-line Christmas shopping, while Chase and Allen slept. There’s a chance I got carried away with the Black Friday doorbusters! Friday morning, Chase and I got out to scavenge for leftovers after the madness died down. 🙂 We had our usual Friday night dinner, then I took him to his grandma’s house to spend the night!

Merry Purge-mas

I have started a NEW Black Friday tradition at my house. Instead of going out and doing a ton of shopping, I do most of my shopping online and spend the whole day on Black Friday cleaning and purging. I purged four giant garbage bags of stuff and cleaned the house top to bottom. I also gave away a big stack of books and a big bag of baby clothes. Whew! It felt so good to get all that extra stuff out of my house. I also did the semi-annual closet rotation, where I swap out our warm-weather clothes for the winter clothes. I was exhausted by the time all of this was complete!

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is its own kind of holiday here in Alabama because it’s IRON BOWL day! I’ll be honest though, as an Auburn fan, I wasn’t too excited about the game this year. Obviously, we lost. Chase and I were both tired so  we only caught the tail-end of my sister-in-law’s Iron Bowl party, but it was nice to see her family for a little while. I bought a new (to me) laptop from my brother-in-law and THAT was probably the most exciting part of my week. Now I can run LIGHTROOM!!!! EEEEE.

Wrap it Up!

To wrap up the week of celebration, we have a tradition of taking our family Christmas card photos the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I got brave enough to buy a tripod and do them myself. They turned out OK. I’m not sure proud of them but, also, they aren’t bad. I saved a ton of money by doing it myself and I got a tripod and a cute blanket out of the deal. LOL. I learned that using a tripod to get a family shot is HARD and everyone is glad family photos are over for another year. 🙂

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So there it is! My crazy-busy week. I love this time of year. Traditions and creating memories are so important to me. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving week as well!

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