This week, two things are happening that I can barely contain myself about. First, we’ll be getting together with cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and a grandma. Second, we’re all going to do the traditional Thanksgiving outing and we’re going to see FROZEN the movie!
We haven’t done a large multi-family Thanksgiving in years. We used to go to Chicago every year for Thanksgiving and then every other year we would go there for Christmas. Now that we’re in Maryland we are close enough to spend any holiday with either my parents and brothers or heading down to the boys’ aunt & uncle in Virginia!
We found out at the beginning of fall that two families were coming to Virginia for Thanksgiving and that’s when the snowball effect happened. One aunt asked to fly my oldest daughter out, we decided if she was coming, we were heading down, plans were made to see FROZEN, and we were going to exchange Christmas presents!
I figured since I have 4 nieces under 8 getting them something with Elsa or Anna would be perfect timing with the movie coming out on November 27th. I had the boys go shopping with me because they don’t have a lot of opportunity to shop for holiday gifts. When we got to Walmart, I remembered WHY they don’t go shopping with me a lot. *insert eye roll* They drove me crazy; who got to push the cart, one needed a drink, when will they eat dinner, etc.
Now, they might drive me crazy, but, my boys are extremely good in stores. They’re older, at 14 and 10 and will look at toys, but not misbehave with them. Well, while I was deciding for sure which FROZEN toys to get, they went into the next aisle to look at LEGOs. A lady who worked at Walmart started talking very rudely to them about how she’s not going to have kids messing up her aisles and taking toys all over the place. I had to go to the aisle to see if she was indeed talking to my boys and if so, what were they doing to get that kind of talk.
As I went around the corner, my youngest was holding a box of LEGOs and my older son was standing behind him. I explained to her that they’re my children, and my kids don’t behave that way in a store. I was extremely offended by her speaking to my boys how she did when they hadn’t even done anything aside from stand and look at a box of LEGOs. It’s a shame when adults expect kids to behave poorly just for the fact they’re kids. Anywho, that’s a soapbox for a different day.
There were some really cute toys, but I was hoping to get 4 similar gifts so the girls could all play together. I had hoped to get 4 dolls, but they only had 3 at the max of anything. The gal who had spoken to my children explained to me that they’d had a crazy day of people buying up FROZEN toys and were pretty much bare bones!
We’d had the toys we wanted and decided it was time for us to move to the grocery department because it had been a long stinkin’ day for us and we were almost an hour away from home.
Since we got home so late, we decided to wrap the girls’ gifts after church on Sunday. We’ve got a lot of kids to give gifts to and since this is a busy work week as well as a holiday week, I need to make sure we got as much ready to go for our road trip as possible.
My boys are still honing their skills with present wrapping. And yes, we found FROZEN wrapping paper, too! It’s so much fun for them to cut and tape! lol Their gifts might not come out looking the greatest, but no one cares about that! They’ve moved from just taping to doing it all themselves. =)
We’re pretty excited to see everyone in just a few days and to have some great family time!
Monday, November 25, 2013
Do you celebrate Christmas early with family on Thanksgiving?
Words Woven by Mimi B at 11:23 AM