The Thanksgiving Break was greatly appreciated! Sometimes we plan activities at school that are almost more work and effort than they are worth. A Thanksgiving Feast made by first graders is a lot of fun, but creates a huge mess! I was exhausted after work on Tuesday, so the extra days off really helped to lift my spirits. I spent the majority of Wednesday cleaning the house and doing laundry. That evening we discovered the greatness that is Spanish 8 movie theater. The tickets are only $3 and all the concessions are $3 or less. The movies aren't current but they aren't as old as the ones in the Provo dollar theater. We saw Contagion and really liked it. Although, afterwards I was grossed out by my surroundings and tried not to touch anything :)
On Thursday we celebrated Thanksgiving by going to Tucano's with our friends, Dan and Alexa Larsen. We had 2:00pm reservations which seemed like the perfect time (right between lunch and dinner) but it was hard to wait that long to eat. Next year, we are definitely making earlier reservations! Some people felt sorry for us that we weren't having a traditional Thanksgiving with family, but we had a great time and really enjoyed doing our own thing. I wish we could have switched this past Thanksgiving though with the year before because last year we drove to Colorado in the worst weather conditions ever and this year was beautiful, dry, and sunny. Tucano's had all their great regular food plus the Thanksgiving classics so it was a double win! We spent the rest of the day simply relaxing at home.
Dave and I outside of Tucano's.
Dan and Alexa Larsen
That is, until we started our Black Friday madness! We went to K-mart Thursday evening to buy a few blu-rays that were on sale. Then we headed to Wal-Mart around 9:30pm. Wal-Mart was out of control! There were tons of people there! Dave managed to get a blu-ray movie we wanted and a video game while I headed for the blu-ray player. Luckily we ended up with everything we wanted even though we waited in line for about an hour to pay for our items. I originally planned on continuing to hit up other stores, but Wal-Mart knocked all of the energy out of me. We were there from 9:30pm to after 1:00am. So we both got some rest and Dave got up to go to work and I headed out to shop. I made a few other Black Friday scores, but my most exciting purchase was curtains for the family room! I have seriously been looking for curtains since we moved into our house and have never been able to find the right color and style until this past weekend. Luckily the curtains were on sale, but they still were quite expensive considering the fact that you have to buy each panel and valance separately (which makes absolutely no sense). However, I am excited to finally make my family room look more complete!
Saturday we did more shopping as we tried to finish our Christmas shopping for each other and our families. We also had fun experiencing the magic of blu-ray at home. On Sunday I gave a talk in our ward. We had a gratitude Sacrament meeing and my talk was on confessing the Lord's hand in all things. I really enjoyed preparing for this talk because I learned a lot and it helped me feel the spirit of Thanksgiving throughout the week. There are wonderful blessings promised to those who recieve everything with heartfelt gratitude and remember and thank the Lord in all things. I was pretty nervous Sunday morning, but I am glad to have it behind me and be the better for it from the things I learned in my study and preparation.
Thanksgiving is a lovely time of year that reminds me how blessed I am. I have so much to be thankful for and I have truly felt that over this holiday weekend.