Monday, November 30, 2009


Dan and I had a great Thanksgiving weekend that was spent together with family and friends.

It started on Tuesday, which was my birthday. I sat home most of the day by myself because Dan was at work, but I was able to get some things done which was nice. Tuesday night we went to dinner and rented "The Proposal" to watch together at home. Overall it was a nice, relaxing birthday, which was exactly what I needed after such a hectic couple of weeks at school.

Wednesday evening we drove to Mesa, where we stayed for Thanksgiving. My step dad's father has finally arrived from Mexico with is visa, and spent Thanksgiving at my mom's also. It was fun to be able to visit with him a little bit, and I was grateful for my husband's spanish speaking so that he could hold conversations with Leo's dad and help him feel included.

Thursday, our Thanksgiving started at my mom's house. We ate there around 11:30, with my grandparents and my step dad's father. I always enjoy getting together with them since we really only see them on holidays. We also always celebrate birthday's together on Thanksgiving since my birthday is the 24th, my brother's is the 29th and my grandma's is the 30th. We had a nice ice cream cake together, and were able to exchange gifts and everything.

We then moved on to Dan's grandparents house, where his family attends Thanksgiving each year with all of his aunts, uncles and cousins. This year many of the cousins were not there, since a lot of them have moved out of state recently. We were there for 45 min. or so, and then had to move on to our next stop.

We went to my Dad's house next, for another full Thanksgiving meal. It was nice to be able to visit with my step sister, her boyfriend, and my step brother. My dad graced us with the presence of his "trivia", which is apparently the new holiday "tradition". He comes up with the most random questions and goes around the table asking each of us our own question. It's always complete with prizes and everything. It is actually quite entertaining, and often the 5 of us kids end up roaring in laughter by the end. We celebrated my birthday again there with cake and gifts.

Thursday night, we picked up Marie, and came back to Tucson since Dan had to work on Friday. Marie and I looked through the Black Friday ads, deciding where all we wanted to go, and what we wanted to look for. We ended up getting home to Tucson around 11:30, going to bed around 12:30, and Marie and I got up at 2:30 am to be at Old Navy when they opened at 3 am.

It was crazy at Old Navy, and I was very much taken off guard by the line of people 3 stores long waiting to get into Old Navy at 3 am. We went to Old Navy, then Kohls where we got most of our stuff and waited in line for almost 2 hours. We also visited Wal Mart, Sports Authority, Target, Sears, K-Mart, Ulta, and McDonalds at 4 am for breakfast.

Marie and I finished up shopping and came home around 11am, and took a nap until about 1:30pm. We then got up and went to see NEW MOON!!! I've been waiting for Thankgiving weekend to see it with Marie, since my husband refused to go with me. It was SO good! We LOVED it, and also loved the fact that we walked up to the ticket office 5 minutes before the movie started, got our tickets, got into the theatre and got great middle seats all before the movie started.

We took Marie home Friday night after Dan got home from work. We stayed the night in Mesa again on Friday night, and were able to watch most of the ASU vs. UA football game on Saturday. This game is always a hot topic around the house since we are definitely a house divided. Saturday night my mom and sister Annie came to visit while my step dad and brother took his dad back to Sahuarita to stay with my step dad's sister. It was nice to be able to visit with my mom for a while while Dan set up the rest of the Christmas lights out front.

Overall, it was a great weekend spent with many of our friends and family. We are so very grateful for our families and all that they unknowingly do for us all the time. They are very much a blessing in our life. We are also grateful for great friends that enrich our lives also. We have been so blessed and enjoy reflecting on all of the things we have been given.

1 comment:

Sessions Family said...

Thanks for your Card, loved it. I miss you guys. I feel like it's been forever. The next time your this way give us a shout we love to see ya. Oh and your more then welcome to stay here anytime we have a spare bedroom :).