We had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I was horrible at getting good pictures this year. But we did enjoy our long weekend.
We started out our Thanksgiving by heading to my parents for dinner. Somehow the turkey wasn't done when we were all ready to eat...but we didn't worry, that just meant we could eat and then eat again later! Double Score! We enjoyed a wonderful meal of turkey, stuffing, cranberries, green bean bundles, rolls, salad and pie.
We rolled around all afternoon and enjoyed relaxing, watching football, flying paper airplanes, and checking out the sale ads for Friday. I realize that most stores advertise their sales way before Thanksgiving, but I still think it is fun just to sit around Thursday afternoon looking at the sales, making lists and plans for Friday.
Friday morning my mom and I ventured out for Black Friday. It's a tradition for us. We are not die-hards, but enjoy the time together (and leaving the kids at home). We started at 4 am, stood in line at K-Mart and ran for the Lego isle (shhh...don't tell the boys!). After that it was Old Navy,which opened at midnight and was nice and empty when we got there. We had a little breakfast, then on to Walmart. We got there around 7, got the last item on the shelf that I wanted for Avery and even scored her birthday present that rang up cheaper at the register than it was in the ads! Walmart was like heaven, hardly any shoppers. Then right before heading home we dropped by Fred Meyer. Holy Smokes was it busy! People were fighting over socks of all things! After that crowd we returned home, happy and tired. I got all my Christmas done for the kids and under the amount that I had planned...plus a birthday gift too! I am sad we didn't make it to Target this year, but their lines are always way too long, and everywhere we went had good check out line control.
Friday afternoon we packed up all our stuff and headed out to the beach! My parents gave Wade a "coupon" good for an overnight beach trip back on his birthday...you know...back in FEBRUARY! I thought we better turn it in, or else my parents would have to start putting expiration dates on things they give Wade. Plus it happened to be a clam dig weekend, so we could go, have fun on the beach and hit the night clam digs.
We finally gave in on the way to the beach and stopped in Aberdeen at the Star Wars Shop. It was interesting. The boys had fun. Wade and I are now planning on where we want to get our Star Wars tattoo so we can visit the shop again.
Friday night Wade, Gage and my dad headed out to the beach for the clams. They returned home in 30 minutes! It only took them 20 minutes or so to all max out. Gage had a great time digging his own clams this time. Friday he was able to dig 3, Saturday 4.
Saturday we headed out to the beach to attempt a few family photos. We are going to have to save our money and hire someone next year. Or else not try and do this on a beach in the wind when it is 40 degrees outside. I am crazy.
Once I put away the camera (or at least told everyone that they didn't have to take family pictures anymore) they all had a good time.
The little 3 got cold pretty fast so we headed back and took a warm bath at the hotel. When everyone else returned my parents watched the kids so Wade and I could go to lunch. We returned home and found Eli like this. He totally fell asleep on the floor in the middle of the room. They say he didn't even cry, just laid down and went to sleep. What a funny boy!
That afternoon the rain was letting up so we did some shopping around Ocean Shores. The shops were really fun. Noah's favorite was Sharky's.
My Mom and I checked out the craft bazaar that was at the town convention center that weekend. It was full of interesting finds. Avery and Eli went with us and got to see Santa. They both weren't sure what to think - but no one cried! The boys were sad, but they had gone swimming with Wade at the hotel.
This large Razor Clam was at the convention center. Avery thought it was cool. She pretty much thought everything at the craft bazaar was cool - everything had "sparklies" and "pretties".
Saturday night was more clam digging. Since it's hard to keep track of anyone on the beach in the dark, I stayed at the hotel with Noah, Avery and Eli. We had to be creative.
We played play dough.
We had dance parties.
Noah and Avery put on some puppet shows.
And we got Subway and cookies for dinner. Yum!
Saturday night my mom invited the boys over to their room and they had a "campfire" with smores. They had a good time. It was pretty cute.
Sunday we headed back home, stopping in Olympia at my parents first to clean our clams.
Sunday night Wade fried clams for dinner.
It was a perfect long weekend with family.
Like I said, a lot to be thankful for.