We had an excellent Thanksgiving. We did the usual baking of the pies on Wed. We did the drinking of the nog that evening. Thursday was filled with decorating the tables - which is Kathy's (Martha wanna-be) job. Since I would probably use paper plates if left with the decisions, Kathy is probably the better choice for decorating. We stuffed ourselves at lunch after cooking and tasting food all morning. The GGs were a big hit in the entertainment area. The Grand-dogs made themselves known also. We had the annual football game in the yard. GBN2 showed no fear in walking across the playing field to get to her daddy. We all managed a nap in the afternoon before the second round of eating and playing games. The younger kids and Jesse went to the movies to see "Boltz," which is a 3D movie. They came home wearing some pretty cool 3D glasses saying the movie was excellent. Most of us settled in to watch UT v A&M, which was not fun. Toby and I went over to my cousin's house to meet his new wife, which was much better than seeing UT win another game. The GGs went home with their parents while Toby, Jesse and I stayed another night at WF.
Since Toby and I get up early anyway, we decided to do some early morning shopping. After all, the stores were all opening very early. No, we did not get to Kohl's at 4AM. We did get there at 7AM and the check-out lines were wound around the store on both sides. We left and went to Home Depot, which had opened at 6AM. The grill we wanted to look at was not there after all, and the Christmas tree that Mom wanted was sold out. We then went to Harbor Freight, which was not so crowded. We also went by Sam's, which was not so bad either. By about 8 AM we headed to McDonald's for coffee before going back to Mom's with very few items purchased. Everyone was up and at 'em when we got to Mom's for the Hobbit's "second breakfast." We soon packed our stuff and headed across the river. Jesse stayed for another round of flag football with people from Pete's church. Toby and I were ready for a big-dog nap. Later in the afternoon, we met up with friends at the movies to see "Quantum of Solace," the new James Bond movie. I loved it. Lindz and Shay came over later in the evening to visit with Jes. They had some very funny tales to tell about being newly wed, but I will not share here. They sure seem happy.
Today, I baked some pies, which I normally do before going to Mom's for T-Day. I didn't really get the chance with Toby's mom here. I like to have some pies for us to eat at home. The pies we cook at Mom's house are for T-Day and usually get eaten up. I had to make another trip to Wal-Mart for more pie-making supplies. It was busy, but not beyond my tolerance level. It has been a very nice quiet day actually.
The last several days have been packed with friends and family, which I love. Toby teases me about getting so excited before holidays that I cannot sleep. There is just something about seeing everyone that makes me excited, but now I am ready for the quiet. I hope everyone else had just as much food, family, and fun as I did. I will get this posted and maybe later tell some stories in detail.