We went to Paul's parents for Thanksgiving this year. We spent the night and decided to take advantage of the availability of his sister to babysit (we were back before they woke so no real babysitting even occured) so we could partake in the Black Friday ritual-my first time ever. His parents do it every year and if we're there we just sleep though it, but this year I decided to give it a try, which is pretty amazing seeing as how I DESPISE getting up early. But, I really wanted to experience it for once so we got up at 4:30 and off we went. It was actually kind of fun, but we really didn't need that much. Paul wanted to get a Wii, so we scored that at Best Buy and then got some toys and a few gifts at Fred Meyer. Friday evening we watched Christmas Vacation as is our tradition (although we usually watch it Thanksgiving night), and Saturday we took turns going out by ourselves to the gym and miscellaneous errands/more Christmas shopping.
Sunday we went to a local tree farm and got our Christmas tree. I was, of course, hoping to get all kinds of cute pictures of the girls helping daddy find the Perfect Tree, but they got really cold and cranky and the whole trip yielded just one decent picture of Olivia standing next to the tree while daddy cut it down (Kayley was in the car, very nearby and within sight).
All of the shopping and tree trimming has really got me in the Christmas spirit nice and early this year. It was all I could do not to bake dozens of cookies yesterday but I was determined to weigh less this morning than I did on Thursday (Thanksgiving) morning, and it worked! Only by 0.4 but still! First time that's ever happened, I'm sure. Anyway, It's really fun this year because the girls are really aware of what's going on and who Santa is and all that. Thursday evening we're going to our town's tree lighting/Santa arrival. I'm excited to be able to do those kinds of things with them now that they're old enough to understand (at least somewhat) and enjoy it.