Friday, November 25, 2011


Sleep is for when you die! I love Black Friday and every year I learn something new. Here’s what I learned this year:

1)             Old people can’t drive. Still. That’s a fact not a just a statement. I counted no less than 15 old people driving 20 in a 50 mile an hour lane. Move it people. We got stuff to buy!

2)           The recession is still going strong and anyone who tries to argue that point with me did not see the football field size line at both Target and Toys r us. No exaggeration, there were at least about 1,000 people in line when I got to both stores.

3)            Some stores were not prepared for the above. Targets lines were wrapped all around the store, and one line to check out became entangled with one line for the electronics line, causing people to be in the wrong line, causing frustration.

4)           If a store opened at midnight, and you showed up at say 1:30, the crap was gone. Not kidding. I showed up at 12:45 to Target, they opened at midnight, and I got the last of several items.

5)           Organization is key. I had an excel spreadsheet with columns sorted by time/store/item and finally price. Again, if you want the item you need to get in and get out with it quick because the good stuff will sell out. This is not the time to just walk the isles looking for stuff.

6)            Some people are smarter than others on Black Friday. Note: the people that were selling coffee and donuts to the people in line at Target and Toys r us. Very smart!

7)           For the most part, Black Friday shoppers are very nice. We are all just trying to get the deals and get home. I couldn’t find an item and a dude that had found one for his wife snagged me one.

8)           Nobody cares about Home Depot on black Friday, except me. They opened at 5. I showed up at 530 and there were 15 cars in the parking lot, 14 of which were workers.

9)           Black Friday is more fun when your husband goes with you. Although mine didn’t technically go with me, he worked it and told me where the bad lines were. Score!

10)    People will bring their 4 week old baby (also not an exaggeration) out in the 45 degree weather for a good deal. No judgment. It’s not my kid, who by the way was sleeping at the grandparents house. She will cut me with no sleep but more power to you if you want to shop at midnight for hours with your kid. It made standing in line more fun for me to play with a baby.

11)        Black Friday deals are worth it. In looking at most of my receipts I saved as much as I spent. For example, we needed a new crockpot. Random but we did. I got a very nice one. Originally 40 bucks. On sale for 20 bucks with a 10 rebate form. $40 crockpot for $10 bucks. Yes please. This is just one example. 90% of what I bought was for Caydence.

And now, Santa needs to go wrap up the treasures. Happy Black Friday everyone!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Santa through the ages

2011 Santa picture is in but 1st a look at the past.

Here is 2008 santa

Here is 2009 santa

Here is 2010 santa

and finally, 2011 Santa

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Halloween part 4 of 4

Rather than go door to door we like to go to our church’s Fall Festival. Those of you that know our church, shout out to Prestonwood, know this isn’t 20 pumpkins and a photo op. This is a huge to do and is so much fun.

This year daddy had to work so me, mimi, and the kid headed to the Fall Festival.

And drumroll……

Caydence went as a cheerleader.

Monday, November 7, 2011

halloween part 3 of 4

Ofcourse no Halloween would be complete without a fierce Halloween costume. Here’s our precious costumes of past:

2008- ladybug

2009- Mrs. Pattycake

2010- Dr. Caydence Barrett


Off to the Halloween store we went.

Now when I asked Caydence I got 2 response- Rapunzel and a bumble bee. Interesting enough, she ended up being neither of those costumers. Here are some pics of the ones we tried.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween- part 2 of 4

If you have known me longer than 5 minutes, you probably know I would rather stick my head in a book than be anywhere else. And I am trying to get my kid to be the same way. So far so good. She loves books.

With that, we usually go to several story times during the week. Our favorite being the Saturday morning storytime at Barnes and Noble.

We have missed the past few weeks but decided to pop in this past Saturday. Apparently I missed the “dress up for Halloween” memo. Oops.

Thankfully, the lady at Barnes and Noble had mercy on me, and her and the kiddos dressed Caydence up as a mummy, and then they all went trick or treating around the store.

Attached are pics. Good times!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween- Part 1

I have never been much for Halloween. All of the costumes at the store make you look like a hooker, it seems way too commercialized, and really what does this holiday even mean?

But the kiddos like it so now that I am a parent I have a responsibility to suck it up for a day and let Caydence have fun.

No Halloween would be complete without a trip to the Pumpkin patch. Below are pictures. I am experimenting with picture uploading websites, hence the multiple posts for Halloween until I figure out which one I like. More pictures to follow tomorrow.