It's been a lovely Thanksgiving weekend! Dinner and company was perfect. Then, on Friday morning, at 4AM, since Doug is used to getting up anyway, we went out together to do a little Black Friday shopping. We were able to purchase all of the big items and now only have the small things to complete. But, here's the best part of it... Doug loved it!He really enjoyed it. We arrived at one 5AM event with the crowds. The rest of the time, we spent hitting the other places after the big rush. So, it was quiet and peaceful and actually pleasurable.
We came home by 9 and spent the rest of the day and Saturday, getting the Christmas decorations up. Three trees are decorated and I think that's all I'll be putting up this year. I've got twelve bins of Christmas decor and have only used three so far. The downstairs isn't done yet, but we're keeping it simple this year too. Too much "stuff" means more cleaning and more mess. I've got enough other things on my mind. My goal for this December is to simplify!! And as Doug says, "There's still a ton!"
On Friday, I did manage to slip away for a quite visit with Denise at Chili's! We also sqeezed in naps, movies and lots of eating.
Saturday, I spent some time gathering the things I'd need and reviewing my lesson for Relief Society. I've never done this before but it was President Uchtdorf's talk on "Forget me Nots". This talk has to be the best talk I've ever heard at a Women's Broadcast. Every word of it is pertinent. So. I decided to actually play the talk for the ladies on DVD since many of them had never heard it. I played the 22 minute talk and then recapped the highlights. I can easily say that this was my favorite lesson ever because President Uchtdorf did the talking! Loved it!
We spent the afternoon with the babes, discussing our lessons from Church and then watching Home Alone. Omelets for a late Sunday dinner and an early bedtime for them. While we were cleaning the kitchen, Doug surprised me with the news that he had taken tomorrow off! We get to have a day date! Love that!
A perfect Thanksgiving weekend, a perfect Sabbath, a great start to the holidays. Life is good! Very, very good!
We tend to live up to our expectations.