I am sitting in a hotel room in a small Texas town with my computer. I am supposed to be catching up on emails and blog posts, but instead I am shopping all of the Cyber Monday sales. I can’t help it. I need these great deals to fill all of the stockings I have to fill on Christmas morning!
I am in this hotel because I drove 6 hours to Dallas yesterday and didn’t want to drive all the way back home late at night. I am not good at night driving and now that it gets dark at 6:00 I start falling asleep by 8. So I stopped about 1/3 of the way home and spent the night. I was in Dallas to see my niece’s play and take my oldest daughter back after she spent Thanksgiving with us. Another of my girls went along to spend the week there, so the drive was a fun fest of chatting and singing and planning. I mostly love to listen to them talk to each other. It’s amazing to have adult kids who really love each other and I just soaked in the sweetness.
I feel like I am still recovering from our Thanksgiving, which was wonderful! We had 4 families over and there was so much food that I am still full. We emptied out the living room to add 2 extra tables and everyone brought their favorite dishes and we stuffed ourselves. There was so much pie that it was slightly shameful. We could have opened a diner with as much pie as that. After the food was put away we played games and that is where the magic happened. We laughed so hard I had sore muscles around my rib cage. There is nothing better than a day with good food and great friends! I hope that your holiday was just as wonderful!
We did go Black Friday shopping which turned out to be not so great deals, but a good time anyway. I had 2 of my girls with me, my 16 year old son and his friend. We ran around the mall and Target, saw “Mockingjay – Part 2” and ate Chickfila. I think we spent a grand total of $25 on deals, but it wasn’t about buying. It was really about the time spent together.
Once we got home from shopping and ate some leftovers, I was worn out. I laid in my bed at 8:15 and Levi (my 8 year old) came to talk to me. He scootched under the covers next to me and started to tell me some of his ideas about a book he wants to write and how I can help him with his Disney collection and on and on. But I was so tired that I kept falling asleep. He would hear me snore a little and push my shoulder, “Mommy! You fell asleep again!”. I tried to stay awake and he kept talking until finally I must have fallen so hard that he gave up because I woke up at midnight with the lights on and he was gone. Poor kid. I will make it up to him with a good listening session one night this week.
I am so happy that it’s Monday and we can get back to school and normal activity. Or as normal as it gets when you have to boil all of your water like you’re living in circa 1807. Our hot water heater died and we are struggling to figure out what we want to do. The plumber has been working with us to figure out if we should change over to an instant hot water system or replace the tank. I don’t really care as long as I can get this settled within the next few days. When an appliance goes out on Thanksgiving week you really get to discover what you’re truly thankful for.
AND since they say things happen in threes, I am praying this is the last of our appliance deaths for a while.
I need to get back to my cyber shopping before I have to check out of my room. Have a great week, friends!