We have not had a Christmas Tree for what we think is 7 years. This year the night before Thanksgiving we got a tree that was pre lit, came in three parts and took 15 mintues and no mess to put up. All we had to do is the fun part of putting on the deocrations. Great invention!
On Thanksgiving morning we all crawled out of bed and did the Turkey Trot (3rd year). This year we all participated. Hunter was the big winner in 4th place for his age group for the 2 mile with 16:30. Dave and Blake tied both getting 5th place in their age group. Dave did the 2 mile in 14:56 and Blake did the 5 mile is 46:00. Amy didn't place but did finish the 2 mile in 26 min. Good place to start. Next year will surely be better.
After the run we came home and had a big feast with the Underwoods. We ordered a turkey, greenbean casserole and green salad from the club. The best part was the home made cranberry sauce that came with the turkey. The green beans were also fresh and the chef made a perfect turkey. Good tradition to start there. The other Underwoods brought mashed potatoes, corn (also fresh), dressing, noodles, fresh fruit, deviled eggs, homemade oatmeal rolls and for dessert homemade pumpkin and peach pie with Missouri peaches. It was quite a feast!!
There were many after dinner activities ranging from napping in the fireplace room and skimming Black Friday advertisements in front of the tree, watching football and finishing the keg in the theater room in the basement, sitting in the hot tub, playing Madden 12 on the Wii, air hockey, nerf gun battle outside (it was 65 degrees) and playing Risk on the new game table in the game room. Something for everyone.
Everyone went home happy and we drifted off into bed watching TV, until Hunter crept into our room with his silver box of money at 4 am begging to go to the mall. Somehow mom, Blake and Hunter drug our sore and over fed bodies out of bed and went to the mall.
Hunter and Blake have spent the last three months working odd jobs, getting good grades for dollars and saving everything they could scrape up to buy an ipad2. They even sold Halloween candy on the bus and tickets they earned at school for good behavior. Finally, they had reached their goal with their early Christmas presents from their grandma and aunts. So we made our way to the Apple store.
The line was at least 100 people long when we got there. We were told we could take a number and "hang out" while we waited our turn. Screw that. Walmart matches any price. We quickly made our way to the mall door. Walmart had been cleared out long before as the shoppers had all moved on to Kohl's and Scheels. We were able to pick up new ipad2 from Phil who did not try to sell us a bunch of stuff with it or ask us to hang out. We were home in about 20 minutes with our new ipad2.
It was a good Thanksgiving!