Warning! This is an extremely long post! Continue at your own risk!
This weekend Nik and I were lucky enough to take a trip to St. George for Thanksgiving. It was a rare chance to see my aunts and uncles down there, and my family was going as well, so it was even better.
We left Wednesday night around 7pm and had a traffic filled trip that put us arriving just after midnight. That wasn't as bad as it could have been, but for a mid-week trip, there were tons of cars. Thats what we get for leaving on the busiest traveling day of the year. We were staying at my Cousin Lacey's house cause she has tons of extra room. We found out on our way down that she has a cat. So, yeah. Nik was pretty stuffed up by the next morning. We stayed up talking to Lacey and went to bed late. Thanksgiving dinner was at 12:30 at Aunt Debbie's house Or, at least that was the plan. I think we ate around 1:30. We were expecting as much, so no harm done. Just let me say, Dinner was amazing. We had all the Thanksgiving staples, along with all the St. George staples, so I was in heaven. Mmmm....Dixie salad....Anyway. We sat and talked for a while after dinner and somewhere in there decided that we would all go to Enchanted the next night. It looked like it would just be the girls till my uncle Kelly spoke up and said he wanted to come too. So then it was the girls plus Kelly...and my dad. He's always up for a movie. Later that afternoon my family went to my cousin Eric's house (where the other side of the family was having Dinner) where we caught up with how tall my younger cousins are, how tall their kids are, and the latest movie news. Unfortunately, Eric and his wife Noel have two big brown dogs. Which did not help Nik's allergy problem. Needless to say, he was having some problems by the end of the night. We didn't stay long, and Grandpa had some Claritin-D, so he was able to sleep that night with no problems.
The next day I avoided Black Friday. Meaning, I did not get up at 3am to stand in line at Wally's World for the latest Mattel toy. My mom, however, went to J.C. Pennies with her sister around 7am to catch the deals. Which I guess there were plenty of. After that they came and pick me up to go to the Michael's sale. We missed the good coupons, they ended at 9am. They were still having a good sale of yarn, which brings me to my next topic. I have decided to make scarves for the lucky winners of my Pay it Forward game. I finished one yesterday during the game and left it there for my Cousin Lisa. So, one down, two to go! We did a bit more shopping, stopped at Grandma's for lunch then it was off to the Santa's Workshop craft fair that is held down there every year. I went with two aunts and my mom. And a younger cousin. We had a great time looking at all the booths. This was the first time in all the years we have gone that either my mom or myself actually bought something. I didn't spend as much money as I could have, and it took great will power to pass up the home-made fudge booth, but I did it. While we were at the Fair, Nik and Jeff went to Target to get Transformers, but came back with Oceans 13. You'll have to ask Nik why the change. When we all met back at home it was time to go to the movie. Phone calls were made and a destination was settled upon. When we got there, it was sold out. Bummer. Even more of a bummer was that ALL the theaters in St. George were sold out. No movie for us. It was back to Grandma's. We just visited after that.
Saturday morning dawned with the smell of rivalry in the air. The entire days events were being scheduled around the University of Utah vs. BYU football game. It was settled that we would congregate at my Uncle Russell's house because he had just purchased a big screen TV for the event. That is a remarkably Dad thing to do. We had a good time watching the game surrounded by my younger cousins....the game was fun to watch anyway. I brought my crocheting and worked on above mentioned scarves during the game. I was being teased that I jinxed the game by bringing my blue and white yarn to the unanimously red house. Personally, I think it was the reffs. Sad game. Sad game.
We chose to head back home after the ball game and after a second stop at Frost Top and gas tank fill up, we were on the road. Our decision to leave on Saturday was two fold. Our friends were having a game night at their house, and one of our friends that goes to school in DC was going to be there, so we wanted to see him if we could. Also, I really wanted a day at home before I had to go back to work.
We arrived at the game night after is started, but we were not late. Yay for us! We played this great game called Werewolves. It is like Murder in the Dark, and Nik says they used to play a version of it on the mission with Angels and Demons. We had a blast.
Over all the vacation was fantastic. I got to see tons of family and spend tons of time with Nik. Which is ultimately the best part of a vacation. I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving, and I want to hear all about them!
PS- Happy Birthday Lou!